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Get to Know the Creative Enterprise Team

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Name:  Caroline Creaghead

Hometown:  Cincinnati OH! But also Pittsburgh PA, Milwaukee WI, Manchester UK and Brooklyn NY

Your Elevator Pitch:
To empower creative entrepreneurs by building a strong community of support, and in doing so make Cincinnati a more vibrant city.

What do you do at ArtWorks?
I am heading up ArtWorks’ Creative Enterprise endeavors; overseeing existing programs such as CO.STARTERS small business development course while also expanding our efforts to connect businesspeople in the creative sector with resources, funding opportunities, and each other.

What did you do before working at ArtWorks?
I founded a company in New York City through which I produced live comedy shows, festivals and tours. I was mingling with your favorite comedians, but mostly as the killjoy telling them their hilarious idea for a bit or a stunt was too expensive for us to pull off.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I would say I wanted to be an actress, but all who knew me can attest that I truly wanted to be the boss.

In your opinion, what do you think entrepreneurs still need in Cincinnati in order to be successful?
The entrepreneurial community in Cincinnati already enjoys the benefit of engaged support from larger, more established companies. That’s something we have here that sets Cincinnati apart from other cities – even much larger ones. That said, every business needs customers in order to be successful, so I think we need to build up Cincinnatians’ understanding of how beneficial it is for our local economies when we shop local businesses. There’s great support already, but more work to be done there.

What’s the best piece of advice someone gave you about starting a business?
My dad told me to listen more than I speak. I’ve taken that to mean that there is always going to be more to gain from learning and keeping an open mind than from telling people what I think I know. It’s a humble approach that has allowed me to be nimble, creative and smart about testing my assumptions. Of course, it’s also possible that he was just telling me to quit talking.

Which local entrepreneurs inspire you?  
So many! It’s the collective group that has drawn me back home to Cincinnati to be a part of what’s happening here. Every independent business occupying a storefront, making and selling goods on their own, offering an independent service or otherwise serving the marketplace is an inspiration. Being an artist or creative in a market-driven working world can be incredibly daunting and it’s amazing to see so many folks reclaiming agency by beefing up their business know-how and opening their doors on their own terms.

What upcoming Creative Enterprise projects are you most excited to tackle?  
I’m a veteran of the exploitative intern practices prevalent in the entertainment industry (also found in fashion, publishing, etc.) so I’m very passionate about ArtWorks’ mission to employ young creatives. Through ArtWorks’ Apprentice program we’re working on models to engage young folks interested in creative entrepreneurship that will empower them with skills and experience and that will benefit the community at the same time.

What are some of your favorite local businesses?  
Keep in mind that I’m relatively new in town! So the ones I know the best are ones I’d visit when I was living elsewhere but returning home to see my friends and family.  Those include Neon’s, MOTR, The Esquire, Guru India in Crescent Springs, Otto’s in Covington and Reality Tuesday in Park Hills. Ask me again in a couple of months and the list will be 10x longer I’m sure.


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Name: Rachel Rothstein

Hometown: Wyoming, Ohio

Your Elevator Pitch:
Help me tell your story! When you were younger, what was your response to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Whether you’re on the same track, whether life happened or whether you got sidetracked, I want to hear your story. Often times, the stories of our creatives aren’t linear, but they are inspiring and I’m here to amplify your voice so others can get motivated to pursue their passions like you did.

What do you do at ArtWorks?
Marketing for Creative Enterprise and Project Coordinating for the CincyInk program

What did you do before working at ArtWorks?

I was, and still am a photographer and am also in school to be a Sign Language Interpreter. I also used to work for a non profit called JVS Career Services that empowers job seekers through resume writing, job searching, networking workshops and one on one consulting.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A Rabbi.

In your opinion, what do you think entrepreneurs still need in Cincinnati in order to be successful?

Confidence from friends, family and potential customers along with financial support.

What’s the best piece of advice someone gave you about starting a business?

Try and fail, but don’t fail to try. Even if something doesn’t work out, at least you gave it shot and aren’t left wondering, what if?

Which local entrepreneurs inspire you?

Josh Weprin, Stephen Harman, and Zach Weprin from FUSIAN. They are so thoughtful and intentional with everything they do. It’s one of my favorite places to eat not only for the food, but for the people behind the counter and for the experience of being in one of the restaurants.

What upcoming Creative Enterprise projects are you most excited to tackle?

Capturing the drive and motivation that launches our creatives to action.

What are some of your favorite local businesses?

I really like Another Part of the Forest and You’re Fired in Oakley. Another Part of the Forest is a mess of music and it’s an adventure to sort through the sound and You’re Fired is a Ceramic studio where you can spin and/or paint pottery. I also love local restaurants like Terry’s Turf Club, Trio, Half Day Cafe and The Sleepy Bee.

 


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Name: 
 Caitlin Behle

Hometown: Taylor Mill, KY

Your Elevator Pitch: 
Connecting creatives to resources and a like-minded community to help them turn passion into businesses.

What do you do at ArtWorks?

I’m the Creative Enterprise Manager. I manage the ArtWorks CO.STARTERS program and work directly with our ArtWorks entrepreneurs through our three main programs, CO.STARTERS, Big Pitch, and Youth Apprentice Projects.

What did you do before working at ArtWorks? 

In addition to working as a residency coordinator at a college, I cobbled a bunch of freelance gigs together as a band manager, an event producer, and a music blogger. I took SpringBoard to vet an idea to design low-cost music business workshops for local bands, fell in love with ArtWorks, and nearly three years later, here I am!

What did you want to be when you grew up? 
A pastry chef, SNL’s first Asian-American cast member (the slot is still up for grabs, by the way), or a music journalist.

In your opinion, what do you think entrepreneurs still need in Cincinnati in order to be successful?
I’d love to see more marketing support – maybe in the form of classes, workshops, or boutique companies – for small businesses.

What’s the best piece of advice someone gave you about starting a business? 
A local business owner who spoke at a CO.STARTERS class once said, “Don’t be an a**hole.” It’s true, though – friendliness goes a long way.

Which local entrepreneurs inspire you?  
The CO.STARTERS grads that quit their jobs to pursue their passions full-time!

What upcoming Creative Enterprise projects are you most excited to tackle?
Big Pitch

What are some of your favorite local businesses?

Since I live in OTR, most of my favorite brick-and-mortars are right in my neighborhood – Collective Espresso for a morning coffee, LIBBY for cute clothes, and MOTR for live music, their vegan BLT, and a beer, Madison’s Produce and Pho Lang Thang at Findlay Market.

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