Craft Lake City Business Academy: Funding Fundamentals

Presented by Celtic Bank

A four-week course on how to make empowered decisions surrounding your creative business financing

~ Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. MST | Hosted at Celtic Bank in Downtown SLC | This 4-week course will begin Sept. 12 and end Oct. 3, 2023 ~

Funding Fundamentals

Presented by Celtic Bank

Taught by experienced professionals in the industry provided by Celtic Bank, Funding Fundamentals prepares creative small business owners to make empowered decisions surrounding their business financing. Registrants will gain insight on the various types of business funding available, which types offer the best terms and rates, who the reputable lenders are and the difference between online funding vs. traditional business loans. By the end of this four-week course, creative business owners will understand the fundamentals of becoming bankable and accessing the credit they need to grow their business.


  • Make empowered financial decisions
  • Discover new types of business funding available 
  • Understand how to access new capital for your business 
  • Learn with like-minded creatives looking to increase their financial literacy around the subject of funding

What’s Included

  • 4 professional development in-person training sessions held Tuesdays from 4-5:30 p.m., Sept. 12 – Oct. 3, 2023
  • Business finance guidance from the pros 
  • One-on-one financial counseling with a banker where you can get expert and personalized advice in a low-stakes, ask-me-anything environment
  • Mock loan committee to help you feel confident pitching your business ideas to finance professionals

Course Schedule & Fee

Hosted at Celtic Bank in Downtown SLC

Tuesday, September 12 | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. MST — Getting to Know Your Business and Contextualizing Your Finance Goals

Tuesday, September 19 | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. MST — Becoming “Bankable,” an Overview of Business Loan Types, and Importance of Building Business Credit

Tuesday, September 26 | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. MST — Mock Loan Committee

Tuesday, October 3 | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. MST — Review Your Business Financial Information with A Banker

Price: $35 – $75 sliding scale* 

Registration Deadline: Registration for this class is opening in late summer 2023. Sign up for our newsletter below to stay up to date on the registration launch!

*We want everyone to have access to the Funding Fundamentals they need to be successful in their creative business, which is why we’ve made the course sliding scale. Anyone can participate with the minimum fee. If you are in a position to make a higher payment, those additional funds will support Craft Lake City’s nonprofit mission & ensure that we can continue to provide accessibly-priced programming. If the minimum fee still presents a barrier, we are also offering four full scholarships based on financial need. Scholarship applications coming late summer 2023.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Craft Lake City’s year-round programming is supported in part by the residents of Salt Lake County through the Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program, the Salt Lake City Arts Council, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, and Utah Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Craft Lake City Business Academy: Funding Fundamentals is made possible by Celtic Bank.

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