About SpringBoard Cincinnati
SpringBoard, founded in June 2011 by ArtWorks, is a business planning and development program for artists, artisans and creative entrepreneurs that targets sustainability in small business. SpringBoard offers entrepreneurs a variety of resources to achieve their artistic and economic goals by creating a unique and collaborative learning environment.
Through a nine-week course convening three hours each week, creatives will build a comprehensive business plan and learn valuable marketing and financing management skills. Access to resources and an opportunity to develop relationships with other entrepreneurs and community partners will set these small businesses up for success.
SpringBoard will initially focus its impact on commercial corridors in Over-the-Rhine, downtown, and Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky neighborhoods eager to connect interested graduates with potential storefronts and work spaces.
ArtWorks will hold ongoing sessions throughout the year. Visit the Register Page for a schedule of upcoming classes, follow us on Twitter @springboardcncy or ‘Like’ us on Facebook to stay up to date on upcoming opportunities!
- Are you an artist, artisan or creative entrepreneur with a great idea for a business?
- Have you ever dreamed of turning one of your personal passions into a business?
- Have you imagined operating a storefront of your own, enlivening Cincinnati streets with your space?
- Do you want to take your business to the next level?
- Do you have the tools and guidance to make your dream a reality?
- Do you long to make Cincinnati an even more creative and dynamic place?
Plan, launch, or expand your business with SpringBoard!
“SpringBoard is a natural extension of Artworks’ programming, with a view towards providing innovative opportunities for creative minds and adding vibrancy to the landscape” says Tamara Harkavy, ArtWorks Director. “This program will spark more creative enterprise in Over-the-Rhine and beyond, ultimately creating economic development opportunities, adding to the renaissance of our city.”
The SpringBoard curriculum is licensed from Mountain Bizworks of Asheville, North Carolina. A Chattanooga non-profit, Create Here, has taken this curriculum and made it even more relevant to the creative entrepreneur. The guidance and best practices from Create Here has set the Cincinnati program up for success.
SpringBoard is made possible through the support of the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation and ArtPlace, a new collaboration of top national foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts and various federal agencies to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S.
Founded in 1996, ArtWorks is an award winning non-profit arts organization that connects artists of all ages with opportunities in the arts through inspiring apprenticeships, community partnerships, and public art. ArtWorks hires teen and professional artists to make innovative public art to enrich the Greater Cincinnati community. To date, ArtWorks Program has provided job opportunities for more than 2,350 teen Apprentice Artists and over 440 professional artists.
ArtWorks is funded by the City of Cincinnati, Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, ArtsWave, Ohio Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit ArtWorksCincinnati.org.