Funding Your Business: How to Access Financing for Your Business
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Funding Your Business: How to Access Financing for Your Business

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Getting the capital you need to start or grow your business is a top challenge most business owners face.

There are plenty of misconceptions about finding money for your business. In this meetup, we’ll break down the basics of funding and provide you insights on how to take your next steps.

Our panel will touch on topics like:

  • What types of funding are available… microloans, equity investment, and crowdfunding

  • What you need to focus on to get funding

  • Why are people not successful in getting the money they need

There will be plenty of Q&A time to get your specific questions answered. Submit your questions before the meetup by tweeting @makerhoods, DM’ing us on IG, or come prepared to ask the panelists your questions on funding.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/funding-your-business-how-to-access-financing-for-your-business-tickets-61802233143

Meet the Panel

  • Panelist June Smith-Tomori is the Director of Operations & Strategic Partnership at GNEC (Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation). A natural born entrepreneur and former Executive Director of St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation in Paterson, NJ, June has known adversity and failure but has a relentless story and uses those experiences to springboard her out-of-the-box thinking. In her spare time, she works in event production and has worked a variety of celebrities in the film and music industry.

  • Panelist Allison Strouse Williams is a seasoned leader with CEO and COO experience and a proven track record of driving expansive growth in startup technology companies. She currently is the Director of NVP Labs at Newark Venture Partners. She founded Yarly in 2012 and led the company to be acquired by its top competitor in mid-2015. Since then, Allison has been COO of a multi-national influencer brokerage software company as well as Head of Strategy for a leader in the live streaming video space. She now advises startups on a variety of areas from strategic planning to product/market fit to fundraising.

  • Panelist Jessica Kelly has spent the last 10 years working in Fashion PR, marketing, and sales helping hundreds of brands grow. Her company, THR3EFOLD helps brands navigating the corrupt, confusing supply chain with a platform to connect to a sustainable community, find ethical factories, and grow their business for people, planet, and profit. Jessica has successfully crowdfunded $22,500. This has landed her company in Women's Wear Daily, establishing THR3EFOLD as a leader in the ethical fashion movement. Jessica is also a Business and Crowdfunding Coach for iFundWomen.

  • Moderator Peter Hadar is the managing Owner & Creative Director of The Honors Program, a brand strategy multimedia company specializing in event programming and artist management. He is also the producer of the Guard d'Avant Progressive Music Festival.

Special thanks to our in-kind sponsors 3rd Space and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/funding-your-business-how-to-access-financing-for-your-business-tickets-61802233143

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Google Livestream: A How To Guide On Increasing Brand Awareness
May
8
11:30 AM11:30

Google Livestream: A How To Guide On Increasing Brand Awareness

How are you preparing for the Spring shopping season? What tools will you be using to attract new customers?

Don't know? Come and join =SPACE & Makerhoods for another collaborative Google livestream event!

In this livestream powered by Google, you'll learn about…

  • Real-time guidance from Google experts

  • Details on different advertising campaign types

  • Instructions on how to increase leads, sales, and brand awareness

  • How-to's for first-time users on choosing goals and measuring success

Be one of the first 15 attendees and get a special edition swag from Google (may include free ad credit)!

You can also come and enjoy some light networking!

Makerhoods & =SPACE both focus on supporting the growth of small businesses in different sectors. We took this opportunity to use Google via their program Grow with Google as the great connector. Grow with Google is an initiative that's committed to helping people across the United States gain the digital skills they need to help grow their careers and businesses.


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How to Reach Your Target Customer on Instagram
Apr
27
11:00 AM11:00

How to Reach Your Target Customer on Instagram

Join us Saturday, April 27th for a deep dive into Instagram with Erin Bush, social media expert. At this workshop, you'll learn how to:

  • Create a cohesive Instagram strategy that aligns with your brand

  • Use Instagram for your business and engage with your followers

  • Identify opportunities for working with nano influencers

This is a hands-on, personal workshop. Bring your laptops and be prepared to show your Instagram account for real-time feedback.

