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Strategic Planning and Growth Strategies for Design Firms

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In today’s competitive and turbulent marketplace, it can be a challenge for design firms to reach and maintain sustained growth. That’s why developing your firm’s strategic planning and learning new growth strategies is vital to your firm’s success. In this course, you will learn about the strategic planning process and explore growth strategies such as market development, diversification, and strategic alliances. You’ll also understand how to incorporate the components of the business model canvas into your decision-making to develop and implement effective strategic plans that drive firm growth.  

Learning Objectives


Describe the basics of strategic planning and growth strategies and how they can benefit design firms.  


Learn the strategic planning process and how to conduct market analysis to align your strategies with industry trends.  


Develop a business model canvas that aligns with your firm’s strategic plan.   


Explore various growth strategies for design firms, including market penetration, diversification, and strategic alliances. 

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James Szuch is a seasoned business coach and educator who is passionate about helping artists, artisans, and creative professionals unlock the business potential of their creative endeavors. With over two decades of experience teaching business and entrepreneurship in graduate and undergraduate programs, James has guided countless creatives towards success. Previously a professor of entrepreneurship at the O’More College of Architecture & Design at Belmont University, James has also collaborated with organizations like the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville and the Nashville Fashion Alliance to deliver impactful business education programs. His hands-on approach and dedication to understanding the unique challenges faced by creatives make his guidance both practical and transformative. James believes in the power of strategic planning to not only grow businesses but also to align them with the personal and creative goals of their owners. His commitment to empowering creatives ensures they have the knowledge and skills to shape their businesses to meet their financial, personal, and creative goals.