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Launch Leadership Team 2024

LAUNCH LEADERSHIP TEAM

BOB SHIMMEL

PROGRAM MANAGER
Owner, ResJobHelp
Devin-Cofield

DEVIN COFIELD

COMMUNITY MANAGER
Sr. Recruiter, UNC Health
Mary Vallieu Ms Value Headshot

Mary Vallieu

Treasurer
Owner, Money Coach, Ms Value

KATIE GAILES

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Senior Director, Membership and Diversity, The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship
Amelia Hosine - LaunchHS - Owner of House of Branding Headshot

AMELIA HOSINE

COMMUNICATIONS TEAM SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Founder, House of Branding
Jessica Yee - Owner of Brand Shark Headshot

JESSICA YEE

SPONSORSHIP TEAM
Owner, Brand Shark

IRENE GOUGE

EVENTS TEAM
Founder, Loving Lessons Sleep Consulting & Postpartum Doula Solutions
Jesse Corbin - Launch HS - Owner of JC WebWorks

Jesse Corbin

Website Administrator
Owner, JC Webworks

SARAH MADRAS

MENTORING TEAM
Owner, Sarah Madras Consulting
Amber Williams, Owner of Refined Designs and Restorations System Manager, UNC Health

AMBER WILLIAMS

EVENTS TEAM
Owner, Refined Designs and Restorations System Manager, UNC Health MPH, CPRP-DEI

ANNA MURPHY

MENTORING TEAM
Economic Development Small Business Program Manager, Town of Holly Springs
Mark Campbell - LaunchHS - Owner of Endurance Fence Headshot

MARK CAMPBELL

MENTORING TEAM
Owner, Endurance Fence, Southwest Greens

Nicole Meggerson De Martinez

Events Team
Owner, Silver Lake Construction Co.
Chris Edge Headshot

Chris Edge

Sponsorship Team
Owner, Edgeview Creative

Lisa Menees

Events Team
Owner, SOS by Lisa
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Sarah Schaitel

Administration
Owner, Sarah Nicole Virtual Services

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Ariana Nester

Cohort 5

HOW HAS YOUR BUSINESS DEVELOPED SINCE LHS?

When I started LHS Remedy Cocktail Company was just an idea, but before the program was complete I was ready to launch my products. Since I launched my brand and products in January 2022 we have grown to serve over 80 bars, restaurants, distilleries, and retail spaces and have shipped to almost all of the contiguous United States. I continue to see excellent growth in our second year of business and I am started to plan for having our own production and fulfillment space.

HOW DID LHS HELP YOUR BUSINESS?

LHS gave me the confidence in my business plan to get started and the tools to help me make important decisions along the way for a healthy growing business.

WHAT ARE THE LESSONS/KEY THINGS YOU LEARNED AND WOULD BE VALUABLE TO COHORT MEMBERS?

Learning the importance of setting aside time to work on my business and not just in my business was a key lesson. The value of networking, collaborating, and giving back to my community as I grow has also been integral to my success.

Tasha Jones

Cohort 4

HOW HAS YOUR BUSINESS DEVELOPED SINCE LHS?

LHS gave me the practical knowledge of running a business. Creating an actual business plan and financial plan and going through it with feedback were essential tools in the foundation.

HOW DID LHS HELP YOUR BUSINESS?

Launch helped us accelerate our growth and gave us the confidence to move forward with our vision and make it a reality!

WHAT ARE THE LESSONS/KEY THINGS YOU LEARNED AND WOULD BE VALUABLE TO COHORT MEMBERS?

The homework assignments are filled with so much valuable information. Listen, take notes, and ask questions, and ask for feedback- these are key tools to help you with your business. The more time you put into learning and applying the knowledge in building your business, you’ll definitely reap the benefits.

Kat Hourani - Kat's Cleaning Services

Kat Hourani

Cohort 5

HOW HAS YOUR BUSINESS DEVELOPED SINCE LHS?

