10:15 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Panel Discussion: Take This Job and Love It: Owning Your Own Business in NOLA
Under 30 CEO recently named New Orleans the top city for entrepreneurs and it’s no wonder why. With it rich heritage and vibrant creative scene, the City is inspiring and energetic. The entrepreneurs panel at Rising Tide will feature a frank discussion about what it takes to run a business in the Crescent City. Topics will include finding a space for your business, navigating city hall, and alternative spaces for doing business.
Moderator: Victoria Adams
Victoria Adams is the current Network Relations Manager at The Idea Village, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit with the mission of identifying, supporting, and retaining entrepreneurial talent in the city of New Orleans. She manages a network of over 500 professionals, government officials, and thought leaders to support a growing ecosystem of entrepreneurs. Prior to The Idea Village, Victoria worked extensively in the music industry, including The Recording Academy, Rehage Entertainment, and the ESSENCE Music Festival. She is a native of Miami, Florida and a graduate of Loyola University, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Industry Studies with a minor in Business Administration.
Rhonda Findley - Co-Owner of Pop City and Fun Rock’n, Rhonda has almost fifteen years of retail experience. Her most recent venture, a clothing company called To The Nines, sells vintage-inspired clothing and will be adding a charitable component in 2013 that donates uniforms to a school in Africa. (Facebook)
Jeremy Miller - A combination of tasteful design mixed with the know-how of web development yields the one Jeremy Miller (No, we’re not talking about Ben Seaver from Growing Pains). With more than six years of both design and development experience, Jeremy has refined the web process of bringing a project from concept to finish.
In 2009, Jeremy co-founded SHULTZILLA, a NOLA-centric apparel company. While continuing to work with SHULTZILLA, in 2011 Jeremy co-founded JAM Creative, a print and digital communications firm.
JAM Creative has worked with notable clients such as The Rum House, Delfeayo Marsalis, Byblos, and The New Movement Theater. Jeremy is JAM’s HTML hero, CSS guru, jQuery ninja, and WordPress wonder boy.
Jeremy sits on the Creative Committee of the Advertising Club of New Orleans where he helped develop the organization’s new brand. He continues to serve on the committee, overseeing and maintaining the brand standards of the organization.
This techie can usually be found reading about the web industry, growing his already-existing knowledge and aptness, which allows JAM to bring its clients the most current technologies. Aside from reading articles and blogs on the web industry, Jeremy enjoys watching the SyFy channel, grilling sausage, and mowing the lawn. Well, that’s mostly true- mowing the lawn isn’t something he really enjoys doing at all. (Twitter)
Mindy Airhart -
Mrs. Mindy Nunez Airhart is President of The Greenhart Group, a woman- and minority-owned construction company located in New Orleans, and Business Development Manager of Southern Services & Equipment, Inc., a heavy construction and metal fabrication contractor in St. Bernard, Louisiana. In 2011 she testified at the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship's Panel on “Disaster Recovery: Evaluating the Role of Americaʼs Small Business in Rebuilding Their Communities”. A graduate of Tulane University, she resides in New Orleans with her husband Justin and her two children, Jacques and Marigny.