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Marketing Essentials: Reel Time, 8:30-10 a.m., 2072 George Washington Memorial Highway, Gloucester Point. Consociate Media is hosting a series for nonprofit development and marketing professionals. Go over tips and tricks to improve your Instagram Reels with videos, photos and music beds. $0-$25. Register at

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Convergence 2023, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. Third Street, Richmond. Dominion Energy is hosting its annual supplier diversity expo and job fair with over 50 exhibitors. Learn about upcoming opportunities and develop relationships with companies, including job openings. Free. Register at

State of the Region, noon to 2 p.m., Hilton Norfolk The Main, 100 E. Main St., Norfolk. The Hampton Roads Chamber is hosting Old Dominion University speakers on the Hampton Roads economic recovery and performance of its pillars amid rising prices and geopolitical uncertainty, how veterans contribute to the economy, the future of public transportation and how the region can fuel growth in 2024 and beyond. $60-$90. Register at

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True or False? 94% of Traffic Crashes Are Due to Human Error, 7:30 p.m., Virginia Air & Space Center, 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton. Jennifer Homendy, chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, will share how the agency employs a systems approach in its investigations to uncover the root cause of human error and craft safety recommendations. She will address the widely held misperception that technology can “engineer out” human error and share examples of ways technology can and should be leveraged to save lives. Part of The Sigma Series open to the public. Free.


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Sneak peek at TCC Visual Arts Design Center, 8-9 a.m., 260 Boush St., Norfolk. Downtown Norfolk Council is hosting a tour of Tidewater Community College’s new 37,000-square-foot facility downtown with art studios, classrooms and other amenities. $0-$5. Register at


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State of the Region, 7:30-9:30 a.m., Holiday Inn, 980 Omni Blvd., Newport News. The Peninsula Chamber is hosting Old Dominion University speakers Vinod Agarwal to present on the port, hotels and real estate; Robert McNab to present on the overall state of the economy and veterans in Hampton Roads; and Barbara Blake on hospice in the region. $45. Register at


Barktoberfest, noon to 6 p.m., Mill Point Park, downtown Hampton. The Peninsula Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is hosting a fundraiser with live music, craft brew tastings, food trucks, costume contest for pets and people, raffle, vendors, games and local rescues. $10-$45. Buy tickets at

Soundscapes Gala, 6 p.m., Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive. Soundscapes is hosting a fundraiser and gala to support students with live music performances, cameos by local celebrities, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Includes silent auction. $95. Buy tickets at


Oyster Crush, 1-6 p.m., Ballyhoos, 2865 Lynnhaven Drive, Virginia Beach. Cape Henry Rotary Foundation is hosting a charity fundraiser. All-you-can-eat oysters, steamed clams, barbecue, fried chicken, drinks and more. $75. Buy tickets at


Navigate 2023, 8 a.m. through noon Oct. 11, Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 4201 Atlantic Ave. Common is hosting an IBM-related technology conference bringing together IT professionals, tech enthusiasts and industry experts. $595-$1,095. Register at


Coffee Connection, 8-9 a.m., Buff City Soap, 12551 Jefferson Ave., Suite 155, Newport News. The Peninsula Chamber is hosting a networking event. $0-$5. Register at


How Home-based Businesses Can Effectively Use Print Advertising, noon-1 p.m., online. The Peninsula Home-based Business Network, funded by the localities, is hosting Eileen Sperry of VistaGraphics. Free. Register at

Home Grown, 6 p.m., Reckon Acres, 9481 Sturgeon Point Road, Charles City. Consociate Media is hosting a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg. Amber Ox Public House is bringing its kitchen to the farm to support the House That Small Business Built, a Habitat home under construction and funded by small business efforts. Four-course, family-style dinner. $250. Buy tickets at


ProcureCon: Transportation on the Move Small Business Expo and Summit, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., VDOT Hampton Roads, 7511 Burbage Drive, Suffolk. The Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce is hosting an annual event on how advanced technologies are intersecting with the region’s transportation system and how it translates into economic opportunities for small and large business owners. $50-$65. Buy tickets at

Growing Your Leads and Sales, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Smithfield Gourmet Bakery & Cafe, 218 Main St., Smithfield. The Isle of Wight Chamber is hosting The Addison Group for a three-part series. The second workshop focuses on tailoring marketing efforts for maximum impact, building a robust customer database, establishing yourself as an industry expert and creating buzz and visibility.

