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eMERGE: A Business Blog for Creative People (TM)

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eMERGE: A Business Blog for Creative People helps artists become more successful via business skills workshops and individual consulting. Contact Michelle Pajak-Reynolds, info@michellepajakreynolds.com, for more details about scheduling a workshop or consulting session.

Discussion Forum

When is it okay to say "Made in the USA?"

Started by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds Oct 18, 2013. 0 Replies

The Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) just published a handy article on the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) guidelines for "Made in the USA" labeling.  This piece explains, in plain English, that "what’s made in the United States doesn’t always qualify to be advertised as such."  If…Continue

Tags: mjsa, manufacturing, of, suppliers, trade

Wiil Donald Trump Ruin Crowdfunding? via Mashable.com

Started by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds May 9, 2013. 0 Replies

The rise of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have been a huge boost to artists and entrepreneurs seeking seed funding for a variety of projects. Donald Trump has taken notice and launched his own crowdfunding site FundAnything. As explained in this Mashable Op-Ed piece by Seth Fiegerman, Trump will be offering his own money to back projects each week.  What do you think of Trump getting involved with crowdfunding? Would…Continue

Tags: Seth, Fiegerman, mashable, trump, kickstarter

Will USPS's cancellation of Saturday first-class mail delivery impact your business?

Started by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds. Last reply by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds Feb 7, 2013. 2 Replies

On February 6th the U.S. Postal Service announced that it will stop first-class mail deliveries on Saturdays  beginning August 10th. Package delivery and Post Office hours will remain the same.This news can impact creative businesses relying on weekend shoppers and online transactions.  While customers will adapt quickly, business owners will need to be just as swift to…Continue

Tags: USPS, Office, marketing, mobile, entrepreneurship

The Bias Against Creatives as Leaders

Started by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds Jan 8, 2013. 0 Replies

A few years ago, when I was looking for new career opportunities I encountered a bias against my creativity. Granted this was the peak of the Great Recession and employers had large candidate pools to select from for enhancing their organizations. However, hearing comments such as, "In reviewing your resume, I see you've been an artist, a teacher, done volunteer work and currently pursuing your MBA.  I don't see anything professional in your history." certainly felt like a slap in the face. It…Continue

Tags: search, career, job, interview, tips

If You Don't Design Your Career, Someone Else Will

Started by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds. Last reply by 0cakw81az0ery Dec 23, 2012. 5 Replies

As 2012 comes to close, I'm taking time to reflect on the year, what a wild roller coaster ride it has been, and finalizing my plans for 2013. Below is an article by Gregory McKewon that makes a great point about how easy it is to become consumed by our careers and simple steps for avoiding the trap of "being too busy living to think about life!"  Happy reading-Michelle…Continue

Tags: advice, goal, setting, and, planning

Love Unlimited Film and Art Exhibition 2013

Started by Emanuela Aureli. Last reply by Emanuela Aureli Nov 2, 2012. 2 Replies

greeting everyone...have a question for you all and need comments to decide.got into this show i had applied through jas some while agoLove Unlimited Film and Art Exhibitionit's in la/ca and it's really geared to the film industry, but they do offer booths and a fashion/ruway thing for jewelry....in my quest of finding new venues, i am wondering.have not been able to find much information regarding the "Art Exhibition" part, although if…Continue

Tags: jewelry, los, angeles, contemporary, film

Could your arts business survive a disaster?

Started by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds Oct 30, 2012. 0 Replies

I know many of us would rather talk about the fun and dare I say “sexy” side of our art businesses, inspiration, materials, and processes, than talk about business insurance. The destruction from Hurricane Sandy is unfathomable and its impact on the creative community and businesses of all sizes will be felt for some time.  Please support the Red Cross and CERF to help those affected…Continue

Tags: emergency, craft, relief, fund, cerf

Facebook Changes Impacting Your Business?

Started by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds. Last reply by Tom McCarthy Nov 3, 2012. 5 Replies

The following was shared by eMERGE reader Tom McCarthy and I thought it would be good to repost it here so we can all chime in.  "More Facebook changes.  This seems to be the forum for this so here goes.Facebook has changed the way our pages turn up in the news feeds of our followers.  Followers are now going to have to have your page in an "Interest List" that they create in order to see your posts.  This will add some but not all of your posts into their newsfeeds.  They can access all of…Continue

Tags: business, tom, mccarthy, marketing, media

I won 2nd Place in the COSE Arts Business Challenge Awards!

