22 here, just got out of college :) This will be my first conference.
I have 7 employees too, but none of them are fulltime (more like 5 hours per week). Kudos to you though, that is something to be proud of.
Webwork: if it's fun without drinking, its prolly more fun WITH drinking. It is called "pubcon" for a reason right? ;)
p.p.s. my friend tells me a 17 year old can drink in nawleans without getting carded, apparently they are a bit lax about that sort of thing in Louisiana (weren't they the last state to raise the drinking age to 21? I think they only did it because the fed. government wouldnt give them money unless they did, and their roads were full of potholes so louisiana finally gave in... the same friend told me the roads have never recovered)