IMPACT FORUM: EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AND SOCIAL IMPACT
DEC. 1: The Network Peninsula impact forum presents Kimberly Young, vice president of America’s Charities, to discuss her organization’s report on “The New Corporate DNA: Where Employee Engagement and Social Impact Converge.” 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Register online. NetworkPeninsula.org
757 MAKERSPACE OPEN BUILD NIGHT
DEC. 2, JAN. 6: A community workspace for education, creation, entrepreneurial and prototyping endeavors—a gym for innovators. Featuring: wood shop, metal shop, 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, textiles, robotics, electronics and more. 7–10 p.m. 757 Makerspace, Norfolk. 757MakerSpace.com
BIZCONNECT HAMPTON ROADS MEETUP
DEC. 2: A meetup that connects business owners, entrepreneurs and clients. 8:30–9:30 a.m. Adele Diamond, Virginia Beach. RSVP to Laura@MyBizPPL.com.
ON FIRST FRIDAYS
DEC. 2: Network with other business professionals over a hot breakfast, and learn about what’s happening in the Coastal Virginia business community. 8–10 a.m. Shoney’s Restaurant on Battlefield Boulevard, Chesapeake.
LIVE LIKE A BOSS
DEC. 3: Learn how to save money and expand on income earning opportunities at this business, networking and savings event. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton.
NSC LUNCH WITH ROBERT JONES
DEC. 5: Eat lunch with Norfolk State University’s new head basketball coach, Robert Jones. $20. RSVP online. Hits at the Park, Harbor Park, Norfolk. Eventbrite.com
PMP POWER PREP
DEC. 5–9: Get ready for the Project Management Professional certification with the Reed Learning Institute. The course satisfies the 35-hour formal project management contact hours required by the Project Management Institute. Course includes body of knowledge guide, exam prep textbook, exam success sheet, student guide, simulated testing software and the professional development unit certificate. $1,995. 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Reed Learning Institute, Suffolk.
DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN PRESENTATION AND ANNUAL MEETING
DEC. 6: The Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce presents its annual meeting and presentation of distinguished citizens. To purchase tickets, email SJohnson@VPCC.org, $45. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Newport News Marriott at City Center. 757-325-8160. VaPeninsulaChamber.com
NORFOLK CHAMBER CONNECT
DEC. 6: Create new business relationships with Norfolk Chamber members during their meet and greet. Members only. Registration required. Free. 8–9 a.m. Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Norfolk. 757-664-2504. HamptonRoadsChamber.com
VIRGINIA BEACH CAREER FAIR
DEC. 6: Looking for a new career? National Career Fairs brings together employers and future employees for their hiring event. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center. Eventbrite.com
MEET & GREET, NETWORK WITH OUTSTANDING BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS
DEC. 6, 13, 20: Network with Coastal Virginia business community members. Bring business cards. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Atlantic Bay Mortgage, Virginia Beach. Eventbrite.com
HATCH COFFEE DOWNTOWN
DEC. 6, 13, 20, 27, JAN. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: A coffee-fueled meet and greet networking event for businesses in their early stages of development and aspiring entrepreneurs. Free. 8–9:30 a.m. Hatch, Norfolk. StartWithHatch.com
DEC. 7: Ailsworth Accounting and Software Solutions will teach attendees how to use QuickBooks Online. $100. 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Reed Integration, Suffolk. AilsworthAccounting.com
HOW TO SELL TO THE GOVERNMENT
DEC. 7: Learn how to sell your products to and work with government agencies through the eVA platform. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Franklin Business Center. FranklinSouthHamptonVa.com
DEC. 7: A business-to-business networking event for sales professionals presented by Sandler Training Tidewater. Full Throttle Training, Inc., Norfolk.
