The Maker Sessions – Crafting Your Creative Business

Made possible by Burton D. Morgan Foundation and Akron Art Museum



It’s just another way that we at Crafty Mart are assisting our vendor partners to successfully reach their dreams, by providing a continual resource to help them run their business side of things. The Education Division of Crafty Mart will produce educational lectures, panel discussions and workshops to help you run your business in today’s world! We will be there to provide connections to resources that can help you in a variety of biz subjects. In summary, we know how hard it is to run a business (we’re in the trenches with you) – so how nice to have one place to reach out to that will quickly and efficiently guide you to the right resources! 

Whether your ambition is for a hobby that pays for itself, or a professional operation that is someone’s livelihood, these sessions will give you practical and usable tools to help you protect, produce and thrive. Learning while you enjoy a libation, some local culinary delights and of course great company – what could be better?

Attention Teachers: Need CEUs to maintain your license? Let us know and we will get you a certificate to present to your principal. Learn out to integrate entrepreneurial practices in your classrooms! 

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All Maker Sessions take place at 6pm at the Akron Art Museum

Session 1 - January 19th - Brick and Mortar Vs. Online Retail: A panel discussion with local business owners to discuss exciting resources and opportunities in Akron

Session 2 - February 23rd - How To Be a Crafty Superstar: How to navigate the application process, work the craft show circuit, and the little details that will take your handmade business to the next level

Session 3 - March 30th - Selling Your Idea: Bring your elevator pitch so that our panel of experts can help you build your brand!

Session 4 - April 6th - Item and Vendor Booth Photo Critiques: Learn the tricks of the trade to get the best photographs for your craft show applications and online sales

Session 5 - May 25th - Developing Creative Habits: Learn about the importance of self-care, collaboration, and finding a schedule that works for your creative lifestyle