Etsy to launch free online mentorship program across Canada

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      Beginning on January 25, Canadians will be invited to try Etsy Resolution—a free online mentorship program that encourages artisans to launch their own businesses this year.

      The four week program will include advice, lessons, tips, and support from experts and mentors who have already found success in using Etsy—an online and offline marketplace—to open their own web boutiques.

      Participants will be able to gain business concepts and knowledge from small-business owners such as lingerie designer Mary Young, stationery designer Erin Leroux, skirt and bag designer Mo Handahu, and vintage store owner Amy Honey.

      “We are thrilled to be launching Etsy Resolution across Canada and introducing potential makers to our community of sellers and experts through this online program,” says Erin Green, Managing Director of Etsy Canada, in a press statement.

      “With 72 per cent of Etsy sellers considering their shops to be a business, we look forward to encouraging more makers to pursue their passions and create businesses on their own terms.”

      The inaugural launch of this free program took place in Australia last year, and thousands of participants and mentors worked together. Etsy Resolution will be going international for the first time, and programs will run in Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, and the U.K.

      Etsy was founded in 2005 in Brooklyn, New York, as a marketplace for artisans and unique good manufacturers to sell and buy goods both online and offline.