Reimaging Chattanooga's Creative Economy
WHAT IS A CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR?
Your first thought may think that a creative entrepreneur is someone who makes a living from their creative ventures, such as artists or photographers. Though they definitely fall into that category, they aren’t the only type of creative entrepreneurs.
A creative entrepreneur is someone who uses their creative or intellectual knowledge and skills to earn a living, usually in a business or as a freelancer. This differs from traditional entrepreneurship that has mainly focused on manufacturing and industrial products.
Over the years, we have worked and supported various types of creative entrepreneurs, from vocalists to hair stylists, from assisting in facilitating projects and events, to providing opportunities for funding and community exposure.
INVESTING IN OUR CREATIVE ENTERPRENEURS TO EMPOWER DISINVESTED COMMUNITIES
In 2019, we officially began to develop a three tier professional development initiative exclusively for Chattanooga’s creative community members of color and women aimed to strengthen and educate them on the business of their creative work.
The Creative Hub
8 week interactive cohort seminars taught by creative and business leaders with experience in both nonprofit and commercial environments to educate and encourage the participants on the path of business success.
Program activities also include:
networking events involving RISE, our partners and program supporters, and potential financiers to connect Hub participants with key individuals, organizations, and resources within the community
connection with individualized coaching & consultation within supportive industries such as development/fundraising, marketing, business development, and financial planning
Startup funds & business checking account for each participant upon completion of program
CURATING CREATIVE SPACES, EVENTS AND PROGRAMMING THAT PROMOTES LONG TERM SUSTAINABILITY AND GROWTH
Rooted in Color
A family friendly pop-up community event which will be held at various locations in Chattanooga features a curated list of locally talented minority and women entrepreneurs, visual artists and business owners.
There is no registration or service fee for approved participants. Vendor space and overall marketing of the event is provided for no cost.
B.O.O.M. (Black & Brown Owned & Operated Market)
A shared brick and mortar retail space within the downtown historic MLK Blvd neighborhood, known as the Big Nine exclusively for the next level of creative entrepreneurs seeking supportive services to expand their community network and sales growth.
CONNECTING LIKE-MINDED INDIVIDUALS WITH MOTIVATION, POSITIVITY, AND A GREAT CULTURALLY INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT ARE CRUCIAL TO ACCOMPLISHING GOALS
Voices & Verse
A three month music programming initiative that aims to provide aspiring local vocalists and musicians of color learning opportunities to enhance their talents as well as provide technical and marketing knowledge, skills, and mentorship needed to succeed in today’s evolving music industry.
This program offers opportunities to be connected within our larger music and cultural arts networks of partners for potential jobs and paid gig performances. Successful candidates will end the program with an customized EP and a full performance showcase.
STRENGTHENING AND ENCOURAGING OUR LOCAL YOUTH TO CULTIVATE THEIR DREAMS AND ASPIRATIONS
Grind is an intensive after school program series exclusively for youth within the ages of 12-17 years of age that places focus on developing and strengthening their knowledge on creative entrepreneurship skills and opportunities.
The sessions are geared toward independent growth and maturity within a group environment facilitated by local artists, small business, and creative entrepreneurs of color.
Participants selected for this program are given a stipend for participation and an opportunity to win a microgrant to develop and implement an idea or product that they can sell.