Ready to Grow Your Business Through Social Media?

Friday, April 12 - Sunday, April 14 2019
Norfolk, VA

Join Us at Social Media Marketing Made Easy & Learn How the Pros Do It!

Social Media can be a powerful tool to attract new customers and keep them coming back again and again, but how do you know where to start? Trial and error can be expensive and it can take months to work through some social media training programs. 

You don't have time for either option because you've got a business to run! 

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Puzzled With Social Media?

What if you could learn how to use your favorite social media platforms from top experts without spending a ton of time or money?

GOOD NEWS! Now you can! 

Social Media Marketing Made Easy is a 2 day workshop that's affordable, efficient, and designed for business owners just like you. This isn't a fluffy event to get you fired up but sends you home more confused than ever. Our speakers are putting together an empowering event that will walk you through the social media basics that all business owners should know. 

We will teach you how to create an easy to implement strategy that fosters brand awareness, increases website traffic, and drives sales through social media! 


Get your content in front of the right people with affordable Facebook ads!


Build your community and drive traffic on Instagram!


Stand out as an expert and build your brand with YouTube


Learn how to stand out and create sales!


Help new customers find you via Google search and maps!

And MUCH More!

Check Out Our All Star Speakers!

Fri, Apr 12, 2019 – Sun, Apr 14, 2019 – Norfolk, VA

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Carrie Wilkerson

A small town girl who was able to think beyond city limits, Carrie Wilkerson is a best-selling author, international speaker and a sought-after television & radio personality.
     Featured on CNN and Fox Business News, in Success & Entrepreneur magazines and named by Forbes as a top small business influencer, Carrie has consulted with Google and other business thought leaders on growth strategies, productivity and current trends. However, Carrie mostly enjoys helping ordinary people lead extraordinary lives.
     She has worked from home for over 20 years while raising 4 kids, now ages 10 through 21!
     Carrie loves showing people how to transform their lives, bodies, relationships and bank accounts. Whether you hang around for her tough-love, her hysterical no-filters humor or her big-as-Texas heart, she’ll inspire you and help you make a plan to be more productive and more profitable, without sacrificing your priorities. Carrie has paid off over six figures in debt, lost half over her body weight and founded several successful businesses but she is most proud of being a momma!
     It’s not always easy, but always worth it —  Carrie believes you can create a life you love with the people that matter most!

Facebook Messenger Bots

Sarah Hanford

Whether you are just starting out with no list, a small list or have a list of thousands the trends of reaching your subscribers are changing.
Tired of composing the perfect email only to have 10-15% of your list open it? Getting frustrated with your list and not getting the responses you need from your list? Not sure what you can do?
Hello, Messenger Bots!
Messenger bots are the future of reaching your followers. Sarah Hanford is the Queen of messenger bots and is going to show you how to not only how to set up the messenger bot platform but also how to take your subscribers on an engaged journey that will provide you with 80-90% open rates and followers utilizing your information and promos.
Want to learn a little bit more about messenger bots before the conference? You can find Sarah’s bot here at this link - and you can also find her bots in action on her website at .


Myown Holmes

Myown Holmes is a social media strategist, influencer, wife, and mother to four sons. She launched her agency, Socially Polished, while working her 9 to 5, and balancing her family. Myown’s business Socially Polished helps clients achieve success in their business by providing social media marketing strategies and assisting with the implementation process. As a marketing consultant, Myown creates marketing plans to assist businesses in heightening visibility and increasing profits. She now shares her insight and connections to help other mother’s do just what she managed to do, start their own business and raise a family at the same time!



