Mentors: YOUNG SMALL BUSINESS

Grant Mizell

Grant Mizell

Summary of Qualifications Grant is a Fractional Product & Marketing Manager, specializing in small to mid business growth through customer engagement and product innovation. Grant Mizell’s career spans traditional advertising, PR, community management, digital strategy, SEM/PPC and product development. Most recently, acting as Head of Product, he oversaw the transformation of PartyRVA, a successful and award-winning prototype e-marketplace for group planners, into OccasionGenius, overhauling the customer conversion funnel, shifting the business model and repositioning for national scale. A graduate of VCU’s Advertising program, he uses a foundation in conceptual thinking and design as a heightened UX perspective in targeting business growth opportunities through user-centered engagement and innovation. In 2013, he traded in 7 years of Adjunct instruction at VCU Advertising, for a leadership role on the Byrd Theatre Foundation. Grant serves as Vice President and Programming Chair, where he applies lean startup mentality to marketing and new program development, in support of the 87-year-old institution’s evolution into a center for film and film literacy. Want to meet with this mentor? Talk with your Lead...
Mike McCollum

Mike McCollum

Summary of Qualifications Mike is an attorney with the law firm of John V. Robinson, P.C. where his practice is focused on intellectual property, small business law, and entrepreneurship. He earned his J.D. from the University of Richmond and an advanced law degree from Duke University’s Law and Entrepreneurship Program where he studied business strategy, corporate counseling and venture capital finance. While in Durham Mike worked with the First Flight Venture Center, a business and technology incubator in the North Carolina’s Research Triangle, providing legal support and guidance to the center’s 30+ biotech and medical device startups. He also served as a coordinator and judge for a multi-state start-up venture/business pitch competition, the Big Launch Challenge. Since returning to Richmond Mike has been working with a wide variety of local corporations, start-up companies and individual entrepreneurs on issues ranging from trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets to contracts, business formation, equity financing and mergers & acquisitions. He also volunteers as a mentor to founders and aspiring entrepreneurs at both VCU, the University of Richmond and Lighthouse Labs. Mike is an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond School of Law where he teaches courses on intellectual property transactions and entertainment law. Want to meet with this mentor? Talk with your Lead...
Adam Mead

Adam Mead

Summary of Qualifications Adam Mead is the founder brand strategy agency yogg, its sister brand design agency for small business named KARV, as well as Land of Adam, a commercial photography and fine-art studio. In 2007 Adam Mead started yogg from the corner of his bedroom with no insurance, two weeks of money in the bank and a third child on the way. #ignoranceisbliss But over time he grew yogg to become a leading branding agency with international reach, experiencing year-over-year growth as high as 90% and being recognized on the RVA25 list for high growth companies in Richmond. After seven years Adam launched his photography studio Land of Adam and has done commercial photo shoots all over the country and had his work published internationally. He also as created a fine art photography arm which gives a significant amount of revenue back to the community through print sales. His pieces have been carried by national retailers and will be featured in a major film. At the beginning of 2016 Adam launched KARV, a branding agency designed for small business which has experienced very healthy growth even in its infancy. Adam and his wife have 8 children and spend their time running from activity to activity while still finding time to volunteer weekly with their church. Want to meet with this mentor? Talk with your Lead...
Danielle Gilbert

Danielle Gilbert

Summary of Qualifications Danielle Gilbert is currently the Administrative Director for St. Francis Medical Center, Healthsource, Rappahannock General Hospital and Shared Services of Bon Secours Health System, Inc. She joined Bon Secours in August 2010. Her experience over the past twelve years in Human Resources has included Consulting, Employee Relations, Compensation, Benefits, and Recruitment. As a leader in Bon Secours Virginia’s Human Resources department, Gilbert helps direct the health system’s efforts in employee engagement, employee training, talent management and organizational development. The department’s primary purpose is to encourage learning and growth within Bon Secours Virginia to strengthen and support the health system’s ability to achieve organizational objectives. In 2015, Bon Secours Virginia was named by the Gallup organization as a Great Workplace, one of only 29 organizations worldwide. Before joining Bon Secours, Gilbert was Human Resources Manager at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Richmond, VA., where she oversaw the implementation, planning, and direction of 200 employees. Gilbert orchestrated the company’s engagement and growth. Her leadership helped build the organization into one of the most successful retail stores within a highly competitive market. Following her undergraduate studies, Gilbert started her career in the retail industry. Gilbert graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She later continued her education at Strayer University, earning two masters in Human Resources Management and Public Administration. She also became certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) in January 2013 and certified by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) as a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). Gilbert is currently pursuing her Ph.D. In addition, she is...
Jevata Herman

Jevata Herman

Summary of Qualifications Jevata Herman is the co-owner of Canvas The Salon, an upscale boutique salon in the heart of Historic Jackson Ward. She created the salon, formerly called Jeveta The Salon, in 2004 out of her passion to have more creative freedom and provide a unique space that embodies her journey as a stylist and business owner with a span of over 25 years. Jevata enjoys creating opportunities to inspire, inform and share her experiences to encourage other women, current business owners and aspiring business owners. As a small business champion, Jevata has helped others understand the importance of setting boundaries (and sticking to them), balancing the demands of business ownership and family, and prioritizing. Exposure, creativity and passion have allowed Jevata to stand out as a career entrepreneur in RVA. Richmond is a thriving birthplace for ideapreneurs and small businesses, and it offers a plethora of resources to meet the growing demands we often face along the way. Jevata recognizes the vital catalyst of connecting strategically in our community, and she enjoys serving as that link to aspiring creatives. From creating step by step strategies for business growth, knowing the importance of team building and when to ask for help, and bringing in the right resources, Jevata’s experience is invaluable. She has founded the Glamour Initiative, a creative collective that allows industry professionals to collaborate to offer scholarships, and has raised the standards consistently while nurturing the creative aspect of their businesses. Throughout her career, Jevata has primarily worked for herself. On a daily basis, she finds an opportunity to share “how to’s” or “where do I?” with other...