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Event description

Biznik is proud to present BizJam Seattle 08, Seattle's Second Annual Indie Business Conference. With new technology transforming the way we do business, this year's conference has expanded to give you even more of what you need to stay current and competitive while keeping the indie spirit of collaboration. The conference offers two full days (and one night) dedicated to providing you with the information, inspiration, tips and tools to use today's change for tomorrow's success. You won't want to be left behind.

Get a full description of the event, including the schedule and speaker bios at www.bizjamseattle.com.

Day One - Wednesday, July 9, 9AM to 5PM
Social Media Essentials for Small Business

It is more important than ever for indie and small businesses to embrace and apply social media and web 2.0 tools to achieve and maintain success. From blogging to Basecamp to Google analytics, you'll learn about the top tools and how to know which are right for your business.

Day Two - Thursday, July 10, 9AM to 5PM
Business-Building Workshops + Networking

There is so much to know when you're running your own show. This day has it all and it comes to you in the way of strategies, skills and connections to help take your business to the next level. Of course you can go it alone; get the guidance you need to go in the right direction.

Plus Thursday Evening BizJam Soirée

  • Emcee and story-telling activity led by improv actor Matt Smith
  • Biznik awards presented by Dan McComb & Lara Eve Feltin
  • Aerial performace by the students of Beverly Sobelman
  • Artful confections by award-winning chef Tiberio Simone of La Figa Catering.
  • Downtempo ambient beats by DJ B Wonder Jones
  • Cash bar to benefit the Space Virgin Light Continuum, a non-profit arts org, until 2am.
    (Admission to the Soirée is included with all BizJam passes. Admission for non-conference attendees is $10 at the door on a space available basis.

Bizjam is taking networking up a notch with Pathable name badges.
Office Nomads Networking Lounge, a great opportunity to meet people for all kinds of collaboration.

182 Bizniks attended this event

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Discuss this event

  • Biznik Co-founder/CEO 
Seattle, Washington 
Lara Feltin
    Posted by Lara Feltin, Seattle, Washington | May 29, 2008

    Is there a chance BizJam Seattle 08 won't happen? NO - not a chance.

    I received the following message from a member today. I was startled enough by the question, that in case the thought is going through others' minds, I'd like to address it broadly to the community:

    "I see 9 RSVPs. Want to register and get the early bird price but am concerned I'll lose my money if you don't get the numbers you need and you end up cancelling. Am nervous...have registered for events like this in the past and discovered poor attendance and low value for money. Can you reassure me please..."

    Notwithstanding a massive natural disaster, BizJam Seattle 08 will not be canceled under any circumstance. For reasons unbeknownst to me, people tend to RSVP at the last minute for these things. The BizJam 07 registration was open for 10 weeks. The RSVPs didn't start pouring in until 7-10 days before the event. Over 200 people were there. It was our first event, things went off without a hitch, and this one's going to be even better!

    In a poll taken after BizJam 07, we asked participants to rate the following statement, "I will come to next year's event and encourage others to attend as well." 73.5% strongly agreed. No one strongly disagreed, and only 6% said they somewhat disagreed that they'd attend BizJam 08 or encourage others.

    If you're considering this event, I strongly recommend that you take advantage of the Early Bird price before 5/31/08.

    And hopefully this will ease your mind. IF BizJam Seattle 08 is canceled, we will refund the tickets sold. No brainer.

  • professional coach /author /membership website owner 
Longmont, Colorado 
Rhonda Hess
    Posted by Rhonda Hess, Longmont, Colorado | May 29, 2008

    Hi Dan,

    This looks like an exciting conference. Any chance of extending the early bird until you have all the TBAs filled in. There are six social networking talks and it's hard to see the difference between them. Can any more distinction be made between them?

  • Filmmaker 
Seattle, Washington 
Dan McComb
    Posted by Dan McComb, Seattle, Washington | May 30, 2008

    Hi Rhonda, That seems like a reasonable request. We'll think it over and let everyone know by Saturday. Meanwhile, we're working as fast as we can to get all the titles and descriptions in place.

  • professional coach /author /membership website owner 
Longmont, Colorado 
Rhonda Hess
    Posted by Rhonda Hess, Longmont, Colorado | May 30, 2008

    Great answer, Dan. Thanks -- I'll stay tuned!

  • Biznik Co-founder/CEO 
Seattle, Washington 
Lara Feltin
    Posted by Lara Feltin, Seattle, Washington | May 30, 2008

    Thanks for the feedback, Rhonda. I know that all the workshop titles and descriptions are not in place, but with the exception of 2 lunch period slots on Thursday, the speakers are firm. I'm continuing to bug them daily to get their bios and descriptions in.

