Creative Economy Mixer at Electric City Barn: Photo Highlights

Our December Creative Economy Mixer was at the regions hottest new maker’s space, the Electric City Barn in Schenectady.  December’s event featured drinks by Frog Alley Brewing, music by Shiri Zorn and George Muscatello, and a panel discussion moderated by Kat Koppett, Founder of KOPPETT, and Kristin Diotte, Director of Planning, Zoning and Community Development for the City of Schenectady, focuing on the role of the … Read More

Entrepreneurship & Inclusion in the Creative Economy: Photo Highlights

In this panel discussion, entrepreneur Jamel Mosely of Collectiveffort and Mel eMedia interviewed Rachelle Pean, LCSW, Founder of Chelle Marie Wellness LLC, Jinah Kim, Owner of Sunhee’s Farm and Kitchen, and Patrick Harris Jr., President of Collectiveffort — three Creative Economy entrepreneurs who are creating their own career tracks, without big companies or gatekeepers getting in the way. Food was provided by Sunhees Farm & Kitchen Thanks to our sponsors Community Loan Fund,  Center … Read More

Creative Beginnings: Rachelle “Chelle” Pean of Chelle Marie Wellness

ACE Digital Manager Ashleigh Kinsey spoke to Rachelle “Chelle” Pean about how she got started in her Holistic Health career. Rachelle “Chelle” Pean grew up in Schenectady. Her father is from Haiti, and her mother from Maine. Chelle attended SUNY Purchase and got her degree in Psychology before completing her Masters in Social Work at CUNY Hunter in Harlem. She … Read More

Creative Economy Mixer at Bull Moose Club: Photo Highlights

We were one of the first in the region to see Bull Moose Club in Albany at our #CreativeEconomyMixer for November. Bull Moose Club is a hyper-charged coworking space where the creatives, thinkers, leaders and communicators shaping New York State can work and connect with other changemakers. Amazing food was provided by Albany Chefs Food and Wine Festival’s Signature Chefs Michelle Hines Abram Thibeault of Chef … Read More

Four Questions With: Michelle Hines Abram Thibeault,

The road to success isn’t always direct.  Michelle Hines Abram Thibeault, the President of M.H.A. Innovations and Chef MHAT, reached lofty heights in the ballet world and trained at the New York Conservatory of Dance before injuries muddied her career plans.  Fond memories of cooking with her grandmother led her to apply to the prestigious French Culinary Institute (now known … Read More

“Fall on the Farm” Photo Highlights

Check out the photo highlights from “Fall On The Farm” event, where over 500 people came out to share an afternoon of food and drink tasting, farm tours, pumpkin carving and more, set in the breathtaking beauty of Washington County. ACE and Agricultural Stewardship Association teamed up with Bunker Hill Creamery, Washington County’s newest organic creamery, and Argyle Cheese Farmer for this full day of fun. Thank you to Workforce … Read More

SAVINGS? SERIOUSLY? Why Freelancers Need a Nest Egg, and How We Can Get There.

FINANCES FOR FREELANCERS: A Monthly Feature Sponsored by Community Loan Fund Setting money aside for savings is not always an easy task. For freelancers and creatives, it can be even more difficult, because many of us have irregular cash flow, as our clients, assignments and payments often change from month to month. A survey by TD Ameritrade reveals that 40% … Read More

Culinary Arts Program Prepares Youth For Success

The Culinary Arts program at Questar III follows the ProStart curriculum developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, which gives students the opportunity to learn about the art of cooking and managing restaurants by training with professional chefs and getting classroom instruction, while also earning college credit and making money while they’re in high school. TV culture of celebrity chefs and … Read More

Crossroads Brewing at ACE #CreativeEconomyMixer

Crossroads Brewing has a brewpub in Athens NY and a taproom in Catskill NY. They have won awards from The Great American Beer Festival, Best of the Hudson Valley, The World Beer Cup and more. With 11 varieties, From IPA’s to their Barleywine, and Stout, it will be a great opportunity to sample a brew you haven’t tried at our … Read More