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Let us help you make friends *and* money as a creative professional. Join the Creative Clubhouse!


Saturday, October 11
2:00–7:00 pm
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St
$15 ($5 with a valid student ID)
in conjunction with Design Week Portland




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The Creative Clubhouse brings all the “cool kids”—nonprofits, service providers, and resources—Portland has to offer under a single roof for an entire afternoon. From co-working spaces and legal services to funding methods and local organizations that are here to help, this event is the go-to source for new and experienced creative freelancers and small business owners alike.

Whatever part of town you’re in, we’ll help you figure out what you need most in your business and who in the area is best equipped to help, all in an atmosphere that foregoes that icky networking vibe and offers a casual environment dripping with interaction.

In addition to individual resources, the Creative Clubhouse will feature panels and discussions throughout the day focused on questions like “How do I find new audiences for my work?”, “What can we do about the shortage of creative spaces in this city?” and, “How should I price my work?” We’ll also be revealing one of Portland’s hidden-in-plain-sight resource gems!

If that wasn’t enough, we’ll top out the evening by kicking back with a happy hour that will give you a chance to continue building the relationships that might just last a lifetime.

But that’s not all! We still have a few surprises up our sleeves, so join the club and see what we have to offer!

Confirmed Cool Kids

Drew Anderson, Millions of Hundred Dollar Ideas
Jonny Ashcroft, design and illustration
Toni Curry, TLC Promotions
Leigh Gill & Tricia Juettemeyer, Immix Law Group
Mark Grimes, NedSpace
Dawndae Hamilton, coach/mediator/producer
Bonnie Kahn, Small Business Development Center
Emily Kingan & Jenna Goldin, Math LLC

Sydney Mead, Habitate Property Management
Brianne Mees, Tender Loving Empire
Bettie Newell, Tonkon Torp LLP
Dina Rodriguez, Letter Shoppe
Julie Williams, Versatile Creative Consulting
Bryan Wasetis, Aspect Law Group
Robin Wang, Vibrant Future
Derek Wyatt, Float On

You’re creative and you put your work out there in the marketplace. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been doing this a while, it’s easy to get caught up in your studio, workshop, or office, and hyperfocus on the work. But did you know that there’s a wealth of information, resources, and people ready to help right outside your door? Beyond googling, beyond figuring it out for yourself, we’re here to help.

The Creative Clubhouse will give you a chance to meet people face to face, learn about some of the amazing organizations and individuals that are here in the area, and start building those critical social and professional relationships that will help you thrive doing your thing.

Your $15 ticket (only $5 if you’re a student) helps us offset the costs of producing an event like this and gets you into the room with amazing people. You’ll also get a swag bag as you walk in the door, and be able to participate in some amazing panels and conversations (see the panels tab for details).

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You might be a small biz bookkeeper, a nonprofit offering business coaching, or a co-working space. You’re one of the “cool kids” because you’re a key part of Portland’s creative economy. You’re the champion of small business, and your skills and services help creatives flourish.

You have amazing experience and expertise to offer, and many creative entrepreneurs may not even know you exist. We’re asking key experts like you to make yourselves available during the Creative Clubhouse to meet the makers, dreamers and doers, and help them sort out what they need most in their business right now. In return, you’ll broaden your reach, affirm your expertise, and make some new friends. There are two ways you can be involved:

Straight-Up Cool Kid

Cost to Participate: $25
What You Get:

  • Access to cool kids lunch mixer before event
  • Name and website listed on event web page
  • Free 1-year membership to either Maker’s Nation or OEN ($125+ value)

Super-Awesome Cool Kid

Cost to Participate: $50
What You Get:

  • Access to Cool Kids lunch mixer before event
  • Name and website listed on event web page
  • Free 1-year membership to both Maker’s Nation and OEN ($274 value)
  • Marketing piece in attendee swag bags
  • One drink on us during happy hour

When you sign up to be a cool kid, we’re asking you to plan on attending the entire event, offer up your expertise and experience and keep conversations going. The Creative Clubhouse isn’t a trade show or a resource fair so much as it is a place to have meaningful conversations and build new relationships. We won’t have tables for you to stand at, just couches and café tables for you to sit at. Oh, and it probably goes without saying, but shoving a business card or brochure in everyone’s hands is definitely frowned upon.

Interested? Contact us and we’ll see if you’re a good fit for our audience.

Over the course of the afternoon we’ll have three panels and group discussions on these three important topics. (Panel members will be added as they’re confirmed.)

2:30pm: How do I reach new audiences?
You might have a client or customer base already, but Rick Ross said it best: “Everyday I’m Hustlin'” Your next best audience might be in the place you least expect, and this panel will expose different avenues you can explore to reach new people, including residency programs, public spaces, and more.

Moderated by Rebecca Shapiro

Gary Hirsch, Bot Joy
Jolie Guillebeau, artist
Bridget Larrabee, My Art Scout

3:30pm: How do I price my work?
Whether you’re making a retail product or selling services or work for pay, this panel will walk through all the best methods for determining what your work is worth and how much the market will bear. We’ll look at bundling work into packages, offering products as well as services, and planning ahead for future growth like selling wholesale, licensing, and commissions.

Moderated by Katie Lane

Josh Kenyon and Steven Kasprzyk, Jolby & Friends
Jena Nesbitt, creative entrepreneur
Gwenn Seemel, artist

4:30pm: What can we do about the shortage of creative spaces in Portland?
If you’ve ever looked for place to do your thing in Portland, you probably know that the available spaces are either way out of your price range or have a waiting list far too long to be worth it. We’ll bring some key people to the table for a group brainstorming session on what we can do to increase the availability of studios and co-working desks, where we can look for alternative options, how the City can support our growing creative economy even further. (Put your thinking caps on!)

Moderated by Gina Morris

Rahim Abbasi, real estate developer
Robert Bart, Forge Portland
Nico Bella, L’Usine
Rory Sparks, Em-Space Book Arts Studio

What will I get out of Creative Clubhouse?
Our goal is to have you go home after the Clubhouse with a solid sense of what you need next for your business, at least three people you’d like to see again (whether in a social or professional setting), and an arsenal of information in your brain about what resources are available to you here in Portland.

What are “Makers, Dreamers & Doers”?
Anyone who does something creative and independent for a living (or who wants to) should attend the Creative Clubhouse. You might be a designer, a fine artist, or an indie app developer—your business is your art, and vice versa. You make, you dream, and you do.

Is this a good place for introverts who don’t like networking events?
Yes! First off, we’re striking down those icky networking techniques and doing what we can to facilitate natural conversation. We’ll have a few fun prompts available to serve as ice-breakers, and the venue lends itself to individual conversations. We’ll even have a dedicated room off to the side for serious or quiet discussions.

Do I have to apply to join the “club”?
No! Anyone who decides they want to attend is welcomed with open arms—we like to be as inclusive as possible. The “cool kids” are those awesome people who support you in your creative endeavors. There are no members-only jackets, no secret handshakes, no initiation rituals. Just the three Cs: Conversation, Community, and Creativity.



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