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Announcing the Hello Etsy! Conference

Jul 15, 2011

by Kimm Alfonso handmade and vintage goods

It’s official! We are pleased to announce that Hello Etsy: A Summit on Small Business and Sustainability will take place not only in Berlin, but also in cities and towns across the U.S. Through a weekend-long series of hands-on gatherings, small business owners will connect with their peers, learn the skills to ?nd success and independence, and be part of the movement to build human-scale economies.

Together with our friends at Etsy Labs, GOOD, the Smithsonian American Art MuseumCalifornia College of the Arts and the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Hello Etsy will expand its reach to New York City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Portland for the weekend of September 17-18. Click here to purchase tickets and find out more about each partner location.

But it doesn’t stop there! Alongside our five partner locations, hundreds of DIY Summiteers will host their very own Hello Etsy DIY Summit where they live. Anyone can host no matter where they are. Whether it’s a living room or a classroom, a group of ten or five hundred, we think it’s important that the conversation around local, living economies happen in as many different contexts as possible. If you’re interested in hosting Hello Etsy in your city, send us a note here. Besides access to all the great speakers and workshops, everyone who participates in Hello Etsy will have the opportunity to apply for an investment grant from the Hello Etsy Small Business Fund. Grants range in value from $500-$5,000 and will be given to up to five small business owners. In addition to the funds, our friends at Profounder will continue to work with each recipient to raise investment capital from their communities well beyond the conference.

If you can’t make it to any of the events you can still watch Hello Etsy speakers via our Livestream channel, which will broadcast content from Berlin and our partner locations live and will be updated regularly throughout the weekend with archived content. We hope you’ll join us as we embark on our first-ever conference in not one, but six, maybe even 60 cities around the world.

Will you be attending?


  • FranceGallery

    FranceGallery said 8 years ago

    This event sounds really interesting!

  • InvitaPaperStudio

    InvitaPaperStudio said 8 years ago

    This is great!

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the article!

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 8 years ago

    This is great news. I could not afford a flight to Berlin!

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 8 years ago

    How wonderful to have something like this available to us rural folks! :)

  • knotmadeinasia

    knotmadeinasia said 8 years ago

    I wish I could attend!! hopefully there will be an event like this in Texas soon =]

  • inkidesigns

    inkidesigns said 8 years ago

    no one selling on Etsy in Botswana, I will have to get out there and do some convincing!

  • fieldbrooklostarts

    fieldbrooklostarts said 8 years ago

    Thanks, Etsy, for caring about community!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

    I love the livestream videos, I try and watch them every Friday - have picked up some great tips so far!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 8 years ago

    Interesting, good luck to all involved! Rozzie from Canada

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 8 years ago

    Oh, fun! I'm off to the site to see how vintage sellers will fit in :D


    JACKIEBRADEN said 8 years ago

    I love the idea of hosting events locally, and thank-you for the opportunity to apply for small business grants!

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 8 years ago

    This sounds so interesting and the offer to spread the summit to different cities is wonderful

  • SweetandDandyVintage

    SweetandDandyVintage said 8 years ago

    Etsy rocks! Always making improvements and contributing to entrepreneurs...I think the opportunity is fantastic!

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 8 years ago

    Sounds like a great event. Thanks Etsy for keeping us interested.

  • PattieJansen

    PattieJansen said 8 years ago

    Smashing idea! So wonderful to build avenues and bridges of communication for Etsy artists everywhere. Thanks so much for making events like this happen, and for livestream access, too!

  • NecessiTees

    NecessiTees said 8 years ago

    Wish I could attend the event in Berlin! I'll have to find one closer to me:)

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 8 years ago

    growING grOWING GROWING!!!

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 8 years ago

    NYC!! Count me in!! xo

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 8 years ago

    Just got my ticket. Thank you Etsy. :)

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 8 years ago

    Sounds great!!!

  • mamif

    mamif said 8 years ago


  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    That's great!

  • thedoggiehouse

    thedoggiehouse said 8 years ago

    Hello Etsy - love it

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 8 years ago

    wonderful !

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 8 years ago

    Love the Etsy live stream! I have tuned in to several! thank you for keeping us all informed!