Julie Lockman Siomacco

Julie started creating wreaths to make her home warm and inviting while being a stay-at-home mom of three. In 2009 she turned her hobby and passion for wreath making into a full-time business after having her neighbors wanting to buy her wreath creations off her door.
She's now the queen of wreath making and do-it-yourself holiday decorating. A master of producing quality works of art on the fly with the heart of a teacher. Julie has turned her passion of floral design and holiday decorating into Southern Charm Wreaths, a thriving faith-based business that inspires hundreds of thousands of crafty people every day. She’s trained in several product lines and stays up-to-date on trends, products and techniques in her industry to give her audience the best advice possible.
With her expertise and amazing eye for color and texture, Julie is rejuvenating the holiday decorating and wreath making industry, showing her audience how to be more confident in their creations and teaching creative business owners how to grow a six-figure business using the talents God gave them.
Julie’s encouraging and welcoming personality, along with her fool proof tips, has gained her a loyal online following. She offers coaching programs, classes, decorative door wreaths and inspiration to help her audience create a festive holiday environment for their homes.
She's a Southern girl, born and raised in the South and has been a resident in the Columbia, SC area since 1999. She's blessed to be the wife and mother of three.

For more information visit her at

Google and SEO

Melanie Diehl

Professional presenter and digital marketing extraordinaire, Melanie Diehl means business. She is on a mission to teach the “not-quite-sure-about digital marketing” entrepreneurs and business owners the tricks of the online trade.
Thousands of students have attended Melanie’s workshops, seminars and one-to-one coaching sessions. She enjoys creating “aha” moments that help business owners become more confident growing their businesses online. Melanie’s coaching style provides clarity and comfort so participants feel at ease and don’t have to “be social” alone.
As one of 16 National Speakers for Google's GYBO Program, Melanie has the opportunity to meet with and train numerous business owners in a multitude of industries. Melanie’s efforts have resulted in several awards including the Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year 2009, Constant Contact’s All-Star Award 2014 and 2015, and Google’s Official City Partner Bronze Award 2017. She has served as a Small Business Saturday Neighborhood Champion since 2014, and is a graduate of Fairmont State University and the Social Media Certificate program at North Carolina State Univeristy-TTS.

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Lauren Kilgore

Lauren Kilgore has been selling wreaths since 2014 but it wasn’t until the last year when she unlocked the secrets of selling online with an Etsy shop that her business really exploded! With a facebook following of over 34,000 and With a 5 star rating and Etsy sales over 1600, now she is passionate in teaching others to do the same! She has written an eBook on Etsy that has already sold hundreds of copies, holds a monthly membership group to teach handmade sellers how to market and sell on Etsy, and she has completed individualized reviews of hundreds of shops - all with great results! She lives in Virginia with her husband and two kids and a whole lot of ribbon.

Guest Speaker

Chris Shelton

Social media marketing is but a single function of a profitable business model. In fact, marketing is futile if the broader business model isn’t designed to support growth. How can you develop a social media strategy that reflects your overall business model, deploy tactics with intent and purpose, and ensure that more traffic doesn’t end up sitting in bottlenecks? This workshop will help you answer those questions, and you’ll leave with a list of additional resources..

As Executive Director of, Chris is committed to bringing entrepreneurs, resources, and capital providers together to develop a more connected entrepreneurial ecosystem. A business owner himself (Cure Coffeehouse & Cureo Coffee Liqueur), Chris exhibits a sincere passion for helping other entrepreneurs find success. He brings a unique perspective from his Entrepreneurship MBA experience at the University of Louisville, during which he participated in 8 business plan competitions across the US and Canada.

Website Management

Brandon Hirst

Creativity and passion is something that stands out in any business. You have the people who truly inspire to do great things for others and those who innovate for a better tomorrow. My goal is to help those creative and passionate people showcase their business to the world. Through web design and social media marketing I develop a strategy to show off your businesses strengths and passion to bring in new customers, while bringing your brand to the next level.

I focus on innovative internet solutions that improve your online brand through creative web design and social media marketing.


Be seen as an expert in your field, creating your first media pitch

Cheryl Tan

Over a 20-year career in TV news, Cheryl told thousands of stories while working as a broadcast journalist in Georgia and Virginia. Now, Cheryl shares those interviewing and storytelling skills with business owners who want to tell the stories of their companies through video or through the media.

As a speaker and consultant, Cheryl taps into the skills she developed while on the air and uses them to help entrepreneurs be seen as experts in their field.

