Brown Bag Lunch Seminars

Join us for an educational opportunity to increase your business or enhance your professional development. Each seminar is aimed at helping you gain knowledge that you can put to work. You bring your own lunch, we will provide beverages, and a dynamic speaker from our membership! Learn more about becoming a speaker. Cost to attend is FREE for Alliance members and $5 for non-members. 

Upcoming Events

”Sustainable Revenue Through Exporting”
February 15, 2017 (RSVP TODAY)

Find Out About Sustainable Revenue Through Exporting with Bill Houck of the Small Business Administration. Bring your lunch and we'll supply dessert and drinks while you learn about topics to help improve your business. 

Past Events

Tips for Avoiding Business Disputes (and if they can’t be Avoided) Tips on Litigating Business Disputes (Download the Presentation)
January 2017 

Find out how to avoid business disputes with Consumers, Employees, Competitors and how to protect your business from these claims. Presented by Will Sleeth, III, Esq. of LeClairRyan.

”Get Found on Google Search and Maps”
September 2016

Get Found on Google Search and Maps" with Gerry Neary of Virginia Peninsula Photography. This session will help provide guidance to business owners to ensure their listing in Google is up-to-date. It offers tips and assistance in updates to their Google profile and other helpful tips to improve their Google search rankings.  

"What Does the FLSA Concerning Overtime Mean and How Does it Affect Your Business?”
August 2016

Brian Muse of LeClair Ryan Law Firm gave expert advice on the new law and what it means for full-time 40 hr/wk employees, the exemptions from this law and the deadlines to get your business compliant. 

Is Virginia Buying What You’re Selling
July 2017

Join Virginia’s Secretary of Administration, Nancy Rodrigues, and eVA’s Marketing & Outreach Manager, Kim Madison, for a special information session on how to leverage the power of eVA to find out what Virginia is buying and how your business can partner together. B2B Connect  creates an online space for businesses to meet, connect and collaborate.

What Can Google Do for Your Business?
June 2016

Don Schreffler from 360 Business shared Google business tips for success.

Learn about the Value of Selling Your Goods/Services Overseas
June 2016
Join us for lunch with Bill Houck of the SBA to learn about the benefits selling your goods or service to overseas customers. See what resources are available to expand your export reach or how to get started. Get a basic overview of financial and risk mitigation tools available to make you a competitive exporter 

What is a SWaM Business? How do I become one and what are the benefits?
February 2016

John Hornback and Marra Austin with the College of William & Mary will go over the benefits of being s Small, Women, and/or Minority Owned Business and how you can learn if your business qualifies for this designation. Don’t miss out on any aspects that might help your business be successful! Space is limited. You must register online by February 23, or call 757-229-6511. 

Safety in the Workplace
January 2016

Is your workplace safe? Is your employer following best practices for safety? As a business owner, do you know the regulations you must follow? How does my business set up safety measures or keep from violating safety standards? Where do I go for help with these questions? Rhonda Fingar with Safety Services, LLC, will cover these questions and more to help you keep your business and your employees safe in the workplace! 

“Building your Business by Finding your Brand Essence”

“Wellness – Your Health, Your Insurance & Your Financial Wellness!” (Download the seminar presentation)

All seminars will be held in Room A at the Greater Williamsburg Chamber &Tourism Alliance 
(421 North Boundary Street, Williamsburg VA)

Be a Speaker!

Our Educational Seminars will include information for our members as a Brown Bag lunch series of topics including Marketing and Management, Professional Services, Wellness, Non-Profits and other areas as interest arises. Attendees sign up and bring their own lunch, we provide beverages. The allotted time for the speaker is 40 minutes with a 15-20 minute question and answer period. There is no fee for members and only $10 for non-members.

To be a seminar leader, you must be an Alliance member in good standing and be a dynamic speaker with expertise in one of these areas. Our speakers are volunteers and are not paid for their service. Each speaker's series will be video recorded and promoted on YouTube and our website after the initial event.

Short synopsis of your educational talk, Biography, Photo The biography provided will also be referenced on our website. The series is a colleague to colleague advice format and not a sales pitch. We do not permit speakers to share slides about their product or service during the seminar. Speakers may conclude with a link to their website or distribute a business card at the conclusion. Networking opportunities will be available after the seminar concludes.

If you would like to be one of our guest speakers for our Brown Bag Seminars, please contact Michelle Williams at