Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Arts Business Boot Camp

Arts Business Boot Camp
March 7-8, 2009
Haywood Community College
185 Freedlander Dr.
Student Center/Auditorium, Building #1500
Clyde, NC 28721 (20 minutes from Asheville NC)

We are back from the Haywood event and happy to report that the event was a huge success. We had a total of 78 people attend, from Haywood Community College, local artist from the WNC community and quite a few folks who traveled from other states.

The event was planned to be a two presenter event, Milon Townsend and Nancy Markoe. At the last minute Wendy Rosen decided to join us to add her perspectives on marketing and trends. It was wonderful to have such a wide range of information and topics. I have posted the schedule below for a reference.

On Sunday we had a panel discussion about marketing trends. Wendy Outland, Wendy Rosen, Betty Hurst, Kimberly Miller and Elijah Wyman sat on the panel. The panel was full of opinions. It is very refreshing when the panelist have different opinions, it keeps us here at ABI objective and on our toes. Thanks to our wonderful panelist for providing us with their time and objective opinions.

Our next event will be in Mansfield PA on May 18th. We will have more information up on the ABI website soon.

Please feel free to post your thoughts on the weekend. We love to get feed back!

Saturday March 7th, 2009
8:00- 9:00am.......Registration
9:00- 9:30am.......Opening Remarks, Wendy Rosen
9:40- 11:20am.......Pricing, Nancy Markoe
11:30am- 1:00pm......Relationships with Galleries, Nancy Markoe
11:30am- 1:00pm.......Creativity, Milon Townsend
11:30- 1:00am.......Web marketing Through Social Networking, Wendy Rosen
1:00- 2:00pm.......Lunch, Tour of Haywood Community College Craft Facilities
2:00- 3:30pm.......Creation and Evolution of a Wholesale Product Line, Milon Townsend
2:00am- 3:30pm .......Trends, Wendy Rosen
2:00- 3:30pm.......Display & Merchandising Techniques, Nancy Markoe
3:40- 5:00pm.......Vocabulary Voice and Vision, Milon Townsend
3:40- 5:00pm.......Finding Your Market, Nancy Markoe
5:00- 6:00pm.......One-on-One Mentoring

Sunday March 8th, 2009
10:00am- noon.......Salesmanship, Milon Townsend
10:00am- noon.......Trends, Wendy Rosen
Noon- 1:00pm.......Lunch
1:00- 2:30pm.......Keeping Up with the Economic Times, Milon Townsend
1:00- 2:30pm.......Display & Merchandising Techniques, Nancy Markoe
1:00- 2:30pm.......Trends, Wendy Rosen
2:40- 4:00.......Trends in the Market Place, panel discussion with local arts professionals
4:10- 4:30pm.......Closing Remarks
4:30- 5:00.......One-on-one Mentoring

Hello Creative Friends,

ABI is officially blogging! We are committing energy to creating an active blog. Why are we doing this? Our mission is to provide creative business owners like yourself with relevant business information. This is one way we are committing our efforts to help build the community of artists, gallery owners, boutique owners and the arts community.

We are going to use you as a resource to gather good content. Because who knows better about ABI will be periodically sending out emails asking questions and then reporting on that relevant information. Look for features such as interviews from artists, the latest from ABI and thoughtful articles about how to improve your business.

We are hoping that as we dive into the world of blogging that we can do a link exchange with you and keep up with your work, too.

We are very excited about entering this new world of blogging and hope you are excited to read our posts.

Your Friends at ABI