    Take a look at the initial list of bios here. The lineup is extraordinary. A couple people are flying into town specifically for this event.

  • Principal, Blogger, Author 
Seattle, Washington 
DL Byron
    Posted by DL Byron, Seattle, Washington | May 30, 2008

    I'm honored to Keynote the Social Media day and can say it's gonna rock. We def need to tighten up the titles and descriptions and are working on that now.

  • Filmmaker 
Seattle, Washington 
Dan McComb
    Posted by Dan McComb, Seattle, Washington | Jun 01, 2008

    We've decided not to extend the early bird discount. Virtually all of the speakers have been added, complete with descriptions to their events. It's going to be an awesome conference and a screamin' deal at $390!

  • Principal, Blogger, Author 
Seattle, Washington 
DL Byron
    Posted by DL Byron, Seattle, Washington | Jun 01, 2008

    Total deal; comparable web events are about 3 times that cost.

  • Creative Clarity Coach 
Bainbridge Island, Washington 
Jennifer Manlowe
    Posted by Jennifer Manlowe, Bainbridge Island, Washington | Jun 02, 2008

    How many people do you imagine will show up at this 2-day event? I want to be there but am cautious about spending the money on an event that could be as dreadful as other events that I'm used to attending: The Academic Conference of 10,000 competitive and under-paid scholars. You know what feelings I'm talking about... You're at a huge event where you're the only one you know (sort of). Everyone is staring at everyone's badges to know whom to talk to--no eye-contact, etc. An introvert's hell-realm. Do you know what I mean? Please tell me this event won't consist of selling-me-the-speaker's-products speeches and tables to walk by quickly like cows in a herd off to slaughter... Do I sound Monday-Morning cynical? One more set of questions: will there be break-out sessions to actually integrate the learning, will there be speakers who are interactive and will they help us work with and meet the people who are there?

    Thanks so much!

  • Biznik Co-founder/CEO 
Seattle, Washington 
Lara Feltin
    Posted by Lara Feltin, Seattle, Washington | Jun 02, 2008

    Great concerns, Jennifer. Funny, how many of these didn't occur to me when we were putting together the marketing materials. Biznik is "business networking that doesn't suck." BizJam is an indie business conference that doesn't suck. If you've been to some Biznik events and felt the vibe - a room full of friendly indie business people eager to meet one another - then consider BizJam the "best of".

    We had close to 200 people at the BizJam last year in the same venue. People said we could've had a lot more - so we're shooting for 350.

    One of the fun things about BizJam are our namebadges. We use Pathable name badges that not only list your name, but also list the names of 5 people at the event who are most like you, and 5 names of people who are least like you. The feedback we got last year, was that this was a great icebreaker, and rather than avoiding eye contact with each other, they were checking out each others' badges to see which people they knew whom they could introduce the badge holder to - and engaging with each other. It was a lot of fun!

    With the exception of one of the 30 slots, that we left open to a speaker from our Title Sponsor (which we haven't gotten yet), none of the speakers are representatives of sponsors, and they are not coming to sell. And even the speaker from our Title Sponsor will not be allowed to sell. Biznik events must meet the 95/ Rule, which states that 95% of the content must be useful, helpful and relevant to growing a small business.

    To answer your last set of questions - "will there be break-out sessions to actually integrate the learning, will there be speakers who are interactive and will they help us work with and meet the people who are there?"

    Each day is broken into 5 periods. Sessions occur in 3 different rooms. 1/3 of the sessions are in a classroom that fits 40 - these will be most interactive. Another 1/3 of the sessions are in a studio that can also be interactive. I can't say to what degree the presentations will integrate the learning, but I will ping the presenters to encourage them to keep that at the forefront of their presentation.

    All of the presenters are available on Biznik - you can message them directly prior to and after the event. In addition, each workshop description as a comments field at the bottom of the page. I'd encourage you to reach out to them there and start a discussion going. I know that most of the presenters plan to stick around for 2 days and attend the event themselves. I'll ping them all though and remind them how important it is that they do.

    Hope this settles your concerns!

  • Principal, Blogger, Author 
Seattle, Washington 
DL Byron
    Posted by DL Byron, Seattle, Washington | Jun 02, 2008

    Geez . . Jennifer I don't know what all conferences you go to, but those I attend and speak at wouldn't last 10 minutes if the speaker was just pimping their business. Having been at Bizjam the First and now Bizjam Part Deux, I can tell you it's fantastic. I'm lucky to have a keynote slot and will tell you I'm gonna bring it with lots of practical advice.

