Supporting Our Alumni During Small Business Saturday

Do you want to support small businesses while shopping for your holiday gifts? We are highlighting some of our alumni who are small business owners.

The 2021 Small Business Saturday Guide

  • Latoya Gresham is a Class of 2004 graduate, and owner of Lillie’s Lotus. She specializes in creating authentic gemstone bracelets to facilitate physical and energetic healing. You can follow Lillie’s Lotus on Instagram at lillies_lotus35 or Facebook at lillies_lotus. For all inquiries, email
  • Nicole Wilkins is a Class of 2008 graduate, and owner of DailyLifeThings, which is an Etsy shop created to help busy individuals increase their productivity. Nicole sells digital planners, grocery list templates, and anything else you need to stay organized! You can follow Nicole on social media at _averageblackgirl_.
  • Katrina Berry is a Class of 2010 graduate, and owner of Berry Artsy. Katrina offers artistic services and products from paintings to book illustrations. You can contact Katrina by phone at 757-921-3384 or email her at
  • Lamont Livingston is a Class of 2012 graduate, and owner of A Moment Candles, where each candle is named after a special moment in life.

We are also recognizing our alumni entrepreneurs who you can support after the holidays as well!

Shukita Massey, our Class of 2001 alumna, recently published a children’s book, Oh, Parker! which is now available for purchase. While reflecting on her purpose for writing the book, Shukita shared, “My love for children and my pastime for journaling led me to the idea of creating a children’s book that will inspire young readers all over the world.”

Eric Heckstall is also a Class of 2001 alumni, an owner of 7 Cities Air, which is a heating and air conditioning company. As the weather is getting colder, keep 7 Cities Air in mind for your HVAC needs!

If you are an alumni with a small business and would like to be featured, please email Elizabeth Aultice at