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The work of the Center for Creative Economy is transforming the region’s creative cluster

by focusing on programming designed for creatives to engage, connect, and spur innovation.

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Companies Launched

CCE has supported more than 127 creative companies to help them launch, accelerate, and grow as they work to understand what it takes to run a startup.

Still Thriving

Creatives are smart, and once they learn the business skills needed, then it’s off to the races earning revenue. The creatives in our cohort are staying in business!

What Creative Entrepreneurs and Leaders Say About Us

We are very proud of the work we do to support creative entrepreneurs build their businesses.
“The Center for Creative Economy is an important part of the entrepreneurial growth of Winston-Salem. The creative jobs they nurture and launch are perfectly aligned and in fact contribute to our city’s transition and growth. It is important to recognize the impact that CCE is having on this community and beyond in NC, the Southeast, and nationally.”

Allen Joines

Mayor of the City of Winston-Salem

“The collaboration and experience of mentors combine has really helped give a roadmap of what to do in business “

Beth Glover

Founder & Artist of JoyFire

“I found meetups to be quite informative, and everyone here has been quite welcoming and friendly and they’re wanting to talk to you about what you are doing.``

Monica Melton

Piedmont Jazz Alliance, Executive Director

“Creativity and innovation flourish most when surrounded by a network that understands what is needed to drive success. The Center for Creative Economy provides fuel for creative businesses through programs, accelerator curriculum, and knowledgeable, committed mentors who understand their needs. Exciting breakthroughs are being catalyzed through this endeavor. Let's keep up the momentum!”

L. David Mounts

Inmar, Chairman & CEO

“The Center for Creative Economy is like an ecosystem of people who are just as driven and passionate as I am. And being beside those people really motivates me to push myself to a level I’ve never been to.”

Kevin Clark

CEO & Founder of Point Motion

“We are beginning to draw people in from across the country and the world who want to come here, participate and learn the process of how to have a successful startup. The City of Winston Salem is an avid support of the Center for Creative Economy because we want CCE to help showcase our great City of Arts and Innovation.”

Denise D. Adams

Council Member, City of Winston-Salem

“The most useful thing about this creative accelerator has been really forcing myself to dig into aspects of my business: Planning, forecasting, and even dreaming, that I would have put off for later.”

Shayla Herndon-Edmunds

Founder & Chief Creative Officer of Oh My Goodness Herbal Bar

“The Center for Creative Economy is a center of gravity in the Piedmont Region, where creatives can now go and have a place to explore the economic potential of their creative process and products.”

Thom Ruhe

NC IDEA, President & CEO

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