  • Internet Sales Consultant 
Seattle, Washington 
Howard Howell
    Posted by Howard Howell, Seattle, Washington | Jun 03, 2008

    Jennifer... My workshop will include audience participation in the true sense of a workshop, and definitely interactive. ...Howard

  • Principal, Blogger, Author 
Seattle, Washington 
DL Byron
    Posted by DL Byron, Seattle, Washington | Jun 03, 2008

    And see the lively discussion on my recent article.

  • Blogging Coach and Copywriter 
Seattle, Washington 
Judy Dunn
    Posted by Judy Dunn, Seattle, Washington | Jun 05, 2008

    Jennifer,

    I understand completely where you are coming from. I attended a conference last fall that was exactly what you are hoping BizJam will not be like.

    The speakers were given platforms to sell their programs, not just books and DVDs, but expensive "membership" programs.

    A "training director" for the organization that put the conference on even closed all the auditorium doors so we couldn't escape while they pitched their $10,000 "Circle of Success" copywriting program, in the style of the old-time tent revival evangelists. That was my first and last time for that particular conference. They also had "Circle" members seeded at the breakfast tables to continue working their sales pitches on us poor suckers. So we had no peace, even while we were eating.

    I haven't been to BizJam before but from everything I hear from past participants, it is so not like that. I have also worn those badges and seen the quick glance and then glance away when I was obviously not important enough to talk to. But the BizJam badges sound so cool. You are not only looking to try to match up people who need to meet each other, but you have fun seeing who you are most (and least) like, based, I think, on a questionnaire you take before you get there. I love that concept.

    Above all, I love that we can even talk about this stuff before the conference and express our questions (and fears). It seems to be very much aligned with the Biznik philosophy.

    I'm looking forward to my first BizJam.

  • Principal, Blogger, Author 
Seattle, Washington 
DL Byron
    Posted by DL Byron, Seattle, Washington | Jun 05, 2008

    See my post from last year on the badges . . .

  • Creative Clarity Coach 
Bainbridge Island, Washington 
Jennifer Manlowe
    Posted by Jennifer Manlowe, Bainbridge Island, Washington | Jun 05, 2008

    Everyone has been so awesome to respond to my worries/queries. Thanks so much! No more hesitation after reading these posts. I'm ready to go with bells on -- > I may even wear the bells! So please introduce yourselves to me and I'll look for you, too!

  • Biznik Co-founder/CEO 
Seattle, Washington 
Lara Feltin
    Posted by Lara Feltin, Seattle, Washington | Jun 06, 2008

    I hope you can also make it to the BizJam Seattle 08 VIP Party on Tuesday, July 8, Jennifer. All Supporting Members of Biznik are invited.

  • author, book artist 
Seattle, Washington 
Leila Anasazi
    Posted by Leila Anasazi, Seattle, Washington | Jun 10, 2008

    Lara, I've been looking forward to the Pathable badges and I swear I saw a link to take me to the "enrollment" page for this year, but now I think I imagined all that :+ ???

  • Filmmaker 
Seattle, Washington 
Dan McComb
    Posted by Dan McComb, Seattle, Washington | Jun 10, 2008

    I just replied to you privately, Leila, with the link. Anyone else who is RSVP'd for BizJam as an attendee, volunteer, or speaker, you will receive the link from us a couple of weeks prior to the event, or you can drop me a private message and I'll send it to you now.

  • author, book artist 
Seattle, Washington 
Leila Anasazi
    Posted by Leila Anasazi, Seattle, Washington | Jun 11, 2008

    Thank you Mr. McComb, you're a dear!

  • author, book artist 
Seattle, Washington 
Leila Anasazi
    Posted by Leila Anasazi, Seattle, Washington | Jun 11, 2008

    Oh. I'm just back from visiting the Pathables site and having a go at completing my profile. As usual, it requires a bit of effort and intention.

    But what interesting possibilities!

    However, I see lots of incomplete profiles there (mine included!), and wonder about some kind of incentive to get BizJam attendees to log in and add their vitals. Like, maybe, all completed profiles get entered into some kind of prize drawing? Profiles completed say, oh, at least ten days before BizJam--so there would be lots of time for the rest of us to use the Pathables tool to ponder and scheme our interactions at BizJam.

    I mean, I know the Pathables badge is supposed to help us spot each other in the moment, but it's so swell to explore each other in advance of an event.

  • Principal, Blogger, Author 
Seattle, Washington 
DL Byron
    Posted by DL Byron, Seattle, Washington | Jun 11, 2008

    See my comment above -- I roll Tabula Rasa baby!

  • author, book artist 
Seattle, Washington 
Leila Anasazi
    Posted by Leila Anasazi, Seattle, Washington | Jun 11, 2008

    Yeah yeah ;-) But I roll on the Introversion Scooter! with a Virgo sun sign and decades of attention to crafting fine, complex objects.

