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Join us as we gather some of the best young entrepreneurs in the Baton Rouge area on a panel to discuss how an entrepreneur mentality can help you succeed in almost any position or industry.

When: 02/20/2019
5:30 pm
Where: BRAC: Main Boardroom
564 Laurel St
Baton Rouge, Louisiana  70801
United States
Contact: Kylee Arnold

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Join us as we gather some of the best young entrepreneurs in the Baton Rouge area on a panel to discuss how an entrepreneur mentality can help you succeed in almost any position or industry. Following the event we will gather at Cocha to mingle and continue the conversations! 



Stephen Loy, executive director of the Louisiana Technology Park joined the team in 2004 as director of communications, he has made his way up the ranks, from handling the Park's public relations, to being responsible for the day-to-day operations of the incubator. This means developing strategies to continue attracting early-stage companies to apply for membership. In April 2008, the board of directors named Stephen Louisiana Tech Park’s interim executive director. In 2011, the board named him executive director.

Stephen is accredited in Public Relations and is a past President of The Public Relations Association of Louisiana—Baton Rouge Chapter (PRAL-BR). He served as Treasurer of the Southern Public Relations Federation Board of Directors and is a past President of the Louisiana Business Incubation Association. Stephen currently serves on the board of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC).


Our awesome panelists so far:


Madeline Ellis, owner/creative director of Mimosa Handcrafted Jewelry works alongside her husband with a team of 5 as full-time jewelers. They create jewelry start to finish in their South Louisiana home studio using the ancient art of lost-wax casting. Madeline (and her husband) graduated in Landscape Architecture from LSU. She began MIMOSA when she took her life long passion for making and pursued it after her day job.

Madeline's committed to creating wears and wares with story and soul. Where she once used her creativity to design spaces for people to have experiences in, she now creates pieces for the wearer to have experiences with. Her pieces tell the story of everything from culture to history to landscape and invite conversation and opportunity for connection around things that matter to the heart.


Kyle Palmer, co-owner of Parker’s Pharmacy serves as the Marketing Executive of the company, with nine years of experience in the field of marketing. The Baton Rouge native, moved to Billings, Montana in 2007 to further his education at Montana State University of Billings on a full-athletic scholarship to play basketball. Kyle received his B.S. Degree in Elementary Education and was well known for his contributions with children of all walks of life in the community. After college, Kyle launched a marketing firm and a youth sporting event company that made an impact throughout the community during his ten years of living in Montana. As Kyle returned to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, his mission is to educate the community on self-health while utilizing effective marketing strategies for Parker’s Pharmacy. In addition to Parker’s Pharmacy, Kyle plans to launch his Baton Rouge based marketing firm in the near future. Kyle loves basketball, marketing, teaching, playing ping pong, fishing, art and eating seafood. 


Chavanne Cazayoux Debetaz, founder of Cazayoux Creative, followed her passion for words, sentences and stories from New Roads, LA to Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Here, she cultivated her skill-set and graduated with a degree in advertising and copy. After working as a copywriter at Slingshot in Dallas, TX, and Lamar Advertising, in Baton Rouge, LA, she decided to merge her entrepreneurial itch and love for storytelling by starting her own copywriting-focused agency, Cazayoux Creative. Chavanne brings a fresh perspective to the world of marketing with her creative energy and progressive outlook on the rapidly changing industry. She hand-picks and leads a nationwide team of experts all qualified for and dedicated to one primary goal: creating compelling copy that helps business owners grow their companies.


Franz Borghardt, owner of the Borghardt Law Firm practices criminal defense and civil rights law in Louisiana federal, state and municipal courts. He is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College and the Trial Lawyers College. He is a member of the NACDL and LACDL. He is a CJA Panel Member for the Federal Middle District of Louisiana. He has previously been employed as a felony assistant in the East Baton Rouge Office of Public Defender and the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office. He additionally consults on jury selection. He has presented CLE’s in the areas of jury selection, domestic violence, criminal law topics, and a seminar for law enforcement officers and law enforcement forensic scientists. He has written published articles on criminal law topics, cell phone search and seizure, jury selection, and social media. Franz cohosts the Legally Unfiltered podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud and provides regular legal commentary on Talk 107.3 radio. Franz has also provided legal commentary on WAFB and WBRZ news channels.  He was selected to the 2017 Class of the Baton Rouge Business Report’s Forty Under 40 and is a 2018 Honoree of Club Blue’s Great Futures Gala. He has been selected multiple times to Super Lawyers Rising Stars and is Martindale Hubbell AV rated

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