The Essential Guide to Merchandise, Part 1: Selecting a Vendor

Whenever someone tells me that there’s no money in merchandise, I want to scream. Merchandise programs can become your league’s greatest return on investment. Especially once your merchandise program is established. This is the first of a three-part series on derby merchandise programs and the best use of your merch committee’s time. Although this series
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What Bootstrapper Award Winners Look Like

Brown Paper Tickets won the 2015 GeekWire Awards’ Bootstrapper of the Year. Quite an honor for a company celebrating its 15th anniversary using corporate social responsibility vs. venture capital as a propelling business backbone. Thank you to all who voted for us. GeekWire reported that 25,000 votes were cast among numerous categories and finalists and
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Take Care of Each Other, Do It for #57

After news broke of the suicide of Michigan teen Sam (Casper) Taub, a 15-year-old transgender skater, I’ve not felt like writing about derby business. As someone immersed in roller derby culture, active in the junior derby community and a father of two teenagers, the news hurts even though I had not met Sam. Being a teen
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Brown Paper Tickets Named Finalist for GeekWire Bootstrapper of the Year

Fantastic news. GeekWire, the national technology news site nominated Brown Paper Tickets for Bootstrapper of the Year. Vote for us now or read on and find out what makes us viable bootstrappers. 3 Reasons to Vote for Us  1. After launching the world’s first free ticketing and event registration service, Brown Paper Tickets has remained
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What’s in a Name? (Hint: Everything)

Your derby league’s look and feel affects the success of your marketing and your community relationship. A smart, calculated and yes, creative selection of your logo, league name, team name(s) and tagline is vital. Derby Branding 101  If you are not familiar with branding, think of it as a consistent look and voice that represents your
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Making the Big Climb to Cure Blood Cancer

Brown Paper Tickets’ special ops event genius Erika Harder led a team of brave and well-hydrated Brown Paper Ticketeers to climb the tallest building in Seattle (no, it’s NOT the Space Needle) at the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Big Climb on Sunday. At 788 feet of vertical elevation, the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle stands as the second
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4 Painful (But Hilarious) Lessons Learned in Stand-Up Comedy

Stand-up comedy can be an exhilarating experience or a terrifying one. Being in front of a live audience, pouring out your soul and getting people to laugh is a trying task. Sometimes it is the best thing in the world. Other times, it makes you wish you could just ball up and cry. There are
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And the Brassy Award Goes To …

It’s my esteemed honor to announce the winner of the inaugural Brassy Award: Mistress Kali. The $500 cash grant and mentorship will be applied to her winning show Storyville Rising, premiering in New Orleans May 16 and 17, 2015. Thunderous applause from the glitter tribe erupted as I gave her the award at The Great
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9-Step Recipe to Successful Cooking Classes

Just as there are tricks to the perfect sandwich (hint: fresh bread for one), there is a method to making your food or drink class rewarding and mmm-azing for both teacher and student. Not only can your class satiate your students’ thirst for new skills and knowledge, it can also raise money for causes. Seattle’s
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Comedy Outliers: Third Time’s the Charm

Guest post by Brandon Collins and Mike Brown of Comedy Outliers. They offer advice to comedians, performers and event organizers on how to survive and thrive in today’s competitive artistic climate. “It’s all in the game…” Over the past three years, the NY comedy scene has changed significantly. Some comedy clubs have come and gone. Some
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