Whether you've already launched or have a side hustle you'd like to grow, the Own Our Own Business Academy has practical tools to help you succeed.

Having a successful business is rarely the result of good luck, but is tied to building your knowledge and putting in the work. If you're ready to learn the skills you need, register today by emailing info@ownourown.org or calling 412-242-4920, option 5.

Please follow us @ownourownpit on social media platforms to stay informed about upcoming events and opportunities.

What are you waiting for?

Start or Grow Your Business with Confidence!

Articulate your business model

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Gather & apply real-time customer insights

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Get help with legal,

accounting, & more.

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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: Sep14 - Your entrepreneurial "DNA"

Week 2: Sep 21  - Customer discovery 101

Week 3: Sep 28 - Customer discovery workshop

Week 4: Oct 5 - Marketing: getting and keeping customers

Week 5: Oct 12 - Building your business model to grow

Week 6: Oct 19 - Legal structures

Week 7: Oct 26 - Discovering The Bottom Line-Costs, Needs, Break-Even Point

Week 8: Nov 2 - Accounting for Growth

Week 9: Nov 9- Financial/Accounting, Technical Assistance Workshop

Week 10: Nov 16- Planning For the Future

Week 11: Nov 30- Crafting Your Pitch

Week 12: Dec 7- End of Cohort Celebration

* Bonus Week- Technical Assistance Workshop

Past Academy Presenters Include

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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

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Ebony McQueen

Founder, Levels Business Consulting

Derrick Wilson, CEO, 

The Wilson Group

Own Our own entrepreneurship academy alumni

Juliandra Jones

PBJ Customs

Courtney Davis

CDJ Innovations

Tiffany Jimenez

Tiffany Marie Design Studio

Kiva Fisher-Green

Sanant Counseling & Wellness LLC

Debbie Hickman

Jendayi Comprehensive Home Care

Kyya Pettiford

Pettiford Administrative & Notary Services

Tierra Banks

Shyne Bryght Carribean


Rachel Goodman

House Bayou 412

Connie Gamble

Gamble Family Bakes

William Higginbottham

Cent of Community

Lelia Broughton,

Lelia's Natural Care

Chabelly Batista,

Rooted Botanicals

Cynthia Wallace,

For Urban Pastors

Ron Harper

Harp’s Hometown Sports Lounge & Grill

Valicia Salter

Valicia’s Sweetery & Catering

Rebecca Guillory Gilmer

RGG & Associates

Madeline Z. Sample

Pearl’s Bridge of Hope

Kay Self

Family, Friends, Unity & Passion Meals

Cynthia Underwood

Ambit Energy

Christian Moore,

Start & Scale

Arielle Donelan,

Arielle Donelan Designs

Tacumba Turner,

Oasis Farm & Fishery

Brandon Phillips,

Brandon Phillips LLC

Trashawnda Ward,

"I AM" Campaign Tees

Spencer & Khirsten Scott,

Intentional Events

Thomas Wallace, 

Profound Real Estate

Grace Oxley,

The Move

Alichia Parker-Thomas,

A PAR Health Care