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Pitch The Crowd
I met JR McNair a few months ago when I was just getting started here with the Midtown studio. He is an Atlanta native and hometown sports star that now resides in South Fulton County.
While in College J.R. started a business development company that since its inception has helped over 3,000 small business owners. J.R. is an avid learner and prides himself on mastering a new business skill every 12 months. J.R. has helped incorporate almost 1,000 entities and as such is an expert in the field of corporate formations. J.R. McNair started his first business at the age of 10 years old and has personally started, branded, invested or sold over 30 businesses since that time.
He came by to talk about his newest effort—Pitch The Crowd, a show he recently launched on cable TV here in Atlanta. The show, which currently will air a new episode quarterly, is similar to the popular Shark Tank. With Pitch The Crowd, the goal is to pitch your business or not-for-profit to the crowd funding space.
He brought along several guests who had appeared on the show’s first episode. Emmenette Mason oversees a non-profit organization focused on giving Atlanta young people and adults education on entrepreneurship through a series of weekly workshops in the summer in addition to other educational offerings. IXOYE Global Entrepreneurship Network, or IXGEN for short, has already seen success, with numerous young people who have gone through the program coming back to talk about how they have successfully launched their own small businesses based on what they learned from IXGEN.
IXOYE Global Entrepreneurship Network (IXGEN), is a Georgia nonprofit organization created to provide business support services to assist in creating, strengthening and expanding grassroots micro and small enterprises, and guiding them toward national and international levels of entrepreneurship. IXGEN’s mission is to facilitate access to resources, provide information, technical assistance, training, counseling and other support services, to micro and small entrepreneurs to enable them to promote, strengthen and grow their businesses. IXGEN is committed to ‘promoting a global perspective for micro entrepreneurs in the USA and in Africa.
IXGEN passionately advocates (non-politically), the need for entrepreneurial education as an integral part of the middle and high school curricula throughout the USA and Africa. In this regard, IXGEN has initiated a youth empowerment program (iYEP), for youth in middle and high schools, as well as for young adults. The Youth Empowerment Program (iYEP), is an annual Entrepreneurship, Leadership, & Life Skills Training that provides opportunities for the young people to develop the competencies they need to become successful individuals, and potential business owners.
IXGEN has developed strategic collaborations/partnerships with individual entrepreneurs, philanthropists, development practitioners, governmental and non-governmental agencies, and faith-based organizations that are engaged in economic and community development.
Deontae Trundle came by to talk about Indie Film Loop. The Indie Film Loop is a three-day Film Conference and Creative Showcase that starts on Friday, August 7th, 2015 and ends on Sunday, August 9th. It is projected to be the Southeast regionʼs premiere marketplace for Independent talents within the film & media industries. Attendees will have the opportunity to discover new creative talents within the industry by seeing the showcased participants engaged in intense film related competitions and more. Participants will also be able to gain valuable knowledge from industry leading professionals through thought provoking panel discussions and keynotes, interactive workshops and collaborative opportunities making The Indie Film Loop a vibrant avenue for career development. Emerging professionals of today will be able to earn the right to become the industry elites of tomorrow!
Mark Cano was a Pitch The Crowd participant who is looking for crowd funding to support his efforts to launch a state-of-the-art cosmetology school in the Atlanta area. Having been exposed to the industry of cosmetology education with his wife while living in Florida. Mark’s wife, who has many years of experience in cosmetology was invited to help build a new school in their community and they became intrigued by the possibilities.
Mark has leveraged his background in investment banking, his wife’s experience, and their work as owners of the MedSpa in Johns Creek to develop a passion to build a cosmetology school the he hopes will be the go-to option for the region.
JR McNair, Business Service Pros, Pitch The Crowd
- Founder, Business Service Pros
- Launched his first business, age 10
Emmenette Mason, IXOYE Global Entrepreneurship Network
- MBA, Entrepreneurship Development, University of Akron
- Founder, Youth Empowerment Program
- Member, National Association of Professional Women
- Counselor, SCORE (Business counseling of SBA, Georgia Chapter)
Deontae Trundle, Managing Partner, Indie Film Loop
- AA, Applied Business with focus in Graphic Design, Coyehoga Community College
- Produced “Mr. Amazing”, 2009 Atlanta Film project Competition in Atlanta, Winning 5 “Best Of” Awards
- Previous Creative Director, Upris Corp
- Creative Director/Founder, Creative Synergy Design, LLC