  • LouisaCatharine

    LouisaCatharine said 8 years ago

    The only thing holding me back is having to have treatment to my knee as it is unbearable to walk on or I would be there in a heartbeat. Have fun, it sounds like it is going to be phenomenal! Next time I will be sure to attend:)

  • dreamaginarius

    dreamaginarius said 8 years ago

    How exciting! I got my tickets to the LA one already :)

  • EmuArtTile

    EmuArtTile said 8 years ago

    Great, how about a Midwest meeting.

  • MaryMorrisJewelry

    MaryMorrisJewelry said 8 years ago

    See everyone in Portland. I'm so excited.

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 8 years ago

    I'm planning on being on the ground at the San Francisco event for Etsy.

  • iktomi

    iktomi said 8 years ago

    I like this! I'll see if I can participate in my hometown. I'd love to bring Etsy to the Gulf Coast.

  • rejive

    rejive said 8 years ago


  • DottiesWeddings

    DottiesWeddings said 8 years ago

    Sounds great! Thank you.

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 8 years ago

    Excellent! Maybe I can make it to the DC event!!!

  • AliceCloset

    AliceCloset said 8 years ago

    Fantastic news!!! I would like to live in US to purchase some tickets! ^__^

  • Alfonzi

    Alfonzi said 8 years ago

    Thanks to all who have emailed me about creating their own DIY Summits! I love the passion and enthusiasm of the Etsy Community!! I will get back to you with details shortly!

  • poeticpieces

    poeticpieces said 8 years ago

    Sounds fascinating- you need to awing by Florida. I have no idea how to help out. Some suggestions would be great!

  • psychedelicswirl

    psychedelicswirl said 8 years ago

    Love the idea, but I would love to see Chicago included at some point! ;-D


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  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 8 years ago

    oooh, LA? so close to me. maybe i can make it!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 8 years ago

    That is amazing - sounds very exciting! Thanks!

  • wezshootn

    wezshootn said 8 years ago

    L.A. ... I'm soooo gonna be there. :)

  • RamshackleStudio

    RamshackleStudio said 8 years ago

    We'll be watching from our home in nebraska... thanks for streaming for those of us in the boonies!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 8 years ago

    Sounds interesting. Great article.

  • cmix

    cmix said 8 years ago

    I want to go too bad I live in Vermont. So sad.

  • kateblossom

    kateblossom said 8 years ago

    just reg.. for SF . We can have one in Sacramento- I emailed you, but this one didnt; work-

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 8 years ago


  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 8 years ago

    Great idea, so happy to hear that the event is also held outside Berlin!

  • DutchTouchBeads

    DutchTouchBeads said 8 years ago

    Very Exciting!

  • LoveNouveauDesigns

    LoveNouveauDesigns said 8 years ago

    That sound great! I hope someone will be hosting a class near Boulder Colorado... I'm new & could use all the help I can get :)

  • pillowflightpdx

    pillowflightpdx said 8 years ago

    I can't wait to hear what the other locations are!

  • featherhead

    featherhead said 8 years ago

    Come to the Catskill Mountains!!

  • Alfonzi

    Alfonzi said 8 years ago

    @kateblossom thanks for letting me know! Must be a typo on my part, i did receive your email tho and hope to respond on Monday! Thanks so much!

  • esther2u2

    esther2u2 said 8 years ago

    Oh how wonderful that sounds, how I wish they were coming to Texas!

  • DeanandBettieVintage

    DeanandBettieVintage said 8 years ago

    what a fantastic reason to go to portland. or DC. this is really great. i hope i can attend

  • studioadesigns

    studioadesigns said 8 years ago

    This is exciting news! I would love to host one here in the Midwest. Might have to get some members of Team Springfield together so we can watch it on live stream.

  • bluebirdlegacy

    bluebirdlegacy said 8 years ago

    Fabulous Opportunity!

  • KrysPettitArtwork

    KrysPettitArtwork said 8 years ago

    What a great idea! Helps small biz owner in an economy where they can succeed with great product and some strong mentoring!

  • SugarRobot

    SugarRobot said 8 years ago

    Just reserved our tickets for the Los Angeles event. Very exciting! Thank you!

  • absolutefunnytshirts

    absolutefunnytshirts said 8 years ago

    Good for etsy. If people are intereseted in increasing sales and business google a thing called the 30 day challenge

  • ellefbijoux

    ellefbijoux said 8 years ago

    Great idea!!! I am in!!! And I volunteer too:)

  • mpajakreynolds

    mpajakreynolds said 8 years ago

    Cleveland Ohio would be a great location for a Hello Etsy event!

