Philadelphia-based craft non-profit CraftNOW and makerspace NextFab have partnered to present the inaugural Tools of the Trades, a three-day hybrid conference focused on connecting artisans to business resources. From March 23 to 25, attendees will have access to experts, resources, and peers working in the craft community. The conference will have programming and resources relevant to creative entrepreneurs working across the country, with featured speakers representing several craft communities such as Adam Kenney from Pittsburgh’s Creative Business Accelerator.

Funded in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Tools of the Trades is a first-of-its-kind event designed to provide creative entrepreneurs of all skill levels the tools they need to build their own unique roadmap to success. Tools of the Trades will feature a virtual series of lectures, panel discussions, and a hybrid of virtual and in-person networking opportunities organized around fundamental topics in business, creative processes, and peer support. The goal of this conference is to address the lack of business education for creatives at the university level and facilitate peer interaction among craft professionals, who often operate in an isolated network of sole proprietors. In the coming weeks, CraftNOW and NextFab will announce additional speakers and presenters as well as scholarships opportunities for university students interested in attending Tools of the Trades.