Understand a Changing Industry


Learn from Industry Experts


Establish an Online Presence



Do you struggle with:

  • feeling alone in your business
  • feeling overwhelmed by all there is to know and not fully understanding where to start
  • lacking the tools, technology and skills to take your products online


You Deserve Global Recognition


You’re dedicated. You're determined. You funnel your passion and your valuable time into the work that you produce. You know your product, but you may not know how to get it into more hands. The eMarket Readiness Program (eMRP) will equip you with the tools for understanding an ever-evolving industry and developing a strong online presence for your brand. You don't even have to leave home to learn -- this program is held virtually. It's time to take things global, and that time starts now. Walk away with an action plan for your business that takes you forward confidently the changing artisan market.


Grow your Artisan Network


Bring knowledge about the artisan sector to your organization and connect with artisans, designers, buyers and industry experts worldwide. People find that the community that is fostered by our events is one of the most beneficial outcomes.


Connect with others just like you.

Relevant Training Topics


> Post COVID-19 Trends in Color & Design

> Building Buyer Relationships Online

> Global Opportunities & Trends for Handmade

> Sales Channels Strategies

> Product Development & Design for the Handmade Market

> Costing & Pricing Strategies


…and so much more! Full list of topics available below.

Exclusive Access


>16 hours of virtual, Zoom-hosted learning from handmade industry experts

> 4 Small Group virtual coaching sessions

> Digital ATA Training workbooks

> Exclusive access to recorded presentations


…and so much more! Details available below.

We get it – there are so many obstacles.


For over 45 years we have been connecting Artisans to resources, education, and more importantly -- to each other. Here are just a few of our alumni.



Pricing (USD)


$740

Individual Ticket

eMarket Readiness Program

Single ticket for one person from one company.


There is a maximum of 250 participants allowed for this event. Registration closes on June 8th, 2021, or once registration is full. We will offer a waitlist for a future training

date once registration is full.


The eMRP program fee can be paid by Credit Card, Paypal or by Wire transfer. To pay by wire, email us at [email protected] Payment is due in full upon registration.


*Participation in this event will require the creation of a Zoom account if you do not have one already. This can be done by clicking here.

Once we have received full payment, you will be sent a link with further instructions on how to join the course online.

$1,100

2 tickets per company

eMarket Readiness Program

Get a discounted group rate of $550 per person when you purchase two tickets for two members of your business or organization.


There is a maximum of 250 participants allowed for this event. Registration closes on June 8th, 2021, or once registration is full. We will offer a waitlist for a future training

date once registration is full.


The eMRP program fee can be paid by Credit Card, Paypal or by Wire transfer. To pay by wire, email us at [email protected] Payment is due in full upon registration.


*Participation in this event will require the creation of a Zoom account if you do not have one already. This can be done by clicking here.

Once we have received full payment, you will be sent a link with further instructions on how to join the course online.

$1,320

3 tickets per company

eMarket Readiness Program

Get a discounted group rate of $440 when you purchase three tickets for three members of your business or organization or more.


There is a maximum of 250 participants allowed for this event. Registration closes on June 8th, 2021, or once registration is full. We will offer a waitlist for a future training

date once registration is full.


The eMRP program fee can be paid by Credit Card, Paypal or by Wire transfer. To pay by wire, email us at [email protected] Payment is due in full upon registration.


*Participation in this event will require the creation of a Zoom account if you do not have one already. This can be done by clicking here.

Once we have received full payment, you will be sent a link with further instructions on how to join the course online.

There is a maximum of 250 participants allowed for this event. Registration closes on June 8th, 2021, or once registration is full. We will offer a waitlist for a future training date once registration is full.

The eMRP program fee can be paid by Credit Card, Paypal or by Wire transfer. Contact us to pay by Wire. Payment is due in full upon registration.

*Participation in this event will require the creation of a Zoom account if you do not have one already. This can be done by clicking here. Once we have received full payment, you will be sent a link with further instructions on how to join the course online.

You have customers waiting to hear from you. Your brand has a larger impact to make. Once you secure your spot you will:


1. Fill out our intake form

Take 10-15 minutes to tell us about your business. We use this information to connect you with the best fit for small group coaching and other peer activities.

2. Block out the dates on your calendar

You’ll get the most out of this event if you plan to attend live. Block out your time now and plan to network and connect with as many industry peers as possible.

3. Grow Your Business

We are confident that you will walk away with the tools needed to grow your business. You’ll have what you need to take your artisan products to a global market.

A program designed with you in mind. We welcome...


> International Artisan Producers

> Artisan Designers

> Artisan Exporters & Importers

> Leadership Members of Craft-Based Enterprises

> International Development Professionals

> Individuals and students interested in the artisan sector

Meet our eMRP Alumni



Debbie Tingley

Hands To Heart/Lanna Foundation

Thailand

"Our biggest challenge was [we had] no where to sell our artisans' weaving.. due to all artisan fairs cancelled during the pandemic. We were sitting on our biggest order ever which would effect our artisans income as we would not be able to order more if we couldn't move through current inventory. 


