Today I am grateful for the opportunity to give back!
I am so excited that tomorrow night is the Opus Ball benefiting the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and I am the presenting sponsor. Here’s a clip of me on TV this week talking about this great cause…
As mentioned in the clip, I have donated a custom room design and a custom fabric design for the highest bidder paired with a festive party to reveal our finished product, all the food and wine for the party provided by the Ashley’s at the Capital Hotel and invitations for the party designed by me! And to top it all off, the finished room design will be featured in an upcoming issue of AY Magazine for the world to see. Really cool, huh?
I have supported the Arkansas Symphony for years, as I think it is so important to keep cultural experiences like this alive and well in Little Rock (here’s a photo of Carter and me, much younger, at the Symphony’s Opus Ball about 10 years ago). And as a mom, I especially love the Symphony’s programs for children. Music education is so important to a well-rounded education and as we know it is continuing to become less and less a part of many schools.
I have to say I am very grateful for my first black tie affair in a much smaller dress size even than I wore 10 years ago. It’s going to be so much fun to get dressed up for the first time in a long time and feel REALLY good about myself. (If you missed the post on my blog about my journey to getting healthy, check it out here!)
And–speaking of a great cause–tomorrow I will give you an update on the Holiday House Designer Showhouse that I am part of in New York City.
Due to Hurricane Sandy, the house is extending it’s dates so it will now be open through Sunday November 25th. More on that tomorrow as it benefits another great cause, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
But now another important BIG ANNOUNCEMENT that many of you have been asking about…our next Camp Tobi Fairley Designer MBA Camp Dates!
I am excited to tell you that we will be “Going Camping” here in Little Rock again with our Designer MBA Camp January 9-11, 2013. So if you want to jump start your design business and start 2013 off right by Designing a business you LOVE, then you will not want to miss this Life-Changing Experience!!
Designer MBA is a business education for design pros. In it, we share the lessons I’ve learned as a business owner in the design industry. From fees to contracts to public relations, I offer tried and true tools and strategies that can give designers the confidence they need to professionalize their processes.
Here is what a few of our previous MBA campers said about their Camp Tobi Fairley Experience…
“What I cherish most about my decision to attend Tobi’s Camp is the hope I saw in Tobi, her staff and the others attending. It restored MY hope in this Business called Interior Design. It restored my understanding of a gift of talent given, not deserved. And it reminded me that our spaces, our homes are the place where trust and gentility begin. That is worth working for.If not for our generation, then certainly the next. Please, if you are even thinking about going to camp, do so.”
Ann McDonald of Couture Chateau
“During [Designer MBA], my entire perspective on the design business was torn down and then rebuilt from the ground up with a fresh outlook. I realized that my frustration with owning a business stemmed from my own limiting beliefs about my abilities and my assumptions about my clients. Tobi helpfully and tirelessly worked with [us], offering suggestions, ideas, and tips to help us take our businesses to the next level. The group of design campers, Tobi’s staff, Tobi, and yes, Bebe, all bonded through laughter and tears shared over our common mistakes, and we have kept in close contact since camp to share our successes and breakthroughs with each other.
Upon my return home, I had not only the determination to grow my design business, but the insight I needed to create a plan and implement processes and services that would get me there; not to mention the support of the incredible women I met, and Tobi and her amazing staff rooting for us all to succeed. I wasted no time re-vamping my design services and fee structure, and the response from both existing and potential clients has been overwhelming - and I am a much more fulfilled business owner! The path to my goals is much clearer now, and I have Tobi to thank for giving me the push I needed to start running toward them and for teaching me to value the expertise I bring to my clients.
Designer MBA Camp gave me the resolve to re-think how I was doing business so that I could stay in business. It was the best investment I have made in my company since starting it in 2009. Since I left Designer MBA Camp, I can already see and feel the effects of the changes I made immediately thereafter. If you are an interior designer who is struggling to grow your business, or an interior designer who is considering starting your own business, take Bebe’s advice – and mine – and follow Tobi. She really will show you what to do.”
Rachel Cannon Lewis of SoHaus Interior Design
And if you are considering joining our Mastermind Consulting Group, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you missed the Free Telecall I gave on Wednesday.
You will definitely want to hear the recording and we are still running our special offer that if you join Mastermind you get to come to MBA camp for FREE!! That’s a HUGE value and will allow you not only to Design a Business you love in 2013, but our Mastermind Group will have an intense focus on Self-care next year so you can also Design a Life you love that will support you, your family AND your business.
And, finally, one last bit of gratitude for today to our Designer MBA Camp Sponsors Olio Board, Cobblestone and Vine and At Home in Arkansas. I am excited to say we will be announcing some other 2013 camp sponsors really soon. If you are interested in partnering with us as a camp sponsor, email us at email@example.com and we can tell you all about the opportunity to join us for our life changing camps in 2013.
We will be announcing 2 new camp concepts in just a few weeks that you all are going to LOVE. 2013 is going to be a BIG year for Camp Tobi Fairley!!
Happy Weekend to you all and I hope to see you at the Opus Ball, Holiday House NYC (I’ll be there on the last day), or Camp Tobi Fairley’s Designer MBA…or maybe ALL THREE!!
p. s. Tomorrow, I’ll be announcing the winner of the Susabelle giveaway, so don’t forget to enter to win!
p. p. s.
Have you checked out the COOL contest I am judging for Layla Grayce in conjunction with our sponsor Olioboard? The top Dream Dining Room designs will win cash prizes, but you can’t win if you don’t enter. So go check it out!