October 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
JMU Festival Conference Center
James Madison University
1301 Carrier Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22807
HR Chamber of Commerce

CONNECTIONS 2019 is the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber’s largest business-to-business networking event of the year and provides education and relationship building opportunities.
This year, attendees can choose from different sessions through the afternoon and then attend an interactive and fun business fair and reception.
1:30-2:30pm     Virginia + The Valley: Where are we and where are we heading?
Welcome: Jon Alger, President, James Madison University
Remarks and Panel: Stephen Moret, President, Virginia Economic Development Partnership; Barry DuVal, President, Virginia Chamber of Commerce; Bernie Niemeier, President & Publisher, Virginia Business Publications
2:45-3:30pm     State of the City & County/Local Economic Picture
Eric Campbell, Harrisonburg City Manager, and Stephen King, Rockingham County Administrator
3:45-4:30pm     Special Sessions (Break Out Sessions require RSVPs)

The Future of Retail and Commercial Development – and More – Keith May and Tim Reamer,  Cottonwood Commercial Realty

If “everyone” is buying goods on-line, why are values and traffic on East Market Street picking up? Where are the opportunities and where are the bargains? Current trends + looking ahead.

Workforce – Issues, Trends, and Staying Out of Trouble– Cindy Maish, U.S. Department of Labor

What is on the mind of almost every employer? Employees. What are the trends? Be creative, but don’t take shortcuts. What is on the horizon from an enforcement perspective?

Marketing Trends – Dave Saunders, Madison+ Main         #BoldBrandsWin

Some may remember Dave Saunders from the first Valley Business Keynote years ago. You have most likely seen his company’s work on ads and branding. When do you follow the crowd and when do you break the mold? If you’ve got questions, you might find this session of interest.
4:30-5:00pm      Your Community, Your Future (Interactive Group Survey)
5:00-7:00pm     Exhibits and Reception  
30 Vendor Tables @ $175.00/ea; 10 Nonprofit Tables @ $100/ea.
Click here to reserve your space with the Chamber.
Your SV SBDC is proud to partner with the Chamber on this annual event – it’s always informative and fun!
Stop by our booth and say Hello. Then register for a voucher for discounted SBDC event fees!
Connections Partners