Small Business Symposium
The Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD) and Hampton Economic Development Department will host the 2022 Hampton Roads Small Business Symposium on June 22 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Drive). The event will run from 8AM-1PM. This FREE half-day conference will have workshops focused on the basic elements of government contracting, the procurement process (including how to do business with the City of Hampton and the Commonwealth of Virginia), and other topics that will provide guidance to small business owners who want to take their businesses to the next level. Attendees will also have an opportunity to network and collaborate with other business owners, learn from talented, experienced speakers, and visit a host of exhibitors.
Guest speakers include Floyd Miller, President and CEO of Metropolitan Business League and Tony DiSilvestro, CEO and Founder of YNot Italian Franchise/ Membership Chair of Southeastern Virginia Entrepreneurs’ Organization. KeliSAW Pro Multimedia and Photography will be on-hand with a special offer for professional headshots. For more information or to register, click here.
Post Your Jobs For Free
We have added a jobs board to our website, coliseumcentral.com. District businesses can post job openings at no charge. Posted jobs are searchable by the general public.
To post a job, click here. Once submitted, job listings will be published upon staff review (typically within three business days.)
Events & Entertainment
Summer’s almost here and that means parents will be looking for something to keep the kids busy while school’s out. Here are a few things happening in Coliseum Central this summer:
- Mekos Indoor Skate Park (3420 Von Schilling Dr.) – Summer Skate Camp begins June 27 and runs through August 26, Monday-Friday 9AM-1PM. Camp is $149/week with a one-time $25 registration fee. Mekos also offers weekly and monthly membership options as well as a summer pass. For more information, click here.
- Sky Zone Trampoline Park (2055 Executive Drive) – Jump all summer long with the $49.99 Summer Pass. This pass includes 90 minutes of jump time every day for 3 months. Sky Zone also offers an annual pass. For more information, click here.
- Bluebird Gap Farm (60 Pine Chapel Road) – Open daily from 9AM-5PM, the 60-acre farm has around 150 domestic and wild animals. Amenities include picnic areas, large playground, duck pond, and Azalea Trail. Admission is FREE. For more information, click here.
Promote Your Event
Add your events to the Coliseum Central website calendar! Click here and complete the form with the details of your event; an event photo may also be added. Once submitted, events will be published on the site calendar within one business day.
Lunch & Learn Series
The Peninsula Home-based Business Network is hosting a virtual Lunch & Learn Series, with monthly sessions from April to September. On June 8, Monique McWhite and Ben Salomonsky of Old Dominion University’s Business Development Center discuss Website Development and Social Media Marketing.
Future topics include Home-Based Business and Online Sales, How to Structure Your Prices, and From Solopreneur to Small Business. All sessions are free. To register, click here.
Bluebird Gap Farm
Bluebird Gap Farm (60 Pine Chapel Road) was featured as the best family-friendly day trip in Virginia by Microsoft News and the website Cheapism.com. The blog, written by Mary Shustack and published April 14, 2022 says “A great day trip can create a family memory that will last a lifetime, and it can also be cheap.”
Dads & Grads Gift Guide
June is the time to celebrate dads (Father’s Day is June 19) and grads. Find the perfect gift for that special person with our Coliseum Central gift guide. You can find it here.
Hats off to the Graduates!
Coliseum Central would like to congratulate all those graduating from Hampton City Schools, Bryant & Stratton College and Hampton University! We wish you the best as you begin your new adventure.
Upcoming Blood Drives
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
2150 Cunningham Drive
YMCA Heath & Wellness Center
4001 Coliseum Drive
Private Development Updates
EVO Entertainment (4401 W. Claiborne Square) opened in Peninsula Town Center on May 27 in the former Studio Movie Grill location. This state-of-the-art, one-stop entertainment destination has eight dine-in theaters with luxury recliners and push-button service, a nine-lane bowling alley, arcade games, a restaurant and bar, and private event space. For more information or to purchase movie tickets, click here.
The Chapman Flats
Peninsula Town Center is adding residential space with the opening of The Chapman Flats (670 Downey Green) luxury apartments. These first floor apartments offer one, two, or three bedroom options with amenities including rooftop garden terraces, resident clubroom, 24/7 fitness center, theatre-seating cinema, pet spa, controlled access building, conference room, tri-level covered parking deck, and access to electric vehicle charging stations. For more information, click here.
Momo’s Café (1930 Power Plant Parkway) is now open in front of Bass Pro Shops. In addition to breakfast and lunch in the restaurant, Chef Martha Bennett also provides catering and personal chef dinners. For more information click here.