STARTING & MAINTAINING A SMALL BUSINESS
IN FILM & MEDIA
Whether you already have a media business — or you’re thinking of starting one — you’ll want to come to this meeting. We’ll have a panel of legal and business experts, as well as some of more successful media business owners in St. Louis. Whether you’re planning to build a media powerhouse — or you’re an independent contractor (actor, writer, director, editor, etc.) — there will be significant insights for you at this meeting.
— the best way to structure your business to avoid legal problems and maximizing tax benefits
— financing options for small business owners
— tapping into the best small-business resources in St. Louis
— navigating the burgeoning local entrepreneurial eco-system.
— how to find your own profitable niche (or niches)
— how to make the most of the boom times, and how to survive the busts.
There will be plenty of time at the meeting to get your questions answered — and for those who like to stay out later there is our unofficial Afterglow for more networking and camaraderie.
The meeting will be at Barlow Productions in Olivette, one of St. Louis’ oldest and most successful video and photography studios.
TIME: Networking starts at 6:30, meeting at 7:00.
DATE: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
LOCATION: Barlow Productions
1115 Olivette Executive Parkway
Olivette, MO 63132
COST: MCA-I members: FREE
Tom Daiber has been with the St. Louis District office of the U.S. Small Business Administration for three years and is the Lead Lender Relations Specialist. Tom serves as a senior member of the District Office Team and is primarily responsible for marketing all SBA lending programs and services, conducting outreach, training and recruitment with all of the lenders in the District and working with lenders that need assistance on complex transactions, those who are new to SBA lending, those who are growing their loan volume and diversifying into the use of additional SBA loan programs and services. Prior to joining the SBA, Tom worked in the banking industry for 28 years where he gained valuable banking experience serving in a number of roles including senior lender, chief risk officer, chief financial officer, president and chief executive officer for several St. Louis area banks.
Chad Carpenter is a user experience designer by trade, and always wanted to create video and motion pictures. Chad is the Executive Director and founder of Middle West Movies. Middle West Movies is a non profit formed to provide Midwestern movie makers experience producing features. Chad wrote, directed, and produced MWM’s first feature, Dog Days in the Heartland, in August/Sept 2015.
David Houlle, the owner of Sight & Sound Production Services, Inc., is Missouri’s largest grip and lighting rental house. Over the 36 years, Mr. Houlle has worked on film & video projects from coast to coast but mainly working in the Midwest area. Projects Mr. Houlle has worked on varies from Paramount’s production of “Up in the Air” to a small two man lighting situations. Sight & Sound is the go to rental house from these larger lighting setup as well as the last minute call for that one light that is needed.
Lou Stemmler owns Silver Streak Studios, LLC which provides all types of video, audio, and multi-media production to corporate and non-profit clients, primarily in the Greater St. Louis region. He was the Associate Producer of “Fatal Call”, a full length thriller.
Stephen Pidgeon owned and operated Pulse Productions, Inc from 1976 to 1983 which produced film and multimedia and now owns and operates Pulse Media Technology, Inc. which produces digital media, animation, motion capture, and content for augmented and virtual reality.
PS: Don’t forget to check out our new web site, designed by our board member and webmaster, Stephen Pidgeon … You’ll find Mary Schirmer’s write-up of our last meeting on hair, make-up, and costuming … another article by Mary on Erin Bernhardt, producer of the feature-length music documentary, “Imba Means Sing.” www.stlmca.org