Small Business Center: Increasing Business Success

We invite you to meet with the business counselor/mentor that can help you the most.

All mentors can support you with general business issues.


To connect with one of our business mentors, follow these steps:

Step 1: Please select the mentor whose specialties are most closely aligned with your current needs.

Step 2: After selecting a mentor from the list below, click on one of the time slots when he/she is available during the next few weeks to schedule your appointment.

Step 3: You will be asked to complete a short form to schedule your appointment.

You will receive email confirmation of your scheduled appointment. For more information about our mentors, visit the SBC Team Profiles section of our website at:

Carol Andrews - VIRTUALLY

Specialties: Business Proposition, Presentation Skills, Independent Publishing, and Media Relations/Crisis Management
Second Tuesdays at 10:00, 11:00, 2:00, and 5:00 VIRTUALLY

Monti Beasley - VIRTUALLY

Specialties: Presentation Skills, Retail, and Team Development, Grant Application
Every Other Wednesday at 10:00 and 11:00 VIRTUALLY
Limit of two appointments per client.

Jim Blaylock - VIRTUALLY

Specialties: Sales and Marketing: Generate leads, Attract Prospects so you can get your first customer, & Grant Application
Mondays at 3:00 and 4:00 VIRTUALLY


Specialties: Serial Entrepreneur, Business Management, and Thought Leader
Third Wednesdays at 3:00 and 4:00 VIRTUALLY


Specialties: Strategy & Planning, Business Development, Sales, & eCommerce
Second & Fourth Thursdays at 3:00 and 4:00 VIRTUALLY


Specialties: Marketing Strategic Planning, Lead Generation, Retail Strategy & Execution, Grant Application
Mondays at 6:00 VIRTUALLY

Alyson Francisco - VIRTUALLY

Specialties: Finance and Business Planning, Forecasting, Strategy
Second and Fourth Thursdays at 9:00 VIRTUALLY

Balint Gaspar

Specialties: Startups & IT Consulting, Financial Management
Mondays at 3:00 at the Small Business Center

Ruben Gonzales

Specialties: Startups & Business Plans, Retail, Food Services, Grant Application, & MWBE Certification
Tuesdays at 10:00 and 11:00 and Thursdays at 5:00 and 6:00 at the Small Business Center

Taryn Jerez - VIRTUALLY

Specialties: Branding, Content Marketing/Social Media, Creative & Handmade Businesses
First Wednesdays at 11:00 VIRTUALLY

Thad Lewallen - VIRTUALLY

Specialties: Strategic Management, Marketing & Sales, General Accounting/Bookkeeping, Non Profit Development, Grant Application
Mondays at 3:00 and 4:00 VIRTUALLY

Jody Lohman

Specialties: Business Research and Databases
Available via telephone on weekdays from 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-5:00.
Call 336-703-3023.
(Normally: Visit the reference desk at the Central Library on Fifth Street.)

Reginald McCaskill - VIRTUALLY

Specialties: Startups, Marketing, & Networking
First Thursdays at 2:00 VIRTUALLY

Mercedes L. Miller - VIRTUALLY

Specialties: Success Mindset, Productivity Formulas, Strategic Development, & Grant Application
First Tuesdays at 4:00 and 5:00 & Third Wednesdays at 4:00 and 5:00 VIRTUALLY

Carolyn Milliron - VIRTUALLY

Specialties: Construction Industry and Construction Safety
(Appointments Only for Construction-Related Issues)
Mondays at 3:00 and 4:00 VIRTUALLY

Ray Mitchell - VIRTUALLY

Specialties: Web Design and Lead Generation
Third Thursdays at 11:00 and 12:00 VIRTUALLY

Jacqueline Morgan - VIRTUALLY

Specialties: Presentation Skills, Social Media & Marketing, and Website Design
Every other Thursday at 9:00 and 10:00 VIRTUALLY

Fuller Parham

Specialties: Small Business Lending, Business Plans, and Financial Projections, Grant Application
Wednesdays at 4:00 at the Small Business Center

Anita Quarles

Specialties: Accounting, QuickBooks, and Budgeting, Grant Application
Tuesdays at 3:00, 4:00, and 5:00 at the Small Business Center

Bob Summers

Specialties: Business Management, Marketing, & Strategic Planning
Thursdays at 4:00 at the Small Business Center

Richard Talbot

Specialties: Business Leadership, Customer Service, and Sales
Mondays at 4:00 at the Small Business Center

Joy Nelson Thomas - VIRTUALLY

Specialties: Startup Nonprofits, Strategic Mindset, & Grant Application
Third Thursdays at 3:00 and 4:00 VIRTUALLY

Patrick Turner - VIRTUALLY

Specialties: Software Technology Development & Culture-Focused Management
Tuesdays at 2:00 and 3:00 and Thursdays at 4:00 and 5:00 VIRTUALLY

Marviette A. Usher - VIRTUALLY

Specialties: Personal Style & Business Image; You’re your own BEST Advertisement, Grant Application
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 1:00 - VIRTUALLY

Dick Vann

Specialties: Startups and Business Management, Grant Application, & MWBE Certification
Thursdays at 10:00 at the Small Business Center

Kristie Wallis - VIRTUALLY

Specialties: Digital Marketing, Content Marketing, Communication Skills, & Grant Application
Third Wednesdays at 12:00 and 1:00 - VIRTUALLY

Jeff Wolfe, Esq.

Specialties: Startups, Non-profits, and Legal
First Thursdays at 2:00 and 3:00 at the Small Business Center

Magalie Yacinthe - VIRTUALLY

By Appointment Only for Attendees of Marketing Outside the Box (contact her directly during an MOTB session)
Specialties – Inclusive Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Startups, & Business Strategy

Intellectual Property Law Clinic at Wake Forest University School of Law (Zaneta Robinson, Director)

If you are in need of trademark, copyright, or general intellectual property counseling, send an email to and indicate that you are a client of the Small Business Center. You must first register as a client of the Small Business Center at: