We had the good fortune of connecting with Korynn Matthew and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Korynn, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I decided to brand myself as KIM Management where I focused on being a manager to other small businesses and up-and-coming non-profit organizations solely because I wanted the people around me to benefit from things I knew.
I eventually created Ko Seaux NOLA which is my “doing business as” name that came from wanting to do more than manage. I do custom shirts, masks, etc. and a portion of my business goes to Ko Seaux NOLA Events where I bring other small businesses together in the form of pop-up shops, social events, and most importantly community service.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Currently I am in my last year pursuing my Masters in Public Administration from the University of New Orleans. My goal is to start and run a non-profit organization that helps to bridge the educational gap in the city.
I am also a full time recruiter for the University of New Orleans currently and I see my current position as a way to help increase diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University with the help of my classmates, professors, and supervisors.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
New Orleans is the place to eat!
Landry’s $$$ – New Orleans Food & Spirits $$ – Neyows $$ – Morrow’s $$ – The Brown Derby $ – Triangle Deli $ – JavLevelUp – $$
Swamp Tour – JamNOLA – Get Snowballs. & Go Sit on the Lake – Aquarium or Insectarium – Swans @ City Park – Christmas in the Oaks (Holiday time)
21+ Places – Vandal – Shamrock – Bayou Beer Garden – Booze Cruise – TreeHouse
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
While I am grateful for all of my friends, family, clients, and customers for always placing an order and keeping Ko Seaux NOLA running, there are two people who are responsible for encouraging me to start my business.
Michelle, My mom has been a motivator, a pusher, and my biggest fan. She used my desire to always keep busy as an opportunity to make things for her place of work, which turned into a really big audience for me. She didn’t just get me there, but she helped with the production as well and I’ll always be grateful. Thank you mom!
Rob, owner of REW Visions, LLC was the one who simply told me I needed to be doing something with my spare time. I honestly made excuses at first because I didn’t see where I would have time to do anything more than school, work, and sleep. He is my safe place, my financial sponsor, and my biggest motivator.
REW Visions, LLC.