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From Freelancing to Starting Your Own Business in Media Arts & Technology

October 25 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

06102016_Media_Arts_Tech_bannerAre you interested in freelancing in graphic design, web design, filmmaking, audio recording, animation, music business, or multi-media?  Want to learn more about freelancing in general?  Many jobs and small businesses are born out of freelancing and subcontracting in today’s 21st century economy.  Come find out how to freelance like a professional, get business and parlay freelancing into starting your own business when the time is right.  Have you got what it takes?  Hear from others who have walked the path before you. Learn from their experience, mistakes, successes and failures.  You will also learn more about HCC pathways to pursue additional knowledge, resources and expertise in media arts & technology and in starting and running your own business.  Also welcome, aspiring and existing entrepreneurs who want to meet those who are already freelancing and can help you in these areas!

Free to HCC Faculty, Staff, Students & Alumni; Reduced Cost to External Community.

Thanks to Center for Entrepreneurship Partners and Sponsors!

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Featured Topics, Presenters & Guest Speakers:

From Freelancing to Starting Your Own Business – Seminar Topics:

  • Getting Set Up to Freelance – Open your dba;  Open your bank account;  Get your sales Tax ID;  Generate a plan of attack – Freelancing Business Plan.
  • Are You Cut Out to be a Freelancer?  Hear about it from those who have done it:  Time, Money, Support System and Commitment.
  • Steps to Start and Run your Business – Hear from Media Arts and Technology Business Owners (Filmmaking and Graphic Design):  Writing a Business Plan; Developing your Corporate Identity Package; Marketing Yourself…..
  • Presentation Power – In the increasingly-digital marketplace, your ability to quickly connect, capture attention, and influence behavior has become one of the most important skill sets in business. Attention spans have decreased. Expectations have increased. Yet, clients must first buy into you before they buy into ideas.  Get an overview on developing your personal skills in the following areas, presentations, leadership and business building, including: personal branding, customer service and sales and negotiation.
  • Freelancing Opportunities for Students – Multiple projects and opportunities will be presented for freelancing in graphic design, web design, filmmaking, audio recording, animation, music business and multi-media.  Learn how you could be chosen to capitalize on opportunities arising this fall and next spring.

Featured Presenters

  • Dr. Jimmy Adams, Director of the Media Arts & Technology Center of Excellence for Houston Community College System.  Dr. Adams has over 30 years of experience in higher education administration, business management, and visual communications and he has owned his own graphic design company.
  • Student-Alumni Panel – Hear from students, alumni and faculty for real world examples of how you might market services, prepare digital portfolios and bring in business!
    • Erik Calderon, Owner FLMC Films, 2016 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition Alumni, 2016 HCC Northwest College Student of the Year.
    • Tiffany L. Williams is the CEO and creative director for Twice Media Productions, LLC, a video technology company based in Houston, Texas. In 2016, Tiffany won 3rd Place in the HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition.
  • Jonathan Sprinkles, Owner, Presentation Power.  15+ years of experience coaching and mentoring entrepreneurs, executives, healthcare professionals, and sales professionals. The author of 13 books, including two international bestsellers, Jonathan Sprinkles, “Your Connection Coach” is a proven thought leader on the psychology of Connection—the force that drives engagement, loyalty, and profitability.

Featured Entrepreneurial Resource Providers

  • Raj Mashruwala, Mentor, SCORE – SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.  Supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and in operation over 50 years, 320+ SCORE chapters hold events and workshops locally across the U.S. and its territories, and match up entrepreneurs with local, volunteer mentors.
  • Sandra Louvier, Director, Center for Entrepreneurship – The HCC Northwest College Center for Entrepreneurship provides education and training for startup and existing small business owners and their employees.  Our mission fosters economic growth through business and community development.  We offer: workshops, seminars, summits & boot camps; continuing education classes; college credit classes, certificates and degrees; mentoring through a wealth of resource partners; and the annual HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition.

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Fee:  $25.00 on line, $35.00 at the door.  Includes Refreshments and Snacks!

