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Highlights – Triad Design Leadershop 2015

Watch video highlights from the March 2015 Triad Design Leadershop! The vent took place at Flywheel in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem, NC. The two day event attracted business leaders and creative professionals with the theme “The Architecture of Experience: Designing for People, Designing for Profit.”

March 2015 – TDL Video Highlights

For more information on Triad Design Leadershop, click here.

 

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The Olio – Recap of Upstart Live!

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rbUpstart Live! took place Feb 5th-7th at Flywheel and featured The OLIO – a local hot glass blowing studio and nonprofit, led by Winston-Salem resident Rebeccah Byer. The concept developed by Flywheel founder Peter Marsh, is a collaborative approach of taking a startup from idea conception to market in just 48 hours. Rebeccah met Flywheel founder, Peter Marsh at a CCE Swerve event in fall, 2015. She shared her dream of establishing a new product taking recycled glass from local restaurants and bars, and creating a line of sustainable barware.

abgtfAt subsequent Swerve meetings, Peter and Rebeccah continued conversations until the Upstart Live event was born. Peter and the Flywheel staff recruited entrepreneurial mentors Joel Bennett, Nathan Powell and Dana Dillehunt to lead the upstart teams during the weekend. Members of the local community participated as team members and provided feedback.

Programming at the OLIO includes workshops and apprenticeships for at-¬risk youth, both in glassblowing technique and specialized training in business. Current revenue is driven by workshops, corporate programs, classes and field trips.

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The Problem: The Olio wants to achieve sustainable revenue to reduce dependency on contributed revenue. Their needs include:

  • More apprentices
  • Expand programs
  • Hire employees

The Solution: artisan production glassware

  • Hand-blown
  • Crafted color palette
  • Streamlined production & budgeting
  • Iconic & recognizable

During the 3-day event, mentors in entrepreneurship, business development, finance, customer identification, and marketing created a sustainable revenue model to fund the new product line and support The Olio’s community outreach . . Future steps were determined for growth of The OLIO, which includes a grand re-opening of their retail shop, and hiring a sales representative to get the product into the market. Mentors also developed a robust marketing strategy, as well as a 3-year growth projections, which demonstrates how The OLIO can double its revenues by 2019.

It was great to see the Winston-Salem and Triad community devoting time to reinvigorate a local creative enterprise. The Upstart Live atmosphere was energizing and inspiring. Everyone participating was challenged to expand their thinking and enjoyed helping a local organization make a new start and grow their business.

 

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CCE – Project Management Apprentice

CCE is currently looking for a Project Management Apprentice!

For full job description, click here.

Qualifications:
• Available to work a minimum of 20 hours up to a maximum of 40 hours per week.
• Should be comfortable interpreting data, sifting through research, and compiling reports.
• Strong written and oral communication skills, ability to multitask and meet deadlines.
• Research and problem solving skills needed, ability to think creatively and multitask.
• Ideal for person interested in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Non Profit management, or related field.
• Previous experience in communications a plus, but not necessary.
• Vested interest in creative industries, economic development, and education.

This is a great opportunity for applicant to learn the fundamentals of marketing a non-profit, event management, communication, development including fundraising, and grant writing. The applicant will be exposed to networking with professionals throughout the Triad.
Application Please email cover letter and resume to:

Margaret H. Collins,
Executive Director
Center for Creative Economy
c/o Flywheel in WF Innovation Quarter
525 Vine St., Ste 210
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

mcollins@centerforcreativeeconomy.com
Questions? 336-580-1037 www.centerforcreativeeconomy.com

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New Mexico’s Creative Startups wins Kauffman grant

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creative startupsAlbuquerque-based Creative Startups won a $190,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to help expand the business accelerator nationally and internationally. “The grant will help us evaluate what we do well, how we can improve, and what we can offer in terms of resources and support to new sites that want to do Creative Startup accelerators,” said Creative Startups co-founder Alice Loy.

demoday-119-850x567Unlike Albuquerque’s five other accelerators, Creative Startups focuses specifically on the creative industries. That includes everything from design, games, film, music, visual arts, and more. Creative Startups is now working to expand its program to North Carolina, the Washington, D.C. area, Los Angeles, Portugal and Spain.

The Center for Creative Economy in North Carolina is working with Creative Startups to launch an accelerator in Winston-Salem. The center’s executive director, Margaret H. Collins, said the Kauffman assistance will boost those efforts while building the Creative Startups program into a “gold standard.”

“The new resources will help Creative Startups maintain and grow the program at the highest level,” Collins said.


Read the full article here!

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New Scheme To Support UK Creative Industries

david-sapsted-jan-2016-20-8453-cameron-backs-scheme-to-support-uk-creative-industries_7317_t12A new scheme has been launched to boost Britain’s creative industries which, according to Prime Minister David Cameron, have become a driving force of the UK economy.

 

 

 

There is a new website in Britain, aimed at helping creative startups. This tool will give advice on writing business plans, raising money, information on key organizations and networks, and much more. It will be a way to help creatives get their business off the ground.

Britain’s creative economy has been growing three times faster than any other sector and now generates £80 billion a year. “Britain has a huge creative clout around the world. I want to build on that!” – Prime Minister, David Cameron

For more details, check out the full article in Relocate Global!

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When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back.Steve Jobs

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When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back.Steve Jobs

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CCE LAUNCHES SWERVE 2016 SCHEDULE FOR TRIAD CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

Swerve, the new hub for creative industries launches its 2016 schedule for Triad creative enterprises.  The next Swerve Meetup will take place on January 21st at Flywheel, 525 Vine St., in Winston-Salem.  Speakers, Diane Reinhold & David Horth, of the Center for Creative Leadership, will present “Crafting Your Pitch.”  Presenting your fertile and even earth shattering ideas, in a manner that will grab other people’s attention, is an art that will make all the difference for innovation and success.   Lunch is included, and the program features interactive time to learn how to apply the principles, and network with colleagues.

The Swerve website is now live and contains a Directory of creative companies in the Triad, a job platform for creative industries, and a blog tailored to ideas worth spreading in the creative and business community.  For more information on Swerve and its monthly meetups, and also to register for the Jan 21 event, visit SwerveTriad.com.

Swerve meets monthly on the third Thursday from 11:30am-1:00pm, and lunch is included. The event is free to members, and a nominal fee is charged to the public.  Future topics geared for creative industries include: “Getting Investor Ready,”  “Sharing Your Pitch,” Mentorship for Success”, and “Protecting Your Work”.   The focus is on cultivating and expanding your business and meeting new people.  For a complete listing, go to www.centerforcreativeeconomy.com/swerve-events

Swerve is the new hub for creative enterprises in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad, hosted by the Center for Creative Economy. It brings creative professionals together at lively, informative monthly meetups, and through a growing online community.   Swerve participants tap into a local network of collaborators, mentors, and new business contacts.  The project seeks to invest in retaining, attracting and growing our creative businesses and impacting the local economy.

The Center for Creative Economy is a non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for innovation and an advocate for creative industries and entrepreneurs, promoting connectivity and job growth. The center brings people, ideas, and resources together to benefit a burgeoning creative sector that includes design, architecture, software, publishing, advertising, art, crafts, fashion, film, performing arts, TV, radio, interactive digital media, gaming, and technology, among others. Other programs include Triad Design Leadershop, a series focused on design based innovation. For more information, visit www.Centerforcreativeeconomy.com

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