Creating a Business Plan
Bill Foulkes is a strategic planning and marketing consultant, entrepreneur, and currently a faculty member at the Rhode Island School of Design. The course he has created, Design and Entrepreneurial Thinking, introduces artists and designers to business concepts and enhances their abilities to bring their ideas to reality. This curriculum originated during Bill’s tenure as the Executive Director of the Center for Design and Business at RISD (2006-2008).
Prepare to Quit Your Job!
Eleanor Callott Whitney is a strategic partnerships manager and creative programmer who is passionate about art, creativity and entrepreneurship. She is a writer, rock musician, and educator raised in Maine and living in Brooklyn. She is the author of Grow, a practical field guide for starting a creative business, released in 2013 by Microcosm Publishing.
Marketing & Promotion
Megan Auman is a designer, metalsmith, educator, and entrepreneur who has built a multi-faceted business around her passion for great design and sustainable business. Her eponymous jewelry line is sold in stores across the US and online. In 2013, Megan expanded her products to a range of textiles based on her original paintings. Her designs have been featured in Design Sponge, Better Homes and Gardens, Elle Decor, Cooking Light, and more.
Financial Issues for Artists
Rich Streitfeld is a CPA with a purpose. His practice in Cranston, RI focuses on entrepreneurs, creatives and social enterprises – helping them thrive through tax planning, financial analysis and common sense. Rich speaks regularly about Arts and Business and is a partner with ALSD, where he pens “Dispatches from the Zen Mensch”, a lively and informative and newsletter.
Funding your Idea
Dan Gertrudes started GrowthLab in 2014 as a financial partner and adviser to startups and emerging growth companies. With over 15 years of multi-industry experience in business strategy, corporate finance, and business development, Dan works with founders and entrepreneurs in developing business and financial models, investor relations strategy, and outsourcing of finance and accounting services. GrowthLab is located at CIC in Cambridge, MA and Betaspring in Providence.
Pricing Work for the Marketplace
Deb Dormody is the Director of Operations + Programs for the Alliance of Artists Communities where she manages the organization’s conferences, grant making programs, and research advocating on behalf of artist residencies. For 8 years, Deb was a co-owner at Craftland, Providence’s multi-functional shop that houses a craft school and artists’ gallery showcasing fine art and craft from local and national independent artists. Additionally, Deb founded If’n Books + Marks in 2000.
Legal Issues for Artists & Designer
Before Greg Kanaan ('02/FAV) became an attorney, he was a documentary television producer, working for Discovery Channel, Court TV, TLC, and A&E, among others. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a B.F.A. in film and video production. After seven years in the entertainment industry, he earned his J.D. from the Northeastern University School of Law.
Ready, Set, Freelance!
Ed Shems (’91 IL) is an award-winning graphic designer & freelance illustrator specializing in editorial illustrations, kid’s books, character development and identity design. He graduated in 1991 with a BFA in illustration from RISD and immediately opened up his freelance studio which he hasn’t left since. In June 2014, Ed testified in front of members of the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives in a hearing with the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet.
Ready, Set, Freelance!
Justin Perricone is a graphic designer that specializes in UI/UX design, identity development, and print design. He is Adjunct Professor at The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University. From 2010-2011, he served as Vice-President of the Boston Chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild and is co-founder of Creative Relay, an organization dedicated to providing professional development opportunities to the local and national creative community.
Designing a Business
Greg Nemes ('12 M.Arch) is a designer, maker, and educator based in Providence, Rhode Island. Greg makes websites, applications, furniture, and spaces that explore the intersection of culture, technology, and experience. Greg received his Bachelors of Science in Architecture from Bowling Green State University, Masters of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Greg recently launched Work-Shop, a research, design, and digital fabrication studio, in Providence Rhode Island.
Licensing Your Work
Joanne Hus has the best job in the world, as an Artist Agent at Lilla Rogers Studio in Arlington, MA. Every day, she has the pleasure of working with some of the greatest artists and clients in the biz—along with Lilla and the all the wonderful Studio Ladies—on some of the juiciest gigs out there. At Lilla Rogers Studio, Joanne gets to use just about all her skills in any given week: design, business, marketing, networking, writing, strategizing, public speaking, teaching, and more.