Calendar for the week of Oct. 25

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OCT. 25


10th Annual Mega Mixer/B2B Expo, 4:30-7 p.m., The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center, 4535 Commerce St., Virginia Beach. The Hampton Roads Chamber is hosting a networking event where businesses can show off their products and services. Free. Register at

OCT. 26


Peninsula Executive Leadership Forum, 7:30-9 a.m., 21 Enterprise Parkway, Hampton. The Peninsula Chamber is hosting Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew. $25. Register at

STRIVE Workshop: The Power of Connections, 9-10:15 a.m., online. The Retail Alliance is hosting award-winning speaker and bestselling author Elizabeth Duncan-Hawker as she discusses ways to build true relationships. $0-$10. Register at

Connectedness and Culture: Cultural Institutions in the 757, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., virtual. The Peninsula Chamber is hosting Howard Hoege of The Mariners’ Museum and Park, Alvean Lyons of A.L. Inc. and Glenn Oder of Fort Monroe Authority. Free. Register at

Chamber Strome Business Series, noon-1:30 p.m., The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center, 4535 Commerce St. The Hampton Roads Chamber, in partnership with the ODU Strome College of Business, is hosting London Wills, national policy and advocacy director of health equity for Johnson and Johnson. Health care disparities drive up costs, decrease productivity and diminish quality of life. Wills will share the business impact of health care disparities. $40. Register at

Virginia Bilingual/Multilingual Hiring Event, 1-5 p.m. virtual. The Virginia Employment Commission is hosting an online job fair for bilingual and multilingual job seekers to meet with Virginia employers in need of their skills. Register at

OCT. 27


Employment Law Update: Post Pandemic Workplace and The Path Ahead, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., virtual. Kaufman & Canoles is hosting experts to discuss various topics, including the biggest legal changes facing Virginia employers and the “new normal” of workplace safety. $375. Register at

Convergence 2021, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Community Building, 401 N. Boundary St., Williamsburg. The Hampton Roads Chamber, ChamberRVA and RVA-757 Connects is hosting a leadership forum called “Advancing the I-64 Innovation Corridor” highlighting assets of the megaregion and defining areas for growth. $25. Register by contacting

OCT. 28


Mid-Atlantic Capital Sources Forum, 2-5 p.m., Slover Library, 235 E. Plume St., Norfolk. Originated by Vandeventer Black, the forum provides information on how to find and use capital for growth, value creation, investment criteria, transaction structures and investment climate. The event provides a venue for the much-needed dialogue between companies and capital sources about the great opportunities available in this region. Rather than a typical investor conference where companies give pitches, the forum features speakers representing various capital sources. $50. Register at

Excellence in Development Design Awards, 5:30-9 p.m., Peter G. Decker Jr. Half Moone Center, 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk. The Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate is recognizing excellence in development design with camaraderie, food and drinks for members and friends. $65-$75. Register at

OCT. 29


Hair-A-Thon, 6 a.m.-6 a.m., The Glam Lair, 6002 High St., Portsmouth. The Glam Lair is hosting a 24-hour event with discounts and prizes to benefit the American Breast Cancer Society. For more info, call 757-447-2400 or visit

NOV. 2


Chesapeake Forum, 7 p.m., Chesapeake Conference Center, 700 Conference Center Drive. The inaugural season of the forum begins with Ronan Tynan, an Irish tenor, recording artist, physician and champion Paralympic athlete. $50. For info, visit

NOV. 3


Careers in Construction job fair, 9 a.m.-noon, Chesapeake Conference Center, 700 Conference Center Road. The Hampton Roads Workforce Council is hosting a job fair featuring over 50 local employers in the construction industry. Open positions include heavy equipment operators, concrete finishers, painters, project managers, estimators and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes and dress in professional attire. Register at

NOV. 6


AveryFest, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Bennetts Creek Park, Suffolk. April Woodard, co-host of WTKR’s daily lifestyle show “Coast Live” is hosting the festival, a celebration of African American culture. The event is named for Suffolk native and actor-poet James Avery, best known for his role as Uncle Phil on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Avery died in 2013. The event includes a Gospel Brunch with performances. The festival is seeking Black-owned businesses as vendors. If interested, email

NOV. 7


Virginia Beach Team Hope Walk, 1:30 p.m., Mount Trashmore Park, 310 Edwin Drive, Virginia Beach. The Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s Northeast Region is hosting a fundraising walk. Team Hope is HDSA’s largest national grassroots fundraising event, which takes place in over 100 cities across the U.S. To register, visit

NOV. 8


National Philanthropy Day, 11:30 a.m., virtual. The Hampton Roads Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is honoring philanthropists, volunteers and nonprofit leaders in a virtual celebration, including Janice T. and the late Lawrence J. Goldrich, Karen J. and Matthew D. Fine, William R. Harvey of Hampton University, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Suffolk Christian Fellowship Center and Judge Richard S. Bray. To register, visit

NOV. 9


Military Recognition Breakfast, 7:30-10 a.m., Holiday Inn Newport News-Hampton, 980 Omni Blvd., Newport News. The Peninsula Chamber is recognizing men and women who serve and protect this country. Breakfast included. $35. Register at

