Valley Business Summit 2016 – The Path Forward

August 17, 2016 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
BRCC Plecker Center
1 College Lane
Weyers Cave, VA 24486

VBS- The Path Forward

Hosted by your State Legislative Delegates and Local Partners,
this annual event provides information, resources, and connections to help your business prosper.


7:30-8:00 Registration, Networking, Resource Fair, and Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:45  Keynote Address:  Elizabeth Milito, Esq.

Who Cares What Happens in Washington?   You Should.
How the Current Political, Legal, Regulatory Landscape Impacts Small Business in Virginia.

8:45-9:45  Feedback Forum with State Delegates

Richard "Dickie" Bell, 20th District
Benjamin L. Cline, 24th District
R Steven Landes, 25th District
Tony O. Wilt, 26th District

9:45-10:00  Break - visit with each other and the Fair Displays

10:00-11:00  Adapting Your Business - a panel discussion with local businesses who are successfully meeting this challenge

Walter Carter, President, Valley Precision Inc. of Waynesboro
Michelle Gallaugher, Owner, Staunton Olive Oil Co. of Staunton
Corri and Travis Loan, Owners, Tropical Smoothie Café of Harrisonburg

11:00-12:00 Business Resource Fair - State and Local Resources to Help your Business Grow. See below.

Our Keynote Speaker

Elizabeth MilitoElizabeth Milito, Esq. serves as the Senior Executive Counsel for the National Federation of Independent Business, a position she has held since March 2004.

Ms. Milito came to NFIB from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs where she defended the agency in employment and labor lawsuits and was responsible for training and counseling managers on fair employment and HR practices. She has an extensive background in tort, medical malpractice and employment law.

Ms. Milito has testified before Congress, federal agencies, and state legislatures on the small business impact of labor and employment issues. She also comments and writes regularly on small business cases before federal and state courts. Ms. Milito frequently counsels businesses facing employment discrimination charges, wage and hour claims, wrongful termination lawsuits, and in most other areas of human resources law. She also provides and develops on-line and on-site training on a variety of employment law matters and is a frequent media spokesperson on employment and labor matters.

Resource Fair Participants

* Blue Ridge Community College
* Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce
* Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
JMU Outreach and Engagement
* Local Delegates
Massanutten Technical Center
National Federation of Independent Businesses
Procurement Technical Assistance Program
* Shenandoah Valley Partnership & Local Offices of Economic Development
* Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center
* Shenandoah Valley Technology Council
Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Virginia Department of General Services, Division of Purchases & Supply, eVA
Virginia Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation
Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity
Virginia Department of Veteran Services
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Virginia Employment Commission

The Summit is FREE, but pre-registration is requested.  Click here to register

* Summit Partners

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Refreshments provided by Hershey Chocolate of Virginia, McKee Foods Corporation, and Sheetz/Fishersville

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