Hi, I’m Karen Spies. I’m a creative who has worked in (and with) small businesses my entire life. I started my first business in 1999 after graduating with a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and then getting a master’s degree in Buddhist Studies.
Fresh out of philosophy school with no job prospects, I started an environmentally cleaning business. I learned about running a business with my own two hands and with much help and support from my business partner, Carolee Corey. At one point we had 6 employees working 5 days a week, and we learned a lot.
Then I pivoted into something more creative, web design. I had a lifelong friend running his own web business and he mentored me. Finally I found something that fulfilled my creativity AND needed my intellect for implementation.