I’m James Szuch and I help artists, designers, and creative makers turn their talent and passion into successful businesses. Through classes, workshops, and coaching, I’m dedicated to ensuring that creatives have the knowledge and skills to shape their businesses to meet their financial, personal, and creative goals.
As an accomplished business professional, I have spent over thirty years working with businesses to develop new and exciting products and helping them to be more efficient, more productive, and more profitable. I’ve worked with businesses ranging from Fortune 100 companies to mid-size manufacturers to startups and individuals in a variety of different industries including financial services, technology, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, and publishing.
Since relocating to Nashville, I’ve started working with creative professionals here and beyond as well as organizations focused on helping to develop our creative businesses. I’ve helped the Nashville Fashion Alliance’s build of programs such as their flagship business accelerator. This program worked with a dozen new and existing businesses to identify their unique revenue potential as well as the resources their businesses require to become a success. I have also worked with the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville on the Periscope Program — a six-week intensive training opportunity that empowers working artists to see their vision through an entrepreneurial lens. I have mentored artists participating in that program as well.
I currently teach business and entrepreneurship at the O’More School of Design at Belmont University. I have been a member of the faculty of the Keller Graduate School of Management, Northern Kentucky University, the University of Cincinnati, and the Graduate School of Computer Science at DePaul University. I have a degree in Computer Science from Allegheny College, a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.