How to Start a Local Creative Business Meetup

Running a creative business – especially when you work from home – comes with a lot of alone-time. And to be honest, that’s not always a bad thing! Alone-time creates space for ideas and creativity and discovering how you work best and what you need to be productive. But sometimes we need other people to bounce ideas off of, to celebrate our wins with and to build us up when we’ve royally failed. Sometimes we need an in-person support network to give us a hug and share a cookie with. Here are some expert tips for staring a local small business meetup in your area.

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Show Report: Spring Quilt Market 2017, St. Louis

Spring Quilt Market took place this past weekend (May 18-21, 2017) in St. Louis, Missouri. Quilt Market, organized by Quilts, Inc., is a credentialed trade show that occurs twice a year. The location of each spring Market changes (next year will be in Portland), but the fall Market is always in Houston. Quilt Market is held in a convention center with hundreds of exhibitors in a traditional trade show format. Laura Piland was there and brings us this report.

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Hand Knit Finger Puppets Cheer Child Hospital Patients

When the IWK Children’s Hospital announced that they needed more finger puppets, Amy Morais decided it was time to pick up her knitting needles – something she hadn’t done since she was a child.

“I’m really big on helping them,” says Morais. “They saved Melody; she would be here if it wasn’t for them.” Melody is Morais’ 14-year-old daughter who has been going to the Nova Scotia-based hospital since she was a baby and Amy has since donated many hand knit puppets to the project.

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