Need ‘unprofessional development’? Try Make Break’s Spring Training

Published on February 24th, 2014 | by Josh Hafner

Make Break’s Spring Training, a professional development conference for creative entrepreneurs, takes place throughout next week in Des Moines.

Through six days of sessions across Des Moines and online, the event plans to connect and equip freelancers, designers, artists and Etsy moguls with ways to connect with one another while building their independent businesses.

“This isn’t for technology startups — no flashy investors or fast-talking sales guys here,” the event’s site warns. “Just real people, like you, who want better tools to support their independent lives and businesses.”

Make Break, the site details, is helmed by Des Moines husband-and-wife team Scott Kubie and Cat Rocketship, together with friends Laura Palmer and Dani Ausen. Rocketship contributes a column to Juice.

The slate of daily programming, which ranges from a Q&A on work applications to an “unprofessional development luncheon,” is available online. The week culminates on Saturday at the John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center in downtown, where a slew of workshops and panels aim to help attendees “Get your s— together in six hours or less.”

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