Category >> Entrepreneurship

See you in Tucson during GemFair for Designer Business Workshops and Consulting
Posted on January 18, 2009
Ah, Tucson in February -- great weather, great things to see at the dozens of gem and bead shows and now, great education, too! We're bringing our unique designer business workshops to Tucson this year -- Feb. 4-6 -- to help designers gain valuable insights and skills to go along with their new materials and components. First time in Tucson, we usually do this in NYC, and first time we're hosting so many in a row.Join us for one, two or all seven classes -- your choice -- at the historic Manning House downtown near the Convention Center. The Manning House show is bead-centric but our classes are not. It's just a beautiful, convenient location that was offered to us.Each class is $95 or $80 each for two or best of all, $70 each for three or more. Register on the... Read More
Introducing the JRB Designer Jewelry Marketing Academy
Posted on October 28, 2008
Coming to Tucson in February? Please come visit us at our  first Jeweler's Resource Bureau's Designer Marketing Academy -- three days of designer jewelry business seminars conducted by me and Marlene Richey. We're running it at the beautiful, historic Manning House during the Manning House Bead Show. The Manning House is located in downtown Tucson near many of the best gem shows -- see their website at, Thurs, & Friday, February 4-6, 2009.Our classes are for all designers -- not just those that work with beads. We are using this beautiful space for seven classes to help you "grow and prosper" (our company motto!). Learn how to start and run a jewelry design business while growing your marketing and sales acumen.... Read More
Went to the Launch Party for Collective-E — something good to know for women entrepreneurs
Posted on September 26, 2008
My friend Beth Schoenfeldt, who was a founder of Ladies Who Launch, is on to a new, great idea to help women entrepreneurs of all kinds. It's called Collective-E (E for Entrepreneur, Excitment, Energy, Excellence....Etc.) and it's going to offer networking, education and more. Their site will be live in a week or so -- but now you can go there to sign up for their free, helpful enewsletter. The party was hosted at a great space on 23rd Street in NYC called In Good Company which offers shared workspaces for women entrepreneurs. They also offer seminars and networking, too. What a great idea if you need infrequent desk space or meeting room space in NYC. If you get lonely in your solo studio -- these are two great ways to get out and connect! ... Read More
Jewelry Designer Business Education — Live Events Coming Soon
Posted on June 21, 2008
We've been very busy this year with our online initiatives for designer business education -- this blog our free ecourse (sign up for it by sending a blank email to our free discussion group (send blank email to free e-newsletter Tip of the Week (sign up from our homepage) and of course, our content-rich member's only portion of our site which has several hundred savvy designers subscribed Coming in the second half of the year is a brand new website that will help consumers and retailers source your work, an affordable web developer package if you don't have your own website yet AND an affordable advanced custom website that is fully e-commerce enabled. This is all happening... Read More
Designer Jewelry Business Processes, Checklists, Systems
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I've had an interesting day here at the Jeweler's Resource Bureau... several consulting sessions in one day. When I work with clients one-on-one like this I definitely get "in the zone" when we're brainstorming. Ideas, connections and lessons just start spilling over and I'm dying to figure out a way to share those spur-of-the-moment pearls with the rest of my clients, website subscribers and blog readers. So here goes.... I'm going to throw out some ideas to see what percolates with you. Please add your thoughts to the comments section, if you're so moved. A lot of our topics today circled around the idea of check lists, procedures and timelines for specific tasks you have to perform all the time. Like getting ready for a trade show. Not just the packing list but... Read More
Another Essay Contest to Use for Self-Promotion
Posted on June 20, 2008
Tell Real Simple Magazine how you started your business or got your biggest order...or something else profound and win editorial ink and some cash, too. You can email your essay -- deadline is Sept. 9th. Go for it -- you never know! ... Read More
Martha Stewart Dreamers to Doers Contest – Show off your Entrepreneurship
Posted on June 17, 2008
Jewelry Designers have a great opportunity to enter a contest that awards their smarts rather than just their  designs. You could win up to $10,000 as part of Martha Stewart Living's second annual Dreamers into Doers Awards --and appear on "The Martha Stewart Show"! From May 2nd - July 11th, we're accepting entries from anyone who has turned a dream into reality, just as Martha did when she published her first book, "Entertaining."  It sounds easy, you just send a 250 word essay telling them how you've turned a dream or hobby into a career. Be sure to include photos of your project or business. 1 grand-prize dreamer will win $10,000 to expand her business and Vacation for a Lifetime with Wyndham Vacation Ownership 10 inspiring finalists will... Read More