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SBDC Presents: Art as a Business

October 28, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am


Art as a Business is presented by Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center.

All artists are invited to join us at The Artists Gallery at Virginia Beach Art Center-VBAC on Monday, October 28th for a presentation by Marc Willson, a Small Business Strategist, on Art as a Business. Come listen to Marc talk about how to sell your art, and make it a profitable business. Following the presentation, Marc will be available for one-on-one sessions.

This presentation will cover the following:
• Dispelling the myths
• Sell your art without selling your soul
• Define and engage your collector
• Master merchandizing basics
• Market and advertise your artwork
• Build your brand
• Create a social media presence
• Embrace and understand the business side of selling your art
• Artist statements

Marc has 35 years of experience helping retail, restaurant and tourism-related small businesses refine and promote their concepts to the public.

In 1975, he started his retail career as co-owner of the largest distributor of Earth Shoes in the U.S. Since then he has held executive positions with retailers such as Britches of Georgetowne, Crown Books, Circuit City, The Bicycle Exchange, and Storetrax, Inc. Most recently, he traveled to Dallas, Texas to open the world’s first energy efficiency store for Current Energy, LLC, a company funded by Ross Perot, Jr.

He joined the Virginia SBDC Network in 2009 as a Retail Industry Consultant; he delivers seminars and assists retailers throughout Virginia and across the United States.

This event is free, however, space is limited.

Schedule of Events:
7:30 AM
-Registration/ Networking
8:00 AM
-Presentation Starts
9:30 AM
-Presentation Wrap up
9:30 AM
Interested in exhibiting your Art in 1701? Fill out our application.


The Artists Gallery
532 Virginia Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451 United States


(757) 865-3128

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