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Entrepreneurs in Residence

Profiles: Entrepreneurs in Residence

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to kick off its Entrepreneur in Residence program. Our EIRs are seasoned professionals who are volunteering their time and sharing their extensive industry knowledge to help the University of Baltimore's student entrepreneurs launch their ventures, grow their businesses and identify funding sources.

Student entrepreneurs have access to all EIRs. If you are a UB entrepreneur, feel free to contact and schedule a coaching appointment with one of our EIRs. Should you desire to meet with a different EIR, we welcome you to do so.

    • Steve Cissel

      Steve Cissel


      Cissel is founder and CEO of 10-20 Media Inc., an online game publishing company.

      Became an entrepreneur in 2001 with 10-20 Media Inc., and has worked as a business consultant since 1987.

      Cissel is a member of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship.


      Game development, Facebook advertising and content publishing, as well as in the managerial processes of initially starting a business.


      Cissel is available on Tuesdays at the end of the month from noon to 3 p.m. Send an email to to make an appointment.

    • Danny BenDabba

      Danny BenDabba


      BenDabba is co-founder and principal of DAASN, which focuses exclusively on marketing, internet strategy, and social media. He collaborates with clients ranging from solo entrepreneurs to Fortune 45 corporations.

      Founded DAASN inspired by the belief that success in business is fueled by the relationships you build. He has more than 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship, marketing strategy and business development.

      In the last two years, BenDebba has been involved in numerous successful start-ups.


      Networking and social media: start-ups, marketing and business development.


      Make an appointment with BenDabba by e-mailing him at, or our office at

    • Rodney D. Foxworth Jr.

      Rodney D. Foxworth Jr.


      Foxworth serves as senior community manager of Black Male Engagement.

      Extensive knowledge and experience in social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and workforce and economic development.

      Advises numerous philanthropic organizations on grant making and social investment, and consults with nonprofit organizations and social enterprises on business and fund development strategy.

      Check out Foxworth's personal blog and follow him at @rdfoxworth.


      Social venture startups.


      Foxworth is available to meet on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Make an appointment with him by sending an email to or our office at He can also be reached at 410.978.0045.

    • Kathleen Manley

      Kathleen Manley


      Manley is president of Asset Funding Solutions, Inc., an independent consulting firm working with factoring companies, equipment leasing companies and other lenders (non-traditional) to find the best solutions for clients' needs.

      Since 2003, Asset Funding Solutions has assisted numerous small businesses secure alternative financing to keep their cash flow consistent.

      As a business owner, Manley understands the obstacles many small businesses face in meeting their financial obligations.


      Start-ups, existing businesses.


      Make an appointment with Manley by sending an email to or our office at

    • Sterling McKinley

      Sterling McKinley


      McKinley is CEO of McKinley Media Group.

      An online marketing specialist, McKinley has advised businesses across the nation on how to use online marketing to increase sales, inclusive of website design, search engine optimization, social media, mobile and video marketing.

      Conducts workshops for the SBA, SCORE, NAB Education Foundation, Small Business Development Center, Maryland State Bar, and various corporations and universities.

      McKinley blogs for several websites and is a contributor for the Baltimore Business Journal.

      Active in his community as a mentor in the Big Brother Big Sister program and teaches basic computer classes.


      McKinley has many specializations in his field, including online marketing, website design, social media, entrepreneurship, project management, website usability and navigation, offline marketing and business development.


      McKinley is available in the CEI office Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and also by appointment. Contact him at to arrange an appointment. He can also be reached at 410.630.1287, ext.1  

Please also note our Virtual Entrepreneurs:

Laura Kirby-Meck
- CEO of Sonata Venture Solutions
-Specializes in marketing strategy and startup development

Anthony Raley, II
- Vice President of Silicon Valley Bank
-Specializes in financing strategy and is a venture capitalist


To setup an appointment with either of these entrepreneurs please feel free to email our office at