Voices Member, Satauna Howery, Wins Inaugural New Venture Business Competition
London, ON | June 08, 2016
Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired‘s Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship (FCE) recently announced the winner of its first-ever New Venture Business Competition.
In the spirit of ABC’s hit show, Shark Tank, the center invited their students to submit plans for a startup for a chance to win one of three cash awards.
FCE was launched in 2011 to address the 70 to 80 percent un-and underemployment rate among Americans who are blind or visually impaired. Through this business education program, Hadley, the largest provider of distance education to people who are blind and visually impaired worldwide, offers tuition-free courses to help prepare students for employment and entrepreneurship.
Voices member, Satauna Howery, is a FCE student and an awe-inspiring entrepreneur in her own right. Voices is the online voice-over marketplace where business clients can find, hire, and pay voice-over professionals for their respective projects, ranging from national commercials to audiobooks, video games, and e-Learning courses, and everything in between. Owner of Satauna’s Voiceovers, based in Clifton Park, NY, Satauna was a finalist, and one of three winners of this inaugural award, claiming a $5000.00 prize out of a total purse of more than $25,000.
“I am inspired by and impressed with the number and quality of submissions we received for Hadley’s first business competition,” says Colleen Wunderlich, Director, Hadley Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship. “Satauna wants to spend more time in the studio making money expressing her talent. Our investment in her business will help her ad scale and hire people to assist her with editing and advertising.”
Satauna’s Voiceovers is an Internet-based business providing voice-over services to clients in more than 18 countries. Satauna’s voice provides the supportive storytelling that helps companies bring their brands into the hearts and minds of their customers. Her award application and pitch centered around her hopes to be able to add part-time staff to assist with administrative and studio duties. Her goal is have a team that employs at least 60 percent with a significant visual impairment.
“It is an honour to be recognized for a goal that is so important to me and the people my work supports,” Satauna explains. “Hadley has been a fantastic launching pad for me and my dreams. Winning the New Venture Business Competition is the just the beginning for all that I hope to accomplish, thanks to their encouragement.”
For more information about Satauna and her work, visit her voice acting profile.
About Satauna Howery
Turn on Netflix’s audio description, and you’ll hear an upbeat, friendly voice describing the animated series Masha and the Bear, as well as the NetFlix original series F Is For Family. That voice is Satauna Howery, an American voice-over artist who has recorded hundreds of commercials, web videos, television projects, educational scripts, IVR messages, e-learning courses, and audiobooks. Her clients include Google, Comcast, U.S. National Guard, Delta Airlines, Volkswagen, BMW, McGraw-Hill, Sara Lee, and Lowe’s, to name just a few. Satauna has been nominated for Best Promo Demo of 2015 by the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences, and is consistently featured among the Top 50 Most Popular Female Voice Talents on Voices
Voices has been helping businesses find their voice since 2004. Founded by a husband and wife team with a passion for the industry and a vision that there was a better way to find, hire, and pay voice talent, today Voices is the world’s largest online voice-over marketplace. 125,000 talent from around the globe, speaking over 100 languages and dialects, are connected daily to the job opportunities posted by 125,000 clients. Projects range from broadcast TV spots to audio books to e-learning videos, and everything in between.
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