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Octane among the selected participants of University of Kentucky’s Von Allmen Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

As a diverse business Octane strives to provide services to clients who strive to increase diversity through its services and / events.

Recently, Octane owner Danielle Meadows Stinnett, alongside Samantha Johnson of SamanhattanPR and Shalon Thomas owner of Passionate Event Designs was selected to participate in the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business’ Von Allmen Entrepreneurship Bootcamp.

About the Program

The business incubator program runs for 15 consecutive weeks covering various topics from branding to business finances. According to their website the program is:

“Designed for creative and collaborative entrepreneurial learning, growth, and innovation. The “Entrepreneurs Bootcamp Program” is a one semester program designed to assess and validate the feasibility of a business concept, create a business model, and provide hands-on experience with real world projects. With a schedule of programs created to foster collaboration among UK students, faculty, clinicians, postdocs, and community mentors/entrepreneurs, the Entrepreneurs Bootcamp is open to those interested in immersive learning.”

Successful completion of the program concludes with a $3000 grant to the winning company/ idea business pitch.

Welcome to Kinship

Our business pitch is simple; we offer services that share and execute inclusion for festivals and events to incorporate diversity according to there needs. This is the basis of Kinship: “inclusiveness anywhere; diversity everywhere.”

Our team is still growing within the program but its foundational members share core attributes to execute the ideals and structure of our agency. Meet them below:

Samantha Johnson, SamanhattanPR

Samantha Johnson is no stranger to Octane and brings years of multicultural marketing experience to the group. As Event Director of ever popular community event The Night Market, Samantha has a natural talent for not only finding diverse talent but showcasing / marketing it wherever the party is!

Shalon Thomas, Passionate Event Designs

Shalon Thomas brings years of event design to the group. Her specific background in knowing how to create mood by interior  & exterior design on a budget sets the tone of the level of style execution we want to offer each client. From layout to lounge and booth decor, Kinship offer services that are welcoming, inviting and inspirational.

 

We are more than excited to see where this goes! Be sure to follow our Instagram accounts as we continue to progress in the program!

@octanedesigns

@samanhattanpr

@passionateeventdesigns

For more information about the boot camp visit, http://vace.uky.edu/venture-studio.

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Meet Octane’s Summer Interns

From meet n’ greeting a range of professional artisans, building marketing plans, 1:1 skill setting and more, Octane’s Summer interns are making some serious moves!

Get to know them below…

#MoreThanGraphics #AmazingInterns #Growth #Network #Artisans

Meet Luke Taylor

Henry Clay High School – Liberal Arts Program

Likes: French Fries & Comics

Favorite Superhero: Nova & Batman

Dislike: Teen Titan Go! & New Thundercats Roar

Hobbies: Comics, Movies, Trumpet & piano

Career Aspirations: Computer Science, Graphic Design, or something related in those fields


Meet Noah McLellan

Lafayette High School – SCAPA

Likes: Art, visual art, animation, socializing, sketching, social media, movies, driving, sunsets, my friends, photography

Favorite superhero: Deadpool

Dislikes: Sour people, that feeling when you walk into a room with negative energy, people who bring down your energy, bad animation, art block, the relatability of mental problems on social media

Hobbies: Art, animation, drawing in cool breeze summer days, hanging out with my friends, driving to Louisville, the Law Of Attraction, shopping, creating

Career aspirations: Animator, have my own animated series, social media influencer, or both, online artist

 


Interested in being a summer intern in 2019? Email us for more info!

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Octane Welcomes Event Designer Shalon Thomas

I’m thrilled to finally share what I’ve been sitting on for what seems like forever. After months of praying, waiting with this team of independently amazing women business owners, I’m blessed to announce our newest addition, event designer Shalon Thomas to the Octane tribe!

Shalon comes with years of experience as an event designer building everything from floral walls to grand reception halls and intimate gala decor. I think what I love most about Shalon is that she’s so easy to talk to and versatile in style. She can go all out or keep it reeled in while staying within budget and within the desired look.

