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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

20. 03. 2020.

From Food Trucks to Peddlers to Mobile Merchants, not all businesses need a store front from which to operate and Chicago is proud to support many types of mobile businesses. Attend this workshop to learn how to obtain a Mobile Food or Retail License from the BACP, including operational conditions, required inspections and application processes. Licenses covered by this workshop will include Mobile Food Dispenser and Preparer (Food Trucks), Mobile Merchant, Mobile Prepared Food Vendor, Mobile Frozen Desserts Vendor, Produce […]

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12. 03. 2020.

In today’s landscape, marketing needs change as often as the weather. As early career marketers, so much is unpredictable but there is one thing we can all count on: that we will manage, transition, or even select new tools to amplify marketing efforts. In this event, we’ll throw down the best tools out there. No, this is not a sales pitch, it’s best practices and real-time advice from experts and peers who are using industry-leading tools every day. Registration Link: […]

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12. 03. 2020.

FORMER CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS CAPTAIN DEFENSEMAN HOCKEY HALL OF FAME 3X STANLEY CUP CHAMPION (CANADIENS, 1986 / RED WINGS, 2002, 2008) NAMED ONE OF THE “100 GREATEST NHL PLAYERS” IN HISTORY 3X NORRIS TROPHY WINNER (NHL DEFENSEMAN OF THE YEAR) 5X FIRST-TEAM ALL-STAR AND 2X SECOND-TEAM ALL-STAR MARK MESSIER LEADERSHIP AWARD (2007)

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2112 Chicago 22. 04. 2020.

Want to learn how different organizations in Chicago are setting young people up for success through the arts? 2020 is the Year of Chicago Music, and Chicago's creative youth deserve the best. Arts organizations throughout the city are doing incredible work providing opportunities for youth to succeed. What does that success look like? What challenges might exist, and what strategies do we have to overcome them? Join us for a panel discussion and networking fair featuring leaders in the creative […]

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Meet the Team

Scott Fetters
Founder
Saudia Davis
Director
Oona Evans
Community Engagement Manager
Shannon Greene Robb
Development 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).