Several organizations join forces to boost footprint of Kentucky’s creative entrepreneurs

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Kentucky artists, creative entrepreneurs and other small businesses that fall within the realm of the creative industry can attain comprehensive business skills and training provided by a partnership dedicated to boosting the footprint of Kentucky’s creative and artist businesses.

The Kentucky Arts Council, Berea Tourism, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) and the Kentucky Innovation Network-London, are offering the award-winning Kauffman, FastTrac, NewVenture and GrowthVenture training programs for creative entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to start or grow their business.


The development program has been tailored to help creative entrepreneurs hone the skills needed to create, manage and grow a successful creative enterprise.

The course has two tracks. NewVenture is for early-career entrepreneurs who have been in business two years or less. GrowthVenture is for existing entrepreneurs who have been operating their business for three or more years. The class is valued at $325, but investments from the sponsoring partners make scholarships available for participants to attend the complete series for $20.

“Knowledge is power, and for the artist or creative entrepreneur who is ready to take that step or the one who has already started their business, these trainings can be the key to moving their business to the next level,” Arts Council Executive Director Lori Meadows said. “We value the partnerships we have forged with Berea Tourism, Kentucky Highlands and MACED to make this happen and thank them for their significant investments that will offset the cost of the courses, making it more accessible to Kentucky’s creative entrepreneurs.”

The first class of the 10-session NewVenture track will be Sept. 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at The Broadway Center in Berea. The first night of the GrowthVenture track, a seven-session course, will be Sept. 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m., also at The Broadway Center. Two information sessions will be offered prior to the start of the FastTrac series and will provide an overview of the full training.

Anyone interested in the series should attend one of the information sessions. Those sessions will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 10 and Aug. 17 at The Broadway Center. Complete course schedules will be available at those two information sessions. Pre-registration is required and can be found on the arts council’s website.

From Kentucky Arts Council

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