CO.STARTERS- Kitchen Edition

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2018 Application Dates & Deadlines


FALL 2018: Mondays, September 10 – November 26, 6-9 PM | Application deadline: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 3
(*Culinary Entrepreneurs–held at Findlay Kitchen)

 More about the CO.STARTERS Kitchen Edition

This 12-week class will only be offered in the fall. It will use the 9-week CO.STARTERS curriculum + 3 additional classes specifically geared for food entrepreneurs.

  • Dates: September 10th-November 26th
  • Time: Mondays from 6-9 P.M.
  • Facilitator: Leah Joos
  • Location: Classes will be held at Findlay Kitchen, 1719 Elm Street
  • Course fee: $350. Due to limited class size, partners may only attend if room is available.
  • $75 Deposit required to reserve your seat


More about our Facilitator

Leah Joos is the former co-owner & operator of Kitchen 452, a restaurant focused on fresh, flavorful food from scratch. Leah is a 2012 Artworks graduate of Springboard Cincinnati, and facilitated the first Findlay Kitchen/CO.STARTERS collaboration in 2016. Leah is a lifelong Cincinnatian with a background in education and a passion for making and eating delicious food. These interests combined have led to a love of working with and supporting fellow food entrepreneurs. Leah is a firm believer that personal connection is at the heart of a successful business.

leah joos

Photo credit: Leah Zipperstein

More about Findlay Kitchen

ArtWorks CO.STARTERS: Kitchen Edition is a partnership between ArtWorks CO.STARTERS and the Findlay Kitchen. This 12-week program is specifically geared toward entrepreneurs in food-based industries. Turn your passion into a business, and business ideas into action.  Over the course of the 12-weeks, the course will be facilitated by an industry professional along with weekly specialist who will speak to:  the real costs of starting your own small-business, understanding your target audience, and the legal issues to understand about culinary enterprise, among others.


Application Guidelines

CO.STARTERS is for both aspiring entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners looking to launch a new product or service. Our only perquisites? 

  • A business idea you’re ready to share and work on;
  • Willingness to collaborate, shape, and fine-tune your business in a supportive environment

If you’re creative and community-minded, and you’re serious about turning your passion into a sustainable small business, we’d love to hear from you.


Thank you for your interest in the class, unfortunately applications are now closed for the Fall 2018 cohort and we are no longer accepting applications at this time. The next class will be offered in the Fall of 2019, but we offer our regular CO.STARTERS class 3 times a year in Fall, Winter and Spring. All submitted applications will be added to the wait list. Should we offer this class sooner, we will contact you about your availability. Thank you, Colleen O'Connor Director of Creative Professional Workforce Development


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