Grace from Design*Sponge was gracious enough to throw a "Biz Lady Meet-Up" Tuesday night for San Francisco women involved in design, hosted by the DWR on Jackson St. There were several speakers there, including Grace, discussing small business concerns, marketing/PR, real life designer success stories, and retailing/wholesaling. The turnout was great (around 120 people), and it was really inspiring to see so many great women getting together to discuss shared interests and business concerns. All types of artists from textile to graphic to invitation designers were there, and even some noted bloggers.
If you missed out, be sure to see if the biz ladies will be meeting in your city, and read some highlights from the night:
- Grace shared her four pronged PR attack list with everyone. Know your product. Know your publications. Make your press kit. And last but not least, make contact.
- Cate Kellison, from Rose and Radish, talked about how she got her $140,000 business loan when she was in her early twenties, by using free, credible resources like SCORE and SBA. She also said that Excel is the "coolest tool on the planet," and highly recommended the book The 7 Habits to Highly Effective People.
- Meg Mateo Ilasco told the artists selling products out there not to be afraid of raising your prices. She said, when "I doubled my prices, I found that my business had doubled too."
- Emily, from Working Solutions, told everyone to "get your elevator pitch down," and said there's "a way to do it that's friendly and nice, and that's not push and shove."
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