Program provides business training to underemployed, low-income adults
LOUISVILLE, KY (April 3, 2017) – Applications are now being accepted for the spring and summer sessions of the Louisville 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 crafts on the Etsy online platform.
“Our Etsy program is making an impact for our creative entrepreneurs, opening pathways to global customers through an ever-expanding online market place,” said Mayor Fischer. “Our graduates are as diverse as the crafts they create, and we’re proud of the creativity and drive it takes to complete this program.”
The program has had more a dozen successful classes, graduating 73 artists with marketable products. Forty graduates of the program have opened their own stores on Etsy.com, with several more in the works. Many graduates of the program have branched out to participate in local makers events, including the Made Market and the Mini Maker Faire.
Dates for the six-class spring and summer sessions include:
• April 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
• May 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24
• July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
All classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Nia Center, 2900 W. Broadway, 4– 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.
For more information on the Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program, including registration and class schedule, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/louisville-forward/etsy-craft-entrepreneurship