Empowering diverse business success.

IDEntify provides open office hours for diverse entrepreneurs and job seekers to get free, one-on-one mentorship and coaching. Led by entrepreneur and local business leader Sid Mitchener, and guest mentors. You’re welcome to bring any questions including innovative ideas and challenges to your private IDEntify session. Our mentors will listen, offer guidance and make connections, custom to you.

From “just an idea” to full-fledged entrepreneur, we have the network to support you in your vision. Not an entrepreneur? If you love your current role or are a student preparing the job market, we are ready to listen and provide insights and connections to further you on your path.

Meet us at the Loading Dock Prince Hall every second Tuesday from 11am – 2pm for personalized coaching on your business, career search, and overall professional development.

IDEntify your goals. IDEntify your opportunities. IDEntify your future.

IDEntify is a Vaco & Loading Dock collaboration. Our goal is to enhance community outreach and engagement specifically focused on supporting diverse entrepreneurs and job seekers.

All topics are on the table – large, small, or just come for open conversation! Reserve a 30 minute session below every second Tuesday from 11am – 2pm

How we support

Business plan support, financial planning, marketing, who to get connected with, and more.
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College Students
Job skills, paid internship opportunities, interview and resume best practices, and more.
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Young Students
Financial literacy, STEM education focus, and mentorship opportunities for your middle- and high-school aged children.
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Who should attend? Can I attend even if I don’t have a business started?

We support any stage of entrepreneurship and career development.

  • If you are working fulltime, but have a seed of an idea for a startup.
  • If you have already started down the entrepreneurship path.
  • If you love your career, but are looking for how to evolve more in your current role.
  • If you’re a student looking for development opportunities to boost your resume.

What does IDEntify mean?

IDEntify captures the essence of truly identifying your future success, whether personal or professional. Only by identifying our goals, can we create tangible action plans to achieve the future we want to see.

The name also highlights IDE, or inclusion, diversity and equity; a pillar both Vaco and Loading Dock are committed to. 

Where is it? When is it?

We will be at the Loading Dock Prince Hall every second Tuesday from 11am – 2pm. Be wary, there are several Loading Dock locations! Be sure to be at the Prince Hall location, located at 216 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601.

How do I RSVP?

Easy! Check our calendar above for available dates and times, and sign up for a private 30 minute time slot. You will get a confirmation note and you should have the option to add the event to your Outlook, Google Calendar, Office 365 or iCloud calendars. We want to make sure we can see you, so please RSVP now!

Is there a fee?

To show our commitment to our diverse family in the Triangle, we are offering these coaching and mentoring sessions free of charge. 

Who am I meeting with?

IDEntify is led by Sid Mitchener, entrepreneur and Managing Partner of Vaco’s Raleigh office. Sid has 25+ years of consulting, recruiting, and sales management experience in the fields of engineering, technical recruiting, and consulting. He is also an established founder and team leader.

Each month, Sid will be joined by guest mentors who are local business leaders, specializing in entrepreneurship, venture capital and financing, sales and marketing, and more. We have a 6-month backlog of diverse experts in a wide variety of industries.

What steps are your taking to keep us safe re: COVID-19?

We have a conference room in the Loading Dock Prince Hall that can easily sit several people within social distancing regulations. There is additional space available, including an open rooftop with an amazing view. Please let us know if you will be bringing business partners or guests. If you feel uncomfortable meeting in person, we will send you a virtual meeting link instead!

Any other questions?

Contact Sid at smitchener@vaco.com or info.raleigh@vaco.com.

All topics are on the table – large, small, or just come for open conversation!

Contact Us

Coaching sessions will take place every second Tuesday from 11am – 2pm at the
Loading Dock Prince Hall
216 E Lenoir St
Raleigh, NC 27601

Contact Sid Mitchener with any questions

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