Calendar for the week of June 14

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What does ‘back to work’ look like post-COVID?, 10-11 a.m., online. Inside Business and Cox Business are hosting experts to talk about the future of office space, the availability of the workforce and what the wage increase means for employees and business owners. Cathy Lewis is moderator. Free. Register at

Social Media Marketing: Myths and Realities, noon to 1 p.m., Zoom. The Hampton Roads Chamber will host Coldon Martin, the in-house creative director of marketing consultancy SIR. Free. Register at

Augmented, virtual and mixed reality technologies, noon to 1 p.m., online. The Hampton Roads Innovation Collaborative is hosting Joe Weaver of Ario and Tim Chrisman of VARtech for its Tech Tuesday. Free. Register at



Power of Women: Fearless Women and Authentic Leaders in Business, 10-11:30 a.m., Zoom. The Hampton Roads Chamber will host Shanna Kabatznick, founder and CEO of FABwomen. $0-$20. Register at

Downtown Norfolk Council annual meeting, 8:30 a.m., virtual. The council is approving new officers and directors. Michael D. Smith of Streetsense will speak on urban retail place-making and strategy. Register at



2021 Economic Forecast Mid-Year Breakfast, 7:30-9:30 a.m., Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive. The Peninsula Chamber is hosting Old Dominion University economists Robert McNab and Vinod Agarwal for an update on the national and regional economic forecasts. $30. Register at

Access Granted: Certification and Supplier Diversity Forum, noon to 2 p.m., virtual. Black BRAND and the Urban League of Hampton Roads are hosting a forum for attendees to hear from industry experts and learn about contract opportunities, including the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion, transit projects, Dominion Energy, ADP, and Ferguson. Free. Register at



Does Your Business Qualify for R&D Tax Credit? 11 a.m. to noon, virtual. Virginia Bio is hosting financial, accounting and tax experts to discuss how startups and small businesses can apply for federal and state research and development tax credits and the employee retention credit. Register at



Tax Clarity for Business Owners, noon to 12:30 p.m., virtual. Learn how to create tax diversification for unknown taxes later. Only 12 Zoom seats available. Call 757-280-8734 to reserve your spot. Register at

Blueprint Virginia 2030, 11 a.m. to noon, virtual. The Hampton Roads Chamber will host Virginia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Barry DuVal, who will discuss the statewide strategic plan for economic development. Free. Register at



Chamber reception, 5-7 p.m., 5444 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach. The Hampton Roads Chamber is hosting a networking event at Topgolf for members. Free. Register at



Legalized Cannabis in the Commonwealth: Opportunities for the Real Estate Industry, noon, online. The Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate is hosting Matthew Moran and Karen Cohen, both with the law firm of Groce Locke, to share an overview of this new industry sector, the state’s approval process, the timing for applications and expected approvals, and the opportunities and challenges for the real estate needs to serve this industry. Groce Locke has been involved in the permitting process for all five of the state’s current pharmaceutical cannabis processors. With the state’s approval for the sale of recreational cannabis during the last legislative session, investors are gearing up to be applicants for a limited number of licenses in four areas of the industry: cultivation, product manufacturing, wholesale distribution and retail merchandising. Each segment of this new industry will have real estate needs. $10-$20. Register at

Business Connection After Hours, 5-7 p.m., 204 Challenger Way, Hampton. The Peninsula Chamber and Hampton Economic Development will host a networking event at St. George Brewing Co. $0-$10.



ARRL Field Day, 2 p.m., Northampton Christian Church, 1409 Todds Lane, Hampton. The Hampton Public Service Team and the Southern Peninsula Amateur Radio Club (SPARK) are hosting amateur radio operators as part of a larger North American event to demonstrate capabilities to the public. Peninsula operators volunteer to support the city’s emergency backup communications and public service events, such as command and control for races and parades. Continues through 2 p.m. June 27 as a picnic and campout with an informal contest. Free. For more info, visit



Engage in Entrepreneurship, 2-4 p.m., online. The Women’s Business Center at Old Dominion University’s Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is hosting an orientation to introduce attendees to available resources to launch, grow or sustain their business. Free. Register at



Women’s Leadership Forum, 7:30-9 a.m., 21 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 100, Hampton. The Peninsula Chamber will host President Porter Brannon of Thomas Nelson Community College, Veronica Hurd of Academies of Hampton and Latitia McCane of The Apprentice School. $25. Register at



Marketing Your Home-based Business, noon to 1 p.m., virtual. Candice Smith of Connected Communities is the speaker. Part of the Home-based Business Lunch & Learn Series. Hosted by Gloucester Economic Development. Free. Register at

Insuring Your Workplace Risk, noon to 1 p.m., online. The Hampton Roads Chamber and the Hampton Roads Society for Human Resource Management are continuing the education series. Stuart Sim from Morgan Marrow Insurance joins industry speakers in a panel discussion on how COVID has changed the legal landscape. Other topics include cyber liability and employment practices liability. Free. Register at



HRACRE/CREW Beach Bash, 6 p.m., The Shack on 8th, 712 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach. The Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate and CREW Coastal Virginia are hosting an industry social event with tasty food and an open bar. This joint event has a been a big hit with nearly 250 in attendance in 2019. Watch the summer sun set at the Virginia Beach Resort with an Orange Crush. $50-$60. Register at



Deadline to apply for LEAD Peninsula Class of 2022. The Peninsula Chamber connects emerging leaders with each other and regional leaders to learn about regional issues in a 10-month program. Members participate in educational sessions, tours and candid conversations while experiencing various sectors, including business, education, public safety, health and human services, environment, government, workforce development, military and federal impact, transportation and infrastructure. Tuition is $1,895-$2,395. Learn more at



The 757 Summer Corn Hole Throw Down, 10 a.m., The Virginia Beach Field House, 2020 Landstown Centre Way. The Hampton Roads Sports Commission is hosting a cornhole game tournament with prizes, food, beer, live music and vendors. Continues through 4 p.m. July 18. $50-$125 for team entry. Register at



The 757 Junior Golf Classic and Charity Golf Tournament, 8 a.m., 1 Bide-a-Wee Lane, Portsmouth. The Hampton Roads Sports Commission and Bide-a-Wee Golf Course are hosting this inaugural tournament with regional celebrities, business and community leaders and golf course professionals. A portion of the proceeds benefits Portsmouth’s youth golf training and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia. The Junior Golf Classic continues July 24-25. $125-$130. Register at

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Getting Back on Track: Help is Here, 2 p.m., online. The Small Business Administration is partnering with nonprofit Public Private Strategies Institute to host webinars for Main Street entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to know more about resources to help them recover from the pandemic. Speakers include experts from the SBA, White House, Congress and business leaders will provide updates on the American Rescue Plan. Free. Register at

Military Recognition Reception Norfolk, 3-5 p.m., Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, 777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk. The Hampton Roads Chamber is honoring military personnel from local commands who have excelled in performance of their duties. Register at

Design Thinking to Improve Your Business, 9:45-11 a.m., virtual. The Peninsula Chamber is hosting Matthew H. Steilberg, director of retail banking of C&F Bank, to discuss strategic planning with empathy, a problem-focused approach and new ways to brainstorm. $15. Register at