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Business Research Resources
Data for Your Craft Business

As you plan and grow your craft business, you may need access to certain statistics, (age, education, income levels, etc. of people in your area). This information becomes particularly important if you are putting together a more formal business plan or building a business that relies on having a critical mass of a specific niche market in a specific location. These business research resources will help you find statistics and research to help you plan and develop your company in a way that is in line with your target market.

Craft Business Planning

Develop Your Business Idea

The Best Craft Business for You is a 19 day course for creative business owners looking to explore craft business options. Its aim is to help you develop better focus for your business, and ensure you're making smart business choices.

Craft Business Statistics

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All of these links on this page open in a new window, and several of the links open pdf files, so you'll need a PDF reader installed on your computer to access them. You probably already have some type of PDF reader on your computer, but if you don't, you can install Adobe Acrobat Reader for free.

The crafts industry is not widely studied, so specific data is difficult to come by, and the best data available is, unfortunately, often fairly old. I truly wish there was more recent data available (if you come across more recent craft industry studies, I would be most grateful if you would send me a message and let me know. Here is the best and most current research I've been able to find about the crafts industry in a variety of countries.

CANADIAN CRAFT BUSINESS RESEARCH RESOURCES

Canadian Crafts Federation

The Canadian Crafts Federation has loads of great data and research on the crafts sector. The link above will take you to their resources page. Be sure to click on "research," "education" or "resources" on their site to see all of the resources available.

Canadian Culture Satellite Account 2010

This is a research paper by Statistics Canada showing the economic importance of the culture and sport sectors in Canada. Specific stats are provided for the crafts sector. This type of data can be useful if you need to develop a traditional business plan.

Canadian Craft Business Study 
This is a Canadian study published in 2003 which profiles the Canadian craft business sector. Although this study is quite old, it is extremely thorough, so it's worth reviewing, particularly if your business is based in Canada.

Canadian Fine Craft Niche Market Study 
An interesting Canadian study published in 2005 looking at exporting crafts. Of particular note (and relevant to people in all countries) is section 2.3 - Success Factors (beginning on page 5 of the report) which outlines common factors among craft professionals who have success in exporting their work.

Cultural Human Resources Council

There is some information for craft business owners on this site, and also plenty of information about jobs in the Canadian cultural sector.

Canadian Artists Representation (CARFAC)

CARFAC is a not for profit organization that works to support artists' legal rights. if you have legal questions about your Canadian craft business, this organization is a good place to start.

UK CRAFT BUSINESS RESEARCH RESOURCES

Craft in an Age of Change 
Here's a huge 2012 report on the craft industry in the UK.

Consuming Craft 
2010 research survey of the craft buying market in England

Making Value 
2010 study of how the craft sector contributes to a changing economy in the UK.

Crafting Futures 
A 2010 study of how graduates from crafts-related programs in the UK launch their careers.

US CRAFT BUSINESS RESEARCH RESOURCES

State of the Craft Industry 
Key insights from the US Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) 2012 State of the Craft Industry. Membership to the CHA is required to access the full report.

Craft and Hobby Association Reports 
Several craft industry reports are available from the Craft and Hobby Association including:

A paid membership to the association is required to access these reports.

Craft Emergency Relief Fund CERF+

CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund) provides grants and loans to American craft professionals who have experienced career-threatening personal or natural disasters or emergencies. They also provide extensive information about emergency preparedness for craft professionals.

General Business Statistics and Sources

U.S. STATISTICS

www.census.gov 
The U.S. Census Bureau - Free in-depth data on many aspects of American life. Go to http://www.census.gov/2010census/popmap/ for an interactive map that allows you to access data from specific regions.

FedStats
FedStats - Gateway to U.S. governmental federal statistics. A good starting point for finding U.S. statistics.

Canadian Statistics 
www.statscan.ca 
Statistics Canada - Statistical information about many aspects of Canada.

International Statistics 
http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/idb/
Thorough list of links to sites with statistical data from around the world.

Other Business Research Websites

Chambers of Commerce 
U. S. Chamber of Commerce: www.uschamber.com 
Canadian Chamber of Commerce: www.chamber.ca 
British Chamber of Commerce: www.britishchambers.org.uk/ 
Australian Chamber of Commerce: www.acci.asn.au

www.sba.gov 
Small Business Development Center - Located in many U.S. communities the SBA can be a great resource for businesses.

www.asbdc-us.org 
Association of Small Business Development Centers - Provides resources (usually free) for entrepreneurs in the U.S.

www.strategis.gc.ca 
Strategis - Canadian business and consumer site.

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