Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce

108 West Third Avenue Franklin, VA 23851 

Phone: (757) 562-4900 Fax: (757) 562- 6138

The sold out, 23rd annual Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce Community Expo is scheduled for 

Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm 

 Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin.  

The focus of the Expo is to promote area businesses & showcase the many goods and services that are available locally.  The theme of this year’s event is “Picture the Possibilities”  We are asking vendors to think outside the box & show possibilities for their business and/or the community;  show photos from their business start up until present or what they want their future business to look like.  A fun Photo Booth will also be available for guests to enjoy.

There is no admission fee for the event and the entire community is invited and encouraged to attend.  This year’s grand prize has been generously donated by Norfolk International Airport.  One lucky attendee will take home a $500 travel certificate for use on any airline serving Norfolk International Airport (American, Delta, Southwest, United).  “Wherever life takes you start your journey at Norfolk International Airport.”  Everyone that attends will be entered to win this fabulous prize!

 “The Expo offers an exceptional opportunity for citizens to learn what products and services the local business community has to offer, said Chamber President, Jim Strozier, Highground Services.  I invite everyone to join us & chat one on one with these local business owners.   Of every $100 spent at a local business, roughly $68 stays in our local economy. It is absolutely vital to our entire community that residents buy local and support area businesses. This year representatives from VA State Police, Southampton County Sheriff’s Department and City of Franklin Police Department will join us to discuss their programs and initiatives.  Please stop by and thank them for their service to our community.   We appreciate our many sponsors for partnering with us to host this huge event, in particular our gold sponsors, Prime Media Productions, Southampton Memorial Hospital & Real Country 101.7.”

Of the over 50 vendors, there will be familiar faces but many new products as well. A few of the special activities for 2016 include: Gold Sponsor, Southampton Memorial Hospital will offer “Meet our Physicians”, Flu Shots, and information on the Health Insurance Marketplace. Shopping with merchants such as the Cat’s Meow, Mackan’s Office Supply, Tonya Cornwell/MaryKay, Kathara Spa, Franklin Garden Club and more.   Learn about local industries such as, Enviva & Highground Services.  Discover community tourism and economic development initiatives at the Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. booth and learn about new programs and services from silver sponsor, Bronco Federal Credit Union.

Complimentary Chamber Rx Prescription cards will be available at the Chamber booth. This discount card offers a savings of 10% - 85% on prescription costs and is accepted at all local pharmacies.  

Chamber Executive Director, Teresa Beale noted, “We love hosting this annual event to support the area business community and we look forward to highlighting the variety of wonderful products and services that are offered right here at home. There will be an abundance of interactive booths, door prizes & delicious food.  Historically we have over 500 guests so we invite you to attend, visit with your friends and enjoy this community event. It’s going to be a fun day!  For more details call 562-4900.  Your local businesses appreciate your support.”


Gold Sponsors

Prime Media Productions

Real Country 101.7

Southampton Memorial Hospital

Silver Sponsors

Bronco Federal Credit Union

Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc.

Norfolk International Airport

Bronze Sponsors


Coldwell Banker Professional, Realtors

Cofield’s Locksmith

Colonial Farm Credit

Enviva Pellets Southampton, LLC


Farmers Bank

Highground Services, Inc.

The Bank of Southside VA

Southeastern Virginia Health System

Tidewater Physical Therapy

Vic’s Signs & Engraving


2Give Management

Airfield 4-H Conference Ctr.

AJ Southern Insurance

Ameerican General Life Insurance


Blackwater Regional Library

Bluewater Rentals


Care Advantage

Cat's Meow

Cypress Cove Country Club

The Chamber

Courtland Health & Rehab 


Dale Carnegie

Franklin Garden Club

Hubbard Peanut Co., Inc.

James L. Camp, Jr. Family YMCA

Jus CAB Kakes

Kathara Spa

Mackans Office Supply & Printing

Music Makes You Happy Photo Booth

Nottoway House

Paul D. Camp Community College

Local Law Enforcement / State, Southampton & Franklin

Smart Beginnings Western Tidewater

Sherwin Williams

Southampton Memorial Park

Suffolk Center for ?Cultural Arts

Summit Clinical Research LLC

United Way

Vic's Signs & Engraving

Village at Woods Edge

Virginia 229

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