Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Lilac Lane

If your idea of a happy afternoon includes wandering through rows of eclectic antiques, local arts and crafts, and repurposed vintage finds, Lilac Lane is the place for you. Owner Kim Kellogg wanted a place where she could feature unique home décor as well as satisfy her creative muse. “I really wanted to create a… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust

Near the turn of this century, Main Street in Gloucester sat anchored at its most southern end by a shopping center. Years before, it was awash in activity and bustling with commerce. But by the early 2000s, this shopping center only boasted a shut down department store, a closed grocery store and a handful of… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Coyote Café 51

Opening in March 2017, Coyote Cafe 51’s Executive Chef, John “JT” Taylor has been contemplating his Tex-Mex concept for five or six years, and last year partnered with John M. Mannino and Daris Gavin, of Mannino’s Italian Bistros, to make the idea a reality. Taylor customized many of the recipes to bring a local touch… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Woodard & Associates, LLC

With small business owners wearing more than a few hats, sometimes it’s worth looking at an external human resource company for support, employment law guidance and task delegation. HR operations are often not built into business models, yet play a critical role in areas such as reducing employee turnover, building strong workplace culture and helping… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Fulton Bank

Fulton Bank has been in the Hampton Roads area since 2008, but was formerly known as Resource Bank until the two merged. Since emerging into the Hampton Roads area, they have been committed to upholding their motto of, “Listening is just the beginning.” Solely, a bank is characterized by its services and offerings, but having… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Dream Vacations

Americans leave hundreds of millions of vacation days unused. Contrary to conventional wisdom, this can make employees less effective, not more so. Researcher Mark Rosekind of Alertness Solutions, a scientific consulting firm, conducted a study that found the benefits of a vacation can increase performance by 80%. “Employers should encourage their employees to take time… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Colley Ave Copies & Graphics Norfolk

Colley Avenue Copies & Graphics (CACG), Inc. was founded in 1997 by Joaquin and Holly Chacon. They currently have one location located in Norfolk and provide high quality prints, posters, vinyl, banners, color and black and white printing, book binding, signage, and graphic design services to a variety of both small and large businesses. The… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Device Pitstop Newport News

As the saying goes, ‘everything old is new again.” These days, more and more businesses and consumers are conscious of the many benefits of recycling and going green. Paul Washington, a native Virginian and former Air Force man, was always one to spot trends and is using that talent to capitalize on his deep knowledge… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Salon @31st Day Spa & Salon Virginia Beach

Kim Torsiello is the new business owner of Salon @ 31st Day Spa & Salon, but far from new to the concept of operating a business. Before immigrating from Vietnam to the United States, her family operated a sugar farm and a yogurt dessert shop. Kim’s involvement in the family business sparked her interest in… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: MasterTech Auto Care

MasterTech Auto Care (MTAC) was established in 1995, but this current journey began in September 2011 when Stacy Butcher became the owner of MTAC. After working 15 years in sales within the auto industry, Butcher decided he wasn’t satisfied with working for others any longer, and that it was not worth the time spent away… [Read More]