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New Year, New Blog
February 18, 2009, 7:47 pm
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adieSo, you might have noticed that it’s been awhile since our last post.  Well, we’ve been a little busy and felt like a break might be in order.  A lot has happened with Savvy Tools over the past year, and we thought it might be time for a change.  We’re switching things up and moving to a new blog.  Check us out at Savvy Lifestyle!



Official Business
October 30, 2008, 9:24 pm
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I’m proud to announce that on November 1, Savvy Tools will be an official business!  We have decided to file with the State of Colorado as a Limited Liability Company (aka LLC).  This wasn’t a quick and easy decision…believe it or not, we’ve been discussing our options and learning about the different types of entities for over 3 years!  After careful consideration and a lot of conversations with lawyers and eachother, an LLC seemed to suit us best.

If you’re wanting to start your own business and not quite sure how, go to your Secretary of States Business Center’s website.  It will teach you all you need to know about the different types of business organizations, trademarks, etc.  We’ve learned that one of the most important things when creating a business is it’s Operating Agreement.  This agreement is the foundation of your business and lists out how you intend to operate the company and is bound by the signatures of it’s partners.  There are thousands of templates online to help get you started…all you have to do is be patient and committed!

Kelsey – Vail, CO



Business Card Ideas
October 13, 2008, 7:55 pm
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As we mentioned, we’ve been toying around with some ideas for our business cards.  These are just to get us by for now.  We’ll re-evaluate them when we’re ready to take on the entire company branding.   As you can see, there are some double and some single sided options.  Any thoughts or opinions you’d like to share with us about these ideas so far?

 

 

Rebecca_SF



Business Cards

We’ve crossed a milestone in our “little” endeavor and it’s about time we have our own business cards!  We’ve been meeting a lot of new contacts recently and decided that writing our contact info on the back of reciepts found at the bottom of our purses isn’t the most professional. Little did we know, there are so many choices to choose from in the world of business cards…. one sided, 2 sided, inks, papers, colors, and of course the overall aesthetic of the card. 

If you haven’t noticed in our previous posts, we all have what one might call a “greener” conscience.  This being said, we’ve decided to go with a company called Greener Printer.  This is an eco-friendly online printing company that produces everything recycled from business cards, letterhead, brochures, catalogs, posters, etc.  They have 8 different papers to choose from, all of which are 100% recycled or post consumer materials and 4 that are Forrest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.  They also have the option of printing with soy or vegetable based inks….  This hardly breaks the surface of the company’s capabilites, environmental impact and green business practices.

I wanted to post the designs we’re leaning toward, but I’m not that computer savvy….hopefully we’ll have something for you to see soon!

Kelsey – Vail, CO



America’s Next Top Models
September 22, 2008, 1:57 pm
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I wanted to get some new shots of women with tools for our website, so I pulled together a quick photo shoot with the help of some fantastic friends.  We borrowed a friend’s studio and had some fun.  Check it out…  

 

and just for fun…

Special thanks to Michael, Christina, Yunyi, and Adie.  You guys were great!

Rebecca_SF



Ups & Downs
September 14, 2008, 11:01 am
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I’ve often heard entrepreneurship compared to a roller coaster ride.  We’ve barely begun the process and it already seems to be holding true. In our search for the right prototyping company, we began discussions with Colorado State University’s senior mechanical engineering class.  Every year they partner with private businesses to provide real world projects for the students.  The experience benefits the kids, there is the potential for job placement in many cases if the project goes well, and the businesses can benefit from the student’s enthusiasm and creative thinking.  Some of their past projects have included race cars, sensors for space travel, and many bio-medical tools.  It’s obviously a win-win situation for everyone involved and it seemed like the perfect fit for us. 

We had hoped to be one of the partner businesses for this school year, but to our surprise, we found out 2 weeks ago that things didn’t pan out.  C’est la vie.  We’re pursuing the next lead and moving forward.  At the very least, the prospect of the partnership helped us kick some things into high gear and get a lot done in a very short amount of time.  Sometimes you need that little push to help you get over the next hill. 

Rebecca_SF



Baby Steps
September 3, 2008, 10:59 pm
Filed under: savvy tools, Women + Tools

These days, getting a website up is almost step one to starting a business.  As designers, we all have a lot of ideas about what we wanted ours to look like, but with zero experience in programming, it seemed pretty daunting.  So, we started out very, very simply.  We called in some help from friends and family and we updated our site.  You can now check us out at www.mysavvytools.com.  It’s a work in progress.  We’re learning some more basic software skills, improving the imagery and logos and you’ll be seeing continual changes from here on out.  We’re trying to take things one step at a time…

_Rebecca, SF