This 2017, start off your Fridays right with Rise & Design, the morning meet-up brainchild of local Columbus designers (and hosts of these events), Danielle Evans and Yao Cheng.  Why, you ask?  Because it provides creatives from all over the area with a gorgeous, studio setting to which they can come together and share the success, as well as trials and tribulations, they have encountered from running a small business or taking on freelance gigs over freshly brewed coffee and scrumptious pastries.  Yes, you read that correctly. Breakfast snacks are included!!  

Rise & Design takes place on the first Friday of each month from 9 – 10:30AM from Yao Cheng Design’s downtown studio (you can read more about the beautiful space in her recent feature on The Metropreneur).  Each month, we explore different topics, including (but not limited to) social media strategy and business ethics, in a relaxed, open discussion environment, where everyone is welcome (and encouraged!) to bring questions and topics for conversation regarding what it means to be a creative or the ins and outs of owning a small business. 

With Columbus’ art scene on the rise, we knew the city was filled talented, amazing creatives! Whether you are a seasoned entrepreneur, are still figuring out how to make it as an independent artist/designer, or learning the ropes in school, this is a great opportunity to both share your experiences and learn something new from others. Establishing a network of fellow talents who are figuring out & experiencing a lot of the same things as you is something both Danielle & Yao have found to be crucial to their careers.

The nature of these meet-ups does not require attendees to come to every single one of our events, as we understand life as a creative is often times a busy one! So whether you are able to attend one, five, or all of them, please RSVP on our website (which is freshly minted and recently launched!!) You can also sign up for our Rise & Design newsletter, where you can stay up-to-date on upcoming meetings and events.  Shout out to A Carpenter’s Son for the beautiful, white conference table we had custom made for events such as these!

Hope to see and meet you all at our next meet-up!

- Mariel