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Efactory, MSU business center launch mentorship program

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The Efactory and the Small Business Development Center at Missouri State University partnered to launch a new mentorship program.

The organizations brought on nine businesspeople spanning multiple industries to host mentoring sessions starting this month. Paige Oxendine, program coordinator for the Efactory, said the initial volunteers who will run mentorship sessions are part of a pilot for the program, which may be held twice a year moving forward depending on demand.

“This is really a way for anyone to come in and get involved with us and these community members,” she said. “We’re excited to have a really great group.”

The mentors, in alphabetical order, are:
• Dan Cobb, co-founder and former chief technology officer for HealthMedX LLC, which sold in 2016, and a current startup mentor;
• Tamara de Wild, deputy general counsel and vice president of legal services for O’Reilly Automotive Inc. (Nasdaq: ORLY);
• Luke Kuschmeader, co-founder of Kuat Innovations LLC;
• Chris Lazzaro, managing director of solutions engineering for Associate Electric Cooperative Inc.;
• Jordan McAdoo, a developer at Stitch Fix;
• Teresa McGeehan, owner/operator of 19 central and southwest Missouri McDonald’s restaurants;
• Scott Rogers, system director of performance integration and innovation for CoxHealth;
• Jeff Schrag, owner of Mother’s Brewing Co.; and
• Jim Wilson, co-owner of Good Spirits Concepts LLC.

Oxendine said the Efactory and the SBDC yesterday began taking applications from individuals and groups interested in one-on-one mentorship sessions with the volunteers. Cobb is the first mentor scheduled, on Oct. 28, Oxendine said, noting the sessions will be held at the Efactory downtown.

“We were really pleased with the initial response,” she said.


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