More than 600 business men and women attended the Chamber’s Monster Mega Mixer & Business Showcase on October 21 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The showcase was packed with nearly 150 booths, giving Chamber members an engaging opportunity to introduce a new business or to renew their existing brand to potential partners and clients. Many decorated their booths for the festivities. Guests enjoyed making new connections some who got into the Halloween spirit by donning costumes for the event.
“(We) are very excited to now be members of the Chamber of Commerce, said Martin Nealon with Medical Consulting Solutions (MCS) one of more than 70 new Chamber members exihibiting at the annual event. He and Kirk DeForest represented the company that specializes in scalable services for their hospital or physician practice clients. “This being our first event we were extremely pleased with the amount of interest that MCS generated. I think what we most enjoyed was the atmosphere of the Mega Mixer event and how easy it was to interact with everyone involved, as well as the ability to meet others in the community vendors and members alike.”
The Monster Mega Mixer, is the largest B2B networking event the Chamber offers its member clients. The venue brings together businesses of all sizes, offering an impressive array of products and services. Side by side, attendees met a variety of reps from exterminators, real estate experts and financial advisors to firms offering recreational, tourism or technology services. The event also served as an ideal setting for a number of the Chamber’s college and training support members.
Susan Mangus, with Fortis College attended the event. “I thought it was a well-organized and fun event,” said Mangus. “Lots of variety of businesses and I was not expecting the excellent food. I will definitely attend again.”
“I have attended the Monster Mixer for the past two years and I think it is an absolutely wonderful to network with the businesses in the area,” said Shaina Yowell from Tidewater Community College. “As part of Tidewater Community College's Workforce Solutions program, there is always someone to meet and something to take away, all the while in a fun environment!”
A few spooktacular awards were given out to exhibitors. Residential and commercial cleaning specialists Domestic Divas’ booth was named “Most Fun Exhibitor” and The “Most Spooky Exhibit” award was given to The Little Clinic, a firm providing healthcare services inside local retail stores. Norfolk International Airport, a major sponsor of the event, offered a $500 gift card for raffle, which was won by Leanne Hundley with Adams Outdoor Advertising.
Mega Mixer, now in its fifth year, was developed for members to showcase themselves to the entire membership body, but it has developed into more than that, according to Diane Raihle, Senior Account Executive with the Hampton Roads Chamber. “This gives new members a chance to introduce themselves to the business community, but in a fun, relatively stress-free environment. We work very hard at the Chamber to get our members started off on the right foot, helping them to make the kind valuable connections they’ll need to make their businesses succeed.”
Sponsors who made this event possible are: Virginia Beach Convention Center (Host); Mobile Advertising TV (Haunted) ecountable; Farmers Insurance; and Langley Federal Credit Union (Spooky Monsters); Identify Yourself (Bag); Norfolk International Airport (Prize) and ADT Security Solutions; AllStar Photo Booth; ASG Security; Canon Solutions America; Doyle Enterprises; iFly Virginia Beach Indoor Skydiving; The King’s Daughters; Norfolk International Airport; TapSnap; Tidewater Community College; and Virginia Eye Consultants (Monsters).