Business Skills for Growth is Back!

Artscape is proud to announce the Fall/Winter edition of Business Skills for Growth, its popular workshop series for independent artists and creative entrepreneurs, presented by experts across a range of business disciplines. The latest batch of Business Skills for Growth workshops include over 50 opportunities for people working on building their creative businesses, all taking place at Artscape Youngplace between October 2014 and March 2015. Take one or take them all!

The Fall/Winter series kicks off on October 20 with workshop “Co-operatives for Arts & Culture,” a two-hour primer in the co-op business model. Anyone wanting to know more about how to set up a co-op, or how co-ops work, will want to check this out. It’s being presented by Peter Cameron, a true expert in the subject, and Co-operative Development Manager with the Ontario Co-operative Association. Only $35, it’s a perfect way to figure out if the co-op model is right for your venture.

Also in October, we’ve got “Branding for Arts & Cultural Organizations,” presented by Shelley Black on the 26th. Don’t miss this workshop if your objective is to present your business in the best possible light. Shelley Black, an expert consultant, will give you all the tools you need to make your brand presence sing in a 5.5 hour in-depth workshop. Independent artists as well as arts organizations are welcome to this wide-ranging discussion.

Get the support you need to create, build and accelerate your business ideas. Stay tuned for more posts about the Business Skills for Growth offerings and visit to see more of what’s coming up.

Creative Business Design Workshop
Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur of Garrison McArthur Photographers

Artscape Launchpad presents: The Creative Business Design Workshop, Saturday, July 5, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm at Artscape Youngplace.

  • Got an idea for a business fuelled by your creative practice?
  • Interested in commercializing a creative project?
  • Want to stabilize or grow an existing creative business?

This workshop will help you figure out the next step in getting your creative business ideas off the ground. No sterile business lectures, no suits, no 50-page business plans — just a bunch of creative people ready to take creative entrepreneurship seriously.

Who is this workshop for?
The Creative Business Design Workshop was built specifically for the creative community. If you are a designer, filmmaker, performing artist, content producer, craftsperson, writer, musician, artist, or someone interested in creating a business fuelled by these practices, this workshop is for you.

Do you have an idea for a small business or income-generating project?
This workshop will help you to:

  • Figure out how to earn money through creative endeavours
  • Judge the potential of your idea to become a sustainable business
  • Understand how to iterate your way to a full-fledged business by learning as you go
  • Connect with other creative entrepreneurs and build a supportive community that takes your goals seriously

Do you have an existing creative business or income generating project?
This workshop will help you to:

  • Reduce your mental clutter by learning how to identify and prioritize income-generating actions and goals
  • Gain perspective about your current position and future directions through input from your peers
  • Discover new directions, efficiencies, and strategies for growth
  • Connect with other creative entrepreneurs and build a supportive community that takes your goals seriously


About the instructor: Allison Hillier has more than two decades’ experience in small business planning, development, marketing, managing and ownership across diverse fields such as arts, import-retail, gastronomy, and language and travel services. She currently works as a learning and development consultant and freelance instructional designer helping organizations build great training.

The Creative Business Design Workshop is part of Artscape Launchpad’s pilot programming. Artscape Launchpad will be a new creative and cultural sector entrepreneurship centre connecting the creative community with the tools, knowledge and space to establish and grow small businesses and commercial projects. Current workshops and programs are a part of the lead up to Artscape Launchpad’s anticipated opening date in 2017.

The Creative Business Design Workshop
Saturday, July 5, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Room 106
$100 for General Registration / $75 for Members of an Arts Service, Trade or Professional Organization, and Artscape Tenants, Owners & Members

Registration:  Register online using the form below by selecting “Register”. Participants will be registered to attend the workshop once the registration form and payment are successfully completed.  If you would like to pay by cash or cheque, you can do so in person at Artscape Youngplace. We recommend making an appointment to register and pay by contacting 

Step by Step Instructions: How to Sign up for a Workshop (pdf)

Important Payment Note: Completing your payment over PayPal doesn’t mean you’re registered – there’s one more step! You must ‘right click’ and navigate back to the summary page – you will then see the money in your wallet – click ‘continue’ and you’re registered!   Email if you are having difficulties.

Can’t make it? Sign up for more information about Artscape Launchpad workshops and programs.


Interested in more Artscape Launchpad offerings? Check out the full list of upcoming workshops here: