As an artist and an entrepreneur, you're busy. You are in your studio every day making art. You are on the streets every day finding customers for your art. You’re at your kitchen table every day determining what it costs to make your art and how much you need to sell to pay your rent. And you feel like you are moving forward. But are you moving forward in the right direction? Are you making progress to get where you want to be?
Everyone who owns a business needs goals to help them move forward, to get motivated, and to maintain the success of their business. Envisioning those goals is easy. Setting the right goals for you and your business is harder. Achieving those goals is even more difficult.
James Szuch helps creative professionals develop and execute on strategies to build a business that derives from their creative efforts and meets their financial, personal, and artistic needs. He has extensive experience building and advising businesses in a variety of industries including including banking, financial services, law, retail, manufacturing, transportation and healthcare.
He has worked closely with the the Nashville Fashion Alliance's on a number of programs including their flagship business accelerator. This program worked with a dozen new and existing businesses to identify their unique revenue potential as well as the resources their businesses require to become a success. James also works with the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville on the Periscope Program — a six-week intensive training opportunity that empowers working artists to see their vision through an entrepreneurial lens. James mentored artists participating in that program and has worked with a number creative professionals to help build successful businesses.
James currently teaches business and entrepreneurship at the O’More College of Design and has been a member of the faculty of the Keller Graduate School of Management, Northern Kentucky University, the University of Cincinnati, and the Graduate School of Computer Science at DePaul University. He holds a degree in Computer Science from Allegheny College, a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.