Connections 2017 Presented by Union Bank & Trust, Shenandoah Valley Office Equipment, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce and Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center

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Name: Connections 2017 Presented by Union Bank & Trust, Shenandoah Valley Office Equipment, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce and Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center
Date: October 19, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:
Important - New this Year (see attachment):
  • All attendees and participants of Connections this year are required to park in Convo Lot A or F.
  • Parking is not allowed in Festival Center Lots C11, C12 or D3 this year. Regular enforcement will continue in these and guests may receive parking citations if parked in restricted lots. Participants are responsible for any citations received.
  • Shuttle service from Convo Lot A and F to the Festival Center is being provided and will run continuously from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Stops are to be expected every 10-15 minutes with a 5 minute wait.
  • Please allow plenty of time to park in Convo Lot A or F and travel to Festival Center prior to your scheduled educational session.
  • The Educational Sessions and Speed Networking will take place in classrooms and conference rooms within the Festival Center.
  • The Business Resource Fair & Reception will be held in the Festival Center Ballroom -– please click here for Festival Center Map
  • A complete schedule, room designation and event map will be distributed when attendees arrive at the Festival Center

Educational Sessions · Speed Networking · Business Fair & Reception
 
Promotional Partner: Daniels Promotional Products
Post-Event Media Partner: WVPT Public Media

Educational Sessions (1:00 - 4:00 p.m.) *If you cannot find the session you would like to register for in the drop down menu the session is full.
Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from 10 sessions with topics including Human Resources, Marketing, Technology and Navigating your Chamber Membership. Sessions will be 50 minutes long and will start at the top of the hour at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Please use the registration link to register for each session.

1:00 p.m.
  • Human Resource Focus - Importance of Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace
    • Sandy Hernandez, Community Development Specialist, DuPont Community Credit Union
    • Sandra Quigg, Director of Organizational Sustainability, Friendship Industries
    • Jenzabar
    • Facilitator: Joel Shank, Director of Human Resources at Dynamic Aviation
    • Coordinated in partnership with the Diversity Business Council of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
  • Technology Focus - Grow Your Business Online with Google
    • William Roy & Sam Johnson, Immerge Technologies
  • Marketing Focus - Closing the Sale
    • Becca Sly, Owner of The Isle Company & Agora Downtown Market business
    • Thomas Rea, President at Bank of the James, Shenandoah Valley
    • Chris Jones, Account Executive with WHSV-TV3
    • Facilitator: Steve Hertzenberg, JMU Marketing Department
  • Chamber Focus - Navigating Your Chamber Membership
    • Join your Chamber Ambassadors to learn how to receive the most value from your membership investment. During this session you will learn more about the membership features that can maximize your visibility. Open to current, new and prospective members.
2:00 p.m.
  • Human Resource Focus: Health Insurance 101
    • L.H. Mundin, Sr. Employee Benefits Consultant at Bankers Insurance, LLC
    • Steve Flora, Consultant, Blue Ridge Insurance Services, Inc.
    • Jonathan Coddington, Employee Benefits at LD&B Insurance and Financial Services
    • Facilitator: Skip Weakly, Commercial Lines Division Manager at LD&B Insurance and Financial Services
  • Technology Focus - Website Trends
    • Chiedo, President, CEO & Founder of Chiedo, Inc.
    • Lindsey Laughlin, Digital Marketing and Operations Director at Gravity Group
    • Bill/Leslie Harris, Founders of Cobalt Communications, Inc.
    • Facilitators: Wes & Cindy Dove, Founders of Dove Development & Consulting
  • Marketing Focus - Using Social Media to Market Your Business
    • Evan Hunsberger, President & Co-Founder of Chiedo Marketing
    • Dawn Murray, Owner/Founder of The Village Arts Center
    • Charles Hendricks, Architect at The Gaines Group, PLC Architecture and Design
    • Facilitator: Erin Overstreet, Director of Digital Sales at Gray Television
  • Chamber Focus - Navigating Your Chamber Membership
    • Join your Chamber Ambassadors to learn how to receive the most value from your membership investment. During this session you will learn more about the membership features that can maximize your visibility. Open to current, new and prospective members.
3:00 p.m.
  • Human Resource Focus - Importance of Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace
    • Sandy Hernandez, Community Development Specialist with DuPont Community Credit Union
    • Sandra Quigg, Director of Organizational Sustainability, Friendship Industries
    • Jenzabar
    • Facilitator: Joel Shank, Director of Human Resources at Dynamic Aviation
    • Coordinated in partnership with the Diversity Business Council of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
  • Technology Focus - X-Labs to Industry: Developing Uncommon Ideas through Uncommon Partnerships
    • Join our partners, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council and JMU X-Labs, to learn how students, faculty and community members converge at JMU X-Labs to develop innovative concepts for smart technology - think 360 video, virtual reality, 3D printing and more. Bringing unique ideas from disparate disciplines, JMU X-Labs collaborates to solve real problems in innovative ways. Attend this session to gain a better understanding of X-Labs and how you could potentially collaborate and engage on future initiatives. More info here: http://jmuxlabs.org.
  • Marketing Focus - SWaM - Doing Business with the State
    • Courtney Mustin, Business Services Manager, Central – West, VA Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity. Educational session in partnership with the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center.
  • Chamber Focus - Networking Like a Boss
    • Andy Vanhook, Marketing Video Expert * Branding Consultant at Appeal Production
    • Phyllis Friesen, Director of Marketing with Design Concrete Builders
    • Dick Halterman, Business Transition Expert at Murphy Business Brokers & Appraisal and Founder of The Shenandoah Valley CIGAR Club
    • Donna Preziuso, MLGA at The Preziuso Agency
      • Join these business and community leaders to learn best practices for maximizing your time spent networking.
Speed Networking Presented by McClung Companies (4:00 - 5:00 p.m.)
Don't miss this high energy, fun exchange where you will connect with more Chamber Members, make more contacts and promote your business. Registration required. Please register using the 'Register Now' link above.

Business Fair + Reception Presented by WHSV-TV3 (5:00 - 7:00 p.m.)
Continue your conversations during your Chamber's largest networking event of the year. Want to maximize your exposure? Reserve a booth. Planning for an upcoming project or program? Visit with fellow Chamber Members and learn how you can partner together. Please register using the 'Register Now' link above.

Reserve a booth by emailing cari@hrchamber.org.
  • 10’ x 10’ Booth Space Reserved by Sept. 28 - $125
  • 10’ x 10’ Booth Space Reserved after Sept. 28 - $150
  • 10’ x 10’ Booth Space for Non-Profit - $75
Your booth registration includes the following:
  • 10’ x 10’ Booth Space
  • Table and Two Chairs
  • Electricity and Wi-Fi Available
 
Location:
JMU Festival Center
Contact Information:
Cari Orebaugh
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