Small Business Resources

Here’s where you’ll find posts on creative as a business; for and about running your own small company and succeeding in today’s world. Look for advice on pricing your services, legal issues with intellectual property and copyright, plus tips on self-promotion, finding new clients and dealing with difficult and/or slow-paying clients.


Get Creative with Google

Focus your energy on creative and strategic work, not busy work. Does all your technology slow you down or speed you up? Tom Stuenkel and Rob Austin, Managing Partners at WorkSite believe that technology should support your business every second of every day. Join us to get a real-world, hands on (bring your lap top), introduction … Continue reading

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Copyright, Content and Contracts

“I own my content … don’t I?” “I have permission to use this … I think.” “This is public domain … right?” Know what you can and can’t do as a creative today at Copyright, Content and Contracts: How To Protect Your Works And Your Livelihood In A Mashup World with attorneys Rick Bixter and Elaina … Continue reading

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LAKE FX 2015 Expo

Join Chicago Creative Coalition at the inaugural Lake FX Summit + Expo, the Midwest region’s largest FREE conference for artists, creative professionals and entrepreneurs. The theme is Improvisation and Innovation, which fits right in with our programming year. C3 will have a table on April 17-18, 10am–4pm at the Chicago Cultural Center. Connect with other creatives, network … Continue reading

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Expose Your Creativity: Go Bananas

Join C3’s Chief Exploration Officer George Berlin and his band of wacky Creative Geniuses for this fun hands-on program about invention, curiosity, tinkering, making stuff, and asking “what if?” Inquisitive kids and their respective grown-ups are invited to come explore “Scratch” a simple and intuitive programming environment made at MIT for kids of all ages. … Continue reading

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Break out of Your Shell

February 17, we get some fresh ideas on how to stay on your toes for pitches, meetings, and innovation at Expose Yourself: Break out of your Shell – Improv for Business with Mark Carter and Greg Werstler. They will help us bust down the walls with performance exercises and ways to use improvisational techniques for business and creativity. Mark … Continue reading

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Expose Yourself: Speak for Your Work

Expose Yourself: Speak for Your Work – January 15, 2015  with Catherine Johns, radio legend and career coach Your work is meaningful, even magnificent. And it’s tempting to think clients will “get it” without much input from you. Sadly, that website, photograph or video does not speak for itself.  You need to speak for your work and … Continue reading

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Your Money | Your Property

Join us September 17th 6pm at coLab Evanston for “Your Money, Your Property,” an exciting program where two top pros will cover everything you need to know about keeping track of everything you have—from copyright and intellectual property to property taxes and your corporate set-up. Just in time to get it all together for end … Continue reading

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Networking with C3 and IWOC

Come on out for some F2F time with your fellow C3ers and members of the Independent Writers of Chicago on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 at Marcello’s Restaurant. Independent Writers of Chicago (IWOC) is the largest organization of professional freelance writers in the Midwest. Their members are experienced writers and editors serving clients worldwide in a wide … Continue reading

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Creative Chicago Expo

Join us at the Creative Chicago Expo, March 14–15, 10am–4pm at the Chicago Cultural Center. Connect with other creatives, network and share best practices. It’s FREE, so bring a friend! Click for more info on this great event http://ow.ly/hl9FG If you’re a C3 member and you would be able to help out at C3’s table, … Continue reading

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How Do You Promote Yourself?

Join Chicago Creative Coalition on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 6pm at The Globe Pub for a rousing and informative discussion, as well as great food and drinks (everyone orders off the menu.) Bring a friend and join your fellow creatives in this moderated roundtable on how we show-and-tell the world about our work. Prepare to discuss methodology, websites, … Continue reading

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