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Applications being accepted for Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program

Sessions in June and July

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 13, 2016) — Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that applications are being accepted for the summer sessions of the Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program. The three-week program provides micro-business training to underemployed, low-income adults who have creative skills to help supplement their income by selling their products to new markets.

“We want to give crafters the tools needed to participate and thrive in an online marketplace, like Etsy,” said Fischer. “Small businesses start with an idea, and the success we’ve seen with this program is a testament to the creative and innovative ideas that make Louisville a dynamic city.”

The program has had five successful classes, graduating 40 artists with marketable products. Six graduates of the program have opened their own stores on Etsy.com, with several more in the works.

A new component being introduced to the program this summer is “In Office” hours that will give Etsy graduates one-on-one time with Jordan Kavuma, Etsy class instructor and entrepreneur. During this time, graduates can work with Kavuma on opening their stores and marketing their product. Additionally, on a first-come-first-served basis, Etsy graduates will have the opportunity to audit scheduled classes taught by Kavuma, allowing them to brush up on specific tools or skills.

Two program sessions will be offered to residents in June and July. All classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Nia Center, 2900 W. Broadway, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Registration for the program is open, but space is limited. To qualify, participants must be Jefferson County residents over 18 years of age, attend all six classes, have access to a computer, a digital camera or smart phone, and have a handmade craft product to sell.