Secretary Hutchinson Launches 'Tech Talks' With Louisiana Technology Entrepreneurs

TelecomCareers.net CEO Kicks Off Department of Economic Development's New

Program for High-Tech Start-Ups



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Louisiana Department of Economic Development

    BATON ROUGE, La., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Economic Development Secretary Don Hutchinson today launched "Tech Talks" -- a
 regular series of one-on-one meetings with Louisiana technology entrepreneurs
 to better identify common elements of high tech success and align the state's
 economic development efforts accordingly.
     Quinn Jones, CEO and co-founder of New Orleans-based TelecomCareers.net,
 is the first in a long line of technology executives scheduled to meet with
 Secretary Hutchinson.  The new outreach program, which supports the Governor's
 Vision 2020 plan, will give local entrepreneurs the opportunity to shape the
 state's economic development conversation and spotlight the needs and
 opportunities most important to technology start-ups.  Hutchinson will meet
 with Samantha Atkins, founder of Baton Rouge-based SoberCity.com, next week.
     "Things are changing here in Louisiana, and the DED is taking the lead by
 strategically reaching out across the state to those people and companies with
 solid ideas, who are making a contribution, and succeeding," said Hutchinson.
     "These are examples of the type of tech companies that represent the new
 Louisiana, a place where a vibrant, balanced economy, a fully-engaged
 workforce, and a quality of life second to none keep our brightest minds at
 home, while creating job and investment opportunities for Louisianans," said
 Governor Foster.  "Needless to say, I'm excited that Secretary Hutchinson and
 his department are taking the lead in highlighting this kind of innovation."
     TelecomCareers.net is the world's largest telecom-focused career site.  In
 just over a year, the company has grown revenues to more than $1 million and
 quadrupled its employee base.  Unlike many high-profile dot com flameouts,
 TelecomCareers.net relied on a very specific focus, a small investment and
 creative thinking from its founders, growing slowly and steadily and reaching
 profitability quickly.
     "TelecomCareers.net did it right from the start," said his 2000 Addy
 Award-winning ad agency partner Robbie Vitrano of Trumpet.  "The niche-market
 strategy -- when everyone else in the online job industry was trying to be
 everything to everybody -- allowed them to carve out a sizable and defendable
 position and brand."
     SoberCity.com is also achieving success, securing a sizeable 'angel' round
 from a Baton Rouge investor.  Atkins of SoberCity.com is out to save those
 suffering from addiction by using real-time Videoconferencing technology to
 provide Web outpatient solutions.  Via chat rooms, SoberCity.com bridges the
 gap for those seeking addiction recovery online.  "The response has been
 amazing ... we're actually helping to save peoples lives through technology
 and a powerful affinity group -- the addict in recovery who are out to help
 others stay clean -- day by day," said Atkins.
     For more information about the Louisiana Department of Economic
 Development, please visit www.lded.state.la.us.
 
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SOURCE Louisiana Department of Economic Development
    BATON ROUGE, La., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Economic Development Secretary Don Hutchinson today launched "Tech Talks" -- a
 regular series of one-on-one meetings with Louisiana technology entrepreneurs
 to better identify common elements of high tech success and align the state's
 economic development efforts accordingly.
     Quinn Jones, CEO and co-founder of New Orleans-based TelecomCareers.net,
 is the first in a long line of technology executives scheduled to meet with
 Secretary Hutchinson.  The new outreach program, which supports the Governor's
 Vision 2020 plan, will give local entrepreneurs the opportunity to shape the
 state's economic development conversation and spotlight the needs and
 opportunities most important to technology start-ups.  Hutchinson will meet
 with Samantha Atkins, founder of Baton Rouge-based SoberCity.com, next week.
     "Things are changing here in Louisiana, and the DED is taking the lead by
 strategically reaching out across the state to those people and companies with
 solid ideas, who are making a contribution, and succeeding," said Hutchinson.
     "These are examples of the type of tech companies that represent the new
 Louisiana, a place where a vibrant, balanced economy, a fully-engaged
 workforce, and a quality of life second to none keep our brightest minds at
 home, while creating job and investment opportunities for Louisianans," said
 Governor Foster.  "Needless to say, I'm excited that Secretary Hutchinson and
 his department are taking the lead in highlighting this kind of innovation."
     TelecomCareers.net is the world's largest telecom-focused career site.  In
 just over a year, the company has grown revenues to more than $1 million and
 quadrupled its employee base.  Unlike many high-profile dot com flameouts,
 TelecomCareers.net relied on a very specific focus, a small investment and
 creative thinking from its founders, growing slowly and steadily and reaching
 profitability quickly.
     "TelecomCareers.net did it right from the start," said his 2000 Addy
 Award-winning ad agency partner Robbie Vitrano of Trumpet.  "The niche-market
 strategy -- when everyone else in the online job industry was trying to be
 everything to everybody -- allowed them to carve out a sizable and defendable
 position and brand."
     SoberCity.com is also achieving success, securing a sizeable 'angel' round
 from a Baton Rouge investor.  Atkins of SoberCity.com is out to save those
 suffering from addiction by using real-time Videoconferencing technology to
 provide Web outpatient solutions.  Via chat rooms, SoberCity.com bridges the
 gap for those seeking addiction recovery online.  "The response has been
 amazing ... we're actually helping to save peoples lives through technology
 and a powerful affinity group -- the addict in recovery who are out to help
 others stay clean -- day by day," said Atkins.
     For more information about the Louisiana Department of Economic
 Development, please visit www.lded.state.la.us.
 
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