Starting a Creative Business - Clinton

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169 Beech Street

Clinton, Ontario N0M1L0


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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 speakers:

Nicki Darbyson, Business Coach with the Huron County Economic Development Team

Christopher Spaleta, writer, actor, and director for film and theatre

Elizabeth R. Van den Broeck, entrepreneurial artist in photography, print-making,and painting in oil and acrylics, encaustic and pastelwork

Amy Zoethout, co-founder of Goderich Makers Market and Goderich Makers Mercantile


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 Clinton" would not be possible without the following partners.

City of Huron, Cultural Services Department

Huron Arts & Heritage Network


Huron Arts & Heritage Network fosters growth and success by providing support and services for its members in the arts, culture and heritage community of Huron County.

Huron Small Business Enterprise Centre


The Huron Small Business Enterprise Centre offers small business owners and entrepreneurs the following resources and services to establish a successful momentum for your business:

  • Free consultations with a qualified business consultant
  • Free assistance in registering your business name – obtaining your BIN, HST, payroll and WSIB numbers
  • Free business plan reviews
  • Workshops and seminars, free or low-cost
  • Networking and professional development opportunities
  • Guidance on licenses, permits, registration, regulations and other requirements


REACH Huron was built as an education and event centre, cleverly designed and constructed so that any renter can just book and move in to teach, lecture, demonstrate or meet.


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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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