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The Conference for Creative Entrepreneurs is going to be a blast of empowering crafty business savvy, right in the middle of August in Seattle. The conference needs financial support and has set up a Kickstarter page to make it easier to contribute:

We are five women volunteering to put on the first ever Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs. This conference is dedicated to helping independent artists, designers and crafters achieve the dream of making a living doing what they love. CCE will take place from August 13th -15th in beautiful Seattle, WA, and can accommodate up to 300 attendees.

As creative professionals, we’ve been frustrated by how scattered educational resources are. In any given year we’ll sign up for an SBA class on bookkeeping, a tech conference for software and eCommerce, a design conference for technique and marketing, and a chamber of commerce membership for networking. Wouldn’t it make more sense to create one single place where we can all gather to learn, network, and support each other? After all, we fill out the same tax forms, employ the same scrappy promotional techniques and experience the same struggle to put a price tag on a labor of love.

Though we hope to recoup some of our operating expenses through ticket sales, we need to cover a lot of costs up front. The meeting spaces alone cost over $5,000. We also want to be able to take care of our generous speakers by providing airfare, lodging and meals. Lastly and perhaps most importantly, we want to offer five scholarships to artists who really want to attend but can’t afford this trip this year.

If you’re a successful creative professional who would like to help an artist quit their day job, or you just believe in our mission and would like to help us make this an annual event, please pledge to support this conference.

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern is head of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries. Her personal site: sternlab.org


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