biz ladies: the morning after

by Grace Bonney


there are few moments in my life that i can remember being really and truly speechless, but last night at the business ladies meet up i walked up the stairs and found myself at a loss for words. surrounded by a room packed full of over 80 talented women i had to jolt myself out of shock and pick my jaw up off the floor. thank you thank you thank you to everyone who attended last night, to dwr for being incredibly gracious hosts (thank you, korneel!) and to rena and everyone who helped out with snacks, planning and support (and thank you for your city harvest donations- we have over 200 pounds of food to donate!) after a few hours of talking i think nearly everyone went home with a handful of business cards and i’ve now heard that there are two small groups already formed and ready to meet in a few weeks. in addition i’ve heard people are talking about collaborations, teaming up to do websites and promotion and, if nothing else- i think everyone walked away with some new friends who will be invaluable as people get their businesses off the ground. i can’t tell you how thrilled i was to look around and see so many amazing women genuinely helping each other and making great contacts. i hope you all made it home safe and sound- thank you again for coming.


[above: karen from nama rococo talks to women interested in opening their own design businesses]

in addition, joi at the nyc craft mafia has been kind enough to let us use their forums to stay in touch and plan meetings. so, CLICK HERE to register and get in touch with us on our very own BIZ LADIES forum. we’ll post small group meetings, updates, helpful articles, anything relevent to women in small business. thanks, joi! [click here for a little slideshow of last night. i wish i’d remembered to take a picture of us all sitting down upstairs, the sheer number of people was overhwhelming]


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  • I wish I lived close enough to come. :( But glad to see so many women working together.

  • It was such a wonderful positive and encouraging experience, thanks for setting it up! I really enjoyed it!

  • so glad to hear it was a big success! i was sad to have missed it (i was at home not feeling well), but i’m really looking forward to meeting everyone at the next one. go women entrepreneurs!!

  • hi grace, this looks fantastic. diana fayt and i are thinking of starting one of these groups in san francisco, so i am hanging on your every word about your group. thanks for sharing about this. lisa congdon

  • lol. my apologies to her for catching her with her eyes closed. so sorry! i did my best to get everyone looking their best but i caught a few people looking away, sneezing (that was a good one) and when the blinked or stopped smiling…sorry! i’m just glad i remembered to take pictures at all…


  • oh how incredible that must have been for all of you! (*sigh*) I wish there was something like that here in Atlantic Beach, FL (Jacksonville)! It is so amazing when my fellow design girl buddies and I come together (well whenever we can) with some wine and inspire and swap ideas! It would be great to see it at with a higher volume of people…

    nice going, grace! best wishes for the holidays!

    -Marisa Carta
    Atlantic Beach, FL

  • Thank you for putting this together, Grace and Rena. The time went by so quickly. I’m looking forward to more meetups and seeing what evolves. Everyone I met was so nice! great group of people, cheers to all.

  • Thanks so much to Grace and Rena for organizing the Biz Lady meet up…it was really great to meet so many other ladies in design related businesses. And I’m sure it was no easy feat to organize, so again, thank you!

  • looks like it was another fabulous event ladies….so sad i missed it. thanks Grace and Rena for keeping things moving forward and inspiring us all!


  • I got excited just reading about the event and seeing the photographs of all the happy people! Having gone through the experiences myself (growing a business) makes what you are doing even more inspirational. D*S is an excellent example of what can be achieved … very kindest regards.


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