Road 2 Success

R2Slogo250SNAG’s Road 2 Success: Avenues of Entrepreneurship, consists of four distinct avenues of education:

Craft LabCraft Labs 2 hour Webinar professional development classes, help artists recognize and adapt to changing models and pursue innovative business solutions, allowing them to build skill sets to address economic realities and grow stronger businesses.
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Live Q&ALive Q&As offering subject matter experts and peer-to-peer support to create opportunities for currently successful artists to connect with new/emerging/expanding artists to share with them their experiences and successes and to teach new skills.
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ResourcesResources that are downloadable and available on our website to help you grow and build the business of your dreams. These include handouts and tool kits. These will focus on individual components for creating successful & sustainable businesses with subjects similar to those offered through Craft Labs and Live Q&As.
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Forging a FoundationForging a Foundation an 8-module online Business Plan Development/Re-Development Course to help new/emerging artists and existing business owners to create comprehensive business plans in order to start-up, expand, or enhance their businesses. This course will also support existing businesses by recognizing business planning doesn’t stop when the sales start. This course will provide a way to assess the whole business model, advance a new idea that will fit within the larger business, and gain peer feedback in a confidential setting.


The Road 2 Success: Avenues of Entrepreneurship program fosters job creation and retention, develops workplace skills, builds business ownership, and improves work/life balance in the craft community. Simple yet innovative, these four avenues offer a multi-faceted approach that contributes to the lasting health of our field.


Pricing

Can’t make it to a live session? That’s okay! Each Craft Lab and Live Q&A will be recorded and sent to everyone who has registered.

  • Craft Labs $50 for non-members or $30 for SNAG members
  • Live Q&As $30 for non-members or $20 for SNAG members
  • Resources Pricing varies depending on the resource
  • Forging a Foundation $400 for non-members or $250 for SNAG members

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Upcoming Road 2 Success Events

TaxesLIVE Q&A: Artist-to-Artist: Talking Taxes in Laypersons’ Terms
Monday, February 18, 2019
6-7PM EST | 5-6PM CST | 4-5PM MDT | 3-4PM PST | 2-3PM HST

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April 15th is right around the corner!  Whether 2018 taxes will be the first you file as a self-employed business (congrats!), or you have been running your own business for years, now is your chance to get personal advice from a tax prep veteran.  Join metalsmith and bookkeeper Kristin Mitsu Shiga as she outlines the standard federal forms required of self-employed artists, along with filing tips she has picked up over the last 25 years.  The Live Q&A format means you have the opportunity to ask specific questions that apply to your business, so come prepared with your questions to make the most of this fast-paced hour.  And don’t forget – your tuition for this class is tax-deductible!

Kristin Mitsu ShigaNote: This class is specifically geared toward US business entities who are eligible to file a 1040 with Schedule C (and associated supplemental forms), and will focus on Federal tax preparedness, as individual state tax laws vary.  Advice given in this class is not intended to replace the services of a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Instructor: Kristin Mitsu Shiga is SNAG’s Education Director and has been a practicing studio artist and educator since 1991.  In addition to keeping the books for her own business for more than 25 years, she has helped many self-employed artists and nonprofits navigate the complexities of setting up their bookkeeping structures and preparing their taxes.  Though Kristin is not a CPA, her first-hand experience as a bookkeeper to artists across the country and a self-employed metalsmith affords her insight into the unique challenges we face in our industry.


Forging a FoundationForging a Foundation
March 5-April 23, 2019
Tuesdays from 6:00-8:00pm Eastern

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Forging a Foundation an 8-module online Business Plan Development/Re-Development Course to help new/emerging artists and existing business owners to create comprehensive business plans in order to start-up, expand, or enhance their businesses. This course will also support existing businesses by recognizing business planning doesn’t stop when the sales start. This course will provide a way to assess the whole business model, advance a new idea that will fit within the larger business, and gain peer feedback in a confidential setting.


Road 2 Success: Avenues of Entrepreneurship provides artists with a wide range of business skills and encourages craft-based entrepreneurial activity. Our unique approach works holistically to create results that are not only successful, but sustainable. Our process builds foundations through training; addresses potential/real barriers to success; connects artists with vital resources and networks for support, and access to new markets; and uses mentorship and follow-through coaching to realize implementation.

This vigorous entrepreneurship training also helps artists to recognize and adapt to evolving economies and markets, pursue innovative business solutions, which will ultimately allow them to build critical skill sets to address economic realities, and grow stronger businesses for themselves. Thriving craft entrepreneurial activity powerfully impacts our communities, driving economic vitality and building sustainability and vibrancy.

SNAG’s Road 2 Success: Avenues of Entrepreneurship programming does not have a specific beginning or end date, instead it is an emergent process and we tailor our efforts to the unique needs and skill levels of our artists for more effective results. We work to stay at the forefront of the business climate, and we continuously develop new educational materials, resources, promotional efforts in response to opportunities, needs of our members, and research.

Questions? Contact SNAG Education Director Kristin Mitsu Shiga