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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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