BUSINESS AFTER WORK
DEC. 7, 14, 21, 28, JAN. 4: Networking with other local business professionals after work. Bring plenty of business cards. Must RSVP online. Free. 5:30–7:30 p.m. Granby Social Club, Norfolk. EventBrite.com
ONE MILLION CUPS
DEC. 7, 14, 21, 28, JAN. 4, 11, 18, 25: Weekly networking events for the Coastal Virginia business community. Times and locations vary by week. View specific details online at 1millioncups.com/VirginiaBeach
ANNUAL MEETING 2016
DEC. 8: The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting with keynote speaker Christine Pantoya, senior vice president of mobile strategy at the National Basketball Association. Members $60; non-members $90 check this site out. Noon–2 p.m. Virginia Beach Convention Visitors Bureau. 757-664-2518. HamptonRoadsChamber.com
WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF REALTORS ANNUAL BOTTLE AUCTION
DEC. 8: Connect with other women of the Women’s Council of Realtors during the 2nd Annual Bottle Auction. 4–6 p.m. Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors, Hampton. Eventbrite.com
WOMEN’S FORUM OF COASTAL VIRGINIA
DEC. 8: The inaugural meeting of the Women’s Forum is an opportunity for women in business to make new connections. Lunch is provided. Students $20; non-students, $25. ODU Innovation Research Park, Building 2, 1st Floor, Norfolk. TheWomensForum.
BIZCONNECT HAMPTON ROADS MEETUP
DEC. 9: A meetup that connects business owners, entrepreneurs and clients. 8:30–9:30 a.m. Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Virginia Beach. RSVP to Laura@MyBizPPL.com.
VERSABILITY RESOURCES: 10TH ANNUAL WINTER GALA
DEC. 9: Celebrate the talents of people with disabilities. Live music by Strictly Bizzness and silent auction. 7–11 p.m. Newport News Marriott at City Center.
KISS THE SKY NETWORKING EVENT
DEC. 10: A themed interactive networking event designed to build business bonds and creative opportunities. Bring any networking and promotional materials. Black and white attire preferred. $45–$60. 6:30–11:15 p.m. LeiAuntes, Norfolk. 434-658-0502
WOMEN IN BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
DEC. 12: Presented by Inside Business, the ninth annual event honors the accomplishments of outstanding businesswomen in the Coastal Virginia business community. 5:30–8:30 p.m. Norfolk Waterside Marriott. InsideBiz.com
HOLIDAY SHOWCASE GALA
DEC. 13: Socialize and play games with new business contacts at the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Holiday Showcase. Light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. 5:30–7:30 p.m. Dave & Buster’s, Virginia Beach. 757-664-2521. HamptonRoadsChamber.com
STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
DEC. 13: Learn how to strategically plan benefits for your business, how to implement those systems and tips to prepare the books for the end of the year. Dinner provided. Free. RSVP online. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Virginia Beach Public Library, Libris Room. Eventbrite.com
2016 CHAMBER LEADERSHIP SERIES: DR. BOB HOLSWORTH
DEC. 14: Dr. Bob Holsworth will discuss the political landscape of Coastal Virginia and how it affects your business. Members, $40; non-members, $45. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. The Westin at Virginia Beach Town Center. 757-664-2518. HamptonRoadsChamber.com
MASTERING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR YOUR BUSINESS
DEC. 14: Learn how to use social media platforms to elevate your business’s visibility in the community. Lunch provided. $25. 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Virginia Peninsula Chamber, Hampton. 757-325-8165. VAPeninsulaChamber.com
BUSINESS CONNECTION AFTER HOURS
DEC. 15: Make new connections during the monthly after-hours event at a historic hotel. 5–7 p.m. The Chamberlin, Hampton.
DEC. 15, JAN. 19: Network with other Coastal Virginia entrepreneurs, inventors and tech enthusiasts. Free. 6–9 p.m. Hatch, Norfolk. StartWithHatch.com
HAMPTON ROADS HUBSPOT USER GROUP MEETUP
JAN. 12: Learn about inbound and outbound marketing with HubSpot. You do not need to be a HubSpot customer to attend. Free. 6–8 p.m. Slover Library, Norfolk.
STATE OF THE STARTUP: COMMUNITY ADDRESS
JAN. 26: The event emphasizes the importance of all entrepreneurs and small businesses. The community address will feature a showcase of local businesses and an array of small businesses, high tech startups and regional innovators. Zack Miller will give the keynote address. $30–$75. 5–8 p.m. Slover Library, Norfolk. EventBrite.com