Maker Conference – A conference for Canadian artisans, artists and designers

Maker Conference – March 21, 2017

Craftadian and Canadian Small Business Women present: Maker Conference
The Maker Small Business Conference is a one-day full of education, maker success stories and valuable insights from makers just like you.

 


ABOUT | REGISTRATION | AGENDA | SPEAKERS
Thank-you


ABOUT

The Maker Small Business Conference is a one-day full of education, maker success stories and valuable insights from makers just like you. The day features informative presentations by industry experts, panel discussions on topics relevant to makers. The event includes a continental breakfast, hot lunch, beverages and snacks. It’s a day to be inspired and help you grow your creative business.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

Get inspired and surround yourself with like-minded makers. Gain valuable insight on running a successful creative business.

This event is for you if you are:

    • looking to connect with other makers
    • looking for guidance and inspiration for your business
    • hoping to learn from fellow makers to grow your business
    • requiring guidance/coaching to take your business to the next level

WHEN:

Tuesday March 21, 2017; 8:00AM – 5:00PM


WHERE:

Mississauga Grand Banquet and Event Centre, 35 Brunel Road , Mississauga, ON L4Z 3E8

Maker Conference


REGISTRATION: Maker Conference

Registration Includes:

  • Conference Full Access Pass (access to all speakers/workshops)
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Hot Buffet Lunch
  • Coffee/Snacks
  • Swag Bag

** TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT **

 


AGENDA: Maker Conference

*DRAFT topic times and speakers may shuffle as we draw closer*

Master of Ceremony: Gabriella Mammone

8:15am – 9:00am
REGISTRATION / BREAKFEST

Continental Breakfast: Bagels with cream chees, fruit yogurts, fresh seasonal fruit salad, butter croissants, Fruit Juices, Regular and Decafeinated Coffee, Gourmet and Herbal Teas

9:00am – 9:15am
WELCOME MESSAGE

9:15am – 10:10am
MORNING SPEAKER: CRAFTING YOUR MARKETING PLAN
Join Cheryl Rankin, Fit For Business to get some great marketing tips on how to market your products with little or no money.  Whether you are selling your products one at a time or starting to sell wholesale, this workshop will help you. Ideas will help you stretch your marketing dollars and make sales a bit easier.

Anyone who attends the workshop can get a complimentary 30 minute phone consultation from Fit For Business.

SPEAKER: Cheryl Rankin (Fit For Business)

10:10am – 10:30am
MORNING COFFEE/SNACK BREAK

10:40am – 11:30am
“SELLING WHOLESALE” PANEL
This panel will feature expert advice, guidance and success stories:
• How to get starting selling wholesale
• Tips for newbies interested in wholesale
• Etsy Wholesale
• Success Stories and Tips

SPEAKERS: Dayna Langlois (Dayna Lee Collection), Cathy Thorne (Everyday People Cartoons), Georgette Dehaney (Georgie Porgie Cakes & Gifts)

11:40am – 12:45pm
HOT BUFFET LUNCH / NETWORKING

Hot Buffet Lunch: Assorted crudités and antipasto platter, garden salads with homemade dressing, hot pasta selection, chefs chicken entrée selection, potato or rice selection, medley of seasonal vegetables, dessert selection, coffee, tea and soft drinks

12:30pm – 1:00pm
SWAG BAG STRETCH

1:00pm- 1:40pm
“SELLING AT SHOWS” PANEL
This panel will feature expert advice, guidance and success stories:
• Tips on the Application Process (how to stand out)
• Show Organizers Voice (What we see)
• How to rock it at your next show

SPEAKERS: Jacqueline Hunter (Craftadian), Andreana Hudson (The Vintage Marketplace, Stuffed, Bump Baby Toddler Expo) and Ariane Griffiths (Etsy York Region).