    An advance sense of details and possibilities delights and comforts me.

  • Principal, Blogger, Author 
Seattle, Washington 
DL Byron
    Posted by DL Byron, Seattle, Washington | Jun 19, 2008

    More sign ups -- woohoo.

  • Travel Photographer 
Sedona, Arizona 
Denise Beck
    Posted by Denise Beck, Sedona, Arizona | Jun 20, 2008

    I wish I could come, but I have to work both nights.

  • Filmmaker 
Seattle, Washington 
Dan McComb
    Posted by Dan McComb, Seattle, Washington | Jun 20, 2008

    It's mostly a daytime event, Denise.

  • Small Business Consultant 
Seattle, Washington 
Karrie Kohlhaas
    Posted by Karrie Kohlhaas, Seattle, Washington | Jun 20, 2008

    "You'd be a fool not to register for bizjam because you will get so much out if this event." That's what I said to someone at the McLeod mixer last night.

    Seriously, this is way too much good stuff to pass by and it's practically free. There may be a handful of bizniks who know everything there is to know about online, print, face-to-face marketing, as well as legal issues, how to manage, grow, organize and develop your business, etc. but the vast majority have a ton to learn from this event. I'll say it again, you'd be a fool to pass up this deal.

    Reschedule your clients, do what you have to do to be there. Any of these speakers could charge more for a 2-hour event at which they alone were speaking! It's a ridiculous price for 2 days of experts on these topics. Ridiculous.

  • Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner  
Seattle, Washington 
Bryce Mathern
    Posted by Bryce Mathern, Seattle, Washington | Jun 21, 2008

    I just registered and can't wait to take advantage of all the great minds both presenters and attendees. It is an incredible deal for the price. I got a ton of learning out if last year.

  • Professional Organizer 
Seattle, Washington 
Elizabeth Lee
    Posted by Elizabeth Lee, Seattle, Washington | Jun 26, 2008

    An old classmate of mine from elementary school and his girlfriend have just registered to attend Bizjam. I have not seen him in at least 30 years.

    Imagine who you will meet at Bizjam.

  • Massage and Craniosacral Therapist     
Seattle, Washington 
Shawna Lendzion Harbin
    Posted by Shawna Lendzion Harbin, Seattle, Washington | Jun 26, 2008

    This will be my first Biznik event. I can't wait to meet you all!

  • Filmmaker 
Seattle, Washington 
Dan McComb
    Posted by Dan McComb, Seattle, Washington | Jun 29, 2008

    Here's a quick reminder for anyone considering attending BizJam - the $129 special rate for both days of the conference to Active and Supporting members ends on July 1. So if you're planning to attend, please RSVP by the end of the day on Tuesday, to take advantage of the great rate!

  • Business Tenderizer 
Portland, Oregon 
Mark Silver
    Posted by Mark Silver, Portland, Oregon | Jul 01, 2008

    Hey, I just RSVP'd- coming up from PDX and looking forward to meeting y'all. Anyone want to host a Portland Biznik? I'd love a place to stay, and rather than stay in an impersonal hotel, it would be fun to stay with someone local.

  • BodyTalk Practitioner 
Portland, Oregon 
Kristina Nunn
    Posted by Kristina Nunn, Portland, Oregon | Jul 01, 2008

    I'm considering coming up from Portland. I can only attend Thursday and would need to drive back that evening. It sure looks like a great deal to pay for the 2-day discount even though I'm only there for Thursday.
    I don't see a specific schedule for Thursday on what is offered exactly. Can anyone help me make the decision on the worthiness of a Portlanders trip up? Thanks!

  • Biznik Co-founder/CEO 
Seattle, Washington 
Lara Feltin
    Posted by Lara Feltin, Seattle, Washington | Jul 01, 2008

    Here's a shortcut to the Thursday schedule.

    I've been delivering a reply to the question, Why should I attend BizJam? for the last 2 weeks.

    Here's my top 3 reasons to come to BizJam:

    1. The speakers and materials available at BizJam would take you weeks and thousands of dollars to pull together on your own.

    2. At BizJam, you'll have access to experts in the areas of speaking, public relations, marketing, branding, blogging & messaging. All the skills you need to finetune to take your business to the next level.

    3. This year, our use of Pathable name badges will enable you to connect with potential business partners, referrals and leads more quickly.

    And if that isn't enough, here's a list of highlights:

    • Thirty informative, thought-provoking Jam Sessions related to growing your small business. View complete list.

    • Face-to-face networking with hundreds of independent business people like yourself.

    • Pathable color-coded name badges, to ease in networking. Check them out!

    • CRAVE Connection Cafe offering half-hour rounds of "speed networking" in your business industry. View networking schedule.

