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biz ladies: the top 5!

well, the results are in and we have the top five cities for the biz ladies nights this year. in order of votes:
  • chicago: 19%
  • san francisco: 16%
  • seattle: 15.4%
  • philadelphia: came up from behind at the last minute with 12.2%
  • portland, oregon: 12.1%

i'm so excited to visit all of these cities! thank you to everyone who voted- i'll be announcing my schedule and dates soon so stay tuned for dates, times and locations if you're near any of these cities. and...there's one last surprise.

i've decided to add an honorary 6th place because 5th place was such a tight race. los angeles lost by .1% and since i've always wanted to go there i'll be bringing the biz ladies to los angeles, too. that's all my budget can allow for right now but i'll definitely try to host more biz ladies events in additional cities if i can find funding. thanks again to everyone who voted, can't wait to get the meetings started!



Blogger tiffany said...

Yaaay! Los Angeles!

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'll love Portland Grace, if you haven't been before. I'm from Seattle/Tacoma area and every time I visit there I fall a little more in love with the city. So glad to see it on the list!


11:56 AM  
Blogger Melissa Micare said...

Oh, man... only one location on the East Coast?? And the survey wouldn't even let me vote....

Too bad. I live in Richmond, VA and could have made it to Baltimore, DC or Norfolk. :(

12:07 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


the survey closed this morning at 8 am, i announced that on friday. it was open for two weeks prior to that.

norfolk/va. beach was on the list (as well as several other east coast cities) but they didn't win the vote, sorry.


12:13 PM  
Blogger Victoria E said...

Woohoo, I look forward to your trip to San Francisco. :)

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait! Yay for Seattle!

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have a link to the overview/description of what the biz ladies night is all about? I want to send it to my LUCKY friend who lives near Philadelphia.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Melissa Micare said...

Grace --

No hard feelings -- I tried a couple of times while the survey was open, but since I used a work computer, I think our firewall screwed something up.

And who knows... I have some relatives near Philly :)

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay, Philly!

1:52 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


i don't think i have a formal description anywhere but basically the intended purpose is to connect local women running their own design-based businesses. my goal is to have them leave with a few connections they can use to form a smaller group that will meet regularly for support, ideas, collaboration. etc.

we normally have a little chatting time and then time to either listen to speakers or share advice, tips.


1:59 PM  
Blogger angie said...

Hurray Portland, Oregon! Looking forward to it.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you so much for adding la! looking forward to the event : )

2:40 PM  
Blogger Jan Halvarson said...

yay seattle and portland!

2:44 PM  
Blogger Kelly Lynn Jones said...

yay for los angeles!!

2:55 PM  
Blogger Leslie Y. said...

Hooray for San Francisco!

2:59 PM  
Blogger lisa solomon said...

so excited about SF... hope to meet you then! ;)

3:04 PM  
Blogger Camilla said...

can't wait for the sf meeting! thanks for organizing these grace. camilla

3:11 PM  
Blogger Amanda Hugnkis said...

I nearly had a fit when I saw that Los Angeles didn't make the list. Thank you for making the honorary trip!

3:32 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Yay, Chicago, go Midwest! I'm so happy there's going to be one just a few short hours away...

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LA us ready and excited!


3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yay chicago!

3:54 PM  
Blogger what said...

I am excited about the san francisco event....when will it be??

Also, I would love to check out Portland too.

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we will host SF at RD!!

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Smokes...i saw the five winners and just about fell over, I got scared you weren't going to make to LA...woo hoo for LA.
Billie and I will be there for sure.
Thanks Grace

7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

at first when I didn't see LA on the top 5 I thought,
oh....who do I pay a visit to ? SF or Portland?
But lucky for me LA made the list so I'll be seeing you local. Yah!

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay! You'll love Philly!


8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very excited about you coming to chi-town! lots of girl-talent here. please post time and place when you know them.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yippee Skippee for Philly!

10:00 PM  
Blogger Calie Durant said...

Another great part about living in SF, eventually everyone comes here.

10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again, thanks for coming to LA! We are so looking forward to it~

10:52 PM  
Blogger Sgulde said...

Good job voting Chicago ladies! :)

Can't wait to see you/meet you here.

1:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad you added LA! I meant to vote -- and missed the window --- oops. Looking forward to it.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seattle & Portland! I'll be at both!

12:02 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Does a graphic design home business count or is this more for retail / interiors?

1:30 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


of course :)


1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are poor marketing ppl like me working in the design industry welcome?........ :-P?

3:59 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


if you're planning on starting your own design-related business you're more than welcome. i try to keep it to people actually making products or creating artwork/design, rather than in the promotion end. only because the advice available from experts is most beneficial to people in that area.


4:01 PM  
Blogger adaptation said...

oh my gosh!
i'm so excited- portland!
i am thrilled to hear that we made it!

8:14 PM  
Blogger delight said...

Wonderful! I would love to meet you and the others behind the scenes.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Eliza said...

I'm so excited! Count me in.

6:35 PM  
Blogger Lettuce Press said...

YAY for Portland and Seattle. Deeply devoted Portland NATIVE here who just moved to Seattle. You will love P-town, rain or shine, its such a sweet, cozy, friendly city. I wish I could list some favorite haunts for you, but I am sure you will be quite busy. Still getting to know seattle myself, but the skyline at night is really something special and inspiring....my grandpa used to call it his jewel box!! Lucky you that you get to visit the gorgeous pacific NW!!!

12:48 AM  
Blogger anne said...

yay! this is great for LA design women. i hope i'm not late to the party -- when and where? i'll move mountains to be there.

12:01 PM  
Blogger jewels said...

HURRAY for seattle! :) I'm from around here, can't wait to hear of the dates! You'll love it, but don't bring an umbrella...you'll look like a tourist! ;) Unless the umbrella is from pare * umbrella!


4:06 PM  

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