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Creative Entrepreneur 101: Mini Conference

Thinking about starting your own design business? Or have you already and want to take it to the next level? This engaging day of design entrepreneurship will educate and inspire you with panel discussions and speakers who will present on starting your own gig, promoting yourself, and building your brand vision. We’ll also tackle the nuts and bolts of business structure including banking, accounting, legalities and client management. Our speakers are all creative entrepreneurs who understand the unique intricacies of building a successful creative business, on your own terms.

This is a foundation level program designed to give you the information you need to get started as a creative entrepreneur, and save you a lot of time and money figuring it out.

Bring plenty of business cards–you never know who you’re going to meet during our creative networking activities.


8:30-9:00 Registration / coffee

9:00-9:05 Welcome

9:10-9:50 Panel Discussion How I knew it was My Time to Start: Panel Discussion – Erika Moody, George Brooks, Brandon Wilson, Lindsay Laricks

9:55-11:05 Session 1 Back to Business Basics: business structure, taxes, banking, basic accounting – Chris Brown, Dan Schmidt

11:10-11:55 Session 2  Let’s Get Together: partnerships, collaborations, and being the “boss” – Erica Moody, Trevor Hoiland

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:45 Session 3 Express Yourself: Self-promotion, getting your name out there, creating a following – Matt Wegerer

1:50-2:30 Session 4 You Work for Them: client management, how to find clients, how to maintain good relationships, how to cut ties – Lee Page

2:30-2:45 Break

2:50-3:35 Keynote Define Your Creative Business Vision for Fun AND Profit– Dodie Jacobi

3:35-5:30 Happy Hour & Mini Trade Show

The day is capped with a happy hour mixer and mini trade show - Meet with amazing local businesses and resources who can help you get up and running!

Coffee, snacks and lunch provided. 


Friday, Apr 15 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Price: $85.00
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Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UMKC
5110 Cherry St.
Kansas City, MO 64110


For more information contact:
KC Design Week
KC Design Week
(816) 221-3485

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