1:50pm – 2:40pm
AFTERNOON SPEAKER: SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERT

SPEAKER: Kelly Farrell (Teach Me Social)

2:50pm – 3:10pm
Break/Networking: soft drink refresh and cookies

3:10pm – 4:00pm
“HELP MY BUSINESS … ” COMMUNITY PANEL
This open panel will open it up to the audience for a Q&A. An opportunity to ask the burning question affecting your business.  All conference attendees can chime in and offer community support.

4:00pm – 4:30pm
CLOSING REMARKS


SPEAKERS

Our speakers are local makers just like you. It’s a community and it takes a village. This year we wanted to inspire makers with local success stories and feature local industry experts. Stay tuned, our speaker line up will be announced soon. If you are interested in being a speaker please email info@craftadian.ca

GABRIELLA MAMMONE (MASTER OF CEREMONY)

Gabriella Mammone (aka Gaby) is an inspirational example of someone who has overcome adversity. She an entrepreneur widely recognized as an advocacy leader in the charitable and not-for-profit sectors. Her company, Kind Projects, plans and executes events that support a cause or a purpose. She is a successful business consultant and community leader. As a keynote speaker, Gaby has influenced, instructed and inspired audiences to believe that we are all here to give. She believes in togetherness and trying to bring people together. She is a devoted wife and a mother of two children that have taught her lessons of appreciation. Gaby’s sense of humour is entertaining and her laugh is contagious.


CHERYL RANKIN

Fit For Business is a business-consulting and training company. Hiring Fit For Business is like hiring a personal trainer for all aspects of a small business. Cheryl Rankin, President of Fit For Business , has over twenty five years of experience in a variety of positions that include sales, marketing and management. She brings a diverse array of skills to assist her clients in improving their performance.
(Fit For Business)


JACQUELINE HUNTER
Jacqueline Hunter is the Show Director of Craftadian, a handmade market that is hosted in Port Credit and Hamilton. Craftadian (formerly called Made by Hand Show) was launched in 2011. Jacqueline is a former maker turned event organizer.
Jacqueline Hunter (Craftadian)


ANDREANA HUDSON

Andreana Hudson is the Producer of The Vintage Marketplace, STUFFED! and, most recently, the Bump, Baby and Toddler Expos in Hamilton. She began by launching The Vintage Marketplace in 2013, with the Spring show about to celebrate its 5 year anniversary.
(The Vintage Marketplace, Stuffed, Bump Baby Toddler Expo)


KELLY FARRELL
Teach Me Social owner Kelly Farrell has been helping empower Canadian Small Business owners through social media for over four years. Teach Me Social offers effective social media services which include training sessions and consulting as well as full-service social media account management.
(Teach Me Social)


DAYNA LANGLOIS
Dayna Lee Collection was founded in March of 2014 by Dayna Langlois. The collection offers a diverse selection of art prints, pillow covers, and stationery featuring unique digitally hand-lettered quotes. Dayna’s mission is to create designs that are both uplifting and inspiring as she places her focus on empowering women to follow their dreams as she follows hers. Through Etsy Wholesale and licensing, Dayna has been working with retailers across North America for over two years.
Dayna Lee Collection)


CATHY THORNE

Cathy Thorne has been making paper products featuring Everyday People Cartoons since 1999. Her line of greeting cards, magnets, calendars and books have been sold online, at craft shows and in shops around the world. She’s participated in consumer and wholesale trade shows, selling the line herself and through distributors, licensors and sales representatives.
(Everyday People Cartoons)


 GEORGETTE DEHANEY

Georgette Dehaney is the creative cake designer behind the flourishing company Georgie Porgie Cakes & Gifts that is based in Mississauga

(Georgie Porgie Cakes & Gifts)

 


Thank-you

Thank-you for attending the Maker Conference.

Craftadian’s special offer:
** Special Discount for Exhibitors ** Get a listing in our online maker directory for 50% off for the first year – just $9.99 for the ENTIRE YEAR (click the link below) – but hurry your exclusive deal expires April 29, 2017




(this is separate from meet the makers) – see ONLINE MAKER DIRECTORY

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