Panola County Artists
Panola County artists are invited to participate in a free small business workshop Wednesday, August 13 at the University of Mississippi Small Business Development Center catered exclusively to individuals in the creative arts industry. The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council of Oxford is working to promote artists in the north Mississippi region and increase opportunities for small businesses to flourish. YAC is co-sponsoring the event as part of its Artist Incubator Series, a quarterly workshop series capitalizing on Gov. Phil Bryant’s declaration of 2014 as the Year of the Creative Economy.
The session will be a small business workshop facilitated by James Carden of Batesville, member of the staff of the University of Mississippi Small Business Development Center. Carden will talk about starting a business and writing a business plan. Artists will learn the simple steps on how to transform their idea into a business plan.
Meghan Gallagher, coordinator for the project for the Arts Council, has worked with the small business center to create a class that offers everything one needs to start a business in simple, plain terms.
“You’re never ready to do this, but you just do it. It’s really terrifying at first,” recalled Andi Bedsworth of starting her own arts business, Art To Go. “I learned the basics: the things and contacts that you’re going to need,” Bedsworth reflected. She said she visited Carden seven to eight times for counseling and classes as she developed her business plan.
To register for this workshop, or to be added to the list for upcoming workshops, contact Meghan Gallagher at 662-236-6429 by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at artistincubator.bpt.me