Design*Sponge Biz Ladies


[UPDATE FOR 2009: Due to budget restraints, the D*S Biz Ladies series will not be meeting in person this year, but instead, sharing the same advice, tips and stories via weekly column on D*S every Tuesday. Click here to view the column’s archives and check out posts from visiting experts. Tune in every Tuesday afternoon for a new post…]

The Design*Sponge Biz Ladies series was founded in 2006 in order to connect local women running their own art and design-based businesses. Each year Design*Sponge travels across the country to host these events in various cities where upwards of 200 women gather to talk, network and receive free advice from local experts on the topics of PR and Marketing, Wholesale/Retailing, Business/Legal advice and hear the story of a successful local designer who’s turned a passion into a full-time job. [Image above: Rosie the Riveter, updated by Abigail Friedman]

So far the Design*Sponge Biz Ladies series has traveled to Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, OR, and Seattle. This summer we will also hold meetups in Baltimore, MD and Boston, MA.

The Design*Sponge Biz Ladies series does not have a sponsor so all travel, event fees and lodging are paid for by Design*Sponge. As such we cannot afford to travel to every city (or outside the US) at the moment. But because we feel strongly about sharing any information and advice our experts have offered attendees in person we wanted to make any notes, documents and tip sheets public for download.

We hope you’ll enjoy these guides written by past and present Biz Ladies speakers and will use them when starting (or growing) your business. Best wishes from everyone at Design*Sponge.

To contact Design*Sponge about hosting a Biz Ladies night or sponsoring an event please send an email to Grace at: designsponge [at] gmail [dot] com

Notes for Download:

Public Relations and the Independent Designer

Retail tips from Double Dutch Boutique

Legal Tips/Reminders for Independent Designers

Pricing, Marketing and Wholesale Tips

10 Tips for Wholesaling your Product

Production, Manufacturing and Packaging

5 Super Simple Steps for Selling Online