The Start, Scale, Succeed Mentorship Program facilitates one-to-one mentoring relationships that connect mentees with mentors across West Virginia to learn how to become better business owners. Mentoring helps you expand your network, gain new knowledge and insights, and build new skills.
We can equip you with the skills and tools you need to take the next step—no matter where you are in your journey. All live trainings are currently free and virtual. Discover what live events are on the calendar by clicking the button below!
Can’t make a live event? Check out the select recorded events in our new on-demand library. You’ll find some of our most popular workshops here, with more topics being added soon. All on-demand trainings are free and instantly available upon registration.
Our advisors are here to guide you, whether you’re just starting your business, ready to scale up, or looking for advice on maintaining success.
Dawn Hylbert has created multiple small businesses. She founded the direct mail marketing company AMS Direct in 1997; the bricks-and-mortar retail store Cicada Books & Coffee in 2018; and most recently the internet-based retailer WhimsiKid LLC.
She has supported development efforts in West Virginia from neighborhood revitalization and improvement to economic development. She has volunteered with civic organizations in the Huntington, WV, area and has served on the board of several nonprofits.
She has a bachelor’s degree from California State University and is studying for a Master of Science in Adult and Continuing Education at Marshall University. She has worked as a trainer and instructor, teaching literacy and basic skills to adults and teaching computer skills in the business world.
Having repeatedly navigated the business start-up process, she is interested in helping others do the same.
Nora serves as a Business Advisor for the WV Women’s Business Center focusing her efforts toward 1:1 coaching for women owned and other socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs. She has worked with start-up organizations throughout her tenure as the LaunchLab Director of West Virginia University’s Beckley campus, and as the Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Charleston, the operational assistance partner for Adena Ventures.
Ms. Myers has provided business development support for numerous companies across the state seeking venture capital, has experience as a commercial lender in the Washington, DC area, and is a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute in Atlanta. She holds an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Bloomington and a B.S. in Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She also serves on the boards of Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council and Fund for the Arts.
Schedule a meeting with one of our advisors or attend a training to figure out how to acquire the capital you need to take the next step. Advisors work with clients to help them develop business plans, financial projections, and other materials to obtain financing. We can also provide referrals to lenders at Partner Community Capital, banks, angel investors, venture capitalists, and more.