Center for Creative Economy awarded Parsec Prize


May 3, 2018 Asheville, N.C.

Parsec Financial, an independent fee-only wealth management firm, announced today it has awarded The Center for Creative Economy (CCE) a Parsec Prize for 2018. The CCE will receive $20,000 to connect and promote the creative industries in the Piedmont Triad.

Founded in 2011, the CCE serves as an advocate for creative industries and entrepreneurs; those businesses and organizations that make or market products and services associated with innovation, aesthetics, design or culture. CCE serves as a catalyst for innovation among creative industries promoting connectivity and job growth in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad; WinstonSalem, Greensboro and High Point.

“Our mission is to Launch, Grow, and Accelerate Creative entrepreneurs and businesses,” said Margaret Collins, founding executive director for The Center for Creative Economy. “This award will fund our 2018 Creative Startups accelerator which focuses emerging Creative Entrepreneurs on the business skill development they vitally need to turn their promising businesses into companies that can grow and scale.”

Locally and nationally, there is a severe lack of resources for creative entrepreneurs. The funds will support marketing outreach to creatives in NC and the Southeast, license fees, books, hotel, food and other course expenses. This accelerator program is uniquely suited to startups scaling not just in their region, but also around the world.

“We are excited to award a Parsec Prize to the Center for Creative Economy in Winston-Salem,” said Daniel Johnson, senior financial advisor with Parsec Financial. “As a small business that has been around since 1980, Parsec and its founders are big supporters of the entrepreneurial spirit. Awarding this prize during Parsec’s first year in Winston-Salem is reminiscent of our humble beginnings in Asheville. We can’t think of a better way to begin our support of the Winston-Salem community, than to support an organization so closely related to our own roots.”

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For over 35 years, Parsec Financial has provided financial planning and investment management services to Western North Carolina and beyond. With over $2.5 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2017, Parsec provides investment management, retirement planning, and estate and trust advisory services. The mission of Parsec Financial is to help clients set financial goals, create an investment strategy in accordance with those goals, and maintain this focus through long-term investment management. For more information on Parsec Financial please visit: MEDIA CONTACT Donnie Funderud Zander Guinn Millan 704.333.5500