Peninsula Entrepreneurship Forum

Hear from nationally renowned speakers with specializations ranging from start-ups to social media engagement.  Learn from speakers that have 30+ years of proven experience turning startups into multi-million dollar companies.  Our speakers share that expertise as contributing writers to and Forbes Inc. 

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to engage and learn from expert entrepreneurs providing insight you can immediately apply to your business.

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Winning the Entrepreneurial Race

Friday, October 27, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

8 - 9 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast

This year’s forum features three successful entrepreneurs discussing invaluable, applicable business insight, and two Hampton Roads entrepreneurs who will share the ups and downs of their entrepreneurial race.

Featured Speakers

Chris HeivlyChris Heivly

Dubbed the “Startup Whisperer”  ▪  MapQuest co-founder  ▪  Serial entrepreneur ▪ TechStars Entrepreneur-in-Residence  ▪  The StartUp Factory Managing Partner  ▪ Contributor

Cheryl Tan 

CEO of CherylTan Media  Twenty-year TV News Vet ▪ Hosts “HR Business Weekly” & "STANDOUT with Cheryl Tan”  ▪ Video Marketing & Media Strategist


Kathy Dolan

Director of Business Development and Outreach Services, with the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity ▪ 30 years Experience in Economic Development ▪ Small Business Development ▪ Strong focus on economic impact of women- and minority-owned businesses


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Entrepreneur Spotlight

Hamilton PerkinsHamilton Perkins

Hamilton Perkins Collection Founder & President  ▪  Merrill Lynch Investment Advisor   Huffington Post Contributing Blogger

Nisha WittNisha Witt

Aesop Technologies CEO & Founder  ▪  Navy Veteran  ▪  Featured in Inc. Magazine

Special thanks to Forum Gold Sponsor Newport News Economic Development Authority.