ORIGINS Business Coaching Applications Are Now Open

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OBC Information Session

Wednesday, February 9 | 6:00pm – 6:45pm 

Pursuing creative business growth in challenging social and economic conditions requires a committed team approach. To meet the need, ORIGINS will be providing up to 10 Black creatives access to an intensive, enduring, and transformative business coaching program. 

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  • In-depth assessment of business strengths and weaknesses
  • 10 months of goal-driven business support
  • One-on-one business coaching assistance
  • Monthly peer-group support
  • Plugged into regional opportunities and resources
  • Free assistance with industry specific experts


  • Identifies as a Black artist, maker, designer, craftsperson, and/or small-batch manufacturer
  • Is or aspires to be full-time business owner
    ≥ 1 years of business operations
  • Participating or willing to participate in Creative Business Accelerator and ORIGINS
  • Interested in pursuing meaningful business opportunities like tradeshows participation, e-commerce development, or increasing production

Application Timeline:

  • Applications Open Tuesday, February 1, 2022
  • OBC Information Session: Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | 6pm – 6:30pm
  • Applications close Monday, February 28th, 2022 | 11:59p.m. EST
  • Early March – Notification of acceptance into the program

"Invaluable to have a set time to talk about my business. It kept me accountable for finishing and working on things I may put off. No topic was too small or unimportant."

Emmanuelle Wambach Emmanuelle Ceramics

A Winning Team

Nisha Blackwell



Since 2018, design, maker, and entrepreneur Nisha Blackwell powered Bridgeway Capital’s Creative Business Accelerator to channel its business development capabilities into business growth for Black artists, makers, designers, and craftspeople. To elevate other creatives, she leverages her own best practices and lessons learned in the evolution of Knotzland. Nisha’s creative business embodies the triple bottom line spirit. Her bow ties are made from reclaimed fabric and she creates economic empowerment opportunities through their production. For ORIGINS, Nisha provides strategic guidance and works one-on-one to help regional Black creatives navigate the challenges and access the opportunities needed to create, sustain, and grow meaningful creative businesses.

Roderick Ramsey



Roderick Ramsey, founder of Ocular Arcade and graduate of Point Park University’s Masters of Business Administration program, has joined the team as ORIGINS’ Cohort Leader and Business Coach. Roderick sends monthly email communications to gather important information to share with the ORIGINS network of creatives, develops a meeting agenda, and facilitates each monthly meeting. In addition to his leadership skills, Roderick leverages his business experience to contribute to ORIGINS’ program development, business coaching, and one-on-one assistance for creative entrepreneurs.


  • Month 1 to 2  (March-April)
    • Pre-coaching business assessment
    • Pathway establishment session
    • Development of coaching plan
    • 1:1 Coaching sessions begin
    • Group Learning workshops
    • Hour peer learning sessions
  • Month 3  (May)
    • Progress check-in session with pathway – participants may drop or add at this point
    • 1:1 Coaching sessions
    • Group Learning workshop
    • Peer learning sessions
  • Month 4 to 8  (June -October)
    • Month 4 to 8 (June -October)
    • 1:1 Coaching sessions
    • Group Learning workshops
    • Peer learning session
  • Month 9  (November)
    • 1:1 Coaching sessions
    • Hour peer learning session
    • Final Presentations

"Nisha shines as an accountability partner. Her down to Earth approach to problem solving is inspiring. Being apart of a greater group of Black creatives has been so valuable to how I view my business."

L. Denise Edwards Triple Moon Alchemy

2020/2021 ORIGINS Business Coaching Participants


Tereneh Idia

TripleAAAnimals is a line of apparel and accessories celebrating the wild animals of Allegheny County which are often taken for granted. As a new product line and brand created in 2020, Tereneh wanted guidance on a number of topics including production, marketing, social media, and distribution. Business coaching served as an invaluable resource creating a strong foundation and concrete steps to grow TripleAAAnimals.

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Triple Moon Alchemy

L. Denise Edwards

Inspired by several woman healers in her family, L. Denise Edwards creates a variety of organic herbal healing products ranging from teas to body care. Denise focused her business coaching experience on business systems and processes, brand identity and voice, sales, and markets. The experience provided new strategies, tasks, and ideas each week with the guidance of a professional coach propelling the business to the next stage of development.

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Rebel Bred Clothing

Nathan Brooks

Rebel Bred clothing is a lifestyle brand rooted in strong values that highlights historical African American figures. Nathan uses the brand as an avenue to educate, uplift, and inspire while celebrating African American culture. With the goal of scaling the business, business coaching focused on growing production and space resources. Ultimately, Nathan built a strong foundation with tangible next steps to expand quickly as demand grows.

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Emmanuelle Ceramics

Emmanuelle Wambach

Emmanuelle Wambach creates handmade functional ceramic dinnerware and homewares using hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramic techniques. Emmauelle’s goals for business coaching included an improved digital footprint and website, brand messaging, market identification, and financial planning. Business coaching enabled Emmanuelle to remain accountable and provided the tools to construct a robust business plan.

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Naptural Beauty Supply

Lasheshia Holiday

Naptural Beauty Supply specializes in luxurious and effective hair, body, and self-care products that are all-natural, handmade, and vegan friendly with a focus on educating individuals about the care and styling of Black hair. Lashesia used business coaching to help pursue a trademark, rebrand, and seek out warehouse space. At the end of business coaching, Lashesia was able to secure funding to pay for trademarking as well as find warehouse space.

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