Starting a Creative Business - Bruce County

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Southampton Arts Centre

3 - 201 High Street

Southampton, Ontario


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Starting a Creative Business is a one-day workshop for artists/creative professionals from all artistic disciplines thinking about starting a business. It provides the basic tools of creating, developing and putting together a solid creative business idea that will shape the business plan.

Through interactive, reflective, and writing activities that correlate with a workbook, participants get to step into the business mind frame and leave with the key components of their business more clearly defined.

Registrants are required to come ready to explore their existing creative business idea

Takeaways for participants

  • Step into the business mind frame
  • Build a bridge from creative professional to creative business
  • Clarify your business idea, direction & create the base of your business plan
  • Get to know your local business and creative sector supports and community

Guest speaker:

Rebecca Dost, Founder of Hello Harmony Studio, a graphic design and branding studio based in Barrie, Ontario

Kerry Jarvis, accomplished photographer

Emily Laur, Program Manager at Southampton Arts Centre

Tori Matichuk, Business Development Coordinator with the Business to Bruce team in the Economic Development Department at Bruce County


Snjezana Pruginic is a creative business professional and facilitator with over 10 years of experience in the creative sector as a dancer, producer, writer, community art facilitator and art manager. She is also the co-founder and facilitator of "Business of Arts", an art entrepreneurship workshop for visual artists.

“Starting a Creative Business” is an initiative of WorkInCulture to support creative professionals of diverse artistic disciplines who are thinking about building a creative enterprise.

Agenda for the day

Introductions, Welcoming and Logistics

Getting into the business mind frame

  • Defining your skills, strengths and passions
  • Finding the sweet spot (your business)

Mapping your idea / business (and building the frame of the business plan)

  • Your business vision
  • Your business goals
  • Business Analysis

The Heart of Your Business

  • The problem
  • The value
  • The purpose

Who are your clients?

  • Creating your client avatar

Putting it all together (Business Plan Structure)

Next Steps and Action points

Your Community (including guest speakers)

Workshop includes a workbook handout to prepare you for your next steps.
Morning coffee & muffins, lunch and refreshments are included.

"Starting a Creative Business - in Bruce County" would not be possible without the following partners.

Southhampton Arts Gallery

The Southampton Art Gallery was established in 1999 and has grown to represent the art from over 40 local and regional artists from Grey and Bruce Counties and surrounding area in a beautiful 3000 sq foot facility. From painters to potters, jewellers to weavers – there is something everyone will find fascinating.

Bruce County Small Business Centre

Bruce County knows how important small businesses are to our economy, which is why our team is invested in assisting local entrepreneurs and business owners. We provide free resources and support to entrepreneurs at all stages of business development. From the idea generation stage to succession planning, we have the tools and guidance to help you with your business endeavors.


OTF logo

An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.

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