About NCCU Academics Admissions Athletics Campus Life Giving Research

How I Started My Business Panel


On Thursday, January 24, 2019,  the How I Started my Business Panel Discussion ushered in an assortment of entrepreneurial leaders from a variety of industries to an auditorium full of students from multiple disciplines across campus.  This Chancellor inspired initiative is the first of many planned consortiums designed to create an expansive and inclusive cross-campus entrepreneurial experience.  

The panel was moderated by Jes Averhart, Executive Director of Leadership Triangle and featured Cornell Slade, founder of The Best Egg Company, Damion Moore, founder of Dames’ Chicken and Waffles, Richard Spero, co-founder and CEO of Redbud Labs, Ryan Betha, owner and operator of Oysters Carolina and Shelia Brewington, President of Rescue Construction Solution.

Comfortably perched upon the stage, the panelists fielded a stream of questions surrounding topics spanning from identifying appropriate financial resources to supporting entrepreneurial endeavors and having the confidence to pursue your passion. 

Mr. Spero challenged the students to use any self-doubt they may have to propel and spur their creativity.   Mr. Moore encouraged the students to find sources of motivation that can grant them the required confidence to move forward in their respective aspirations.

Ms. Brewington charged the students with standing firm in their respective ideas, moving with a passion to bring forth to ideas with new and innovative perspectives.  Mr. Slade imparted the credo of learning first and earning second as an important means from which profitable and sustainable businesses emerge.  Mr. Bethea rounded off the discussion by providing these sentiments, “You can’t buy or fake hard work.  When working for yourself the motivation seems endless, so it is ok to have short term goals.”

“Attending this business panel gave me great insight into the entrepreneurial world.  I am encouraged to learn first and earn second, as I pursue my passions and strive toward success,” said Shelly-Ann Wheeler, NCCU Business Marketing student.


See All NCCU News

Spread the Word

Post this story on Facebook
Tweet It

Get More News

  • See All NCCU News
  • Searchable Archives
  • Campus Echo, NCCU's perennially Award-Winning Student Newspaper
  • See Today's Top Story
  • Or,  
NCCU complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all programs and activities (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in the University's educational programs and activities. For additional resources or to file a Title IX complaint, visit the NCCU's Title IX webpage.
© 2019 North Carolina Central University 1801 Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27707