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May 2013

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Dunkin' Donuts is Open       



The Dunkin' Donuts in South Norfolk is open for business at 1336 Poindexter Street. The business experienced significant customer traffic immediately after opening its doors at the end of February, but those numbers surged after its grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration on April 19th, 2013.  The exciting event included a check presentation to the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters from the proceeds collected from the Hampton Roads Munchkins for Kids program. The newly renovated building and paved parking lot continues to garner customer support from all over Hampton Roads. We congratulate Dunkin Donuts owner, John Motta, Sr. and his family on their $750,000 investment in the South Norfolk community.

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Rodger's Banana Pudding Coming Soon 

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1410 Poindexter Street is the new home of the manufacturers of Rodger's Banana Pudding Sauce.  Owners are expanding into South Norfolk by renovating nearly 2,000 sq. ft. of space with a nostalgic atmosphere that features candy, soda pop, collector's items and the music of days gone by. The doors of the business will open to the public in the coming months, but you can order or learn more about Rodger's Banana Pudding Sauce now at www.rodgersbananapudding.com

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La Bella Chic Salon Opens in Great Bridge


La Bella Chic Salon is now offering the total beauty experience at its new location at 1100-C Cedar Road in Great Bridge. Mayor Alan P. Krasnoff, clients and friends of Salon Owner, Scarlet Byrd attended the official ribbon-cutting event on Saturday, April 13th, 2013. The newly purchased and renovated property will staff up to 10 employees.

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Sumitomo Unveils the BBB (Bevel Buddybox)

Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America, U.S. headquarters for Sumitomo Drive Technologies, unveiled its new Bevel Buddybox® in an Open House on Friday, April 19th, 2013—marking the completion of Phase I of the company's 2015 Manufacturing Vision. State and local government officials, visiting company officials from Sumitomo's Headquarters in Japan, as well as 350 employees were on hand to witness this event. Mayor Alan P. Krasnoff offered words of congratulations and presented Ronald J. Smith, President/CEO of Sumitomo Drive Technologies with a certificate of recognition for SMA's launch of the Domestic Manufacturing Initiative and for being an outstanding member of Chesapeake's business community for more than 25 years. Attendees were treated to guided-tours of the manufacturing facility, which included a first look at the newest gear cutting machinery, as well as how SMA is expanding its manufacturing capabilities at the 250,000 sq. ft. facility located at Cavalier Industrial Park.


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Technical Systems Integration, Inc Celebrates 20 Years

Technical Systems Integration, Inc. is celebrating 20 years in business in the City of Chesapeake.

Economic Development Director Steven Wright joined Mayor Alan P. Krasnoff and Council Members Suzy Kelly and Robert Ike in presenting a congratulatory gift from the City. The company, located at 816 Greenbrier Circle—Suite 209, specializes in program management, technical, logistics and fleet support services. Since 1993, TSI has been helping the Department of Defense, USCG and commercial clients provide for the national security of our country. 

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EDAC Meeting Wrap-Up

The March and April EDAC (Economic Development Advisory Committee) meetings were dynamic experiences highlighted by insightful presentations on our current legislative summary by Chris Lloyd, Senior Vice President/Director—Infrastructure and Economic Development, McGuire Wood Consulting and an economic forecast from Brian  Kroll, Senior Economist—Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP). Thank you to all who attend and invite others to the EDAC meetings held on the 2nd Friday of each month from 8am to 9am. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Chesapeake Conference Center where our speakers will be Jerry B. Robertson, PE, Associate Vice President & Executive Director, Old Dominion University and Kristen Del Sordo, Regional Director for Hampton Road, GENEDGE ALLIANCE. The two will give an overview of ODU Business Gateway and GENEDGE (Manufacturing) Alliance, as well as detail ways these two organizations can assist companies.

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Save the Date!
13th Annual Chesapeake Business Appreciation Golf Classic & Cookout

Chesapeake Economic Development announces the 13th Annual Chesapeake Business Appreciation Golf Classic and Cookout to be held on May 17, 2013 at Cahoon Golf Course. For details on how you can support this event visit the following link. 

Plus, you don't have to be a golfer to walk away a winner at this year's event! Join us at the 19th hole for our inaugural Cornhole Tournament!

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Early Education Business Forum

Join Mayor Alan P. Krasnoff, Gary McCollum, General Manager of Cox Virginia and Steven Wright, Director of Chesapeake Economic Development on May 30, 2013 for a one-hour discussion on why early education is an essential part of a successful business community. Early Education Matters begins at 8:30 am following registration at the Chesapeake Conference Center. More info here

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Chesapeake 50th Upcoming Events!



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Annual Report
Chesapeake Annual Report 2013 Chesapeake Annual Report Available Online

For calendar year 2012, the Chesapeake business community invested $204 million - a 25 percent increase over 2011 - and generated 1,152 new jobs. Click below to read or download the latest Annual Report.

2013 Annual Report>>

 Award Winning Companies


Chesapeake 2013 Small Business of the Year


Personal Touch Services, Inc.


Young Entrepreneur Award (YEA)


Brad Scott, Founder & CEO, Cetan Corp


Top 10 to Watch  (Two Chesapeake Businesses Honored)


Vox Optima


ShepelleWatkinsWhite Consulting & Law, PLLC


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Phoenix Group Wins 2013 U.S. Blue Ribbon Small Business Award

Phoenix Group of Virginia wins the 2013 US Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award for the second year in a row. This honor lands this successful small business among the 100 best in American business. The Phoenix Group of Virginia is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business located at 630C Woodlake Drive. The company specializes in providing contract and management support to the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, NASA and other defense related and commercial industry. 

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