ArtWorks CO.STARTERS is a business development program for creatives, artisans, and lifestyle entrepreneurs. CO.STARTERS helps aspiring entrepreneurs put ideas into action, and turn a passion into a sustainable and thriving small business.
This Spring, we recruited for two different versions of CO.STARTERS:
- Our traditional, 9-week CO.STARTERS class.
- A special 12-week class for food-based entrepreneurs called CO.STARTERS: Kitchen Edition. Click here for more information.
The application period for both classes is closed. CO.STARTERS: Kitchen Edition will only be offered in the Spring and we are no longer accepting applications. All submitted applications, will be added to the wait list. Should we offer this class again, we will contact you about your availability.
More about ArtWorks CO.STARTERS
Class meets once a week for three hours. Facilitators are experienced entrepreneurs who are well-connected in the creative business community. Guest speakers share the challenges they faced while starting and growing businesses and business professionals from leading accounting and law firms offer their support to program participants.
- 9-week program through ArtWorks at the ArtWorks office
- Designed for creatives, artisans, and lifestyle entrepreneurs
- Small and supportive community of like-minded creatives
- Collaborative and action-driven
- Facilitated, not taught
$300 – includes course materials two hour-long sessions with course facilitator to address your business development needs, and access to community events, networking opportunities and small business resources.
A $50 deposit is required to reserve your seat. This deposit applies toward the course fee and is non-refundable.
Class meets one evening a week for 3 hours over 9 weeks
ArtWorks’ Administrative Offices, 20 E. Central Parkway, in Over-The-Rhine
Over 9 weeks in ArtWorks CO.STARTERS, you’ll test your assumptions and develop next steps, learn valuable management and marketing skills, and receive constructive feedback from advisers, peers and local businesses. By honing your business and updating your approach based on real feedback and customer demand, you’ll gain the skills you need to develop a viable business model.
Week 1: Knowing Yourself (Assumptions, Working Styles, Team Building, Obstacles)
Week 2: Knowing Your Customer (Problem, Solution, Benefit, Competition, Advantage, Customer)
Week 3: Getting the Relationship Right (Marketing & Message; Getting, Keeping & Growing Customers)
Week 4: Building the Model to Scale (Starting Small, Distribution, Revenue, Typical Sale, Price)
Week 5: Strengthening Your Structure (Business Structures, Licenses, IP, Hiring)
Week 6: Discovering the Bottom Line (Startup & Ongoing Needs, Fixed & Variable Costs, Break-Event Point)
Week 7: Accounting for Growth (Break-Even Point, Sales Projections, Cash Flow, Accounting)
Week 8: Planning for the Future (Raising Capital, Growth Plans, Goal Setting, Pitch Prep)
Week 9: Celebration Night
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ArtWorks CO.STARTERS Graduates
ArtWorks has trained over 280 entrepreneurs and helped launch over 40 new local businesses and nonprofits!
The Company Lab, a Chattanooga-based organization, formulated the CO.STARTERS curriculum in close collaboration with ArtWorks in Cincinnati and D:hive in Detroit. CO.STARTERS is now rolling out in other communities across the nation, providing past ArtWorks SpringBoard graduates and future CO.STARTERS entrepreneurs with a national network of support and exchange. To learn more about CO.STARTERS nationwide, visit CO.STARTERS.co.
ArtWorks CO.STARTERS is made possible through the support of the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation and ArtPlace, a new collaboration of top national foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts and various federal agencies to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S.