Margaret Collins, is the Founding Executive Director of the Center for Creative Economy (CCE) based in Winston-Salem, NC. The Center serves as a Hub for creative entrepreneurs and creative business owners providing programs and resources to Launch, Grow, and Accelerate creative enterprises.
CCE serves as the southeastern host for the Creative Startups Accelerator, a national accelerator for creative enterprises. The eight-week program delivers high impact training in business skill development for Creative entrepreneurs. CCE brings high profile mentors and investors to work with the participants on business models, customer identification, marketing, financials, and all phases of entrepreneurial growth. The program is taught on line and culminates in a five day intensive Deep Dive in Winston-Salem, NC where participants compete for $50,000 in seed stage investment in late September.
Other dynamic programs include Swerve, the game-changer for connecting creative businesses and professionals. Swerve brings creatives together through lively, informative, monthly meetups, exclusive on line content, access to mentors, a jobs platform, and a members only Creative Directory. In collaboration with the Kenan Institute for the Arts, CCE co-facilitates the Arts Enterprise Lab which provides essential project management, and business skill training to artists and creatives.
The Center brings people, ideas, and resources together to benefit a burgeoning creative sector that includes design, architecture, advertising, film, publishing, art, crafts, fashion, performing arts, TV, radio, interactive digital media, gaming, and related creative technologies.
CCE was launched from the Piedmont Triad Partnership based in Greensboro where Collins directed the creative economy initiative between 2007-2011. Prior to her move to North Carolina, she worked in New York City as an Artist Manager and Senior Booking Representative for ICM Artists. Her work entailed booking concert engagements for the ICMA roster throughout the Southeast, managing soloists and attractions. Other positions held in NYC include Shaw Concerts, Vice President, and Frank Salomon Associates, Artist Manager.
Collins was recently named a Triad Power Player by the Triad Business Journal and serves on the Board of Directors of the Piedmont Triad Film Commission. Nationally, she serves on the board of the National Creativity Network and is a co-founder of the National Creative Economy Coalition. Originally from Shelby, NC, Collins attended Wake Forest University and UNC School of the Arts receiving a B. A. in music from WFU studying trombone and piano. In Washington DC, she received an M.A. from The American University in Performing Arts: Arts Management. Margaret enjoys playing in the Winston-Salem Community Band. She and her husband, Ray, have a son currently at UNC-Chapel Hill.