Hello

Creatives Meet Business (CMB) is a community for creatives of all walks to come together and learn from the business world so that they can have sustainability in their careers. While we know that monikers like “creative” and “artist” are already part of a creative’s portfolio, CMB helps add a few new titles to their resumé such as, “small business owner” and “entrepreneur.”



So what is CMB you ask? We’re an event and podcast series that helps empower Austin’s creative sector by connecting them with the various businesses who support them. At each event, we gather six professionals from a highlighted field for six roundtable discussions to share principles and practices from their industry.

CMB was founded by Ashland Viscosi, a unicorn of sorts, as she was actually born in Austin, Texas. Ashland has a background in film and production and works with several arts-based organizations in Austin. A proud graduate of the Leadership Austin Emerge program, she loves being a part of the Austin creative community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce. Her favorite things are people, conversations, cheese plates and brunch.

CreativeTribes

Do you have that one goal, personal project or ambition that’s on your “to do” list, but that you KEEP putting off?  You’re not alone and we’re here to help! 

Part support group and part professional development, CreativeTribes is a 3-month “intensive” that puts your personal and professional goal plan front and center while sharing in the company of others. Through a curated “Tribe,” you’ll take part in facilitated activities, personal goal check-ins and more, all while being held accountable to the goals that you yourself said you needed to tackle. Whether you’re side-hustling in the creative spaces, just getting started or been at this for years, there’s a Tribe for you.

Prefer a “bullet-proof” approach? Perfect! In a 3-month period (6 sessions, 1.5 hours per session), we’ll provide the following:

  • A curated network of creatives (consider this your creative brain trust) that you’ll meet with regularly
  • Access to a network of professional service providers (i.e. CPAs, attorneys, and much, much more) that will discount their rates
  • Work with you to focus on a tough-to-tackle task and help break it down into manageable, “tackle-able” pieces
  • Learn tactics, techniques and insights that will help the business-side of things become far less intimidating 

If you're ready to get started, here's what we need from you:

  • $300 paid in three installments - $50 to initiate, $125 prior to first session and $125 prior to final session 
  • Schedule a 1 hour individual session for Tribe placement and goal setting
  • Attend 6 - 1.5 hour sessions every other week 
  • Agree to uphold the values of CreativeTribes - Confidentiality, Consistency, Commitment and Curiosity

Upcoming Events

Managing (Professional) Relationships

  • April 25th, 6:30 to 9 PM
  • Google Fiber, 201 Colorado St.

Branding

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Podcasts

Our podcast series helps empower Austin’s creative sector by connecting them with the various businesses who support them. We feature prominent business execs in the Austin area and chat with them to give you the business savvy you need to start your creative venture. Podcast available on iTunes and Stitcher.

Listen in!

Past Events

Financial Planning Edition

April 12, 2016

April 12, 2016

We welcomed a great crew of creatives from all walks along with 6 Financial Planners at WeWork Congress on 4/12/16. Each planner shared tips about making budgets you can stick to, tax and retirement planning and how to prepare yourself for tackling your next creative venture (and more). Wish you could have been there? We’ll have the podcast up and running in no time…

John Langford chronicled the evening – photos available on our Flickr page:

It’s our mission at Creatives Meet Business to provide a valuable and meaningful service to creatives across all disciplines by helping them understand the business side of the industry and become more sustainable in their endeavors.

The Financial Planners edition, hosted by The Art of Finance, LLC, held on 4/12/16, featured roundtable discussions with:

Entertainment Attorney Edition

February 9, 2016

February 9, 2016

38 attendees and 6 attorneys participated in the first ever Creatives Meet Business event at WeWork Congress on February 9th, 2016!  Attendees gained a newfound perspective on the local entertainment law scene and learned how lawyers are able to help them with their creative businesses.

The evening was documented by John Langford, photos available here or visit our Flickr page:

It’s our mission at Creatives Meet Business to provide a valuable and meaningful service to creatives across all disciplines by helping them understand the business side of the industry and become more sustainable in their endeavors.

The Entertainment Attorney edition, hosted by Amy E. Mitchell, PLLC, held on 2/9/16, featured roundtable discussions with:

Taxes & Accounting Edition

August 16, 2016

August 16, 2016

We welcomed a great crew of creatives from all walks along with six (6) Tax & Accounting pros at Dropbox Austin on 8/16/16. We're fairly certain that we unraveled the great mystery surrounding taxes and accounting. Wish you could have been part of the great unraveling? No worries! Check out the podcast, available on iTunes and Stitcher. This edition was NOT live recorded, but we have something most excellent (and on topic) in store for you.

David Brendan Hall chronicled the evening – photos available on our Facebook page:

It’s our mission at Creatives Meet Business to provide a valuable and meaningful service to creatives across all disciplines by helping them understand the business side of the industry and become more sustainable in their endeavors (and connect with fellow creatives along the way!).

