Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center will hold a Professional Craft Artist Summit – Your Creative Small Business Journey Wednesday, April 24, from 12:30-7 p.m. in the Creative Arts Building on the College campus. The event will conclude with a networking reception sponsored by the Haywood County Arts Council in the HCC Mary Cornwell Gallery. This not-to-miss event will provide the tools and network to move your business forward.

This one-day summit 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.

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 into the building of a business and those artists with a business in place will find an environment where there is a willingness to share best practices.”

The keynote speaker will be Haywood County Tourism Development Authority discussing “Authentic Travel and Tourism Marketing for the Professional Craft Artist.” A pre-summit roundtable will be held before the event. “The Books Behind the Business” will be held 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. with presenter Deanna Lynch.

Sessions will include:

  • Digital Marketing for the Professional Craft Small Business
  • Planning, Prioritization & Productivity
  • Developing Art Merch for the Professional Craft Small Business
  • Finding Your Customers and Increasing Your Exposure
  • Running the Numbers
  • Making  a Good First Impression

Registration is free with a deadline of April 23. Visit sbc.haywood.edu for more information or email kmgould@haywood.edu. Summit Sponsors include the Haywood County Arts Council, Smoky Mountain News and the Sequoyah Fund.

Visit SBC.Haywood.edu or call 828.627.4512 for additional information or to register today. Thinking about starting a business in Haywood County or growing an existing business? Take advantage of the programs, services and resources provided by the Small Business Center. The NC Community College’s Small Business Center Network assists in starting an average of over 600 businesses each year. Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90 percent of all NC Counties each year, helping to create and retain nearly 3,000 jobs annually.