1950 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago IL, 60608,

aaron.maass@artfullygifted.org | 312.733.5009

Build Something Beautiful

The Artfully Gifted Foundation supports entrepreneurs with disabilities by providing office space, ongoing mentorship, marketing support, a retail store, an e-commerce site, grant funding, micro-lending, assistance with business plan development, and more. Did we mention it's free?

"I didn't want to be a greeter at walmart

for the rest of my life"

~Anthony Brodian

Owner, UnconventionABLE Publishing

Entrepreneur Of The Year

Kiwi Photography, LLC

Owner: Julian Aparicio

Kiwis don't fly... they soar

Why Entrepreneurship?

Did you know a person with a disability is twice as likely to try to start a business as someone without a disability? But don't just take our word for it... 

check out what our entrepreneurs have to say!

"Government benefits won't last forever...

it's only right we invest in our own endeavors"

~Jerwayne Balentine III

Owner, J-Epic Productions

Here's what we have to offer

Business Plan Development

Let us help you translate your business idea into a formal business plan you can take off with! (Click the pencil icon for details)

Business Mentorship

We will provide you with access to a mentor that will take you through the business planning process and provide guidance throughout the launch of your business. (Click the tie icon for details)

Startup Grants

Small startup grants (up to $2,500) are awarded to help fund your proof of concept(Click the rocket ship icon for details)

E-Commerce Site

Our website has a fully functioning e-commerce page used to feature your products or services. We also offer assistance with packaging and shipping. (Click the computer icon for details)

Production Lab

For any entrepreneur that designs products, our production center can be used to fulfill your orders (i.e. t-shirts, mugs, plaques, etc.). (Click the science beaker icon for details)

Google AdWords Support

Upon receiving approval for your business plan, we can offer up to $500 per month to help advertise your product page on our website. We also offer AdWords campaign management consulting services, free of cost. (Click the bullseye icon for details)

Money Well Spent

It's simple, really.

 

  1. We provide a centralized hub for our entrepreneurs to sell their goods/services

  2. You pay a fair and non-discounted price to help them grow and thrive. 

  3. We take a 40% cut of each sale to fund our operations and replenish our startup grant fund.

  4. We pay staff to provide ongoing support to help entrepreneurs develop their own websites and distribution channels so they can keep all the profits generated in the future.

  5. We continue to provide ongoing (free) support because that's what we are all about.

Shop Artfully Gifted Online

Paint-Sum (DeJuan)

DeJuan learned to mouth paint after a severe accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. Expression knows no limitations.

Royal Percussion Customs (Rick)

Handcrafted drum kits. World-class design. Top-quality tone.

Artsy Marcey (Marlena)

Marlena is a prolific jewelry designer and artist.  She has been crafting jewelry and knitting since she was a child.  Marlena has turned her talents and passion into her own growing business.

Featured Businesses

Anibus Studios (Syril Strickler)

Syril is an aspiring artist that specializing in high end decorative painting, murals, marbleizing and other specialty finishes.

Artsy Marcey (Marlena)

Marlena is a prolific jewelry designer and artist.  She has been crafting jewelry and knitting since she was a child.  Marlena has turned her talents and passion into her own growing business.

J-Epic Publishings (Jerwayne)

A poet. A musician. An artist. Jerwayne is a Chicago native with a passion for written art and music.

Kiwi Photography, LLC (Julian)

A poet. A musician. An artist. Jerwayne is a Chicago native with a passion for written art and music.

Paint-Sum (DeJuan)

DeJuan learned to mouth paint after a severe accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. Expression knows no limitations.

Taron's Lamp and Things (Taron)

Taron is a creator of beautiful, decorative objects. His most popular options being his variety of lamps and kitchen decorations.

UnconventionABLE Publishings (Anthony)

Anthony is an aspiring, young artist. He makes coloring books, complete with its own narrative story!