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Keedie’s Corner Company Review: Nerv

By: Keidra Ponder

As an avid supporter of Atlanta Indie Market I come across many great finds, but I was in awe when I met Dr. Michael Jiang. He was so calm, even cool under the Atlanta sun as shoppers filled the atmosphere. He introduced me to a new supplement that supports mental clarity. When I heard those words my eyes lit up! I have the hardest time staying focused and retaining thoughts. I am one of those people who make to do list just to finish a to do list. The product has zero calories, is caffeine free, and naturally flavored. I love healthy drinks so I was obliged to try it out.

I had a kickball game that I wanted to be ready to play and that’s exactly what I was. The shot didn’t make me feel jittery at all, it made me the polar opposite. I felt at ease as if I could see things in a different light. I felt light on my feet and my head was clear as well. I was able to focus on one task at a time as I picked the most important one to focus on. We had a good game that day and I was still happy even though we lost. Needless to say I am a firm believer in Nerv and I would recommend any and everyone to try it. I had a chance to ask Dr. Michael Jiang a few questions to get a better understanding of Nerv and the science behind it.


Dr. Jiang when and where was Nerv started?

We were founded in 2017. We launched our product in Feb 2018. Started in my kitchen with the formulation and testing. Took it to Emory for focus groups with students. Crowdfunded on Indiegogo and will be launching all across the country at CVS in two weeks!

So what was the vision behind Nerv?

Nerv is all about helping our customers be their best selves and we do that by supporting and destigmatizing the sense of the overwhelming overload we feel day to day. We provide products that help balance brain chemistry so that people can de-stress and re-focus.

What are some of the struggles you have had to overcome to be able to make Nerv a retail product?

The drink market is highly competitive and retail is a difficult space to start in. Fortunately, we have been able to overcome both by differentiating our product from what people are used to seeing and finding shelf space in gyms, pharmacies, and university campuses.

What are some of your highlighted achievements?

We find our greatest satisfaction in hearing from our happy customers that Nerv has been able to help them in their lives and made them happier. Nerv was completely crowdfunded. We have won multiple pitch competitions. Within 6 months of launch, we will be retailing all across the US at CVS!

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Dr. Jiang what is the current status of your company?

We are currently looking to expand our retail reach to more locations. However, anyone anywhere can always find us on the web at www.getnerv.com. We are also seeking investment to fuel our expansion.

Where do you see yourself taking your company in the future?

Nerv’s mission is to provide access to innovative products that help people be their best selves. Right now, we feel stress and anxiety are major problems holding people back from reaching their potential so our product provides an accessible solution. We also aim to provide expert opinion, discussion, and engagement with the community on matters of the brain and mental health at the Nerv Center: https://www.getnerv.com/blogs/nerv-center

What are some unknown facts about your Nerv?

Nerv started because Dr. Michael Jiang wanted to help formulate a solution to help his friends and family de-stress and re-focus. That ultimately resulted in the production of Nerv and made him an accidental entrepreneur when it turned out lots of people needed his solution!

Where did you receive your education? What was your field of study?

I got my bachelors in Neuroscience from Furman University and my Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Emory University. My research focused on translational solutions for neurodegenerative diseases and the treatment of stress and anxiety.

Dr. Jiang where were you born? Give us some background on you as an individual.

I was born in a very normal and poor family from Inner Mongolia. My parents shared $25 a week in salary and we have no car, only bicycles. In 1994, immigration to New Zealand opened up and my parents became the first people in their families to leave China. On my first day of school, I didn’t know any English so I had to improvise sign language to ask to use the bathroom. I got my name because the only Western person my mom knew of at the time was Michael Jackson. I attended elementary school in New Zealand and went to high school in Australia. My family currently resides in Sydney, Australia. I came to the USA on a full scholarship to study Neuroscience at Furman University and I just graduated with my Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Emory University in 2017.

Who are some of your influences in business and in life?

I wouldn’t be able to be where I am today without the help of my parents Andy and Susan, my loving wife MC, and my partners Holly Ash and Graeme Warring.

Do you have any words of encouragement for our readers?

It is hard to set yourself on a journey when you only look at the destination and see that is so far away and the way is so unclear. Instead, just start and soon when you look back you will see how far you have come.

Do you have any networking partners you want to mention?

