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Craft & Build Day

 

We’ve had an awesome year of hosting monthly maker meet-ups with educational topics like Digital Marketing, How to Raise Money for your Small Business, Behind the Scenes of Opening a Store, and The Art of Customer Relationships.

But for our very last 2o15 maker meet-up, can we please put down our pens and notebooks and pick up some hammers, glue sticks, and paint brushes instead? Let’s make stuff together!

We obviously need some sustainably designed decorations and displays for our upcoming Holiday Show and who better to help make the space look awesome than YOU?

We welcome our community of artists, makers, builders, and designers to join us for one day of crafting, building, and celebrating the holiday season together as a team.

WHAT: Urban Air Market CRAFT & BUILD DAY

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 6th  9am-6pm

Please arrive on time for a light breakfast, networking with your peers, and to meet the Urban Air Market team. Bring your own bag lunch!

WHERE:

SCRAP – a source for the resourceful

801 Toland St, San Francisco, CA 94124

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About The Build Leader:

James Cross

James Cross, owner of Hero for Hire, has been deeply involved with an obscure part of SF’s creative and artistic communities as part of the San Francisco Institute of Possibilities and Camp Tipsy. James has built boats out of heaps of garbage, islands out of plastic barrels and lumber, and countless other sustainable art projects for creative events.

About the Venue:

SCRAP is a non-profit creative reuse center, materials depot, and workshop space founded in 1976 in San Francisco, California. SCRAP breathes new life into old objects and reduces waste by diverting over 200 tons of materials heading to landfill every year.

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The Art of Customer Relationships: Growing Your Sales Authentically

 

Great relationships are the key to building a successful business. People want to do business with those they know, like, and trust. Creating and growing your relationships with your buyers (retail and wholesale) as well as your employees, trade show and craft show reps, and even your fellow designers can make a huge impact on your sales and overall business. Robin Kramer, a rock star independent sales and marketing consultant and partner in Flourish & Thrive Academy, explores the why, what and how of Customer Relationships.

WHAT: The Art of Customer Relationships: Growing Your Sales Authentically

WHEN: Wednesday, October 7th, 7-9pm

Please be aware of city traffic and neighborhood parking issues to arrive on time for refreshments, networking with your peers, and to meet the Urban Air Market team.

WHERE:

DSF Clothing Company

520 Haight St. San Francisco, CA

RSVP to reserve your spot!

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About The Guest Speaker:

Robin Kramer- Flourish & Thrive Academy

Robin Kramer, a rock star independent sales and marketing consultant and the community leader and director of strategic relationships over at Flourish & Thrive Academy, an active community of jewelry designers who are changing the face of the jewelry industry.

Robin has an impressive history with leaders in the retail industry that have built their brands on innovative merchandising and strong service cultures. Among these brands are Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and Gap, Inc.

For the past 15 plus years, Robin has worked with primarily small, upscale wholesale brands and designers to bring their products to market, position these niche brands for maximum exposure to their target customers and build relationships with national and international retailers. One such brand was Dogeared Inc., a jewelry company where she was the director of sales for 5 years. Robinhelped Dogeared grow from a small company into a well-known jewelry brand. Sales grew over 800% in just a few short years. The line went from being sold in specialty boutiques to include major department stores and chains like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus Direct, CUSP, Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, Von Maur and South Moon Under.

In 2010 Robin started her consulting business, RedBoot Consulting and in 2012 she partnered with jewelry designer Tracy Matthews to launch Flourish & Thrive Academy, an online school dedicated to teaching jewelry designers how to get their jewelry on more of their DREAM Clients and raving fans.

In addition to the vivacious community, F&TA offers incredible designer support services such as a complete jewelry business program and an ever-growing library of free sales, marketing, and business resources.

About the Venue:

DSF Clothing Company‘s mission is to promote and preserve the independent and creative artists and designers while still providing uniquely curated products to their customers. Since opening our doors in 2006 as a clothing store and art gallery, their motto has been, “Prosperity Together”. Every designer, artists, and brand they collaborate with is a part of a cultural shift. Art, music, fashion are all mediums for cultural expression, and the people behind them are creating the shift. DSF aims to revolutionize the independent boutique experience with amazing people and their products.

Behind the Scenes: Opening Your Own Store

 

Do you make and sell products to a loyal following online or at shows like Urban Air Market but dream of owning your own store?

Learn from an awesome panel of current store owners who started off as Urban Air Market vendors. Come hear what it takes to open your own store and get answers to your burning questions about creating a business structure, hiring employees, location tips, and more. This speaker panel event will allow attendees to hear the good, the bad and the ugly of store ownership firsthand.

Bring your questions and business cards as there will be time for Q&A, refreshments, and mingling.

WHAT: Behind the Scenes: Opening Your Own Store

WHEN: Thursday, September 3rd, 7-9pm

Please be aware of city traffic and neighborhood parking issues to arrive on time for refreshments, networking with your peers, and to meet the Urban Air Market team.

