“Over the past 20 of years working with refugee and immigrant entrepreneurs the largest barrier I’ve seen to opening a successful storefront is managing the financial burden of overhead at the beginning of their business venture” shares Cynthia Brown, Director of the Navigate Enterprise Center.
“The new Jewish Family & Career Services and Kentucky Refugee Ministries Artisan Shop will mitigate this financial risk by providing physical space to sell products, exposure to build brand awareness, and education to learn specifics related to owning and managing a retail business.”
The Artisan Shop is located in Logan Street Market, Louisville’s first community-centered public market. Featuring six different international artisans working with Navigate Enterprise Center staff, the Artisan Shop will enable these entrepreneurs to use their skills and talents to portray their life journeys through their work and build their customer base without the risk and the cost of opening individual storefronts.
The shop will not only showcase the incredible talent that Louisville’s international community has to offer but also will provide people an “open window” into the minds and souls of different cultures and beliefs. The Artisan Shop is a collaborative, cultural initiative that is an extension of the work JFCS does through its Navigate Enterprise Center.
Want to get more involved? Contact Diane Tracht, Volunteer Manager, to find out how you can volunteer in the shop!
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