Be sure to follow Shalon across Instagram and Facebook and continue to follow Octane’s blog as we feature more works from each business.

 

Q&A With Shalon Thomas

Q: What inspired you to get started in event design?

A: I have always been a creative person. I believe my background in early childhood education played an important part in the beginning stages of being a creative. I found myself being very inventive and taking on DIY projects. When my children were young I would have parties that was full of DIY decor that actually turned out pretty well. I started to receive many compliments on my work, I also enjoyed the production of the actual event. From there I started creating and crafting small social gathers for family and friends.

 

Q: What’s your typical event day look like?

A: Depending on what type of event we are design and styling, an event day could be anywhere from 4 – 8 hrs long which includes set up and break down. The morning usually starts with event set up, event rental arrivals, following the production timeline, assign tasks and lastly returning to the event for the break down.

 

Q: Do you have a preferred clientele or are you open to working with anyone?

A: I do prefer to work with clients who do not enjoy decorating or just simply do not have the time nor desire to come up with themes and concepts for their event. When clients come to me for design services it helps if they have ideas but are unsure how to pull all the pieces together. We also specialize in creative direction… meaning if you have no ideas and don’t have a clue where to start we help you map out unique personalized themes from the very beginning. We love blank canvases, those are usually the events that wow our clients the most.

 

Q: What do you enjoy doing when not event designing?

A: I enjoy family time when I am not event designing. I have a husband Eugene, 2 boys Jay and Eugene and a dog named Eva! There is never a dull moment in the house. My children keep me current on the latest dance moves, they both are great dancers! We also love to watch horror movies together while making homemade smores in the microwave LOL.

 

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: I love flatbread pizza!

 

Q: What’s your favorite Movie?

A: The Nutty Professor

 

Q: What’s one of you most memorable events you’ve done? (Or two, or three…)

A: The Kate Spade inspired bridal shower has been the most memorable event so far.  When I first had the idea I wasn’t really sure how everything was going to turn out. The colors were bright pink, black and white stripes with gold accents. I didn’t want to get to carried away with the design elements. I was going for a clean and simple yet bold statement. On the event day, the production team totally rocked the vision. When you entered into the room you felt like you were at a New York Kate Spade show room. No detail went unnoticed. The metallic gold favor boxes matched the gold chargers from the place setting. The perfume of fresh pink roses filled the room leaving the guest with a long lasting impression.

 

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Hello 2018

I’ve officially completed the first week of 2018 and I’ve been doing quite a bit of purging, clean slating and then reconfiguring. I’ve noticed that right toward the end of the year the piles of trash and paper scraps have flooded my office floor. My desk is loaded with business cards and the occasional scattered brochures. It’s THAT time of year!

A New Year means new beginnings right? Out with the old and in with the new? I’ve been inspired by some amazing people in 2017 as I continue to “build up” in the New Year.

To help motivate myself I’ve candidly captured some wisdom from some of my fave creatives / business owners / colleagues to inspire/advise you to make 2018, your year! If you don’t know these powerful ladies, get to know them. Better yet, follow there success. I’m still learning from them.

Here’s to littering the floors more, breathing fully (metaphorically and literally because the flu is no joke this time of year) and laughing a lot louder in 2018.

 

Amanda Edwards
Baker & Owner, Adeline’s Cake Artistry, @akacakes

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” -Lao Tzu

 

Michelle Franzetti
Photographer & Owner, Franzetti Photography, @m_franzetti

“Business Wisdom: find people who are smarter than you and figure out a way to work with them. Barter, trade, save up. Do whatever you have to in order to ensure you are working with people who are better than you. It’s the only way you will have the space you need to get better too!”

 

Tiffany Brannon Foreman
Speaker & Business Owner, Limitless Leaders

“Be humble in all that you do as your business will eventually reflect your inner true self. Do things for the right reasons.”