Seating is limited to 8 individuals so register today to secure your space.


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Must-Know Legal Basics to Protect Your Business
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Must-Know Legal Basics to Protect Your Business

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Having a strong legal foundation gives you the peace of mind to go after your business goals with confidence. Join us for our next meetup for networking and an interactive dialogue with attorneys Danielle M. DeFilippis and Daniel R. Guadalupe from Norris McLaughlin, P.A.. They will touch on the topics of:

  • Branding

  • Essential initial contracts

  • Intellectual property, such as trademarks and copyrights

Led by Peter Hadar, there will be plenty of Q&A time to get your specific questions answered. Submit your questions before the meetup by tweeting @makerhoods or come prepared with your own.

Register: https://legalbusinessbasics.eventbrite.com

About the Attorneys

Danielle M. DeFilippis focuses her practice on intellectual property matters and litigation. She has represented clients in a variety of industries, most notably, food and beverage, liquor, jewelry, cosmetics, sports, and entertainment. Danielle has represented clients in cases involving trademark and copyright infringement, false advertising, commercial disparagement, business torts, deceptive trade practices, Lanham Act claims, state and federal unfair competition laws, and other business disputes.

Daniel R. Guadalupe represents clients in commercial litigation and “outside” general counsel assistance with a specialty in manufacturing and distribution, business disputes, medical device companies, construction, professional liability, arbitrations and mediations, will and trust litigation, and international matters, and disputes. Dan previously served on the Board of Trustees for GlassRoots, Inc. in Newark.


Agenda

  • 6 – 6:30: Meet & Greet

  • 6:30 – 7:15: “followed by Q&A"

  • 7:15 – 7:30: Show & Tell, Ask & Gives – Time to make meaningful connections with fellow attendees. Each attendee can get 30 seconds to promote their project or business, seek advice from fellow attendees, or offer your skills to the group. After sharing, attendees can find each other and network directly.

  • 7:30 – 8: Networking

Special Thank Yous

Thank you to the law offices of Norris McLaughlin, P.A. for providing the food and Launch Pad Newark for the space.

Register: https://legalbusinessbasics.eventbrite.com

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Food Photography & Styling 101 with Starving Artist Food Photography
Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

Food Photography & Styling 101 with Starving Artist Food Photography

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Learn how to style and photograph your food to tell a story, set a mood, and complement your brand at our Food Photography & Styling 101 workshop presented by Hudson Kitchen and Makerhoods.org

Christina Branco, founder of Starving Artist Food Photography, will guide attendees through a hands-on session where they will learn to observe food closely and work with lighting and props to create images with mobile phones.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Shoot and edit photos on an iPhone or Android device

  • Improve images with the use of proper lighting

  • Choose the best angle for food products

  • Select and arrange props

  • Curate a stylish Instagram feed and create photos for IG stories 

Schedule:

  • 10:00-11:00: Discussion and presentation on basic food photography and styling

  • 11:00-11:30: Question and answer session

  • 11:30-1:00: A “working” lunch and hands-on styling session

($85 ticket includes lunch. Free parking on the premises.)

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-photography-styling-101-with-starving-artist-food-photography-tickets-58100505175

Saturday, April 13th

10am - 1pm

Kearny Point


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Influencer Marketing 101: How to Become an Influencer and How to Work with Influencers
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Influencer Marketing 101: How to Become an Influencer and How to Work with Influencers

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Influencer Marketing is estimated to be a $6.5 billion-dollar market in 2019. More businesses are teaming up with influencers to get their products or services in front of their target audience.

Join us on March 28th to network and to learn about influencer marketing from two perspectives: the influencer and the business.

  • How to find the right influencers for your business

  • How to plan and what to expect in an influencer campaign

  • How to become an influencer in an authentic way

Hear from emerging influencer MoreSoupPlease in a moderated discussion with Peter Hadar.

MoreSoupPlease is an upcoming NYC DJ and photographer. He has authentically grown his Instagram following to open up new business opportunities and partnerships.

