Open for Business

Starting Your Creative Business in Tennessee

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Starting a business is more than just hanging a sign on your door. You need to decide what form of business you are going to start. You also need to make sure that you check off all the boxes that are required by your state and local governments and understand how taxes fit into your plans. And there are a variety of miscelanous things that you should do In Open For Business, you’ll learn about different kinds of businesses that you can start and determine the right one for you. You’ll also learn the steps that you need to take start that business the right way in Tennessee. You’ll also pick up some tips for getting your business off to a solid start.

In this workshop you’ll:

  • Understand why good goals are essential to the success of your business
  • Learn about the four different kinds of goals for creative businesses.
  • Identify goals for your business that matter to you.
  • Learn what SMART goals are and turn your business goals into objectives that drive you to action.
James Szuch

Your Instructor

James Szuch is passionate about helping creatives unlock the business potential of their creative endeavors. Through classes, workshops, and coaching, he is dedicated to ensuring that creatives have the knowledge and skills to shape their businesses to meet their financial, personal, and creative goals.

James has been teaching business and entrepreneurship in graduate and undergraduate programs for over a decade. He currently teaches entrepreneurship at the O’More School of Design at Belmont University. James has also worked with organizations like the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville, the Nashville Fashion Alliance, and Fort Houston to deliver business education programs to artists and creative makers.

Fort Houston

Your Venue

Fort Houston is an interdisciplinary workspace for makers of all media, offering its participants and attendees the opportunity to discover their creative potential and thereby facilitating the enrichment of Nashville’s artistic community. Educational art courses, individual and shared studio spaces, creative branding and management; all of these components and more come together under the collective vision of Fort Houston, with the aim of continuing the exponential growth of Nashville’s creative enterprises.

In 2018, Fort Houston established the Fort Houston Artisan Support Project, in order to further extend these objectives. Encompassing both our maker space and contemporary art gallery, the non-profit will focus on expanding the educational outreach and exhibitive potential of Fort Houston.


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