  • ChoochMagooz

    ChoochMagooz said 8 years ago

    Tickets already Booked for Berlin! See you there!

  • MyBirdieDesigns

    MyBirdieDesigns said 8 years ago

    See you in NYC! Looking foward to learning about ways to promote my hair accessories!

  • EdenGems

    EdenGems said 8 years ago

    I would love to see a similar event in Cornwall, UK. Hope you all have a great time and good luck with your event

  • abbyberkson

    abbyberkson said 8 years ago

    awesome, i am definitely looking into the one in NY.

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 8 years ago

    I love you all! This is great!

  • retrovertigo

    retrovertigo said 8 years ago

    Minneapolis represent!

  • quiltytherapy

    quiltytherapy said 8 years ago

    Great idea!

  • silkoak

    silkoak said 8 years ago

    This is fabulous! We had a great time this winter in Brooklyn at the Etsy Success Symposium. Thanks for continuing to provide us with more opportunities for our businesses and support for our local, living economies!

  • SpiritedWoodland

    SpiritedWoodland said 8 years ago

    Would love to see something like this come to New England! Fab idea!

  • dslookkin

    dslookkin said 8 years ago

    This is so awesome! I actually wanted to attend the conference in Berlin but one of my close friends is getting married the same weekend. So excited to now be able to do both in NYC! Looking forward to volunteering! :) xoxo

  • kendrasred

    kendrasred said 8 years ago

    Yippee! I'm so excited to attend the NYC conference!

  • SusanWindsor

    SusanWindsor said 8 years ago

    I hope it comes close to my hometown! :)

  • myhobbyshop

    myhobbyshop said 8 years ago

    It would be great if there were events held closer to OHIO!! I think attending one of these conferences would be awesome.

  • LaAlicia

    LaAlicia said 8 years ago

    Sounds great! I hope their are events like this in Texas soon! :)

  • dazzlingimpressions

    dazzlingimpressions said 8 years ago

    Is there anyone setting something up in the Deep South? We are here ya know! *G* New Orleans? Atlanta? This is exciting!

  • UglyDogs

    UglyDogs said 8 years ago

    This is fantastic! The Internet is a great marketing tool, but sometimes you just need to meet up with people face to face. We can discuss ideas, strategies and everyone knows small businesses help the economy, especially now. Don't forget the Great Lakes region!!

  • PurpleCloverEcoHome

    PurpleCloverEcoHome said 8 years ago

    Just signed up for the DC event. Can't wait!!

  • poeticpieces

    poeticpieces said 8 years ago

    Still hoping for a spot in or near florida!

  • thevintageattic10

    thevintageattic10 said 8 years ago

    Sounds Amazing ! Would love to go any sponserships going out through Etsy and it would be great if you guys hit smaller areas through the U.S A place for Midwest ,South East Cost And West Cost you have covered Just a thought and promote Vintage more on Etsy YEAH

  • valleycat

    valleycat said 8 years ago

    It would be awesome if you came to Phoenix, AZ. The weather is nice here in the winter.

  • whatthepup

    whatthepup said 8 years ago

    I just signed up for DC! :)

  • lenamiller

    lenamiller said 8 years ago

    Sounds fascinating. I hope you will get a lot of cities on the participants list. Do not forget sunny southern CA.

  • JBsCountryCottage

    JBsCountryCottage said 8 years ago

    That sounds soooo cool, I agree with Valley Cat - Phoenix IS nice in the winter....

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 8 years ago

    This sounds amazing! Looking forward to representing NYC!

  • SunshineandRavioli

    SunshineandRavioli said 8 years ago

    Sounds like great opportunity. Sure wish there was a location somewhere (anywhere, but Texas would be nice!) in the MIDDLE of the country....

  • ColleenAttaraStudio

    ColleenAttaraStudio said 8 years ago

    Very cool. So happy to be a part of this forward thinking artist community.

  • Oliviarosestone

    Oliviarosestone said 8 years ago

    Fantastic! Thanks!

  • KACSales

    KACSales said 8 years ago

    I would love to attend, but just getting to Portland is more money then I can afford.

  • Dollscreating

    Dollscreating said 8 years ago

    Yes, very interesting!

  • irinacarmen

    irinacarmen said 8 years ago

    That's great!

