ArtWorks Seeks Creative Small Businesses for 5th Annual “Big Pitch,” deadline extended until June 24

ArtWorks is seeking Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky-based creative business owners and entrepreneurs that offer creative services or artisan goods to apply for the fifth annual ArtWorks Big Pitch presented by U.S. Bank, a mentorship program and pitch competition for established creative businesses. 

The Application deadline is now extended until June 24 at

The program is designed for creative businesses that have been established for at least two years, whose headquarters are within 30 miles of the ArtWorks downtown office. Eight finalists will be selected through a competitive application process to participate in the program, and they 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 on September 25 at Memorial Hall, in which finalists will compete for a business grant and an audience choice grant. 

“This program gives small businesses the chance to take the next step in reaching their dreams,” said Tamara Harkavy, ArtWorks CEO. “We thank U.S. Bank for again offering its expertise this year to this important project.”

“Small business owners are critical to the health of our economy and a top priority for U.S. Bank,” said Patrick Dingeldein, Vice President, U.S. Bank Business Banking Sales Manager.  “We are thrilled to once again pair with Artworks to help creative entrepreneurs transform their possibilities into reality.”

Over the past four years, 31 entrepreneurs have taken their businesses to the next level, and have been able to achieve the business-growth goals set through the Big Pitch program, including:  2017 winners Patrick Brown of Ohio Valley Beard Supply, $15,000 Grand Prize, and Connor Sambrookes of Brookes & Hyde, $5,000 audience vote prize. A complete list of past finalists and winners is available at

ArtWorks Big Pitch 10-Week Mentorship program is sponsored by U.S. Bank, and is offered through the ArtWorks Workforce Development Program.  The department trains and promotes both creative entrepreneurs through education, access to capital, and provides mentorship and community connections for continued growth; as well as youth Apprentices through education, community engagement, and skills training. 

Since 2011, ArtWorks has supported over 600 creative entrepreneurs through CO.STARTERS and The Big Pitch.