By Hallie Busta
Robin Monique Rios has been an artist since childhood, but only in recent years has her penchant for art become the basis of several profitable ventures.
From an 11,000-square-foot space at the Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport, Rios runs 4Art Inc., a gallery featuring her work and that of nine other artists. But the location is also home to Rios' other business ventures, including website and graphic design services and art framing. "I know this is where I'm supposed to be," she said. "I know that with every fiber of my being."
Launching an arts-based venture requires planning, producing and selling. SmallBusinessChicago asked Joe Roberts, professor of arts entrepreneurship at Columbia College in Chicago, and Barrett Baebler, director of entrepreneurship and nonprofit management at Webster University in St. Louis, to provide tips for artists on running sustainable business ventures.
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