The RFP process serves to identify speakers for the creative entrepreneurship workshop series. As speaking opportunities emerge, applications will be considered from RFP respondents on topics identified by 300+ maker business owners in the region. Topics include: scaling your business, e-commerce, product photography and exporting (see Workshop Schedule below for expanded titles).
The Center for Craft Creativity & Design (CCCD) and Mountain BizWorks (MBW) welcomes speaker submissions from arts, design and new media faculty; active entrepreneurs with a documented track record of success in the identified topic areas; and, renowned makers who are widely acclaimed for their business acumen. Applicants may submit proposals for multiple topics. The topic submission period is from October 27, 2017 through November 17, 2017 for events and workshops beginning January 25, 2018.
January 25, 2018: Creative Entrepreneur Series Kickoff
February 17, 2018 (2/20/18 inclement weather date): To Scale or Not to Scale
March 1, 2018 (3/7/18 inclement weather date): Building an Effective E-Commerce Store
March 22, 2018 (3/24/18 inclement weather date): Implementing Best Photography Practices in Multi-Channel Markets
April 10, 2018 (4/17/18 back up date): Expanding Your Exported Goods Market: Growing Your Sales Outside of the Local Market
We seek presenters to share best practices, leading-edge ideas and inspire maker CEOs to engage in the content for implementation. Topics are developed based on information collected from the 2017 WNC Makers survey, success of past events, and relevance of topics across multiple maker industry businesses.
Each workshop contains different objectives but the primary goal of each workshop is to provide content that business owners will implement and develop and find support in peer-to-peer engagement. CCCD and MBW will decide the best fit for the speakers and presentation topics. The goals of these CCCD and MBW events and education are to:
• Provide maker business owners with opportunities for practical and up-to-date
information, training and education on relevant topics of interest
• Provide maker industry business owners and professors who have subject matter
expertise the opportunity to increase their exposure in the community
• Provide high quality, knowledgeable speakers to workshop and event attendees
Clay Club meets at artist studios and other locations throughout Western North Carolina, usually on the second Wednesday of the month. All potters and ceramic artists are welcome! Look for details about the meetings here on the blog or contact Amy Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.