Ask A Creative Founder, our blog series highlighting creative founders in our community who will share their industry knowledge, challenges and tips.

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In an effort to build an even stronger community and highlight the creative founders within it, whom we admire and who have so much knowledge to share, we are starting a monthly blog series titled Ask A Creative Founder. Each month, we will ask them a question relating to industry tips, self care, productivity, entrepreneurship challenges, and to find out more about them and their story. We’re so excited to share what they’ve said with you. Meet our panel of Creative Founders!

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AMY KINSLOW
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Amy is the creative founder behind Southern Fried Design Barn, which is a design studio and paper goods company that specializes in southern charm. Amy designs beautiful paper goods that are sold in stores around the country, but she also works one-on-one with clients as a graphic designer to help make their visual dreams a reality.

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BONNIE BAKHTIARI
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Bonnie is the creative founder behind b is for bonnie design, where she works on custom brand design and strategy for creative entrepreneurs. She loves to help build businesses that are as heartfelt as they are strategic. She lives with her husband and golden retriever pup in Waco, Texas.

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BRITTANY GRIGGS
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Brittany is the founder behind Simply For Creatives and is a financial business coach for creatives. Brittany started her career in corporate America, but then left to open Brittany Lauren Photography. Once she realized that other creatives didn’t understand the numbers, money and finances of their business, she began Simply For Creatives to help educate and simplify this often stressful subject.

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CAROLINE HULL
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Caroline is the founder behind Caroline Creates and is a co-host of the Creative Biz Rebellion podcast.  When she’s not sharing her knowledge on the podcast, she designs modern, fun and earthy greeting cards, stationery and gift products.

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JACKIE MANGIOLO
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Jackie is the creative founder behind Sincerely Jackie and The Everyday Mother. Through Sincerely Jackie, Jackie designs fine wedding stationery. After the birth of her son, Jackie created The Everyday Mother, a beautifully printed baby log for tracking all of the daily essentials of life with a baby.

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JENNIFER FAUGHT
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Jennifer is a creative business growth strategist and founder behind the Creative Founders. She got her start in marketing and graphic design for the healthcare and tech start-up worlds, and then started her own wedding invitation design business in 2008. After five successful years in the wedding invitation business, she now serves creative business owners through a variety of learning experiences, both online and in person as Founder of the Society for Creative Founders. She’s energized by empowering women to run their creative business with better strategy, plans, systems, and growth – and in a way that works for their lifestyle. She believe growth and abundance and a helping hand conquer fear, scarcity, and a stuck mindset. We’re better together!

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KELLY PARKER SMITH
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Kelly is the other half of the successful podcast Creative Biz Rebellion, where she shares her knowledge in the industry alongside Caroline Hull. Kelly is also the creative founder behind Hello World Paper Co & Stamps, where she creates custom stamps and stationery. She also has an independent design studio where she designs surface patterns, Kelly Parker Smith, Surface Pattern & Design.

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KELSEY BALDWIN
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Kelsey is the founder behind Paper & Oats, where she teaches creatives to thoughtfully organize, design, and market their digital products. She creates online courses on InDesign, and how to do Etsy on Autopilot. She also sells planning kits and guides to help creatives navigate the business world.

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PAULA MCCOY
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Paula is the creative founder of The Polkadot Paper Company, where she designs paper goods and products that encourage women to Celebrate Today, Cherish Yesterday, and Plan for Tomorrow. Paula designs all of her products from her home in Austin, Texas.

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VAL MCKEEHAN
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Val is the creative founder of Lily & Val, where she creates original gifts, cards and home decor items. Val is also the creator of the Keepsake Kitchen Diary and the Complete Book Of Chalk Lettering.

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We can’t wait to share their answers to our first question…How did you start your business? In the meantime, keep up with them through the links above!