Business for Your Creative Arts

Discover How to Make A Profit from Your Passion


June 9 – 30, 2022 | Thursday Evenings 5:30-8:30 pm | Online


Building a career from your artistic passions can is a rewarding life choice. However, melding your creative process with disciplined business practices can be a challenge. Join the East CO SBDC and topic matter experts for an online course that explores what makes a small business successful within the creative industries. Discover how making art can also mean making money.


June 9

Learn how to create a business mindset and what 9 core elements make a successful business model.

June 16

Dive into the financial literacy, such as sales tax, funding in the industry, pricing strategies, and projecting for inconsistent cash flow.

June 23

Define your brand story and learn effective marketing strategies, both online and off, to connect with new customers. 

June 30

Discover how to legally protect your art. Finally, join a frank discussion about operating a creative business with an Experienced Artist Panel.

Who Is It For?

This LEADING EDGE course is for the potter, painter, designer, leatherworker, seamstress, welder, woodworker, sculptor, writer, poet, cake decorator or anyone motivated by their imagination to create.

What To Expect:

  • Four 3-hour class sessions, including interactive group work, guest speakers, and discussions with subject matter experts
  • Confidential one-on-one consulting with certified SBDC consultants
  • Continuous feedback on your business plan and strategy during the course, including a personalized review at the course conclusion

Important Dates

Registration Opens:
Monday, May 8, 2022

Registration Closes:
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 5:00 pm


Standard Course Fee:

Scholarships Available
Apply here

Meet the Presenters

Craig Curl

Craig Curl Fine Arts & East CO SBDC

Brian Kato

Fusion Vine

Brian Hanning

Hanning Law Ltd

Libby Barbee

Colorado Creative Industries

Jenn Negley


And more Industry Presenters...


“Our business has benefited immensely
from accessing the professional staff
and SBDC programs and resources.”


Questions? Email Info@EastColoradoSBDC.com

The Colorado SBDC Network’s flagship strategic planning series, LEADING EDGE, delivers comprehensive training to small businesses by providing entrepreneurs with a better understanding of starting and operating a small business. The program has courses geared to help both start-up and existing businesses in the areas of finance, marketing, management and more.

The program is offered statewide and over 3,000 businesses have participated in this intensive, specialized training series since the program’s inception in 1989. East CO SBDC LEADING EDGE series meets once a week for 4 weeks. Offered online, this training is accessible across the state.

Develop your ideas. Write your plan. Estimate your numbers. Present your company to the world.

The registration form asks pertinent information on your business and will take 2-3 minutes to complete. Since we are a federally funded program and offer this conference at a reduced rate, we ask these business and demographic questions so we can continue to offer you this conference at a subsidized cost. If you have any issues with registering or receiving a confirmation code, please email info@eastcoloradosbdc.com or call 970-351-4274.

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