Valley Business Summit @ Plecker Center, Blue Ridge Community College
Aug 1 @ 8:45 am – 12:30 pm

Join local business professionals and local and state legislators for the 10th Valley Business Summit, a time to come together to discuss the workforce opportunities and challenges in our area.

This event will feature special guest speaker Virginia Secretary of Labor Bryan Slater, as well as a panel with local delegates.

8:45- Registration/ Resource Fair Open/ Networking
9:15 – Welcome and Keynote Speaker Secretary Bryan Slater
10:30 – Resource Fair/Networking
11:00 – Feedback Forum with Delegates
Noon – Event Concludes
JMU SWaM Vendor Fair @ James Madison University Festival & Student Center Ballroom
Aug 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The SWaM Vendor Fair will offer a wealth of contacts for marketing your goods and services and provide an opportunity to make personal contact with some of the 600+ JMU departmental buyers. The event is scheduled to take place at the James Madison University Festival Center on Tuesday, August 1st 2023. The morning will begin with a networking luncheon to meet with other SWaM vendors and the JMU Procurement Services buyers. As the fair gets underway in the afternoon, you’ll meet with many JMU departmental buyers and faculty as well as numerous buyers from other state, local, and private organizations.

Event Theme:“Back to the Future”
SWaM Vendor Fair Table Registration: $75

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Global Women in Entrepreneurship 2023 @ The Festival Conference and Student Center Grand Ballroom
Oct 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

In celebration of Global Women in Entrepreneurship Week, the Gilliam Center for Entrepreneurship will be organizing a showcase to highlight local female entrepreneurs from throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Enjoy light refreshments while browsing their products and learning about their unique entrepreneurial journeys.

In partnership with Women for Madison, Shenandoah Community Capital Fund, Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, we aim to bring the JMU community and local community together to support female-led companies and learn from their stories.

Click here to see what women-owned business’s will be in attendance at this year’s Women in Entrepreneurship Week showcase.