    • Office Nomads Networking Lounge, on-site co-working at BizJam with WiFi, couches, and the co-working community vibe. (Check out the special they're offering BizJam attendees.)

    • FREE Tully's coffee all day.

    • Scones & fruit provided in the morning to start your day. And a gourmet "zero waste" lunch provided by Cameron's Catering. View menu.

    • A FREE copy of Intuit's Learning Accounting Essentials ($39 value), a gift from BizJam sponsor, Intuit.

    • One of the hottest after-hours networking event in Seattle, the BizJam Soiree at the Little Red Studio, 7pm to 2am, Thursday, July 10. More information.

    • International improv actor Matt Smith will emcee and start the evening program by leading the room in an interactive story-telling adventure. A rope and silk tissue aerial performance will follow, presented by the students of Beverly Sobelman (think Cirque du Soleil!) Artful confections provided at the Soiree by award-winning chef, Tiberio Simone; cash bar provided by the Space Virgin Light Continuum, a non-profit arts organization; and music in the form of down-tempo ambient beats provided by DJ b. wonder Jones and DJ Digitroll of Bluesdome.

    Hope to see you, Kristina!

  • GPS Facilitator for Business Owners 
Bellevue, Washington 
Zita Gustin
    Posted by Zita Gustin, Bellevue, Washington | Jul 02, 2008

    I just wanted to wish you all a very fun and successful BizJam 08.

    I will be in Dallas all next week for the annual eWomenNetwork Conference and will have to miss this year's BizJam. I'm looking forward to attending next year's BizJam and hope to hear many wonderful things about this year's event.

    Have a fabulous time and happy connecting!

  • Branding Expert for Consumer Products and Services 
Bothell, Washington 
Giannina Silverman
    Posted by Giannina Silverman, Bothell, Washington | Jul 02, 2008

    I am so excited that my good friend and fellow Biznik Tish Grier will be coming to Bizjam all the way from Massachusetts. YAY!!!

  • Effective, Understandable and Affordable Market Research 
Kirkland, Washington 
Mike Pritchard
    Posted by Mike Pritchard, Kirkland, Washington | Jul 03, 2008

    There are lots of great looking/sounding sessions on Social Media, but it is hard to figure out which to attend. I'm looking for a general update (less the whys except perhaps Twitter, and more the hows), and some good level of detail on blogs.

    Any suggestions on how to figure out which sessions to attend?

    Thanks!

  • Filmmaker 
Seattle, Washington 
Dan McComb
    Posted by Dan McComb, Seattle, Washington | Jul 03, 2008

    Hi Mike, Wednesday will be the day made for you - and among the speakers that day, I'd suggest DL Byron for blog coverage, don't miss Eric Weaver's session, and also Jim Turner will be good on blogging. I'd also catch Geoffrey Grosenbach's talk - he built his business on first blogging, then podcasting, and I'm sure will have many specific tips.

  • Social Media Consultant 
Boulder, Colorado 
Jason Swihart
    Posted by Jason Swihart, Boulder, Colorado | Jul 03, 2008

    Hey Mike, thanks for the interest.

    I'm going to be keeping my two sessions highly practical with a focus on "how to use this stuff in your business."

    In "Twitter? I Don’t Even Know ‘Er" I'll be survey social media I consider most important--including blogs--and talking about how to use them for your business and how to get started.

    In "Social Media Fundamentals Q&A", I'll be opening it up to the floor for all questions. Hopefully it will turn into a show-and-tell, and, again, I'm going to try to keep it in a "how to" vein.

  • Principal, Blogger, Author 
Seattle, Washington 
DL Byron
    Posted by DL Byron, Seattle, Washington | Jul 03, 2008

    Also see this one, from the West Seattle Blog. I'll cover blogging as well in my keynote. Blogging is the cornerstone of social media for business.

  • BodyTalk Practitioner 
Portland, Oregon 
Kristina Nunn
    Posted by Kristina Nunn, Portland, Oregon | Jul 03, 2008

    Thank you for your reply in answering my questions on the schedule and value of BizJam Lara. It turns out I missed the deadline though! I really like Biznik and what you are creating here! Have a great BizJam!

  • Licensed Massage Practitioner/Dog Lover/music lover/dancer 
Woodinville, Washington 
Lea Richardson
    Posted by Lea Richardson, Woodinville, Washington | Jul 04, 2008

    It seems we should be able to use this Bizjam for continuing education credits, right? Well, I won't count on it this time. ;)

    ~lea

  • Biznik Co-founder/CEO 
Seattle, Washington 
Lara Feltin
    Posted by Lara Feltin, Seattle, Washington | Jul 04, 2008

    Great suggestion, Lea. Where do we (Biznik) go to get more information on how to offer that?

