Creative Enterprise



ArtWorks CO.STARTERS is a 9-week 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.

  • Next CO.STARTERS class: Tuesdays, April 7 – June 2, 2015, 6-9 PM
  • Applications due: March 29, 2015


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
      • Designed for creatives, artisans, and lifestyle entrepreneurs
      • Small and supportive community of like-minded creatives
      • Collaborative and action-driven
      • Facilitated, not taught

Course Details

$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.

Program Length
Class meets once 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: Sharing your Story

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ArtWorks CO.STARTERS Graduates

ArtWorks has trained 243 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

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.