The University of New Orleans hosts Entrepreneurship Week, bringing entrepreneurs from all over the city to speak to students and faculty about successes and challenges.
Entrepreneurship Week at UNO runs April 6-10, bringing a host of visitors to campus, including two keynote speakers.
Demo Diva Simone Bruni will speak from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7 in Kirschman Hall, Room 122. All are invited to attend.
Todd Matherne, owner and president of Renaissance Publishing will deliver the week’s keynote address from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, in Kirschman Hall, Room 122. Light snacks will be provided.
His talk is co-sponsored by the UNO Department of Management and Marketing, the UNO Entrepreneurship Program and the American Marketing Association.
Entrepreneurship Week is designed to allow UNO students get an inside look at the joys and difficulties of starting and owning a business – and to share a few helpful hints on how to get started planning for a successful career. Entrepreneurship Week includes talks by two headline speakers and a dozen other entrepreneurs. COBA students studying Introduction to Business Administration, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Business Communication, Innovation Management, Business Policies, Health Care Management, Principles of Marketing, Business Policies and Problems and Strategic Issues in Health Care Organizations will welcome these speakers to their classes. All are invited to attend the two talks led by keynote speakers.
On Tuesday, Simone Bruni will deliver a talk entitled “Shoe Me Up!”As founder and owner of The Demo Diva Demolition Company, Simone blazed a trail for herself in a male-dominated industry and all the while painting the town pink. Demo Diva was founded by Simone Bruni in 2006 to clean up the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
“Although she lost her home in the Katrina flood and had no construction experience, Simone recognized her flooded neighbors’ needs were greater than her own, “ the Demo Diva website reveals. “She responded. Her motto was, ‘Let me help you get home. Trust me. I’m your neighbor.’ “Demolition was the first step to progress and rebuilding.”
“Simone’s tenacity and marketing skills created the nation’s most unique, woman-owned demolition company, The Demo Diva, LLC. Quickly setting herself apart from seasoned construction contractors, Simone branded Demo Diva’s public image. All of her heavy equipment, trucks and debris dumpsters are painted hot pink.
“She offered hope and sold trust. The New Orleans community responded. Demo Diva’s business grew exponentially. Seven years later, Demo Diva has cleared away thousands of flooded and blighted homes. Demo Diva has now grown into a multi-million dollar residential and commercial demolition business that has expanded to Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast," the website states.
“Progress is changing the game. Demo Diva has changed the look of the game.”
For her work, Bruni has not only received the thanks and appreciation of thousands of New Orleanians. She has also received accolades from the press and received the following awards: 2008 Gambit 40 Under 40, 2008 City Business Women of the Year, 2009 – 2010 Busy working, working, and working!, 2011 Louisiana Women Summit Award, 2011 Junior Achievement Rising Star Award, 2012 Louisiana Women in Government Big Dream Award, and 2012 Brees’ Dream Foundation Mentor of the Year.
On Thursday, Todd Matherne of Renaissance Publishing will deliver the week’s keynote address. His talk is co-sponsored by the UNO Department of Management and Marketing, the UNO Entrepreneurship Program and the American Marketing Association.
Todd Matherne is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and has spent his entire professional career in the publishing industry.
“His favorite thing that he loves about his job is publishing magazines that celebrate life,” his bio reads. “New Orleans to him is the city that celebrates life unlike any other.”
MyNewOrleans.com is owned by Renaissance Publishing LLC, which is locally owned by Todd Matherne, Errol Laborde and Alan Campell. In addition to MyNewOrleans.com, Renaissance Publishing LLC also owns New Orleans Magazine, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, Louisiana Life, New Orleans Bride, Gulf Coast Wine+Dine, Acadiana Profile, St. Charles Avenuemagazine and the upcoming Biz New Orleans. Renaissance Publishing LLC also produces many custom publishing titles for various organizations.
In October, Renaissance Publishing launched Biz New Orleans, a four-color glossy publication, designed to provide business news and insightful commentary along with great photography. A related daily blog page and email newsletter launched prior to the print edition in September.
Matherne says that “since 2005 New Orleans has developed into one of America’s leading business communities and our city needs a business magazine to tell that story. Look for Biz New Orleans to be that storyteller. We mean Business – Biz New Orleans.”
Joining classes this week to talk about their work are: