Fall Creative Founders Conference Speaker Erin Kendrick

This month, we’re going to be sharing about each of our Speakers individually and share more about what each of them will be speaking on for our Fall Creative Founders Conference. We are continuing this series today with the powerful Erin Kendrick of Erin is Creative!

Erin is a visual artist from Jacksonville, Florida who’s color rich, acrylic ink-stained works of art seek to inspire a dialogue about contemporary spectatorship and the power of language as it relates to perceptions of and about black women. She has exhibited work in museums, galleries and alternative spaces throughout the southeastern United States. Erin has completely come into her own, distinctive, entirely unique element as an artist, and she is someone I am thrilled will be with us at the Conference this fall.

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The Power of Attending Conferences, Workshops, and Retreats

A small handful of entrepreneurs know the power of attending Conferences, Workshops, and Retreats, and go every year.  

And a lot of entrepreneurs, for whatever reasons they may be, do not.  We will buy online courses, classes, and attend online webinars all day long, but going to anything in-person has lot lower of a chance of it actually happening.

Why is that? The power of attending an in-person event gives you something that all of these online offerings do not, and that's something that I want talk about today.  So below, I wanted to write a post sharing with you why I think that attending an in-person event is not only important, but should be a vital item you include in your business as an entrepreneur.

After reading, let us know your thoughts on if you find these same things to be true!

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Our Top Chrome Plugins for Trello

You constantly hear people saying Team Trello! or Team Asana! and we have to be honest, we've flipped back and forth between the two as well. 

However,  when it comes down to it, we settled on Trello, and it truly is a gamechanger here for us as far as our organization and productivity goes since it works well with how we like things to be laid out.  Like any digital tool, we found that we wanted to make a few adjustments or changes to our preferences, similar to the way you are with most other productivity apps.  I knew what I wanted to be able to achieve, and that was to not have to click nearly as much, not have open as many cards, and be able to see everything without scrolling left and right as much as I did.  So, I set out to find things that would do just that.

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Fall Creative Founders Conference Speaker: Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val

This month, we’re going to be sharing about each of our Speakers individually and share more about what each of them will be speaking on! We are starting out this series today with an incredible artist, Valerie McKeehan of Lily and Val!

Valerie joined us for the first time as a Speaker at our 2016 Conference, and we are thrilled that she is returning to join us this fall. Today, we're going to highlight the specific sessions that Valerie will be teaching in addition to sharing a little bit more about her.  Read on to learn more about Val!

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Alumni Spotlight: Ashley Shelly

When it comes to planning for your business, have you ever wondered how the people who design the planners you use come to creating the specific items for you?

Or,  are you perhaps wondering what a planner would suggest to help you to plan for your own business?

Well today you are in luck, because we have the incredible Ashley Shelly on the blog for an Alumni Spotlight!

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Should you Attend our Creative Founders Conference this Fall?

Today on the Blog, I could write you and tell you more about our Conference.  However, today, I want to share thoughts about our Conference from one of our Spring 2018 Attendees, Kelli Cross of Lettered Grace.  She joined us for the first time this Spring and will be returning again this fall as our Conference Encourager.  She is someone who truly invested into this Experience, and is someone that each of us could learn from.  So today, read what Kelli has to share with you, if you're wanting to join us for our Conference this Fall!

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A Smart Goal Setting Guide for Planning and Productivity

There’s something we absolutely love about setting goals.  We love to look ahead and dream about the future, making all sorts of plans, and by speaking it into the world, we seem to think it will automatically shift our brains into gear to make them automatically magically start to form.

Well my friends, as nice as that would be to actually happen, in order for those goals to come to fruition, we have to put IN the work in the first place.

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Conference Companion Rates Available for this Fall's Conference!

