People who run a creative business or are thinking of starting one on the Mid North Coast are encouraged to attend the Creative Industries Forum to be held at the new Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey on Tuesday 24 May.
Event organiser, ETC Business Advisor Marilyn Breen said the inaugural forum, The Business of Being Creative was designed to help people turn their creative endeavours into a profitable business.
“The Mid North Coast is home to a vibrant and diverse creative industries sector,” Ms Breen said.
“We are aware that many people start creative businesses because they’re passionate about their creative product or service and not because they’re passionate about business and many of these people are sole traders or work from home so it’s difficult to reach out to them to offer business support.
“We are looking forward to bringing creative practitioners from throughout the region together to learn from creative industry experts and to participate in peer panel discussions and business presentations.”
Ms Breen said the one day event featured a great line-up of keynote speakers, networking opportunities and a showcase of local creative products and services.
“Cath Young from My Bearded Pigeon will talk about her experience of making and selling cushion covers to the global marketplace through ETSY and how that has led her to be one of the most successuful ETSY sellers in Australia,” Ms Breen said.
“Artists Russell Way and Helene Rosanove from Art Tank Box will be sharing their story of how they have grown from small commissions to now running workshops, selling DIY kits and operating an online store and mobile studio.
“Another keynote speaker will be Monica Davidson, who started as a self-employed writer and filmmaker before opening her own business, Creative Plus Business, which offers education and mentoring programs on business basics, money, tax, legal issues and marketing for creative people.”
Ms Breen said there had been overwhelming support for the event.
“It’s really exciting to see all the local Councils throughout the Mid North Coast get on board as supporters of the event, as well as Arts Mid North Coast and North Coast TAFE,” Ms Breen said.
For more information contact Marilyn Breen in Kempsey on 0417 201 794 or Kevin Riddell in Coffs Harbour on 0408 128 496.
To book visit etcltd.com.au/creativeindustriesforum