By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between October 8, 2014 – November 20, 2014:


4-Lads LLC dba McDonald's of Gretna

Ashley Furniture Home Store

Bassett Office Supply

Blue Ridge Beverage

Blue Ridge Fiberboard, Inc.

Bojangles - Mountain Food Services

Boys & Girls Club of the Danville Area

Chatham Health & Rehabilitation Center

Checkered Pig BBQ & Ribs

Commonwealth Pharmacy

Compton & Nichols, Inc. C&N Storage

Computer Bookkeeping & Tax Service Inc.

Computer Clinic Inc.

Crosscountry Mortgage

Dameron Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

Daniel Builders LLC

Chris Daniel

Danview Restaurant, Inc.

Danville Regional Foundation

Excelen Performance Inc.

Family Eyecare Center


The Gentry Farm

Get Fit Dan River Region

Cesar Guanzon

Hill Chiropractic Clinic

John Holt & Co. Chimney Service Inc.

Bill McMann

MedExpress Urgent Care

Moore Insurance Agency of Virginia, Inc

C. Edward Neal

Orkin Pest Control

Paradise Lake & Campground

Piggly Wiggly of Danville, Inc.

Riverside BP

Solex Architecture

Unilin - Columbia Flooring

Vaughan & Associates

By Donna Ashworth

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:



Robert Boerrigter

2275 Cane Creek Parkway

Ringgold, VA 24586


Manufacturers and Processors


New City Dance Space

Danya & Jose Zuniga

616 N Main Street Loft

Danville, VA 24540


Dance - Studios and Instruction


White Oak Mountain Farms, Inc.

Ray Emerson

2348 Hopewell Road

Dry Fork, VA 24549



By Donna Ashworth

Philip A. Haley has been named the new president/CEO of the United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County. Read more… 

The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. Danville Regional’s Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that our program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. Read more… 

Jerry Dooley, interim chief executive officer of Danville Regional Medical Center and interim market president of LifePoint Hospitals South Central Virginia Market, announced Spencer Thomas as the new chief operating officer at DRMC. Read more… 

Wilkins & Co. Realtors, the long standing market leader in Dan River Region real estate industry recently announced the launching of a redesigned logo and a new and improved website.   “When Wilkins & Co. was founded in 1992, our goal was not to be the largest real estate company in the Region, but to be the best,” said Hampton Wilkins, President, Wilkins & Co. Take a look…

Danville Community College’s public relations office garnered seven major awards, including six first place (Gold) honors at the 2014 National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District II Medallion Awards competition held recently in Nashville, Tennessee. Read more… 

The Arc of Southside has received an $850,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region that will allow The Arc to move employment services from its Blairs campus to a more accessible location. Read more… 

Continuing a successful run of producing beautiful, custom trophies, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency has produced the 2015 Pinnacle Award Trophies for the American Society of Furniture Designers. Read more… 

Dr. Susan Dhivianathan, a family physician, recently joined Centra Medical Group Dominion. Read more… 

Supply Resources has received a $75,000 grant for its new corporate headquarters construction work. Read more… 

Danville Regional Medical Center recently announced that Dr. Anmar Al-Qaisi, pediatrician, has joined its medical staff. Read more… 

The popular computer training workshops have returned for the next few months at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. Read more… 

Centra has signed a 30-year affiliation agreement with Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine, a substantial change from the five-year non-exclusive agreement initially signed in 2013, prior to the college’s opening. Read more… 

Dr. Scott Spillmann, a board certified preventative/occupational medicine physician, has joined Danville Regional Medical Center. Read more… 

The City of Danville’s River District Development Project was recently named the winner in its population category for the Virginia Municipal League’s 2014 Achievement Awards. Read more… 

Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for a period of three years, according to a news release from the organization. Read more… 

Danville attorney Sandra Chinn-Gilstrap, of Woods Rogers, was recently appointed to the Virginia State Bar Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course Faculty for a three-year term, beginning Oct. 7. Read more… 

American National Bank and Trust Company (American National) has opened a new location in Mebane, N.C., at 1008 Mebane Oaks Road, and has taken the opportunity to enhance how customers will experience and interact with the bank while there. Read more… 

The Willard Companies announced plans for its annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Concert event at Westlake Towne Center on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Westlake Towne Center’s free, family-oriented event will feature live music, light refreshments, tree lighting, photo opportunity with Santa, and the chance to win a $1,000 Shopping Spree.

