February, 2010

Feb 10

Welcome to new staffer Christina Ostermier

Christina Ostermier has joined the Design Annex as a part time staff person through late spring 2010.

She currently is Project Lead for the Roxbury Community Center with Architecture for Humanity. She formerly served as Architectural Designer for Parsons in Boston.

We’re looking forward to Christina’s work with the Design Annex to reach out and build relationships with organizations and professionals in the Boston design community.

Feb 10

Bully Pulpit

Move over Pecha Kucha. Here in Union Square we’re going fast, loose and opinionated. We’ve got 20-ish speakers taking the stage for just 2 minutes each, armed only with their power point slides, to make their case.

These visual essays take on every topic — from pondering the life style of assassin dolphins to raging against hats, from lamenting the ill effects on Shakespeare in the hands of the Muppets to an explanation of how to fit a boat in a closet.

Doors open at 6 pm and speakers start at 7 pm.

Free to enter. Cash bar.

Sponsored by Design Annex. www.dannex.org

Feb 10

Be More Profitable in 2010: Business Workshop coming up February 26

How many times have you heard, “Don’t work harder, work smarter”?

One of the keys to the success of your business is a laser-like understanding of your core customer.
Scott Loring of Cooperative Coaching and Mediation will walk you through his tool, the Business Niche Matrix. In this workshop you will learn the steps to evaluate your current clients in terms of profitability, relationship and growth, to accurately define your business’ core customer and ways to better focus your marketing efforts, increase sales and achieve higher revenue.

Workshop will be Friday, February 26 starting at 9 am. Before 2/18 sign up for the early bird registration for just $20.

This workshop is open to all client based businesses. Participants should have been in business for at least one year and to have a pool of at least ten customers. In preparation of the session, participants will be sent a simple template to complete for use in the workshop.

Scott Loring is a Mediator, Negotiator and Executive Coach. Since 2000, Scott has brought his business development, communication, and team building skills to individuals, families and business teams. Assisting businesses in a variety of stages from long-established companies to start-ups, Scott’s clients include leaders throughout New England in industries including manufacturing, healthcare, design and financial services. With over 20 years of experience in sales and sales management, Scott has particular expertise assisting client-focused businesses.

A continental breakfast will be served at the start of the workshop and is included in the workshop price.

Sponsored by Design Annex with Union Square Main Streets and Graphic Artist Guild/Boston Chapter.

To register or for more information.