Hampton Roads Business Weekly Episode 21 Show Notes

Joe Bucci, Professor at Regent University School of Business and Leadership

This week Joe talks about how a seasonal business can grow their customer base, while still retaining the ones they already have.  He talks about how having a year-round mindset is important, as companies don’t want to disappear for long periods of time.  Advertising throughout the year is crucial because customers want content, whether it’s through social media or some other type of medium.

Bryan Stephens of Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce

Bryan talks about the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce’s new initiative, tHRive, an organization for young professionals in the area.  The group has grown substantially and has over a thousand members currently.  Consisting of millennials exclusively, the organization gives the Commerce input for their business education series.  Watch this segment to learn more about this group and how to apply.

Millennial Minute with Rene Carling and Mike Doherty

This week, Mike and Rene talk about how businesses can attract and retain millennials through social networks.

Mel Price and Thom White of Work Program Architects

Mel and Thom talk about how a business partnership can often be like a marriage, and how they deal with the rewards and challenges of it.  One of the first steps they took as partners was creating an extensive business plan that ultimately landed them an investor, and a mentor, all in one.  They cite building relationships and community involvement as some of the important aspects that makes their company successful.

Pearl Taylor of Uniquely Yours Bridal Showcase

Pearl discusses her company and how she stays on top of ever-changing seasonal needs.  Since the bridal business constantly evolves, she talks about how her company stays on top of the current trends.  Pearl uses social networking sites such as Pinterest to keep up with what new brides want, using this information to find the appropriate vendors for her bridal events.