By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between September 1, 2014 – October 7, 2014:


Adams Construction Company - Southside Division

American Forest Management, Inc.

Beacon Credit Union

Comfort Inn & Suites

Complexions Dermatology

Computer Bookkeeping & Tax Service


Dameron Plumbling & Heating

Danville Historical Society

Danville Regional Foundation

Danville Surgical Center, Inc.

Davenport & Company LLC

Don's Auto Recycling

Elliott Electric of Danville, Inc.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Steve Farrar, CPA

G & W Associates

The Gentry Farm

Harman Eye Center of Danville

HD Web Studio

KEA Consulting Services, LLC

Lawson-Overbey Inn

Liberty University Athletics

Delegate Danny Marshall's Office

Mary Kay Cosmetics, Melissa Breaux

Bill McMann


Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation


Piggly Wiggley of Danville

Prescott Financial Management

Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.

Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania

Sodexo Campus Services

State Farm Insurance - David Satterfild, Agent

Stratford Healthcare Center

Swedwood Danville LLC

Tune & Toler, Inc.

Unique Industries

Wells Fargo

Williamsburg Village Apartments

By Donna Ashworth

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:


Larry Barts

2404 Laurel Grove Road

Sutherlin, VA 24594

(434) 822-7087


J & M Truck Services             

Dee Mayberry

PO Box 438

Blairs, VA 24527

(434) 836-5687

Automobile Repairs & Service


New London Technology, Inc.            

Mark Glahn

23 Turkey Foot Road 

Lynchburg, VA 24502

(434) 525-0068

Communications-Telecommunications and Telephone

By Donna Ashworth

Danville’s Ikea plant will add a new production line by January 2016 — and the expansion will result in an undetermined number of new hires by the company. Read more…

Amthor International, which manufactures truck-mounted tanks, plans to add 30 jobs because of an increase in production at its plant in Gretna. Read more…

Danville Community College has been awarded a $2.5 million grant to invest in job-driven training and relationship-building with local employers, the White House announced. Read more…

Carlisle School is excited to announce the Carlisle Championship Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament to be held Friday, October 17 at Danville Golf Club. Registration is $100/golfer or $400/team with lunch included, sponsorship opportunities are also available. Space is limited so register today by calling Mike Waddell at 434-228-1501 or email  Lunch begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1:00 pm.

Carl Manasco was named the recipient of the National Association of Realtors Major Investor award. He is the principal broker at Prudential Manasco Realty with 40 years of housing industry experience, which includes 15 years in mobile or modular manufacturing and 25 years in real estate sales and management. Read more…

The Virginia Tobacco Commission approved a grant application to establish an IT Academy at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston. Read more…

Virginia Living magazine recently named Danville Community College as one of its “Top High Schools and Colleges” for 2014. The list appears in a supplement to the magazine’s October issue. Read more…

Food service management company Bon Appétit has named White Flint Farm a finalist in its grant awards. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center’s new cardiac catheterization is equipped to handle many tasks from cardiac diagnostic procedures to cardiac interventions to pacemakers. Read more…

Scott Lowman, a scientist who recently earned his Ph.D. through Institute for Advanced Learning & Research’s partnership with Virginia Tech in January, received word that his work has been accepted for publication. Read more…

Lisa Tucker has been named Danville Regional Medical Center’s new director of surgical services. Read more…

GENEDGE recently announced the formation of a new program initiative known as Virginia Domestic Markets Expansion Program — VA DMEP. Read more…

United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County appointed Jennifer Smith, formerly with Danville-Pittsylvania County Community Services, to serve as interim president while the organization searches for a new president and CEO. Read more…

Downtown Danville Association invites Families and children out for Halloween CREEPY CANDY CRAWL on Friday, October 31st from 3pm to 5pm. Read more…

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region (CFDRR) was recently presented a $250,000 gift from Duke Energy in support of the new RiverBank Fund earmarked for the protection and revitalization of the Dan River. Read more…

