After a vision team visit last fall, the need for some expertise in business development to assist Roma crafts persons develop a clearer business plan and nurture new Roma-led ventures was discussed. Within a few weeks a conference call between leaders from CBF of Missouri, Kellee Sikes, and us resulted in a clear way forward. Kellee Sikes is the owner of P3 Strategies, Inc. We agreed on a timeline for Kellee’s visit and began the preparations.
|With Students in Kežmarok|
In Kežmarok, we were first treated to a presentation by three groups of students. The presentations were in completion of their studies on business development. Each of the groups had a product which they were involved in making. The presentation focused on why they make the products, the costs, and the sales price. Following the student’s presentation, Kellee and Shane presented a little more information to help the students get a clearer picture of the true costs and possible profits from their work. It was a learning exercise for everyone. We were very impressed with the students work at Kežmarok’s Stredná Odborná Škola (
). The products from these students have also been available at the General Assembly. Private Trade School
|Saying goodbye in Zakopane|
we met with Jan Sajko and Martin Kaleja-Januv. Jan is the teacher and Martin is his student-turned-teaching assistant. Already Kellee and Shane can see creative and exciting ways that these two artisan’s work can be showcased in the Jarovnice, Slovakia . Martin’s work has been purchased via the Art Auction at the General Assembly. United States
Following a very full week of interviews and travel, we took Kellee to
Zakopane, Poland so that she could continue her journey of discovery in Poland, the Czech Republic, and . England