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biz ladies 2007 + free tip sheets

last night's second biz ladies meet up was more fun that i could have even hoped for. i counted at least 160 women around 7:45 so it looks like everyone (and then some!) that rsvp-ed joined us. things got so crowded that we used both floors of dwr brooklyn heights to set up separate stations in which to discuss: marketing/pricing, wholesaling/manufacturing, public relations and legal issues. thank you to dwr for hosting our raucous bunch again, thank you to all of our experts (the lovely ladies of etsy, ryan and audrey of elsewares, alissiaMT, karen of clothes-pin and joi and marci- our legal tipsters). and most importantly thank you to all of the women who came from all over the area (even some from boston!) to attend the meet up. i hope you all went home with some great advice and some new friends.

for those of you who weren't able to attend we've uploaded tip sheets and summaries from each expert onto the d*s server. so, you can

DOWNLOAD all seven tip sheets right here
and benefit from the expert advice of last night's event (each sheet includes tips, resources and links). thank you again from the bottom of my heart to everyone who came and to the experts for all of their wonderful advice.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the tips!!!!

I wish I could attend your meetings but I'm not near by. So thank you again!

2:31 PM  
Blogger K├Ąthe said...

For those of us out here on the west coast... this is a gift from the design gods! Thank you so much for putting all the information into pdf's.

2:47 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

thanks so much for sharing this information!

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

congrats grace! that is amazing! thanks for the tip sheets can't wait to read them ;)

2:56 PM  
Blogger CoralPoetry said...


You have a wonderful utilitarian blog filled with designs that have pushed through the mundane and sparkle with creativity.


3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great information! Thanks for sharing!

3:31 PM  
Blogger Abigail A. Percy said...

Grace - thanks for making these info sheets available to all...they are really great and I am sure anyone who is in small business {regardless of experience} will be able to glean something from them!

Glad to see you had such a great time at the meet-up... if only I were in New York!! ;))

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have just spent a happy time reading your pdf files, and whizzing off on tangents (such as discovering how to make myself a lightbox-i shall be ripping up white bed sheets with gay abandon post haste) and also unearthing tons of useful bits of information on how to promote myself and my work. my thanks is simply not enough...i bow down low in your presence and bestow upon you platters of exotic fruits and sweatmeats, whilst sprinkling tiny twinkling sequins in your wake. fantastic. thankyou.

3:57 PM  
Blogger M. Patrizio said...

Thanks for an awesome, informative evening!!! I could have seriously stayed another 3 hours! I didn't get a chance to hear the Elsewhere or Etsy folks speak so I am very happy to be able to download the pdfs!

4:07 PM  
Blogger jezebel said...

divine! divine! thank you for doing this.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yay, that was fun! Our tips are also on our blog in html-form:

4:23 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

thanks so much guys, i'm so glad this was helpful. i'm already cooking up ideas for the next meeting in a few months (we may need a larger location) so if you have any ideas (topics that weren't covered, ideas for speakers) feel free to shoot me an email.

thanks again to the experts for their wonderful advice- i'm so glad we were able to share it with the community at large and not just the lovely ladies in attendance.

hope this helps everyone get started with their own design business :)


5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for such an inspirational and helpful site!
If only I were'nt so far away in Auustralia!

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so thankful you posted the tip sheets! There's another group you may have heard of too--Ladies Who Launch. They don't just focus on design stuff of course, but they may have a usable model for future get-togethers.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Clothes-Pin said...

Thank you Grace for having me as a speaker; it was great to be helpful and learn at once. If anyone has questions or needs any of my tips explained in detail please feel free to email me.

-karen @ clothes-pin

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, the tip sheets are really great. The generosity of design*sponge and all her spawn ;-) never cease to amaze me (and illuminate the whole world I think).

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for making the tip sheets available!
i missed the meeting AGAIN because of a photo shoot that went late. we stylists have no schedule to speak of.
someday i will make it!!!

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks so much for having this event - it was so helpful and truly informative. it's sometimes so difficult to find information that was covered last night, even on the web so it was just fantastic to go and be able to ask questions and hear advice. again, thank you so much for having this.

6:53 PM  
Blogger sfgirlbybay said...

grace - where the heck do you find the time? you're like the oprah of design bloggers! i wish i could have attended - thanks for the downloads!

11:21 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm so grateful for these! Can't wait to sit and read them! Thank you soooo much for sharing!

1:59 AM  
Blogger mod*mom said...

WoW! can't wait to read the tips!
i'm so impressed with your abiities + generosity! thank you!
maybe you should do this on oprah!

2:08 AM  
Blogger gaby braun said...

Thank you Designsponge for the tips. I love your blog.

6:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grace, thank you. The information you so willingly shared is invaluable. There is no book in the market that sums it up so well. All the best, Alaya

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is why women should rule the world!

2:06 PM  
Blogger {evy} said...

Awesome, generous and incredibly inspiring. Thank you for sharing all this! I will most certainly be joining all of you next time. Thank you so so much!

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you so much!

so kind to share the advice :)

5:41 PM  
Blogger Kelley Grace said...

Thank You!! Wisconsin is far away, it was great to still get the info!


4:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Grace, thank you so much! I desperately wanted to attend, but we don't even live on the same continent... I'm so happy to read the tip sheets, thanks again for sharing you experiences.

Greetings from Hamburg, Germany, Sandi

5:38 AM  
Blogger caro said...

I would definitely love to come to your next meeting.

1:53 PM  

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