This Fall, we are thrilled about everything that we have that is new! Not only are we changing the sessions available to further meet your needs, at a venue that we think will feel like you're on vacation while you're working, and getting together from Thursday - Sunday to better suit your schedules, we also were able to do rates available at varied pricing!  In addition to be able to vary pricing based on the room you choose, we have one additional item that we are thrilled to share with you today, and that is that Conference Companion Rates will be available for this year's Conference!

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What do you need to do for the GDPR as a small business owner?

The last few weeks, you may have noticed that there has been a tremendous influx of emails to your inbox with companies telling you they are updating their Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.  This week, you are probably going to get even more of these, as this is all for GDPR Compliance, which goes into effect this upcoming Friday, May 25th.

Today, we wanted to share a post filled with resources to help you to do this as a small business owner.

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Exciting News about our 2018 Conference Experience

When I think about the times that we have been able to bring people together, I think about the relationships that have formed that have instantly become strong, steadfast, and continue to grow long after the initial goodbyes are spoken, those same relationships that have lasted for years after people first said their hellos and introduced themselves.


And when I think about our Conference, I want it to be a place where things come together beautifully, in a way that changes the way you look at running your business and living your life at the same time, in the best way possible.

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Alumni Spotlight: Mallory Coats of MalWest Design

When it comes to making a shift in your business, how do you create your own artistic journey, and build a business you love at the same time? Mallory is here on our blog today talking about exactly that.  As the owner of Malwest Design, she recently launched MalWest Market and today she's sharing a bit about her journey thus far.

Read on to learn more about Mallory, Malwest Design, and Malwest Market!

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2018 Creative Founders Conference | A Note from Kristin

To the 20 women who joined us and the 7 speakers who poured their hearts into the attendees when they were there, I hope that this week left you feeling changed, uplifted, and more than anything else, ready for the next step that is running an amazing creative business.  At a later date we will do a full recap of all of the details for our Conference, but for today, I wanted to share my thoughts with you in the form of a letter to the attendees. Enjoy!

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Alumni Spotlight: Kelsey Baldwin of Paper and Oats

Today we are thrilled to continue our Alumni Spotlights on our blog with Kelsey Baldwin of Paper and Oats!  Each week, we ask our Alumni questions about what they're up to, along with asking them how they would encourage you.  Read below for our mini interview with Kelsey, where shares about her course, her upcoming book, and more!

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We have a New Look!

When I think about the Society for Creative Founders, to me it embodies these three things: community, support, and an element of fun built into all of the learning that takes place in this online space. I want it to feel like a conversation between friends, with a bit of whimsy and fun built right in. Like the creatively designed card that you lovingly write out to a friend and drop in the mail, and of course, be bright, cheery too.

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Asana for Makers - A Course to Help you Organize #allthethings

There are so many different tools available these days that you can use within your business to keep things organized.  You can use post-it notes, a notebook or a planner, a digital system, or keep it all in your head. The number one thing is to find a system that works for YOU. We use Asana for our day-to-day everything in tandem with Trello, and today we wanted to share an awesome course that was created by Janet of Paper and Spark to help you to learn not only how to use Asana, but also how to use it to plan out all the things you could possibly need for your business.

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How to Become a Morning Person for your Business

I am one of “those women” who gets up at 4am every weekday, and those three hours that I have just for me before the rest of the house is awake are now my most treasured and my most productive worktimes of the day.

From many conversations I’ve had with many women who are entrepreneurs, especially mamas (most recently on this podcast episode with Suzi of Splendidly Curious), they tell me this is enticing to have 3+ hours a day to yourself other than naptime, but don’t know where to start. So today, this post is all about it!

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How to Use Stop Motion Video for your Creative Business

For the last four weeks, Sarah of Signet Sealed has been leading an incredible class all about Stop Motion Video in our Community.  It has been such a great class and those participating are turning out some pretty amazing videos!  Last week, we shared seven ways to use video for Social Media Marketing.  Today, we are continuing on this topic and have Sarah on our blog sharing her thoughts on everything regarding this specific topic. 

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