Makers, crafters, designers and creatives in business - don't miss the creative business conference event of the year. As a virtual conference, we had speakers and attendees from across the world. Upgrade to Gold or Premium pass to watch the recordings of the seminars and masterclasses in your own time for 6 months after the event. This was a creative business building event not to be missed!
Is a new experience born from a desire to develop a high quality, creative business event hosted in Australia for creatives around the world!
Focusing on a target audience of crafters, designers, crafters, artists and makers, the conference will aim to provide skills through workshops and keynote speakers to develop and maintain sustainable business in the creative/handmade paradigm, whilst educating attendees on proven business methodologies.
The importance and awareness of ethical consumerism and sustainable practice within the Australian and international community is continually growing. More products are being sourced for their environmental, economic and socially sound qualities than ever before. The development of this social culture has propelled the crafty, handmade, ethical community into a new dimension; from predominantly online small business to becoming an emerging future industry in sustainability.
It is time to for creatives and their respective projects to be viewed seriously in the business world, making an event such as the Artful Business Conference not only relevant, but essential.
The Artful Business Conference is where creative enthusiasm meets business sense and is the event crafters and creatives have been waiting for.
Developed by Studio Exsto, this event is the missing link between the crafting and business climates.
The Artful Business Conference is a summit for creatives in business. An event focusing on creatives such as crafters, artists, designers and makers who want to grow their business, extend their reach and increase their profits without losing site of their true passion.
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1. To educate creatives in the art of business.
2. To engage and encourage creatives in designing, developing and driving their business.
3. To build a supportive network/community of creative business owners.
4. To motivate creatives to get serious about their art.
5. To teach. To learn. To inspire.
The Artful Business Conference is more than a 2-day creative conference, it is about creating a community of creative business owners, creative entrepreneurs and small business owners who like to think and work creatively when it comes to their business.
Our world-class speakers provide attendees with powerful insight into how to improve, grow and enjoy your creative business. We cover topics such as marketing, blogging for business, pricing, creativity in business, launching products, building and growing communities, email marketing, visual branding, market success, motivation, money, fear and so much more – but we do it all without the jargon and with a focus on creative business development.
Let’s turn running a business into an artwork!
Sponsor and Advertise
If your values align with ours and if you want to get your brand in front of some of Australia’s most creative and inspiring entrepreneurs, then let’s talk about ways we can work together.
Sponsorship includes event tickets, advertising, expo table and other promotional goodies.
You can view our sponsorship and advertising information which gives you all of the details and options available for the upcoming event. There are advertising opportunities also available outside of the sponsorship avenues.
We also seek in-kind sponsorship in many areas including event decorating, printing and signage, travel, accommodation, advertising, catering, etc. Please review our media kit for information or contact us directly.
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