Hunter Smith and Tavares Grays Facilitate Networking Opportunities in Montgomery with The Lab on Dexter

Written on November 8, 2022

Since last fall, Hunter Smith, CPA, and Tavares Grays of the firm’s Montgomery accounting and advisory office, have been heavily involved with Montgomery’s The Lab on Dexter.

The Lab on Dexter is a public-private partnership that aims to grow the tech and innovation system in the Montgomery community through a collaborative learning environment for entrepreneurs, tech and innovation professionals. The Lab on Dexter offers programs that include tech and entrepreneurial education, business acceleration and incubation, small and minority business development and collaborative innovation activities to diversify the local economy.

Last fall, Hunter and Tavares spoke at a general tax and accounting presentation for entrepreneurs and new business owners. This helped spark collaboration between them and the director of The Lab on Dexter, who invited them to sponsor additional events through Warren Averett.

On June 8, they held their first professional mixer, where local professionals gathered to network, learn about future career opportunities and collaborate. After they received an excellent turnout and great feedback, Tavares and Hunter decided to do more networking events and mixers, including another one that happened on October 19, 2022.

“These events have been so helpful to show young leaders and people in the community everything that Montgomery has to offer, while also providing a safe space for collaboration and relationship building. We know that meeting people and coming out of your shell can be hard, so making sure these events are in a stress-free environment has been so important to us,” said Tavares.

Hunter was even featured on two local news channels in the area to help get the word out about their most recent event.

As for future plans with The Lab on Dexter, they plan to have a final holiday-themed event near the end of the year. They are excited for future development and look forward to continuing their involvement with the partnership and the local Montgomery business community.

“This has been such a great endeavor,” said Hunter. “It has been a learning experience that has helped me become more comfortable connecting with other professionals and talking about how we serve our clients and what is important in our lives.”

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To learn more about future events (including the holiday mixer) with The Lab on Dexter, check their website here or follow them on Facebook.


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