About Dave Bayless

Dave is a “business midwife” who gets energy from helping people innovate in and through their human scale businesses. As a former private equity investor and lender, he helped make more than $500 million in capital commitments to finance growth, acquisitions, and recapitalizations. As part of entrepreneurial teams, Dave has helped raise more than $30 million of equity capital. He's also worked in product development, innovation management, manufacturing, and administrative roles.

Julia Spehlmann: Co-founder of The Little Collar

Julia Spehlmann: Co-founder of The Little Collar

Julia Spehlmann wears many hats. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from UMASS Amherst in 2013. Julia is currently a full-time student at UMASS Lowell pursuing an additional degree in Computer Science. She is also the co-founder of The Little Collar. Julia handcrafts each Little Collar wristband. Each one sold represents a day of food provided to a dog in need. She is passionately driven by a ferocious love of man’s best friend and her unrelenting desire to save and feed as many dogs as possible.