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Consistency is Bankable

In Emotional Intelligence, Entrepreneurial Tool Box on August 30, 2008 at 9:43 pm

For the past several months I have been working on building an entrepreneurial resource guide. The guide will have over 400 listings of podcasts, articles, workshops, coaches, seminars, webinars, books and anything else related to arts entrepreneurship training my research finds. The goal is to make it an annual or bi-annual guide.

As part of the project, I brought in a couple of different writers as interns from local universities to work on writing up entries, learn how to assemble the “product”, create a marketing plan and ultimately to execute the plan and see it through to fruition.

The plan has been to agree on a certain number of completed entries weekly, take together a pre-recorded online marketing class, and to adhere to a schedule, making revisions as we needed along the way. Our meeting schedule to discuss what we are learning and issues with the project has been by conference call on Friday’s. Recently, however, it became completely apparent that one of the interns was simply unable to keep her obligations and adhere to a schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

Entrepreneur The Arts Website Evolves

In ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS on August 28, 2008 at 10:23 am

As a result of the recent partnership with actor William Shatner, executive producer Bert Tenzer and retired Admiral Kevin Delaney of Heartbeat of America, the website for Entrepreneur The Arts is about to undergo a major change. Not only will their photos and biographical information appear on the site, in addition to mine, but additionally information about the artist contest, as well as programs established for corporations and universities will soon appear.

While the blog continues to build its audience, as a result of this new partnership, we are looking for interesting stories from artists about their career development to post. These stories will serve as the basis for the artist competition that will result in the selection of 2 artists in the next 12 months to appear on national television, as well as receive a 10 minutes video clip with William Shatner to help them further develop their entrepreneurial wings.

We are currently looking for additional sponsors to provide free support materials to artists in the form of books, and any other worthy resources artists, that will be given for free to those artists who submit blog posts. We would love to hear from anyone interested in promoting their own work while supporting the arts in this way.

Stay Tuned….

Creativity and the Meaning of Work

In Current Events, Emotional Intelligence, Entrepreneurial Tool Box, Interesting Articles, WEBSITES & BLOGS on August 27, 2008 at 10:01 am

By Linda Naiman Creativity at Work

Today we are experiencing a revolution in the workplace. Not only are institutions and huge conglomerates crumbling around us, our traditional ideas about work itself are dissolving. As a society we are undergoing a radical change in the way we think of work. We are starved for meaning and purpose in our lives, and with the breakdown in job security in the corporate world, we are no longer willing to separate our values from our work.

There is a yearning to align life purpose with work to make it meaningful. The Buddhists call this Dharma, spiritual work, the vehicle for Spirit to express its blessing. It is both inner work, remembering our true Self, and outer work, the expression of our unique talents and role in the evolution of humanity. Work is meaningful when we add to the quality of life to those around us. Work is a vehicle for our creations to be a blessing to the world.

Understanding the nature of creativity and how to develop it at the personal and organizational level will help us create the world we want. My vision is for the artists, mystics, scientists, and leaders in business to collaborate in using the convergence of science, technology, art, and spirituality to create a renaissance in the next millennium. Read the rest of this entry »

Creativity, Connectivity and the Mind’s Best Work

In Current Events, Networking, WEBSITES & BLOGS on August 26, 2008 at 9:45 am

How can we bridge the ingenuity gap in the 21st Century?

Scholar Thomas Homer Dixon describes the “ingenuity gap” – the space between problems that arise and our ability to solve them – as growing today at an alarming rate ( in business, scientific research, education, the environment and world affairs).  

Author Ken Robinson proclaims we are “Out of Our Minds” to have sidelined creativity and the arts when every layer of American society from elementary education to supply-side economics is starved for more imagination, more original thinking, and more creative intelligence. 

