A solopreneur is a self-motivated, entrepreneurial, independent, and passionate creative spirit who dictates his/her own schedule, and who can go days without interacting with other creatives. Solopreneurs may also go by the names of Freelancer, Contractor, Independent, Self-Employed, Entrepreneur, One-(Wo)Man Show, and to a lesser extent, Lone Ranger.

As a solopreneur, just because you work alone doesn’t mean you like to be isolated from others. Like anyone in the workplace, you need a community to connect with for your own sanity and success. You know you love to talk creative, and yet somehow, your accountant just doesn’t count (so to speak). So if you’re looking to broaden your network with other like-minded solopreneurs, this is the group for you!


  • Develop and foster a Solopreneur Network and sense of camaraderie.
  • Create awareness in the Minneapolis community about this Solopreneur Group.
  • Get you out of your office/home.
  • Give you some good ears to listen to your creative pleas, jokes, and random quirks.
  • Form a resource tool for finding project partners and recommending one another.


  • Monthly get-togethers (lunches, happy hours, etc.)
  • Inspiring and informational talks by your heroes
  • ‘Buddy System’ for attending other AIGA events: Interested in an event, but don’t know anyone who’s going? Connect with a fellow Solopreneur and attend together!


Solopreneurs meet every month for conversation and networking. This is an open meeting for people who are currently solopreneurs, or looking to become one, and no registration is required. The meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at noon. Hope to see you at one event or the other!

Interested in Volunteering?

This committee offers solopreneurs an opportunity to connect with other design business owners. Committee members have passion for design, their business, and helping others. Solopreneurs may work alone, but that doesn’t mean they like isolation. They need a network and sense of camaraderie for their sanity and success. Get involved with this brand new initiative. Share ideas and help shape the future of the Solopreneurs Committee as they seek to create events, programs, and benefits for AIGA members who currently or aspire to run their own design businesses.

Contact Leadership

Karin Odell and Joshua Silva
Karin Odell and Joshua Silva
Solopreneurs CoChairs
Karin Odell
Karin, the owner of Venus Designs Inc, has created visual strategies for clients such as the Soil Health Partnership and Great MN Schools for over 15 years. She has helped many small-to-large-sized companies and organizations align their communications design, both on-line and in print. She also works with other agencies to assist in setting up branded presentation materials.

Joshua Silva
Skier. Biker. Paddle boarder. Angler. Crossfit enthusiast. Midwest bred. Mountain man at heart. Father of two.
With over 14 years experience in crafting compelling brand stories, I’ve been fortunate to work with some great brands throughout my career.
I launched Decode Marketing because my passion is for developing strategies and driving brands to succeed. I enjoy working with enthusiast brands and helping small to mid-size organizations accelerate revenue growth.