Valley Business Summit ~ Navigating the Pathways to Business Success

Get tangible answers to your business questions
AND connect with local, regional, and state resources to help your business grow!

Virginia Resources and Regulations will be the topics of discussion at the Valley Business Summit, a new business development event created by area legislators in cooperation with business associations. State and local agencies involved in business development, trade, workforce development and finance will be on hand to answer questions. Our Virginia Delegates will be present to receive feedback and suggestions on how well the system works and what the General Assembly can do to keep and improve Virginia's business friendly ranking.

Monday, August 12, 2013
at Blue Ridge Community College
Robert E. Plecker Workforce Center
Weyers Cave, Virginia


7:30-8:00 Registration, Networking, Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:30 Keynote: Todd Haymore, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry

Break:  Visit the Business Fair tables

8:45-9:30 Breakout Sessions #1

Local Economic Development Resources:

Amanda Glover, Staunton; Greg Hitchin, Waynesboro; John Meck, Rockingham County; Brian Shull, Harrisonburg.
Moderated by Dennis Burnett, Augusta County, and Billy Vaughn, Rockingham County

Education and Workforce Resources:

John Downey, Blue Ridge Community College
Sharon Johnson, SV Workforce Investment Board
Jim Shaeffer, JMU Outreach & Engagement

Break: Visit the Business Fair tables

9:45-10:30 Breakout Sessions #2

Financing Resources

John Bowers, First Bank and Trust
Linda Gilbert, Virginia Department of Business Assistance

Business Panel: Growing your Business

Tim Heydon, Shenandoah Growers
Stacey Strawn, Blue Moon Galleries
Jeff Williams, More 4 Less Cleaning Service LLC

10:30-11:00 Business Fair

Virginia Department of Business Assistance
Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Blue Ridge Community College Workforce Service
Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center
James Madison University Outreach & Engagement Office
Virginia Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation
Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board
Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce
Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Shenandoah Valley Partnership
Shenandoah Valley Technology Council
Virginia Employment Commission
Massanutten Technical Center
Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services
Virginia Department of Labor & Industry, Division of Registered Apprenticeship
JMU Office of Procurement
...and more!  Check back as table reservations are confirmed for an updated list of resources!

11:00-12:00 Business Feedback Forum w/ Local Legislators
DelegateVirginia Seal R. Steven Landes, 25th District
Delegate Richard "Dickie" P. Bell, 20th
District Delegate Ben Cline, 24th District
Delegate Tony O. Wilt, 26th
District Delegate Todd Gilbert, 15th District


This event is free, but space is limited; reserve your seat today.

Download a pdf flyer here

Summit Partners:

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