The mission of the Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs (CCE) is to create a small business conference addressing the needs and disparities of the designer, artist and handcrafter (Creative Professionals). We have core values that we will cultivate at our events and through our website:
To educate the artist, crafter and designer on their way to becoming a creative professional
To provide support for business owners, service providers and creative industries.
To create a network of business owners, service providers and creative industries who have similar professional goals.
To be a sounding board and a “Safe Place” for people to come and share their ideas. To find collaborators in the west coast creative community for their projects.
To learn more about the needs of this population and to advocate for the needs of the creative professional both locally and nationally.
Why Have A Conference?
The handmade and design movement is realizing a renaissance. The focus on sustainable, local and, more importantly, handcrafted product is a core value of the new generation of working professionals. Young entrepreneurs want to be able to build a community around this culture. They want to source out their material and service needs from independent businesses and advocate for policies that support small business owners and cottage industry. These communities are just starting to form across the USA. We have a strong contingent of creative professionals on the West Coast. CCE will be able to develop this community by providing meeting space, educational seminars, support and leadership in the form of an annual conference.
What is a Creative Professional?
We define creative professionals as people who generate all or part of their income through creative commerce. They own their own businesses or work for a small business or are looking to start a creative/small business. This can include, but is not restricted to craftspeople, fine artists, designers, writers and service agents who work in the creative industries.
The people behind CCE…
Jamie Marie Chan is a college educator, small business owner and fiber artist, native to the San Francisco Bay Area. She is founder of the indie craft show Bazaar Bizarre San Francisco. Jamie produces her own line of fiber art and craft kits, teaches art in the community, contributes to publications such as Craftzine and Indie Craft Gossip and was a founding member of the SF Craft Mafia. She co-owns Urban Fauna Studio, which is the first fiber arts store to be certified as a SF Green Business. She is a founding member and organizer of CCE.
Lauren Venell is an independent toy designer, artist, and small business consultant from San Francisco. She runs a small business blog for creative professionals and teaches small business workshops around the Bay Area. Lauren is also a contributing “biz lady” for design*sponge, and the Indie Business columnist for the Bazaar Bizarre SF blog. She is very excited to be part of the organizing team for CCE!
Laura Henry is an artist, crafter and web developer based in Oakland, CA. She specializes in sewing and watercolor painting and will try any craft once (or twice!). Laura has a BFA in computer animation and worked in the tech industry for 10 years before taking some time off to stay home with her son and sew. She is a Bazaar Bizarre SF organizer (including the back-end web dev), a writer for Indie Craft Gossip, an organizing member of CCE and a friend to squirrels.
A Little History
CCE was started in 2009 by Jamie Marie Chan, Lauren Venell, Laura Henry, Kristen Rask and Andrea Porter. Our first event was held in Seattle in 2010 and was a resounding success. Jamie, Lauren and Laura continue to organize CCE conferences in different cities on the west coast, while Kristen and Andrea now host a Seattle-based conference called Schoolhouse Craft.