NBN Mini-Conference Session #1

Build the Block Beyond Your Boundaries - Monday, July 26, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.  

Get tips on how Norfolk residents are partnering with local businesses to shape their neighborhood story.  


  • Small Business Initiative
  • Business Association Toolkit 
  • How neighborhoods think past their boundaries
  • How businesses and communities successfully come together
  • Positive examples of neighborhood/business partnerships

This virtual workshop is free.  

Register here (https://2021nbnconference.eventbrite.com) 

The presenters

Chantel Walton and Lashawnda Williams are from the City of Norfolk's Department of Economic Development.

Chantel-Walton headshot
Lashawnda Williams headshot

Chantel Walton  spent her formative years in Hampton, Virginia. She is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. She currently lives in Norfolk, Virginia and has worked with the City for two years.

Before joining Economic Development as a Business Development Manager, Chantel worked in merchandising finance for a Fortune 50 corporation, joined Venture for America’s entrepreneurship fellowship, and supported various nonprofits, social enterprises, and small businesses with their growth. She also supports entrepreneurs with writing, styling, and curating signature experiences.

Lashawnda Williams Hall is a native of Berlin, Maryland. She is a college graduate of Norfolk State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She currently resides in Portsmouth, Virginia and has been an employee for the City of Norfolk for over 15 years. 

Prior to her role with the Department of Economic Development, Lashawnda spent nine years in the City Manager’s Office as Administrative Assistant to three Deputy City Managers.  In 2015, Lashawnda transitioned to the Department of Development as an Administrative Assistant to the Director.  Within five years, was promoted to a Business Development Manager where she currently oversees our Small Business Initiatives.  In this role, Lashawnda assists entrepreneurs in the idea/startup phase of their business by providing one on one counseling sessions, technical assistance, workshops and other tools and resources to help entrepreneurs start and grow their business in the City of Norfolk.

Lashawnda recently married Army Veteran, Elihu Hall, Jr. in November 2019.