We have continued to follow through with our goal and strategy plan made during the [eMRP]. In early December, we launched Hands To Heart Thailand shopify and instagram to drive customers to our site. This has enabled us to move through product which we have been sitting on due to the pandemic... It has better positioned our artisans for success and sustainability through whatever challenges that might come. 


We are so grateful to all of you at Aid to Artisans and our mentors as well who took so much time, effort and care to give us the tools to be successful. 


I would say JUMP, no LEAP off the fence and join now, you won't regret it on many different levels... Community is everything and everyone involved within this organization to also include alumni are available to help, encourage or talk shop with. 

Vivette McFarlane

Jamaica Business Development Corporation

Jamaica

On her biggest challenge:


"My ability to accurately cost a product. Previously I would treat some input costs as a sunk costs.


My confidence has improved and I can now advise clients with my improved knowledge. A very useful nugget that Lauren taught us re costing: "Measure it, weigh it and count it". Having a better understanding of incoterms."


If you're on the fence about joining the eMRP...


"You would be cheating yourself from the extensive knowledge that you would have gained. [They have] very competent and knowledgeable facilitators who have in depth knowledge of every aspect of owning and managing a business, trends, preparation for trade show participation, [and] resources for distribution."

Florence Preza

USA

"My biggest challenge was to understand the direction in where to head for fashion. I did not understand much, and the program gave me an amazing lesson on how artisans are the backbone of sustainability in fashion.


It made me feel a bit lost: I knew I wanted to be in fashion, I just did not know in what regard. 


[After the eMRP] I had a complete understanding of what I wanted to do, how to get there, and the steps to do so.


I doubled down on my career choice of sustainability, and started exclusively buying artisan products. 


It is incredibly helpful, even if you have no expertise. It allows you to see first hand the massive network in the business and how it all correlates."

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the registration deadline?

June 7th, 2021 at 12:00AM Eastern Standard Time. You must complete your payment before the course registration closes to join the course.


What if I cant attend all of the workshop days?

We understand you can't always attend for the entire time! This is why you will have exclusive access to all of the recorded videos for 6 months following the program, and you can re-watch unlimited number of times.


Do you offer scholarships?

Yes! Starting now, the first 10 people to register for their eMRP ticket with the coupon code CANVASHOMESCHOLARSHIP2021 will receive a $100 scholarship from the amazing people at Canvas Home to be put towards their registration. Scholarships are first come, first served, so register now to secure your $100 scholarship. Your scholarship code cannot be combined with any other discount.

Creative Learning is also offering 5 full scholarships worth $740 each by application only. To apply, complete the application form here.


Can I get a discount?

Yes, we do offer group discounts for two or more people. See Pricing above to purchase more than one ticket, or contact us at [email protected] to book more than 3 tickets.


Can I pay by wire transfer?

Yes, you can pay by wire. To get our banking information, contact us at r[email protected]. Payment in full must be received before registration closes on June 7, 2021.


How long will I have access to the videos?

You will have exclusive access to all of the recorded videos for 6 months after the program ends, and you can re-watch unlimited number of times.


Can I attend if I'm not in the US?

Yes! Most of our eMRP alumni come from around the world. We know that your timezone might not be ideal for you, which is why we offer exclusive recorded video access for 6 months after the program ends.

Here's a quote from one of our 2018 Alumni from India, "After the MRP, we gained confidence in how our products stand in the market outside India. Since then, we have done two trade shows- in London and In Germany. We now stock at four stores across London and one in Germany with the market gradually opening up to us!"

— Vasanthi Veluri, MRP Alumni 2018, India


Can I attend if I am the US?

Yes! We have some amazing alumni who are based in the US looking for best practices in artisan sourcing, understanding how to start a global artisan brand, or to connect with global artisan partners.


Can I attend if I am just an individual and don't have a business?

Yes! The eMRP is designed to give you a big picture view of the global artisan sector and exactly what it takes to be successful. If you're a student, NGO, international development professional, or just a passionate person interested in getting involved in the global artisan sector, the eMRP will connect you to a network and give you great insight into the tools an artisan business needs to go global.

Just take it from one of our alumni, "The Market Readiness Program is singlehandedly the best program I could have invested in to further my career in the artisan industry. The wealth of knowledge that I gained, the invaluable connections that I met, and the experiences I made are all what has gotten me to where I am today. I will forever be thankful for Aid to Artisans!"

— Madison Pease, MRP Alumni 2018, USA


Can I sell my products at the eMRP?

No. This is a training and networking event, and not a sales opportunity. You WILL however, have a chance to network with other artisan businesses, including artisan producers, exporters, wholesalers, retailers, and US based artisan importers.


How will the small group coaching sessions work?

We will match you with a group of 6-8 people at a similar level of experience and one of our ATA expert Mentors. Each day of the eMRP you'll have an hour group coaching call from 12:50-1:50pm EST in a Zoom breakout room, where you'll have a chance to discuss your challenges and get feedback from your mentor and the group.


Is the homework optional?

Yes. The homework is designed to help you take what you'll learn and apply it to your work, so we strongly encourage you to plan some time each day after the live workshop to work on the exercises.


Will I get a certificate?

Yes! After you attend the eMRP, or once you watch all of the videos (if you are unable to attend some of the live training), you will get an eMarket Readiness Program Certificate of Completion and join our amazing network of Alumni!