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biz ladies: coming to a city near you (vote!)

one of my biggest goals for d*s is to help women in design connect with each other to form support groups, collaborate on projects and share resources. today i'm excited to kick off a project i've been wanting to start for a while now. starting this fall i'm going to take the d*s biz lady nights national. the goal is to travel to five major cities this fall, winter and spring and host a meet up for local women running design-based businesses. along the vein of the brooklyn meet-ups i'll be organizing the location, speakers/experts and as many local resources and tutorials as i can. i have a few cities in mind but i thought i'd see what you guys thought of in terms of which cities d*s should visit. i've started a survey right here where you can vote for the city where you'd like to see a meet-up. i'll do my best to set up meet-ups in the top 5 cities this year and hopefully we can kick off a series of biz lady nights in each city that can be run by local artists and shop-owners after i leave. so, click here to vote for the city you want! don't see your city? leave a suggestion below in the comment section. i'll announce the top five later this summer and start working on each event asap. see you soon! [i'll still be hosting biz lady nights in brooklyn, starting this fall]



Blogger Jammin23 said...

o Please o Please let there be a biz ladies meet up in the midwest- maybe st. louis. I went to the brooklyn one and it was fantastic! But im moving and i would love to see one in the midwest!!!

12:21 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


my last reader survey said most people live on the coasts or in one of the cities listed but by all means, if you'd like st. louis on there please consider it added- if enough people vote for it in here or request a mid-western city i'll definitely add it :)


12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

savannah!!! . . . georgia, that is ;)

12:31 PM  
Blogger amanda said...

I'm suprised that Richmond, VA isn't on there. Seems that there is big Richmond contingent on etsy and in brooklyn in general. Richmond is pretty rad.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ohmgosh, how exciting! I voted for my closest city- San Francisco. I've got my fingers crossed hoping you'll head this way!

12:49 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


norfolk/va. beach is on there- it's not far away. but if enough people write in for richmond i'm happy to add that to the list and come back to my home state :)


12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very exciting! Thank you Grace, for getting this started!

12:56 PM  
Blogger Kelly Lynn Jones said...

come on over to los angeles!!!--xo kelly

12:58 PM  
Blogger zelia said...

I really hope it's San Francisco! I'd love to come and learn.

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOS ANGELES! We've been anticipating a D's visit. And there are some great venues for meeting up. How about the Viceroy..or DWR Santa Monica.

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where do I find out the dates, etc. for the current meet-ups in Brooklyn?

1:44 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

oh you must visit Seattle! There's so many creative people here who would love to attend one of these. Myself included!

1:53 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

i hope LA is on the list- i've never been and have always wanted to go. even if it doesn't make it i'll have to go out anyway. ;)


1:58 PM  
Blogger kate said...

Yeah! Don't forget the midwest! There are design people here too! I'm in Kansas City, but I guess St. Louis might be as close and I can get. Thanks!

2:00 PM  
Blogger Mama of Life&Love said...

Thanks for doing this! I attend the Philly meetings and they are great!

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about phoenix/scottsdale?! not on the list...

arizona always seems to get overlooked :(

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great idea!

just wanted to say to the people in la that i know that vanessa from turquoise in la (http://turquoise-la.com/)hosts regular designer networking parties (both men and women though) so you may want to check into those until d*s can make it out west.

hope that helps!

2:12 PM  
Blogger erin m carlstrand said...

This is such a great idea!! Hope it comes to the Windy City (that is, Chicago) - I will be there and I know many others that would interested too :)

Thanks for setting this up!

2:13 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

just an fyi- i picked all these cities based on where my last reader survey said most people were ;)

like i mentioned above, if enough people write in here to suggest either something in the southwest or midwest i'll totally include it in my top 5.

vanessa's meet ups sound great- she told me about them this week. i think i'm going for something a little different but people should definitely check hers out- they're a great resource.


2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea. I love what Vanessa is doing for LA's design community, but I feel it is more interiors-focused. It would be great to try to round up the indie designers/crafters/artists, product designers and students too.

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please come to SAN DIEGO!!

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why, oh why, is Salt Lake City not on the list?

2:43 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

if you guys want salt lake, i'm happy to go. just need the votes- feel free to start the campaign here if you want :)


2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about women who want to start a business but haven't actually started the ground work yet? I've been working on ideas and have been making my protocols but that is about it so far. Choose Los Angeles!!

2:48 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


come on down! seriously, at least 15% of our brooklyn audience hasn't started anything yet, but is about to.


2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a good question from Kimmy...I'm still a student but plan on starting a textile design business, among other possible products. Am I still welcome and can I benefit from these meetings?


3:03 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

of course- everyone's welcome that's running or planning to be run a design based business. those who aren't running anything yet will still benefit from the resources available :)


3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm hoping to start something in the next year or two so i vote for philly!

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aw. no phoenix? i'm sure you'll have a good gathering there too.

i hope it's in SF though, as i live there too!

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, don't forget about PHOENIX ....I can't believe it's not on the list....it's one of the fastest growing cities in the country and we NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED this!

3:33 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

i chose SF because i could make it out there but i would love if you could make it out to honolulu, hawaii.

i'm not sure how may readers are from here but we have such a great group of women artists and designers. it would be great if we could network somehow.

3:39 PM  
Blogger what said...

Okay, I have to vote for SF....it's closest to me....although I must say there's a hellalotta cool stuff coming out of Portland.

