Virginia’s Blue Ridge Series:
Limited tickets available! For the fourth and final event in the 2022 Virginia’s Blue Ridge Series, retailers from across the region will participate in a panel discussion on the challenges of our current economic environment. The conversation will include discussions on how retailers address supply chain bottlenecks, staffing shortages, rising costs of goods and more. The series is geared toward business owners, C-suite executives and junior to senior-level management professionals, but ALL are welcome! Purchase tickets in advance at the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce website: https://roanokechamber.org.
Where: Vinton War Memorial, 814 E. Washington St., Vinton
When: 7:30 to 9 am (program begins at 8 am)
Cost: $50 members, $100 future members (includes breakfast)
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LeadHERship : Neuroplasticity & The Cognitive Gifts of Women
Registration required! The Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Western College of Career and Corporate Training have developed a 10-month Women’s LeadHERship Series for women across all industries. The series emphasizes the unique gifts and strengths of women and provides tools for potential and success. The series runs through December with a new topic each month. Lunch is provided. Register on the website: https://s-rcchamber.org.
Where: Virginia Western Community College Natural Science Center
When: 11:30 am to 1 pm
Cost: $35 for chamber members, $45 nonmembers
Aspiring entrepreneurs and new business owners, this course was created for you! Businesses that start with a solid foundation of research, planning and setup are up to 89% more likely to remain open three years later. Upon completion of Smart Start, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with an advisor to make your plans a reality. Presented by Tom Tanner, Regional Advising Lead + Vet Biz Coordinator, Roanoke Regional SBDC.
American Business Women’s Association June Luncheon Meeting
RSVP by noon on June 13! Join us for our monthly luncheon. Our chapter will award an ABWA member and a community businesswoman (nonmember) the prestigious ABWA NRV Chapter Woman of the Year!
Where: Holiday Inn Christiansburg-Blacksburg, 99 Bradley Drive, Christiansburg
When: 11:30 am to 1 pm
Contact: Terri Welch, firstname.lastname@example.org
Minority Business Community Conversation: Future Generations—Minority Entrepreneurs Leaving a Legacy
How can we as minority small business owners make a mark that will impact the next generation, especially those in our own lives? Join us for a conversation on the topic, as we hear from the fellow minority small business owners, regarding their thoughts, struggles, strategies, passions and more!
Come join your village of women in technology for a morning jolt of real talk. We’re hosting these on the third Wednesday of every month to help us make connections and have casual conversations covering various topics about jobs, mentor requests and everything in between. There is no judgment: come as you are, liquids in the cup are optional, jump in when you can. Morning Jolt is being held online until further notice. Register once to get the zoom link. Sponsored by Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council.
When: 8 to 9 am (program begins at 8:15 am)
Contact: Register at https://rbtc.tech/events/
Beer & Biotech: The Future of Biotech in the Region
Beer & Biotech is an ecosystem-building series that will bring together investors, physicians, academics, inventors, state and regional startup leaders who are influential in the biotechnology industry. Each event in the yearlong series will feature a local, regional or national speaker and include plenty of time for networking and beverages at the host brewery.
Where: Big Lick Brewing Co., 409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke
Contact: Register at https://rbtc.tech/rbtc-events
Business Advocacy Breakfast Series: Legislative Wrap-Up
Join the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce Business Advocacy Committee for the third in a series of business breakfasts. Our guest panel will feature Sen. David Suetterlein and Del. Joseph McNamara, who will speak on their efforts over the year, what bills they supported, what got passed, what didn’t, and what they can expect for the future of the Commonwealth. Space will be limited and current Richfield Living COVID safety guidelines will be followed. Registration is required.
Where: Richfield Living, Richfield Town Center Chapel, 3730 Richfield Lane, Salem
Cost: $25 members, $35 nonmembers
ContacT: Lynne Kilburn, email@example.com, 540-387-0267
Distributor Relations: Building Strong, Mutually Beneficial Relationships with Your Wholesalers
In this webinar, Virginia SBDC Craft Beverage Assistance Manager Chris Van Orden will ask Craft Beverage Strategic Advisor Julie Rhodes about the tools and strategies that breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries can employ when working with distribution partners towards mutual success.
26th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Invitational Golf Tournament
This annual event is an excellent way to showcase your company, meet new business prospects and entertain top clients — all while enjoying a day of relaxation on one of the area’s finest golf courses. Lunch is at 12:15 pm Shotgun start at 1 pm, Captain’s Choice format. Fee includes lunch, card, greens fees, beverages and prizes.
