Thursday, August 27, 2009

Small Business Owner Panel Discussion

When: September 16, 2009 7:00 PM

Richard Hugo House
1634 11th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

Thinking of opening up a small business? Already have one and looking to expand? Want to be in the papers? Magazines? Don't know how to start your brick and mortar? Find out from some pros. We will have a small panel discussion with a variety of small business owners. The panel will include the owners of Vain, Yellow Leaf Cupcakes and Immortal Dog.

Owner of Immortal Dog, Nicole Bembry incorporated her passion for both pets and baking. After losing her job in corporate America she decided to follow her dreams and opened Immortal Dog pet supply and bakery. They specialize in pet nutrition - helping your pet live their best life. They also have all the toys, chews, treats, supplements, grooming products and other goodies you need for your canine and feline friends. Make sure you check out their biscuit bar - her fresh baked biscuits are sure to please the most discriminating pup.

Victoria Thomas Gentry is the owner and styledriver of VAIN, a hair salon, boutique, art gallery, and community space with locations in downtown Seattle and Ballard. After moving West from New York, Victoria opened VAIN in 1996 to foster the expression of personal style and a DIY philosophy. She is proud to be a champion of small businesses, the arts community, and self-expression everywhere.

In May 2009 The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company opens its doors for the first time in Seattle, Washington. With a passion for baking and a labor of love the Yellow Leaf came to be. The story is short and sweet, do what makes you happy and life will be good! Owners Tony and Mike traveled America sampling many amazing and delicious cupcakes and baked goods. From Seattle to New York and many stops in between the two decided it was time to turn the dream (and passion) into a reality.

They have been given specific questions that we felt pertained to their success and specific niche and then there will be plenty of time for questions from the audience.

*This is a free event but we will be taking contributions to help pay for the space and to keep Grassroots going. Please bring a few dollars to help.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Urban Craft Uprising Winter Applications Online

Thinking about doing a craft show in Seattle?

Check out Urban Craft Uprising they are at the forefront of the DIY art,craft and design scene!

Application Deadline is: Monday, Sept 14th.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Need some inspiration?

Here are two blogs I follow that offer really helpful small business advice. These blogs are fun and each post focuses on a particular aspect of small business which I enjoy as sometimes those web sites that have a millions links just overwhelms me!

Go get inspired!

Think Bakery

Modish Biz Tips

Monday, August 10, 2009

Creating Loyal Customers with Social Media Marketing

When: Wednesday, August 19th at 7:00 pm

Where: Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Marketing a business can be more challenging than ever due to the wide array of ways to engage with your customers online. Today, search engines and YouTube have more to do with managing your organization’s reputation than traditional media. The way consumers learn about products has changed. They don’t just watch commercials. They explore, learn and redistribute information. Understanding how this phenomenon works can help you amplify your brand online and extend your reach in today’s video-fueled, instantly blogged, and hyper-networked world.

Cal McAllister and Brian Marr of Wexley School for Girls, a Seattle-based advertising agency, will take you through the basics of corporate blogging, social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn) and micro blogging tools (Twitter) through engaging case studies from the industry. McAllister and Marr will showcase how companies are using this medium successfully and share some common missteps many people make as they engage.

If you want to know where social media is headed and understand how to better prepare yourself or your business to get engaged, don’t miss out on this very informative evening.

This is a free event but we will be taking contributions to help pay for the space.

We hope to see you there!

Reserved spots are required sign up here