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Supporting the Power of Teams

Sep 5, 2012

by Cheyne Little

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

In the Spring of 2012, we announced a brand-new program designed to empower Etsy Teams and identify natural leaders within our many micro-communities. Since launching the Teams Fellowship Program, more than 150 Etsy Teams have been accepted, pitching projects focused on community building and peer-to-peer education. We’re continually blown away by the creativity, organization, and motivation of the active groups of Etsy members applying for support.

Many teams are founded on the foundation that cooperative learning and skill sharing can build serious businesses. Groups of sellers like the Capitol Region Etsy Street Team gained traction launching educational models focused on growing the professional experience of their members. As part of their workshop series, CREST will continue to coordinate live classes for their members throughout the year. Lessons are led by field experts and held in the MLK library of Washington, DC, and range in topics from SEO to small business accounting.

The CREST Team

Creative entrepreneurs have also found that there is promotional power in numbers and build teams around cooperative marketing plans. With a little project coaching and support from Etsy, the Vintage Jewelry Sellers team designed special item packaging that members share to increase awareness of their group.

We’ve observed the powerful bonds created when individuals spend time crafting together. To foster these interactions, our Etsy Design Studio pitched in to provide a free DIY craft project for attendees of team events throughout the year. Similarly, something really special happens when makers and buyers meet face to face. The Music City Makers produced a craft fair to promote their artists and connect with their community in Nashville, Tennessee. The teamwork required to produce their Porter Flea clearly paid off; the event featured 70 handmakers visited by over 3,500 locals.

Through this program, we’ve learned that each group is as distinct as the individual members and the items they offer on Etsy. By banding together, their collaborative work is making waves of visible change in their communities and independent businesses. We’re proud to support their efforts and watch them grow as organizations. Congratulations to all of the Team Fellows so far.

Want to jumpstart your team activity with a project or activity? Complete your application by October 1, 2013 to be considered for support through the Fellowship Program. Catch up on FAQs for additional information. Find public team activities in your area by checking the Events CalendarStay in the loop with the Teams program and discover ways to connect by subscribing to the Etsy Success newsletter.

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45 comments

  • goingplaces2

    Ginger Oliphant from GoingPlaces2 said 5 years ago

    The power of people gathering together with the same purpose. Love it!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Love :)

  • CraftyStitches

    Jennifer from CraftyStitches said 5 years ago

    Thanks for ETSY support. Cheyne, TY. we are so happy that our team has such great positive spirit.

  • AWEshop

    Deb Soromenho from DebSoromenhoJewelry said 5 years ago

    Awesome article Cheyne! Thank you! I adore rallying our team and getting everyone excited about the process of growing their business! -Deb of CREST Artisans :)

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mr. Sal Phan, Bichon Frise from Mclovebuddy said 5 years ago

    this is a favorite snippet from a speech i heard last night. “We learned about honesty and integrity ... that the truth matters ... that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules ... and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.”

  • nicolanis

    Michelle from FoamyFactory said 5 years ago

    Great article! Would like to be part of something like this :)

  • DewyMorningVintage

    DewyMorningVintage from DewyMorningVintage said 5 years ago

    Great article, thank you for sharing updates on the Teams Fellowship Program. I'm glad to hear it is taking off!

  • MadeByMari

    Mari Belsky from MadeByMari said 5 years ago

    Good article. We had a meet-up in Grants Pass Oregon (Rogue Valley). Small group, but these are wonderful sharing times. You learn a lot about business -- what's good or not so!

  • NadinArtGlass

    Nadin Sandler from NadinArtGlass said 5 years ago

    Awesome article, which I want to read once more.

  • CrazyFunComicStuff

    Dan Dancer from CrazyFunComicStuff said 5 years ago

    Got ideas for how you'd like to see my products involved in community and peer-to-peer programs? Give me a shout! Dan Dancer Owner/Creator - CrazyFunComicStuff www.crazyfuncomicstuff.etsy.com

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio said 5 years ago

    Lovely article! Cheers to all who participated and to all the teams who pour their heart and souls out to help others on there team as well as within the Etsy community..and into their own home communities! nicely done!

  • TinksTreasure

    TinksTreasure from TinksTreasure said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring.

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing in this article all the wonderful projects of peer support, community involvement and business enrichment that Etsy teams are putting in place.

  • CraftyWoolFelt

    Claudia from CraftyWoolFelt said 5 years ago

    Team power!!

  • ArtDecoDame

    Desiree from ArtDecoDame said 5 years ago

    Great article!

  • vjsejewelsofhope

    Vintage Jewelry Sellers Jewels of Hope from VJSEJewelsofhope said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much Cheyne, great article with great ideas!

  • jrmrock

    Jesse from JessesVintage said 5 years ago

    Thank You Cheyne for helping The Vintage Jewelry Sellers in our Fellowship Promotion... Team Captain, Jesse

  • fannyandjune

    Anna from fannyandjune said 5 years ago

    congrats everyone!

  • mrschip33

    Michele Moyna from StitchandHoot said 5 years ago

    I just opened my etsy store today: a dream of mine for years. I'm so excited and proud to be joining this wonderful creative community!!!

