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Be Your Own Boss - Start an Indie Business!

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IndieMade was invited to present mini-sessions at the WBEZ event "Making Your Own Job." The event was well-attended by plenty of artist entrepreneurs and indie business owners. Welcome to the new economy, one that is driven by micro- and small businesses. These "indies" are either filling in the gaps with their niche businesses or freelancing, often replacing jobs once held by full-time employees.

Support Local Artists: Sacred Art showcases Chicago's finest art and crafts

Sacred Art's storefront on Lincoln Avenue, Chicago

When customers walk into Sacred Art (http://www.sacredartstore.com), they immediately know that they're in Chicago. Sarah Chazin, the proprietor, does support local artists throughout Chicago - they are the suppliers of her store's merchandise. Much of the work on display in the small, cozy Lincoln Square shop celebrates the city, from El stop posters to small pins that allow the wearer to show allegiance to their neighborhood.  

 

Marketing Artists: Interview with Elizabeth Burke-Dain

Elizabeth Burke-Dain
Elizabeth Burke-Dain co-founded Chicago’s Around the Coyote Arts Festival in 1989.  Since then she has been in the business of promoting artists and art events in Chicago. I remember meeting Elizabeth Burke with her then artist boyfriend, Michael Dain (Bif) at bar listening to a mutual friend’s band, Shrimp Boat.  We shared drinks and a lot of laughter. While I promoted nightclubs (planned and hosted parties), she promoted artists and started Around the Coyote. 
 

Indie Craft Fair: Urban Folk Circuit Travels Around Chicago

Urban Folk Circuit organizers Kelli Wefenstette (left) and Jessica Duff

Chicago artisans Kelli Wefenstette and Jessica Duff believe that every Chicago resident should have easy access to quality handmade wares, right in their own neighborhoods.  As they grew their own handmade businesses, though, they realized that most craft fairs were concentrated in the same parts of the city, and many were costly for crafters in both time and money.

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