HAMPTON ROADS, VA – The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is pleased, in partnership with Regent University, to host a Small Business Summit on Thursday, October 2 from 8am-2pm at The Founders Inn and Spa (5641 Indian River Rd., Virginia Beach). The dynamic half-day forum will offer business owners and professionals the opportunity to network, learn and grow their business in a collaborative format. Breakout sessions and keynote speakers will give presentations on topics such as marketing, sales, leadership and management. The event will conclude with a special marketing session focused on small business needs, with best-selling author Kevin Neff.
Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Bryan K. Stephens, stated, “Local small business owners don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from leading experts in marketing, health care reform, loans, employment law and leadership.” He added, “Summit attendees will take away information and practical advice that they can take right back to the office and implement immediately. This event also provides an opportunity for attendees to build relationships with other business professionals faced with similar needs and challenges.”
The luncheon’s keynote speaker is Helen Dragas, President & CEO of The Dragas Companies. As president of The Dragas Companies, she has been helping to build vibrant communities in Hampton Roads. A local company with a national reputation, the company has been shaping the region for more than 40 years, building quality homes at affordable prices. However, it’s been Dragas’s desire to ensure affordable excellence for the long run at the University of Virginia as a board member that put her on the radar of citizens around the Commonwealth. Seen on the Inside Business “Power List” year after year, Dragas will speak on her standards of leadership in times of adversity, discussing how not only to run a business effectively, but how to shape your community. In good times and bad, real leaders find a way to leverage any given situation to achieve their goals.
7:30-8am - Registration
8-9am - Opening Session & Continental Breakfast
9:15-10:15am - Breakout Sessions
10:45-11:45am - Breakout Sessions
12-1pm - Lunch & Keynote Speaker Helen Dragas
1-2pm - Marketing Q&A Session with Best-Selling Author Kevin Neff