Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce

108 West Third Avenue Franklin, VA 23851 

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




 24th annual Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce Community Expo is scheduled for 

Thursday, November 16, 2017 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 "We're as Local as it Gets"  Think Local - Buy Local - Be Local.    It is vital that local residents do business locally and support the businesses that give back to our community.

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 (Allegiant Air, 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, Pam Lease, Bronco Federal Credit Union.  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.   We appreciate our many sponsors for partnering with us to host this huge event, in particular our local legend sponsors, Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc., Southampton Memorial Hospital & Real Country 101.7.”

Of the over 50 vendors, there will be familiar faces but many new products & services as well. A few of the special activities for 2017 include: Southampton Memorial Hospital will offer “Meet our Physicians”, Flu Shots, and information about their 5 Star skilled & long term care.  They will also offer samples of delicious fare prepared by hospital chef, Josh Gromes.   Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. will offer a chance to win a fantastic door prize for your knowledge about being a local tourist.  Be sure to bring your wallet so that you can shop at area retailers such as The Peanut Patch, The Cat's Meow, Mackans and others.There will be plenty of food to sample or purchase from Bojangles, Franklin's Seafood & Steakhouse, Airfield 4-H Conference Center, The Village at Woods Edge and Southampton Memorial Hospital.

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.  We will also be highlighting Small Business Saturday, November 25th.  

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.”


Local Legend Sponsors


Local Heros

Bronco Federal Credit Union

Norfolk International Airport

Local Leaders


Coldwell Banker Professional, Realtors

Colonial Farm Credit

Farmers Bank

Manry Rawls

New York Life/New York Life Securities

Paul D. Camp Community College

Pivot Physical Therapy

Sherwin Williams


The Bank of Southside Virginia

The Tidewater News

The Village at Woods Edge

Vic's Signs & Engraving


Airfield 4-H Conference Center

Bemer Group

Bluewater Rentals

Blue Sky Drone Service

Care Advantage


Cofield's Locksmith

Courtland Health and Rehabilitation Ctr.

Farmers Bank Home Mortgage

Franklin Cruise In

Franklin's Seafood & Steakhouse

High Street United Methodist Church

Hubbard Peanut Co., Inc.

James L. Camp, Jr. Family YMCA

Nottoway House


Main Event

Old Point National Bank

Old Point Mortgage

Smart Beginnings Western Tidewater

Suffolk Center For Cultural Arts

TaylorMade Fitness

The Cat's Meow

The Peanut Patch

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