Whether you've already launched or desire to run a catering company, bakery, food truck, farmer's market booth or an online food service, we are glad you're here!

Our food-based business Cohort is scheduled to begin virtually on September 15th.

For more information or to register, please call 412-242-4920, option 5 or email info@ownourown.org.

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. 

Academy Schedule

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

Week 1: Sep 15 - Your entrepreneurial "DNA"

Week 2: Sep 22  - Customer discovery 101, Food Business Considerations

Week 3: Sep 29 - Customer discovery workshop

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

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

Week 6: Oct 20 - Legal structures

Week 7: Oct 27 - Food Safety Workshop

Week 8: Nov 3 - Food Products Workshop

Week 9: Nov 10 - Discovering the Bottom Line

Week 10: Nov 17 - Accounting for Growth

Week 11: Dec 8 - Crafting Your Pitch

Week 12: Dec 15 - End of Cohort Celebration

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,

Jonnet Solomon, Founding

Partner, Blockchain Labs, Inc.

and CEO of Elliptic Commerce

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

 Shawn Thomas

Entrepreneur Lending Director, Bridgeway Capital

Ebony McQueen

Founder, Levels Business Consulting

Derrick Wilson, CEO, 

The Wilson Group

Own Our own entrepreneurship academy alumni

William Higginbottham

Cent of Community

Rebecca Guillory Gilmer

RGG & Associates

Madeline Z. Sample

Pearl’s Bridge of Hope

Cynthia Underwood

Ambit Energy

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

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