Come one, come all - get ready for your holiday gift-giving in the most "tasteful" way.  Join us at the SleepyGotique at SleepyGoat Farm on December 6, 2014 from 12 pm to 6 pm for free cheese tasting, refreshments, and a unique shopping experience.  We'll have cheese to buy for all your holiday needs, holiday pies, unique gifts, and other featured vendors, too.  Come join the fun and get some of your holiday shopping done at the same time! Read more…

–   The Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Virginia Chapter is pleased to announce that three of its staff members have been chosen as members of national workgroups established by the national organization in Chicago. Jane Massie, Development Manager in the Lynchburg and Danville areas, has been chosen to serve on the FY15 Walk to End Alzheimer's Advisory Council. Mary Sandridge, the chapter’s Communications Director, has been chosen to serve on the FY15 Concern & Awareness Advisory Council. Suzanne Cresswell, Development Manager in the Roanoke and New River Valley areas, has been chosen to serve on the FY15 Direct Mail and Intermediate Gifts Advisory Council. Sue Friedman, Chapter President and CEO, has been chosen to serve on the Mission Fund Advisory Council.

By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between July 01, 2014 -  August 30, 2014:


Abercrombie Physical Therapy, P.C.

Adams, Elmore and Fisk, PLC

Advanced Building Technologies Incorporated

Alan Dalton Photography

All Metal and Auto Recycling

Alliance for Progress in Southern Virginia

Allied Supply Corporation of Danville

Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Virginia Chapter

American Red Cross, Piedmont Virginia Chapter - Danville Office

Amthor International, Inc.

Angle Eye Center

Annie's House Adult Day Care Center / Shelia Isom Ministries, Inc.

The Arc of Southside

Arlene's Closet LLC

Ashbrook Audiology & Hearing Aid Centers, Inc.

B & W Floral Designs Inc.

Badcock & More Home Furniture


Blackwell Automotive, Inc.

Blankenship & Davis Opticians

Carini's Italian Grill & Pizzeria

Carlisle School

Centech Service Corporation

Chatmoss Cablevision, Inc.

City of Danville

Dr. Nancy Coppic Clark

Clerk of Circuit Court Danville, Virginia

Community Improvement Council, Inc.

Computer Clinic Inc.

Core Physical Therapy

Courtyard by Marriott

Daly Seven, Inc.

Danville Area Association for Arts & Humanities

Danville Paint & Supply Co.

Danville Ready Mix

Gardner, Barrow, Sharpe & Pearson, P.C.

Garrett's Tax Service

Giles-Flowerland and Caterers

Global Food Connection, Inc.

Golden Leaf Bistro

Goodyear Auto Service Center

Gretna Health & Rehabilitation Center

Gretna Little Theatre, Inc.

Hajoca Corporation

Hampton Inn

Donna F. Helton, DDS, PC

Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment of VA, Inc.

The Homeplace Vineyard, Inc.

Hughes Marine Service, Inc.

Integrated Technology Group, Inc.

JTI Leaf Services, LLC

The Launch Place


Matthews Sanitation Services, LLC

Meadows Service Center, Inc.

Mount Hermon Animal Clinic

Negril, Inc.

N'Tended For Kids, Inc. - Dance Too & Merle Norman Cosmetics

Old Dutch Supermarkets

Peace Haven Personal Care Services

Piedmont Credit Union

Piney Forest Healthcare Center

Pittsylvania County

R. Frank Fox, Jr. Business Management Consultant

Reynolds-Clark Development, Inc.

Riverside Dry Cleaning, Inc.

Riverside Roof Truss, LLC

Claudette S. Robertson, P.C.

ServPro of Lynchburg

Sherwood House Furniture

SleepyGoat Cheese

Smith Funeral Services, Inc.

Social Security Administration

Southern States Co-Operative-Danville

Southside Electric Coop.

TekaByte, Inc.

Verizon Wireless Zone

Vintages by the Dan

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Wayne Wilson & Company

W. A. Wells & Associates

Westover Christian Academy

Williams Transportation and Storage, Inc.

By Donna Ashworth

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:


ADD Equipment Inc.

