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Welcome to Take 5.

This series offers knowledge, education and insight into the many resources available to entrepreneurs and innovators. Join our hosts Anika Williams and Koby Lomax as they "take 5" minutes to explore business topics with respected members of the Hampton Roads entrepreneurial community.


OUR HOSTS:

Anika Williams is an entrepreneur, a Graduate Assistant at the Strome Entrepreneurial Center, and a May 2020 graduate with a Masters in Humanities from ODU. Koby Lomax is an entrepreneur, a candidate in the ODU Department of Theater, and a Student Assistant at the Strome Entrepreneurial Center.

Dan Zimmerman


Today's Take 5: ODU Spotlight features Dan Zimmerman of Housing & Residence Life. We discuss with him:

  • What is a Living-Learning Community?
  • What LLCs are available for entrepreneurs?
  • What are the benefits of joining an LLC when I live on-campus?
  • Are there other ways to get involved with LLCs other than living in those communities?
  • How do I apply to live in an LLC?

"Many of our communities will help foster individual curiosity and an entrepreneurial spirit for students. The connection a student can make with key players and their success is limited only by the drive the student has to succeed."

- Dan Zimmerman


Karen Sanzo

Today's Take 5: ODU Spotlight features Karen Sanzo of the Innovate Program. We discuss with her:

  • How do you define design thinking?
  • What is the Innovate Program?
  • Can you share with me how you envision the Innovate Program evolving at ODU?
  • Can you talk to me about how being an Entsminger Fellow has influenced your practice here at ODU?
  • What developments are you looking forward to for the future?

"I would love to see the Innovate Monarchs program be a part of every student's experience here at ODU."

- Karen Sanzo



Scott Duncan


This week's Take 5 ODU Spotlight features Scott Duncan, creator, and host of the IMAGINE THAT! game. He shares:

  • How has your experience with 'Imagine That!' been?
  • What have you been up to at the ODU School of Communication and Theatre Arts?
  • Tell us more about the Podcast.
  • What's next in your relationship with ODU?

"Imagine That! is a really fun and dynamic exploration of creativity and teamwork."

- Scott Duncan


Lisa Mayes

Today on our Take 5: ODU Spotlight we feature Lisa Mayes, Executive Director for the Center for High Impact Practices.

Today she will cover:

  • What is CHIPS, who is it for, and what is its mission?
  • What kind of initiatives and programs are directed towards ODU students at CHIPS?
  • Do you have any services or programs geared towards entrepreneurs and innovators?
  • How has this sector of ODU adapted to the pandemic and how can students continue to be involved?
  • What additional ODU resources would you recommend students who need additional support?

"We know that globally there is a cause for change, and we wanted to be on the forefront."

- Lisa Mayes


Scott Duncan


This week's Take 5 ODU Spotlight features Scott Duncan, creator, and host of the IMAGINE THAT! game. He shares:

  • How has your experience with 'Imagine That!' been?
  • What have you been up to at the ODU School of Communication and Theatre Arts?
  • Tell us more about the Podcast.
  • What's next in your relationship with ODU?

"Imagine That! is a really fun and dynamic exploration of creativity and teamwork."

- Scott Duncan


Dr. Connie Merriman

Today on our Take 5: ODU Spotlight we feature Dr. Connie Merriman, ​​Associate Dean of the Strome College of Business and Enactus ODU Sam Walton Fellow, who shares:

  • Some of Enactus ODU's core projects and how they benefit ODU and the surrounding communities
  • Why college students should engage in social entrepreneurship
  • How and why student entrepreneurs participate in THE Monarch Way

"This is about building on traditional business practices and principles to develop enterprises that empower positive sustainable change."

- Connie Merriman



Jeff Gibson


This week's Take 5 Community Spotlight features Jeff Gibson, a founder of Oplign. He shares:

  • The current obstacles that job seekers face today in finding a job
  • Why Oplign is focusing on Veterans
  • How can companies benefit from Oplign's services
  • How high school and college students can use their applications

"We want to change the behavior and way that everyone interacts inside the labor market"

- Jeff Gibson


Daniel Manherz

This Take 5 Community Spotlight features Daniel Manherz, owner of Coastal Virginia Esports. Today Daniel will cover:

  • How the lockdowns affected his business
  • Actions he took to adapt to the pandemic
  • Types of assistance he was able to receive in response to the crisis
  • What he looks forward to in future plans for the business

"Our mission is to bring a state of the art E-sports center to the Hampton Roads area."

- Daniel Manherz



Aziz Winborne


Today our guest is ​Aziz Winborne, ​owner and manager of Norfolk Smoothie. Aziz will cover:

  • What it's like to open and run a business during the pandemic
  • The transition from 80/20 Juice Bar to Norfolk Smoothie
  • How the ODU Community has been supportive in his new endeavors
  • Tips to navigate the constant changes in the health food industry

"The ODU community is relentless when it comes to support. I'm able to give back with my smoothies even more because of that support."

