Win tix to this week’s Seattle small biz conference

June 28th, 2009

Hey, new and aspiring freelancers in Seattle! Curious about how other self-employed professionals in the area got their start and deal with the ups and downs of working solo? On Tuesday, June 30, from 2 to 6 p.m., Seattle tech startup Jackson Fish Market is hosting its first Small & Special conference for current and hopeful small business owners. The conference is sold out, but I’ve got two free tickets to give away. Read on to see how you can win them…

Speakers at the event include Babeland co-founder Rachel Venning, children’s book publisher Oliver Chin, web application developer Steven Bristol, and international wine distributor Jon Rimmerman. You won’t find any venture-capital-hungry bazillionaires here; all the conference speakers bootstrapped their way to profitability. 

As for the day’s agenda, according to Donald DeSantis of Jackson Fish Market, “It will be one part inspiration, one part practical advice, and one part meeting new people.” In addition, all attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a custom promotional video for their business, courtesy of lilipip! studios and valued at $8,000.

To register for the conference (a deal at $25.00!), see For more deets about the conference, see If you’d like to throw your digital hat into the ring for one of the two free tix I have to give away, tell me about your business idea and why I should pick you right here in the comments. (Sorry, I won’t have time to collect email responses this week.) Thanks, and enjoy!

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kara Ceriello  |  June 28th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    see our invention,!

    Our best business idea for independent businesses (retail, restaurants, services) is one we’ve tried, tested, and has grown to around 40 local businesses. We work with our neighboring businesses to cross-promote each other this way. Receipts from one participating business are used for discounts (or value added products) at neighboring businesses. When our customers have the program explained to them they are delighted and excited, and often will immediately go and use the program at a nearby participating business. This has three immediate effects: first, it promotes a general sense of the area as a neighborhood where businesses work together, Two, it cuts down on car usage, as people who might drive out of the neighborhood to a “big box” store to save money, stay in the neighborhood since they can save money at the local shops. Three, it promotes the neighborhood as a place for people outside the neighborhood to visit.

    Thanks for reading and organizing this interesting looking conference. We just found out about it this in today’s Times, and are sad that it’s full! But that’s good for you, and we hope you hold many more.

    Jon & Kara

  • 2. Michelle Goodman  |  June 28th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Kara, I love your business model. Cool. I’m not the event organizer, but I’m sure Jackson Fish Market will love it when they see your comments. Also, are you wanting to be entered in my informal blog drawing for the free event tickets?

  • 3. Liz  |  June 29th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    i dont suppose you might choose me since i snagged one of your bizjam ticket giveaways last summer – BUT, i would love to go! :)

  • 4. Kara Ceriello  |  June 29th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    thanks for the nice comments!
    YES, we wanted to win tix since we couldn’t sign up – which is why i posted that. thanks!

  • 5. Kara Ceriello  |  June 29th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    btw, we’d like to sell your books at our store, and would love to set up an author reading/signing! are you available soon?

  • 6. Becky Tilles  |  June 29th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I love Washington. I love wine. I love Washington wines! I’d like to open a wine bar/retail space specializing in Washington wines and showcasing wineries who currently do not have tasting rooms in the Seattle metro area. Using state of the art technology to dispense perfect pours of properly stored wine, customers could taste that very expensive bottle that they could never afford to buy but would love to taste. Or, what about finding the best buy out there from a little known treasure of a winery? . I’d like for more people to enjoy the art of winemaking in our wonderful wine state!

  • 7. Errin  |  June 29th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Hi there,
    I am currently in my just-after-quarter-life-crisis brought on by grad school. I have started to think about what careers might fit me. And I have recently rediscovered my interest in writing. I am reading your book and just visited your site for the first time today (how fortuitous, I still have a shot at the tix). I am still in the planning chapters of the book as well as what my “business” will be and look like, but I am very excited about a future of my own making. Right now, ideas center around writing…writing about cooking, about life, about nature, and writing as a sub-contractor for environmental consulting firms (the only one on the list that I have any true experience in). As you can see I am a little all over the place. Still working out the road map :)

    Thanks for the opportunity to throw my name in the hat!

  • 8. Dave  |  June 29th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Business Idea – I give you $30, you give me a tix, I attend the event happy, you make $5 and we both win!

  • 9. Michelle Goodman  |  June 30th, 2009 at 7:31 am

    Thanks, all. Winners have been picked and notified!

  • 10. Laurie Wexler  |  August 9th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Hay sweetie Skater Laurie from L.A. saying hi, and so proud of what you’ve always done and continue to do….

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