The Washington State Department of Commerce launched its new offering as part of a series of self-directed educational academies for small business owners. The Creatives Academy is designed to teach the essential skills needed to turn a creative passion into a successful small business.
The academy contains 11 tracks to choose from. Lessons range from developing an entrepreneurial spirit and access to capital to finding clients, negotiating terms and creating strong business cases.
“The creative sector is a vital part of Washington’s economy, employing nearly 400,000 workers,” Commerce Director Lisa Brown said in a statement. “As I travel across the state, I am continually impressed by the immense talent we have in Washington, from artisans and musicians at community festivals to those exploring their passion for craft brewing, dancing, coding, or writing. There is so much untapped potential in the creative industry.
According to the US Department of Labor, there are over 250 specific creative occupations that fall under musicians, artists, performers, designers, writers, and more.
“Creatives are really good at bringing a new idea to life, but the inner workings of running a business and monetizing their work can be a bit confusing,” said Robb Zerr, Bureau’s senior managing director. of economic development and competitiveness, in the Liberation. “The Creatives Academy was designed from the ground up to lift that veil of mystery and teach the practical skills needed to own and operate a successful creative business.”
To ensure that the creative sector has the appropriate resources, the Department of Commerce is recruiting a post of Creative Economy Sector Manager to oversee the design of a comprehensive plan that will aim to provide new opportunities for the state, especially in rural and underserved areas.
To register for the Creatives Academy or to find out more about the other academies in the department, go here.