In this section we have gathered some of the most popular information sources, such as trade journals, magazines, blogs, and association websites. Industry information is always changing. For the latest news, current issues and popular opinions, try following one or more of these sources. In addition, interacting with the websites that provide this information through commenting and asking questions may also provide you with more information.
Trade associations often publish free industry newsletters that are excellent sources of information for your business plan. Such newsletters often have articles that cover in-depth topics on business management, manufacturing practices, how-tos, and current industry news.
Craft Council of British Columbia | The Craft Council of British Columbia is a membership based charitable organization that works to increase the public profile of craft in BC and Canada through the support of local artists at various stages of their careers. Check out the member portfolios and member services sections.
Canadian Crafts Federation | The Canadian Crafts Federation works to represent and promote provincial and territorial craft councils on both the national and international stage. Check out the resources section.
British Columbia Arts Council | Established in 1995, the British Columbia Arts Council supports arts and culture throughout British Columbia through community engagement and collaboration with promising local artists. Visit the special programs and organizations pages.
Canada Council for the Arts | The Canada Council for the Arts is a government run organization that offers financial support tp professional Canadian artists through grants, endowments and prizes. Check out the research and resources sections.
Canadian Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) | The CHA is a not-for-profit organization with a Canadian chapter that looks for ways to help crafters and independent craft retailers with their business operations. Visit their education section.
Magazines & Trade Journals
Trade journals (often called magazines or trade publications) can be very useful in helping you find current articles relating to business research. Contact your local research library to determine which trade journal subscriptions they have. There are also free trade publications that you can access online.
NICHE magazine | Published 4 times a year, this magazine connects independent arts and crafts retailers with high quality Canadian and American art and handicrafts.
American Craft Magazine | An American based magazines that is published 6 times per year. Many of the articles require a membership, but there are several online additions available, as well as free content.
Makezine | A free online web 'zine' that features blogs, videos, craft ideas. They also have a print and digital magazine that is published 6 times a year and supports the intersection of the maker movement and technology.
Create and Thrive | A frequently updated craft blog from Australia that includes lots of how-to information on how to turn your crafting hobby into a business. The blog also includes a podcast and how-to courses.
Craft Proffesional | An up-to-date blog which combines the author`s personal experience as a jewlery maker with her training as a career counsellor. Blog posts offer useful first-hand information and the site also includes access to a free newsletter.
Craft Business Blog | On this blog the author offers her advice on how to make money from your crafts. Includes a free craft business Q&A sheet.
Craft Forum | An active discussion forum covering everything from crafting businesses to scrapbooking.
Art Fair Insiders Forum | A place for those interested in selling their art or handicrafts at fairs and markets. Discussion topics range from website marketing to required equipment.
MarketWatch - Industry Analyzer
The Industries section contains current data on Dow Jones Industry Sectors. Aggregate data as well as company-specific data is available.
Vault Industry Profiles
A free source of industry information. Use the Industry Profiles to research news, company information, and industry-specific sample professions. Basic monthly membership is free and offers access to blogs, discussion forums, and job listings.
A good way to research trends in the US labour market. Provides detailed labour information by state.
As with all sources, news articles and blogs should be carefully evaluated. For information on how to evaluate your information, watch video tutorial Module Five: Using Information Responsibly.