Essential Business Retreat for Working Artists, Photographers & Makers

Inaugural Arts Conference in downtown Raleigh, re-affirms the need for successful art businesses. The conference will be the first of its kind to bring art professionals, leaders and business-boomers to the Triangle area to plan for new and better business offerings in 2016.

Raleigh, NC, September 07, 2015 --( Professional artists, photographers, and makers are invited to converge at the inaugural Essential Edge Live, a powerful conference-style retreat providing creative business facilitated business planning for 2016. The two-day retreat takes place on Thursday and Friday, October 29 & 30, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Raleigh, NC at The Hampton Inn & Suites.

Essential Edge 2015 speakers include Toronto-based art director, Nadine Prada, known for her work on the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty; Marissa Boisvert, Integrative Health Coach and founder of WANA (Where Awareness Nourishes Artistry); and Charles Gupton, photographer and the brain behind “The Creator’s Journey” podcast.

In addition to presentations by leaders in art direction, advertising, mindfulness and creativity, attendees will receive instruction for creating effective business plans and will walk away with marketing support through a team of “One Stop Shop” professionals specializing in graphic and website design, product photography, copywriting and more.

“Big companies and nonprofits take advantage of annual retreats to chart the direction of their upcoming year—self-employed artists should too,” said Heather Allen, founder of Essential Edge. “We’re very excited about how this launch pad will impact individual creative businesses and the creative community in the year ahead.”

Essential Edge Live is a two-day conference-style annual retreat for artists and creative professionals who want to nail down their 2016 marketing and revenue plans. The event kicks off in 2015 and strives to empower creative professionals through business and marketing training, community support, and annual business planning. The inaugural event features presentations by award-winning leaders in art direction, marketing, mindfulness, and creativity, and takes place on October 29 & 30, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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