Free Business Mentoring Week

Glasgow Connected Arts Network CIC are delighted to be collaborating with architectural firm HawkinsBrown for a FREE business mentoring week in January 2023, to support the GCAN network members and beyond.

Kickstart your new year and spend some dedicated time strategically developing your small business as either an individual, collective, or small organisation. You can either sign up for one, or all of the following workshops which all take place in person at our hub at Civic House.

Tues 17 Jan, 10am – 12pm: Lean & Mean Marketing w/ Renee O’Drobinak

This session is aimed at those of you who don’t have time to promote what you do…but you know you should. We’ll talk through the basics like understanding your audience, identifying where they hang out, and simple, doable ways to keep your business on their radar. Welcome to lean and mean mar/comms. Also known as getting bang for your buck out of one of your most precious commodities: your time.

Thurs 19 Jan, 10am – 12pm: Writing an Effective Business Plan w/ Alastair Roberts

This session will look at business planning: what’s a business plan for, who is it for, what goes into a good plan, how to write your plan and how to use it in your business. Useful prep for participants: write a concise description of where your business is now and where you want it to be in 5 years’ time and bring this to the session. This session will include creating an effective elevator pitch, setting goals and financial goals.

Thurs 19 Jan, 1pm – 3pm: Fundamentals of Finance w/ Alastair Roberts

An overview of different financial / business structures, pros and cons of each, how to start yourself off in the right direction and how to get the right advice. Useful prep for participants: think about your long-term goals as a business and who your stakeholders are, and how these might evolve over time. We can’t give formal accounting / tax / legal advice if you have any questions specific to your business do submit these in advance so we can cover them at the session.

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