A crocheted Hulk cat costume. Available at Etsy.
A crocheted Hulk cat costume. Available at Etsy.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is getting crafty via a newly announced entrepreneurial partnership with the online website Etsy. The partnership is titled the Craft Entrepreneurship Program, and it’s designed to provide business training to underemployed, low-income adults in the River City. The goal of the three-week program is for these same adults to put some extra coins in their presumably homemade purses and wallets.

“Etsy has a global reach that allows buyers from all over the world to purchase handmade products from right here in Louisville,” Fischer said in a statement. “This combination of creativity and innovation provides the opportunity for people to gain a strong foundation of business skills, and a sense of accomplishment.”

The program will kick off Aug. 18 at the Nia Center, 2900 W. Broadway. The goal is to help local crafters go from makers to entrepreneurs. In the process, they’ll learn the ropes on how to start and run an online business, with a focus on issues like pricing, accounting, product photography, and marketing.

Some local businesses also will lend a hand to this handiworks program. Good Garbage will provide creative supplies, and Kiva City Louisville will share information about small-business loans.

There is open registration for the program, though space is limited. Participants must be over 18, attend all six classes, have computer access, and, most importantly, have a handmade craft product. Interested parties can register here.

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David Serchuk
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