Artists, entrepreneurs and business owners can get tips on creating business plans and marketing efforts at the city’s first free Creative Mondays class for the Salida Creative District from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 7 at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

The class will be the first in the Creative Mondays series of free classes, primarily for artists and creative entrepreneurs, but all are welcome to attend, a Wednesday press release from the city said.

The classes will take place on the first Monday of the month, starting in October. Topics will range from business plans and marketing to website development.

Participants in the first class will also be surveyed on future topics they would like to see in the series.

Topic for the Oct. 7 class will be “If you want to be a successful Artrepreneur, you need a Business Plan,” taught by Neil McKenzie, faculty member at Metro State University’s Center for Innovation.

McKenzie is an author, educator and consultant to artists and arts organizations. He has more than 30 years of experience as a management consultant and corporate marketing executive, working in a variety of industries.

He is a visiting professor at the Center for Innovation, where he developed and teaches the course Artrepreneurship. He is also a visiting professor at University College at the University of Denver, where he teaches the graduate course Marketing for the Arts.

Free pizza will be provided for those who RSVP, according to the press release.

To RSVP for the class or to get more information, contact Emily Katsimpalis at 530-2628 or Michael Varnum at 530-0933.

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