Cheryl is the host of a weekly business TV show focusing on the stories of entrepreneurs in the Hampton Roads area. The show, “Connect,” airs Sunday mornings at 9 on WVEC. Cheryl is also the host of the "STANDOUT with Cheryl Tan" podcast. Replays of both shows are available at her online home:

Cheryl is married and has three sons. They live in Virginia Beach

Facebook Live

Damon Oates

Damon Oates, owner of DecoExchange is considered to be a leader in the online industry. He is an online business coach, creative inspirer, and financial strategist – basically he helps other small businesses create their own Empire. DecoExchange has given Damon a new purpose and has helped him find himself while changing the lives of thousands along the way. He absolutely loves working with other creatives and watching them turn their dream of starting a small profitable business into reality. Every day that he gets to live this life is a blessing and he can’t wait to see what the future has in store for all of us.

Social Media Marketing Made Easy will be held at The Granby Theater in Norfolk, VA!

This unique and one-of-a-kind venue was constructed 100 years ago under the direction of an Italian immigrant, Mr. Feroni. Originally the theater was named The Virginian and was built for small plays, one act operas and vaudeville shows. Granby Street was “Theater Row” in those days, and each theater would sell out nightly to thousands of sharply dressed visitors.

The theater’s design included cat walks above the ceiling which provided access above the ceiling to hang props, special effects, and acrobatic equipment for live performers and those features are in use today to provide our guests with great flexibility for events. Interestingly enough, Granby Theater was one the first buildings in the south to have air conditioning and fire suppression systems. As time went by, silent films became popular, and an organist would play seated behind the latticework of gold walls to the right of the stage. “Talkies,” or modern day movies, were shown some time later- including Saturday morning matinees for the kids.

The theater eventually closed in 1986, and would not reopen its doors again to the public for nearly twenty years. When it came time to restore the theater to its former glory, the development team relied on a number of professionals. Both state and federal consultants were commissioned in conjunction with a certified historic artist to beautifully restore the theater. The historic venue was reconditioned to include modern day amenities, state-of-the-art sound and lighting, and a truly unique floor plan. The artist determined that the historical colors included gold-leaf trim and chili-colored red. The proscenium was hand painted to its original luster to include the original “G” for Granby. The ceiling of the theater includes most of the original medallions; a laborious historic restoration process was employed to restore the remaining distressed pieces. The four remaining chandeliers are original and crystals were restrung by hand.

The facade of the theater didn’t have a marquee until “silent movies” went mainstream. Prior to motion pictures, the front of the building was more open and included Roman columns and a ticket booth. The present marquee is restored, and dates back to the 30s. Purchased in 2003, the development team completed the restoration and enhancements to Granby Theater and once again opened its doors July, 2005. Granby Theater’s Grand Opening sold out to a show featuring the world renowned jazz artist Tierney Sutton as a part of the Virginia Arts Festival.

  • 421 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
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Social Media Marketing Made Easy will be held at the beautiful Wyndham Hotel right on Virginia Beach! 

With a quiet seaside location away from the hustle-bustle of the boardwalk, the non-smoking Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront scores points with our guests for its free Wi-Fi and two pools. The 17-floor Wyndham features 244 rooms, 166 of them facing the ocean. All accommodations include flat-panel TVs, private balconies or patios, mini-fridges, free Wi-Fi, mp3 alarm clocks and luxurious bedding. The hotel has a fitness center, a hot tub and connecting indoor and outdoor pools. On-site concierge services can secure golf tee times and restaurant reservations, as well as discounted tickets to area attractions. Free parking is available. Pets are welcome for an additional fee, and the property offers a limited number of pet-friendly rooms with patios leading to a well-maintained lawn. The Wyndham is situated on a semi-private stretch of sand on the northern end of the beach and provides free shuttle service when guests crave the excitement of the boardwalk, located about two miles away. They can also enjoy nature's splendor at First Landing State Park, within a seven-minute drive of the hotel. Fort Story is three-and-a-half miles away. Norfolk International Airport is 17 miles west of the property. our guests like the "great location" of the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront, on the beach but away from the crowds, and say the "hotel is clean" and the "staff is helpful and friendly."

Discounted rooms Available for anyone attending Social Media Marketing Made Easy!

  • 5700 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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Have a question? Feel free to contact us and we will answer any questions you may have!

Fri, Apr 12, 2019 – Sun, Apr 14, 2019 – Virginia Beach, VA

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