Peter Hadar is the managing Owner & Creative Director of The Honors Program, a brand strategy multimedia company specializing in event programming and artist management. He is also the producer of the Guard d'Avant Progressive Music Festival.

Following the panel discussion, you’ll have a chance to promote your business during our “Show & Tell, Ask & Gives” portion of the event.

Register: https://newarkinfluencer.eventbrite.com/?aff=website

Agenda

6 – 6:30: Meet & Greet

6:30 – 7:15: followed by Q&A

7:15 – 7:30: Show & Tell, Ask & Gives – Time to make meaningful connections with fellow attendees. Each attendee can get 30 seconds to promote their project or business, seek advice from fellow attendees, or offer your skills to the group. After sharing, attendees can find each other and network directly.

7:30 – 8: Networking

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Google Livestream: SEO Like a P-R-O!
Mar
6
11:00 AM11:00

Google Livestream: SEO Like a P-R-O!

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Spring is just around the corner and it's the perfect time to do some website spring cleaning!
In this livestream powered by Google, you'll learn:

  • About search engine optimization

  • Best practices for creating a search-friendly site.

There will also be special announcements and goodies you won't want to miss.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
11 AM - 1:00 PM
89 Market Street, Newark, NJ 07102

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On Brand: Understanding the Importance of Staying "On Brand"
Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

On Brand: Understanding the Importance of Staying "On Brand"

Makerhoods and The Honors Program have teamed up to bring makers, creatives, small business owners, and entrepreneurs high-quality programming to spark growth and connections. Makerhoods is pioneering affordable work/live communities for makers - starting in Newark, NJ. Coming in 2020 the restoration of the Krueger-Scott Mansion and new construction for makers and maker supporters to live and work.

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How to Quit Your Day Job in 2019: Transform Your Side Business Into a Fulltime Business!
Jan
31
6:30 PM18:30

How to Quit Your Day Job in 2019: Transform Your Side Business Into a Fulltime Business!

Has your day job become just a means of financial support, while you dream of one day going all in on your small business? In 2019 it’s time for you to start working towards your goal of quitting your day job, become your own boss and follow your true passion... catapulting your side business into a fulltime business!

In this workshop, you’ll learn exactly what you need to do for your business to support you fulltime through our Quit Your Day Job Analysis TM.

This class is perfect if you make dresses/fashion, beauty products, jewelry, or other physical goods and want to work on your business fulltime. 

By the end of the class you’ll learn:

  • How much product you need to sell in order to quit your job? 

  • How much product you need to sell if you want to increase your take-home income?

  • Basic business terminology and fundamental financial information about your side business.

With this information, you can make an informed decision on when it makes the most financial sense to quit your job, and you can start planning to make it happen. 

RSVP now & gain the knowledge/help to transform your side job into a legitimate fulltime business.

This is not a lecture. You will be working on your Quit Your Day Job Analysis TM as we go through the exercise together as a group. Please bring to the workshop:

  1. A laptop or tablet if you have one. We’ll be working in Google Sheets or Excel. If you don’t have a laptop or tablet, please bring a calculator or use the calculator on your phone; we will have worksheets to use. 

  2. Your personal monthly expenses (rent, debts, groceries, utilities, etc.)

  3. Your business costs (materials, fees, etc.)

(Seating is very limited. There are only 8 spots available for this workshop.)*

When: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Where: Newark Foundry, 569 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Newark, NJ 07102
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
*If you register and are no longer able to make the class, please let us know ASAP so we can let someone else into the class. There will be a waitlist. Based on demand, we will offer this workshop again.

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How Hip-Hop Can Save Your Business! Lessons and Inspiration to Level Up Your Business in 2019
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

How Hip-Hop Can Save Your Business! Lessons and Inspiration to Level Up Your Business in 2019

From startups to established companies, all businesses share some basic goal: Expand the customer base, innovate in the field, and perhaps most importantly, find that killer competitive edge. This talk explores the innovative, inspiring and often surprising lessons that hip-hop culture can bring to any kind of business to help achieve these objectives.

