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From Freelancing to Starting Your Own Business in Media Arts & Technology Draws 65 & Sparks Connections

fftsyob-erik-jimmy-crowdOctober 26, 2016:  Houston Community College’s “From Freelancing to Starting Your Own Business in Media Arts and Technology (MA&T) Disciplines” workshop drew 65 attendees to at HCC Alief Hayes. They came from both inside HCC and from the surrounding community.

fftsyob-crowd-2-26-150717The crowd included aspiring and existing freelancers, seasoned entrepreneurs and instructors (film making & digital communications, IT) and small business owners looking to hire freelancers. Ages ranged from teenagers from the Alief Early College High School through seasoned senior citizens.

fftsyob-jimmy-n-student26-182444Speakers included Dr. Jimmy Adams, who is Director of HCC’s Center of Excellence in Media Arts and Technology and past owner of a Graphics Design company. Dr. Adams took the group through varying stages including proceeding straight to establishing a dba (filing “Doing Business As” company name) and “doing freelancing right” from the start.

ffstyob-erik-calderonErik Calderon, also spoke as an example of a MA& T student who has grown from freelancer to small business owner by leveraging HCC opportunities, including the HCC Filmmaking Academy, entrepreneurship classes and participation in the HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition.  “I’ve increased my business by $50,000 from the plan I created with the mentoring and training I received in the competition.”

Todd Bermont, past winner of the HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition and owner of TCC Learning, spoke on how to present yourself as a freelancer and bring in business.

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The workshop was highly interactive, with many in the room earning “millions” for their part in Q&A and practicing their pitches..that is… they earned “million dollar chocolate bars!”

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Networking abounded as well, as small business owners connected with freelancers, and others asked for mentoring appointments and class information from the HCC Northwest Center for Entrepreneurship to pursue development of their plans to freelance and/or launch or grow their businesses through the HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition in Spring 2017.

The group asked for more training and opportunities ahead and the Center for Entrepreneurship at HCC Northwest and Center of Excellence in Media Arts and Technology plan to do just that! For more information visit

2016 Winners Banner AA JV1_6515Get Your Plan Done – Pathways to success were offered by SCORE and the Center for Entrepreneurship, including a Business Plan Class and the 2017 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition, which offers free training and mentoring in preparing business plans and $30,000 in seed money and in-kind prizes to the top teams.

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More to Come:  This event is the first in series of cross collaborative “Multi Media   Entrepreneurship” events by:

West Houston Institute:  Ewhi_nw_corner_bannerven more entrepreneurial activity is planned on the campus in Spring 2017 when an additional adjacent building is completed.  The new West Houston Institute (WHI) will be dedicated to design thinking, innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity and to fostering economic development in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) disciplines.  The WHI will offer a 10,000 square foot Makerspace, conference center, Collaboratorium for facilitated strategic planning, a teaching innovation lab and IDEAS Academy.

Downloadable Presentation PDFs

erik-calderondr-adams-head-shotJimmy Adams & Erik Calderon Presentation

Getting Set Up to Freelance – Are You Cut Out to be a Freelancer – Steps to Starting & Running Your Own Business

Todd Bermont Presentation

Marketing Yourself-Generate Interest in you in 30 Seconds

Sandra Louvier Presentation

Center for Entrepreneurship Resources

  • HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition – Free Training and Mentoring and Prize Money!
  • Workshops & Seminars
  • More

Posted November 22, 2016

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