Saturday, December 13, 2008

NWSID Soiree

NWSID held a Christmas party Thursday night hosted at Elements International at 1825 NW 19th Avenue in Portland, Oregon. It was so much fun to see designers and their spouses dressed up enjoying the delicious food and desserts. It gave all of us a chance to chat and relax. Mike likes to ask designers what they are doing to attract business. For some the economy has been a challenge for others there has been little downtime. All it seems are taking action. Making phone calls to their clients, sending newsletters, asking for referrals, putting on events, writing articles, are some of the tactics being used.

One thing is evident, our area is attractive to people from all over the country. People want to move here. I've read that Portland city officials are preparing for an influx of 2 million people over the next 20 to 30 years. When these people in Dallas or Boca Rotan or Brooklyn, for example, do research for designer help, for when they get here, can they find your name when they Google "interior designer Portland"? I urge you to get a simple web site or even a blog with your name, address and phone number.

It is so easy to create a blog. There is even a little button in the upper right of this blog that says "Create Blog". Nothing cvould be easier. It's free and you can even add pictures of your work. If there is just one New Years Resolution on your "to do list" its get on the web so you can be found by your future clients.

One more thing. Elements International is supporting p:ear:
p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth, ages 15 to 23, through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives.

You can help p:ear this year for Christmas by making a contribution of cash, of course, or gift certicates to Rite-Aid, Fred Meyer or first aid supplies, bus tickets, food, pens and pencils, musical instruments, art supplies, clothing, etc.

You can reach p:ear at
338 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
Tax ID# 93-1327944

Bev & Mike
Landfair Furniture + Design Gallery
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