The Chamber held its third annual Hampton Roads Business Brief on January 21, attracting 120 members of the business community to the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. This year’s program, featuring Congressman Randy Forbes (R-04), focused on the military sector of the area’s economy. Forbes serves on the House Armed Services Committee and is Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee.
More than 100 Chamber members volunteered to make "Mission Possible" a success. The three-day effort brought in 166 new Chamber members! The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce partnered with national organization Your Chamber Connection (YCC) to conduct this high energy, out of the box membership event. Motivated by YCC’s Jimmy Cusano, teams volunteered in shifts at the Chamber’s office on January 25 and 26. The event wrapped up at 3:27pm on January 27 and a final celebration party for the volunteers took place that evening at the Willcox & Savage office in the Wells Fargo building in downtown Norfolk. Thank you to all of the volunteers for their hard work and dedication!
Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim spoke to nearly 1,000 business and community leaders and elected officials from Hampton Roads at the Chamber’s Norfolk State of the City luncheon on February 4, at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.
On February 17, the Chamber held its Membership 101 from 4pm - 5:30pm at the Virginia Arts Festival in Norfolk. This event attracted nearly 50 new and prospective members. This orientation provided attendees with a chance to learn about all of the benefits and programs offered by the Chamber.
On February 17, 2011, the Chamber held its Business After Hours event for members and prospective members from 5:30pm -7:30pm. Held at the Virginia Arts Festival, approximately 75 guests were served hors d'oeuvres as they built relationships with representatives of business of all sizes.
On February 22, the Chamber held its morning networking event for members and prospective members from 7:45am-9am at J. Crew in MacArthur Center.
More than 650 business and community leaders attended the Chamber's Chesapeake State of the City on March 10 at the Chesapeake Conference Center. Mayor Alan Krasnoff provided an update on the city's key business development initiatives, challenges, and future plans.
A large crowd turned out for the Chamber's March Business After Hours held at the Hampton Inn Oceanfront North in Virginia Beach on Thursday, March 17. It was also a St. Patrick's Day celebration, complete with green beer! The evening included a raffle and drawing for prizes. Attendees networked while enjoying food, drinks, and the sounds of reggae band Nature's Child.
On April 13, the Chamber hosted the Virginia Beach State of the City at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Nearly 900 attendees listened to Mayor Will Sessoms provide strategic municipal progress updates and address challenges and opportunities in the city.
On April 14, the Chamber hosted the Military Recognition Reception at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott to honor top military personnel from local commands. Attendees also listened to guest speaker, former Master Chief Petty Officer of the NavyJim Herdt.
On April 20, the Chamber hosted the Portsmouth State of the City at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center. Attendees listened to Mayor Kenneth I. Wright provide strategic municipal progress updates and address challenges and opportunities in the city.
On April 26, Suffolk Mayor Linda T. Johnson delivered her State of the City address in front of a crowd of nearly 400 at the Hilton Garden Inn & Suffolk Conference Center.
The Chesapeake State of the Schools offers the business community a closer look at the impact public education has on the Hampton Roads community. In his first State of the Schools address, veteran educator Superintendent Dr. James T. Roberts highlighted the Chesapeake schools' accomplishments, successes and challenges.
The 27th annual Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year (SBOY) Awards luncheon was held May 19 at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center with more than 300 people in attendance. The event, held during National Small Business Week, featured guest speaker Congressman Scott Rigell, who is a small business owner himself. The overall winner of the 2011 Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year was Virginia Eye Consultants of Norfolk. In addition, the Chamber recognized the "Top 10 to Watch" businesses and presented the Impressions in Print Leadership Award to Gary Lisota, President & CEO of Valkyrie Enterprises LLC in Virginia Beach.
More than 250 people attended the Chamber’s Mega Mixer & Minute to Win It Showcase on May 24 from 4:00-7:00pm at the Wells Fargo Center in downtown Norfolk. Attendees met and networked with more than 70 exhibitors, most new Chamber members. Guests also enjoyed playing Minute to Win It challenges for a chance at prizes. The event also featured a DJ, food, and beverages from member caterers and restaurants along with a cash bar.
On June 9, more than 1,000 people braved the heat and attended the Chamber’s annual Beach Bash at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Attendees had a great time networking and visiting more than 80 business exhibits, while enjoying food and drinks. The Janitors provided live music.
The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce hosted the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (VACCE) Annual Meeting held June 23-24 in Norfolk. Nearly 60 Chamber staff members from throughout Virginia attended the two-day conference, titled “One Vision: Connecting through Economic Development.”
