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Business for Creatives

Adding Staff to Your Organization


with The Spark Mill

Calendar Mar 13, 2019 at 9 am

Adding Staff to Your Organization, March 14

Paid staff is one great way to expand capacity--but no one talks about how much work it is to add staff on the front end. Get it right from the beginning so your organization can do more good work.  

Come learn about:

How to know when it’s time to hire and how to make sure you are hiring for the right position

Hiring, onboarding, and general management best practices

Performance issues and firing

Bring a bagged lunch if you'd like. We will provide coffee and tea to keep you fueled. 

Building a Board that Thrives


with The Spark Mill

Calendar Jan 9, 2019 at 9 am

The Board of Directors is the heartbeat of the organization--in order for an organization to do its very best work, the board must be thriving and healthy. We know this is easier said than done.  Join us to learn how to support your board in becoming high functioning and productive.

Come learn about:

The roles and responsibilities of the board

Tools for effective board meetings and decision making

How to build a board with the right talent, varied experiences, and community representation

Bring a bagged lunch if you'd like. We will provide coffee and tea to keep you fueled!

Engage Your Community - Best Practices for Co-Leadership in Your Community Work


with The Spark Mill

Calendar May 8, 2019 at 9 am

Our work is always most successful when it centers the communities we are working within. Community engagement is the process of working collaboratively with a community to address issues that impact the well-being of those groups. This workshop will highlight key aspects of robust community engagement.

Come learn about:

The community engagement spectrum with focus on the equity model

Best practices for co-leadership with community transformations

The value of co-leadership in your work

Bring a bagged lunch if you'd like. We will provide coffee and tea to keep you fueled!

Marketing on a Nonprofit Budget


with The Spark Mill

Calendar Sep 11, 2019 at 9 am

So you don't have money to hire a graphic designer and you don’t even know what a style sheet is or how to get started?  This course is designed for nonprofits who need to make the most out of donated services and have little to no budget for marketing.

Come learn about:

Brand strategy and audience definition and the basics of marketing

Tips, tools, and tricks to edit your own images and videos

The basics of social media as a marketing tool

A general overview of marketing strategy and planning

Bring a bagged lunch if you'd like. We will provide coffee and tea to keep you fueled. 

Marketing with (almost) No Money


with Burn Both Ends

Calendar Jan 19, 2019 at 8:30 am

Learn the art of building and marketing your small business on a shoestring budget. Spend the morning learning tips & tricks for planning and growing a small creative business from the ground up. Then, join breakout sessions to learn even more info on the marketing and communication tools you most NEED!

This course is perfect for artists, small organizations and start-ups! We will provide coffee/tea, light breakfast and drinks.

KEYNOTE: The Art of Building a Small Biz

Christina Kern and Christie Thompson of Burn Both Ends will share their favorite tips and tricks for planning and growing a small creative business from the ground up. They will cover everything from developing a simple and actionable roadmap to considering the essential details of developing your brand and sharing it with the world. Both Christina and Christie bring first-hand experience working with dozens of small businesses at Campfire & Co., supporting the early phases of launching and growing creative brands. Bring a pen and be prepared to dig deep for this interactive workshop! 

8:30-9: Coffee, registration, meet and greet
9-11: Keynote Presentation w/ Q&A from Burn Both Ends 
11-1: Breakouts (upon registration you'll select 2 sessions)

Quick! Make A Website (Squarespace)
with Leah Muhlenfeld of English Major LLC

Social Media Secrets (photos, stories, promotions, accounts & hashtags) with Kelsey Leavy of the Hodges Partnership

Video storytelling: Quick and Dirty (but awesome, using your phone) 
with Mary Clay Watt of CultureWorks

Writing copy that speaks to your client 
with Eric Futterman of EAF Custom Communications

Newsletter-o-Rama: Constant Contact/E-Blasts/Mail Chimp 
with Terry Gau of CultureWorks & Ashley Hawkins of Studio Two Three

The Artist Statement: Tell Your Story


with Michelle Mercurio

Calendar Jan 8, 2019 at 6 pm

Why does the world need to know you? How do you talk about your work and your creative process in an authentic and relatable way? During this class, we'll visualize why you do what you do and develop a written artist statement so you can tell others about you, your work and why you're here. Things to bring: A writing instrument & journal (or computer), an open mind and the real YOU!  

MICHELLE MERCURIO is a brand catalyst and coach who helps creative entrepreneurs fire up their brands and tell their stories so they can get paid more to do what they love. 

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