Come hear John Cimino, president of Creative Leaps International, on Tuesday September 9th explore the “habits of mind” linked to creativity, ingenuity and imaginative insights. He will also review recent findings in neuroscience revealing the brain’s unique experience of the arts and arts-based thinking. 
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Artist Turned Entrepreneur

In Interesting Articles, The Idea, WEBSITES & BLOGS on August 25, 2008 at 9:26 am

By Roger Pierce —

Making money from art is challenging. Many talented people fail to make a decent living by getting wrapped up in the romantic notion of the starving artist.

By looking at their art as a business, it’s possible to change that perception. “I’ve always been an artist, but I’ve become more professional since I began making Sock Monkeys,” entrepreneur Robin Polfuss says.

Polfuss owns RoRos Eclectic Sock Emporium , creating and selling a variety of high-quality hand-made toys, puppets and silk-screened clothing. Her most popular product is a “Sock Monkey,” a stuffed animal made from a single pair of wool socks based on a historic design that dates back one hundred years. Read the rest of this entry »

Attracting Your Audience of Critics and Fans

In Emotional Intelligence, Entrepreneurial Tool Box on August 22, 2008 at 7:24 pm

A couple of days ago I received an email from a former employee that sparked today’s post. At the time she worked for me, this particular individual was a recent college graduate, a musician. Like most of the artistic types I hired, she had very little knowledge of business but was willing to learn. However, as our relationship at work progressed I could tell she was disturbed by the fact that besides having many loyal customers we also had some harsh critics.

Now fast forward a number of years to the email I received from her the other day– here is what she said:…. The last thing I wanted to share is what I got out of working for you. I developed a real passion for serving customers. I’ve taken that into everything I’ve done since, and creating raving fans has been a cornerstone of everything I have done in business.

I can remember at that time that you had many critics and I used to think that was a bad thing. And I felt badly for you because I knew how committed you were. Now I know that where you choose to stand up and be a leader, the critics will follow…and so will the fans.
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Bite-Size Arts Ensemble Inaugural Event in Chicago This Week!

In Current Events on August 18, 2008 at 7:33 pm

A new, Chicago based non-profit organization dedicated to teaching artists in the community entrepreneurial and business skills while giving them a chance to do what they like best….create and perform, of course!

How so? A benefit performance involving the varied artists in the ensemble… with everything from classical music, to on the spot filmaking. The audience will also have a chance to network with the artists while enjoying an open bar and complementary hors d’oevers.

How much? You’ll get a special educator/student deal:$20.00 for students/educators
(regularily:$89.00). As an important part of the Chicago artistic community, we want you there! Tickets available at the door.

Where do I go? The Florsheim Mansion, 1328 N State Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610

When is it, again? This week, Thursday, August, 21st, 2008 either 5:30pm or 7:30pm- two time slots- you pick which one to attend

Why should I go? See a fabulous show, east some good food, be featured in a film… and maybe even get involved with the ensemble.

Need to know more? Contact Lisa Canning ( the founder) (847)774-2938 or at or go to

Where entrepreneurship is born

In Entrepreneurial Tool Box on August 15, 2008 at 8:08 pm

Reform. Change. Do these words together mark the birth place of entrepreneurship for the arts?

Before you decide consider this: reform will never be achieved by redistributing knowledge. In other words, sending artists to the business school for training will teach them more facts but little if nothing at all about entrepreneurship. However, building on the passions of students to envision, design and then build something from their inner thoughts will. Only then can you employ the collaberative efforts of those from disciplines that can help them. Read the rest of this entry »

p.a.v.e. Inaugural Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts

In Current Events on August 13, 2008 at 3:13 am

Where: Arizona State University, Herberger College School of Theatre and Film, Tempe Campus
When: Nov. 7-8, 2008

In this two-day symposium, sponsored by the ASU Herberger College School of Theatre and Film p.a.v.e. program, filmmakers, actors, artists, musicians and academics from across the nation gather on the ASU campus to examine the need and logic behind arts entrepreneurship.

Nov. 7 begins with for dinner and the keynote presentation by Rick Cleveland, executive producer of “Six Feet Under,” with opening remarks by Kwang-Wu Kim, dean of the Herberger College of the Arts.

