Business Name: Airfield 4H Conference Center
President's Name: Melvin Atkinson, Center Director
What are your business's core values, goals, and overall mission?
Airfield 4H Conference Center fosters and encourages the development of 4-H youth in cooperation with the Virginia Cooperative Extension of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University by providing 4-H educational programs and to provide an educational center for the education and training of 4-H members and their leaders and other recognized educational programs for adults and youth groups. To operate the 4-H Center as a Conference Center to support and subsidize the 4-H educational programs.
Share some unique facts and business history? What makes your business stand out?
Located on the banks of beautiful Airfield Lake, our secluded 218 acre settting is a short drive from Richmond, Williamsburg, and Hampton Roads Virginia. The property was donated in 1977 by Union Camp and also serves as the Southeast 4H Educational Center. One of 6 centers in Virginia. During the summer we host 4H CAMP for 16 localities in Southeast Virginia.
What products or services do you offer companies or individuals?
We are full service conference facility with 43 executive lodges and another 26 dormitory style lodges. We specialize in retreats of all types as well as business meetings, weddings and more. We have the facilities, services, and attentive staff to make your next activity a success. From our comfortable lodging accommodations and delicious meals to our private meeting areas and enjoyable recreational facilities, Airfield Conference Center can provide a wonderful experience for your group, no matter how large or small. Our primary goal is to meet your needs and make your function productive and enjoyable.
What are the greatest obstacles and/or challenges that your business has faced? How have you and your business overcome them?
One of our greatest assets is also one of our greatest obstacles. For a retreat facility we provide an excellent opportunity to get away from the day to day distractions. Being off the beaten path requires us to vigilent in our efforts to market the center. Making sure potential clients know about us and the services we offer.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Being a debt free non-profit providing a safe camping experience for youth in Southeast Virginia and providing an affordable conference facility for citizens of Virginia.
What do you see for the future of your business?
Growth. We are currently working on capital improvements at the center to renovate our current facilities and are looking to partner with others to provide new facilities. We hope to add a climbing wall to our pool this year, perhaps adding camping/rv facilities as well as new outdoor recreation facilities like repelling and zip lines. We look forward to our special events throughout the year such as our Valentine's Dinner, Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Mother's Day Luncheon, Christmas Open House, Breakfast with Santa, and New Years Eve Resolution Revolution. We are hoping to add to this list this year with a Zombie hunt/ball for Halloween!
Why are you a member of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce?
The opportunities it allows us to network within our community. Being able to share our mission with those businesses that want to make Hampton Roads a better community.