Cloudy skies didn’t stop nearly 200 from attending the Chamber’s annual “Mingle on Main Street,” which was held at the Historic Suffolk Visitors Center on May 29. Local businesses spent the afternoon making connections and enjoying some fun beverages and food under the historic outdoor pavilion.
The event was open to the general public and gave professionals an opportunity to connect with co-workers and customers from the region. Nearly 30 exhibitors, both for-profit and non-profit, displayed goods and services.
“We haven’t made ourselves known enough in Suffolk, which is why I’m here,” said Chuck Dunlap from Greg Garrett Realty. “My mission is to expand on the Southside.”
After having a great time at the Mingle in 2013, Kristin Rountree and Ginny Tuttle from Planters returned again this year. The peanut company has proudly operated in the city for over 45 years. “We’ve really seen Suffolk grow over the last ten years,” said Rountree. “From restaurants downtown to the new Hilton Garden Inn across the street, it’s a great place to do business.”
JC Kreidel, Senior Vice President of Membership and Communications at the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, agreed with that sentiment. “There is a lot going on in Suffolk and the Chamber is committed to the efforts to highlight the opportunities in the city” said Kreidel. “We are looking forward to doing more in Suffolk.”
The Chamber's Suffolk Division Chair Bettie Cuddyer, Sales and Marketing Manager at Sentara Obici, said, “It is such a pleasure to be able to network with businesses from all over the area in my own backyard. This is such an enjoyable experience for Sentara Obici and for some of our smaller businesses who may not often get this opportunity to showcase our services and products.”
Thanks to sponsors: City of Suffolk (Host); Suffolk News Herald (Media); Kraft Foods, Planters, Virginia Eye Consultants (Hospitality); Airfield Conference Center, Circulatory Center (Main Street).