Mingle draws hundreds

Published 10:10 pm Thursday, May 29, 2014

From left, Jennifer Hoffman and Terrell Munden from Liberty Mutual chat with Chuck Dunlap of Greg Garrett Realty at the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce’s Mingle on Main Street at the Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion on Thursday.

From left, Jennifer Hoffman and Terrell Munden from Liberty Mutual chat with Chuck Dunlap of Greg Garrett Realty at the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce’s Mingle on Main Street at the Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion on Thursday.

Hundreds of people at the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce’s Mingle on Main Street talked to 30 vendors and networked during the Thursday event at the Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion.

The third annual event boasted a good turnout despite cloudy weather, perhaps helped along by low temperatures.

“The weather held out for us, and folks are coming in,” said Dean McClain of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. “I think it’s a sign there’s a good summer coming.”

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McClain said the event is an important one because of the changing nature of networking.

“You have to get out there and meet people,” he said. “This is a beautiful facility, and this is a way for the Chamber to show a presence in Suffolk.

McClain said attendance seemed to be on par with last year.

Vendors also were pleased with the turnout.

“I have talked to a lot of people,” said Danielle Suiter of Check Into Cash.

Her colleague, Shaina James, agreed. “It’s very good for networking,” she said.

Jean McCullough, staff vice president for Homearama of the Tidewater Builders Association, said the association is promoting its upcoming Homearama show at The Waterfront at Parkside in October. She was looking for opportunities to involve local businesses in Homearama.

Paul Conco, president of Paul D. Camp Community College, was pleased with the turnout and people’s interest in the college.

“A lot of people are interested in higher education,” Conco said.

Win Winslow of the United Way also said the event had been useful for him.

“Lots of people have positive things to say about United Way,” he said. “It’s been a good day.”