1950 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago IL, 60608,

aaron.maass@artfullygifted.org | 312.733.5009

Build Something Beautiful

Welcome to the Artfully Gifted Foundation.

We help entrepreneurs with disabilities achieve their dreams.

From what we've heard, we're pretty good at it.

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100% of the Artfully Gifted store's profits go toward kickstarting our creators ideas.

Entrepreneur Of The Month

Kiwi Photography, LLC

Owner: Julian Aparicio

Kiwis don't fly... they soar

Phase 3 - Run

You are now in business! How 'bout them apples? In the RUN phase, we begin moving away from working on your business plan. The focus of this phase is to learn about how your business actually runs, and what will need to be done to make it sustainable! Sadly, we can't do it all... good thing we will connect you with other agencies that can help you while you continue to run your business with us!

Estimated time to complete phase: As long as you like!

AREAS OF SUPPORT 

  • Increasing sales

  • Building a website

  • Requesting equipment, supplies and materials from your DRS counselor

  • Shipping products

  • Fulfilling orders

  • Getting connected with our partner agencies

  • Marketing and advertising

  • And more!

Phase 1 - START

Ready for your business dreams to take root? In the START phase, we will dig deep to figure out whether or not entrepreneurship is in your best interest. If it is, we get to work on the lessons below. If it isn't, we will make sure you get support from partner agencies to help you find a job that matches your skills and interests.

Estimated time to complete phase: 6-9 months

LESSONS

Unit 1: Intro to Entrepreneurship

Unit 2: Your MVP (Initial Product)

Unit 3: Your Target Customer

Unit 4: Your Unique Value Proposition

You will create...

  • A proof-of-concept product to show that what you plan on selling through your business is realistic

You will complete...

  • Our intake survey and other intake paperwork

  • A simple business plan

  • DRS preliminary questionnaire for self-employment (Form IL 488-0284)

You will receive...

  • Funding (~$100) to create a proof-of-concept version of your product

  • 1-on-1 support for identifying a business idea that can be competitive

Phase 2 - GROW

You will complete...

  • A full business plan

  • DRS full proposal for self-employment (Form IL 488-0283)

You will receive...

  • Up to $900 for business expenses

  • Space in our business incubator to run your business within

  • A "featured artist" page on our website

You will create...

  • Improved versions of your products

  • Social media accounts for your business

  • A bank account for your business

LESSONS

Unit 1: Operations

Unit 2: Manufacturing Costs

Unit 3: Customer Profiles

Unit 4: Your Marketing Mix

Unit 5: Brand Development

Unit 6: Content Creation

Unit 7: Integrated Marketing

Unit 8: Financial Logistics

It's time to breathe some life into your plan! In the GROW phase, we will help you nurture your idea into one that bears fruit. You can receive equipment, support opening a business account, and get a professional page on our website, for free!

Estimated time to complete phase: 9-12 months

FEATURED CREATORS

We currently sponsor over 20 entrepreneurs.

And we aren't stopping there.

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 14, 2017

Hey everyone! As you all know, our motto is be a part of something bigger than yourself. With that in mind, we are excited to be a part of something bigger than ourselves when we attend the Abilities Expo this month! The expo will occur on Friday June 23rd (11am-5pm), Saturday June 24th (11am-5pm),...

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