The funny thing about organizing a creative conference is that you don’t get to experience it like your attendees do. For that reason, Megan and I decided to splurge on tickets to Craftcation in Ventura, Calif., this year. Believe it or not, I’m not always the most outgoing person. The idea of spending a weekend with … More Mixing Business with Pleasure: Our Craftcation Experience
Last weekend was a truly beautiful time: More than 150 makers from all over the Midwest and from across the country converged on the Columbus Hyatt for three days of learning. If you were among the makers who joined us, please fill out the attendee survey so we can make next year even better! Now that … More THANK YOU!
This is just a quick message as we get ready for the con — by the time you read this, we will already be in Columbus, getting ready for conners to arrive Friday! If you weren’t able to get your ticket booked ahead of time, you can still buy a day pass on site. A … More See you in Columbus!
Tara Swiger is the author of Market Yourself, a system for creating a marketing plan for your craft business. She began her entrepreneurial journey as a yarn-maker, and quit her day job in 2009 to be a full-time maker. She has been writing and teaching about handmade business for over five years, via (free) weekly … More Meet a Speaker: Tara Swiger
Midwest Craft Con comes just once a year, but we are deeply rooted in the DIY craft show scene. This list of Midwest craft shows (and shows within driving distance) is for makers who want to branch out to new markets, but also for shoppers who are up for a road trip! We’ll also put together a … More Spring + Summer 2017 Midwest Craft Shows
Midwest Craft Con is just one week away! If you’re anything like us, you’re probably used to making lists on lists on lists to keep your business, creative projects and private life somewhat organized. Here’s a starter list of things you should plan to bring to the con! Conference essentials: Our program doubles as a place to … More Countdown to the Con: What to Pack
Midwest Craft Con attendees get to take in sessions and workshops that will build their handmade business tools, but they also can make connections with independent stores while they’re at the con! At our Trade Show you’ll find a variety of independent retailers offering up their knowledge and inventory to conners. Whether you are looking to … More Inside Our Trade Show
Creatives hustle! We craft newsletters when little ones are napping, pull all-nighters prepping wholesale orders and crunch numbers left and right to stay abreast of our handmade businesses. While Midwest Craft Con‘s daytime programming was created for creative entrepreneurs to help them grow in 2017, we also know how badly you need to burn off some steam. … More Fun Craftivities at the Con
Kicking off Midwest Craft Con on Friday, Feb. 10, is the return of our crafty party bus tour of Columbus! Book a seat on this bus, and you’ll be led to the craftiest shops in Ohio’s capital city. While the con is centered in the Hyatt downtown for the weekend, we wanted to give folks the opportunity … More DIY & RIDE: Take a tour of Columbus!
The Akron Craft + Social Club came together because three local creatives wanted to drive some positive change in their neighborhood, while having some fun at the same time. … More Crafting a Better Community: The Akron Craft + Social Club