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NYC Meetup: Online Tools to Build Your Maker Business

Join Shapeways designers and shop owners to discuss the ins and outs of running and promoting their creative business online. In honor of Small Business Week this meet up includes a panel discussion on how tools like 3D Printing, ecommerce and a robust website and social media presence can empower maker entrepreneurs. 

Panelists include: digital artist and sculptor Ryan Kittleson; artist and designer Sophie Kahn; and entrepreneur and 3D printing artist Melissa Ng. These Shapeways shop owners will discuss how they have built their creative business and share tools and advice. 

There will be plenty of time for networking with staff and community members from Shapeways and Wix Lounge and to enjoy craft beer, soda and snacks.

Thank you to our sponsor for hosting us at the Wix Lounge. enables you to build a free and professional online presence, just the way you want it. With an HTML5 drag-and-drop website editor, 100s of web apps, designer-made templates, and tons of features, Wix gives you the tools to launch and manage your online presence. So what are you waiting for? Create your own beautiful Wix website now!

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  • Eleanor W.

    For anyone who couldn't make the meetup, we posted a video of the panel discussion here:

    May 20, 2014

  • Maxine S.

    Interesting, and the theme was panel discussing their work and how they are marketing and not any mention of online tools or their use.

    May 14, 2014

    • Eleanor W.

      Thanks so much for coming - it was great to meet you. Is there a specific question you have or type of tool you are looking for? I'm happy to discuss further or point you in the direction of specific resources for makers building a business online. It's always good to use general tools, like building a website, establishing ones' presence on social media, and cultivating community both on and offline, but I'm happy to discuss further if there's something the panel didn't cover in our limited time. Thanks!

      May 15, 2014

  • michell j c.

    This was very nice thank you.

    May 13, 2014

  • erikak

    interesting people and subject matter!

    1 · May 12, 2014

    • Eleanor W.

      Thanks so much for coming! It was great to meet you!

      May 15, 2014

  • Laurie B.

    Can't wait. I'm already a big fan of Ryan, Sophie and Melissa!

    May 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would it be ok if I get there around 6:30? I don't want to interrupt a presentation.

    April 23, 2014

    • Eleanor W.

      Hi, Pamela. 6:30 is fine! The panel will probably start around then!

      April 23, 2014

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