Milwaukee can be a super cool place to explore on so many levels! Especially for the creatives. Especially since we are essentially breaking barriers and long standing social stigmas by consistently rotating with such a diverse core of vendors, shoppers and supporters. People always offer positive feedback about our unique location choices, understanding we want to keep the Circulate experience mobile, continuously increasing all of our city wide connections. Desegregating our dollars is no small notion… In the meantime, we are always on the lookout for perfect fitting potential venues in new areas as well as professional partnerships for future Market activations, special events and other Circulate moves. The demand for local products is evident in addition to the small business opportunities and awareness generated by supporting local makers and entrepreneurs around the city!
We would like your help! Yes! We have always asked our Circulate network for input and investment. It’s all win/win/win!
There are plenty of magical spaces and hidden jewels in each one of our beloved communities! Our team may be unaware and also there are different ideas and possibilities we would like to pursue with the right platform and collaborators! We love introducing our networks and community to different spots! The power of our network is in our communication and cooperation! Where to next? How can you become a part of this process? What’s the next move? Feel free to send us a link, email message to point us in the right direction! There will be several orgs and individuals offering info and resident and business resources. Promoting and connecting our collective efforts is important! Please keep us informed on how we can work together!
Questions? Email us firstname.lastname@example.org
As we continue to open up possibilities and set up whole #Circulatemke markets or events at several unlikely places…..Send a special thanks and shout out to some of our recent Circulate venues = Just a few, check’em out & support:
So much happens in-between our Circulate Markets….. We usually do our every other month cooperative economic convening with a few special events and have followed our pattern since we started in 2015. The demand for Circulate is real, we have to admit. The respect for our mission and motives is also real. We have great relationships that keep us connected to everything moving! People have been asking/suggesting that we produce Circulate monthly, we are also constantly cross coordinating and communicating with other local market promoters and vendors about smart scheduling and supporting one another. The circulation never stops! So much behind the scenes action, we are working on sharing some of that soon too…You never know what’s next!
For now, The wait is over, that’s right! Our next Circulate MKE Creative Entrepreneur Market will be Saturday April 27th, 11am-5pm
We are honored to host our Feb 10th Market inside of Milwaukee’s gems; Walker’s Point Center for the Arts!!
There is a super powerful exhibit currently up at the gallery , so you will get a special visual treat when you come to support your favorite CirculateMKE Creative Entrepreneurs!! Here is some brief info about the artists and striking exhibit featured:
Tierra Herida: Printmaking from the Americas is a panorama of contemporary printmaking in the Americas—46 artists from 20 countries explore the theme of mining from colonial times to the present. This exhibit was curated by Alec Dempster.
To raise awareness and generate discussion around the theme artist from all over the Americas have created work on the theme of mining from their local and personal perspectives. The result is a graphic map of the current situation through contemporary printmaking. MAKE SURE YOU COME CHECK IT OUT!!
Always a good ever evolving conversation. Sometimes difficult.
We have surveyed our Circulate vendors & We have asked certain customers about their experience at the markets – sometimes we get very interesting feedback. More often we don’t have to seek out any feedback, people generally offer it quite openly and honestly. One of the things are always paying attention to is feedback about pricing. Now there’s checks and balances in the consumer experience and expectancy at mutually any exchange of money and goods for that matter. Entrepreneurs have to calculate many factors in preparation for the marketplace.
Don’t overprice or undersell yourself.
Some people are surprised when they encounter vendor’s prices are more than reasonable or we have heard the opposite and shoppers are confused and disappointed because something nice seems way overpriced….
There is a lot to consider when it comes to pricing hand made or custom made items, art work, craft work and even services. Keep in mind the love that customers can develop with a business when they feel like they are getting their money’s worth and also a great personalized experience. You can make your customers feel like their getting a deal everytime!
Makers and vendors who put in countless hours perfecting their creative processes and products are often lowering their profit margins and sliding prices simply due to what/how people are trained to (not) spend outside of big box stores and shopping malls. There is an opportunity to educate yourself as well as your customers.
For us, It’s simple math, we have to keep adding value to our entire Circulate Market network in order to multiply more economic trade, exchange and cooperation. The perceptions are already shifting and you can see that by the sheer number of community based market spaces popping up. It’s always a good things when our collective dollars are circulating!
Yes, stay tuned for more info about pricing and best marketplace practices!
