Following its array of offerings for aspiring businesses in the creative community, Crafty Mart will now host a new series of entrepreneurial workshops for local makers. “The Maker Sessions: Crafting Your Creative Business” will feature local experts sharing knowledge and resources on various entrepreneurial topics for developing and promoting small, but visionary businesses and hobbies.
The Maker Sessions will take place at The Bit Factory at 526 S. Main St., Suite 511, in Akron. Each session will run from 6 to 9 p.m. The kick-off session starts May 25 with a presentation on Intellectual Property given by Attorney Gregory D. Fernengel. Tickets for one session will be $20 each.
A ticket provides attendees with networking opportunities, food provided by local eateries, cash bar with beer from local Thirsty Dog Brewery and knowledgeable presentations followed by Q&A discussions. If you wish to attend all sessions, you may purchase the five-session package deal for $80, a 20-percent discount.
The five-session package deal also gets you an invitation to Crafty Mart’s Maker Session graduation party. Crafty Mart’s qualified guest speakers will discuss other topics such as bookkeeping, budgeting, pricing, branding and marketing, developing a business plan, financing and the importance of social media for your small business.
Crafty Mart’s purpose is to provide creative and engaging opportunities for artists and community members to foster artistic, thoughtful and community-focused lifestyles. Crafty Mart has the specific purpose of conducting events, which (a) allow artisans to showcase their goods to community members; (b) provide artisans the opportunity to collaborate with others to advance the state of the arts locally; (c) showcase regional commitment to the arts; (d) foster discussion and education about the arts; and (e) educate the public about the high degree of effort, skill, and artistry involved in creating handmade goods.
The Maker Sessions: Crafting Your Creative Business is supported and funded by Burton D. Morgan Foundation.