Indaria Jones is Founder and CEO of The Creators Lounge. In this role she is responsible for the overall operations and and strategic vision of the co-working space. A business developer by training, Indaria founded the company after identifying the need for a diverse space that addressed the business needs and social interest for creative professionals.

She also works in Economic Development for the City of Syracuse to preserve and enhance neighborhoods and commercial centers by administering federal, state and local funding programs, engaging with and providing support to encourage development and economic growth and leveraging resources to create thriving neighborhoods and business districts throughout the city.

Indaria is a brand strategist, experienced marketer with a demonstrated history of working in business development for start ups like Blue Chick Restaurant and Lounge to National non-profit organizations such as 100 Black Men Incorporated. Skilled in National Project Management, Strategic Marketing, Economic Development, Cross-functional Team Leadership, and Creative Strategy.

In 2018, she was announced the youngest 40underForty Winner by M&T Bank and CNY Business Journal and nominated Minority Business of the Year by Centerstate CEO. In 2019, she received the New York State Senate, 2019 Commendation Award from Senator Rachael May.

Indaria is a member of the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance and Forbes, For(bes) the Culture.


Syracuse Side Hustles E7: The Change Agent. An economic development strategist for the City of Syracuse, Indaria Jones founded thelikeminded to provide a workspace for creative entrepreneurs and professionals. Click here

The Stand: Local Advocates Work to Lower Death Rates Among Black Mothers; Beautiful Butterfly by mommy-daughter duo, Indaria Jones and I’lea Williams. Click here

M&T Bank and CNY Business Journal 2018’40 under Forty Award Reception: Indaria Jones, Thelikeminded. Click here

Centerstate CEO Annual Meeting, Announces Business of the Year Finalist: Minority Business of the Year—Indaria Jones, Thelikeminded Click here

Urban CNY: Introducing a NEW concept to co-working from Indaria Jones with thelikeminded. Click here

The Stand: Inspiring Dreamers; Business owners sharing their entrepreneurial spirt with a new generation. Click here

Cuse Culture Media Group: Capturing stories of Leaders, Entrepreneurs, and Culture Builders throughout CNY. Click here

Cuse Culture Media Group: Thelikeminded Gathering; Networking for Creatives. Click here


New York State Senate, 2019 Commendation Award from Senator Rachael May

40under Forty Award Winner by M&T Bank and BIZ Events

High Heels High Standards by SoEventful

Woman of Strength Award by WeGirlsRock in North Carolina

Speaking Engagements

Past Clients and Audiences