It’s 3:01 and High Desert High Tea has begun! A fine group of artisans and women entrepreneurs. Come on down to the Santa Fe Incubator off of Airport Road from 3pm – 6pm for tea, sandwiched, cookies and an array of incredible businesses. I’m in Conference Room B. I’ll answer any of your blogging questions! See more photos, below.
4:00 pm. Mayor Coss welcomes the entrepreneurs and visitors. Presentations are getting underway. Weaver Anne Lughani is telling us how she chooses colors for her rag rugs in Conference Room B. In the lobby is an opera singer!
5:00 pm. I’ve had many visitors to the Blogshop table. It’s fun to be able to get online, look at their sites and help them decide what best action to take. I’ve talked to entrepreneurs in these industries: event travel, glass etching, retablos artisan, marketing, computer education and graphic design.
I see a lot of people who need what I have come to call “Online Management.” It’s because we’re in Web 2.0 — the second generation of the Internet. Everything from code to interaction has turned over in the last 20 years, and if you were an early adopter, now your stuff is out of date.
I will be writing a new post that takes a composite example of entrepreneurs and lists actions they can take step-by-step to bring their online marketing up to current.
5:30 pm. I’ve taken a lot of pictures of the booths, artists, entrepreneurs and started to post them, using my Android phone. I email them to myself, then save them to a folder on my desktop. The gallery you see above, needs no special plug-in. You can read how to create a simple gallery for your blog here.
6:00 pm. The crowd is winding down and boxes are getting packed. I’ve barely had time to blog, but talking with both guests and WESST clients the entire time. I printed 30 flyers for my Blogshop services this morning; I am leaving with only three. I have 10 emails to add to my list and one meeting scheduled. All-in-all, a good day of networking!
Bette Bradbury, the Northern New Mexico Director of WESST, says she hopes to have another event – perhaps in a larger location – before the end of the year. “Overall, it was a great event. A lot of people attended who genuinely want to support local businesses. We all learned a lot and had some fun,” she says.
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The event was sponsored by Maria Jose de Ayala (teapots), Albertson’s, Whole Foods, Papa Murphy’s, Sunflower Market, and SFe Hospitality Group.
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