With support from ESO’s Programs Manager, Sabrina Mutukisna, and Coach, Bri James, our OFB cohort will have regular one-on-one coaching sessions, business training, and access to capital. For Bri, helping folks make a living through their creative work is about more than financial security. She shared, “I think that art and entrepreneurship is really a path towards liberation and allows us to challenge narratives about our worth and our abilities and our power and those things can coexist.”
Toward the end of the program, our cohort members, alongside 60+ other Bay Area vendors, will sell their goods at our 2022 GIFTY craft show and open house this December 2, 3, and 4. Leading up to the event, OFB participants will also have access to marketing, booth design, and vendor preparedness training. And following the program’s conclusion, OFB participants will maintain access to ESO’s business portal as well as three months of access to The Crucible’s CREATE program.
“It’s not just about having the tools to scale your business, but actually having a space to do it is huge,” shared Sabrina. “This partnership really does both things so that artist entrepreneurs can really make a living off of this work.”
Meet our new Open For Business cohort below and stay tuned as we bring you stories of their progress in the coming months.