Amanda has a variegated background ranging from computer maintenance and website development to international business and marketing.
She started her first business, Sage Technical Consulting, in 1999 as a high school sophomore, where she taught older adults computer basics and fixed computers. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2006 with bachelor’s degrees in political science and international studies, focusing on international development and intelligence and security.
Upon graduating from Ohio State, she moved to Ghana where she spent the next year and a half working for Women in Progress, a women’s entrepreneurial group and Fair Trade cooperative. While in Ghana, Amanda founded a new cooperative of bead makers, designed textiles and jewelry, and helped organize volunteers for the nonprofit.
Returning to Columbus, Amanda started Gong Gong Communications in early 2009 when she realized thespecific need for a marketing firm which provided quality, time-efficient, cost-effective marketing and creative solutions from very small businesses and mircopreneurs.
Amanda serves on the board of directors of the Columbus Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners as the Vice President of Communications. She is also a tenant and mentor for the Women’s Small Business Accelerator.
Amanda lives in Central Ohio with her husband, Jonathan. Elle parle français and me ka mfantse na twi.
Erica is a native of Charlottesville, Virginia but has lived in Columbus since graduating from The Ohio State University. She received her Bachelors degree in Consumer Science: Fashion and Retail Studies. Erica began to learn the importance of marketing through on-campus activities, but her interest and understanding progressed after meeting Amanda and becoming a Gong Gong.
Erica has a love for learning about different cultures and communities, which grew during her travels throughout college. She has traveled for education and service to Costa Rica, Hong Kong and South Korea, and New York City. Erica has been able to continue her education of culture and community by working for a local fair trade retailer, where she continues to help with their social media and marketing efforts.
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