ESTY Workshop

Do you know someone who makes custom jewelry, decorative home items, or other handmade products?  If they are ready to sell them online – we have a 2 day workshop this month to take them from thinking about it to getting sales!

If they have at least one handmade craft item ready to sell, and an idea for a related line of products, have not had any previous sales on Etsy, have a credit card and checking account, and regular access to a computer with Internet connection they are ready for the workshop.  The only step left is to register.

The 2 day workshop is Friday August 18th from 9:30am-7:00pm AND Saturday August 19th from 9:30am-  5:30pm.  Participants must attend BOTH days.

Topics include:

  • Becoming an Entrepreneur
  • Building and Marketing a brand on Etsy
  • Business Logistics
  • Product Photography
  • Strategies for Growth

The instructor is Alaine Smith who earned a BFA in printmaking with a minor in Art History at UT.  Since graduating, she manages a handmade store in downtown Knoxville and creates leather goods for Cold Gold.  Alaine is a business owner, designer and maker.

Click here to register!


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National Small Business Week is April 30 through May 6 this year. It really gets rolling on Monday, May 1, with the NSBW Awards Luncheon in Washington, D.C., when SBA Administrator Linda McMahon announces SBA’s National Small Business Person of the Year. However, don’t feel left out if you can’t make lunch with Linda. On the following days, live events will be broadcast online. Here’s a listing of those events:

  • Monday, May 1, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET: NSBW Awards Luncheon. Streams on SBA website.
  • Tuesday, May 2, 11:30 a.m. to noon ET: Facebook Live with SBA Administrator Linda McMahon. Streams on Facebook.
  • Wednesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET: National Small Business Week Road Tour Kicks Off in Indianapolis, IN. Streams on Facebook and SBA website.
  • Thursday, May 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET: National Small Business Week Road Tour Stops in Arlington, TX. Streams on Facebook and SBA website.
  • Friday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT:  National Small Business Week Road Tour Ends in Fresno, CA. Streams on Facebook and SBA website.

Finally, you can join or monitor the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag  #SmallBusinessWeek.

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