Longtime Fine Point friend and successful entrepreneur Toni Sikes is in the news again for starting up yet another business.
Sikes, an experienced entrepreneur who played roles in the start-up phases of several online businesses and co-founded Calumet Venture Fund, and her business partner Terry Maxwell, an angel investor and UW-Madison finance professor, plan to launch Sikes’ latest online business this fall. Aiming to connect designers, architects and other art consultants with commissioned artists from around the world (and their works), The Art Commission is Sikes’ latest startup in a long string of successful business ventures.
Sikes has already guided two niche networking websites through the start-up phases, and she and Maxwell hope The Art Commion’s subscription-based business model will evolve into something of a “LinkedIn for the creative world,” per the article linked to above. Along with a staff of eight, they hope to launch a beta version of the site in September. (more…)