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Last chance for early bird tickets!

If you were thinking about getting a ticket for the 2017 Midwest Craft Con, there is no time like the present! Our early bird price of $199 for the weekend ends on Oct. 1 (or possibly sooner if they sell out) — after that, the price of tickets for the whole crafty weekend goes up by $50. Get yours here!

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Our featured speakers for 2017 are Yao Cheng of Columbus, Chris Glass of Cincinnati and Jen Hewett of San Francisco. Read more about them here! You can see the past con’s speakers here, and the rest of our speaker lineup will be solidified in the fall. If you’ve got an idea for a talk you’d like to give, fill out this form! We’re accepting speaker proposals until Oct. 1.

Midwest Craft Con is a creative business conference by nature, but it is also a weekend that celebrates making things and making friends. You’ll collect practical business, community and life tips from our expert speakers, but you’ll also get to make connections with your fellow crafters during the meal breaks and the after-hours craftivities. We aim to make this conference participatory, where everyone is encouraged to make something special happen — whether it’s organizing a degree-granting googly eye program or gathering people with common interests to get lunch together. The connections people made at the first con are still going strong in our Facebook group and out in the Midwest and the rest of the world. We’re planning to make Oct. 22 a day of Midwest Craft Con parties and meetups across the country — stay tuned for more details!

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We hope to see you in 2017 — leave a comment if you have any questions!

❤ Brit, Grace + Megan

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Tickets for Midwest Craft Con 2017 are on sale now!

Oh yes: Midwest Craft Con is gonna be back in Columbus, Ohio, from Feb. 10-12, 2017, and early bird tickets are on sale now! The first 100 tickets are $199 each, and after that, the full price is $249. Get your early bird ticket while you can — when the early bird tickets sell out, they’re gone.

Our featured speakers for 2017 are Yao Cheng of Columbus, Chris Glass of Cincinnati and Jen Hewett of San Francisco. Read more about them here! We’ll be announcing the rest of the schedule in the fall, and you can see the past con’s speakers here. If you’ve got an idea for a talk you’d like to give, fill out this form!

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Who should go?

Anybody who runs a creative business. Whether you’re a veteran indie crafter, an upstart maker, an artist, a designer or photographer: You’ll come away from the weekend with lots of new ideas, techniques and friends. here’s what people had to say about the 2016 conference:

“I feel like superwoman now thanks to all the encouragement.”

“This was such an amazing and affirming weekend. It was wonderful to be around my fellow crafters.”

“There was a moment during Lisa Congdon’s keynote where I just realized that I was in a room filled with such like-minded, goal-oriented crafty people. It had been a clear underlying theme all weekend, but something during her speech really drove it home for me. It felt so exciting to realize that there are so many of us out there, driving the handmade revolution!”

What’s included?

Three days of sessions, panels and keynote speakers, plus fun maker-centric activities and ample socialization time. Your ticket to Midwest Craft Con gets you 24-hour access to the Hyatt. Note that you’ll be responsible for paying for your own room and meals aside from a few mixers we’ll host. When you register, we’ll send you a confirmation email with a link to reserve your hotel room.

We highly recommend staying on site, as events will go late into the evening, and our reservation of the hotel’s public spaces is contingent on having our people book rooms. We’ve negotiated a special price of $139 for a double and $169 for a quadruple.

When you book your ticket, we’ll also give you access to a private Facebook group just for conference attendees so you can start sharing stories and planning. That’ll be the place to go to find someone to share a room with or hitch a ride with!

We aim to make this conference inclusive and fun, so you should have a look at the Code of Conduct that we expect all attendees to adhere to. See you in Columbus!

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Early bird pricing for tickets ending soon!

Stop thinking about it and just do it: Early bird tickets for Midwest Craft Con are half gone! The first 100 tickets are $199 each, and after that, the full price is $249. Get your early bird ticket while you can — the early bird discount ends Oct. 31 or when the 100 tickets sell out, whichever comes first.

