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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

12. 09. 2020

Lunch and Learn by Bill Patterson Mind Your Business: How Santa Monetizes His Intellectual Property - A Case Study About this Event Business owners turn to Bill to protect their life’s work. Preserving nearly a billion dollars in value, Bill’s success in litigation has come while safeguarding a variety of businesses, from start-ups to publicly traded companies. His clients leverage Bill’s experience in a wide range of complex commercial matters, including trade secrets, patent and trademark infringement, and breach of […]

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11. 18. 2020

Lunch and Learn - Mind Your Business: Data Protection and Monetization For Start-Ups Business owners turn to Bill to protect their life’s work. Preserving nearly a billion dollars in value, Bill’s success in litigation has come while safeguarding a variety of businesses, from start-ups to publicly traded companies. His clients leverage Bill’s experience in a wide range of complex commercial matters, including trade secrets, patent and trademark infringement, and breach of contract disputes to stand up for their businesses. As […]

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10. 21. 2020

There are limited in person seats to the public for this private screening of shorts. Virtual views are unlimited but do require you to have a free ticket to our private link. We celebrate and showcase new films and talented filmmakers. Meet the filmmakers. Join us as we screen several new shorts before they make their festival run. Socially distancing and masks required. Register Here: 

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10. 28. 2020

Lunch and Learn - "Mind Your Business: A Guide to Protecting Your Hard Work " Business owners turn to Bill to protect their life’s work. Preserving nearly a billion dollars in value, Bill’s success in litigation has come while safeguarding a variety of businesses, from start-ups to publicly traded companies. His clients leverage Bill’s experience in a wide range of complex commercial matters, including trade secrets, patent and trademark infringement, and breach of contract disputes to stand up for their […]

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Meet the Team

Scott Fetters
Founder
Saudia Davis
Director
Daniel Crane
Programming and Community Engagement Manager

Workforce Development

With national and local unemployment rates at historic lows, underserved communities are still experiencing barriers to access and disparities in acquisition and advancement. The creative sector is a driver of innovation, cultural impact, and deep civic engagement with a unique opportunity to address development of underserved communities. Individual approaches from both the public and private sector do exist to address some workforce needs, but the creative sector currently lacks formalized, comprehensive infrastructure providing training, internships, apprenticeships, professional networking, and career and entrepreneurial education across industries.

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.

Sponsors

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).