Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Office of: 
Economic Development and International Trade
DENVER - Fri., June 10, 2016 - Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) today announced the recipients for the first cycle of the FY17 Career Advancement grant program. A total of 12 grants were awarded in eight counties across the state totaling $22,435. These grants benefit creative entrepreneurs and artists in helping to stimulate their commercial creative business. 

* Arapahoe County: Tribe Vibe Apparel - $2,500
* Denver County: Alexander Lumans - $675, You & Me LLC - $900, and Meghan Wilbar - $900
* Delta County: Teresa Shishim - $2,500
* Larimer County: CabinPress Studios - $2,460
* Las Animas County: Theory Comics - $2,500
* Montezuma County: PaperTrail Publishing - $1,300
* Pitkin County: Soma Threads - $1,200, UpSki LLC - $2,500
* Pueblo County: Anne Scott - $2,500, Rebecca Vigil - $2,500

"Colorado's national ranking for its concentration of creative industries is very high and continues to grow," said Margaret Hunt, director of CCI. "Many creative entrepreneurs are self employed, sole proprietors or small businesses. Career Advancement awards support creative workers and give them the competitive edge they need to take their career or business to the next level."

Grants awarded for the first cycle of the FY17 grants fund projects occurring between July 1, 2016-Dec. 30, 2016. Awards range from $500-$2,500, require a 1:1 cash match and are paid on a reimbursement basis. Grant requests are reviewed through a competitive process and applicants must demonstrate artistic merit, career impact and sound budget. The goal is that awardees will achieve tangible business benefits such as increased revenue, new audiences or improved management practices. 

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About Colorado Creative Industries 
Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado's state arts agency, is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Established to capitalize on the immense potential for our creative sector to enhance economic growth in Colorado, the mission of Colorado Creative Industries is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado's economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.