Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Defining Business Success on Your Own Terms

We all think know what success looks like: wealth, happiness, perhaps a measure of fame... But creative entrepreneurs are redefining success to include other factors: time to care for ourselves and our loved ones; contributing to our communities; work that nourishes our creative instincts and fuels our passion.

When you consciously create your own personal definition of success, you breathe new life into your work. Why not explore what success looks like for you? Learn how to bring your values into the workplace, and hear stories of inspiring women who are reshaping the business world, blending entrepreneurial savvy with genuine heart and soul.

Lauren Bacon and Emira Mears co-founded Raised Eyebrow Web Studio, Inc. in February 2000, and at that time couldn't imagine calling themselves the bosses of anyone. They now lead a team of five, and have developed a reputation for designing elegant and user-friendly websites for nonprofit organizations and small businesses. Their book, The Boss of You: Everything A Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run, and Maintain Her Own Business, is the business book they wish they’d had.

To find out more about this meetup and to RSVP please visit here

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A New blog about Seattle indie venues

Kristen, Megan and Andrea, a few of the organizers behind Grassroots Business Association, recently started a blog about indie venues we like in Seattle. So if you are opening a new place let us know about it and we'll come visit. We love getting first peek and you get exposure for your new venue. We aren't opposed to checking out venues that have been around for awhile either. So promote yourself or your friends today and send us your recommendations!!

Monkey Around Seattle

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The 3/50 project

Think about which three independently owned stores you'd miss most if they were gone. Stop in and say hello. Pick up a little something that will make someone smile. Your contribution is what keeps those businesses around.

If just half the employed U.S. population spent $50 each month in independently owned stores, their purchases would generate $42,629,7000,000 in revenues. Imagine the positive impact if 3/4 of employed Americans did that.

For every $100 spent in independently owned stores, $68.00 of it returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. Spend it online and nothing comes home.

the 3/50 project is encouraging people to pick 3 independent stores each month and spend $50 total to help save your local community.

The site is great for those of us who own independent brick & mortar venues as you can download flyers, banners, and other promotional stuff to get customers thinking about the impact of buying locally!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Craft Show Help

Looking for some help on getting into or ready for craft shows this summer?

What: Craft Show Vending A - Z

When: May 20, 2009 7:00 PM

Where: Vermillion, 1508 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98144

A fresh, comprehensive guide to contemporary craft shows. With "Why vend?" as our starting point, we will take you through all aspects of the process, including finding and assessing potential shows, best practice for applying, display techniques, show time survival and more.

Moxie is an artist with years of experience selling her work in large and small venues along the west coast. With obsessive attention to organizing and a rare talent for interpersonal communication, Moxie is also the President and Director of Vendor Relations for Urban Craft Uprising, Seattle's largest indie craft show, now in its 5th year.
Made By Moxie

Kristen Rask sold her first piece of craft at 5th grade summer camp and she hasn't stopped since. With her vast experience as both a craft show seller and an organizer, Kristen's passion for all aspects of the craft world only gets bigger. She is the owner of Schmancy, Director of Public Relations and Marketing of Urban Craft Uprising, and is co-creator of Grassroots Business Association.
Schmancy Toys

Learn more here:
Grassroots Meetup Site