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.
Business Cohort 5 is scheduled to begin on January 12, 2021. Please call 412-242-4920, option 5 or send an email to for registration information.
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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.
All sessions take place from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Week 1: Jan 12 - Your entrepreneurial "DNA"
Week 2: Jan 19 - Customer discovery 101
Week 3: Jan 26 - Customer discovery workshop
Week 4: Feb 2 - Marketing: getting and keeping customers
Week 5: Feb 9 - Building your business model to grow
Week 6: Feb 16 - Legal structures
Week 7: Feb 23 - Discovering The Bottom Line-Costs, Needs, Break-Even Point
Week 8: Mar 2 - Accounting for Growth
Week 9: Mar 9 - Financial/Accounting, Technical Assistance Workshop
Week 10: Mar 16 - Planning For the Future
Week 11: Mar 23 - Crafting Your Pitch
Week 12: Mar 30 - End of Cohort Celebration
* Bonus Week- Technical Assistance Workshop
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.
Wayne B. Cobb II, Esquire
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
Entrepreneur Lending Director, Bridgeway Capital
Founder, Levels Business Consulting
Derrick Wilson, CEO,
The Wilson Group
Own Our own entrepreneurship academy alumni
Cent of Community
Rebecca Guillory Gilmer
RGG & Associates
Madeline Z. Sample
Pearl’s Bridge of Hope
Lelia's Natural Care
Start & Scale
Oasis Farm & Fishery
"I AM" Campaign Tees
Arielle Donelan Designs
A PAR Health Care
Brandon Phillips LLC
Spencer & Khirsten Scott,
For Urban Pastors
Profound Real Estate