Networking Event: Side Hustles

What do Apple, Under Armour, Etsy, and Instagram have in common? Besides being among the best-known brands, all started as “side hustles.” What’s the thing you’re doing outside of your day job that you’re passionate about and that occasionally wakes you up at night, just to work on for fun? That could be your side hustle.

Join us at the next Messiah College Business Alumni breakfast for what promises to be an engaging discussion with an accomplished panel of side hustlers at various stages of business development. Hear stories of failure and success, learn how a side hustle can positively impact your main gig, and maybe even be inspired to start your side hustle.

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Event Details
This event is open to EVERYONE!
You do not have to be a Messiah alumnus or business major, and attendance at previous events is NOT a prerequisite.
    • Topic: Side Hustles
    • Location: The Martin Commons (located at Lottie Nelson Dining Hall inside the Eisenhower Campus Center at Messiah College | 1 College Ave, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055)
    • Date: Wednesday, April 18 2018
    • Itinerary:
      • 7:00 AM – 7:30 AM | Registration and networking
      • 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM | Event Speaker
      • 9:00 AM | Event concludes, but guests are encouraged to stay and network
    • Format: Keynote speakers with time for networking
    • Event Cost: $15

Our Panelists

In 2012, Val McKeehan began selling hand-painted chalkboards – and it was not long before that concept became a national craze. Val went on to author, “The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering” and continues to work in design, illustration and marketing for her company, Lily & Val LLC.

A serial entrepreneur, Adam Brackbill founded his web design company while still at Messiah College. Shortly after graduating, he co-founded harrisburg’s first coworking space, St@rtup Harrisburg. Then, in true side-hustler fashion he began churning ice cream at night for fun. Demand for the delicious homemade style treat rapidly grew, and he pivoted the side hustle into a full time gig named Urban Churn.

Jehava Brown is a wife and mother to 3 boys. She is the creator of Onlygirl4boyz Blog, a lifestyle blog where she features tips on parenting, recipes, style, faith and product reviews. She started her blog in 2016, and now is able to bring in a full-time income through it. Her blog averages 20K+ views each month, and she has over 35K+ followers on Instagram. Her family has traveled to various places, and has had some amazing experiences all from the success of this blog.

Cody Wanner turned a childhood love for summer-fun recap videos into a full time job in 2013. Since then, Cap Collective has grown into a full service video production company. If you go to his youtube channel, you’ll find his current side hustle, which is a daily vlog.




Our sponsors are very important to the continued success of the Messiah College Business Alumni Association. For questions about sponsorship please contact our sponsorship lead Cody Wanner (’09) via email at

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