Starting a Minority-Owned Business Program

People interested in starting a minority-owned business (or those already operating one) are invited to attend Northside Library’s ‘Starting a Minority-Owned Business’ program for professional guidance.Starting a Minority-Owned Business (November 19, 2019) (1)

On Tuesday, November 19 from 6-8pm, Quinton Harrell, Founder & CEO of Heritage United Builders, and co-owner of A Taste of Home Southern Cuisine food truck, will lead a panel discussion with:

  • Hollie Lee (City of Charlottesville’s Minority Business Program & Economic Development),
  • Stephen Davis (The Community Investment Collaborative), and
  • Yolunda Harrell (New Hill Development Corporation).

Attendees will learn from an expert panel about an array of existing and emerging resources to help build the foundation and relationships that make a successful business.

The program will also serve as a great networking opportunity.

For more information, visit the JMRL website at www.jmrl.org.

Selling Your Creative Projects Online

handmademarketplaceTurn your favorite hobby or craft into a way to earn some extra cash — or even start your own online store — with these guides available from the JMRL catalog:

The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin – Presents advice on turning a creative interest into a profitable craft business, covering basic business start-up practices, marketing, networking, advertising and publicity, blogging, participating in craft fairs, and online selling.

Crafter’s Market 2016 edited by Kerry Bogert – Whether you’re looking to expand your online presence or you’re just beginning to think about how to turn your weekend hobby into a side business, this comprehensive guide is the complete resource for crafting professionals.

Handmade to Sell: Hello Craft’s Guide to Owning, Running, and Growing Your Crafty Biz by Kelly Rand – An all-encompassing guide to starting and running a successful craft business provides authoritative coverage of everything from developing successful product lines and preparing taxes to forming LLCs.

How to Make Money Using Etsy by Tim Adam – Presents advice on selling handmade items using the web site Etsy.com, describing how to create a well-designed shop, create photographs that enhance sales, optimize search options, and use social media to increase customer contacts.

How to Sell Your Crafts Online by Derrick Sutton – This step-by-step guide to successful sales on Etsy and beyond will show you how to stand out, attract more customers, and expand your online presence. Continue reading