Application deadline: March 21

Creative Pinellas and Tec Garage are accepting applications for CO.STARTERS.

Creative Pinellas has partnered with the TEC Garage in St. Pete to offer the Co.Starters Program, a dynamic facilitator-led program for aspiring artist-entrepreneurs and arts leaders. Artists and creatives in Pinellas County have the opportunity to attend the program at no cost, as long as there are openings available (a $275 value per person).

Co.Starters is  particularly designed to provide artists and people in the creative industry with the tools to transform their arts/creative business into a sustainable business success.  The program will be led by Chris Paradies, who has been trained and certified as a Co.Starters facilitator, and who is highly regarded by Pinellas County artists and arts leaders who have attended the programs in the past.


Creative Pinellas encourages artists to go online and register as soon as possible, as space is limited.

This 9-week facilitator-led course is offered every Wednesday, March 28 – May 23 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Location: TEC Garage – 244 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg FL 33701

Cost:  $275 (includes course materials, free Discovery Session, access to TEC Garage events and networking opportunities) – FREE for artists while openings are available.

Receive 2 months free coworking in TEC Garage upon graduation – $150 value.


You will develop and fine-tune your business idea, receiving constructive feedback from peers, advisors and potential customers.  The nine-week course curriculum is taught by  Chris Paradies, president of Paradies Law, P.A.  and includes:

Week 1: Knowing Yourself:   Assumptions, Working Styles, Team Building, Obstacles

Week 2: Knowing Your Customer: Problem. Solution, Benefit, Competition, Advantage, Customer

Week 3:  Getting the Relationship Right:  Marketing & Message, Getting, Keeping & Growing Customers

Week 4: Building the Model to Scale:  Starting Small, Distribution, Revenue, Typical Sale, Price

Week 5: Strengthening Your Structure:  Business Structures, Licenses, IP, Hiring

Week 6:  Discovering the Bottom Line:  Startup & Ongoing Needs, Fixed/Variable Costs, Break-Even Point

Week 7:  Accounting for Growth:  Break-Even Point, Sales Projections, Cash Flow, Accounting

Week 8:  Planning for the Future:  Raising Capital, Growth Plans, Goal Setting, Pitch Prep

Week 9:  Celebration Night!  Sharing your story.

An online Registration Form is here.