WHERE:

gather

541 Octavia St.

San Francisco, CA

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About The Panelists:

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Husband and wife team Christian & Daisy opened their shop, gather, in 2014 in Hayes Valley. Daisy is a jewelry designer who sells her designs online and in various boutiques around the country and Christian’s background is in providing legal advice to small businesses. Combining their unique experiences and skills and embarking on a new journey, they are now living their dream of owning a brick and mortar store in the heart of San Francisco to sell their goods as well as the goods of other local and indie artists.  

Jonathan- heliotrope

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JP is an alchemist, a dog lover, a porketarian, a grammarian, a martini aficionado, and Nice Jewish Boy from The Bronx. He’s worked for Bay Area retailers for over 25 years, including Williams-Sonoma/Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Good Vibrations, and Bare Essentials. He co-founded Heliotrope five years ago.

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Jenn co-owns Local Take with Kyra, who she had often shared a festival booth with to sell her own designs in the past. They worked so well together that they decided it was time to open their own brick and mortar store. Jenn and Kyra chose the Castro for their business as it lacked a main retail source for independently designed and crafted personal items and gifts. Local Take now showcases over 130 independent designers and artists, helping them gain public recognition to jumpstart their careers.

About the Moderator:

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Danielle is the owner of Urban Air Market. She has been an event producer and artist representative since 2005 when she founded Missing Piece Productions. She has won a San Francisco fashion award in each of the following categories: Best Event Producer, Best Fashion Event, Best Artist Rep, Best Fashion Collective, and Best Trunk Show. She enjoys success stories about small businesses that participate in Urban Air Market events that involve collaboration, growth, and change.

About the Venue:

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Located in the heart of San Francisco, gather has thoughtfully curated a selection of unique local and hand-crafted clothing, home goods, and gifts. gather fosters an engaging shopping experience that provides a meaningful connection to the featured craftsmen and women including hosting monthly workshops.

How to Raise Money for your Creative Business

 

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In celebration of Urban Air Market‘s first show in Oakland, and as a continuation of our monthly meet & greet events for creative business owners, we’ve teamed up with with a stellar group of professionals about a topic that you’ve been waiting for.

Join us at Impact Hub Oakland and meet experts from fundraising from fundraising organizations Indiegogo, Working Solutions, and Kiva Zip.

What: How to Raise Money for Your Creative Business: A Panel Discussion

When: Tuesday, July 7th 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Please arrive on time for snacks, networking with your peers, and to meet the Urban Air Market team.

Where:

Impact Hub Oakland
2323 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

RSVP to reserve your spot!

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About The Panelists:

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Sara has been pursuing her passion for social entrepreneurship since she worked with a social start-up in India in 2013. She has four years of domestic and international development experience in Chile, India and New York, and is very excited to be a Kiva Zip Fellow in San Francisco this summer. Kiva Zip’s platform provides entrepreneurs with 0% interest, no-fee loans up to $5,000. The loans are crowdfunded through Kiva’s community of lenders as well as the borrower’s personal network.

Alisa Cordesius, Indiegogo
As Indiegogo’s Manager of Social Innovation & Design, Alisa empowers entrepreneurs, creators, and change-makers to fund what matters to them. She is responsible for building partnerships and empowering individuals to leverage crowdfunding for social good. Prior to Alisa has spoken most recently at SXSW 2015, Unite for Sight at Yale, and is a frequent presenter at UC Berkeley, Stanford, and the Impact HUB. Indiegogo helps you raise money via crowdfunding for anything, from products to personal projects. and provides you with the tools to spread the word.

Corrine, Working Solutions

Working Solutions is a nonprofit organization that provides micro loans and business coaching to Bay Area small business owners. Corinne works directly with East Bay business owners who are seeking a microloan to help them get started with Working Solutions.Prior to Working Solutions, she completed a year of service as an Americorps VISTA at Women’s Initiative, a nonprofit that helped women entrepreneurs start small businesses in the Bay Area. She is interested in local community development and income generation for under-served populations.

About the Moderator:

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Will Chase is Burning Man‘s Minister of Propaganda, working on global communications strategy. He’s the editor-in-chief for the Jackrabbit Speaks newsletter and the Voices of Burning Man blog, and content manager for Burning Man’s web properties. He volunteered as the Operations Manager for the ARTery (Black Rock City’s art HQ) and was on the Burning Man Art Council from 2003-2008. He also runs Will Chase Arts, providing art curation and event management services since 2004.

About the Venue:
Impact Hub Oakland
is equal parts inspiring work space, entrepreneurial incubator and community of socially minded people. Located in the heart of the most diverse city in the United States, we cultivate, support and connect social entrepreneurs and purpose-driven people as they pioneer solutions for a sustainable and equitable world. Impact Hub Oakland is where your ideas can turn into action. Learn more here.

Takeaways:

Through meeting representatives of key organizations and small business owners who have been successfully funded through these organizations,  participants should walk away with a greater understanding of current fund raising options available for small business and actionable steps they can take to prepare for their own fundraising campaigns.
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