Creative Enterprise July News

Updates from ArtWorks Entrepreneurs

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 ArtWorks is hosting a session for NewCo

ArtWorks is hosting a session at this city-wide, day long event that showcases the businesses and people who are making Cincinnati a global destination for entrepreneurial success.
Click here to check out the schedule and sign up for our session on July 23 from 12-1pm at the ArtWorks office.
Panelists include: Hayes Shanesy & Rosie Kovacs from Brush Factory, Tammy Stephens of TBS Fine Arts, Jason Snell of We Have Become Vikings, Matt Grote of OGRE and Sean Mullaney, artist and serial entrepreneur. Plus, we’ll be showing a video that our summer youth Apprentices are producing about the supportive culture of Cincinnati and resources available here to small businesses and working creatives.

Big Pitch Finalist Spotlight: Jess Sheldon


Who: Jess Sheldon
Business: Cityscape Tiles
Class session: Fall 2011, right after moving back to Cincinnati
How did your business change, or ideas about your business change after taking the course? “More important than helping me to understand the structure of my business (I actually dusted off my binder when completing my application for Big Pitch), the class was a wonderful collaborative environment. I loved connecting to other entrepreneurs. I always left feeling inspired; it made me want to work harder.”
Out of curiosity, when you were little and people asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up, what did you say? “I always wanted to be a National Geographic photographer. Today, I take photographs and travel and even get paid to travel and take photographs so I guess you could say I’m kind of living my dream! Though it’s not perfect; it’s still stressful. I always went back and forth, did I want to turn my passion into a job? Could I? What happens when it becomes the bottom line? I’m still figuring some of these things out, but I will tell you that one thing that is helping right now is my Big Pitch mentor, Sean, to whom I feel accountable. Taking pictures of cities and places, hearing the stories people have with specific locations around Cincinnati, has always been exciting. Now, it’s my business and I’m learning how to grow it. People don’t print photos anymore so I look at my products as a tool for remembering.”


Mo·ti·v·spi·ra·tion: (motivation + inspiration)

What music do our ArtWorks Entrepreneurs listen to when they need motivation? Which podcasts do they turn on when they need inspiration? Follow us on Instagram to see who we’re featuring.

Andi Ploehs of AP Loves Design

“When I’m working on the computer I listen to pretty mellow music like Amos Lee or Bon Iver. When I’m cutting and packaging materials for my greeting cards, I change the music to Alabama Shakes or Pharrell …the more soul the better! As for podcasts; I’m obsessed. I’m always looking for ones more focused on creativity and entrepreneurs. Right now my favorites are Being Boss, Creative Start, The Lively Show, and Here’s The Thing With Alec Baldwin– a girls gotta laugh! When I need inspiration surprisingly, cleaning and organizing my studio usually does the trick.”

Tamia Stinson of The Style Sample

“John Coltrane for when I’m writing or need music without distracting words. I also like Focus@Will which is a “neuroscience-based music service” that’s supposed to help increase concentration and focus based on scientific blahblahwhatever. And of course, Rihanna’s “Bitch Betta Have My Money” – for obvious reasons. Favorite podcasts are Being Boss, for not being afraid to get into details about how they run their businesses, Hack the Entrepreneur, for John Nastor’s goofball nature and great interview skills and Marketing Over Coffee, for dudes who always have the scoop on what’s new and how to use it.”

Check out updates from ArtWorks Entrepreneurs

  • As part of the West Side Block Party, Julia Martin of CovUnity will be hosting an Interactive Art Walk on July 18.
  •  Is Jacqueline Wood a “serial experimenter?” Soapbox certainly thinks this is the case, especially with her Mini Microcinema.
  • Keith Klenowski’s photos appear throughout the MusicNOW 10 Year Compilation CD.
  • Sara Cormier, Jason Snell and Emily Howard designed mini murals for CincyInk! For more information about mini murals and to see a complete list of the other artists, click here.
  • Our Big Pitch Finalists have been getting a lot of attention lately!
    • Hayes Shanesy and Rosie Kovacs from Brush Factory are interviewed by WCPO. On another note, they would really appreciate your feedback for this survey.
    • Rachel DesRochers is so grateful. Not only for the amazing things in her life, but for this interview by WCPO and this article in Soapbox.
    • Richard Hunt of Roebling Point Books and Coffee tells Soapbox why “the city of Covington needs a bookstore and coffee shop like a body needs a heart and mind.”
    • Jess Sheldon tells Soapbox about a first first date.
    • Jason Snell tells Soapbox why “design is taking over everything.”
    • (Almost) everyone was interviewed by City Beat.
  • Looking for a local artist or business owner to help with your latest project? Search no more! Check out the CO.STARTERS Directory for some new additions to our list of ArtWorks Entrepreneurs!


  • People’s Liberty’s is accepting applications for their Globe Grant from June 15- July 20. Click here for more information or to apply.
  • The Warren County Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a free seminar titled “Making the Perfect Pitch” on July 31st, 2015. This is from 9 – 11AM. Click here for more information or to RSVP.
  • Apply to sell at the MPMF Indie Craft Fair.
  • Apply for the Martha Stewart American Made Audience Choice Award.
  • Apply to be a vendor at the the Northside Yard Sale.
  • Check out Northside Cincy Summer Streets and if you have a “participatory activity” that would give people something to do (ie an opportunity to engage with  neighbors, support local business, get some exercise, make art, etc) then you should apply!
  • Looking for a place to live downtown? Brandery Haus Apartments might still have some availability. Email for more info.
  • Click here to apply for the Crafty Super Market Show on November 28.

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