Where: Copper Cove Golf Club, 360 Chestnut Creek Drive, Hardy
Cost: $100 per person, $350 per foursome
Contact: Erin Stanley, firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-721-1203
Our presenter will be Charlie Whitescarver. Registration is required!
Where: Radford Chamber of Commerce, 200 Third Ave., Radford
Virginia Community Capital Learning Exchange Series: More Than a Moment
In the past few years, philanthropic institutions and other mission-driven investors have reimagined the ways they invest in and work with communities. These institutions are finding opportunities to partner with likeminded stakeholders to get hyper-focused on building the ecosystem and driving capital into places they care about. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, is one of those organizations. Join LOCUS Impact Investing and our guests as we discuss how the Kauffman Foundation is partnering with CDFIs and other banking institutions as they strive to extend credit and services to BIPOC entrepreneurs in targeted low- to moderate-income neighborhoods in Kansas City. We’ll use this case study to facilitate a more universal conversation about the evolving role of philanthropy in advancing a new, collaborative approach to impact investing that places equity at its center.
Contact: Register at https://www.vacommunitycapital.org
This month’s talk is presented by Scott Crawford, CEO and president of VA811. The topic is continuous improvement and innovation for today’s professional. Learn ways to inspire innovation and continuous improvement in large and small organizations and have fun doing it! BOCOTALKS features a video presentation to be watched prior to the in-person networking event. The video will be available on our YouTube channel by June 17. Appetizers are included in the ticket price. Wine can be purchased at the event.
Where: Stoney Brook Vineyards, Stoney Battery Road 516, Troutville
Cost: $15 members, $20 future members
Contact: Jennifer Vance, 540-566-8812
RBTC Cyber Security Forum: Capture the Flag Competition
Bring your own laptop! This competitive “Jeopardy!”-style event is run on the CloudCTF system by the Virginia Cyber Range and will consist of hands-on, cybersecurity categories such as Web, Forensics, Reverse Engineering, Crypto and more. There will be challenges that require both Linux and Windows laptops (or VMs), and we will be pitting participants against other security professionals from beginner to advanced.
Where: VTCRC Training & Events Center, 1691 Innovation Drive, #1025, Blacksburg
Cost: $10 members, $15 nonmembers
Bedford Area Chamber Of Commerce Job Fair
Details at bedfordareachamber.com.
Where: Forest Public Library, 15583 Forest Road, Forest
Cost: $180 members, $280 nonmembers
Contact: Kayla Waller, email@example.com
Join us for coffee and refreshments, courtesy of our host, Smith Mountain Lake Association. This event provides a structured and supportive networking environment for chamber members.
Where: SMLA, 400 Scruggs Road, Suite 2100, Moneta
Success Through E-Commerce
This session will cover: The variety of websites available, the possibilities for upgrading yours to better accommodate online sales and the estimated costs to accomplish this; the various e-commerce platforms available and how to select the best based on your specific business needs; and how to set up and manage your online storefront or service portal and how to use data and marketing to maximize returns. Instructor: Cameron Nelson, chief digital advisor, Virginia SBDC and CV SBDC.
Contact: Register at https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/
Begin the morning with your friends at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council. With relevant business and technology topics paired with coffee and a light breakfast, this event has always been a favorite. Tech and Toast rotates between Blacksburg and Roanoke and begins with an hour of networking before program begins. More details coming soon.
Where: Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
Cost: $15 members, $20 nonmembers
Webinar: Building Credit 101: Tips for the Small Business Owner
Join Virginia Community Capital for this webinar where you’ll learn credit restoration tips, credit building strategies, the importance of personal credit and more. Whether you’re considering startup costs or new expansion strategies, establishing a strong credit profile can help ensure your immediate and future business plans are successful. Guest speaker: Robert Linkonis, executive director, Credit Restoration Institute.
Contact: Register at https://www.vacommunitycapital.org
Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce 31st Annual Golf Tournament
Swing on by and join the par-tee! Plenty of good food and beverages, Hole-in-One Contest, and a host of prizes and gifts for all! Tee-off at 1 pm Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just enjoy the good time and fellowship of our tournament, we hope you’ll save the date and join us for this fun event. We have numerous sponsorships available, something for everyone’s budget. Volunteers are always needed. If you’d like to help at this event, please sign up on the registration page. It’ll be fun!
Where: Roanoke Country Club
Contact: Beth Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org
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