  • plraven

    Peigi Lee Campbell Religa from plraven said 5 years ago

    Hello, Thank you for the invitation, but I'm not interested in joining any groups at this time. Regards, Peigi

  • winky411

    winky411 from winky411 said 5 years ago

    team power-Congradulations to everyone!!

  • takeapicturedesigns

    Lynne from RiverSpring said 5 years ago

    Sounds so great! There is power in teaming up!!!! from Lynne

  • NamedByArt

    Sophia from BlessedType said 5 years ago

    Thank you Etsy for such an empowering support platform! Greatly appreciated.

  • WendyRose74

    Wendy Rose from WendyRosesBrews said 5 years ago

    Great article!

  • ThePleasantPheasant

    Jackie Sieben from ThePleasantPheasant said 5 years ago

    While we are very happy for all the teams who share a physical "community", I must say that there are very successful Etsy teams that do not share physical closeness, but still have thriving team spirit and make it work despite physical distance. And sometimes these teams feel quite "overlooked" by the Etsy Teams management group. One such team is the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy (PCAGOE), who has applied a couple of times for support but because we are a worldwide team that does not share physical contact, we were passed over for any kind of notice. We are not upset at all about this, and will continue to perservere as a close-knit team despite this lack of attention, but I did want to point out to Etsy that online-only teams are helping to keep the Etsy teams concept afloat, also. :)

  • eleashadrew

    Eleasha Drew from ElluminationsND said 5 years ago

    How cool! I should definitely be involved. I live in Nashville!

  • MsFoodie

    MsFoodie from MsFoodie said 5 years ago

    I love Great Teams who get Real Teamwork ;)

  • VintageTreasures4U

    Judi B from VintageTreasures4U said 5 years ago

    So proud to be a part of Etsy and the Vintage Jewelry Sellers on Etsy (VJSE) group..and love the fact we were mentioned in this article..Our team leaders and members work hard at promoting one another and it shows!

  • BrightgemsTreasures

    Patricia Grant from BrightgemsTreasures said 5 years ago

    awesome article and the support we get on VJSE is above and beyond most other teams on etsy. My opinion only of course;0) We do alot of promoting for each other and it really does help sales, and thats the bottom line, Kindly, Patsy;0)

  • jeridiehard

    Jeri Jones from jeridiehard said 5 years ago

    Our team is new and started off with a big bang~~ a week at the local fair. We are meeting monthly and hope to get an active and great team going. This article really inspires us!!

  • CheyneSews Admin

    Cheyne from CheyneSews said 5 years ago

    @Jackie Sieben Etsy is proud of each and every one of our teams, especially the teams that have become such close-knit communities through online discussions and meeting virtually. The Vintage Jewelry Sellers team, mentioned in the post, is just one example a global team collaborating at a distance. We hope to see an application from your team in September!

  • SandrasCardShop

    Sandra from SandrasCardShop said 5 years ago

    Great article - very inspirational. Being on the right teams can make a huge impact on your shop :o)

  • NaturalEarthCraft

    Heidi McGrew from NaturalEarthCraft said 5 years ago

    Thanks for your support of the Handmade Dayton team! We are looking forward to our Cyclops sale on Saturday!

  • AlexiBlackwellBridal

    Alexi Blackwell from AlexiBlackwellBridal said 5 years ago

    Thank you Etsy for all your support! I am so proud to be on the "Vintage Jewelry Sellers" Team on Etsy! I have learned so much from all these wonderful Etsy shop owners and everyone is so supportive of each other! Get on a Team! Rah! Rah!

  • Rembrandtrocks

    Celena McMahon from Rembrandtrocks said 5 years ago

    So cool to see so many Artsy people in one room! Loving It!!

  • PrayerNotes

    Prayer Notes by Cynthia from PrayerNotes said 5 years ago

    I enjoyed this article. People coming together with all of their gifted ideas is a balm to the creative soul. Artists are the best!

  • AnatoliaDreams

    Anatolia Dreams from AnatoliaDreams said 5 years ago

    thank you. how can i join?

  • revivalbancroft

    Moxie and Suzy from RevivalVintageStudio said 5 years ago

    WOW! there is some real team power on etsy! just think of all the places teams can come together and create very cool events in different communities! awesome! I can't wait to get some stuff going!

  • karenleanneking

    Karen from KLKingDesigns said 4 years ago

    I am the captain of a newer team- the Messianic Life Team. We are a Judeo- Christian group, with a core set of values. We are scattered across the country! As I build the team, and learn how to lead, I am exploring options and ways to enhance this experience for our group. I wish we were in the position to have a craft fair- but right now we're just trying to get our footing! I do find this article inspiring- but at the same time am uncertain as to how we would pull off such an event. I'd really like to read some articles written for those of us who will most likely never meet each other, or our buyers. Thanks!, And for the show- Well Done!

  • TheGrandBazaar

    TheGrandBazaar from TheEvilEyeBAZAAR said 4 years ago

    team -power! great.

  • Jantiki

    Janna from Jantiki said 4 years ago

    Is there anywhere to see a picture of the packaging the Vintage Jewelry Sellers came up with?

  • vividiy

    vivi diy from vividiy said 4 years ago

    Unity is strength!!

  • 8point8

    8point8 from ThinkEco2 said 4 years ago

    This is truly inspiring.

  • thailanddresses
  • deesherman

    Dee Sherman from BeyondPerfections said 4 years ago

    Life is beautiful!

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