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Monday, October 21 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Lightning Session: Strategies to Support Creative Economic Growth

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The creative economy has become one of the most interesting economic development concept models of the new millennium spreading wide and far, particularly within urban areas. Although it is a fuzzy term that continues to evolve, it is usually used to refer to goods and services originating from the arts and cultural enterprises. One thing is clear though, the creative economy has become a powerful engine of growth and community vitality and a catalyst for urban economic development. Over the past decade, interest in the creative economy has increased as it has been linked to robust economic ecosystems and attraction of educated and high-skilled workforces. With this in mind, the Small Business Development Center at Florida Atlantic University (SBDC at FAU), has developed a series of strategies to support and further nurture the growing creative economy of the South Florida Region.

This presentation will cover two of the SBDC at FAU strategies in support of creative economies. One is a partnership with the Broward County Cultural Division. This partnership resulted in the planning and delivery of the Artists as Entrepreneur Institute (AEI), which has assisted over 700 artists since its inception. The other, a partnership with the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, resulting in the making the AEI a for-credit course aimed at providing recent FAU graduates with the needed tools to be successful creative entrepreneurs.

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Aloha Balza

Community Engagement Coordinator, Florida Atlantic University
Aloha Balza is the Coordinator of the Office of Community Engagement at Florida Atlantic University. Under the guidance of the Executive Director, she assists with the development and management of strategies and policies related to the institution’s community engaged programs... Read More →

Monday October 21, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm EDT
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