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July 2014
Free

Summer Craft Racket: Tax Overview for Small Businesses

July 15, 2014 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Blue Buddha Boutique,
1127 W Granville, Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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CPA Dawn Milani presents a tax overview for small businesses. She’ll review the differences between sole proprietorships, S- and C-corprations and LLCs, explaining how each structure could impact your personal taxes. She’ll also go over sales tax. Do you have any burning tax-related questions about your business? Please send them to chicagocraftmafia@gmail.com before Monday July 7 so that Dawn can be sure to address your issues during the presentation. Presenter: Dawn Miliani of Milani & Associates. Dawn has extensive experience…

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April 2014
FREE

Spring Craft Racket: Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

April 23, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Blue Buddha Boutique,
1127 W Granville, Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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Our Spring Craft Racket is all about SEO! Learn how to get your website to appear better in online searches. Continue reading

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March 2014
FREE

Get it on the shelf: a panel discussion on consignment and wholesale

March 30, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lillstreet LOFT,
4437 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, 60640 United States
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The Chicago Craft Mafia is bringing together a panel of local shops and local handmade artists to talk about getting your goods on the shelves of stores. Hear more about how buyers for shops determine what to carry and learn the tips and tricks that get your stuff carried and sold at their stores- whether through consignment, rental space, or wholesale. Listen to several makers with goods sold across the country share their stories navigating the retail market. Continue reading

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Free

Maker’s Day: Watch. Make. Take!

March 8, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Blue Buddha Boutique,
1127 W Granville, Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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In honor of National Craft Month, more than a dozen makers will invite the public to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what they do. The artisans will explain the process behind their work, and many booths will give the public the chance to try it for themselves through “make ‘n’ take” projects. The sessions—from sewing to chainmaille jewelry to paper folding to lampwork glass—will run on a rotating schedule from 11 am to 6 pm at Blue Buddha Boutique, 1127…

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February 2014
Free

Craft Mafia Meet & Greet

February 5, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Frontier,
1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL United States
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Let’s all take a break from our crafting, get out of the cold weather for a bit, and chat with other makers who understand us. No cover- we’re just getting together for an informal meet & greet so we can network, gab, and drink beer. Meet fellow makers, trade stories, and drink beer! Continue reading

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January 2014
Free

CRAFT RACKET – Winter 2014

January 21, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Blue Buddha Boutique,
1127 W Granville, Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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Topic: Intellectual Property and Legal Issues in the Artisan World
Guest Speaker: David Adler, Esq. – principal attorney, Leavens, Strand, Glover & Adler, LLC

Learn the basic differences between copyrights, trademarks and design patents. What do they protect, what don’t they protect, and how does an individual or business obtain them? What can we do, as small businesses, if someone steals a design and replicates it? What sorts of motifs and logos can or cannot be used on handcrafted items for sale? When should crafters create contracts, and what sorts of agreements should an attorney review? Continue reading

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