United Way of Clarion County Announces Launch of Support Program for Local Creative Entrepreneurs :: exploreClarion.com

CLARION CO., Pa. – On Tuesday, Melissa Fulton, Executive Director of United Way of Clarion County, announced the availability of the Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator program, which connects eligible creative entrepreneurs with existing, free, local consulting services and financial resources for up to $2,000.00 to help them. grow their business, audience and revenue.

The CEAP is open to all eligible applicants, but is designed to prioritize investments in socially or economically disadvantaged creative entrepreneurs and those located and whose work benefits low-income communities, as defined by Small Business. Administration. Program applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

“Creative entrepreneurs are invaluable assets to our communities. As a creative entrepreneur, you lead innovation, deliver creative products and services, generate economic opportunity, and contribute to the unique identity of your community. Helping creative entrepreneurs is part of the path to increasing opportunity in our rapidly changing economic environment. Providing support to creative entrepreneurs as they grow their business sets them up for success and many others in the community will benefit. said Fulton.

To be eligible for the program, individuals must: be at least 18 years old and have currently resided in Pennsylvania for at least one year; have an annual gross income of less than $200,000; and be a creative entrepreneur intending to start a business or operate a business in Pennsylvania in one or more of the following creative industry areas: marketing; architecture; visual arts and crafts; design; cinema and media; digital games; music and entertainment; and editing.

Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator program grant funds must support the creation or development of businesses. Eligible uses of grant funds include activities such as research and development, purchase of supplies and equipment, and professional and business development costs.

“We use the services of our local small business development centers as referral coordinators,” Fulton explained.

“Applicants will need to meet with their SBDC before being invited to apply for a grant. By connecting creative entrepreneurs at any stage of their business development with quality advisory services and financial resources, we can provide the tools to succeed from the start.

The Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator program is funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency under the Office of the Governor, and administered regionally by United Way of Clarion County, PCA’s network of grantmaking partners in the United States. statewide. United Way of Clarion County serves as PCA’s PPA partner organization for Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana and Jefferson counties.

United Way of Clarion County is committed to advancing the common good in the communities we serve. We focus on health, education and income stability – the building blocks of a good quality of life and a thriving community.

Details of the Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator program can be found on the United Way of Clarion County website at www.uwclarionco.org or by mail [email protected]

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