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Pottery Studio Business Plan

Strategy and Implementation Summary

The Pottery Table will develop relationships with senior centers, senior organizations/clubs, childcare programs and afterschool programs. The Pottery Table will offer discounted group rates in order to promote sales.

5.1 Competitive Edge

Janet Miller is the competitive edge for The Pottery Table. Janet has been a pottery instructor for the city's arts program for the past ten years. She is a highly-respected artist and instructor in the community.

Over the years she has built a loyal following of students who have returned to her, again and again, for more instruction. She has visited the city's senior center and childcare centers promoting her program. Most importantly, she is the most visible symbol of the now discontinued city's arts program.

5.2 Milestones

The accompanying table lists important program milestones, with dates and managers in charge, and budgets for each. The milestone schedule indicates our emphasis on planning for implementation.

What the table doesn't show is the commitment behind it. Our business plan includes complete provisions for plan-vs.-actual analysis, and we will be holding follow-up meetings every month to discuss the variance and course corrections.

Milestone Start Date End Date Budget Manager Department
Studio Setup 3/1/2002 4/1/2002 $13,000 Janet Miller Marketing
Inventory Setup 3/1/2002 4/1/2002 $7,000 Janet Miller Department
Marketing Campaign 3/1/2002 4/15/2001 $300 Janet Miller Department
Totals $20,300

5.3 Sales Strategy

The Pottery Table's sales strategy is to sell the creative experience to the target customers. Janet Miller will make presentations at senior centers, childcare centers, afterschool programs and parent groups.

The Pottery Table will offer free sessions for children during the first month of business. Children will be given a small cup to paint that is part of a set. The Pottery Table will promote the children coming back and painting another cup in the set.

5.3.1 Sales Forecast

The following is the sales forecast for the next three years.

Sales Forecast
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Group Instruction $36,200 $53,000 $66,000
Studio Time $40,500 $55,000 $68,000
Pottery $16,500 $28,000 $35,000
Gift Basket Pottery $11,000 $22,000 $25,000
Other $5,718 $6,300 $7,200
Total Sales $109,918 $164,300 $201,200
Direct Cost of Sales Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Group Instruction $0 $0 $0
Studio Time $0 $0 $0
Pottery $8,250 $10,400 $13,200
Gift Basket Pottery $4,710 $8,800 $10,000
Other $2,859 $3,150 $3,600
Subtotal Direct Cost of Sales $15,819 $22,350 $26,800

5.4 Marketing Strategy

The Pottery Table will pursue the following marketing strategy:

  • Seniors: Senior groups (six or more) will receive a 15% discount for group instruction and group studio time, and a 15% discount for individuals using the studio between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays.
  • Youth (ages 3 - 10): Youth will receive a group discount (six or more) of 15% for group instruction and group studio time.
  • New Mothers: New mothers will receive 20% discount for group instruction and group studio time.
The Pottery Table pottery studio business plan strategy and implementation summary. The Pottery Table is a paint-it-yourself pottery studio offering pre-fired ceramic pieces, glazes, supplies, lessons, and final kiln firing.