Addison Blair                                                                          

1123 Valley Road

PO Box 476

Gretna, VA 24557

(434) 656-2440



Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History                     

Cara Burton

975 Main Street

Danville, VA 24541


Attractions, Museums & Recreation


Deb’s Gospel Café LLC            

Deborah Ettah

1067 Piney Forest Road

Danville, VA 24540

(434) 548-8882

Restaurant & Catering


FCS, Incorporated                                                                  

Conrad Smith

527 Main Street

Danville, VA 24541

(434) 489-4342

Janitorial & Air Duct System Cleaning


Simpson Funeral Museum                                           

Bill Simpson

16 South Main Street

PO Box 1179

Chatham, VA 24531


Attractions, Museums & Recreation


Vista Clinical Diagnostics                                           

Brian Mills

3303-C North Main Street

Danville, VA 24540

(434) 214-6009


The Wendell Scott Foundation, Inc.                                        

Warrick F. Scott, Sr.                                       

P.O. Box 3734

Danville, VA 24543

(434) 533-0097


By Donna Ashworth

To help innovative entrepreneurs expedite the early stages of their start-up development process, The Launch Place established an investment initiative called the Pre-Seed Investment Program to further these entrepreneurs’ market and product validation and/or business model refinement. Read more…

FoodortunityTM - The opportunity to have a donation made to the food charity of your choice brought to you by CIT! Let us know which food charity you would like for us to support. We will be donating $10,000 to the charity that gets the most votes, $5,000 to the first runner-up, and $2,500 to the second runner-up. Voting will continue through 5 pm EDT on August 29.  The winners will be announced on September 13. Read more to vote.

Danville Regional Medical Center recently announced the addition of Robin Clark as its new director of medical/surgical services on July 27. Read more…

Infinity Global, Inc., a provider of branded packaging solutions for the luxury retail segment, announces the appointment of W. Huntington Byrnes as General Counsel, effective July 28, 2014. Read more… Also, Infinity Global recently named Anil Kumar as Vice President of Finance, effective June 30, 2014. Read more…

Annie Martinie has joined the Danville Regional Foundation team as a senior program officer. Read more…

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Mike Payne, a long-serving staff member at Hargrave Military Academy, has been named Hargrave’s commandant of cadets. Read more…

 Dr. Brian W. Zagol, a local cardiologist currently practicing at Cardiology Consultants of Danville, recently completed an interventional cardiology fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center where he earned the honor of being named Interventional Cardiology Fellow of the Year. Read more…

Certified Elder Law Attorney Robert W. Haley — with The Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia — has been named to the 2014 Virginia Super Lawyers list. Read more…

Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently announced the appointment of Danville resident Missy Neff Gould to the Virginia Tobacco Commission. Gould works as Market Director of Community and Government Relations for LifePoint Hospitals in Southern Virginia which includes Danville Regional Medical Center and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville. Read more… 

Two new staff members have joined Commonwealth Physical Therapy in Danville. Brock McFarland, a recent graduate of Pima Medical Institute in Denver, joined the rehab team as a physical therapy assistant in May. Dr. Dan Morgan joined the clinic’s team earlier in July as a physical therapist and athletic trainer. Read more…

American National Bank and Trust Co. has announced that Bob Nadler will be the bank’s senior vice president of trust and investment services. Read more…

 The Danville Regional Foundation is revamping its Make It Happen grant program — now offering up to $25,000 for organizations to improve the quality of life in the Dan River Region. Read more…

The Southern Virginia Education Center in South Boston is offering assessments and training for the Manufacturing Technician 1 certification. Read more…

Compressed Air Best Practices® Magazine interviewed Michael Jones, Corporate Energy Team Leader, from Intertape Polymer Group (IPG). Congratulations on being named a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency! Read more…

 The Virginia Museum of Natural History and the City of Waynesboro, in partnership with the Center for Coldwaters Restoration, recently announced that they have successfully raised $50,000 to fund the development of a master plan for a proposed VMNH natural science interpretive facility in Downtown Waynesboro. Read more…