When you sign up to be with us in beautiful Columbus, Ohio, from Feb. 19 to 21, 2016, you’re also joining our community of makers on Facebook, where you can share resources and find a roommate or travel partner.

Our keynote speakers, Lisa Congdon and Abby Glassenberg, are ready to inspire you with their talks, and a host of craft business sessions will help you make the most of your vocation. The initial lineup of speakers for Midwest Craft Con will be posted next week and includes experts from around the country talking about things including:

  • Awesome Email Newsletters
  • Packaging for Retail
  • Make a Marketing Plan
  • How to Stay In Love with Your Handmade Business
  • Acting Lessons for Shy Crafters
  • Etsy Alternatives: eCommerce for Makers
  • Craft Show Booth Critiques
  • Contracts for Crafters
  • Intellectual Property and Copyright
  • Accounting and Bookkeeping Basics
  • Working with a Wholesale Rep
  • Mindfulness + the Creative Mind

After hours, we’ll have lots of opportunities for socializing, crafting and shenanigans, with a trade show throughout the weekend featuring some of our sponsors.

When you buy your ticket, you also have the option to donate to our scholarship fund. Consider giving a dollar or two to help out a crafter who can’t afford this awesome experience on their own right now. We’ll be posting information for people interested in applying for a scholarship later this fall!

Will we see you there?

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Early Bird Tickets on Sale Now!

You’ve been waiting for it, and early bird tickets are on sale for Midwest Craft Con now! The first 100 tickets are $199 each, and after that, the full price is $249. Get your early bird ticket while you can — when the early bird tickets sell out, they’re gone.

What is this?

The Midwest Craft Con is a three-day retreat for mid-career crafters, makers and creative business owners. The conference will include inspirational keynote addresses, thought-provoking panel discussions, hands-on workshops and business-focused breakout sessions from experts from Ohio, the Midwest and beyond. But it won’t be all work: You’ll make new friends at our evening mixers, explore our trade show and network with makers — it’ll be a weekend-long retreat with your best craft buddies. We hope you can join us!

Our keynote speakers are Abby Glassenberg and Lisa Congdon. Read more about them here. We’ll be announcing the rest of the schedule in the fall. If you’ve got an idea for a talk you’d like to give, fill out this form! Speakers will get a full pass to the conference, but note that we won’t be able to invite everyone to speak. If you want to be at Midwest Craft Con come hell or high water, get an early bird ticket to be safe, and if we pick you as a speaker, we’ll refund the price.

When is it?

Midwest Craft Con will be from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, Feb. 19 to 21, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

What’s included?

Three days of sessions, panels and keynote speakers, plus fun maker-centric activities and ample socialization time. Your ticket to Midwest Craft Con gets you 24-hour access to the Hyatt. Note that you’ll be responsible for paying for your own room and meals aside from a few mixers we’ll host. When you register, we’ll send you a confirmation email with a link to reserve your hotel room.

We highly recommend staying on site, as events will go late into the evening, and our reservation of the hotel’s public spaces is contingent on having our people book rooms. We’ve negotiated a special price of $129 for a double and $159 for a quadruple, and we would be happy to help you find someone to share with if you’re coming on your own!

When you book your ticket, we’ll give you access to a private Facebook group just for conference attendees so you can start sharing stories and planning. That’ll be the place to go to find someone to share a room with or hitch a ride with!

Who should go?

Anybody who runs a creative business. Whether you’re a veteran indie crafter, an upstart maker, an artist, a designer or photographer: You’re welcome here and you’ll come away from the weekend with lots of new ideas, techniques and friends.

What else do I need to know?

We aim to make this conference inclusive and fun, so you should have a look at the Code of Conduct that we expect all attendees to adhere to.

Help out a fellow maker!

You also have the option to donate to our scholarship fund on our Eventbrite page. Consider giving a dollar or two to help out a crafter who can’t afford this awesome experience on their own right now.

Can I come for just one day?

We may have some one-day passes available, but that will not be determined until early 2016.