On Wednesday, October 10th, Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Gulf Coast of Florida, as a Category 4 Storm. This is one of the strongest hurricanes ever to reach the US, and the devastation that it caused was catastrophic. With the Society for Creative Founders being based about 2 hours west in Pensacola, Florida, and we want to do our part to help Florida to rebuild.Read More
Hooray! We are in the final week that our Conference Registration is open, and we are thrilled to share about our sixth speaker, Heather Jordan of Durst and Jordan Accounting! Heather joined us at the Spring 2018 Conference and taught the Money session. She is such a wealth of knowledge that we knew we had to have her join us again!Read More
Over the last few weeks, we've been 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. Today, we have Amy Kinslow of Southern Fried Design Barn on the blog!
Ever since she had the opportunity to work at her local stationery store in high school, Amy Kinslow, owner of Southern Fried Design Barn, knew she wanted to be connected to this field of work. Soon after graduating college with a degree in graphic design, Amy attended the first ever Creative Founders Conference in 2011 with a small idea and a big dream. The conference kick started her business in late 2011.Read More
Over the next few weeks, we’re going 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.
So far, we have introduced Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val and Erin Kendrick of Erin is Creative. Today, we have Heather O'Brien of Heather O'Brien Design on the blog!
Heather attended the Creative Founders Conference (known then as Stationery Academy) in 2014 and it rocked her business world and truly propelled her business to the next level. She can’t wait to share all that she has learned over the years with you!
This is one of my favorite days every year we have our Conference, because it's the day we have the most aha moments - the day that we take everything that has been learned in the last few days and combine it all together to make a plan moving forward, the day that we celebrate all of the hard work that has been done and get ready for what happens next ... the hard work of being a business owner is never complete, but this day is one that sets up everyone so well for the days that follow after they return home.Read More
As creative business owners, we fall into a very unique space. We are all consumers ourselves and so we know that consumers won’t buy what they can’t see. We know that people are very visually oriented, especially when it comes to pretties, creative goods & art. We also know that we generally only have a handful of seconds to convince people to slow their scroll and pay attention to what it is we’re selling.
Our imagery should tell an authentic & cohesive story across every space that our ideal consumers visit, whether it be our websites or our social media feeds, as these spaces are the “face” of our brand & our products.
Day Two was our first full day at our Conference, and we covered so many different topics this day, it definitely was filled with learning moments left and right. Our speakers either led a main session or a breakout, we had dinner at the beach, and even included headshots for each person as well. By the end of the day today, you could see that the wheels were starting to turn for so many for our attendees, and we loved to see the blossoming friendships beginning to start as well.
There is a very distinct possiblity that I am very giddy in sharing this today. Every year, when it comes time to write this post, I take a big walk down memory lane, reminiscing over so many of the moments, the friendships, the interactions and the details that make up our Conference every year. This year, this blog post walkthrough will again be over the course of the next three days, and I'll share a bit about each day with you.
Although our Fall Conference will be taking place at the beach, our time with our Spring Conference taking place at The Lee House for the last three years was one that we absolutely loved. It is set up as a bed and breakfast, and completely changed the way we want to host our Conference. We had the entire place to ourselves, and it was really nice to know that we didn't have other vacation-goers mixed in with us - whether people wanted to stay up until 2am chatting on the couches downstairs or brew a cup of coffee at 5am in their pajamas, knowing that we had the space to do so completely to ourselves was just perfect.
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.
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!
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!
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!Read More
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!Read More
We are so thrilled to share that Registration is open for our 2018 Conference!
This Fall's Conference is better than ever, with 16 sessions and 7 speakers for the 20 women who join us as attendees.
We are so excited to share a few more details about our upcoming Fall Conference Experience with you today!
This fall is going to be different in a lot of ways .... so today we wanted to share a lot of those details with you!
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.
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!Read More
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.Read More
This time of year, a lot of people begin thinking about what they want to do, where they want to go, how to get the most out of their business for the year. And a lot of times, we get the strong desire to go to a conference for a variety of reasons. Here at the Society for Creative Founders, we have our 11th Annual Conference taking place eight weeks from now, April 15-18 in Pensacola, Florida! We wanted to write a post today filled with tips to help you to get the most out of your experience while you’re there, whether you are joining us at the Creative Founders Conference or another. We are hoping that these nine suggestions below will help you to get the most out of your Conference experience!Read More
2018 has started off beautifully! This year, we held our first ever Alumni Mastermind Retreat for eight women who had joined us in previous years for the Conference, the Course, or the Intensive. To those who didn't come this time, don't worry! This will now will be an annual event. We had such an amazing time and we wanted to share the experience with you!Read More