Win the Entrepreneurial Race at the Peninsula Entrepreneurship Forum

October 23, 2017
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Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development presents the 2017 Peninsula Entrepreneurship Forum: Winning the Entrepreneurial Race in an effort to bring together thriving and growing entrepreneurs from around the region. The forum will take place 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27 at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center in Hampton at 600 Butler Farm Rd.

This year’s nationally-renowned speakers have specializations ranging from start-ups to social media engagement. Speakers have more than 30 years of proven experience turning startups into multi-million dollar companies. The forum provides a space for attendees to network with other entrepreneurs and speakers and learn insight from expert entrepreneurs that can be immediately applied.

The event will also spotlight two local entrepreneurs, Hamilton Perkins, Founder and President of Hamilton Perkins Collection, and Nisha Witt, CEO and Founder of Aesop Technologies. The forum’s featured speakers are:

Chris Heivly is one of the nation’s leading experts in how to turn startups into multimillion-dollar companies and has been dubbed the “Startup Whisperer.” For over 30 years, Heivly has worked at the highest levels for some of the world’s most recognized brands, including MapQuest, Rand McNally and Accenture. Heivly is one of two managing directors of The Startup Factory, the largest seed investment firm in the Southeast and as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Techstars.

Cheryl Tan has more than 20 years of experience uniting people through storytelling in via television news. As a speaker and consultant, Tan shares her interviewing and storytelling skills with business owners who want to tell the stories of their companies through video or through the media. She also hosts the Sunday morning business show, “HR Business Weekly,” on WVEC.

Kathy Dolan is the director of Business Development and Outreach Services with the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity. Dolan has more than 30 years of experience in economic development in Virginia and several years in the private sector. She has a strong interest in small business development with a special focus on the economic impact of women- and minority-owned businesses.

The free forum includes a continental breakfast provided by the City of Newport News Office of Economic Development, and lunch. The Bank of America Foundation also serves as a sponsor for this entrepreneurial initiative. The forum is open to the public and registration is required.

To register or learn more about the Oct. 27 forum, visit