Welcome to CCE

The Center for Creative Entrepreneurship supports entrepreneurship in the creative industries through ongoing hands-on training, mentorship, networking events, industry sector specific boot camps and accelerators, and archived content for both artists and creative entrepreneurs. CCE also maintains a focus on equity, ensuring its programs engage communities of color and other historically marginalized spaces for creative entrepreneurs.

Upcoming Events

01. 27. 2021

This event will be co-hosted by World Business Chicago, ChiBizHub, ChicagoMade AND SECC. Details: A virtual information session about the Equitable Investment in the Arts Seed Fellowship - an initiative of SECC's Arts & Culture Capital Lab (ACCL). The one-year fellowship is open to qualified Chicago-based Creative Entrepreneurs and will provide technical assistance, capacity building and micro-grants between $3,000 and $20,000. More info here: More info on ChiBizHub: -- Event Agenda 4pm: ChiBizHub Intro, Chicago Made Intro, & SECC Intro […]

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01. 20. 2021

Presented by WBDC Aurora CARES ACT Program In this workshop, we dive into why some small businesses were not ready for the CARES Act and other funding. We will provide tips on how to get your business set up properly, proper financial statements, NAICS code, registering your business for grants, and much more. This workshop will be led by Terrie Simmons, Director, WBDC Aurora CARES ACT Program HOW TO REGISTER:  If you have not done so in the past 12 […]

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02. 02. 2021

Now in its 21st year, our Nonprofit Start-Up Workshop is designed to help you through the legalities and business issues you'll face in launching your new organization. We help you to complete the necessary state and federal forms and provide a wealth of practical advice including business, governance, and financial matters for nonprofit start-ups. REGISTER HERE

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01. 29. 2021

A New Year, a fantastic new lineup! We’re kicking off our first Female Founders and Funders meetup of 2021 with Philly-based venture capital experts. On Friday, January 29th, grab your coffee and take advantage of the opportunity to connect with these game-changing venture partners, while engaging in insightful conversations with other founders from across the county. Emily Foote and Emily Kosten from Osage Ventures are hosting this month’s office hours — with more to be announced soon! REGISTER HERE BIOS: […]

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Meet the Team

Scott Fetters
Saudia Davis
Daniel Crane
Programming and Community Engagement Manager

Workforce Development

CCE commits to helping expand the talent pipeline within the creative sector through advanced professional development, job and entrepreneurship training, relationship building, and access to capital for individuals, creative businesses, institutions, and community organizations.  CCE maintains a focus on equity, ensuring its programs engage communities of color, LGBTQ, veterans, and other historically marginalized communities for creative workforce. To accomplish this, we partner with established community based organizations and workforce development agencies that intentionally serve, prepare, place, and support job-seekers from disinvested communities.


Program Partners

CCE is a pilot project, fiscally sponsored by Arts Alliance Illinois and funded by the Coleman Foundation. 2112 serves as programmatic lead, with ancillary support from MediaTech Ventures and partner organizations in each focus industry (Music, Film/Video, Dance, Theater, Fashion, Visual Arts/Design, Media, Sports, Culinary).