  • Licensed Massage Practitioner/Dog Lover/music lover/dancer 
Woodinville, Washington 
Lea Richardson
    Posted by Lea Richardson, Woodinville, Washington | Jul 04, 2008

    I called the State for Licensed Massage Practitioners. When I called last to see about an animal class on massage, the state said they aren't too concerned about what I take as long as I can prove I did. I was surprised.
    I should call them again and ask. The question would be how many continuing ed units would this cover? I need 16 units. I might still have the email in my archives. Do you need con't ed. too?

  • Biznik Co-founder/CEO 
Seattle, Washington 
Lara Feltin
    Posted by Lara Feltin, Seattle, Washington | Jul 04, 2008

    No, I don't need continuing ed credits - I'm the co-founder of Biznik, and the organizer of BizJam. I'd love to provide whatever documentation you need for continuing education.

    Does Biznik need to apply to the State for some kind of certificate? You said that you simply need proof that you attended the conference. Will your receipt of payment suffice, or do you need more documentation than that?

    Each of the 30 sessions over two days are outlined in detail on the site: http://www.bizjamseattle.com/jam-sessions/.

    Attendees will also be receiving a printed catalog with the Jam Sessions descriptions included.

    I'd sure love to help in any way I can.

  • Licensed Massage Practitioner/Dog Lover/music lover/dancer 
Woodinville, Washington 
Lea Richardson
    Posted by Lea Richardson, Woodinville, Washington | Jul 04, 2008

    Wow, sounds great and would love to come if I can get my con't ed. (CE) filled, not that I wouldn't want to come anyway. It's just money is tight right now and need to pay for the CE class first. I really do want to come. I'll look into it fast.
    Tx for your concerns and thoughts. I'll get right on it, although, I'm sure Olympia is closed for the day being July 4 and all...baaa humbug! guess I'm not very patriotic. ;O gee I wonder why? lol

  • Producer/Musician/Writer 
Federal Way, Washington 
Bridget St John
    Posted by Bridget St John, Federal Way, Washington | Jul 05, 2008

    I wanted to come to this again this year since last summer was a great experience, but I cannot attend most weekdays. I wish you all the best time and much learning/networking. I hope to see you all at other events. Have a blast!!!!!!

  • BodyTalk Practitioner 
Portland, Oregon 
Kristina Nunn
    Posted by Kristina Nunn, Portland, Oregon | Jul 07, 2008

    I am very happy that I get to attend BizJam afterall!
    I am really looking forward to it. See you all on Thursday.

  • Business Tenderizer 
Portland, Oregon 
Mark Silver
    Posted by Mark Silver, Portland, Oregon | Jul 08, 2008

    Hey- any Seattle-ites care to have dinner with me? I arrive by Amtrak at about 6:20pm- Rachel Whalley can join us probably sometime between 7pm and 7:30pm.

    I'm looking for a hero who wants to pick me up at the Amtrak station- otherwise I'll just take a taxi to where I'm staying.

  • Career Counselor 
Seattle, Washington 
Laila Atallah
    Posted by Laila Atallah, Seattle, Washington | Jul 08, 2008

    Hey everybody: this'll be my first Biznik event and I'm looking forward to meeting many of you. I hope you'll come up and say "hi" if I don't get to you first.

    Anyone know the situation with parking at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (the BizJam location)?

  • Creative Clarity Coach 
Bainbridge Island, Washington 
Jennifer Manlowe
    Posted by Jennifer Manlowe, Bainbridge Island, Washington | Jul 08, 2008

    Mark,

    I can pick you up at Amtrack at 6:20pm. Just let me know if you still need a ride. Tell Rachel to meet us at the best (affordable) restaurant in town. My suggestion: Wild Ginger at 3rd & Union (downtown).

    Hope you'll let me know if you still need this pick up.

    Jenn 206.852.2605 jlmanlowe@earthlink.net

  • Business Tenderizer 
Portland, Oregon 
Mark Silver
    Posted by Mark Silver, Portland, Oregon | Jul 08, 2008

    Hi Jennifer- thanks! that's grand and so generous! Especially since you're over on Bainbridge. I also just had Leif offer me a pick up on another thread... Too many threads, too confusing!

    Do you think it would be easier for you to connect with Leif Hansen directly, and you all can work out who would like to pick me up? And where we should eat?

    The one thing I would like is that Rachel Whalley would like to join us, and she's not available until 7pm or so- I'm wondering if whoever picks me up can drop me at Dan and Lara's, (in the Fremont neighborhood) so I can drop my stuff, and then we can go to dinner.

