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

Upcoming Rise & Shine Meetups

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 – 8:30-9:30am

Rise & Shine | Virtual | Learn About the VCC Economic Equity Fund

Join us for Rise & Shine on Wednesday, August 17 at 8:30am. Chandra Hurst will be with us to discuss the Economic Equity Fund offered by Virginia Community Capital (VCC).

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 – 8:30-9:30am

Rise & Shine | Hybrid 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, September 9, 2022 – 8:30-9:30am

Rise & Shine | Meetup at the SOVA Innovation Hub

Entrepreneurs, business owners, and innovators are invited to attend, whether you’re local to Halifax or just want a reason to visit the SOVA Innovation Hub. Rise & Shine is co-hosted by the SOVA Innovation Hub, Longwood SBDC, Destination Downtown South Boston, Halifax County Chamber of Commerce, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center and local ecosystem partners.

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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