Creative Enterprise

We believe our local makers, creators, artists, designers, crafters and creative entrepreneurs have the potential to transform Spokane into a more economically diverse, stronger and more vibrant city.

Through our Creative Enterprise program, we allow creative businesses to test their ideas with little risk by matching them with low cost space for up to six months in targeted areas. Creative Enterprise participants also receive in-depth professional development, one-on-one coaching, business resources and camaraderie amongst peers as part of the community-oriented program.

2017 ApplicationS Due August 13th

Apply to be apart of the 2017 Creative Enterprise Cohort to turn you side hustle into your main hustle.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR| 

 Local makers, creators, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, crafters, etc. Businesses that sell things they make vs. re-selling mass produced goods. Small community groups and special projects that create unique cultural experiences will also be considered. Businesses with a proven track record, but no physical store - say an Etsy Shop - are well suited for this project.

HOW IT WORKS| 

We provide participants with relevant professional development training catered to creative business needs. We then work with property owners to place these businesses in vacant storefronts to test their ideas with little risk. These arrangements are temporary and vary from space to space.  

SELECTION PROCESS|

When choosing participants, the Selection Panel - which includes members of our Steering Committee as well as relevant professionals - will be looking for a wide-range of ideas and diverse group of projects. The most competitive applications will show:

  • Destination quality idea/business

  • Viability of the idea/business

  • Strength of product or service demonstrated by provided work samples

  • Benefit to the community

  • Readiness of the business and the ability to execute

IF SELECTED AS A PARTICIPANT, YOU WILL AGREE TO|

  1. Sign a contract with Window Dressing

  2. Complete training

  3. Identifying yourself as a Window Dressing supported business

  4. Partner with us in the promotion of your business

BENEFITS|

  • Classes tailor-made for creatives.

  • Peer-to-peer support from like-minded businesses.

  • Continual and relevant support from Window Dressing throughout the launch of your business.

  • Marketing of your business via Window Dressing’s website, social media and other outlets.

  • Retail space for up to *six months free of rent.

*Space is subject to availability and not guaranteed. Viable participants may be put on a waiting list, until a space becomes available that meets their needs.

What are you waiting for?