  • Biznik Co-founder/CEO 
Seattle, Washington 
Lara Feltin
    Posted by Lara Feltin, Seattle, Washington | Jul 08, 2008

    Parking.

    One of the great things about the Youngstown Cultural Art Center (day venue) is the plethora of parking! There is ample parking on the street, in the parking lot of the park across the street, and in the Youth & Family Services lot. It should be pretty clear.

  • Principal, Blogger, Author 
Seattle, Washington 
DL Byron
    Posted by DL Byron, Seattle, Washington | Jul 08, 2008

    Related posts:

  • Principal, Blogger, Author 
Seattle, Washington 
DL Byron
    Posted by DL Byron, Seattle, Washington | Jul 08, 2008

    Also, I'm riding my bike to the event -- that part of town in West Seattle is plenty rideable. If you need any tips on getting there by bike or want to ride with me, let me know here

    Bike Hugger

  • Keynote Speaker, Event Facilitator and Trainer 
Seattle, Washington 
Leif Hansen
    Posted by Leif Hansen, Seattle, Washington | Jul 08, 2008

    A little teaser experiment for tomorrow...and my blog entry about the online community for your biz session.

    Psyched to see you all tomorrow! -Leif

  • Career Counselor 
Seattle, Washington 
Laila Atallah
    Posted by Laila Atallah, Seattle, Washington | Jul 09, 2008

    Lara: thanks for the parking tips. Only a few hours to go (I wonder if you all will be up late into the night getting ready...)

    Hey Bike Hugger: Great biking weather lately, huh? I've been making my biking rounds around town, but fear I'm still in the pee-wee category when it comes to hills (and highways). I hope you're feeling jazzed about your keynote. I'm looking forward to it! Laila

  • Principal, Blogger, Author 
Seattle, Washington 
DL Byron
    Posted by DL Byron, Seattle, Washington | Jul 09, 2008

    All,

    Thanks for attending my Keynote -- here are my slides.

  • Creative Director 
Seattle, Washington 
Keith Robinson
    Posted by Keith Robinson, Seattle, Washington | Jul 10, 2008

    Thanks to everyone who came to see me speak! Was so much fun. As promised, here are my slides.

  • Licensed Massage Practitioner/Dog Lover/music lover/dancer 
Woodinville, Washington 
Lea Richardson
    Posted by Lea Richardson, Woodinville, Washington | Jul 11, 2008

    I was sorry the Jam ended. I took in so much valuable information and thank Lara and Dan for the wonderful event along with all the magnificent minds that lead the workshops.

    I really want to come to the party tonight, but I found out, right before the BizJam, that my mother is very ill, so I need to leave early to head back east. Dancing is my favorite thing, and I was looking forward to connecting more with all of you wonderful people that I met; are we called Biznikers/Bizjammers? ;) I was not myself during the BizJam, but I'm sure I'll be meeting up with all of you in the future. I'm psyched to start applying all of the knowledge. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! :)

  • Licensed Massage Practitioner/Dog Lover/music lover/dancer 
Woodinville, Washington 
Lea Richardson
    Posted by Lea Richardson, Woodinville, Washington | Jul 11, 2008

    Lara, I promise when I return, which will be a week or two, I'll look into the continuing education credits. Tx again, lara, for your help in letting me a attend.

    ~lea

  • Singer/Poet/Artisan/Producer          Business Developer      
Carnation, Washington 
Jane Bakken
    Posted by Jane Bakken, Carnation, Washington | Jul 11, 2008

    Lara and Dan...and all those who made this happen ~ Great vision for Bizjam...wonderful work! Awesome keynote speakers...and many of the other events...learned a great deal. The organization throughout was amazing. Enjoyed both of you sharing as well. Thank you. Jane Bakken

  • Keynote Speaker, Event Facilitator and Trainer 
Seattle, Washington 
Leif Hansen
    Posted by Leif Hansen, Seattle, Washington | Jul 11, 2008

    Congrats to Dan & Lara, to Biznik Staff & Volunteers, to the Presenters & Supporters.

    BizJam, IMHO, was a great success!

    I'll be getting the notes and links out to folks by monday ;)

    See (and dance!) with many of you in a few minutes!

    Lea, sorry to hear that we'll miss you and that your mother is ill. I hope your trip is full of love and support...way to keep your priorities.

  • Licensed Massage Practitioner/Dog Lover/music lover/dancer 
Woodinville, Washington 
Lea Richardson
    Posted by Lea Richardson, Woodinville, Washington | Jul 11, 2008

    Thanks Leif for your thoughts. I really enjoyed your workshop. What you did worked.