2023 HR Differentiator: Retention & Engagement, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 11850 Merchants Walk, Suite 101, Newport News. The Peninsula Chamber is hosting Bethany Carille and Brenda Jolly of Insperity for its Pink Bag Lunch. $10-$15. Register at

Oyster Roast, 4-8 p.m., New Realm Brewing Co., 1209 Craft Lane, Virginia Beach. Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate is hosting an event with oysters, food, games, drinks, barbecue and live music. $75-$95. Register at


Bon Appetit: Food Business Forum & Vendor Fair, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., The Kroc Center Hampton Roads, 1401 Ballentine Blvd., Norfolk. The city is hosting its first mini conference for food-based businesses to learn about what is needed to start and grow a food enterprise in the city. The reverse vendor fair will connect small, minority-owned and women-owned food-based businesses with internal city departments that do the most buying of goods and services. Free. Register on

Bra-ha-ha Awards Show & Auction, 6-9 p.m., Delta Hotels by Marriott, 725 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake. Chesapeake Regional is hosting a fundraiser to fund free mammograms and related breast health services for eligible community members. Groups, businesses or individuals can design and enter a bra. $25-$100. Register at

Military Citizen of the Year, noon to 2 p.m., The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center, 4535 Commerce St., Virginia Beach. The Hampton Roads Chamber is honoring an enlisted military individual who has gone above and beyond the normal act of duty. $40-$80. Register at

Virginia Beach Jaycees 75th Anniversary: A Legacy of Leadership, 6 p.m., Westin Virginia Beach Town Center, 222 Central Park Ave. The Jaycees are hosting a formal banquet. $75. Register on

Deadline for nominations for Williamsburg Mace Bearer’s Award. The city is seeking nominations for individuals or groups who have made a lasting impact on the Williamsburg community. Submit a nomination at


Active Shooter and Threat Prevention Seminar, 9 a.m. to noon, CBN, Regent University, Virginia Beach. The Church Security Institute is hosting Chris Grollnek, an international trainer contracted by the Department of Justice, on how to be prepared, ready to act or react to prevent an attack. Free. For more info, email [email protected].

Managing Baby Pigs from Birth to Weaning, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Swine Research Facility, 6321 Holland Road, Suffolk. Virginia Cooperative Extension is hosting an educational program open to the public, including pig farmers and students. Includes lunch. Free. Register by Oct. 9 at [email protected].

Oyster Bash, 4-8 p.m., The Mariners’ Museum and Park, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News. Rotary Club of Oyster Point is hosting a charity fundraiser with live music, food and drink, boat race games and more. $80. Register at


Congressional Forum, noon to 2 p.m., Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center, 425 Water St., Portsmouth. The Hampton Roads Chamber is hosting U.S. Reps. Jen Kiggans and Bobby Scott for an update on what they are working on in Washington, D.C., and how what’s happening at the national level affects our region. $60-$120. Register at


HRACRE YPN Meetup, 4:30-6:30 p.m., The Garage Brewery, 1011 Eden Way North, Chesapeake. The Young Professionals Network of Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate is hosting a networking event. Free. Register at


Director’s Series with Michael W. Twitty, 7 p.m., Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater, 2110 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg. Jamestown Settlement is hosting a sit-down discussion with Michael W. Twitty, an African American and Jewish culinary historian and food writer, who will share the recipe for how he connects his personal roots through food. Twitty is a blogger at and author of award-winning books. Virtual option. $10. Buy tickets at


Young Professional Summit, 1-6 p.m., Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 4201 Atlantic Ave. tHRive, the young professionals group of the Hampton Roads Chamber, is hosting its third annual Young Professional Summit with speakers and networking opportunities, including happy hour. $50. Register at