- Aziz Winborne


Dr. Megan K. Mize

Today's guest ​Dr. Megan K. Mize serves as the Associate Director for ePortfolios and Digital Initiatives for the Center for High Impact Practices at ODU. She shares:

  • The mission of the Center for High Impact Practices at ODU
  • What are ePortfolios and how does one create one
  • The value of using ePortfolios as an entrepreneur
  • What ePortfolio services are available to ODU students
  • What the future holds in store for ePortfolios at ODU

"[E-portfolios] are incredibly valuable for entrepreneurs to get new ideas and strategies out into the world."

- Dr. Megan K. Mize



Chris Shelton


Our Community Spotlight guest is Chris Shelton, he is a founder of the Cure Coffeehouse and Cuero Coffee Liqueur. Today Chris talks about:

  • How COVID-19 has affected his businesses-- What has changed, what has stayed the same, and how he is coping with everything
  • What is unique about the market and business today
  • Resources, counsel, tips he recommends for startups

"We tried to reduce as much friction as possible between the customer wanting a thing, and us providing it."

- Chris Shelton


Nancy Grden

Nancy Grden is the Associate Vice President of ODU's Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and now the Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Maritime Collaborative. Watch to hear:

  • Why the ODU Economic Development Catalyst TaskForce has identified the maritime domain as a key focus of its strategy and direction
  • What is the HRMC and its mission
  • What the Maritime industry means to the Hampton Roads Community and how COVID-19 has affected this space
  • HRMC initiatives to encourage long-term economic development and innovation for the region's maritime ecosystem
  • Future developments for the Hampton Roads region



Cherylynn Sagester & Don Miller


Cherylynn Sagester, Program Director, and Don Miller, Assistant Director of the ODU Veterans Business Outreach Center chat about the in's and out's of ODUVBOC:

  • What is VBOC and what is its mission?
  • Can you tell us about your programs?
  • What training do you offer to our veteran community?
  • What are some resources and tips you can recommend for start-ups and small businesses operating under COVID-19?


Cheryl Tan

This Community Spotlight features Cheryl Tan, founder of Cheryl Tan Media. She helps companies build a strong video presence to create a greater impact. She shares:

  • The mission behind her business
  • Changes in personal attitudes about having a video presence in light of COVID-19
  • What to consider when deciding to move forward with creating a video presence for your business or personal brand, and what equipment is needed
  • How to get past self-consciousness or fear of being on camera



Myla & Tony Astro


Our Community Spotlight guests Myla and Tony Astro founded MVOSS Creation, LLC in 2007-- a Virginia Beach company that specializes in high-quality, eco-friendly promotional printed products. Here they talk about:

  • How they got started in their business
  • How COVID-19 has affected their operations
  • Ways to cope with the challenges of our time
  • What is unique about their market today
  • Resources and tips they recommend for start-ups and small businesses operating under COVID-19


Lisa Bey

This Community Spotlight features Lisa Bey, co-founder of Alkalicious Juice Bar. Here Lisa talks about her journey with COVID-19, founding her business with her husband and partner, Justin, and getting it to take flight, sharing about:

  • The idea behind opening a Juice bar & grill in Chesapeake, VA
  • What is unique about the market today
  • How COVID-19 has impacted her business
  • What changes she has made to accommodate the new normal
  • Resources and tips she recommends to start-ups



Nancy Grden


Nancy Grden, the Associate Vice President of the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship shares about how IIE can help during these challenging times. She will be covering:

  • The varied implications of COVID 19 and how IIE can help Hampton Roads and the Virginia community at large
  • How IIE's reach extends beyond only ODU
  • What is the IIE and what is its mission
  • The first things entrepreneurs should consider at this time and how IIE can be a resource for them
  • Where new entrepreneurs can go for help if they have an idea for a product or service, but don't have a company or a business plan yet


Jerry Cronin

Jerry Cronin, Executive Director of the OpenSeas Technology Innovation Hub talks about the ins and outs of OpenSeas, answering questions on:

  • What is OpenSeas and what is its mission?
  • Why is this important to ODU, Norfolk, and Hampton Roads?
  • Does OpenSeas have a farther reach than Hampton Roads?
  • Do you have any special programs for Innovators in the maritime sector?
  • Are there other events or programs that can help organizations and communities already participating in this space?



Marty Kaszubowski


Marty Kaszubowski, Executive Director for Innovation Initiatives for the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at ODU discusses the University's commitment to entrepreneurship, as well as:

  • Changes in the last decade to the Hampton Roads entrepreneurship community
  • What attracted him to ODU as a place to work and as a member of the local entrepreneurial community
  • What's on the horizon for IIE
  • Up and coming things to pay attention to in Richmond and around the Commonwealth
  • Similarities between our local investors and founders


*Note: All photographs and videos were taken before March 1, 2020.