Lessons Learned the Hard Way

by Shera Nuss

Brooklyn Based and Smallknot did a fantastic job hosting Lessons Learned the Hard Way, a story-slam featuring several of Brooklyn’s influential self-starters, held in the open-air Dekalb Market in downtown BK. We had an awesome time listening to the 5 minute anecdotes by our local small business leaders including Daniel Stedman of  Brooklyn Magazine, Victoria Hagman & Christina Fallon of Realty Collective, and Jonathan Schnapp of up-and-coming Royal Palms Shuffleboard and our very own, founder of theSweeten, Jean Brownhill Lauer.

The turnout was great; tough lessons were shared and good friends were made!

The weather was just right for an outdoor event in open-air Dekalb Market.

Here’s a look at the venue while things were still getting set up. By the 7pm kick-off, the space was standing-room only!

More during set-up from behind the stage.

We made sure not to miss the early happy hour, here’s Jean having a chat with friends from realtycollective.com. The founder, Victoria Hagman, is in the flowered dress.

Brooklynites taking their seats!

Just before kicking off, things are really starting to fill up.

Here, the leading ladies of Brooklyn Based, Founder/Publisher Nicole Davis (left) and Editor-in-Chief Annaliese Griffin (right) open the story-slam.

Woo hoo — go Jean! Her lesson: Always listen to your customers, you don’t have to heed just hear. And never listen to the haters! ;)

Thanks BB, Smallknot & the vendors of Dekalb Market for a great time — see you all at the next event!

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