Craft Your Commerce Fall Series Makes Investing for Creatives its Focus

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Mountain BizWorks’ fall 2023 Craft Your Commerce series, Investing for Creatives, aims to encourage and empower creative entrepreneurs with the financial knowledge and resources to build the future of their business. Registration is now open, and workshops begin September 7.

Led by a panel of seasoned financial experts who also understand the creative journey, Investing for Creatives is about aligning financial strategies with artistic aspirations. Join us for an engaging and informative workshop series designed to equip creative business owners and entrepreneurs with valuable insights and practical tools. 

“We are really excited about the fall series, Investing for Creatives. So often creative entrepreneurs are left out of conversations around investing, financial planning and succession planning for their business,” shared Jamie Karolich, Craft Your Commerce Program Manager. “We look forward to hosting inspired panel discussions with folks who have secured loans, planned for their businesses’ futures and even sold their businesses. This fall we are all about laying the foundations for business owners to create a plan for the future they envision for themselves and their business.” 

The fall 2023 Craft Your Commerce series is sponsored by the American Craft Council, Cowork at Center for Craft, and TD Bank. Because of this generous support, Mountain BizWorks is excited to offer the fall virtual series at the rate of $10 per workshop or $30 for the Series Pass (as indicated below; excludes Foundations for Creatives).

The Investing for Creatives series includes the following events and workshops: 

Makers Mixer (all are welcome!)
Thursday, Sept. 7 from 5 – 7:00 p.m.
Cowork at Center for Craft, 67 Broadway St., Asheville, NC 28801
In person

How to Thrive in a Recession (When You Are Self Employed)
Presenter: Hannah Cole
Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom

Securing Loans: An Open Conversation & Guide
Panelists: Michael Lane of Mountain BizWorks
Hannah Burnisky of Cold Mountain Art Collective Canton, NC
Kristen Munoz of Moon Girl Glass Marshall, NC
Meredith Tibjash of Torched Asheville, NC
Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 2 – 4:00 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom

Get Organized: Bookkeeping, Profitability, and Financial Planning
Presenter: Deanna Lynch
Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 2 – 4:00 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom

Strategies for Sustainable Expansion & Succession Planning
Presenters: Chris Grasinger of Mountain BizWorks
Cassie McGettigan of Gravel and Gold San Francisco, CA
Brandy mills of Smallcakes Cupcakes and Creamery Asheville, NC
Hannah Cole of Sunlight Tax Asheville, NC
Libby O’Bryan of Sew Co. Asheville, NC
Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 2 – 4:00 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom

The series concludes with Foundations for Creatives,  a six-week course designed for aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to gain an aerial perspective of their vision and the comprehensive business skills necessary to help bring those visions into reality in a supportive peer cohort.

Foundations for Creatives
Facilitator: Deanna Lynch
Tuesdays Weekly, Oct. 3 – Nov. 14, 6-8 p.m. 
Online via Zoom

The workshops can be taken together through our series pass or à la carte to meet current business needs. Visit for details on all workshops offered and register today.


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