  • DancingDownHeaven

    DancingDownHeaven said 8 years ago

    Hi I´m in Spain, how can I listen to the summit via internet? Very interesting speakers and great topics!! Thanks Marisol

  • ECJulia

    ECJulia said 8 years ago

    Sounds very good!

  • seule771

    seule771 said 8 years ago

    Sounds wonderful, will try to listen and read in.

  • JewelryCreatedForYou

    JewelryCreatedForYou said 8 years ago

    This sounds wonderful. I would love to attend but to far away. If in the future a conference is held in Ohio or nearby states that would be great. Thanks, Linda

  • GwenDelicious

    GwenDelicious said 8 years ago

    Will be checking it out via Livestream as we are in Canada, best of luck on the upcoming conferences!

  • ASimpleKindOfFancy

    ASimpleKindOfFancy said 8 years ago

    How exciting! I will probably catch it online, but I'm going to ponder a (long) road trip to DC for the weekend. Go Etsy!

  • mooneycoleman

    mooneycoleman said 8 years ago

    Thanks, I will you be attending Livestream Channel...

  • modernmatters

    modernmatters said 8 years ago

    Somehow, somewhere I will be promoting etsy for this event. Love to hook up with other Atlanta etsy shop owners who are interested in making this happen. Thanks for getting it started and keeping it going!

  • tamcan

    tamcan said 8 years ago

    Although, I do not have an Etsy business yet, I would love to attend if Hello Etsy makes it to Chicago area. I will definitely participate via Livestream Channel.

  • VintageInspiredVt

    VintageInspiredVt said 8 years ago

    Let's not forget little 'ole VERMONT! Would love to attend. We have a large amount of small business owners.

  • FairyGodmotherArts

    FairyGodmotherArts said 8 years ago

    I would love to offer my Art School , Found Colony Art School for a meeting place, we have a few etsy shops here and more in Virginia Beach a hour and a half away. Visit Paradise and learn more about your business and Etsy too.

  • MoonMadeMaterial

    MoonMadeMaterial said 8 years ago

    i have no means to host one, but if anyone decides to do one in detroit i would be more than happy to help in some way. i hope etsy will keep us updated on other cities that participate in this?

  • MiriDesigns

    MiriDesigns said 8 years ago

    I would love to get involved in Chicago, but can only make it on Sunday the 18th. I too can use all the help I can get!!!!

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 8 years ago

    Wish I could attend personally!

  • AlyTheRed

    AlyTheRed said 8 years ago

    Yea, Portland!

  • KadeNJade

    KadeNJade said 8 years ago

    wowow......Hello Etsy! you rock! from Bangkok, Thailand :) really wish i could attend too!!!!

  • Gangsterkats

    Gangsterkats said 8 years ago

    I would be very interested in a program like this. What happen to a meeting in the Midwest? You covered both the East and West Coast but no Midwest! Missouri would be a wonderful central location. How about doing something about that next year?

  • igotbeads

    igotbeads said 8 years ago

    C'mon Texas.....

  • CharmMeLeigh

    CharmMeLeigh said 8 years ago

    I am surprised Atlanta isn't hosting?

  • AHandmadePrincess

    AHandmadePrincess said 8 years ago

    Minneapolis! woot woot!

  • joyshoppe

    joyshoppe said 8 years ago

    Sounds awesome! I will try to attend via the web! :-)

  • HairitageHydration

    HairitageHydration said 8 years ago

    I wish I could be there!

  • gypsyhartcowgirl

    gypsyhartcowgirl said 8 years ago

    Sounds like fun. Put your Cowboy boots on and come on down to Texas ya'll. We are a bunch of friendly folks down here. :)

  • artistryunlimited

    artistryunlimited said 8 years ago

    Sounds like fun and business combined!! It ll be great to meet the fellow etsiers!! :)

  • lamarler

    lamarler said 8 years ago

    Let's ~ Where and when?

  • AddieMia

    AddieMia said 8 years ago

    very excited about this!

  • GreeneStitches

    GreeneStitches said 8 years ago

    Boo Hoo! That weekend doesn't work for me. I hope it will be available for replay.

  • Jaclynscollections

    Jaclynscollections said 8 years ago

    This is an idea that absolutely needs to continue and expand.

  • lomurella

    lomurella said 8 years ago

    Just moved to Washington,DC from México City and need a ticket to the event. Please,please help mee!! Thx :D

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