Do you dread business development?

Do you avoid new business development like the plague? Do you define new business as “cold calling,” “sales” or “marketing”? Are you ready to transform how you think about new business? We will focus on strategies for building authentic, one-to-one relationships with prospects that take time, focus, ongoing nurturing, and a change in tactics. Business development, when done well, can be a fun, challenging, and a rewarding aspect of any successful business. At this event, you’ll learn why you might change your thinking about what new business development really is, and better ways to do it.

About Emily
A brutally honest consultant, Emily Ruth Cohen has worked with many leading design firms across the country. She has developed, tested and curated key business insights and strategies that have helped firms become more effective and profitable. Cohen facilitates business planning retreats and provides confidential, best-practice insights on staff, client and process-management strategies. Cohen also loves sharing her expertise through speaking engagements, guest posts, a Skillshare class, webinars, industry activism, and her new book, “Brutally Honest.”

Thank you to Friendly Design for hosting at Canvas!


A portion of the proceeds from this event goes to the AIGA DC Design Continuum Fund (DCF) scholarship. DCF is celebrating 10 years of fostering the next generation of designers through helping local design-minded and underrepresented students as they pursue their education.

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When & Where
Tue, May 8, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
1203 19th St. NW
3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20036