As the Duluth chapter of The Rising Tide Society approaches its 3rd birthday, I realize I’ve never blogged about it (CRAZY!).
Here’s what you need to know:
The Rising Tide Society is a group of creative entrepreneurs meeting monthly in the spirit of community over competition. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month (hence the name: TuesdaysTogether!) to discuss small business topics & build community in the local creative industry.
With nearly 500 chapters worldwide, Rising Tide is a global movement. It all started nearly four years ago in Annapolis, Maryland, where a few lonely photographers sipped wine & spoke about how isolating entrepreneurship can be for creatives. They craved a space to share camaraderie, knowledge, and support. From that fateful night forward, The Rising Tide Society grew from a few groups on the eastern seaboard into a worldwide movement of 430+ chapters.
Shortly after Rising Tide was born, I felt a seed planted within me. It was this tiny inner voice that kept urging me, “Start a chapter. Start a chapter. You NEED to start the Duluth chapter. You’re the one, B.”
Of course, I ignored this voice for a good ten months. Instead, I thought:
…you know, all the usual self-deprecating dialogue.
Finally, in early 2016, I applied to be a chapter leader. In May of that year, we held our kickoff meeting at Clyde Iron Works & I pretty much bawled when over 40 people showed up.
Needless to say, I was—and continue to be—blown away by our vibrant, engaged business community. Duluth is a creative utopia of sorts: A place where business owners open their hearts & embrace this universal truth:
Each month, we have a topic set forth by Rising Tide, along with a PDF guide full of helpful articles & tips from industry leaders. Topics have included Social Media, Client Experience, Workflow & Automation, SEO, Pinterest, Mental Wellness, Protecting Your Business, Pricing, Branding, Passive Income, and much more! Often, we’ll have a guest speaker lead our conversation. Other times, we’ll have a panel of community members share their experiences. We also mix in small group discussion, happy hour gatherings, and a yearly philanthropy project.
Apart from all of the above, our community members support one another fiercely & I’ve witnessed countless friendships form. I’m reminded daily that we all crave (& deserve) genuine connection. Our community is making big waves (of the fierce, Lake Superior variety).
The coolest part about Rising Tide? All chapters are 100% free & led by local volunteer leaders. As a volunteer effort providing free resources to the creative business community, we’re always grateful when businesses open their doors to us. Duluth has a giant heart for small business & the arts in particular, so we’ve been fortunate to always have fun, inspiring spaces to gather in!
We welcome all creative-minded business owners! Our local Duluth group includes…artists, photographers, makers, event planners, designers, videographers, metalsmiths, jewelry makers, yoga practitioners, writers, boutique owners, and even a few realtors, accountants, and financial advisors (plus many more not mentioned here!). We’re not a typical networking group, so we refrain from pitching our products & services during the meetups. If you’re seeking community, education, and support, we would love to have you!
Join our chapter Facebook group for monthly meeting details, fun opportunities & weekly prompts.
Questions about TuesdaysTogether Duluth? Shoot me a message here.
Not from the Duluth, MN area? Click here to join your local chapter (or start your own!).