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.


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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Get your Message to Resonate with Conference Attendees

Good day! George Berlin, Illustrator and Animator Extraordinaire here! I’d like to share the tale of how the message at your events can easily resonate with your attendees and BE REMEMBERED!! It’s all in the delivery… Picture the scene: you’ve gotten your 100 top salespeople- or even 1000!- all together for the annual sales kick-off … Continue reading

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Exploring Your Passion-PRE

Chicago Creative Coalition Program Most of us will spend a large portion of our lives working. We work for financial necessity and as a right of passage into adult life. In addition, work has the power to transform us and shape who we become. How do creative people approach their work in a way that … Continue reading

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Work As an Act of Identity

On April 24 about 30 creatives gathered to explore how to put and maintain passion in what they do. Moderated by award winning documentary filmmaker Steven Fischer, the discussion was wide-ranging but right on target. Every creative should check out Steven’s latest movie, Old School New School, a study on creativity. Our exemplary panel of … Continue reading

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Another Alternative Revenue Stream: Illinois Artisans Program

In keeping with C3’s program series on alternative revenue streams, we have some information on the Illinois Artisans Program. The State of Illinois is looking for new talent to join the program, which draws national and statewide attention to talented artists of Illinois. All areas of arts and crafts, including folk, traditional, contemporary, and ethnic, … Continue reading

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FOCUS on a Dynamic Program

On February 21, 2013, C3 and Chicago Web Pro Meet-Up members and guests were treated to a Master Class in small creative business management by consultants Brad Farris and Gail Zelitzky. The group of 25 attendees at FOCUS Your Creative Business took active part in the dynamic presentations, which included real-time iPad illustrations by C3er … Continue reading

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Focus Your Creative Business-PRE

Chicago Creative Coalition Program Whether you operate a solo enterprise or a small company, you’ll find this program helpful in finding fresh ways to work smarter and increase the satisfaction quotient for you and your clients. Chicago Creative Coalition (C3) will host two expert business advisors who focus on helping you become better at what … Continue reading

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Corporate Records Scam

Did you receive a letter from Corporate Records Service asking for $125 for corporate minutes? It is a scam! The Secretary of State Website confirms this, Throw the letter away. This company sent the most cleverly structured yet obviously FRAUDULENT demand for my corporate records and a $125 fee. They even include disclaimers that they … Continue reading

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More Perspicacity from Maria Piscopo, April 28, 2011

Creative services consultant Maria Piscopo gave a presentation to 60 C3 members and colleagues from American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and America Photographic Artists (APA), “Getting Paid What You Are Worth: Taking Charge of What You Charge.”

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