DIY Business Association Conference (Sunday June 26)

The 2011 Brooklyn DIY Business Association Conference will be held on June 26 at the DUMBO Loft (155 Water Street) and Etsy Labs (55 Washington St, Suite 712).


For the first Brooklyn DIY Business Association Conference, we’re bringing together the independent music industry, freelance communicators, innovators of art and craft, Internet and tech gurus, and business and service providers for a day of inspiration, information, empowerment, and networking.

Conference attendees will attend four action-packed panels and—based on the information you provide in a goal-based registration survey—will engage in an affinity group and a DIYT (Do-It-Yourself-Together) incubator group.

A full-day pass is $125 per person and includes breakfast, lunch, and evening cocktails. will give a $1,000 microgrant to one attendee of the Brooklyn DIY Business Association Conference, on June 26.

More than 30 creative leaders will be speaking at the Brooklyn DIY Business Association Conference, including:

  • Andrew Wagner, ReadyMade Editor-in-Chief
  • Grace Bonney, Design*Sponge Founder and Editor-in-Chief
  • Dean Haspiel, Illustrator for HBO’s Bored To Death, creator of Billy Dogma, Street Code, and ACT-I-VATE for web comics
  • Susan Gregg Koger, Chief Creative Officer?
  • Melissa Helmbrecht, CEO
  • Shaina Feinberg, This American Life contributor, audio producer, writer, and comedian Dave Hill’s editorial director
  • Danielle Maveal, Etsy Education Coordinator?
  • Gregory Jackson, touring and session bassist for various artists, including Amy Winehouse, Jay-Z, and Erykah Badu
  • Molly Neuman, Senior Director of Label Relations for eMusic; Owner, Simple Social Graces Discos and Kitchen, and former drummer of Bratmobile
  • Evie Nagy, Managing Editor of
  • Mary S. Butler, Senior Content Strategist for Razorfish?
  • Ryan J. Davis, Huffington Post blogger, political pundit on The Hill, Social Media Director for Blue State Digital
  • Caroline Suh, Director of Frontrunners and frontrunner of Iconoclasts
  • Jessica H. Lawrence, Managing Director at New York Tech Meetup

For full conference schedule, go to