Wednesday,  November 16th 2022 | 6-7pm | Virtual

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Bring your small business idea to life!

This special virtual panel features talented JMU alumni sharing their experience starting, owning, and running their small business in a variety of industries. Learn more about each one below.

This event is open to all students (undergrad and graduate) and alumni!



Mary Andrews

Owner of Mary Elizabeth Events

Mary has program management experience in tech, higher education, and fundraising. She earned her B.S. in Hospitality Management from James Madison University and her M.Ed in Educational Leadership from William & Mary.  She's also the owner of a wedding planning company based in Charlottesville, VA. Mary Elizabeth Events offers full-service planning, partial-service planning and wedding coordination services to up to 20 couples each year.

Hannah Mizelle

Founder & CEO of Agency 102

Hannah received her BA in Writing, Rhetoric, & Technical Communications and BA in Media Arts & Design from James Madison University in 2014. She received her MA in Integrated Marketing from Georgetown University in 2016. Hannah has worked at some of the most innovative marketing agencies in the Baltimore area including Merkle, Orange Element, and Mindgrub. Fueled by a desire to work for herself, Hannah quit her job in late 2020 to start her own marketing business. What started as a one-woman consultancy bloomed into a five-person marketing agency called Agency 102. Since Agency 102's foundation, Hannah's team has built strong relationships with over 12 clients in the B2B and B2C space, specializing in content marketing services including social media management, email marketing, SEO, and blog writing. Hannah lives in the Baltimore area with her husband and two dogs.

Matt Sibley

Owner of Apalache Chocolate

Matt was born in Roanoke, VA and got inspired about chocolate at a young age by watching Gene Wilder’s role in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. He studied a B.A. in Spanish at James Madison University, where he started to learn about the history of chocolate in Latin America and began enjoying different types of dark chocolate shortly after. He then pursued an M.A. in Spanish at Bowling Green State University where he learned much more about Latin American culture and history and took a course about food and politics in Latin American that really began to spark interest. In that course he met Federico Cuatlacuatl, who started Rasquache Artist Residency which Matt participated in from 2016-2019. Rasquache took place in San Francisco Cuapan in Puebla, Mexico, a small town where they have a tradition of drinking Cacao, a drink made from the cacao bean with different ground spices and grains. This experience further motivated him to learn how to make his own chocolate and toast the cacao from scratch, giving way to a hobby that would lead to opening Apalache Chocolate in 2019. 

Gabrielle (Gabby) Thorne

Founder of DOD Cleaning


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