Creative Enterprise


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

2018 Course Details

We are very excited to announce the facilitators for the 2018 ArtWorks CO.STARTERS Classes. Each facilitator brings real world experience around starting a new business.

Applications due January 8, 2018.
Classes run January 17 – March 14, 2018

Led by Amber Zaragoza is co-owner of Queen City Vignette, a boutique event rental company and a real estate agent that specializes in helping her clients buy and sell historic homes. Amber is a graduate of the Artworks Springboard program and an enthusiastic transplant to Cincinnati. Amber loves working in the event industry because it provides an opportunity to do creative work that touches peoples lives in a very real way, and she loves selling real estate because it brings her valuable insight to her business practices and allows her to serve great people by helping them find their perfect home. The most valuable tool in growing her business is the belief that sales is just another word for dedication to serving your clients.

Check out her website here.


Applications due March 26, 2018.
Classes run April 4 – May 30, 2018
Katie Garber, former owner of Atomic No. 10, and a CO.STARTERS Alumni.

Applications due October 3, 2018.
Classes run October 10 – December 12, 2018
John Fox, Editor-in-Chief of Cincinnati Magazine, and a CO.STARTERS Alumni will lead the fall session in 2018. Check out Cincinnati Magazine’s website here.

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 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 500 entrepreneurs and helped launch over 300 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.