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VUU Kicks-off Mentorship Program

12/13/2012

On December 11, 2012, during a press conference at the Historic Main Street Station in Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Union University, Capital One and The City of Richmond officially launched a Building Better Businesses--Steps to Success Mentorship Program. Ten small business owners* were selected as mentees/protégés to begin a 12-month mentorship program. The program is designed to provide one-on-one coaching for small business owners,mentees /protégés, in the areas of finance, technical expertise, marketing and business operations. The selected participants are all community-based minority and women-owned businesses.

Through the newly established Center for Business Development, Virginia Union University will provide support to the program by promoting entrepreneurship education to all students, and placing students as interns with the selected business mentees/protégés. “By combining entrepreneurship education and internship training with the mentorship program, our students would not only be prepared for a future in entrepreneurship but for success in corporate America as well,” said Dr. Adelaja Odutola, Dean of the Sydney Lewis School of Business. “We are very delighted and excited about the opportunity and we look forward to helping build a better Richmond.”

*Abaca Business Plans, Owner Joyce Parker-Johnson
Anderson Heating and Air Conditioning, Owner Terrell Anderson
Black Cat Design, owner Shandel Pitts
CMC Inc. of Richmond, Owners Ronald and Sheila Roane
D & S Enterprise Cleaning Company, Owner Danny Lowery
Delta House/Creative Youth Concepts, Inc., Owners Qua Vadis and Kateresea L. Ford
Emerge Sustainable Solutions, Owner Sean Jefferson
Johnson Office Products, owner Henry Johnson
Flowerama, Owners John and Victoria Zachary
Seniors 1st Choice Adult Day Care, Owners Mario & Angelise Francis

Photo left to right: Dr. Adelaya Odutola, Dean School of Business, Mayor Dwight C. Jones, Ed Maino, VP Global Purchasing - Capital One

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