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i have been overwhelmed (and very moved) but the comments and emails on the recent bizbox post. thank you for sharing your stories and your struggles with issues of gender in business. i thought i'd open up discussion below about starting up local business lady nights. there have been some great suggestions in the previous post but some of you have expressed interest in having smaller get togethers and just need a way to connect. so, if you'd like to set up a group or connect with people in your area feel free to leave your name, location and some sort of contact link below so people can connect with you. i've gotten requests from london, houston, minneapolis, philly, chicago, portland, san francisco and miami so far so if you live in any of those cities (or a new one!) and want to start up a small local meet up please feel free to leave your info below or start up a meet up.com page in your area and post a link to it. i cherish the biz lady night i attend and i think they're a fantastic way to build a local support group.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea. I don't have a business to talk about but the MeetUp.com link is helpful. Merci!


1:46 PM  
Anonymous joy said...

hey grace, thanks for initiating this!

if there's anyone in Philly interested, i found a link to an existing Women's Small Business Meetup here...

However, I'd love to meet/connect with others in more creative-related businesses, as I'd prefer a smaller group more specific to that field. If you're interested too, email me at info@ohjoystudio.

Thanks! Joy

2:22 PM  
Blogger s said...

love the idea. i'm a partner/founder of a small design company based in berkeley, but live in san francisco. either locale for a meet-up would be great for me. you can email me through my blog. thanks again grace!

2:38 PM  
Anonymous kel said...

Also in SF working for a small Architecture firm but I didn't go to school up here and I'm always looking for co-conspirators I just haven't found any as of yet perhaps this is an opportunity.

3:40 PM  
Blogger jwh said...

i loved your bizbox posts. thanks for sharing your experiences and your tips. staying small can be great!

i would also love to meet with other creative-related business women who live in the washington, dc area. i also prefer a smaller group. if you are interested, email me at jswhamid@yahoo.com.

5:58 PM  
Blogger Maryellen said...


Thanks, Grace for organizing this! While I am not a blogger (yet), I am a letterpress printer beginning to plan out a small business. I'd like to connect with other creative-related, small business owners in my area.

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Grace, for organizing this!

I'm a letterpress printer and looking to connect with other creative-related, small business owners. Though I don't have a blog or website (yet) I am in the process of organizing my small operation.

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Stella Kramer said...

Anyone in New York interested? I have just started up a small photography consulting/lecturing business and would love o get together with others in NY.

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I and a few other designers (female and male) would love to connect regularly here in L.A. We are high-end furniture and fixture designers but all are welcome to join in.

email me at btloncle@yahoo.com

7:11 PM  
Blogger sarabeejensen said...

here in nyc. lostbirdfound@gmail.com

9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any other small biz creatives out there? I've just recently moved to the area and am in the process of starting up my business (mainly graphic design). Let's talk! Email jxane at yahoo dot com.

11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stella, I would be interested. I'm trying to gather together my numerous scattered ideas to create a business plan. You could email me at fiona.taylor@gmail.com

I'm sure there are some other women in NYC who would also like to meet!

7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PHOENIX, anyone?
Artists, designers.....

8:19 AM  
Anonymous reva said...


anyone interested in meeting up? i'm a freelance costume designer and would love to connect with other women who have small, creative businesses.



11:26 AM  
Blogger sjw said...


I'm in the process of starting a small surface design studio. I'd love to find others in creative fields out here!


12:46 PM  
Anonymous Amber said...


Hey there! I'm a local fashion designer who would love to try to set up a design meeting group for women.


1:21 PM  
Blogger s said...


hi! i've set up a blog to make it easier for us to organize. please go check it out:



2:19 PM  
Anonymous Cristina said...

Hi! I would love to meet with other design entrepreneurs in the Los Angeles/Orange County area (I work in the OC, live in LA, so either could work). Email me at indieentrepreneur@gmail.com. Cristina

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Lissette said...

That is an AWESOME idea-- thank you for igniting it! I'm a designer in NYC (currently doing architectural illustration and graphic design but getting my Interior Design license within the next year) and don't know many other women (or men, for that matter) who are in a similar situation.

All my friends always ask me what I do for a living yet I feel as I'm working 24 hrs a day. ;)

- Lissette

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Recently moved from NYC to Minneapolis and would love to meet other like minded people. I have a small ceramic design biz. Would really like to meet other people in the design and related fields, marketing, pr that sort of thing.


9:27 PM  
Anonymous J said...


I've set up a group in Miami Lakes, FL. Send me an email at girl-entrepreneurs-miami-lakes@googlegroups.com
and we'll figure out the details.

Grace, thanks so much.

6:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an update to my earlier comment. I've set up a post at http://indieentrepreneur.blogspot.com/ to organize things a bit for those in the LA/Orange County area. This is a great idea-I'm excited!

1:03 PM  
Anonymous bridget said...

St. Petersburg/Tampa

I recently moved to St. Petersburg, FL and am getting my own small biz started (online design shop with some of my prints/cards and the work of other independent designers). It would be great to meet other people in similar fields or those that have started their own creative small businesses.

Please email me at mydesignscout(at)gmail(dot)com

Thanks, Bridget

4:35 PM  
Anonymous allison said...

SOOOO glad that you mentioned this. I am a small business owner in Brooklyn. www.tresbelleyou.com
I have been discussing a group just like this for Brooklyn Women!!!! Let's do it!!!! YES!!!!

pls keep me posted allison@tresbelleyou.com

12:48 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

I would love to meet up with local gals who are in a creative business.

Washington DC/NoVa

valerie @ hollandcox . com

6:56 PM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

I am west of Philadelphia. Used to meet with creative minds before I moved from Wisconsin recently. It is a great motivator. Philadelphia or western suburbs, Wilmington/Newark DE would be great.

7:57 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


see ohjoy.blogs.com for her philly ladies night :)


8:47 AM  
Blogger Miss Beaux said...


Email me if you are interested - nataliebow@yahoo.com

10:25 PM  
Blogger Miss Beaux said...


Email me if you are interested - nataliebow@yahoo.com

10:25 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

This is SUCH a great idea and I would love it if we could start something in Chicago? I am also a designer I am in the midst of starting my own small design shop

11:54 PM  
Anonymous meg mateo ilasco said...

SAN FRANCISCO. There's no question. You are coming here!


12:39 PM  
Anonymous stephanie said...

DENVER...metro/boulder area...

We're out here...lots of us!! I'd love to have something here!

I am an artist/designer....doing my artwork as well as a line of oilcloth products....

11:02 AM  

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