Resources for Creatives
FREE RESOURCES FOR CREATIVES!
Established by Charlotte Is Creative in 2021, the Creative Entrepreneurs Initiative (CEI) is made possible with funds from Wells Fargo and Mecklenburg County with funds allocated by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
We provide free, business education for Charlotte-Mecklenburg creatives through in-person and online opportunities.
- CEI CLASSES OPEN FOR AUDIT: 7 out 10 Spring & Fall CEI Classes are open for audit (for free) to Mecklenburg County creatives
- CREATIVE CONVOS: 1-hour, online talks & trainings led by subject-matter experts
- POWER PANELS: panel discussions & breakout sessions on essential topics for the sustainability of creative entrepreneurs
- A CREATIVE’S TOOLKIT: bite-size tips and tools for creatives
Did you miss a Creative Convo or do you want to brush up on something great you learned during one of our past Creative Convos? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. Click on the images below to check out the detailed presentations put together by our past instructors.
Recordings of Past Creative Convos
A CREATIVE’S TOOLKIT
Check out some essential tips and tools to help you grow your creative business and endeavors!
In 2023, Charlotte Is Creative held two Power Panels that convened creatives, nonprofits and the business community around topics that are crucial to the sustainability of creative entrepreneurs. These 3-hour events included a panel discussion with expert subject matters and breakout sessions where participants gained direct access to the panelists for deeper discussion.
The Power Panel is part of our Creative Entrepreneurs Initiative, supported by Wells Fargo and Mecklenburg County with funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). We are grateful for the ongoing support from Wray Ward.
The Grant Funding Power Panel brought together local, state, regional and federal grantmakers to shed light on the multitude of available grants, to demystify the grant writing/application process, and to answer the burning questions of creatives in Charlotte. The panelists included Charles Thomas (Knight Foundation), Patricia Massey Hoke (Women’s Impact Fund), Eleanor Billington (National Endowment of the Arts), Dara Silver (NC Arts Council), Adam Santalla Pierce (Arts & Science Council), Erin Chantry (City of Charlotte), Tracy Russ (Foundation For The Carolinas), Emmitt Stevenson (South Arts), and Priya Sircar (City of Charlotte). View the recording of the Grant Funding Power Panel discussion here.
The Creative Business Power Panel was designed to address some of the most common legal, financial, insurance, and real estate questions in the creative community. The panelists included Rob Bacharach (Financial Planner), Karen Schuller Boardman (Alignment Legal), Jaime Boast (JLL), Terri Brown (The Enola Group), Hannah Cole (Sunlight Tax), Shonna Splain (Star Insurance Group). This event was funded in part by NC Arts Council and we are grateful for the support from Charlotte Art League and Aspire Community Capital.