Dear Fellow Creatives,

After much deliberation, the directors of the Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs have decided to put the conference on hiatus in 2012. Many more opportunities exist to help creative professionals with their businesses than when we began CCE in 2009, like Hello Etsy, Schoolhouse Craft, Blogher Creative Connection, WorkshopSF’s small business series, and many more. With that in mind, we are taking the year to re-assess how CCE can best serve the West Coast creative community and are considering new formats, and new ways to educate. If you would like to provide your suggestions, we welcome your feedback on our survey page.

We want to thank everyone who attended or worked on CCE during the last two years. Both events were more successful than we could have imagined, and we are eternally grateful for all of your support. We continue to delight in hearing about the projects and collaborations that began at CCE, from business partnerships, to pen pals, to book deals.

Please continue to stay in touch with us via Facebook, Twitter, and our web site. We will continue to provide information and resources throughout the year as we make way for an exciting 2013.

Wishing you all success and fulfillment in 2012,

Lauren, Jamie and Laura

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As though we didn’t feel warm and fuzzy enough already, several of you sent the loveliest thank yous! We received nearly a dozen exciting thank yous for keynote speaker Jeff Rudell, including pillows, paper flower books, hand-sewn cards, and even an entire 3-D paper landscape, but we organizers didn’t fare too badly either! We received…

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In case you weren’t able to make it out for last Thursday’s event, Stitch Labs co-founder Jake Gasaway has helpfully provided a linked list of all the business apps discussed by the panel.  Thanks for a super-educational night, Jake! Hi Everyone, On behalf of Bazaar Bizarre, Stitch Labs, Willo O’Brien, Josh Zerkel, and Justin Glaeser, [...]

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CCE speakers Christine Schmidt and Evan Gross filled us in: Happy Fall Y’all!  Just wanted to drop you a line regarding some fun studio updates!  Join us for our first ever workshop- PRINTIN’ IN THE KITCHEN. On October 1 we are gonna be cooking up some fine prints to schnazz up your kitchen in our [...]

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We are currently experiencing a rather disappointing dearth of shared CCE 2011 photos. I know I saw more than one camera snapping away during CCE (and more than one recap blog post , so pretty please send us your shots (any e-mail on our contact page will work) or post them to our Flickr group!  [...]

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Head on over to TechShop this month for three great events put on by SFMade: SFMade Orientation, Sept 20th Come to an overview of SFMade’s programs and services and learn how we help manufacturing companies to succeed. When: September 20th, 6-7 pm Where: TechShop 926 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94103 Sign up here: http://wwwsfmade.ticketleap.com/orientation-7/ [...]

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While many of us are gearing back up for a busy season after a much-needed summer break, CCE’s 2011 speakers are already kicking ass and taking names. Here are just a few of the ways our accomplished speakers are greeting fall…

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As if the conference itself weren’t enough excitement for one weekend, we wanted to tell you a little more about two really exciting evening events happening next weekend. Both are open to the public, but CCE attendees and speakers get in free!

The first event is a taco-and-beer party on Friday called Meet. Greet. & Eat.

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If you’re not familiar with Meylah, you should know that in addition to offering an integrated online storefront and social marketing base, they also offer a TON of free small business resources, including several eBooks, about 4,783 “Byte-size Learnings,” and a whole series of eCourses, including this comprehensive one for Meylah beginners, which covers the following topics…

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This one goes out to all the crafters out there. I’m talking especially to you doe-eyed folks who spend ten hours behind a table at a craft fair on Saturday, only to stay up until 3AM making more inventory for Sunday. The first year or two you insist that you actually enjoy this lifestyle, but before long it becomes clear that being a one-person sweatshop (complete with sweatshop-level wages) is not the most sustainable business model…

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Did you know that all of the DIY Business instructors at WorkshopSF are also CCE speakers?  Yeah, we kind of have a monopoly on those guys. If you’re interested in pursuing your CCE education beyond the conference, check out these three upcoming workshops in the DIY Business series: Opening A Brick And Mortar Store with [...]

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When I first started my toy business seven years ago, I was handcrafting everything myself. This had the advantage of being able to sell my toys on Etsy, but it also meant that I was making less than minimum wage on every product. Clearly, this was not sustainable, so I spent the next two years sourcing responsible manufacturing overseas and starting my own e-Commerce site. Had I started my business in 2011, none of this would have been an issue, because I could have…

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Today it is my incredible honor and privilege to share a conversation with our distinguished keynote speaker, Mr. Jeffery Rudell. He is incomparably talented and generous, and I can promise you that his opening address will be one of the most creatively inspiring talks you have ever heard. Mr. Rudell’s writing is single-handedly responsible for the epiphany that got my career back on the right track and I couldn’t be more thrilled for you to meet him.

In the following interview, Mr. Rudell was kind enough to share his story and give us a glimpse into his keynote address.

Can you describe what a typical day might be like for you in your work as a creative professional (if there is such a thing as a “typical” day)?

One of the great joys (and great dangers) of being self employed as a creative professional is that I don’t have many “typical” days, per se. I might be decoupaging a life-sized giraffe, constructing a violin out of paper, or creating a room-sized snowstorm using…

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The buzz in the creative community this week is all about work-life balance. Earlier this week I read a series of interesting posts on Poppytalk about having “Too Much Success.” The three posts were written by CCE speaker Rena Tom and featured interviews with other CCE speakers Lisa Congdon and Christine Schmidt of Yellow Owl Workshop. Also this week, CCE speaker Willo O’Brien launched a new video series about “Creative Sustainability in Life and Business.”

It all got me thinking, how do we define success, what’s the right speed to grow your business, and how do you take more time for yourself after you’ve “put in your dues” without setting yourself back?….

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Just a reminder to everyone who picked up a special discount code at either our TechShop or MakerFaire events that tomorrow, 6/30 is the last day it will be valid, so make sure to use it before then!

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Lisa Congdon is on the panel for the session, Freelancing Success along with Meg Mateo Ilasco and Erin Loechner, and she is heading the session, The Work of Art.

How do you stay motivated to keep creating new and interesting works of art everyday?

I think the most important driver for daily motivation is doing…

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There are still two CCA scholarships to CCE remaining! If that $50 will help you out, don’t be shy to claim one! Just enter code CCEScholar when you register. It will only work for two more people, so don’t wait to get that free money!

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