We are






The Center for Creative Economy.

Creativity is the most important leadership quality for success.

Since 2011, we have helped launch, grow, and accelerate creative entrepreneurs and businesses.

Our vision requires a focus and collaboration for success. We cannot accomplish it on our own.

Our vision:

To be known as a premier economic development organization that is building the creative economy and creative community in Winston-Salem, the Triad, North Carolina, and in the Southeast region.


Teamwork makes the dream work


We build experts and leaders


Business. We teach you how to own it


We create chances for success


Get the tools you need to achieve

We help build the creative economy

The Center provides programming designed to have a meaningful impact on creative businesses and entrepreneurs.

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Our Creative Focus

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We are often asked about the creative businesses we serve. Below is an array of industries that fall within our five creative industry sectors and show the diverse make up the creative economy. There is a concentration of design, artisanal skills, and creative technologies that serve various industries. All creatives and artists are welcome to engage with CCE’s events and programs. We hope to see you soon!
  • Advertising
  • Art & Health
  • Animation
  • Animatronics
  • Apparel & Textiles
  • Apps (creative industries)
  • Architecture
  • Augmented & Virtual Reality
  • Crafts & Artisan
  • Creative Health Tech
  • Culinary
  • Digital Design
  • Education Tech
  • Fashion
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Museum Tech
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Product Design
  • Publishing
  • Software (creative industries)
  • Studio & Fine Arts
  • 3D Printing (creative products)
  • Toys & Games
  • TV & Film
  • Video Games
  • Planning/Design
  • Data Visualization

What Makes the Creative Economy

CCE has three major programs specifically designed to have a meaningful impact on creative businesses.
  • Pathways

    A 6-week training program focusing on developing the skills and mindset required to launch a business

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  • Kinetic

    A 6-week boot camp for creatives to validate their idea and to get ready to launch their business

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  • Velocity

    A 10-week accelerator helping entrepreneurs develop viable businesses rooted in creativity

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A team of creators

Get to know our team. These are the folks behind The Center for Creative Economy
Meet Our Team

The Center for Creative Economy is made possible by our partners.

Our Partnerships
Learn more about becoming a partner.