The three sessions on Nov. 8 center on “Arts Entrepreneurship Education,” “Business Ethics and the Arts,” and “Launching and Sustaining an Arts-based Venture.”

View the schedule here.

Register Now.

An Entrepreneurial Act for a Theater Major

In Entrepreneurial Tool Box, The Idea, WEBSITES & BLOGS on August 12, 2008 at 3:02 am

Written by Amanda Lanceter on behalf of Barnard Alumni news
For most people, theatre and business might not seem closely related. For Lindy Amos, a graduate in 1993 of Barnard College, New York City, NY, the two go hand in hand.

“Early on, I realized that for me being an artist also means being an entrepreneur and it means collaboration,” she says. Read the rest of this entry »

Artist Finds an Entrepreneurial Connection in the Political Process

In Art, Emotional Intelligence, ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS, The Idea on August 11, 2008 at 9:59 am

In a year where a historic election is before us, the idea for a poster campaign came to Ray Noland in the summer of 2006, when he was home recuperating from a serious bicycle accident.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Ray had been “pedaling through an intersection when a turning car broadsided him. Noland woke the next day in the hospital with tubes in his arms, a broken cheek bone, two missing teeth and a dislocated shoulder. Recovering in bed for six weeks, he started thinking about what he wanted to do with his life. “I wanted to do something to make an impact. After the accident, I felt like, ‘Man, this is another chance at life. You better make it good.” Read the rest of this entry »

Advancing the Concepts of Intellectual Entrepreneurship

In Interesting Articles, Leadership on August 9, 2008 at 8:48 pm

This blog and my work to advance the arts, is really my direct way of communicating with you about what Rick Cherwitz from the University of Texas- Austin, calls Intellectual Entrepreneurship. Rick and I are two kindred spirits on a mission. So what does Intellectual Entrepreneurship mean to artists?

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My First Try at Buying a Business

In Emotional Intelligence, Entrepreneurial Tool Box, Health & Wellness on August 6, 2008 at 8:18 pm

This post was written by Kelly Penick, a soon to be Sophmore at Appalachian State, Boone, NC

I am happy to say that I am more than half-way through my esthetician schooling. It has been one of the best decisions I have made and one of the best uses of my time, especially in the summer. I have been blessed to meet a variety of different people, as well as grow closer to those I love.

As I work toward completing the course, I am still pursuing owning a business this fall. On one of my two days off, a Monday recently, I met with the present owner of a day spa that I have worked at for a few years. The spa is now for sale.

This meeting took a different course than I had anticipated and let’s just say the meeting wasn’t pleasant. Read the rest of this entry »

What Does Fame Mean to You?

In Author: Lisa Canning, Emotional Intelligence, Entrepreneurial Tool Box on August 5, 2008 at 8:19 pm

I was speaking to a young lady the other day who is a singer/songwriter and in passing casually mentioned to me she is hoping someday to become “famous.” It was said with enthusiasm and at the end of our conversation but I still wonder what is it really she wants from it? Is it to have her music played all over the world and be known as an artist? Is it to have a certain lifestyle? Is it the money?

What is the value of becoming famous and is it a worthy goal as an artist?

Could it be that we shame the thought of fame, if we are serious about our art, instead of recognizing its great potential to influence and shape what we see and believe? Read the rest of this entry »

Changing History One Artist at a Time with The Bite-Size Arts Ensemble

In Creative Support, Current Events, WEBSITES & BLOGS on August 1, 2008 at 10:09 pm

This new ensemble is a wonderful opportunity for 6 artists to develop their skills and find new ways to serve the community. One of our artists is behind the scenes- Jacque Henrickson- a young journalist and the person responsible for our press. Read her wonderfully written press release that is being circulated all over Chicago about our up and coming show on Thursday August 21st.

Currently, besides preparing for our show, this ensemble is reading together the book The Courage to Teach by Parker J. Palmer and learning about Servant Leadership as a method for applying their artistry to corporate training. This ensemble is hard at work and we need your support. Read the rest of this entry »