Venture Out with NASA Langley, 5-7 p.m., NASA Langley Research Center, 1 NASA Drive, Hampton. Innovation Hampton Roads is hosting its quarterly event filled with networking and locally produced food, beer, wine and fun. NASA Langley will host a short presentation on how to do business with them and vice versa. $15. Register at

Top Forty Under 40, 5:30 p.m., The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center, 4535 Commerce St., Virginia Beach. Inside Business is celebrating this year’s top young business professionals in Hampton Roads. Cocktail hour and networking precedes dinner and awards presentation. $75-$85. Buy tickets at

Race and Money, 7 p.m., Attucks Theatre, 1010 Church St., Norfolk. The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is hosting a discussion with Edgar Villanueva, founder and CEO of Decolonizing Wealth Project/Liberated Capital. Free. Register on


Professional Development Conference, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., The Westin Town Center, 4535 Commerce St., Virginia Beach. Project Management Institute Hampton Roads is hosting an annual conference for project management professionals with keynote presentations, panel discussions mini workshops and networking opportunities. $165. Buy tickets at


NASA Langley Open House, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 1 Nasa Drive, Hampton. NASA Langley Research Center is opening its doors to the public to showcase labs and facilities, hands-on activities and exhibits. Hear from experts on what NASA is doing for the future of flight, climate change and getting to the moon and beyond. Free. Register at


Business Connection After Hours, 5:30-7 p.m., Tradition Brewing, 700 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Newport News. The Peninsula Chamber is hosting a networking event. $0-$10. Register at


Spotlight on the Peninsula, 1-3 p.m., Reaktor Technology Innovation Center, 1100 Exploration Way, Hampton. The Peninsula Chamber and business incubator are hosting an information center on the innovation center. Free. RSVP at


New Executive Welcome, 8:30-10 a.m., Hilton Norfolk The Main, 100 E. Main St. The Hampton Roads Chamber is hosting an event to recognize community leaders from industries across Hampton Roads who have moved into senior leadership positions within the last year. $40-$60. Register at

39th Annual Employment Law Update, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., online. Kaufman & Canoles is hosting an event for human resources professionals to avoid risks like those shown in “The Office.” Key experts from relevant agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Virginia Employment Commission will join employment lawyers to let attendees know what they can and should do to stay out of court. $375. Register at

Hampton Roads Construction Hiring Expo, 9 a.m. to noon, Virginia Career Works Business Services Center, 861 Glenrock Road, Norfolk. The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion and VDOT are hosting a hiring event with on-the-spot interviews for multiple positions. Free. Register on

Women United Fall Luncheon, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Hilton Norfolk The Main, 100 E Main St., Norfolk. Women United, a program of United Way of South Hampton Roads, will hear updates from Aspire and Strive participants. Learn more about Women United’s programs and help women and children in the community. RSVP by Oct. 5.


Great Williamsburg Adventure Race, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Martha Wren Briggs Ampitheatre at Lake Matoaka, 121 Ukrop Way, Williamsburg. AVAdventure Productions is hosting an event where attendees complete fun challenges and solve pozzles to win prizes. More than a dozen businesses are participating with activities related to their products or services. $0-$30. Register at

Halloween Charity Ball Fundraiser, 8 p.m. to midnight, 1301 Volvo Parkway, Chesapeake. Greenbrier Country Club is hosting a costume party fundraiser with a DJ to benefit Village Family community outreach programs. $50-$75. Buy tickets on


Boos, Brews & Business Views, 6-9 p.m., Holiday Inn, 980 Omni Blvd., Newport News. The Peninsula Chamber is hosting a business to business consumer expo. Participate in a scavenger hunt to win prizes. Decorated exhibits compete for best in show. $40. Register at


Deadline for nominations for First Citizen of Portsmouth. The Portsmouth Service League encourages the public to submit nominations for individuals who embody the spirit of citizenship through their service to the community for the sole purpose of, and in the spirit of giving. Download the form and find contact info at


27th Annual Design Awards Program, 5:30-9 p.m., The Neon House, 819 Granby St., Norfolk. Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate is recognizing excellence in development design along with camaraderie, food and drinks. $85. Register at

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