Our Story

Our Story

The Chesapeake Conference Center opened its doors in September of 1997 and was the first freestanding conference and meeting center in Hampton Roads!  Ever evolving with the guest experience in mind, February 2014 brought a change of management to the Center, as VenuWorks of Chesapeake, LLC took over operations.

Our Vision & Core Beliefs

We believe that it is not only what you do ultimately, but how you do it. We focus on our purpose. We genuinely care and we connect with our clients, community, and with each other. We consistently amaze, we entertain our guests, we celebrate diversity, and we are engaged in our mission. We go above and beyond expectations to make everyone feel special. We are in the people business and understanding people’s needs is what makes us successful.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of VenuWorks and the Chesapeake Conference Center to maximize the presentation of successful events in our venue for the cultural, recreational, educational, and economic benefit of the community we serve.


Headquartered in Ames, Iowa, VenuWorks is a leader in venue management, providing customized solutions for arenas, theaters, and convention centers throughout the country, with management services that include operations, catering, and concessions, along with the booking and marketing of sports and entertainment events.

Continuing a Legacy

A subsidiary, VenuWorks of Chesapeake, LLC continues the Center’s legacy of offering world-class customer service, award-winning culinary artistry, and being the community’s premier center for events.

Experiences are key

Chesapeake Conference Center hosts 39,000 square feet of versatile function space with room for up to 200 exhibits! On top of that, our award-winning culinary team puts their heart and soul into every event held, accompanied by well-trained, well-seasoned staff focused on making your event perfect.

With our versatile floor plans, banquet facilities, experienced staff, and free parking, we are ready to help you plan your most memorable event.  Whether a family gathering, small business meeting, elegant banquet, trade show, or full-scale convention, you’ll find the professional staff at the Chesapeake Conference Center eager to please.  Our single mission is to ensure that every guest has a delightful experience, the very best in dining pleasure, and service with a smile.

Call us today at 757.382.2500
to start planning!