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BCDC teams up with Etsy to help crafty entrepreneurs

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Brick City Development Corporation has partnered with e-commerce website Etsy to bring the Craft Entrepreneurship program to Newark. The program focuses on helping low-income individuals with artistic skills start their own business.

“With rapid growth in the nation’s technology sector, there has been an increased focus on initiatives to assist Newark residents in all sectors with leveraging technology to create economic opportunity,” BCDC Chief Financial Officer Victor Emenuga said in a news release. “The Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Initiative fits here perfectly.”

BCDC is offering its financial and organizational resources to bring this program, which has already seen successful launches earlier this year in Rockford, Illinois, and New York City, to the people of Newark. Classes, which are being held for free at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, will cover a variety of topics that will aid individuals in turning their craft passions into an online business.

Topics of these classes include becoming an entrepreneur, building and marketing a craft brand, photo workshop, pricing and shipping, and strategies for growth.


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