ArtWorks Announces Eight Finalists for “Big Pitch” Competition

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Eight local businesses were selected this week as finalists for the ArtWorks “Big Pitch” presented by U.S. Bank, a mentorship program and pitch competition designed for creative businesses.

“It was an extremely tough process for the panel to choose just eight finalists from our competitive pool of applicants,” said Tamara Harkavy, CEO & Artistic Director of ArtWorks. “These finalists represent the best of small business in our area and show the greatest potential for growth.”

The finalists include:

  • Authentic Cutz, Cincinnati, combining a world-class grooming service with the opportunity to participate in a unique cultural experience including hair-art, dynamic conversation and entrepreneurship.
  • Brookes and Hyde, Cincinnati, an accessory brand crafting fine leather goods.
  • CG Ceramics, Bellevue, KY, creating wheel-thrown pottery that uses clean lines and stands out through its simplicity.
  • Circus Mojo, Ludlow, KY, training circus performers from around the world.
  • Handzy Shop + Studio, Covington, KY, graphic design producing stationery/greeting card lines.
  • Ohio Valley Beard Supply, Cincinnati, making products for beard maintenance including moisturizer, finishing balms, mustache wax, washes and conditioners.
  • Untold Content, Taylor Mill, KY, a writing consultancy group offering support in communications and storytelling to clients across government, health care and scientific and tech industries.
  • Waterfields, Cincinnati, hydroponically growing premium microgreens and specialty produce.

The finalists will be paired with a business mentor and U.S. Bank small business banking specialist. Over 10 weeks, each finalist will receive mentorship and coaching as well as pitch help and business planning assistance. The program will culminate in a public pitch event September 28 at Memorial Hall, in which the finalists will compete for a $15,000 business grant and a $5,000 Audience Choice grant.

“At U.S. Bank, we believe in the power of possible – that the difference between possible and impossible is someone who believes they can, surrounded and supported by others who believe it too,” said Joe Jepson, small business banking manager for U.S. Bank in Cincinnati. “We’re inspired by these eight entrepreneurs and can’t wait to get to know them over the next two months.”

ArtWorks Big Pitch presented by U.S. Bank, is offered through the ArtWorks Creative Enterprise division, which trains and promotes creative entrepreneurs through education, access to capital and community connections, and mentorship for established creative businesses. Since 2011, ArtWorks Creative Enterprise has supported more than 300 creative entrepreneurs through CO.STARTERS and The Big Pitch.