So if you are a business owner ready to grow your business, join us & our community of small business owners/entrepreneurs as we learn about the 3 concepts of hip-hop that drives business growth.

  • Inspiration: Lessons from a culture of innovation.

  • Inclusion: Authentically expand your business to include the hip-hop minded consumer.

  • Innovation: Understand the unique perspectives hip-hop minded people bring to any business.

Our guest speaker, Manny Faces is an award-winning new media journalist, content creator, independent scholar, and public speaker with a focus on hip-hop music and culture. He is also the Director of The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy (www.hiphopadvocacy.org), which seeks to educate and inspire while protecting and promoting the cultural, artistic and community-based aspects of hip-hop as a whole.

Event Overview:

6:00 – 6:30 PM: Meet & Greet

6:30 – 7:00 PM: “How Hip-Hop Can Save Your Business! Lessons and Inspiration to Level Up Your Business in 2019” by Manny Faces followed by Q&A

7:00 – 7:15 PM: Show & Tell, Ask & Gives – Time to make meaningful connections with fellow attendees. Each attendee can get 30 seconds to promote their project or business, seek advice from fellow attendees, or offer your skills to the group. After sharing, attendees can find each other and network directly.

7:15 – 8:00 PM: Networking

Light refreshments will be served.

Who should attend:

Makers, artisans, fashion/graphic designers, any other entrepreneurs, independent and emerging business owners/employees looking to learn how to grow their business.

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 How to Make Massive Progress in Your Fashion Business
Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

How to Make Massive Progress in Your Fashion Business

Are you ready to propel your fashion business to the next level? Do you have questions or need feedback on various business ideas? Then join us and surround yourself around a community of local fashion business owners and fashion industry professionals.

Learn the 3 keys to make massive progress in your fashion business:

  • Developing the right mindset for growth.

  • Setting realistic and attainable goals.

  • Aligning your business operations to reach your goals.

Nicole Giordano

Our guest speaker Nicole Giordano is the founder of StartUp FASHION, an online community and support system for independent and emerging designers. The site has been seen on NPR, Forbes, California Apparel News, Comcast NBC Universal. StartUp FASHION has used their blog, live workshops, social media, and their online membership community to help hundreds of thousands of global fashion brands to launch and grow their businesses.

Event Overview:

  • 6 – 6:30: Meet & Greet

  • 6:30 – 7: “How to Make Massive Progression in Your Fashion Business” by Nicole Giordano followed by Q&A

  • 7 – 7:15: Show & Tell, Ask & Gives – Time to make meaningful connections with fellow attendees. Each attendee can get 30 seconds to promote their project or business, seek advice from fellow attendees, or offer your skills to the group. After sharing, attendees can find each other and network directly.

  • 7:15 – 8: Networking

Light refreshments will be served.

Who should attend:

Independent and emerging fashion and fashion-related designers and business owners; boutique shop owners and employees; other entrepreneurs and small business owners looking to learn how to make progress in their business.

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Table Talk Live: How to Sell Your Food Product Online
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

Table Talk Live: How to Sell Your Food Product Online

Newark Makers is a proud sponsor of "Table Talk Live: How to Sell Your Food Product Online" with Hudson Kitchen and =Space.

OVERVIEW
During Newark Tech Week, Hudson Kitchen will host Table Talk Live, a networking and education event that brings together food entrepreneurs in a lively discussion designed to celebrate successes, tackle challenges and explore creative opportunities for collaboration.

Attendees will enjoy a tasting menu from area food and beverage entrepreneurs along with a discussion entitled “How to Sell Your Food Product Online.” Our panel of experts will share how to develop a strategy for sales and optimization of food products on popular online platforms like Amazon and Etsy as well as company owned websites. The event will cover: packaging, shelf-life and listing requirements, as well as tips for promoting products.

EVENT SCHEDULE
6:30-7:30 PM Registration/Networking/Tasting Menu
7:30-8:45 PM Panel Discussion/Q & A
8:45-9:30 PM More Networking

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