Tag: Creative

Creative Coast: Local entrepreneurs to pitch ideas at upcoming competition – Business – Savannah Morning News

Last week, we celebrated our local female entrepreneurs. Today, I’d like to celebrate our newest entrepreneurs.

Got an idea for a business that is keeping you up at night? Want to live the glamorous life of an entrepreneur? That’s a joke by the way …

The Creative Coast is a proud sponsor and partner of the SCORE “BizPitch SavannahTM” Entrepreneurial Competition, an annual event that allows local aspiring entrepreneurs and owners of newly launched small businesses in the area to pitch their startup ideas for a chance to win more than $10,000 in cash and free professional services to help them launch and grow their new businesses.

All types of new businesses are encouraged to apply.

To participate, interested parties must apply before midnight Friday and submit a non-refundable $25 application fee. Applications will be reviewed by a committee and an announcement will be made Oct. 14 regarding the top

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Creative placemaking could be the key to catalyzing real estate development on Chicago’s South Side. Here’s how one success story is garnering international acclaim.

It’s no secret that some of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods have suffered from a certain level of financial disinvestment, often systemic and spread out over decades.



a person standing in front of a window: Dance instructors Daniel "Bravemonk" Haywood and Kelsa "K-Soul" Robinson on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 at the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative.


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Dance instructors Daniel “Bravemonk” Haywood and Kelsa “K-Soul” Robinson on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 at the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative.

But one Chicagoan’s efforts to inject new enthusiasm and a sense of community, anchored by artistic and cultural endeavors, are attracting global attention — and similar efforts might be the key to stimulating more equitable real estate development on Chicago’s South Side, a new report suggests.

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The report reflects three years of studying creative placemaking and the impact it has on communities. It comes from the Urban Land Institute, a global organization of real estate and urban development professionals dedicated to the responsible use of land in creating and sustaining thriving communities.

ULI reports that

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16 Creative Ways To Generate Business Leads Virtually

To say that the marketing industry has changed drastically over the last six months is an understatement at best. Most events and trade shows have gone virtual, meaning that presentations are limited to online-only locations. For many marketers, this means a change in the paradigm of how they interact with customers.

The entire idea of generating leads through discussion and direct approaches now needs to be reevaluated. Luckily, there are concrete ways to create leads through these virtual events and conferences as well. Sixteen members of Forbes Business Development Council share several methods that businesses and marketers alike can adopt to help them generate leads through virtual events.

1. Promote Value-Added Virtual Content

A reliable lead generation approach is to curate and promote value-added virtual content. For example, this can be a white

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Ukraine Launches World’s First Virtual Business Country for Creative Economy – Diia City | News

KYIV, Ukraine, Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ukraine’s government has launched one of the most promising reforms to create a global IT hub in Ukraine. The project, called Diia City, provides for special digital residency with a particular taxation regime, intellectual property protection and simplified regulations. 

Ukrainian leadership intends to establish a comprehensive, liberal legal framework for the IT industry. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to design the legislation for Diia City – the world’s first virtual business country for the creative economy. Diia City implies a step change in current taxation, enforcement and judicial systems.

“The government and IT sector are now working together. We are drafting legislation to support the IT industry. And we assured the IT sector of sustained governmental support; for them, there would be no taxes above 5%. Cause we see Ukraine as a European intellectual hub for

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Ukraine Launches World’s First Virtual Business Country for Creative Economy

KYIV, Ukraine, Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ukraine’s government has launched one of the most promising reforms to create a global IT hub in Ukraine. The project, called Diia City, provides for special digital residency with a particular taxation regime, intellectual property protection and simplified regulations. 

Ukrainian leadership intends to establish a comprehensive, liberal legal framework for the IT industry. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to design the legislation for Diia City – the world’s first virtual business country for the creative economy. Diia City implies a step change in current taxation, enforcement and judicial systems.

“The government and IT sector are now working together. We are drafting legislation to support the IT industry. And we assured the IT sector of sustained governmental support;

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Philadelphia Black businesses owners get creative during COVID-19

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Art and Soul, a Black-owned art gallery has been a bright spot for West Philadelphia since it opened in July of 2019, but the pandemic threw a major curveball.