Rick Barker Properties is developing 554 Craghead Street, in the heart of Danville's River District, into Class A office space. The 7000 square feet first floor has been leased to Supply Resources (SRI), for its new corporate headquarters, leaving 14,000 square feet available for the second and third floor office development. Read more…

Sky Valley Foods, a North Carolina-based maker of natural and organic sauces and salad dressings, announced that it is relocating to Airside Industrial Park in the City of Danville, where the company expects to expand its business and add new product lines. Read more…

With award-winning exhibits and a variety of programs and activities for visitors of all ages, the Virginia Museum of Natural History is a great destination for groups of all sizes and age groups. With the new “10 for 10” program, groups of 10 or more can now receive group admission and lunch for only $10 per person! To accommodate various groups, we ask that you book your package at least 10 days prior to your visit. To book your 10 for 10 visit, please call 276-634-4147 or email

Danville Science Center’s Digital Dome Theater will welcome five new giant screen films to its lineup this year. Transport back in time, tumble with pandas in bamboo forests and take a wild ride through the solar system with these dynamic new shows. Read more…

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce that their partnership with the Danville Regional Foundation will continue.  DRF has committed $750,000 over the next three years to support area organizations through their competitive grant cycle.  The Community Foundation has made over $4,000,000 in grants with assistance from the Danville Regional Foundation since their first partnership in 2008.  These funds have allowed the Community Foundation to improve and enrich the Dan River Region by providing needed assistance to local organizations.

By Donna Ashworth

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

2 Witches Winery & Brewing Company, Inc.
Julie Brown
209 Trade Street
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 529-2739
Manufacturing and Processors

Bon Appétit Management Company at Averett University
Michael Moroni
420 West Main Street
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 791-7307

Kinetico-Advanced Water Systems
Ron Sheckells
146 Annaron Court
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 614-2546

Mindful Connections
Linda McConahey
2087 NC Hwy 700
Pelham, NC 27311
(336) 388-9964

Thomas M. Powell
9000 Matoaka Glen Road
Quinton, VA 23141
(804) 932-3593
Apartment Rentals

Providence Family & Sports Medicine
Lisa Wood
441-E Piney Forest Road
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 791-4110
Physicians & Surgeons

Shear Image Salon and Tanning Inc.
Heather Swanson
10372 Martinsville Highway
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 685-5000
Salons - Hair, Nail, Spa, Tanning

By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between April 25, 2014 – June 27, 2014:


Abundant Life World Outreach

Alcova Mortgage

Bankers Insurance, LLC

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area, Inc.


The Brick Running & Tri Store

Carter Craig Attorneys at Law

David D. Childress, DDS

Collie Equipment Company

Colonial Ridge Apartments

Comfort Inn & Suites

Dan River Region Association of Realtors

Danville Dental Associates

Danville Pittsylvania Community Services

Danville Women’s Care, P.C.


Finch & Finch, Inc. Funeral and Cremation Service

J. Clint Fleming, Inc.

Four Seasons Pest Control

Free Clinic of Danville

Ginger Bread House & Garden Center

God’s Storehouse

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Goodyear Tire & Service Network

H & R Block

Haymore & Holland, PC

Horizontech, Inc.

Insurance Junction

Kare Pharmacy

Kid-Konnection Child Development Center

Lavinder Group and Associates

Leesville Lake Association Inc.

Liberty Tax Services


Mary Kay Cosmetics

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative

New Beginnings Insurance Services

Newcomb Carpet


Panoramic Wellness

Party Palooza

Pemberton Lofts

Piedmont Printing & Graphics Inc.

Pittsylvania County Public Library System

Riverside Insurance Agency

Romar Elevators

Russell Scruggs

Semones Automotive

Showcase Magazine

SleepyGoat Cheese

Southern Office Machines

Southern State Chatham Cooperative

Southern Virginia Higher Education Center

J. W. Squire Company, Inc.

State Farm Insurance & Financial Services

State Farm-Donelson Insurance Agency, Inc.

Stratford Courtyard Conference Center

Thompson Insurance Services


Virdia, Inc.