You know whats awesome? Our vendors are. We have the honor of serving some of the best makers and entrepreneurs in Milwaukee!! We are extremely thankful to everyone who has helped to spread the word and offer our opportunities to new vendors/ extending our family!! The next Market date is Feb. 10th and the FB event is live so please also feel free to invite your friends! We are also getting some print flyers to vendors who request them so they can pass out promotional materials during their business travels and social exchanges. We all work together to make sure the circle is growing stronger and stronger!
There is always special reasons and people behind the different neighborhoods and venues we choose to ‘circulate’ into. The idea is to learn more about how our city can and does work together when it comes to supporting arts, independent makers, vendors and entrepreneurs. Circulate Creative Entrepreneur Market is a facilitator of many different connections and business collaborations throughout Milwaukee. We are always looking to expand and explore new territory of a very historically, economically segregated city. How can we continue to break down barriers? How can we continue to get different folks together doing trade, services & commerce together to show and prove our unified strength? These are some of the things we ponder. Outloud.
We are excited to introduce this jewel in the community to many new people through our Feb. 10th MARKET!!!! This beautiful space is dedicated to cultural and neighborhood preservation through hosting art galleries and activities for families usually free of charge! Make sure you come to check it out! The synergy is real!
The winter solstice is regarded by many as a very powerful time for reflection and execution. A time for defining our interests and goals with focus and consideration into the new year. This year came with a full moon as well!
What are your intentions set on for 2019? How are you setting yourself and your circle up for success? It’s always great to share different practices or traditions of self care & accountability. We encourage it. We recommend it. Circulate some love this season and lets all elevate into this next year cycle of growth with a standard of sharing. You can start small!
Think of others and share the love or ‘pass the plug’ as some might say. Practice circulating the love. Share big and shine your light for the world to see because when you shine bright it naturally gives others permission to do the same. The most successful people on the globe will tell you that part of the formula for achieving abundance, is helping others and being a giver. Offer your genius to create something beautiful that you can share the world.
Soon we are going to announce an important upcoming (in between markets) event. Some of you may know that we have held several business mixer styled events, small gatherings or invite only meetings in order to help facilitate building trust and accelerating the collective sharing process. We are taking initiative and also always taking suggestions on how to better support our Circulatemke family.
We want to see everyone win! Saying it out loud and proud, sharing and circulating ❤ for you and yours this festive holiday and new year season!! Be Safe and enjoy!!
We are looking forward into 2019 with much gratitude. So much to be thankful for as the Circulatemke family grows and goes to new and exciting places. The engine behind our collective momentum is our unity. We continue to be so amazed at the consistency and connectivity that develops organically when creative entrepreneurs work together.
Circulatemke was started to amplify our communal economic innovation and we are proud to witness the rapid expansion of the general collaborative ‘marketplace’ model locally!! All of our calculations equal Circulation!!
‘Holiday’ shopping is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to conscious buying & spending. Also a magnificent time see some super unique work and colorful products!
Creative Entrepreneurs make it work! No matter what! Into 2019 we have a new level of investment into our Circulatemke ideas, tools and projects and we want to work together with you!!
It’s not a major market hack or any secret sauce, it’s simple! TALK TO PEOPLE!! Too many great connections and conversations are missed when creatives are in a shell and not really talking to people. Now, we are using ‘people’ vaguely, on purpose. You never know who you are talking to or quite honestly who you might be letting walk past with no contact. It always helps to smile, stand up and even introduce your self with a firm handshake. It may come naturally for you, but this is a HUGE challenge for some entrepreneurs and vendors. Both our shoppers and supporters also benefit greatly from networking, communicating, following up and keeping the good conversations in circulation!
Here are 3 tips to get you talking at the next market: 1. Have your talking points or questions ready!
2. Practice sparking conversations with people you already know!
3. Don’t try to make sales , make new friends!
We are proud to say, at our last traditional #circulatemke Market on Black Friday 2018 we had 5 Creative Entrepreneurs new to our Market and 3 of those vendors were doing business for the first time at any Marketplace EVER!! We always encourage youth entrepreneurship and collaboration and we must say, the movement is spreading… We are fascinated by the growth of the Circulatemke community!! It’s always a good time for your side hustle to come to the forefront , or for you to pitch that idea in public , test the concept and let’s GO! We LOVE to be the launchpad for YOU! Let us know how we can help!
Next market Dec. 8th VENDOR REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!