“It really interrupted our momentum of gaining new customers in the area. We had to rethink how we’re doing our exhibitions with our artists. We’ve had to rethink our sales,” co-owner Jamese Newsome-Williams said.

But Newsome-Williams describes feeling hopeful. While there’s not a lot of foot traffic in the gallery she says sales online have skyrocketed.

“If it had not been for social media and our website, I don’t think we would have made it,” she added.

Art and Soul is being strategic in what they now sell.

“The saving grace has been because in the spirit of pivoting, my partner was very instrumental in driving our masks sales,” Newsome-Williams said.

Third Floor Media, a Black-owned advertising firm

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Local businesses find creative ways to work together during the pandemic and beyond

At first glance, it certainly doesn’t seem like an organic composting business, beloved local restaurants, and a local record store have anything in common. But never underestimate the power of creativity and camaraderie. These businesses have joined forces and formed mutually beneficial partnerships in order to offer contactless delivery of everything from potting soil to fresh produce to burgers — and they all arrive in one delivery. Partnerships like this make the most of the relationships that help local businesses remain resilient.

In March, the COVID-19 pandemic forced nonessential businesses to temporarily close their doors in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus. Local businesses in particular have taken a major blow and many have been forced to close their doors permanently.

Local business owners quickly realized that they wouldn’t be able to reopen any time in the near future, so they had to get creative in order

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The Creative Agency on Using the Power of Authenticity to Grow Your Online Presence

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / September 16, 2020 / Every business in the world today wants to grow. Yet many times, entrepreneurs and executive teams feel stuck when it comes to creating strategies that will help bring their company to the next level. Sometimes what it takes is an outside perspective from a growth hacking expert. That’s what The Creative Agency brings to the table. “In the evolution of online business, authenticity has been the biggest foundation for me and my company. Even in our own internal strategies, we lead with my authentic story – this is because our ideal clients are those who resonate with our message and our awareness for a different kind of online visibility. One that does not lean heavily on the ‘SELL, SELL, SELL’ methodology we see so often,” says Jahna, The Creative Agency’s founder.

Photo by Natalie Dyer

The Creative Agency is a

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Creative baker in Oklahoma City surprised to see business boom in 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – In the time of social distancing and fewer weddings and parties, it may be hard to believe but a local baker says her business is thriving.

These are no ordinary cakes, though.

“I’ve been very, very lucky,” said Nicole England.  

She may consider herself lucky to be thriving in a year like 2020, but talent is what got her here.

She is an artist and her paint is icing. Her palette will likely please yours.

With thousands following her out-of-this-world work on social media, it may be hard to believe her career started when she got a promotion at a local grocery store at the age of 16. 

“I didn’t have any dreams of being a cake decorator when I was younger. I just wanted to get more hours in the bakery to fix up my truck,” England said. 

England started her own business in 2013,

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Dubai Business Women Council And Creative Zone Launch Program To Empower 100 Female Entrepreneurs In The UAE

Dubai Business Women Council, a Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry platform for business women in Dubai, and Creative Zone, a Dubai-based business setup advisory firm, have partnered to launch an initiative called “She Leads” to accelerate and incubate 100 female-led startups from the UAE.



a man and a woman sitting at a table: Lorenzo Jooris, CEO of Creative Zone, with Nadine Halabi, Business Development Manager of the Dubai Business Women Council.


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Lorenzo Jooris, CEO of Creative Zone, with Nadine Halabi, Business Development Manager of the Dubai Business Women Council.

“She Leads” has been designed as a 12-week program that will train 100 UAE-based female entrepreneurs, above the age of 21, who have an existing business or a concrete business plan. All training modules and workshops will be taught online by industry experts, coaches, and business leaders based in the UAE and abroad, focusing on business launch strategy, funding and scaling, impactful leadership, marketing, finance, and distribution.

The two most promising applicants in the program will receive a set of free business

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