 

Machon Fogle
Stylist, Educator & Platform Artist, Hairapy by Machon, @choni_c_f

“Keep your blinders on, worry about you, your business, and being successful. Passing on some wisdom does not dull your shine at all.”

 

Samantha Johnson
PR Speciality & Owner, SamanhattanPR, @SamanhattanPR

“My Advice for 2018 is …no matter who you are, odds are you unintentionally think to prepare for the worst more times than not, but in 2018 try to ask yourself, “what’s the best that could happen?”

Ephesians 3: 20-21 in the Message: “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us”

Do the work. You literally have to stop overthinking and journaling and positive meme posting and just do the first thing. A lot of our answers come out in the movement, not in the brainstorm during a netflix binge. Write the next 20 lines or pages, contact the adoption center, take your health seriously, schedule therapy, record that podcast, audition for that film, go viral… do something toward your goals/happiness to force yourself to take the next step.

Get out of your own way and be great daily!”

 

Jacqueline Rowan
Owner & Blogger, Jrow Photography & Designs, @jrow_everything

“Starting a business can be an amazing fulfilling adventure but it will take time and patience to build the business of your dream. Don’t get discouraged if in the beginning things are slow or not going your way. Don’t quit! Keep going and remember that the world wasn’t made in a night… nor a successful business.”

 

Jessie Laine Powell
Jazz Artist, Singer/ Songwriter, JLP Music

“Don’t harbor unforgiveness. You immediately imprison your own heart. Forgive and set yourself free. This is true liberation.”

 

Tashari Berry
Financial Advisor, World Traveler & Owner, Tashari Financial Group LLC

“Successful entrepreneurs (online or brick and mortar): What’s your no.1 fear for you and your business?

Is it:
a) Revenue: How to increase profits while decreasing overhead expenses
b) Balance:  How to balance your business and personal life before you lose your cool.
c) Retirement: You don’t have a plan in place. All you ave is the business as your retirement plan. “

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We gather in November, Pt. 2

Tada! Part 2….

If you’re like, part whaa? Then read this first. For the rest of you lovely bunches of Oats, today’s #TablescapeThursday was simply put, FUN! Getting further away from the traditional green red and orange look & used only two colors –keepin’ it cozy.  In my Ernest voice, know what I mean?

All month-long I’ll be showcasing tablescapes of various styles I love. Be inspired & purchase custom paper items on #OctaneOnEtsy! Lookout for extra pics & comments in my Instagram stories!

Interested in having Octane design your holiday party or event? Chat with us at info@lexoctane.com.

 

So this is where I decided to get fancy with the camera. I love pumpkins… but I also love to reuse. You better believe these were from Halloween… its got my little ones doodles all over them. Love the array of families memories spread all across the table!

 

What is it with natural wood?! I Iove the texture and color and works really well with the candles I put in my faux lanterns. It always flows well with natural foilage. And I loved that the table is bare… I like being able to use the table as a means to talk to others I don’t always get to talk to. Having tall crazy pieces kind of ruins that possibility. It’s a Ga-ther-ing, remember?

 

Let’s talk about these menus. My kids crack at me for still using “turkey day” instead of Thanksgiving Day. Growing up the only time I had turkey was on Thanksgiving Day (and the leftover turkey salad sandwiches thereafter ) with my family. As a paper enthusiast  kraft paper gives me LIFE. I was also shooting for a signature look. (The curse of being a graphic designer…and all her “looks”.) Just a simple natural black and white feel with my favorite embellishment, satire. That’s right we’re having TURDUCKEN, Grandma’s mashed potatoes (not that Idaho in a microwave bag mess) and The Pie of ALL Pies… who doesn’t want that?!!

 

 

 

Overall this was more fun than last week because its closer to my personal style. Next week we’ll get further from traditional and go for the gold… literally! #StayTuned and continue to follow #OctaneOnEtsy for more #TablescapeThursday inspiration for you holiday gatherings!