All posts filed under: Entrepreneurship

Skip E-Ship Class, Read This—Part I, Opportunity

Last week, I wrote an introductory post to get you primed for developing a new venture.  Today, I’ll help you identify and bring focus to your creative ideas from a business prospective. Creativity is something all of us possess.  The trick is to develop your creative ideas with a marketplace in mind. The exercises below will help you focus your ideas and provide a step by step process to get you thinking about a new venture. Part One: Identify an Opportunity All great ventures start with fantastic ideas.  Get your team together several times over the next week and start to brainstorm about the following questions. What are the needs on your campus that are/were not being met? What are some needs in your community (local, regional, national, or global) that are not being met? Is there something that you encounter in your day-to-day life that you think could be better? What do/did you find frustrating in your arts and business degree path? NOTE: Think broadly at first—you can always narrow your focus! Hitting a …

Skip E-ship Class, Read This—Introduction

Today, I’m launching a series of “how to” posts designed to help you create and develop new ideas.  These posts will save you thousands of dollars in unnecessary entrepreneurship coursework, help you work across disciplines to bring your great ideas to life, and provide a systematic approach to developing creative solutions to the problems we face in our 21st-century world. Your ideas will take many shapes over the next several weeks including: on campus programs, partnerships, and new venture creation. Today I’ll set the stage, giving you five steps necessary for success in the weeks ahead. Rules: Don’t pay to learn about entrepreneurship.  Learn by doing. Do work with people outside your discipline. Don’t be afraid to fail. Step 1. Start with you. Above and beyond your degree, your guiding values are the most important.  What are you passionate about, outside your art?  How can you fuse your passions outside the practice room with your great work inside the practice room?  One of the best ways to find your path is to seek out opportunities …

Digital Strategy for Arts Enterprise

Like many non-profit organizations, Arts Enterprise has operated on a tight budget since incorporating a year and a half ago.  With a tight budget comes the ever difficult decision of where to spend our limited resources.  From an operational standpoint, the AE Central team has established three goals in order to help us grow in the most effective way possible: The central organization should be small and flexible, allowing us to address our most pressing organizational issues in the most efficient and effective manner possible. AE must be sustainable. Our central team has set high level goals, mission, and vision for the organization. From there, it is up to our chapters to lead the charge. In a perfect world, we want to set the basic parameters of the org. and let the chapters and members continue to grow the network with little to no interference from the central organization. AE must be scalable.  Providing a platform for a broad network of chapters and members that can operate comfortably from the ground level is imperative to …

2011 Arts Enterprise Summit Recap

It’s a brisk Saturday morning at the beginning of my spring break and I finally have time to try to figure out how I can best capture the AE National Summit that occurred three weeks ago today.  Most difficult for me is trying to figure out how to put into words the excitement, pride, and passion I felt as we moved through the three day event held in Kansas City, MO.  Perhaps the best thing to do is rewind to the day before the summit with a little story. “I think we’re set!” says Erika Kinser, a DMA student at the University of Missouri- Kansas City and co-host of the 2011 AE Summit in Kansas City.  With less than 24 hours before the start of the summit Erika has just breezed into the coffee shop where I’ve been working for the past hour putting the final touches on the weekends activities.  With a calm, reassuring confidence, Erika walks me through the final logistics for the three day summit.  Erika, the president of the UMKC AE …