Artistry in Entrepreneurship

Speakers at our last Tempus conference proved that business isn’t just math and analysis, it can be artistry as well. These speakers used their artistic talent and appreciation to create and engage with one of a kind start ups. Noah Gansallo is a senior at German Town Friends School, and has been selling art since he was eleven years old. His father, who lives overseas, imported art from Nigeria which Gansallo then sold locally. An alumni of our Youth and Money Camp, Gansallo learned the benefits of having a business plan, and other sustainable business techniques. Gansallo has moved onto his true passion of web design and coding, and is creating a curriculum which he hopes will be used at this years Youth and Money Camp. Graduating from the Philadelphia Public School System and Temple’s Fox School of Business, Timothy Nesmith has built a booming screen printing business. Started by his father in 1985, Phillyscreen had only $20 in the bank when Nesmith took over. Thanks to Nesmith’s hard work and dedication, Phillyscreen now has over $100,00 in annual sales, and notable repeat customers such as Temple University and Marathon Grill. These inspiring entrepreneurs have shown that pairing love for art with smart business skills can have amazing results. We can’t wait to what the speakers at November’s conference will have to offer budding...

Dedication

Many of our speakers are not only successful business owners, but are now dedicating their lives to guiding and encouraging new entrepreneurs. Rashaun Williams has received many entrepreneurial accolades all while being official DJ for the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement . The 2013 recipient of the Black Male Engagement Award, leader of the 2014 Global Youth Service Day, and community organizer for organizations such as HUB and Mobilize.com, Williams recently founded the Philadelphia branch of Watson University. Watson, a nonprofit based in Boulder Colorado, gives a select group of young entrepreneurs the guidance and mentorship they need to grow their business ideas. Williams acts as the executive director of the Philadelphia branch, creating a series of accelerated two week programs for students, and working with local universities to create more permanent programs. After studying philosophy at New York University, Ennis Carter spent many years in the late 1980s and early 1990s as community organizer in the nonprofit sector. In 1996 she founded Social Impact Studios. Combining artistry and activism Social Impact Studios believes that good causes should receive the most attention. Through marketing strategies and grassroots organizing, Carter and Social Impact Studios help creative activists engage effectively with surrounding communities. An educator, investor, and entrepreneur, Rich Sedmak is the founder and CEO of Schoolyard Ventures. Sedmak has acted as Entrepreneur in Residence for The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, served on the boards for multiple non profits, and acted as an angel investor (providing capital for business startups). Schoolyard Ventures has helped over 800 young people (including our former speakers Hallel Raphael and David Zamarin) start their own business...

Expert Advice

 While hearing from like minded young professionals can be very useful, there is no doubt an equal need to hear from those with years of experience. Many of our speakers at Tempus are leaders in their field and are excited to share their business wisdom with new entrepreneurs.     With over twenty five years of experience assessing the economic feasibility of startups, Bill Dorsey is now an instructor and consultant for the Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise. Dorsey graduated from Columbia with a B.A. in Economics and a M.A. in Regional and Urban Planning from Pratt Institute. By conducting market analysis and and developing capitalization plans Dorsey helped lead the Opportunity Finance Network in developing community development finance institutions in Native American communities across America. Dorsey’s experience in a diverse set of marketing and investment jobs has given him a deep understanding in the field.     Sylvia Watts McKinney has spent her career in both the private and the public sector using adaptive management strategies to ensure success. As Executive Director of the museum of Afro-American History Watts McKinney worked with many media outlets and platforms to expand the museum’s donor base. While Project Manager and then Vice President at a real estate company Watts McKinney ensured the completion of construction and worked with government agencies and private banks to ensure fee simple and affordable housing to low income families. Watts McKinney is now the director of the Philadelphia Programs Office of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship where her years of hands on experience helps her ensure the success of the next generation of entrepreneurs.     Improving...

High School Entrepreneurship

The thought of starting a business while in high school can seem daunting. Dealing with investors, marketing, and product development all while balancing a full course load certainly isn’t easy, but the success of our previous speakers prove why it’s all worth the risk. A rising star in the high school program Philly Startup Corps David Zamarin sold his first startup for $25,000 at just fifteen years old, and is currently developing his second. During his freshman year of high school Zamarin started “Lick Your Sole,” a shoe detailing service designed to keep shoes looking fresh and new. The success of “Lick Your Sole” grew rapidly, partnering with Philadelphia college sports teams like Temple, Penn, and Drexel. While working on “Lick Your Sole,” Zamarin researched and created his own stain repellent. He sold his original venture to an employee and began devoting his time to a second startup, “Detrapel.” Detrapel is an entirely eco friendly and non toxic stain repellent which can be used on any solid fabric. Zamarin’s product is now sold in multiple locations in the city as well as online. Hallel Raphael is now majoring in culinary arts at Walnut Hill College while developing her second business venture, but has long been an advocate for youth entrepreneurship. While in high school she participated in the business program Schoolyard Ventures, which helped her to create her first startup, “Gone Apparel.” For over two years “Gone Apparel” provided entirely American made insect repellant clothing. Raphael is currently CEO for her online vintage clothing company “Thriftees Apparel.” Fueled by her love for nail polish and constant desire for new...

Tempus Conference Speakers

The Tempus Conference gives rising entrepreneurs the platform to share what they’ve learned with young people who are similarly inclined. A chance to network, brainstorm, and learn from those already in the field, Tempus helps guide young people in starting and succeeding in business. As preparations are made for our fall 2016 Tempus conference we look back at some of our previous speakers. Whether inspired by a personal connection, like Frank Macinsky ofThread or Dana Donofree of AnaOno, or by community potential, like Izzat Rahman of Kayuh Bicycles or the founders of Baby’s Ice Cream, many young entrepreneurs are making a serious impact. With just one visit to Haiti, Frank Macinsky saw the capital in trash. Macinsky realized that if he could find a way to create something new out of the abundant waste in Haiti, it would bring jobs and income into poor communities, and help create a more sustainable marketplace. This realization lead to the creation of Thread Ground to Good which recycles and breaks down plastic bottles to create functional and responsibly produced fabric. After her own battle with cancer, and subsequent bilateral mastectomy, Dana Donofree realized there was one challenge breast cancer survivors faced that she could improve: lingerie. Having graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a fashion and and design degree, Donofree began a line of lingerie custom fit for the many shapes and sizes of survivors. The AnaOno intimates line aims to empower the wearer, and additionally donates a portion of their proceeds to breast cancer charity organizations. Founded on his own love for cycling Izzat Rahman started Kayuh Bicycles...

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