Hope Lawrence

Business Advisor
Specialties: Food and Beverage companies, DTC sales, product-based business startups, business operations, and selling wholesale to stores


Hope’s area of focus is food and beverage companies and other product-based businesses. Hope is the founder of the Hudson Henry Baking Company, a granola business she started in 2012 and named after her two sons, Hudson and Henry. What began at the Charlottesville City Market grew to a coveted brand that is sold across the country. Her “Hudson Henry Granola” has won 6 sofi awards, which are like the Oscars of the packaged food industry, and was featured on The Today Show as one of Kathie Lee and Hoda’s favorite things. 
In 2022, Hope sold the granola business and moved her family from Palmyra to Keswick in order to be closer to all things Charlottesville. She has been an instructor with Community Investment Collaborative (CIC)’s signature program, it’s 16-week Entrepreneur Workshop, for many years and has always loved to “talk shop” with entrepreneurs. 
Hope received her undergraduate degree in Finance from James Madison University. Before “the granola years”, she was a Product Manager for Standard & Poor’s in NYC and Fitch Ratings in London. She formerly held the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation.
Hope’s hobbies include reading, traveling with her family, and playing video games with her teen sons (if you can’t beat them, join them). Her ideal day is hanging out with the boys, baking cookies, and reading a good book…ideally on a snowy day.