Entrepreneurship

Academy

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. Are you ready to learn the skills you need? What are you waiting for?

Interested in a scholarship? Click the link below to see if you qualify!

Start or Grow Your Business with Confidence!
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Articulate your business model

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


Enrollment is open for Cohort 11

Classes begin January 10, 2023

REGISTER TODAY!

 

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: Sept 13 - Your entrepreneurial "DNA"

Week 2: Sept 20 - Customer discovery 101

Week 3: Sept 27 - Customer discovery workshop

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

Week 5: Oct 11 - Building your business model to grow

Week 6: Oct 18 - Legal structures

Week 7: Oct 25 - Discovering The Bottom Line-Costs, Needs, Break-Even Point

Week 8: Nov 1 - Accounting for Growth

Week 9: Nov 8 - Financial/Accounting, Technical Assistance Workshop

Week 10: Nov 15 - Planning For the Future

Week 11: Nov 22 - Crafting Your Pitch

Week 12: Nov 29  - End of Cohort Celebration

*Week 13 - Technical Assistance Workshop

* Bonus Week- Technical Assistance Workshop

 
PAST ACADEMY PRESENTERS INCLUDE
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Vernard Alexander, CEO, 

Minority Networking Exchange

Priya Amin, Founder, 

Flexable 

Nisha Blackwell, Founder & CEO, Knotzland  

Paulette Blanks, Founder

Divine Delectables Baking & Catering Company

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Russel Bynum, President/Creative Director, 

Bynums Marketing & Communications, Inc.

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Michelle Chenn, Founder, 

Axiom Advancement Corp.

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James Hancock, Owner

Hancock Accounting and Bookkeeping Solutions

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

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Cory Lakins, Founder, President and CEO, 

Aimed Human Services,

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Jonnet Solomon, Founding

Partner, Blockchain Labs, Inc.

and CEO of Elliptic Commerce

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

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 Shawn Thomas

Entrepreneur Lending Director, Bridgeway Capital

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Ebony McQueen

Founder, Levels Business Consulting

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Derrick Wilson, CEO, 

The Wilson Group

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Fred Massey

Consultants at

Visions 2020 LLC

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Nicolette Spudic

Food Innovation Lab Manager

Craft at Chatham

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Toni Simpson
Chef & Instructor

Graduate Consultant

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Own Our own entrepreneurship academy alumni
 
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Lueben Davis

Lynleys LLC

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Gregory Dorsey

Under Construction

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Krystal Gruber

Swaggalicious LLC

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Juliandra Jones

PBJ Customs

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Debbie Hickman

Jendayi Comprehensive Home Care

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Connie Gamble

Gamble Family Bakes

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William Higginbottham

Cent of Community

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Lelia Broughton

Lelia's Natural Care

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Aleine Hughes

Slice of Delight LLC

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Courtney Davis

CDJ Innovations

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Kyya Pettiford

Pettiford Administrative & Notary Services

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Ron Harper

Harp’s Hometown Sports Lounge & Grill

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Rebecca Guillory Gilmer

RGG & Associates

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Christian Moore

Start & Scale

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Mike White

Ruach Bikes and Burgers

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Tiffany Jimenez

Tiffany Marie Design Studio

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Tierra Banks

Shyne Bryght Carribean

Fusion

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Valicia Salter

Valicia’s Sweetery & Catering

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Madeline Z. Sample

Pearl’s Bridge of Hope

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Tacumba Turner

Oasis Farm & Fishery

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Lorrean Winbush

Karbon Vine LLC

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Kiva Fisher-Green

Sanant Counseling & Wellness LLC

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Rachel Goodman

House Bayou 412

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Kay Self

Family, Friends, Unity & Passion Meals

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Cynthia Underwood

Ambit Energy

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Trashawnda Ward

"I AM" Campaign Tees

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Chabelly Batista

Rooted Botanicals

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Cynthia Wallace

For Urban Pastors

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Arielle Donelan

Arielle Donelan Designs

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Brandon Phillips

Brandon Phillips LLC

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Thomas Wallace

Profound Real Estate

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Grace Oxley

The Move

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Spencer & Khirsten Scott

Intentional Events

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Alichia Parker-Thomas

A PAR Health Care