Eure Consulting will host Lygia de Macedo Pontes
Eure Consulting is committed to helping companies understand more about their goals and leadership structure. For any company looking to fine-tune staff responsibilities, hiring processes, client retention, or anything in between, Eure Consulting offers turnkey support in walking through professional development and strategic planning processes.

Random Row Brewery will host Yovy Aragon Hurtado
Random Row Brewery is a neighborhood craft brewery located just off of Preston Ave. in Charlottesville. They are committed to partnering with local businesses and nonprofits in their work to create the best experience for beer-drinkers of all kinds. Random Row features small batch craft beer and is aspiring to move into the local distribution market in 2018.

Mudhouse Coffee Roasters will host Oscar Alvarado Freer
Mudhouse is about beautiful coffees – thoughtfully sourced and carefully roasted for you. They work tirelessly to source coffee that is of exceptional quality by investing specifically in direct trade relationships within the coffee roasting industry. Mudhouse Coffee is available online or at several coffee shops in the Charlottesville and Crozet communities.

UVA iLab will co-host Jacquelin Alcius
The W.L. Lyons Brown III Innovation Laboratory, or i.Lab at UVA, is a University of Virginia-wide initiative with the mission of supporting entrepreneurs and innovators both on and beyond the UVA Grounds. To accomplish this mission, the i.Lab provides programs, funding, workspace, mentors, community, and additional resources to support new entrepreneurs and accelerate new ventures.

Community Investment Collaborative will co-host Jacquelin Alcius
The Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) strengthens the Charlottesville community and contributes to economic development by fueling the success of under-resourced entrepreneurs through education, mentoring, micro-lending, and networking. CIC is fueled by the impressive experience and expertise found in our community and works to continually cultivate this network.

Charlottesville Business Innovation Council will co-host Jorge Ham
The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council is committed to educating, celebrating, and advocating for Charlottesville’s technology community. They accelerate technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in the greater Charlottesville area through networking events, educational programs, workforce development, and other signature events.

Charlottesville Angel Network will co-host Jorge Ham
The Charlottesville Angel Network is a growing group of more than 50 accredited investors and family offices. They are independent investors – male and female executives, entrepreneurs, scientists, and engineers – who are individually and collectively eager to apply their skills and put their connections and capital to work to help entrepreneurs succeed.

Jefferson Area Board for Aging will host Samanta Lacayo Trujillo
The Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) works to promote, establish, and preserve sustainable communities for healthy aging that benefit individuals and families of all ages. They are nationally recognized as one of the most innovative and successful aging organizations for their collaborations with state and local government, educational institutions, businesses, and other nonprofit organizations.

Piedmont Environmental Council will co-host Keisha Diane Rodriguez
The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a leader in empowering citizens to protect what makes the Piedmont a wonderful place and encouraging them to pursue a positive vision for the region’s future. PEC works with the citizens of its nine-county region in Virginia to conserve land, create high-quality communities, strengthen rural economies, and celebrate historic resources.

Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission will co-host Keisha Diane Rodriguez
The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) serves its local governments by providing regional vision, collaborative leadership, and professional service to develop effective solutions in the City of Charlottesville and its surrounding counties. Since 1972, the TJPDC has provided a forum for discussion of issues that localities have in common, or on which they have disagreement.

Evolution Glass will host Bitia Chavez
Evolution Glass manufactures innovative surfaces and functional art objects of exceptional quality using 100% recycled bottle glass. They work to transform waste glass and bring beauty into homes and offices while taking care of the planet at the same time. Evolution Glass’s work has received both regional and international recognition.

First Colony Winery will host Verónica Rodríguez Martínez
Voted a best winery in Central Virginia, First Colony Winery is nestled in beautiful Albemarle County, the heart of Virginia Wine Country. New owners, Heather and Bruce Spiess and Jeff Miller are looking forward to welcoming old and new friends to visit First Colony. Off the bat, changes will be subtle but you can be sure they have exciting things planned for the future of First Colony.

Paladin Media Group will host Fonnique Miller
Paladin Media Group is central Virginia’s premier production company. They create beautifully powerful video for clients all around the United States. Paladin is not a giant corporation, but they do great work for some giant companies. Paladin has been in business since 1991.

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