    I will miss you guys dancing. It saddens me, but, there's always next time. :)

    ~lea

  • Principal, Creative Director 
Lynnwood, Washington 
Brandi L Pierce
    Posted by Brandi L Pierce, Lynnwood, Washington | Jul 11, 2008

    This was much more than merely awesome. OMFG! BizJam ROCKED!!! =D

  • Creative Project Manager & Social Networking Strategist 
Kirkland, Washington 
Julian Michael
    Posted by Julian Michael, Kirkland, Washington | Jul 11, 2008

    Had a great time...reeeeally wished there would have been a wider variance of topics in the 'lectures'. My most favorite activity by FAR was Leif's..and for good reason, inspiration led to energy, energy led to excitement, excitement led to ideas, ideas led to growth of knowledge within our groups.

    Great job with the organization, event location, and structure! Loved the networking capabilities of having 225 northwest local indies in the same place!

    -Julian Michael J.Michael Images Photographer Seattle, WA

  • Business Tenderizer 
Portland, Oregon 
Mark Silver
    Posted by Mark Silver, Portland, Oregon | Jul 11, 2008

    I am so glad I came up from PDX- the event was stellar- top notch people, top-notch presentations- top-flight inspiration.

    Imagine me putting my forehead on the floor in prostration and gratitude to Lara and Dan for inspiring and doing so much work to make it happen- and of course all the other people who pulled it together. Truly inspiring.

    And... the seed is starting to sprout of a BizJamPDX.

    I know this is way too late, and probably way too difficult, but I'm wondering if some simply form can be put up, with a listing of all the presentations, where we can go through and check which ones we liked best, and what we liked best about them, to help inform the growth and evolution of the event?

  • Attorney, Business Coach 
Poulsbo, Washington 
Karen Hallis
    Posted by Karen Hallis, Poulsbo, Washington | Jul 11, 2008

    Hi Everyone,

    I am so glad that I attended the conference! Thank you Dan and Lara for all of your hard work.

    Thank you to everyone who gave me great feedback in the Free Agent workshop. My head was spinning from all of the wisdom and offers to help.

    I was asked if I am willing to share the articles I mentioned. I am willing but am not sure what people want to read. I have a lot of content, and I want my articles to be timely and relevant for readers. I welcome feedback; please tell me what sort of articles would be helpful to you and your business.

    Thank you again! The conference rocked my world! I received a "yes!" to the question I have been asking myself "will readers benefit from my books and find value in them?"

    Take care and enjoy the sun! -Karen

  • Principal, Blogger, Author 
Seattle, Washington 
DL Byron
    Posted by DL Byron, Seattle, Washington | Jul 14, 2008

    was there a shift in the matrix? Looks like several comments were lost on this thread.

  • Principal, Blogger, Author 
Seattle, Washington 
DL Byron
    Posted by DL Byron, Seattle, Washington | Jul 14, 2008

    If any of you'd like to continue learning about this stuff, I'm talking next week at Web Design World and have some discount codes.

  • Growth Catalyst, Feeless Consultant, Entrepreneur, Coach, Positive Social Impact Catalyst, Happiness Promoter, etc 
Seattle, Washington 
Ben Resnick
    Posted by Ben Resnick, Seattle, Washington | Jul 16, 2008

    Big thanks to Lara, Dan, and all of the speakers and organizers; Bizjam was a phenomenal educational experience and a great time. I look forward to the next Bizjam.

  • Filmmaker 
Seattle, Washington 
Dan McComb
    Posted by Dan McComb, Seattle, Washington | Jul 16, 2008

    I've posted a page on the BizJam blog that contains links to all of the presentations that I know about. If anyone has links to more of them, let me know and I'll add it.

    Thanks for all the great feedback about the conference! We're looking forward to doing it again... maybe in Portland next.

  • Business Tenderizer 
Portland, Oregon 
Mark Silver
    Posted by Mark Silver, Portland, Oregon | Jul 17, 2008

    I think there's a solid possibility of BizJamPDX. :)

  • Competitive Intelligence, Seattle History Author 
Seattle, Washington 
Ann Wendell
    Posted by Ann Wendell, Seattle, Washington | Aug 19, 2008

    I only attended one day of BizJam and, while I'm sure I would have enjoyed the first day, I wanted to focus on topics I knew less about - I was glad to have the option to attend just what I wanted to. The second day was great and I'm very glad I took the time to attend. I learned a lot and met some pretty fabulous people. I'm still going through my notes and using them in business planning!

    And I'm always up for a trip to Portland - any excuse to get my Powell's fix ;-)

DAY Event Location

Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

4408 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, Washington 98106
Wednesday, Jul 9 9AM to 5PM
and
Thursday, July 10 9AM to 5PM

EVENING Event Location

Little Red Studio

750 Harrison St.
Seattle, Washington 98109
Thursday, Jul 10 7PM to 2AM

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