We've been very busy this year with our online initiatives for designer business education --
- this blog
- our free ecourse (sign up for it by sending a blank email to email@example.com)
- our free discussion group (send blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- free e-newsletter Tip of the Week (sign up from our homepage)
- and of course, our content-rich member's only portion of our site www.jewelersresource.com which has several hundred savvy designers subscribed
Coming in the second half of the year is a brand new website that will help consumers and retailers source your work, an affordable web developer package if you don't have your own website yet AND an affordable advanced custom website that is fully e-commerce enabled.
This is all happening thanks to our strategic partnership with the guys at Ideal Diamond Solutions - a new internet company specializing in the jewelry industry (the lead dogs are industry pro's turned internet gurus). The basic Ideal Diamond Solutions web platform is for retail jewelers to gain market share online with a fully integrated ecommerce back-end that has a virtual diamond inventory as well as a virtual designer inventory sponsored by us.
You'll learn more about this soon. But you're going to love how we hook you up to dozens if not hundreds of great retailers automatically. To everyone's benefit.
Also coming soon are two live events for designers seeking advanced business knowledge that is specific to a designer jewelry business.
After a 2 year hiatus we're bringing back our DESIGNER DAY Business Conference for Jewelry Designers. It will be in NYC in the first quarter of 2009. Keep checking with us on content and speakers -- and feel free to drop us a line or comment on this blog with ideas on what kinds of sessions you'd like to see us produce.
Tell us what you need to learn and we'll find someone to teach it to you.
Secondly, we're getting a lot of request for a higher-level event where designers can get more personalized attention and more indepth knowledge. So we're planning our first-ever DESIGNER BUSINESS SUMMIT with two-days of personalized attention for several key business gurus (specializing in marketing, sales, finance, legal and production) with lots of time for networking and brainstorming.
The DESIGNER BUSINESS SUMMIT will be capped at just 35 attendees -- so if this intrigues you please send us an email, too, to be sure you get the information and earlybird sign up form.
As always, feedback is vital to us so that we can serve your needs best.