The Tax & Accounting edition, hosted by Chris Adams, Maxwell Locke & Ritter, LLP, held on 8/16/16, featured roundtable discussions with:

  • Chris Adams, CPA - Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP
    • What is a CPA: Why, When and How to use one  
  • Elizabeth Donaldson - Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP
    • The What, Why, When and How of Expense and Income Tracking
  • Jason Flaherty, JD, CPA - Brink Bennett Flaherty PLLC
    • What business structures are most commonly used in the creative spaces and what are the tax implications of each? 
  • Dena Holliday, Assistant Vice President, Business Banking - Frost Bank
    • What services are available to creatives and why are accurate financial details so important? 
  • Kristy Holmes-Hetzel, CPA - Maxwell Locke and Ritter LLP
    • What is the tax man going to come calling for each year and how do I make sure I keep him happily at bay? 
  • Layne Lauritzen, CPA, PC - Music CPA
    • Creating order out of chaos – what information, at a minimum, do I need to give my CPA at year-end? 

Website Edition

October 18th, 2016

October 18th, 2016

We welcomed a great crew of creatives from all walks along with six (6) Website pros at Atlassian on 10/18/16. These pros dropped some insane knowledge with topics ranging from picking the right platform to not overloading your audience with images. This event was perfectly suited for anyone who is...A) building their first website, B) wanting to maximize the potential of their website, or C) considering overhauling their site and starting anew. Does this apply to you and now you're thinking "dang, I wish I could have been there?" Good news, you still can be! All of the conversations were recorded and will be released as podcast episodes on iTunes and Stitcher (subscribe so you don't miss any!)

Jessica Alexander captured the lovely photos you see here in this gallery. If you want to see more, check out the album on Facebook.

If you're new to who we are, you should know that it’s our mission at Creatives Meet Business to provide a valuable and meaningful service to creatives across all disciplines by helping them understand the business side of the industry and become more sustainable in their endeavors.

The Website edition, hosted by General Assembly, held on 10/18/16, featured roundtable discussions with:

  • Jeremy Cox, McGarrah Jessee // "Branding Your Site: Consistency in Tone and Appearance"
  • Jon Lebkowsky, Polycot Associates // "Platforms and Me: How Do I Know Which is Best for My Needs" 
  • Mike Mitra, Drumroll // "How to Strike the Right Balance with Imagery and Visuals" 
  • Alex O’Neal, UXtraordinary // "Testing, Testing...and User Experience
  • Alyssa Scavetta, Masonry // "Website Admin: What You REALLY need to know about Hosting, Domains and more"
  • Julia Villarreal, SpaceCraft // "Map it out: the Ins and Outs of Site Mapping (aka How to Build Your Site So It Grows With You, Not Against You)"

PR Edition

December 6th, 2016

December 6th, 2016

We welcomed a great crew of creatives from all walks along with five (5) PR pros and a journalist to Spredfast on 12/6/16. Conversations ranged from finding your media home, to what makes a PR story compelling, all the way to influencer marketing and much more. Wish you could have been there? Good news, you still can be (in a way). All of the conversations were recorded and will be released as podcast episodes on iTunes and Stitcher (subscribe so you don't miss any!)

If you're new to who we are, you should know that it’s our mission at Creatives Meet Business to provide a valuable and meaningful service to creatives across all disciplines by helping them understand the business side of the industry and become more sustainable in their endeavors.

The PR edition, hosted by lookthinkmake, held on 12/6/16, featured roundtable discussions with:

  • Kristen Chin, POM PR // "Timelines - Why They Matter and How to Plan One"
  • Casey Miller, lookthinkmake // "Finding Your Story - How Do I Hone My Story To Make It Compelling?"
  • Jennifer Sinski, Giant Noise // "The Influence of Influencers in PR"
  • Victoria Villarreal, Bread & Butter PR // "Exploring The Media Landscape and Finding My (Media) Home" 
  • James Renovitch, The Austin Chronicle // "The Media & Me - How to Meet (and Then Talk) to Them" 
  • David Wyatt, Wyatt Brand // "It’s Not Just an Event - It’s Part of My PR Strategy"

Digital Marketing Edition

February 21, 2017

February 21, 2017

We welcomed a great crew of creatives from all walks along with six (6) Digital Marketing pros to Waller Ballroom on 2/21/17. Conversations ranged from managing your online reputation to blogging for SEO to understanding which analytics are actually applicable and why (and so much more). Wish you could have been there? Good news, you still can be (in a way). All of the conversations were recorded and will be released as podcast episodes on iTunes and Stitcher (subscribe so you don't miss any!)

If you're new to who we are, you should know that it’s our mission at Creatives Meet Business to provide a valuable and meaningful service to creatives across all disciplines by helping them understand the business side of the industry and become more sustainable in their endeavors.

The Digital Marketing edition, hosted by Best Practice Media, held on 2/21/17, featured roundtable discussions with:

  • Claire Winslow, Best Practice Media // "The Ins and Outs of Online Reputation Management"
  • Chad Jones, Hatcreek Marketing // "The Demystification of Insights and Analytics - Which Measurements Really Matter?"
  • Cortney Hickey, lookthinkmake // "What You Can and Should Do To “Influence” Search Engines to Work FOR (And Not AGAINST) Your Blog"
  • Daniel Stone, Bandolier Media // "Content Marketing (AKA the “What”) to Share With Your Audience"
  • Maggie Miller, MaggieGentry // "Emails…How They Can Become Your Very Best Friend in Marketing"
  • Sean Greenberg, Work In Progress // "Making Sense of Your Digital Dollars Through Online Advertising"

Keep in Touch with me

Want to know more about upcoming events, our podcast series, or just want to chat? We'd love to hear from you!​

Ashland Viscosi
PO Box 49654, Austin, TX 78765
512.363.7294
ashland@cmbatx.com
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