Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Free Business Classes at Energy XChange

(NOTE- the August 25 class has been canceled this week but please email to sign up for the following free classes:

Join Handmade in America’s Executive Director, Gwynne Rukenbrod and Director of Craft Entrepreneurship, Kari Rinn, as they answer these and more questions in the first of six 2-hour FREE workshops held in the EnergyXchange Conference Center building.

EnergyXchange has partnered with Handmade in America to bring their highly applauded Craft Labs to the campus on the hill. The series focuses on artist concerns, and over the next few months Gwynne and Kari will present six timely...and free workshops.

Pricing Your Work – September 8
Arranging and Selling From Your Booth – September 22
Why Buy Handmade? – October 6
How to Get Your Work Seen – October 20
Budgeting – November 17

All workshops are FREE and held on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8pm. Be sure to spread the word. Please call 675-5541 to register or e-mail

Gwynne was a Curator of Fine Craft at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, a nonprofit founded to advance education about the process, product, and history of craft. An accomplished glass artist, she was Executive Director of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers, Art Curator of The Works at the Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology), and the Director of Columbus’ Days of Creation Arts for Kids.

Kari Rinn is a graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University Crafts and Material studies program where she was the creator and curator of The Meyer Gallery, a metalsmith exhibit forum. She was a fellow to the Ox-Bow School of Art in affiliation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Kari brings with her experience as the Director of Pistachios Gallery in Chicago.


The Energy XChange is also excited to have more business classes offered on campus by our local Mayland Community College:


Beginning Thursday, September 15, from 6 to 8 pm and continuing through December, Mayland Community
College will be offering four artist/craft focused accounting, tax, and business classes on the EnergyXchange campus.

The first in the series will be


Are you thinking about setting up your own business or not sure what to do next with your own? This class will give you the ins and outs of start ups - registering your "name", retail or wholesale vis a vis taxes, this for me?, zoning and restrictions. This is a must attend if you are thinking about getting started or have been skirting the issue for years.

Other classes in the series will cover preparing and filing state and income taxes...why a sales tax number, what to deduct, quarterly-monthly-annually, what are the differences, how sales and use taxes effect you, what are the changes in the tax laws!

EnergyXchange welcomes Mayland Community College, a founding partner, to the hill. It's going to be a busy fall.

To find out more or register early, email

1 comment:

John Britt said...


Could you repost that closer to the date to remind people? That would be great.