Small business development center through community college:
Through Maricopa community colleges:
The small business development center offers free business advising. You can get one on one mentorship with a business analyst on everything from learning how to file taxes, an LLC, etc, to developing a business plan and social media marketing. They also offer classes for cheap. I happen to teach web design classes through them.. but it's a great free resource for small businesses, might be something to add to the business resources on AZ artisans site.
There’s Never Been a Better Time to Start a Handmade Business - by Kelly Rand
Good article about where we are in the life-cycle of the industry.
They publish a monthly print magazine, and also host a blog.
"Ever Feel Like You’re Trying to Reinvent the Wheel?
Whatever frustration you’re experiencing in your business, we’ve found the best solutions over three decades, working with tens of thousands of business owners—learning what works and the right questions to ask. We’ll show you how to create consistency and predictability, improve your financial metrics and find meaning in your business."
Great Book and Concepts
I have read the book and HIGHLY recommend it. They offer business coaching, for a *pricey* fee, and other resources, tools, templates, and a blog. I have found the blog to be a little too sales-y but still has some great reminders and content.
They even have a free recorded Webinar about How to Make 2017 Your Best Year ever. Great timing. You have to register to view. Of course.
Legal Consulting by Kiffanie Stahle
Works out of Oakland CA and provides on-line one-on-one membership services. Photographer by training originally.
Has some free resources available, but asks you to register first. Also has on-line workshops sometimes.
Handmade Business Support
"Dear Handmade Life founders, Delilah Snell and Nicole Stevenson have a passion for empowering creatives with education and a forum to help people make a living doing what they love.
For nearly a decade, the aunt-and-niece team has been producing Patchwork Show: Modern Makers Festival, a biannual multi-city fair showcasing local emerging artists, crafters and designers alongside artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks and indie music. In 2012 they founded Craftcation: Business + Makers Conference, featuring industry professionals leading attendees in hands-on food & craft workshops and lectures and panels on creative business. Delilah and Nicole also share DIY craft projects, tips on creative entrepreneurship, recipes, their adventures and inspiration to make every day awesome on their blog."
Content Specific for Arizona.
Start-ups, Marketing, Managing a Business, Capital
Lots of great information about Start-Ups including planning tools, funding/resources, coworking spaces.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state's leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: recruit, grow, create – recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries.
Local Support for Small Business
"The goal of the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) is to empower our business community to achieve their dreams. To accomplish this, we focus on four key fundamentals of business: effective small business education, dynamic professional connections, essential support resources, and public policy."
Offers classes, podcasts, and blog info for jewelers wanting to build a brand. A few how to videos. Classes are multi-week and include remote access. Pricing is not readily available.
Website @ www.flourishthriveacademy.com
Why We Like It
They have a very thorough, and well thought-out agenda for each program. Website is very well layed out and easy to find what you are looking for.