One of the things that makes Pittsburgh great – is the affordable cost of living here. In recent years, a number of groups have started to promote and support local crafters and artists. Now there are lots of festivals, some shops and websites where you can purchase interesting, one of a kind, handmade items from local artists and crafters. Over the past few years the craft seen in Pittsburgh has flourished with a couple of different groups working to promote handmade businesses. A few years ago, I had a ton of fun spending an afternoon with some of the crafters at the beehive talking blogs and business and I honored to be included on their panel on social media this weekend. Not only is the crafting movement a good thing for the local economy but its great to see a groups of passionate people supporting their businesses and creating a fun community in Pittsburgh.
The Business of Craft is a day long workshop this Saturday, hosted by the Pittsburgh Craft Collective. This is a day of workshops and speakers focused on how to improve your crafting business. While this is being organized by crafters – I think that many of the topics will also apply to small business as well and there will lots of info on using the internet to promote your business.
I will be one of the panelists talking about social media and small business. I am looking forward to meeting these amazing other presenters
The Business of Craft
Saturday, July 24, 2010 9am-4pm
@ The Union Project
Local Business is Good Business for Pittsburgh
This is good for the local economy too – dollars spent locally have a greater impact on the local economy. And it is just nice to meet the people who make things and to know where something comes from too. From the 3/50 Project – which is a campaign about supporting local businesses:
For every $100 spent in locally owned, independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here.
Here are some other blog posts about crafty things that might be of interest…
- Get Crafty at Make:PGH (craftzine.com)
- Craft website Etsy brings big sales to small businesses (telegraph.co.uk)
- Crafting and Social Networks — For Fun and Profit! (blogher.com)
- Urban Craft Uprising Arrives at Seattle Center (seattlest.com)
- Book Review + Giveaway: The Handmade Marketplace (craftzine.com)
- Crafting Community Helps The Gulf Coast (timesunion.com)
- Hello Craft’s Summit of Awesome in Portland (craftzine.com)