Grow your network and build your business over coffee and conversation.

Upcoming Rise & Shine Meetups

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 – 8:30-9:15am

Rise & Shine Virtual Meetup | Lake Country Development Loan Funds

Join us for a Rise & Shine virtual meetup! This month’s topic is the Lake Country Development Corporation (LCDC) which offers 2 loan funds to businesses in the Virginia localities of Brunswick, Halifax, and Mecklenburg Counties.

Bring your questions, as we will have a short Q&A session at the end.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 – 8:30-9:30am

Rise & Shine | Local Meetup | Multiple Locations

Join us in-person OR virtually to hear regional updates and then join breakout rooms by location to network with peers, test ideas, share challenges, and connect to resources to help start or grow your businesses. In-person options are available thanks to local hosts around the region! Locations include South Hill (Mecklenburg County, VA), Lawrenceville (Brunswick County, VA), Farmville (Prince Edward County and Cumberland County, VA) and Blackstone (Nottoway County, VA). 

Friday, October 7, 2022 – 8:00am-9:30am

Rise & Shine | Meetup at the SVHEC 

On October 7th, instead of meeting at the SOVA Innovation Hub, the RISE Collaborative will move to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) for “Coffee & Commerce.” Coffee & Commerce is a free business networking event being co-hosted by SVHEC and the Halifax Chamber.

Coffee & Commerce is 8am-9am at the SVHEC. All businesses are welcome and encouraged to attend! Registration is not required to attend. 

Following this event, we will have a brief RISE Collaborative meetup 9am-9:30am to share updates on regional resources – like the Winter 2023 CO.STARTERS Business Bootcamp and plans for Global Entrepreneurship Week in November. Please register here to let us know you plan to join this meetup.

Past Speakers

Crystal Cobbs

Crystal Cobbs

President, Black BRAND Dan River Region

Stephen Anderson

Stephen Anderson

Owner/PharmD, Halifax Pharmacy & Halifax LTC Pharmacy

John Hagwood

John Hagwood

Regional Growth Sales Manager, GENEDGE

Brian Brown

Brian Brown

Business Development Manager, SERCAP

Rhett Weiss

Rhett Weiss

Executive, Entrepreneur, Consultant, and Attorney

Mikita Smith

Mikita Smith

Founder, Beautifully Unbalanced

Morgan Clark

Morgan Clark

Founder and Lead Consultant, Epstein Clark Consulting

Michelle Walters

Michelle Walters

CEO, Island Glow Sunless Tanning & Beauty

Kim King

Kim King

Vice President of Business Development, Benchmark Community Bank

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