This event is offered at this reduced cost to the Houston area,
thanks to our Center for Entrepreneurship Partners and Sponsors

Veterans: FREE for first 10 Veterans after October 18, Thanks to Capital One Bank. (Code: VETS)

Also FREE for HCC College Credit Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni.  (Code: HCCS)

Registration and Check – In:  2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Location:  HCC Alief Hayes, Room A319/A320, 3rd Floor, Around the corner from the elevators.

Scroll down for photos and bios of our speakers!

Click Here to See Photos of Last Year’s Freelancing Seminar

Featured Presenters

jimmy-adamsJimmy L. Adams, Jr., Ed.D., serves as Director of the Media Arts & Technology Center of Excellence for Houston Community College System.  Dr. Adams has over 30 years of experience in higher education administration, business management, and visual communications. Prior to serving in his current role as Director Media Arts & Technology Center of Excellence, Dr. Adams served as Dean of Business, Agriculture, & Kinesiology at Blinn College, Dean of Workforce Development for Lamar Institute of Technology, Director of Workforce Services for Tarrant County College, Assistant Vice President of Continuing Education for Prairie View A&M University, and served as a dean, department chair and full-time faculty member for the Lone Star College System. Dr. Adams has owned and operated a graphic design firm and worked in various corporate administrative roles in marketing, advertising, and sales for several Fortune 500 companies in the Houston area.  Dr. Adams has an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University, a M.B.A. from Houston Baptist University, and a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Art from the University of Montevallo, Ala. In 2006, Dr. Adams earned the Educational Leadership Doctoral Research Award from Sam Houston State University and was selected as a Barbara L. Jackson Scholar. Dr. Adams is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

erik-calderonErik Calderon is the owner of FLMC Films, which he started in November of 2012.  He’s a chronic Entrepreneur and has started many businesses,  including a limo service, affordable medical care, gems and crystals importer, martial arts school, massage therapy business, bookkeeping business, direct mail advertising business, coffee importer, website design business.  His failures and his never give up attitude have led him to this point in his life,  More on Erik where he owns a successful film production business as well as a successful martial arts school.  More on Erik

Tifffany Williams square jpegTiffany L. Williams is the CEO and creative director for Twice Media Productions, LLC, a video technology company based in Houston, Texas. She began her career while still in college as a freelance multimedia journalist. Three months after finishing graduate school, she moved to Houston and opened her business at age 24. Since then, the business has grown substantially, working with a host of clients, including Shell, Wells Fargo, Houston Airport System, and the Houston Area Urban League. In 2016, Tiffany received the Emerging Leader of The Year Award from eWomenNetwork and won 3rd Place in the HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition. The previous year, she won Supplier of The Year from the Women Business Enterprise Alliance, an Emerging Ten (E-10) Award from the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council and Houston Business Journal, and was named a Pinnacle Award Finalist by the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Leadership Houston Class XXXIV, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Tennessee State University and a Master of Arts degree in Journalism and Documentary Filmmaking from Michigan State University.

Jonathan Sprinkles big_8f1cb982a47cf5c6501aff51fab64c39Jonathan Sprinkles is America’s “Your Connection Coach.”  – An award-winning speaker, international bestselling author, and radio & TV personality, Jonathan has been proclaiming his message to businesspeople around the world, “In order to compete, you have to connect!” As an established leader in teaching strategies to increase engagement, performance, and profitability, Sprinkles’ expertise has been solicited by some of the most successful organizations in the world. He has trained and worked with leadership in every branch of the Armed Forces and many Fortune 500 companies including Bank of America, Verizon, Disney, Nestle, and HP.   More on Jonathan

Houston Community College’s Center for Excellence in Media Arts & Technology  

Houston is home to more than 2,600 computer-design firms and many of them hire computer animators to handle the promotions and design aspects of dozens of products.

The Media Arts & Technology Center meets the need for multimedia artists and animators to create animation, web development, and visual effects for television, movies, video games, internet and advertising, as well as industry simulation training used in energy, medical, marketing, social media, and industrial settings.

Employment for animators and multimedia artists is expected to grow six percent from 2012 to 2022.  For more on our programs, including Audio Recording Technology/Video Production, Digital Communications, Filmmaking and Music Business, call 713-718-2093 or visit: Media Arts & Technology Center of Excellence.

This event is brought to you by the HCC NW Center for Entrepreneurship and strategic partner SCORE:

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October 25
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm