We had the good fortune of connecting with Sten & Amanda and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sten & Amanda, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Community is at the center of our entire operation. We believe that creative small business owners should enjoy professional success on the same level as those in white-collar careers experience. As Creatives for Connections, our mission is to build a strong and successful community of creative business owners. At the core of our networking organization is an educational component that serves as a conduit for successful business practice. We further our mission by cultivating a culture of right-brain individuals that feel confident and prepared to turn their talents into a properly established entity. Our dream is to live in a world where no one hesitates to pursue a creative passion for fear of it not “making enough money.”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We pride ourselves on the art of connection. Our networking events are geared towards building community and camaraderie between small business owners in creative fields. We’ve come to understand that there are two types of creative entrepreneurs that we serve. Individuals that have just recently decided to pursue their passion and those that have been running a business for a few years as a solopreneur and is ready to start building a team. We’ve learned that the creative community is a passionate community and if we help them build a business in a structured way then their passion will take flight and will result in a business that soars. How do we do this? We do this by making connections, get it? Creatives for Connection. You can imagine how long it took us to come up with that one. We connect creatives to professionals like lawyers, bookkeepers, accountants, and business coaches so that they get the information they need but don’t always seek out when running a creative business.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
As a networking organization we’ve gained major support from great spots around town, here are a few that we definitely recommend. Veza Sur Brewing in Wynwood for delicious brews with a Latin spin. Love Life Cafe for an extensive vegan menu that’ll make you wonder why you didn’t try vegan food earlier. As business owners, we know that we work on vacation, even just a little bit. Why not crank out some work at a cool spot. The WeWork at the Wynwood Garage location is our home base for meetings and all things hustle. And of course, after you worked while on vacation you should treat yourself to a drink. The Broken Shaker in Miami Beach is the place to be for amazing handcrafted cocktails and a cool and creative vibe.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Amanda and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Büro Miami, the co-work space where we met. Understanding the value of making connections and positioning ourselves in a place that can facilitate those connections was crucial to the development of Creatives for Connection. Networking with other small business owners and or solopreneurs is vital to the success of any business. Amanda and I are so grateful to have met in Büro, a place that encourages networking and we have made it our mission to speak out about the importance of networking and how it can create incredible bonds.