March 30, 2012

Small Business Success: A Couple Events You Should Know About

We love being a small part of the handmade world and know it's something that many of you appreciate being connected with as well. Today we wanted to share a couple events taking place across the interwebs especially catered to boosting the success of handmade and independent business owners.

1 - Etsy has been hard at work putting together this year's Success Symposium centered completely around getting found and the good news is — it's today, and you can join in to watch via live-stream for free!

The symposium caters to Etsy shop owners, though each of the workshops is relevant with valuable information translating over to any small independent business in general. Topics include How to Grab the Eye of a Curator, How to Romance Blog and Magazine Editors, Geting Storied, Building your Community and Brand with Pinterest, Using Craft and Wholesale Shows to Support Your Small Business, and Conquering Searches on Etsy and the Web. I'm telling you — it's good stuff.

I hope you will especially pay attention to and sign up for the 10:20am kickoff workshop all about catching the eye of curators. This presentation is something I helped work on and will be led by some of my closest teammates at Etsy. It will be filled with concrete tips for making your business stand out and become feature-ready.

How to get involved:
  • Get the full scoop right here.
  • Peruse the presentation schedule and RSVP to stream the live feed for workshops throughout the day right here.
I'll be tuning in via the live-stream all day, so hope to virtually see you! 

2 - In other exciting handmade news, did you know the 2012 Handmade Olympics are going on right now? Hosted by Kristal of therikrakstudio, the Handmade Olympics are an annual event bringing together and showcasing the many talents of the handmade world in honor of celebrating making things. I was lucky enough to be one of the judges in the very 1st Handmade Olympics so am always thrilled to see it launch each new year. The event is still in the nomination phase, so if you or someone you know might be a good fit, learn more about how to get involved right here.

Hope you enjoy the weekend! We are looking forward to watching the runners in the Monument Avenue 10k stroll through the neighborhood.

P.S. There's still time to enter our gift card giveaway, brought to you by sneakpeeq — find all the details and enter here.


  1. this was a really helpful symposium thanks for the head's up!

    1. Glad to hear it Jennifer and so glad to know I was in such wonderful "virtual company" :)


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