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Friday, August 12, 2022

Free for Indiana-based creatives
9:00 am–4:00 pm at Helen Haddad Hall

Art of Entrepreneurship: Creative Panel Discussion 

Free and open to the public

1:00 – 2:00 pm at Bartholomew Co. Public Library, Red Room

Art of Entrepreneurship:
Next Level Creative Business Training

Southern Indiana creatives – brainstorm, plan, and jumpstart your creative business in this free workshop!

Join the Columbus Area Arts Council and Velocities’ Dan Nash for a day of learning and networking to accelerate your creative business!

What to expect

Dan will present on key business topics to help you develop your small business, grow your audience, and move up to the Next Level:

  • Using the "Build–Measure–Learn" framework, share your perspectives on the why, how, and what of your business, and create guiding questions to shape your journey throughout the day.


  • Create a 1-page visual business plan to guide your business' growth. When you're ready, practice pitching your ideas to peers for helpful feedback.

  • Consider  customer discovery, validation, and growth, then use the "Build–Measure–Learn" framework to refine your business plan. 

  • Learn about options available as your business grows—consulting, brick & mortar, lifestyle—and how these opportunities fit into the life and company you want to build.

The day will also feature a panel organized by the Columbus Design Institute, where creative entrepreneurs and practitioners will discuss experiences in the field and share practical advice for success in the field.

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided for all attendees. Please indicate any dietary restrictions or accessibility accommodations necessary on the Eventbrite registration. Contact CAAC at or 812-376-2539 with any questions.


8:30 am - 12:00 pm ~ Registration, introductions, Session 1 – Helen Haddad Hall

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm ~ Lunch with Jon Myers from ISBDC

12:45 pm - 2:15 pm ~ Entrepreneurship in the arts panel – Red Room, BCPL

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ~ Session 2 and Closing– Helen Haddad Hall

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Join us for a free public panel spotlighting creative entrepreneurs working in Indiana’s creative economy! 

Friday, August 12

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Bartholomew Co. Public Library, Red Room

Open to the public, registration is not required


The conversation will explore entrepreneurs' journeys to find their customers, solve problems, and evolve their solutions.  Learn how creatives hone their skills through their experiences and grow as individuals and business owners. 



Aja Essex, co-founder of Cicada Cinema, a pop-up cinema that provides high-quality screenings of underrepresented cinema — the old, the new, and the locally created. She is also a co-host, editor, producer, and contributor for Indiana University Cinema. Aja is based in Bloomington.


Polina Osherov, Editor and Creative Director of PATTERN magazine, an award-winning publication about fashion, culture, and art in the midwest; she is also the owner of Polina Osherov Photography. Polina is based in Indianapolis.


Tony Vasquez, an artist and owner of Vasquez Photography, which features images in a wide variety of areas, including architecture & design, bands, and wedding photography. Tony is based in Columbus.



Dan Nash is Startup Ecosystem Manager at Velocities, which accelerates innovation and develops entrepreneurship-minded culture and infrastructure in south central Indiana. Dan is based in Columbus.


Next Level Creative Entrepreneur Trainings are brought to you by the Indiana Small Business Development Center, a program of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and the Indiana Arts Commission. This initiative is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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