You may have noticed that Crafty Mart is growing by leaps and bounds. One of the growth opportunities we're most excited about is extending our efforts to help nurture and develop our local maker community. That's what the MAKER SESSIONS are all about. With the assistance of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, we have put together a series of five classes designed specifically for artists and makers to address some of your business needs. Want to know how to better turn your efforts into a sustainable income? This is for you.

The second Maker Session is Wednesday, June 22nd, 6-9pm at The Akron Art Museum (1 S. High Street, Akron OH 44308). This second session is about bookkeeping, budgeting, and pricing your products. Our guest speakers will be Maria Roth, Colton Kawiecki & Matthew Wilhelm of the international accounting firm PwC.

Maria Roth & Colton Kawiecki are both Experienced Associates in the Assurance Practice with PwC and Matthew Wilhelm is a Client Relationship Executive with PwC. Maria and Matthew are both University of Akron graduates and Colton is a Miami University alum. Before joining the PwC Team, Matthew worked for the U.S. Department of Labor as a Self Employment Training Demonstration Program Leader and co-founded a consulting business in the Cleveland/Akron Area. Colton and Maria are both CPAs who started with PwC after graduation and serve clients in the Cleveland/Akron area.

Are you good with keeping track of the numbers and figures for your business? Would like to get better? Although our guest speakers Roth, Kawiecki & Wilhelm are used to working with bigger clients, they are excited to share their insights with us on the importance of smart business operations. Bookkeeping, budgeting, and pricing your goods all require you to know what the numbers mean for your business sustainability. They'll be introducing a how-to-guide for bookkeeping, discussing profit/loss statements, and formats to forecast your business' future. There will also be practical advice for covering your expenses and ensuring a profit in terms of pricing your products for the market. Does this sound intimidating? Are you looking to fine tune your books to allow you to take your existing business to the next level? Bring your questions to the session!

Whether your ambition is towards a hobby that pays for itself, a professional operation that is your livelihood--or something in between--these Maker Sessions will give you practical and usable tools to help you protect, produce, and thrive. Learning while you enjoy a libation, some local culinary delights, and of course great company – what could be better?

Tickets to the Maker Sessions are $20 each. For this session only, we are offering a BOGO--buy ONE ticket and get a FREE admission for a friend or family member. (Your name will be on our guest list at check-in with a Plus One for your guest * Your guest DOES NOT need a physical ticket for Session 2*)

Click here to purchase your ticket for Session 2 from Eventbrite.


Make sure you join us at the Akron Art Museum for Maker Session #2 on June 22nd.

Make sure you join us at the Akron Art Museum for Maker Session #2 on June 22nd.

What do you get for your money and attendance? There will be a knowledgeable presentation followed by a Q&A discussion, catered food, a cash bar featuring Thirsty Dog beer, and networking opportunities with fellow artists and makers.

Again, the Bookkeeping, Budgeting, and Pricing Maker Session is the second in a series of 5 classes. We also have these upcoming Wednesday night Maker Sessions scheduled:

July 27nd: Branding & Photos: Why Good Photos Matter--You won’t want to miss a special video of our own Chairman of the Board and Director of Education sharing a local but unknown resource.

Aug 24th: Planning your Business/How to Finance It.

Sep 21st: Social Media--learn how to sell your products online, as well as how to respond to negativity within your social media platform.

Have a question before you purchase your tickets? Please email Crafty Mart's Director of Education Marissa McClellan at