#imakealiving by Freshbooks: Turning Ideas Into Lucrative Businesses
Searching for the right tips to take your business to the next level while making meaningful and authentic connections in your community?
#imakealiving brings together a diverse panel of entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business owners for lively and candid conversations.
Hear how others were able to turn their small business failures into successes and have the opportunity to ask them questions related to your business. After the discussion, the event opens up for networking—a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people.
The theme for this event is: Turning Ideas Into Lucrative Businesses
Here are some topics we’ll be discussing:
- Turning ideas into businesses
- Funding and getting started (VCs and other resources)
- Growing your team (outsourcing vs. hiring people)
- When do you sell your business?
- When do you know the idea has failed?
- Imposter Syndrome
6:00 pm: Doors open and networking
7:00pm: Panel discussion
7:50 pm: Q&A with the audience
8:30 pm: Networking and drinks
Jewel Burks Solomon
Jewel Burks Solomon is an advocate for representation and access in the tech industry. As co-founder of Partpic, a startup designed to streamline the purchase of maintenance and repair parts using computer vision, Jewel and her team built groundbreaking technology poised to change the way people everywhere locate products. Partpic was acquired by Amazon in late 2016 and the technology now powers visual search for replacement parts in the Amazon Mobile Shopping app.
She has been featured in notable publications such as Forbes, Wired, TechCrunch, Essence, Glamour, and Business Insider. Prior to founding Partpic, Jewel served in management, enterprise sales, and strategic diversity roles at McMaster-Carr Industrial Supply and Google, Inc.
Jennifer is a recovering entrepreneur turned entrepreneurial economic development professional with over 25 years of experience in Information Technology and Software Development. Her focus is on helping entrepreneurs launch, grow and scale technology businesses in Georgia.
Jennifer has a passion for female technology entrepreneurs and is the founder of StartupChicks, a non-profit membership organization focused on connecting, educating and inspiring women and girls to become STEM-focused entrepreneurs.
She currently serves technology entrepreneurs through her role as Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) and Executive Director of the Creative Coast. Prior to these positions, Jennifer served as Director/General Manager of the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), Georgia’s Technology Incubator.
Sanjay is a serial technology entrepreneur. Currently, he is a co-founder of MailMosh, a startup focused on making emailing a better experience, and Prototype Prime, a startup incubator based in the Northern Atlanta Metro. He is also the co-host of Tech Talk Y’all, a podcast covering technology with a southern flair, and Startup Daze, a podcast which interviews entrepreneurs and investors about the lessons of those early startup days.
Previously, Sanjay launched Startup Riot, a conference for startups which pioneered the three minute, four slide presentation format. He also ran Founder Fables, an off-the-record conference for founders. Prior to founding Startup Riot and Founder Fables, Sanjay was the founding CEO of Digital Envoy and the inventor of the company’s patented NetAcuity IP intelligence technology. At Digital Envoy, Sanjay led the company to raise $12 million in angel and venture funding. Digital Envoy was acquired by Landmark Communications in June 2007.
An astute businesswoman who unapologetically pursues excellence in all she does, Myleik Teele is the founder and Chief Experience Officer of curlBOX, the first monthly subscription service for naturally curly hair. Through her notable career as a public relations executive, Myleik’s ability to instinctively identify and market popular trends to the masses garnered her opportunities to work with brands such as Calvin Klein Cosmetics, The Grammy Awards, Nike, and a stellar roster of clients across the entertainment, tech, and beauty industries.
Based in Atlanta, GA, Myleik Teele is a woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it. She regularly gives inspiring talks around the country centered around business, personal branding, and women’s empowerment. When she’s not working on building her empire, you can find her exploring the world through travel, hidden behind the pages of a good book, or nurturing her future sommelier ambitions.