I would like to thank the Robin Harpak and the Emory Alumni Network, Emory University, CVS, and Rangeme.

 

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Company Review: It’s Not Your Fault 91

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It took me some time to come to terms about my issues with men, but life has a way of bringing you back to certain memories. I was a product of a domestic violent home, my first poem I ever wrote was about how no man is going to put his hands on me. I thank God my mother survived those days, I truly admire her in many ways. I don’t share a lot of my personal life, but I had to relive it in telling Santina Proctor’s story. I shed tears while putting this piece together. One person’s courage can bring hope to so many others and that’s exactly what she did with It’s Not Your Fault 91.

Santina Proctor is a 33-year-old motivational speaker and domestic violence awareness advocate, she is the creator of It’s Not Your Fault 91 which began in 2015. On top of being an entrepreneur she is also a licensed practical nurse. Santina spent her childhood in Detroit, Michigan and then relocated to Daytona Beach, Fl at the age of seven after losing her mother to domestic violent situation. After graduating high school in 2001 Santina joined the U.S Army in which she served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. After an honorable discharge from the military Santina studied to become a Licensed Practical Nurse, graduating in 2005.

 

Mrs. Proctor currently resides in Chesapeake, Va with her husband and two children. She uses her turmoil as a testimony to help women who find themselves in compromising situations. Her goal is to give a voice to domestic violence and help get rid of the mentality what happens in this house stays in this house. Mrs. Proctor has spoken at San Diego State University, Elizabeth City State University and numerous locations throughout Virginia and North Carolina. Each year Santina hosts a team in Samaritan’s House 5K. Santina has also produced two documentaries which can be found on YouTube under It’s Not Your Fault 91 Part 1 and Part 2. Santina is currently challenging 500 people to take a pledge against domestic violence in the month of February. Her motto is, “Sometimes the children are the survivors”.

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If you’re looking for a speaker at your next engagement contact Santina Proctor, her words are heartfelt and motivational. Contact her via email at inyf91@gmail.com and follow her on FaceBook: It’s Not Your Fault 91 and Instagram: inyf_91 to stay current with her works. I urge everyone to be accountable for their actions and take the pledge against domestic violence.

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By: Keidra Ponder and Santina Proctor

Company Review: NTM Group

Today we are reviewing a very promising management company called NTM Group. This company is dear to me because the owner is from my hometown of Daytona Beach, FL. I learned of the company through the talent they represent. I have personally watched some of the artist and models flourish under the direction of NTM Group. I feel this is a good start for anyone looking for a career in entertainment. I had to pleasure of speaking with S. Brown who is the Chief Executive Officer of Naturally Talented Management Group, this is her story.
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NTM Group stands for Naturally Talented Management Group, established in 2013. The company started by a mother that wanted to help her child. Her daughter would come home  from school everyday crying because kids made fun of her by calling her names and hitting on her. She felt as if she was ugly because the kids were so cruel. One day the fed up mom wanted to help her daughter with her self-esteem, so she googled modeling. Up came a site that promoted modeling and acting, so she registered her daughter. There was an amazing response from photographers and casting directors that wanted her daughter to model for them. The duo traveled from city to city modeling, she quickly became a hot commodity.
ntm1The mother noticed that her daughter was a natural and that’s where the name naturally talented came from. After a couple of years of guiding her daughter, the mother decided to mange other people, she began managing numerous people.  After the experience with her daughter, she wanted to help other children that were subjected to bullying, ridicule and low self-esteem. Those people included models, rappers and actors. NTM is a full service management company for models, actors, singers and more. We provide great, reliable customer service and talent representation. Our talent has appeared on shows like; The Glades on A & E, Disney commercials, and they have opened up for Artist such as R Kelly, Cody Simpson and Omarion. In an attempt to give back we donate to St. Jude’s Children’s hospital and during Christmas we buy toys for children that are less fortunate. We believe having a strong foundation will allow our clients shine in all they do.

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Pictured above is Jazz, the first model under NTM Group.
 
If you are interested in working with NTM Group please click the link for the company’s website NTM Group. To keep up with their movement follow them on social media via Facebook: facebook.com/ntmgrp , Twitter: @ntmgrp and  Instagram: @ntmgroup.
By: Keidra Ponder and S. Brown