MARCH 16-17, 2018
IN GREENVILLE, SC

A CREATIVE SMALL BUSINESS CONFERENCE

The Makers Summit is designed for entrepreneurs who want to grow successful businesses. Over the course of two days, we’ll confront both big picture and day-to-day challenges facing independent creatives. Learn collaboratively through panel discussions, hands-on workshops, one-on-one sessions, and keynote speeches from industry experts.

2018 conference schedule

Friday, March 16th

11 am
1 pm
2 pm
3 pm
3:30 pm
4:30 pm
6-8 pm

Registration
Keynote: Phil Sanders
Discussion Panel
Break
Peer Groups
Keynote: Jen Gotch
After Party

Saturday, March 17th

9 am
10 am
11 am
12-2 pm
2 pm
3 pm
4 pm
4:30 pm
5:30 pm

Mingle & Breakfast
Keynote: Jeni Britton Bauer
Workshop 1
Lunch Break
Workshop 2
Workshop 3
Break
Peer Groups
Maker Talk: Matthew Moreau

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The Makers Summit is held at the Clemson ONE space at 1 N. Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601

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WORKSHOPS

These in-depth sessions allow you to customize your conference experience. Choose three workshops to attend that best fit your busines needs. 2018 topics include:

DESIGNED FOR DISCIPLINE

Austin Bristow

As an entrepreneur, it's easy to feel like your business has taken over your personal life. In this workshop we'll take an upbeat, honest look at the importance of discipline for achieving success and finding a greater sense of personal freedom. You'll walk away with actionable steps to make time for what matters and have a game plan for focusing on your biggest priorities.

DIY PR for SMALL BUSINESSES AND SIDE HUSTLES

Rebekah Epstein

You're making great things... but, do people know about it? Have you been struggling to get the word out about your products? Are you ready to get the media to pay attention to what you are creating? During this workshop, you will learn how to use traditional media outlets as a microphone, start breaking through the crowded inboxes at media outlets and score stories about your business that will attract new customers!

GROW YOUR HANDMADE WHOLESALE BUSINESS

Emily Kerr-Finell

This workshop is for makers, artists, or designers who want to grow the wholesale side of their business and see their work in more stores – or who want to know what it might look like to do so in the future. Whether you’re just getting started or are already in dozens of stores, you’ll learn methods and tips for growing wholesale in a way that is simple, inexpensive, and adaptable to your style and ethos.

HOW TO CHOOSE A NICHE AND QUANTUM LEAP SALES

Maria Brophy

One of the most common questions from creative entrepreneurs is: “How do I stand out in a field that is so competitive?” The answer is to focus sales within a niche and market directly to the right buyers. You will leave this workshop with strategies that will help you quantum leap your sales by focusing on the right buyers, speaking their language, and reaching them through unconventional means.

WHY CASH FLOW FORECASTING IS SO IMPORTANT

Jonathan I. Godwin, CPA

Nothing strikes fear into the heart of a small business owner or startup like "cash flow forecasts." Most people regard them as trustworthy as weather forecasts! This workshop will present an easier way to forecast your small business' cash flow, so that you are in a better position to make decisions and become more profitable.

Experts On Hand

Each attendee will have the opportunity to sign up for two complimentary 15-minute consultations. Discuss topics with professionals in branding, taxes, financial planning, product photography, and more.