The Chamber held its monthly Morning Schmooze on June 28 at the Harborview Chick-fil-A in Suffolk. More than 30 members and prospective members networked and enjoyed breadkfast goodies.
On August 11, the Chamber held its Military Recognition Reception at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, honoring more than 100 military personnel from local commands. The service members were joined at the reception by their families, military leadership, elected officials, and businessmen and women from the region. Guest speakers were Chief Warrant Officer Mario Vittone, Marine service specialist with the U.S. Coast Guard in Hampton Roads, and the Honorable Suzy Kelly, CEO of Jo-Kell Inc. and member of Chesapeake City Council.
The Chamber’s inaugural Dog Days of Summer event held on August 25 at the new Children’s Museum of Virginia in Olde Towne, Portsmouth, attracted nearly 200 attendees. The evening included samplings from area restaurants of hot dogs and other delectable morsels, lively business exhibits, and music.
The Chamber held its August Morning Schmooze from 7:45-9am at Jason's Deli in Chesapeake.
In September, the Chamber's monthly Business After Hours was held at Sentara Princess Anne in Virginia Beach. Attendees spent the evening networking, while enjoying appetizers and drinks.
The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce held its annual Chesapeake Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on September 22 at the Chesapeake Conference Center. The event brought together 100 business and community leaders from the region to honor volunteers. Chesapeake Mayor Alan Krasnoff provided remarks during the luncheon.
Dr. Linda Rice, Provost of the Chesapeake Campus of Tidewater Community College (TCC), received the 2011 Marian P. Whitehurst Women in Leadership Award. David Ropp, of Monarch Bank, was honored with the Chesapeake Division’s 2011 Chairman’s Award. The Chesapeake Division’s 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Claudia Cotton of Tidewater Builders Association.
The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce kicked off its quarterly Professional Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series on October 4 at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk Hotel and Conference Center. The first speaker in the series was Colleen Barrett, Chairman Emerita, former President and Corporate Secretary of Southwest Airlines and co-author of “Lead with LUV,” which she co-authored with Ken Blanchard (“The One Minute Manager”).
Nearly 400 business and community leaders were in attendance to hear Barrett’s message. Barrett participated in a book signing before and after the luncheon.
On October 13, nearly 125 golfers enjoyed a day at Sleepy Hole Golf Course in Suffolk for the Chamber’s annual Hampton Roads Golf Outing. Guests enjoyed lunch in the newly renovated Obici House, followed by an afternoon of golf and networking with colleagues and friends. The overall winning foursome was the Belfor USA team which shot a 57.
The Chamber held its October Morning Schmooze from 7:45-9am at the Children's Museum in Portsmouth.
On October 27, nearly 100 people filled the Town Center City Club in Virginia Beach during the Chamber’s 8th Annual Legislative Reception. Chamber members met and dialogued with 29 of the region’s legislators and elected officials. This evening reception is one of the single largest gatherings of local, state and federal legislators in Hampton Roads. Guests enjoyed drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and piano music.
The Hampton Roads Chamber hosted its annual CEO Welcome Breakfast in Virginia Beach on November 8 at The Founders Inn to welcome and recognize 32 individuals who have moved into leadership positions in the past year. The breakfast also gives the local business community and elected leaders the opportunity to show their support for these individuals. Joe Flanagan, anchor and reporter for WVEC-TV 13 News, emceed the program.
In November, the Chamber's monthly Business After Hours was held at The Addison Group in Suffolk. Attendees spent the evening networking, while enjoying appetizers and drinks.
The Chamber held its November Morning Schmooze from 7:45-9am at Passion the Restaurant in Chesapeake.
The Chamber hosted its annual Business After Hours Holiday Gala and Marketplace at The Chrysler Museum of Art. This special Business After Hours offered an opportunity for exhibitors to display goods and services in a holiday setting.
More than 650 business professionals, community leaders and elected officials filled a ballroom at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on December 8 for the Chamber’s 27th Annual Meeting of the Membership. The Chamber recognized outgoing and incoming volunteer leadership. The Chamber’s 2010/2011 Chair, Nelson Adcock (GeoEnvironmental Resources, Inc.), passed the gavel to 2012 Chair Maurice Jones (Pilot Media). During the luncheon, John Wilson (WBR Insurance) and Michael Dudley (Optima Health Plan) were both honored with the Chamber’s 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award.