Enrollment for 2019 will be held from January 1-15, 2019.  The members of The Collective will begin reviewing applications once the enrollment period has closed. Applicants will be notified of the membership's decision within a week of the closing of the enrollment period.

Are you looking for support for your creative small business?

You make or collect things for a living and love what you do, but people don't understand it.  They have a hard time with the idea that you are making a living doing an unconventional job. 

Being a creative entrepreneur can be lonely and isolating.  Friends and family with traditional jobs don't understand your working structure and your unique set of needs, so it can be hard to use them as a sounding board.  It can also be hard to find information relating to local small business, and trying to find people to share tips and tricks can be frustrating because your field is so specialized.

The Nutmeg Collective believes that open sharing of information relating to small creative business will make all of our businesses stronger.  Our forum is filled with advice, camaraderie, and commiseration.  We build each other up within a community of like-minded individuals.  By joining The Nutmeg Collective, you are joining a professional network of serious and talented creatives.

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Why should I become a member?

Some of the perks that our members enjoy:

  • Members have access to a 24-hour forum filled with advice, feedback, and support from people in the same field
  • Local meet-ups and social events that allow members to interact with each other in person
  • Information sharing sessions that will help you in areas such as social media, business structure, bookkeeping, and organization.
  • Discounted business consulting packages to provide you with a critique and advice specific to your business
  • Access to an informational database of local craft shows and local gift shops to helps you expand your customer base
  • Public sharing of your small business on our own social media platforms and website
  • Bi-annual holiday gift swaps - Christmas in July and Secret Snowman in December
“Of the many things that I love about the Collective, one of the best parts is being connected with other driven and passionate CT small business owners who are focused on making high-quality artisan and handcrafted products. We are all at different levels in our businesses and every member is generous with their knowledge and experiences as we all work our way to the next level. This support, as well as camaraderie and friendships made within the group, truly make The Nutmeg Collective something special.”
— Andrea Freibauer, Andie's Cookies

what we're looking for in a member business:

  • are you a Connecticut-based business with a valid Connecticut tax identification number?
  • are you a branded business with a clear focus?
  • do you make high-quality handmade products or curate a high-quality vintage collection?
  • are you someone with entrepreneurial aspirations?
  • do you make original creations, and do you present a cohesive collection?
  • are your products something unique or something we haven't seen before?
  • is your website clean and informative?
  • do you have an active social media presence across multiple platforms?
  • are your photographs clean, clear, and aesthetically-pleasing?
  • do you have a strong work ethic and drive to improve and grow?
  • do you have a professional online presence?

How much does it cost to join?

Our 2018 membership dues are $50 for the full year, $25 for those joining mid-year.

The Nutmeg Collective is for you if:

  • you are serious about your business and its growth
  • you are committed to creating high-quality handmade products or collecting high-quality vintage goods
  • you are looking for a community of hard-working makers and have time to commit to the group
  • you are willing to help others grow their businesses
  • you are able to both take and offer feedback
  • you understand that our community is better together

The Nutmeg Collective is probably not for you if:

  • your business is a hobby
  • you do not have a dedicated craft/brand focus
  • you want to start a handmade business but haven't started yet
  • you are unable to commit time to the group for the rest of the 2018 year
  • you are not looking to be part of a collaborative community or helping others
  • you are only looking for opportunities to sell your work
  • you are not interested in new ideas and getting out of your comfort zone in order to grow your business

BUT! If you are not ready to be a member of The Nutmeg Collective and still would like to join a maker community, please join our free public group, the CT Maker Community.

The Nutmeg Collective does not discriminate based on race, religion, gender/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, marital status, or military status.  We believe in celebrating diversity and creating a warm and open community where kindness rules.