Started by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds. Last reply by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds Jun 27, 2012. 6 Replies

Last week, I won the 2nd Place Prize in the COSE Arts Business Challenge Awards.  This was my first time entering a business challenge and the competition was fierce. 6 finalists were selected and I was the only independent artist and jeweler on the list.   The other finalists included a dance company, 2 music schools, an animation firm, and a graphic design company.The…Continue

Tags: of, Council, Small, Enterprises, entrepreneurship

5 Tips for Bouncing Back

Started by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds. Last reply by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds Jun 6, 2012. 2 Replies

It really sucks when something doesn't turn out the way we planned, but like it or not failure is a valuable part of the learning process.  As an entrepreneur, I'm always fascinated by the ways in which others bounce back from adversity, be it a minor setback or a spectacular crash and burn failure.  In researching such stories I came across Scott Edinger's article "Getting Ready to Fail."  In it he outlines 5 tips for how to handle failure better so that you can bounce back quickly.…Continue

Tags: getting, ready, to, fail, review

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Comment by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds on October 25, 2012 at 9:09am

Hi Tom, thanks for posting about how Facebook changes are impacting your business.  I've reposted your comments as a discussion so everyone can chime in.  http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/emerge/forum/topics/facebook-change...

Comment by Tom McCarthy on October 24, 2012 at 8:43pm

More Facebook changes.  This seems to be the forum for this so here goes.

Facebook has changed the way our pages turn up
in the news feeds of our followers.  Followers are now going to have to have your page in an "Interest List" that they create in order to see your posts.  This will add some but not all of your posts into their newsfeeds.  They can access all of your posts by clicking on their interest lists. 

Here are some official answers about how to do all of this https://www.facebook.com/help/440058336033758/

You can circumvent this by paying to promote your posts or you can just let your followers know that they need to use interest lists to keep in touch.  I've posted this on both my profile and page so this may be redundant to some of you.  However, in these early stages, I'm not sure who is currently seeing what.  Case in point.  Before I heard about this change, I made a post on my page and then shared the same post to my wall.  The page post garnered 11 likes and 4 comments.  The wall post got 49 likes and 17 comments.  Several earlier page posts got no response at all.

So that's what's up.   Ultimately this might help me clean up my newsfeed and make it more relevant to me. Until this catches on, you may find your page posts lost in the shuffle to your other followers, so let them know (in all of that spare time we all have.) I would add that you should post the information on both your wall and your page as your wall post will probably reach more people and you likely share some audience.  Plus it will help distribute the info in general to people who are following any page.

Michelle, please feel free to move this if you feel there is a better spot for it!

Comment by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds on September 28, 2012 at 5:46pm

Found this simple and easy to use calulation on Hubspot for how to figure out if a trade show or event was worth the financial investment.

How to Calculate Whether That Trade Show Was Worth the Investment - http://bit.ly/SrvmrM

Comment by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds on July 13, 2012 at 10:31am

Here's a fantastic article about the best ways to use LinkedIn to grow your business http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenkrogue/2012/06/29/27-linkedin-tips-l...

Comment by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds on February 8, 2012 at 10:28am

Super excited about my Best Business Practices for Artists workshop at Touchstone, June 4-6. All the details and an image of my work is on page 36
http://www.touchstonecrafts.org/Resources/Documents/2012%20Web%20Ca... www.touchstonecrafts.org

Eurpoean friends, I didn't forget about you.  We'll be covering similar material during my "From Hobby to Small Business Workshop" at Art Paradise in
Portugal, June 17-25.  http://www.artparadiseinportugal.com/workshops-2012.php The cost of this workshop also includes guided tours through beautiful Lisbon, meals, accomodations, museum tickets and much more....
Comment by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds on January 9, 2012 at 8:36am

Important stuff to keep in mind for your 2011 tax filing http://finance.yahoo.com/news/what-you-need-to-know-for-your-2011-t...’s-new-for-2012.html

Comment by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds on November 19, 2011 at 9:20am

Honored to represent Artist Entrepreneurs and B-W Entrepreneurship MBA's at this special announcement for the new LaunchPad program funded by the Burton T Morgan Foundation and Blackstone.  http://www.bw.edu/news/launchpad/   That's me in the cream jacket and wearing my art jewelry sitting in the VIP section (by the windows).

Comment by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds on November 15, 2011 at 12:00pm

BRAVO to eMERGE reader Natalie Abrams.  Her work in the Charlotte ARTery show receives great reviews.

"Some of the most fascinating pieces in the show were Natalie Abrams wax works.....The Abrams’ pieces are solid, yet fluid and simple, yet complex. These wax wall sculptures seem light like fabric, with organic patterns that make it feel as though it once had life."


Comment by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds on November 12, 2011 at 8:39am

eMERGE reader Emanuela Aureli has a feature-long article in Ornament magazine. "Emanuela Aureli: Spatial Recognition"

(online version not yet available, but soon...)

Comment by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds on November 9, 2011 at 9:12am

What good is having a belly if there's no fire in it? Wake up, drink your passion, light a match and get to work!
-Simon Sinek


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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

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The radio show will be LIVE on air September 25, 2014 @ 6PM EST / 3 PM Pacific.


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