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Personal and Professional Empowerment www.hamptonroadsmessenger.com


Serving Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach since 2006 Hampton


University's 2013 Graduation Ceremony


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May 21, 2013 – Leonard Sledge, director of economic development for the College of William and Mary, has been named Hampton’s director of economic development, effective June 17.


Local Festival to Showcase the Very Best of Hampton Roads


Jazz Festival Weekend Flavor Hampton Roads x BY SUSAN DANIELS Hampton, VA -- From


fantastic food and marvelous music, to amazing art and sensational shopping, the 2013 Flavor of Hampton Roads Festival has something for everyone. This fun-filled three day event will take place in conjunction with the 46th Annual Hampton Jazz Festival on June 28 - 30 2013, at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA. The event will include a food and beverage tasting, fashion show, live jazz, Artist Walk, Authors Pavilion, Vendor Village, Health and Wellness Pavilion, consumer workshops, and so much more! And, because the best things in life are free, so is the Flavor of Hampton Roads!


The Flavor of Hampton


Roads will kick off on Friday, June 28, 2013, with the 2013 Small Businesses Thinking Big Conference (10:00 AM-4:00 PM), as well as a Community


Sledge, a Hampton resident, is currently serving as a board member of the Economic Development Authority. At William and Mary, he has facilitated public-private-university partnerships that strengthen the university and contribute to local, regional and state economic development.


'We Want Teachers Who Engage' -- Students Respond to Jeff Bliss Video


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The Flavor of Hampton Roads Experience: Exploring Everything that Makes the Hampton Roads Region Unique - June 28-30, 2013


Prior to joining William and Mary, he worked extensively in workforce development, both at the Virginia Community College System and in Tempe, Ariz. He began his career in industry, managing front-line manufacturing operations for several computer chip manufacturers.


Free June 2013


Hampton Names Economic Development Director


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Annual Small Businesses Thinking Big Conference Comes to Hampton


City Manager Mary Bunting noted, “Leonard grew up in Hampton and, like all of us, has a great love for this city. I believe his combination of experience, education and passion will serve the department and the community extremely well.”


Hampton’s economic development director provides recommendations on overall economic development strategies to enhance the tax base of the city and strengthen the employment base for residents. He also manages and directs economic development programs that expand the city’s tax base and creates employment opportunities for citizens by focusing on business/job recruitment, development, redevelopment, expansion and retention.


Sledge holds two undergraduate degrees – a BS from Morehouse College and a bachelor of industrial engineering from Georgia Tech. He holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix.


June 28 - June 30, 2013


Former Economic Development Director James Eason retired on June 29, 2012, after eight years leading the city’s economic efforts. Eason also was mayor of Hampton from 1982-1988. The city recruited nationally and regionally for candidates. Business representatives were included on the interview panel. The department was led by Mike Yaskowsky, senior development manager, in the interim.


Leader’s Reception that evening (5:15 PM). The pre-show reception is open to community leaders from across Hampton Roads concert ticket holders and will feature local jazz artists and great food. The Vendor Village, Artist Walk, Health and Wellness Pavilion, and Authors Pavilion activities will start Friday morning, and continue throughout the three day event.


Saturday will be an


explosion of excitement with the addition of the much anticipated Flavor of Hampton Roads Food and Beverage Tasting extravaganza featuring Hampton Roads’ hottest food establishments, as well as a very “flavorful” fashion show. From 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, local restaurants, caterers, wineries, bakeries and beverage companies will be given the opportunity to show Hampton Roads Foodies exactly why they are the best of the best, by offering event attendees


LOCAL FESTIVAL PAGE 3 THIS EDITION’S HIGHLIGHTS


Education Editorial Health Hampton Roads Upcoming Events Scholarships Watch


Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Government? Students 'We Want Teachers Who Engage'


Group Asks FDA to Snuff Out Menthol Cigarettes Interim City Manager Named in Newport News Flavor of Hampton Roads Festival Scholarship for Professional Photographers


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BY CHRIS PARKS HAMPTON, VA— A small business


is only as successful as its biggest idea. That is why hundreds of businesses— well established and recently started— flock to the annual Small Businesses Thinking Big Conference each year. Hampton, Virginia has been selected to host this year’s conference, which will be held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center on Friday, June 28, 2013 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM.


### The theme of this year’s Small Businesses


Thinking Big conference is focused around innovation, information, and inspiration, with ideas and informative workshops designed to infuse new energy into the small business atmosphere in Hampton Roads. The


Attendees at the 2012 Small Businesses Thinking Big Conference participate in one of the six workshops facilitated by area small business advocacy groups and the U.S. Small Business Administration.


conference is a partnership between the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) and local economic development advocacy organizations. This year’s workshops will offer a wealth of information on everything from “Understanding social media and other low or no-cost marketing” and “Navigating new healthcare policies for businesses,” to “The ABCs of winning contracts with HBCUs ” and “Preparing a winning business plan.”


“With the unpredictable job market we


face today, entrepreneurialism is becoming more common among people looking to trade in the corporate ladder for a seat as CEO of their own start-up,” says Amy Burger, Assistant Event Coordinator for Messenger Media, the organizer behind this conference. “This is why we have seen such an amazing response for


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Protecting Your Plastic from High-Tech Criminals


How to help keep your credit and debit cards safe While many consumers still


like to use paper money and coins, more and more people are pulling out credit or debit cards to make purchases. And, as the popularity of payment cards has grown, so has the number of criminals trying to steal very valuable details, including the cardholder’s name and the card’s account number and expiration date, which are printed on the card itself as well as encoded (for machine readability) in the magnetic stripe or a computer chip.


“No matter how your card


information is stored, it is in high demand by criminals who would like to retrieve that data to create a counterfeit version of your card or use the information to make purchases online or over the phone,” said Michael Benardo, manager of the FDIC’s Cyber Fraud and Financial Crimes Section.


If you’re ever the victim or target of credit


or debit card theft or fraud, catching it fast and reporting it to your card issuer are key to resolving the situation. And while federal laws and industry practices protect consumers in these situations, there are important differences depending on the type of card.


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