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YOU can join our first Food-Based Cohort, Cohort IV!

Whether you’ve already launched or desire to run a catering company, bakery, food truck, restaurant, farmer's market booth or an online food service, we are glad you are here! Cohort IV of the Own Our Own Entrepreneurship Academy 12-week program will begin on Monday, March 16, 2020.

Check out the cohort IV class schedule.

Early Bird Registration is from now until February 24th at a fee of $249. You will need to make a payment of $83 by February 24th to qualify for Early Bird Registration. After February 24th, the class fee is $299 (which can be paid in installments) The course fee includes all of your materials and resources. Please note: income based scholarships are available.


Registration is a two-step process:

1) Fill out the registration form

2) Make a payment (Select Own Our Own from the drop-down menu) or contact us to pay by check:)


For more information please contact

Start or Grow Your Business with Confidence!

Articulate your business model

Gather & apply real-time customer insights

Get help with legal,

accounting, & more.

Gain valuable allies & accountability partners

What is the Own Our Own Entrepreneurship Academy?


The OOO Entrepreneurship Academy is a 12-week, cohort-based program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action.

Participants enter into a facilitator-led, collaborative process with a small and supportive group of 10-15 like-minded peers. Over the twelve weeks, they develop and fine-tune their ideas using the CO.STARTERS Canvas, critically examining every part and determining next steps through real-time feedback from people in the community.

Participants leave the program with a deeper understanding of how to create a sustainable venture, articulate their models, and repeat the process with the next great idea.  Click here to register.

Academy Schedule

All sessions take place from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Week 1: Mar 16 - Your entrepreneurial "DNA"

Week 2: Mar 23  - Customer discovery 101

Week 3: Mar 30 - Customer discovery workshop

Week 4: Apr 6 - Marketing: getting and keeping customers

Week 5: Apr 13 - Building your business model to grow

Week 6: Apr 20 - Legal structures

Week 7: Apr 27 - The bottom line - costs, needs, breakeven point

Week 8: May 4 - Accounting and cash flow

Week 9: May 11 - Finance workshop

Week 10: May 18 - Crafting your pitch

Week 11: May 25 - Planning for the future

Week 12: Jun 1 - Celebration night

Past Academy Presenters Include

Click on the presenter's name for their bio


Vernard Alexander, CEO, 

Minority Networking Exchange

Priya Amin, Founder, 


Nisha Blackwell, Founder & CEO, Knotzland  

Paulette Blanks, Founder

Divine Delectables Baking & Catering Company

Russel Bynum, President/Creative Director, 

Bynums Marketing & Communications, Inc.

Michelle Chenn, Founder, 

Axiom Advancement Corp.

James Hancock, Owner

Hancock Accounting and Bookkeeping Solutions

Nashid Ibn Ali, Founder & CEO, Global Wealth Law Corporation

Cory Lakins, Founder, President and CEO, 

Aimed Human Services,

Scot MacTaggart, Co-owner of KRNLS, Host of Pitchwerks podcast, 

Ebony McQueen

Founder, Levels Business Consulting

Jonnet Solomon, Founding

Partner, Blockchain Labs, Inc.

and CEO of Elliptic Commerce

Derrick Wilson, CEO, 

The Wilson Group

Own Our own entrepreneurship academy alumni

Lelia Broughton,

Lelia's Natural Care

Christian Moore,

Start & Scale

Tacumba Turner,

Oasis Farm & Fishery

Trashawnda Ward,

"I AM" Campaign Tees

Chabelly Batista,

Rooted Botanicals

Arielle Donelan,

Arielle Donelan Designs

Grace Oxley,

The Move

Alichia Parker-Thomas,

A PAR Health Care

Brandon Phillips,

Brandon Phillips LLC

Spencer & Khirsten Scott,

Intentional Events

Cynthia Wallace,

For Urban Pastors

Thomas Wallace, 

Profound Real Estate