Elite Professionals (http://eliteprofessionals.org/) is a Philadelphia based online magazine targeted at, and written by, successful professionals and elite professionals of the future. It’s only been set up recently so is still finding its feet a little but it’s already beginning to draw in some interesting content and viewing figures and founder Karen Ammond hopes to continue to build on these early promising signs to eventually turn it into an international professional news and networking tool.
At the moment I’m writing on UK based young entrepreneurs. I’ve met a fair few at uni and through my involvement with the UpRising Leadership Programme and I thought it was about time I did something good for me (i.e. continue to develop my writing skills and CV) whilst also doing something good for them, increasing their international exposure, doing a little bit to help out the kind of entrepreneurial talent our recession-haunted country desperately needs.
First up on my list of talented business-folk is Daniel Blyden, and here’s my article on him and his fabulous company YEP Media:
‘My background is one of many conquests in the management and production of creative projects and events. I completed a degree in media and communications specialising in visual communications and communications management and I use these skills for a wide range of things, from marketing and promoting businesses to working on delivering events.’
‘It was a collective effort when I finished university with a couple of friends. We wanted to start a creative communications agency since we were already operating as one for our final project at university. We then developed the company into what it is today.’
‘It is a creative agency that provides creative media production and consulting services for the development of online media brands. The company is in its start up stages so my role basically spans across all aspects of the work, from marketing communications to finance and delivering/producing the work for clients. Thankfully I am not alone as a founder and so I am able to work more on the marketing and communications for the company which is where my strengths lie.’
‘Keeping a consistent amount of work coming in has been challenging as a small start-up because when there are 3 people within a company to start off with it can strain the resources when there is less work to be done. However, we manage this by understanding each others’ needs and allowing each other to have room to deal with other commitments.’
‘When we paid ourselves for the first time!’
‘In five years time YEP Media should be in a position where it is fully staffed and can run without my full time commitment and so I will be able to go off and work on other ventures.’
‘Develop that ‘staying power’ and be resilient despite the setbacks you might get. ‘A setback is only a setup for a comeback.’’