From AIGA Minnesota Website. Sign-up available at the AIGA website. Event is Thursday, June 24, 2010.

Discover your entrepreneurial spirit and business desire. If freelancing or self-employment is in your future, this event will provide ideas, possibilities and insight. Join us for this special event, where a trio of speakers awaits your questions. Hear from Doug Powell, Principal, Schwartz Powell; Dan Woychick, Principal, Woychick Design; and Kenneth Kunkle, Kunkle Law PLC.

Kenneth Kunkle is a local attorney whose practice is focused on working with creative professionals. Blogging at, Ken provides a wide field of knowledge in the areas of business, copyright and trademarks. His long history working in, and with, a variety of creative fields provides a unique understanding of creativity and the law. Ken will be discussing issues related to business structures, work for hire and independent contractor status.

Doug Powell − a designer, business strategist, entrepreneur, and curator of the blog Merge − will offer next steps to help you build your great new business ideas. Or maybe allow Doug’s inspiration to bust you out of a narrow way of working. He suggests the next generation of designers will have to find other ways of working, providing value and generating revenue. Learn tips to start and launch your design-driven business. and

Dan Woychick is a designer and creative strategist with over 20 years dedicated to helping non-profit organizations communicate more successfully. He has helped clients with brand identity and positioning, market research, and the design and production of print and electronic communications. Dan is experienced in building a network of collaborators, hiring employees, working from home and renting office space. He will share his thoughts on marketing yourself to find clients and focus your work. For more info, go to or read his blog, think + do: an exploration of non-profit marketing and design

Time: Doors open at 8:30 A.M.; Presentation from 9:00–10:30 A.M.