October Pop-Up Shop and Skillshare: Bethany Nixon and Lindsey Harnish

We weren’t surprised when our April skillshare, “Business for People Who Hate Business,” received a warm response. After all, business knowledge is a rare and precious resource in the creative community. And instructor Bethany Nixon – of Reware Vintage and  Handmade Detroit – has plenty to share. But we were a little surprised when every seat at the skillshare was claimed in less than six hours! People have been asking ever since: when would there be another chance to participate? And now, we’re pleased to have an answer. On October 13, Bethany will return to the Trumbullplex for another round of “Business for People Who Hate Business.”

Photo: Dan Nixon

This month’s event will also feature a pop-up shop by local artist Lindsey Harnish. Lindsey creates wistful, dreamy images that are translated into framed prints, cards, buttons and more. Her paintings of winsome ladies and wise woodland creatures have been shown throughout metro Detroit. All are welcome at the pop-up shop, so if you aren’t participating in the skillshare, you’re still encouraged to stop by and experience Lindsey’s beautiful work.

And of course, you can help yourself to all the free coffee, tea, and homemade vegan baked goods you’ve come to expect from a Small Craft event.

Lindsey Harnish

If you weren’t able to take part in our last business skillshare, we hope you’ll be able to join us this time. And if you did participate in April, you’re invited to come back and continue the conversation. In order to give you a more personal experience, we are limiting this skillshare to 12 people.  Please sign up at our Eventbrite page. While admission to the Trumbullplex will be free, we are requesting a $5 payment in return for holding your spot at the skillshare.

Based on your business experience and questions, Bethany will cover topics such as:

– Registering your business with state and federal governments
– Writing a business plan and marketing plan
– Simple business accounting options and standards
– Paying sales tax
– Inventory management
– Creating line sheets for wholesale sales
– Basic sales information and figures to track
– How to provide the best customer service to increase your income and improve your customer’s experience

Bethany Nixon has a degree in Entrepreneurship with double minors in management and marketing from Central Michigan University. After working as the manager of a retail store with 1.4 million in sales annually for four years, she left her career to start her own business, Reware Vintage, which has been profitable and self-sustaining (since starting) for 6 years, selling vintage and reconstructed goods both wholesale and retail around the world.

This time around, it will come as no surprise if the skillshare fills up quickly. So if you’d like answers to all your questions about starting and running an independent business, and you’d like to fill a Saturday afternoon with lovely artwork, hot coffee, homemade treats, and good company, you’ll want to sign up right away.

Small Craft Pop-Up Shop and Skillshare
Saturday, October 13
Pop-Up Shop open 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Skillshare begins at 3:00 pm
Trumbullplex Theater
4210 Trumbull
Detroit

About amelac

Amy is highly active in Detroit's thriving indie craft scene. With her family, she hosts Small Craft, a monthly social craft event in the Trumbullplex theater. With Handmade Detroit, she organizes the Detroit Urban Craft Fair, Michigan's largest indie craft fair. Through her company my marigold, she sells a variety of handmade goods celebrating life on the Great lakes.
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