Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise invites talented individuals from Tacoma with fresh ideas for products and services such as designers, crafters, consultants, organizations, community groups (non-profit or for-profit) and others to apply to the program to build sustainable, profitable businesses.
Deadline is approaching for the next round of applications for Fall 2017 cohort of the training program, called Creative Enterprise Tier I. The deadline is June 29th, 9am, to apply, visit our guidelines and application page.
Twelve participants will be selected to receive not only training, but also individualized coaching and mentoring. They also become a part of the entrepreneurial support network and gain additional visibility through Spaceworks promotions. Find out more at our upcoming Info Session with program coordinator Gwen Kohl:
Creative Enterprise Info Session
Thursday, June 22, 2017
This training program consists of 14 classes that include topics like market research, legal issues, accounting and financials, visual merchandising, branding and marketing and more.
The participants are partnered with coaches to strategically build their individual business plans. At the end of the program, each business pitches their plan to a panel of experts at Fish Tank, to receive feedback and get a first chance to publicly present their brilliant ideas.
Is this only for startups? No, this program is designed to help you build a strong business plan no matter how long you’ve been in business. Some of the participants that have applied to us have been in business for 20 years, and some of them are just starting. What’s most important is that you have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish and we’ll help you develop it further.
Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise Tier I provides relevant and meaningful small business training and peer-to-peer support to the participants to systematically grow Tacoma’s creative class and generate destination quality activity that will engage and transform our community.
Some of the businesses that graduate from the program offer their products and services via websites or online marketplaces, like Tim + April. Some of them offer products at events like farmer’s markets or distribute them wholesale like Cora Coffee Roasters. Still others offer community services through non-profit organizations like Alchemy Skateboarding and Write253. The participants decide the best avenue for their enterprise as they develop their business plans.