By the way, I am very much into promoting new and emerging designers on the WHAT blog. Even if you are a way from launching your product it is always good to be around other creative minds to inspire you.

4:53 PM  
Blogger modmom said...

yay! see you in san francisco!

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Toronto - yes, it's Canada - but we have an excellent scene up here. I have a design business and would gladly help you out to do a satellite Canadian version. You are very popular up here and we woudl love to have you!

5:16 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


canada is definitely is the plan but for this year i'm sticking to the us. but i'm definitely planning to branch out after that- i don't have many contacts in the canada as far as locations and local resources so i'm trying to stick to what i know for right now ;)


5:20 PM  
Blogger alisa said...

please please please please chicago. you have lots of fans here and it's almost always cheap to fly here. :-)

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fabulous idea...how about a trip around the world next year...Toronto...Kuala Lumpur!!! I would love to arrange some locations and local resources here in Asia!

7:58 PM  
Blogger Eye Eclectic said...


Grace come back to Georgia and visit the Atlanta campus of SCAD and the SCAD shop. Atlanta also has a wonderful artist/ design collective at Beehiveco-cop.com that will make you flip! The shop provides an environment that cultivates and promotes many local artists. I hope you will come to Atlanta! We also have other artists collectives such indie crafts experience (ICE-Atlanta)


8:25 PM  
Blogger IMEDAGOZE said...

I wish I could be near anywhere of the cities. *sigh*

9:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, also, was disappointed that Phoenix wasn't on the list....so if you decide to add it, I vote for it!

10:30 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

seattle seattle seattle seattle

10:53 PM  
Blogger Katy Sullivan Designs said...

I can't wait. I have had my own company for about a year now and can't wait to share my thought and experiences with others. Do you know when the Brooklyn nights will start up? How often are they?

See you all soon!

12:16 AM  
Blogger Sgulde said...

Chicago, Chicago, Chicago. ;)

12:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

L.A loves D*S. We vote Los Angeles. We can't wait to hopefully see you on the West Coast. Fingers crossed!!!

1:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LA LA LA LA LA LA...saying that with our ears plugged. In all seriousness...we would love it if one of the locations chosen were Los Angeles. We'd definately be there! By the way, thanks for doing this Grace...it's just wonderful.

1:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a man...can i come?

2:49 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


i'm afraid these are women-only events. there are many like-minded meet ups open to men and women around the country, i'd be happy to point you in their direction.

as for a world tour- maybe one day- but for now i'm paying for all of this out of my own pocket so i've got to keep this within reach ;)


6:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, this is like some cult, scary.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Reference Library said...


8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Because Denver is the new black!!

8:39 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

We would love to have you in Chicago. :)

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm placing a vote for sunny san diego!

12:07 PM  
Blogger Liz Libré said...

Grace - I think this is a fantastic idea! I will 100% be there for the Brooklyn meetups! Even if I do move to Maine in the next year.

12:31 PM  
Blogger willikat said...

you've gotta come to minneapolis. there's so much great women-owned design work around here. seriously/ i'd be glad to serve as a contact if you have questions.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It'd be a real hot time in DALLAS!

12:59 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Atlanta please.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Here is another vote for Salt Lake City! If you can't make it here, I would love to come and see you at another west coast city.

1:45 PM  
Blogger the bridal wishlist said...

where are all the dc/baltimore d*sponge readers? c'mon ladies! get the vote out :-)

2:56 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


VA and GA are on there but according to my survey there aren't any other large contingents of d*s readers down there. At least none that filled out the survey.

But don't worry, round two will definitely cover the south.


4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I wasn't aware of the meet ups in brooklyn...when do they happen?

5:17 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


there have been two already, i'll announce details for the third in september :)


5:28 PM  
Blogger Christiana said...

San Francisco, please!

5:56 PM  
Blogger amy b said...

philly please

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Philly please!

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely Kansas City and New Orleans.

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the bauhaus, mies van der rohe, louis sullivan, frank lloyd wright... chicago seems like a nice fit. (granted, those are all men) lets get some biz ladies up in chi town!

8:44 PM  
Blogger erica j. said...

savannah <3's d*s!

10:01 PM  
Blogger Heather Moore said...

Grace, obviously Cape Town is way off the beaten track, but I must say that I've found just reading about your previous Biz lady nights very inspiring, and I plan to organise something along those lines here some day soon. There are such amazing designers in my city and I think that together, we can only get stronger!
Thanks for the inspiration.

1:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ladies, i've just started working for an interior designer who's gonna launch her own furniture line (fantastic stuff belive me!)and i discovered you blog whaihc i love. If you coming to L.A im in definitely.


3:46 PM  
Blogger Turquoise said...

Come to LA, my showroom is all yours!

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

come to portland oregon! i know that alot of people would be interested, and as i am just starting up my own thing, i would love to be meeting others and getting resources! i'm so excited that you are taking this national!

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why don't you ladies out there start your own meet-up and network, you really don't need grace for that, i'm sure there are many well established women out there who have a very successful business with years of experience who can do this.

4:58 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I can't believe that no one has voted for a city in Texas, how about Dallas or Austin?

10:04 PM  
Blogger the bridal wishlist said...

thanks, grace :-D

looking forward to round 2.

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please. please come to Seattle! We have a very active Ladies Who Launch group in Seattle and I'm sure they would love to come and meet you too!

10:21 PM  
Blogger Kerry Pitt-Hart said...

i agree with jennifer & katie...would love to see a biz ladies meet up in the midwest...either in kansas city or st. louis.

2:41 PM  

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