Power of Women, 10-11 a.m., virtual. The Hampton Roads Chamber is hosting Elizabeth Duncan-Hawker, author of “Collecting True Friends.” $0-$20. Register at

Premier Speaker Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., The Main, 100 E. Main St., Norfolk. CREW Coastal Virginia is hosting Julie Brown, a business development expert with her own podcast and author of “This Sh!t Works: A no-nonsense guide to networking your way to more friends, more adventures and more success.” $45-$55. Register at

11th Annual Transportation Reception, 6 p.m., Waterman’s Surfside Grille, 415 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach. WTS Hampton Roads Chapter is celebrating award and scholarship winners. Keynote speaker is Cathie Vick from the Port of Virginia. Virtual option. $35-$50. Register on

NOV. 10


Examining Unconscious Bias, 6-7:30 p.m., online. Presented by the Professional Development Consortium of Hampton Roads. As association leaders, how do you boost your own understanding the reality of unconscious bias? Connect with your peers and Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities VCIC Program Manager Paula L. Bazemore about creating inclusive and equitable environments. Free. Register at

NOV. 12


Black Diamond Weekend, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. through Nov. 14, Holiday Inn Newport News City Center, 980 Omni Blvd. Black BRAND, the Hampton Roads Black Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a three-day business development conference, offering networking opportunities for aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs while celebrating the accomplishments of Black business owners. Inspired by the hit 90′s sitcom, the event is themed “It’s a Different World,” and will focus on helping attendees sharpen their skills and scale their ideas against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s Diamond University will feature a star-studded lineup of keynote speakers, including actors Darryl Bell and Tempestt Bledsoe from “The Cosby Show” as well as Angel Rich, founder and CEO of The Wealth Factory. Attendees will have the opportunity to receive an Entrepreneurship Certificate and Continuing Education Units offered in partnership with Thomas Nelson Community College. Virtual option. $47-$247. Register at

NOV. 13


Run for the City 5k, 8 a.m.-noon, 1000 N. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach. Wave Church is hosting a 5K, 1-mile kids fun run and a cornhole doubles tournament to benefit Wave City Care to fund programs and events for families. Register at

NOV. 15


Family Volunteer Week, continues through Nov. 20, various activities and locations. VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads is expanding upon its Family Volunteer Day, facilitating help from hundreds of volunteers. Companies and families can choose from 13 designated service projects supporting 12 nonprofits. For more information, visit

NOV. 17


Virginia Tech’s Women Impact Virginia, 9 a.m.-noon, virtual. Virginia Tech is hosting a panel discussion about entrepreneurial mindset. Hear stories of success and lessons learned from female leaders across Virginia. Free. Register at

Human Resources for Business Leaders, 11:30-1:30 p.m., Prosper Insurance Group, 2929 Sabre St., Virginia Beach. The Hampton Roads Chamber and the Hampton Roads Society for Human Resource Management are partnering on a four-part series. This session is on updating your handbook to comply with the recent onslaught of state and federal changes. $30. Register at

NOV. 18


Peninsula Executive Leadership Forum, 7:30-9 a.m., Peninsula Workforce Development Center, 600 Butler Farm Road, Hampton. The Peninsula Chamber is hosting Mike Vest, chairman and co-founder of Lionsbridge Football Club. $25. Register at

Conflict Resolution and Interpersonal Relationships, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 21 Enterprise Parkway, Hampton. The Peninsula Chamber is hosting Kathyleen G. Wyatt, founder and CEO of Leading Organizational Change Consulting, for its Pink Bag Lunch. $7-$15. Register at

Making Mistakes to Success, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 21 Enterprise Parkway, Hampton. The Peninsula Chamber is hosting Tamara G. Payne, deputy garrison commander for ASA Fort Eustis, for its Pink Bag Lunch. $7-$15. Register at

NOV. 19


New Executive Welcome, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., The Founders Inn and Spa, 5641 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach. The Hampton Roads Chamber is recognizing individuals in Hampton Roads who have moved into the top position in their company, command or organization within the past year. $40-$80. Register at

NOV. 20


Holiday Craft Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Chesapeake Conference Center, 700 Conference Center Drive. Continues 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 21. More than 90 crafters are showcasing handmade gifts and decorations. Santa Claus visits noon-3 p.m. Free.

DEC. 2


City Managers Forum, noon-2 p.m., Chesapeake Conference Center, 700 Conference Center Drive. The Hampton Roads Chamber is hosting a discussion with the city managers of Hampton, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake and Newport News. $50-$65. Register at

DEC. 4


Meet & Greet: Norfolk Admirals, 6-9 p.m., Scope, 201 E. Brambleton Ave., Norfolk. The Retail Alliance is hosting a networking event while watching the Norfolk Admirals. Limited attendance. Free. Register at

DEC. 7


2021 Annual Meeting and First Citizen Recognition, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Holiday Inn, 980 Omni Blvd., Newport News. The Peninsula Chamber is hosting its annual meeting with Charlie and Mari Ann Banks to be recognized as First Citizens. $45. Register at

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