Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center will hold a Professional Craft Artist Summit Wednesday, April 26, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. in the Creative Arts Building on the College campus, followed by a networking reception in the Mary Cornwell Gallery from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. This not-to-miss event will provide the tools and network to move your business forward.

This one-day series is designed with the needs and challenges faced by current and prospective craft artist business owners in mind. Arts-based businesses are unique ventures and require special business planning methods. Take this opportunity to network with fellow and prospective craft artists, learn skills and the power of collaboration along the way.

“The craft artist summit is a wonderful opportunity for like-minded creatives to network with professionals at every stage in their career,” explains Clara Schulte, HCC Coordinator of Creative Arts. “Students can find mentors already making a living as studio artists and studio artists can find solutions or ideas for crossroads in their career or small business. It’s a great event for students to see evidence that you can actually make a living with your passion and for craft artists to realize that you’re in the same beautiful boat with a lot of others making a solo-go of it.”

The keynote speaker will be Dana Davidoff of Tia Dana, a lifestyle, home décor and local yarn shop on Main Street in Waynesville. This new-to-Haywood County entrepreneur is anything but new to the retail world. After 25 years and 13 stores, Davidoff has built skills and success along the way.

Sessions will include:

  • Dollars & Cents – A Craft Business Owners Guide to Selling and Accounting
  • Storytelling – Using Your Story to Influence Buyers
  • Intellectual Property for the Arts-Based Business
  • Planning – Creating a Vision for Your Craft Business

According to Leigh Forrester, Haywood County Arts Council Director, “This year’s summit promises a balance of information and practical application.  Aspiring craft artists can expect to gain insights and develop relationships with those who preceded them, those who will share the wisdom of their experience.  For a small investment of time, artists will create memories and earn a lasting return. We are thrilled to be delivering tangible business skills and training in cooperation with Haywood Community College and the Small Business Center.”

Registration is free. Registration deadline is April 23. The event will conclude with an evening networking reception in the Mary Cornwell Gallery. Visit sbc.haywood.edu for more information or email kmgould@haywood.edu. This event is sponsored by the Small Business Center Network, HCC Foundation, Western Women’s Business Center, Haywood County Arts Council, and the HCC Small Business Center.