My Business went from being operated by a solo cleaner (myself) to a full staffed company. The company contains 13 employees operating on daily basis.

HOW DID LHS HELP YOUR BUSINESS?

LHS helped expose my business by providing opportunities to meet and network with different Cohort graduates as well as the providence of a mentor that helped guide me and my business to the right direction.

WHAT ARE THE LESSONS/KEY THINGS YOU LEARNED AND WOULD BE VALUABLE TO COHORT MEMBERS?

1. I learned the value of networking. In today’s business world, it`s more about your network than your net worth. 2. I learned that if you provide overwhelming value – honest value to your customers, they`ll have no other choice but to stay with you and refer you.

Jim & Amy Bishop

Cohort 6

HOW HAS YOUR BUSINESS DEVELOPED SINCE LHS?

Launch has provided us with a wonderful community of entrepreneurs at all stages of their business across many industries. Launch has also provided us with tools and resources to plan, prepare and execute the vision for our business. The Launch program is an equalizer for small business owners as it gives them the tools and resources to optimize their ability to succeed.

HOW DID LHS HELP YOUR BUSINESS?

Launch helped us accelerate our growth and gave us the confidence to move forward with our vision and make it a reality!

WHAT ARE THE LESSONS/KEY THINGS YOU LEARNED AND WOULD BE VALUABLE TO COHORT MEMBERS?

The quickest way to grow your business is to grow your revenue, Launch can help you work through how to grow your current revenue and how to add new revenue to your business model.

Nicole Meggerson De Martinez

Cohort 2

HOW HAS YOUR BUSINESS DEVELOPED SINCE LHS?

We started the program with a dream to open a construction business. Since completing Launch, we have grown significantly in terms of profitability and capacity to handle large projects. We have become much more visible as a local contractor and have delivered dozens of successful projects.

HOW DID LHS HELP YOUR BUSINESS?

Our graduation from Launch Holly Springs has given us not only a sound business foundation, but also access to a ready-made support community. We regularly connect with our Launch family to network, get feedback and ideas on business concerns, and tap into business development programs and opportunities. Lastly, the Launch community continues to support us through word-of-mouth referrals.

WHAT ARE THE LESSONS/KEY THINGS YOU LEARNED AND WOULD BE VALUABLE TO COHORT MEMBERS?

We learned that regular networking is the most powerful form of marketing – and has been the most cost-effective way to grow our business locally. Jon Harol, one of the first guest speakers, emphasized the importance of managing debt. That very important lesson has been an essential key to weathering the leaner times during our 4.5 years in business.

Jesse Corbin - Launch HS - Owner of JC WebWorks

Jesse Corbin

Cohort 7

HOW HAS YOUR BUSINESS DEVELOPED SINCE LHS?

Since launching Holly Springs, my business has grown steadily, attracting more clients through improved networking and marketing strategies. Additionally, I’ve been able to refine my service offerings to better meet customer needs, resulting in higher client satisfaction and retention.

HOW DID LHS HELP YOUR BUSINESS?

Launch Holly Springs provided essential training and resources that helped me enhance my business acumen and marketing skills. The program also offered valuable networking opportunities, connecting me with potential clients and collaborators.

WHAT ARE THE LESSONS/KEY THINGS YOU LEARNED AND WOULD BE VALUABLE TO COHORT MEMBERS?

Key lessons learned include the importance of continuous learning and adapting to market changes, as well as the value of building strong professional networks. Additionally, focusing on delivering high-quality services and maintaining excellent client relationships are crucial for sustained business growth.

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Remedy Cocktail Co

Ariana Nester

Remedy Cocktail Company hand crafts small batch, limited release bitters, syrups, and shrubs in the heart of North Carolina.

Kat’s Cleaning Services

Kat Hourani

Kat`s Cleaning Services offers residential and commercial cleaning to meet your needs with high-quality service and affordable prices.