Welcome! Here you will find a wide range of recommended reading topics including: starting or growing your business, marketing, sales, craft festivals, and ethics.

Business 101

The Biz Ladies column on Design*Sponge offers a wealth of resources for the creative entrepreneur. These informative posts cover everything from creating a business plan to bookkeeping and taxes.

Design*Sponge Biz Ladies — All Posts

Biz Ladies: Making a Strategic Business Plan

Biz Ladies: Taxes Made Easy

Biz Ladies: Bookkeeping 101

West Elm Maker Toolkit


Craft Festivals

Crafters Market: An annual printed directory of 1000+ craft festivals and online resources. This book also covers a variety of business basics.

Tips for Applying: How to stand out in the crowd when applying to Indie Craft Parade or other festivals.


Nasha Lending: Connects under-resourced entrepreneurs with funding through small no-interest loans.

Michelin Development: Provides low-interest loans and business expertise for the purpose of job creation in Upstate South Carolina.

Funding your Passion


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