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InLab@HCC Mentors and Business Advisors

Depending on where you are in your entrepreneurial journey, you will benefit from either a Mentor or Business Advisor.

A Mentor is a good starting point for people in the  early stages of their business development. A mentor can serve as a role model, and share his/her wisdom with you. Our highly engaged mentors are here to support you, serve as role models and assist in guiding you through your entrepreneurial journey.

In order to meet with a Mentor, you must complete the following steps: 

  1. Become a member of the InLab community
  2. Have attended a minimum of 5 InLab Workshops
  3. Engage (like, share or comment) with the InLab social media at least 5 times.
  4. Have a draft business model
  5. Have a landing page or prototype for testing

Business Advisors are not tasked with being your friend, but rather someone that provides specific and in-depth direction about your business, and at times this may entail some straight talk and honesty about potential problems regarding your business model.

In order to meet with an Business Advisor, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Become a member of the InLab community
  2. Have attended a minimum of 5 InLab Workshops
  3. Have formed a legal business entity (i.e. LLC, S-Corp etc.)
  4. Have a corporate website
  5. Have a set of actual or projected financial statements and documents
  6. Have a validated business model, and
  7. Have a video that explains the business.

Meet Our Mentors and Business Advisors

Deon Bradley, Bradley Coaching & Consulting (Business Advisor)
Deon is a nationally-Certified Business and Executive Coach and the Founder of Bradley Coaching & Consulting. He has over 30 years of experience helping startups grow their revenues and coaching Founders and Executives to improve their personal performance. He Specializes in coaching Founders and their leadership teams to maximize their performance and build lasting, high-growth companies. His expertise lies in the areas of Sales, Business Development, Strategy, and Leadership Development. He has worked with startups in a wide variety of verticals and has coached Founders from five countries.

Clint Day (Business Advisor and Mentor)
Clint serves as an advisor to NACCE and the KSU Shore center for entrepreneurship. He founded three companies in Florida and Georgia and began teaching/mentoring after selling his last business. Professionally qualified by the AACSB business school association, Clint earned a MBA and five certifications in entrepreneurship. He founded the entrepreneurship program at the State College of Florida. As a Vietnam veteran, he mentors vets through IVMF Syracuse and has taught under the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program, at HCC Tampa.  

Mike DeLazzer, Co-Founder of Redbox (Business Advisor)
Mike is a serial entrepreneur who has started over 8 companies In 2006 he was inducted into the Chicago Entrepreneur Hall of Fame for his work as founder of GetAMovie Inc. which later became Redbox. Redbox has since become the largest video rental company in the world, with over 45,000 locations in the U.S. and revenues approaching $2 billion. Building on past success in the DVD kiosk industry, Mike co-founded New Retail LTD

Leon Donovan, Founder, Cutting Edge Concierge (Business Advisor and Mentor)
leonjdonovan@verizon.net

Leon is a long-time entrepreneur with exceptional experience in selling, and sales strategies.  Leon has experience n business development and consulting for nearly two decades. Leon has experience in real estate, sales, and marketing. Leon is the founder of Cutting Edge Concierge, a food & technology service. Aside from his entrepreneurial ventures, Leon is an active participant in many community organizations, including 1 Million Cups, Tampa.

David Dye, Co-Founder ClearCadence LLC (Business Advisor)
www.clearcadence.com

David is co-founder of ClearCadence, LLC, an IT consulting services firm that specializes in Process Improvement and Digital Business Solutions. He brings over 30 years' experience as an entrepreneur with a core focus on initiating, creating, developing, and managing effective consulting practices for numerous commercial software companies.  David has been a long-standing and active member of the Operation Startup program since its inception and he regularly consults with early and later-stage entrepreneurs to listen and provide expert direction and guidance.  He brings expertise that includes marketing, sales, human resources, legal, finance, operations, project delivery, software development, and information technology business functions.

Andy Gold, Ph.D. Co-Founder, InLab@HCC (Business Advisor and Mentor)
Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship, HCC agold3@hccfl.edu, @profandygold (Twitter), 813.259.6062
Andy is a long term entrepreneur with 14 years of experience on Wall street, and nearly 25 years of experience practicing entrepreneurship. His areas of specialization include financial modeling social entrepreneurship, developing an entrepreneurial mindset, and effectuation

Beth Kerly, MBA. Co-Founder, InLab@HCC (Business Advisor and Mentor)
Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship, HCC, mkerly@hccfl.edu  @mkerly (Twitter), 813.253.7216 
Beth is a full-time tenured business faculty member at Hillsborough Community College. She serves as the co-founder of the HCC Entrepreneurship program, and InLab@HCC. Ms. Kerly founded BK Consulting, a marketing advisory service company, and co-founded e2Venture. Her areas of specialization include sales & marketing,value proposition development, and customer development. Beth is very active, and passionate in her support of women aspiring to launch businesses to have a positive impact on our community. Her work has also focused on serving Veterans, and at-risk youth.

Greta Kishbaugh, MBA, Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship, St. Pete College (Business Advisor and Mentor)
@gretakishbaugh(Twitter)

Greta is an accomplished business professor, small business mentor, entrepreneur, and Veteran advocate.  She has been teaching business courses for over 13 years. She is also a fundraiser with experience in Annual Giving, Board Development and Strategic Planning. Greta is an entrepreneur - in - residence at InLab@HCC, and is a go-getter! She started her career in television broadcasting and after a some reflection, changed her mind and life and went back to school to complete her MBA. She is working on her Ph.D. in Business Strategy while she teaches full-time and helps local businesses. Biz Dynamics Group is her current business, where she connects business entrepreneurs with each other, to build upon their strengths.

Dr. Richard Munassi, MD, MBA, (Business Advisor)
RichardMunassi@gmail.com

Dr. Munassi has been mentoring, consulting, and has been an active board member of startups in multiple verticals for close to a decade in Los Angeles, Houston, and Tampa. He is both a Director as well as the Health Tech expert for the Tampa Bay WaVE, and sits on a range of committees for both the InLab@HCC and the Tampa Bay WaVE Accelerator programs. Dr. Munassi is also the Co-Chair of the Healthcare & Wellness Pavilion at the Synapse Innovation Summit and the co-founder of Blackfin Technology Partners.

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Interested in becoming a Mentor or Business Advisor?

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The InLab@HCC is actively seeking engaged professionals to become Mentors and Business Advisors.  Please fill out the interest form below and we will contact you soon with more information.