Creative Plus Business Group specialises in helping creative practitioners develop and improve their business skills. We do this through our three channels of education, advice and consultancy. Our educational arm includes facilitating workshops for creative practitioners, delivering in-house lectures for academic institutions, and developing training programs for organisations seeking to educate creative practitioners about business and freelancing. Our advisory arm includes individual business advisory services for creative practitioners and organisations, as well as developing mentoring and advisory services for clients. Finally, our consultancy arm includes facilitating charrette workshops for creative and cultural intuitions, and offering expertise in the areas of creative economy and industry, strategic and business planning, maximising engagement in regional areas, and marketing. As the director and lead facilitator of Creative Plus Business, I oversee all the activities of the company as well as being the lead advisor, consultant and facilitator.
Business Connect (2017)
Creative Plus Business is part of Business Connect, a NSW Department of Industry program offering a quality, personalised business advisory service. Business Connect supports small-to-medium businesses as they start or grow their business with a range of programs, and Creative Plus Business are the specialist advisors for creative industries practitioners and organisations across the state of NSW.
Grafton Gallery (November 2017)
Working with consultant Ken Crouch, Monica facilitated a charrette workshop to assist in the review of the Grafton Regional Gallery, to determine its current position; workshops and engagement with the gallery’s stakeholders; and the development of a revised model of operations for consideration by Council.
Stonnington Council (2017): Creative Plus Business developed and delivered a series of free professional development workshops for makers, producers and creatives in the Stonnington Council area of Melbourne, from August 2017 to March 2018.
Workshops will be delivered by professional creative business experts to support businesses, organisations and individuals to develop skills, gain new perspectives and make their organisations stronger.
Lismore City Council (September/October 2017)
Creative Plus Business was engaged to facilitate a charrette for the purposes of developing a Cultural Plan for the Lismore Cultural Hub and Creative Industries Engagement Officer. Monica was the lead charrette facilitator, and wrote the draft Cultural Plan which was accepted by Council in October 2017.
Pine Street Business Case (Jan-April 2017)
Monica was engaged as a Consultant for the Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, to create a Business Case for the preservation of the Centre and an overhaul of the internal and external workings of the organisation. The plan was accepted by the City of Sydney in April 2017.