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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2464 - January 25, 2011 - ISSN 1539-5065    4 of 5

Etsy Holds Conference in Berlin on Building Sustainable Micro-Economies

By Ina Steiner
EcommerceBytes.com
January 25, 2011




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Etsy has chosen Berlin, Germany to hold its first ever conference on September 17 - 18, 2011. The Hello Etsy Summit on Small Business and Sustainability is designed to inspire and educate individuals who are looking to learn the skills to grow their small business - on or off of Etsy - in sustainable ways.

Etsy's European Director Matt Stinchcomb said the conference will be organized loosely around the entire process of coming up with an idea, turning it into a product, making it a business, and taking it to market.

"Inspirational sessions will be held for all in attendance, and followed by a variety of hands-on workshops that will take place in the smaller rooms around the venue. The goal of the conference is to both educate and inspire," he said.

Stinchcomb said Etsy is in the process of gathering input and ideas from small business owners and booking speakers and workshop leaders. The conference will feature success stories, tips and tricks from social media and marketing experts, advice from legal and financial experts, and ideas and inspiration from ecologists, entrepreneurs and community organizers.

Over 500 participants from around the world will take part in this weekend-long event, which will take place in English.

In the lead-up to the conference, Etsy will host small-business oriented events in cities around the world. Most keynote sessions will also be broadcast via the web, and downloadable workshop guides will be available.

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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