The Business of Art Webinar

Are you an artist impacted by COVID19? Are you trying to figure out how to reach your customers, safely reopen, or pivot your art-based business?

Join us at 9am on October 15th for the Virtual Business Resource Open House.

Some of the top concerns we are hearing from Seattle’s small business community will be addressed by Seattle’s small business advocates in this webinar. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, network with other business owners that have been impacted by COVID-19,
explore next steps to boost your virtual presence, and learn what is happening with Seattle’s small business funding, technical assistance and mentoring.

This free event is perfect for visual artists, performing artists, teaching artists—or anyone working to support the creative economy. Get face time with experts on the topics of pivoting, how to use technology to take your business online, and other resources like mentoring and financing.

Co-hosted by Beacon Business Alliance, SPL’s Library to Business and Rainier Ave Business Coalition. Graphic Illustration by Mari Shibuya. Outreach support from La Sala. Partial
funding through the Office Of Economic Development.

Topic #1 – What Does Your Pivot Look Like?

Hear from others who are part of Seattle’s creative economy that have successfully made the shift to sustainability, and connect with others in the process.

Lightning Talks Speaker: Jude Dai, Immersive Square
Panelists: Carol Rashawnna Williams, klove4art; Amaranta Sandys, School of Art; Sam Farrazino, Equinox Studios; Kilam T.A., Poet

Topic #2 – Technology in the time of Corona

How your virtual presence could boost or hinder your success. Are you ready for e-commerce? What is your website doing for you?

Lightning Talks Speaker: Sara Green, DEI Creative
Panelists: Roxanne Franck, Story2; Otts Bolisay, Digital Media Artist for Seattle Office of Arts and Culture

Topic #3 – Funding and small business technical assistance and mentoring

Do you need to learn the latest on public/private funding and get to know local community-based funders or lenders? Need to connect with organizations that will help you overcome gaps and barriers?

Lightning Talks Speaker: Matthew Richter, Seattle Office of Arts and
Culture
Panelists: Catalina Cantú, La Sala; Bonnie Chiffelle, Ventures; Sarah Domondon, Office of Economic Development; Amy Lillard, Washington Filmworks/Whipsmart