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A Call To Arms!

The time is here for us to reignite the PDX Etsy team!

Please log into the forum to nominate leadership or volunteer by the end of May. We all want to take this team to the next level, and believe that in order to provide the most benefit to our 700+ members, we need to establish structure, organization and set very clear goals for what we want to achieve. We know that the Portland Etsy Team has enormous untapped potential, and we know that Etsy wants to see us rise from our slumber and become a role model for other teams to follow. But it will take many able-bodied sleeve-roller-uppers to make it happen!

If you feel the amazing potential for our team and are ready to dig your hands in, then we encourage you to volunteer or nominate fellow members to lead our team into the future. Please do so no later than May 30. Positions in the Executive Committee (Co-Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer) will be voted on by the entire team at the beginning of June.

If you were unable to attend the Town Hall Meeting back in April, you can check out the notes to get a sense of what was discussed with regard to organization and creating a sustainable, successful team structure. Many people volunteered to help with eight different committees that night, but they would love some guiding direction.

So lend a hand! Step up to the plate! Let’s put some shine on this team and maximize its potential!!


May 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm Leave a comment

Executive Committee Nominations

Members of the Portland Etsy Team are invited to nominate themselves or others for any or all of four Executive Committee positions. Nominations are currently being accepted through Sunday, May 16th.

Nominations can be made in the appropriate thread on the PDX Etsy Forum. If you nominate yourself, please include a short paragraph explaining why you think you are a good candidate for the position. If you are nominating someone else, please include a paragraph explaining why you think they are a good candidate, and we will contact them to confirm acceptance of the nomination.

Here are the responsibilities associated with each of the positions:

Co-Chairs (2 positions)

  • oversees committee activity
  • outlines team goals/actions
  • leads meetings
  • writes Etsy grant applications


  • manages meeting agendas/notes
  • keeps meetings on track
  • keeps records
  • assists in grant-writing


  • manages team funds/accounts
  • maintains team budget
  • assists in grant-writing
  • manages paid-outs/reimbursements

May 14, 2010 at 5:46 pm Leave a comment

Professional Development Workshop #3: Social Engagement

Social Engagement

How Social Media Affects Your Business

Saturday, May 15, 11am–1pm in The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft
Instructor: To be announced
Class Size: 40

Description: This class will focus on the benefits of and tactics used in establishing a presence in social media and engaging with your audience. We will outline the importance of the social experience and give tips and tricks on how to effectively use Twitter, Facebook, blogs and more to increase business and connect to your customers in a way that is valuable and rewarding.

Registration is now open here. Please note that the registration site automatically tracks the number of seats available and the spots on the waiting list, and will also tell you when it is full. And remember that all of our Professional Development Workshops are free of charge!

The Professional Development Workshops are part of the Portland Etsy Team’s partnership in the I Heart Art: Portland project. Over the course of six months, six free classes will be taught for Etsy sellers, artists, artisans, and students who are interested in developing their entrepreneurial skills. Each workshop is taught by a local specialist in the subject matter, and the series has been very well received in the community.

April 16, 2010 at 10:00 am 1 comment

Town Hall Meeting Follow-up

Did you miss out on the Town Hall Meeting last Wednesday? Never fear! We had an excellent note-taker and we’ll get the meeting minutes online as soon as we can!

In the meantime, make sure you have a working login to the PDXEtsy forum, because we’ll be holding votes for the proposed leadership structure and committee sign-ups in the near future! If you can’t log in or aren’t sure if you’ve registered on the forum, send Shannon a convo through Etsy and she’ll get you squared away!

April 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm Leave a comment

More details about the Town Hall Meeting

Hello, Portland Etsy Team!

Here are some quick details about the upcoming meeting this Wednesday, April 7th that you should know. We’re blasting this information pretty loud and through as many avenues as possible, so please ignore the message’s redundancy.

First, if you haven’t already registered for the meeting, please do so here:

This will give us an accurate head count and be able to track who was present. There is no need to actually print the “tickets” in order to attend, so don’t worry about that part!

Second, please note that the venue has changed to Room 101 of the PNCA Main Campus Building, 1241 NW Johnson St. It’s located just off the Commons (where the I Heart Art: Portland event was held), behind the Feldman Gallery. We’ll have signs up pointing you to the right place, and there should be someone at the reception desk to help if you get lost. Also, we will not be providing any refreshments, but you are welcome to bring a plate of something to share with the group at the end of the meeting if you feel so inclined.

Third, let’s explain why we want you to be there. We’re riding off the heels of the I Heart Art: Portland project, and we want to make sure the Portland Etsy Team is an important, valuable part of your Etsy and community experience. That said, we recognize that we can’t do it all by ourselves, so we need your help. This will be your opportunity to give some feedback, ask some questions, and contribute to the future success of the team.

We want to give you a little history about the team, outline some community goals that the team can focus on, and set up a more sustainable leadership model that will help us move forward.

So come down to PNCA on Wednesday and take part in a crucial stage in the life of the Portland Etsy Team! Bring your enthusiasm, some great ideas, and that DIY spirit that Portland has become so famous for and let’s craft something amazing!

See you there!

April 6, 2010 at 5:47 am Leave a comment

A Clan With A Plan: Portland Etsy Team Town Hall Meeting

Inspired by the excitement surrounding I Heart Art: Portland and anxious to get the Portland Etsy Team back on it’s feet, we will be holding a Town Hall–style meeting for all members of the Portland Etsy Team on April 7th, 2010 at 7:30pm. We’ll be gathering in the Swigert Commons at PNCA (the same place as the I Heart Art: Portland Meet ‘n’ Greet) for a productive and guided discussion that will help us map out our future plans as a team!

The Portland Etsy Team has been a long-standing group of stellar Etsy sellers in a city where DIY culture thrives. Its membership has exploded, and in order to be beneficial to its 650+ members, we need to establish structure, organization, and set very clear goals for what we want to achieve. We want to gather as many members of the team under one roof as possible to maximize our potential!

We want to gauge the expectations of the members at large, both those that have been around since the team’s inception and those that have joined more recently. What support do the team members need from each other? How can the team aid the success of its members? What can we do locally? How can we work with other organizations? And who is going to help us do it?

The answers to all these questions and more are crucial to our ongoing success. But in order to help us guide the evening in an effective way, we’ve put together an online survey for everyone to fill out beforehand. Call it the Portland Etsy Team Census! It won’t take you long, and you’ll be thrilled you contributed! You can access the survey here. All we ask is that you complete it before March 26th. We’d also love it if you could RSVP here for the meeting so we know how many chairs to set up!

You may ask yourself, “Who is putting all this together?” or “Is there someone in charge here?”

We are Isaac (ibwatson), Shannon (rubygirl), Leah (leahpellegrini), Rebecca (slumptown), Cheryl (holdentees), Kirsten (piperewan), and Judi (curlygirlglass). We want to help make the team everything it hopes and dreams for. So help us help you!

To recapitulate:

Portland Etsy Team
Town Hall Meeting

April 7, 2010

Swigert Commons at PNCA
1241 NW Johnson Street
Portland, OR 97209

Town Hall Survey:
Event page with RSVP:

March 18, 2010 at 3:44 pm 4 comments

Open Registration for Workshops 1 & 2

Registration is now open over at the I Heart Art: Portland website. Act quickly to sign up for either or both of the first two professional development workshops.

Workshops 1/2: “Selling on Etsy” and “What Is It?!”

March 1, 2010 at 8:12 pm 1 comment

Portland Etsy Team

Portland Etsy Team