Virginia Technical Institute

Wal-Mart #1465

Wells Fargo Advisors

Drs. Wentz & Manry

J. D. Yeatts & Son, Inc.

Your I.T. Professional LLC

By Donna Ashworth

After an extensive nationwide search, Averett University has announced that Timothy E. Fulop has been appointed Averett's new vice president for academic affairs and student success, effective July 1. Read more… 

Telly D. Tucker of Williamsburg has been selected to fill the City of Danville’s vacant economic development director position. Tucker is currently the assistant economic development director in James City County. His first day on the job in Danville will be July 1. Read more… 

M. Scott Waller, a financial advisor with BB&T Scott & Stringfellow’s Danville and Alexandria offices, has been promoted to senior vice president. Read more… 

Karl Stauber and the Danville Regional Foundation have garnered statewide recognition for contributions to the redevelopment of the River District. Read more…

Luis A. Abreu, a well-known local litigator with over 30 years of experience, has one again been anmed to the Virginia Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in Virginia for 2014. No more the 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers.

American National Bankshares Inc., the holding company of American National Bank and Trust Company, has been ranked as one of the most profitable 200 community banks in the nation by American Banker Magazine. Read more… 

Dr. Bhushan Pandya, founder and president of the Danville Gastroenterology Center, recently won the 2014 American Medical Association International Medical Graduate Section Governing Council election. Read more… 

Graduating from the Certified Event Rental Professional program, developed by the American Rental Association, is one of the party and event rental industry’s most esteemed accomplishments. For Carson Sneed, manager at Big Sky Rents & Events, achieving this distinguished certification has become a reality. Read more… 

Karen S. Cifers has been elected as an assistant vice president by the Carter Bank & Trust’s Board of Directors. She will continue in her role as managing officer of the Blairs office, located at 5406 U.S. 29 North. Read more… 

Patricia R. Lovelace has been elected an assistant vice president and managing officer by Carter Bank & Trust’s board of directors. She will continue in her role as managing officer of the U.S. 58 East office, located at 140 Kentuck Road. Read more… 

Jewell W. Hylton has been elected an assistant cashier and managing officer by the Carter Bank & Trust’s board of directors. She will continue in her role as managing officer of the South Main office, located at 903 S. Main St. in Danville. Read more… 

Kelly Finney Fitzgerald has been named market director for marketing and strategic planning for the South Central Virginia Market of LifePoint Hospitals. Read more… 

The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification & Community Revitalization Commission recently voted to establish a Center of Manufacturing Excellence at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. Read more… 

Dunham’s Sports will be the newest anchor tenant at Danville Mall, taking over 95,000 square feet in the mall where Boscov’s used to be located. Read more… 

Siemens announced a $33 million dollar in-kind software grant to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. Read more…

The Danville School Board recently passed a resolution officially recognizing Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, First State Bank and URW Community Federal Credit Union. The three businesses were placed on the 2014 Virginia School Boards Association Business Honor Roll.  Read more… 

Danville has been awarded $20 million through the federal New Markets Tax Credit program — credits the city will use to attract business development projects that promise new jobs to the city. Read more…

Don Merricks, president and owner of J.W. Squire, Co., Inc., has been elected to the Danville Regional Medical Center board of trustees. Read more…

The Danville Regional Foundation has pledged almost $2.44 million to Danville Community College’s precision machining and welding technology programs. Read more…

Virginia Advanced Study Strategies recently announced that Paul Jesukiewicz and Julie Brown have been named to the board of directors.  Brown is currently the director of advanced learning for the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. Read more…

Danville Public Schools was recognized by the National School Public Relations Association as a 2014 Excellence Award winner for the school system’s e-newsletters. Read more… 

The Arc of Southside plans to move its Hatcher Center Outlet Store in Blairs to downtown Danville by the Christmas holidays. Tonya Fowler, executive director of The Arc of Southside, said the organization bought a building at 411 Main St. in April for $190,000 to open the store there. Read more… 

Hargrave Military Academy welcomes Steve Griffin, a 2013/2014 Albert Einstein Fellow and the academy’s science department chairman for the 2014-15 academic year. Read more… 

Kimberly A. Priest, CPA, has been named a partner with Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP.  Priest is native of Halifax County and is currently a resident of Scottsburg, Virginia.  In 2002, she received her Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  She has been an associate with Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP for the past six years and earned her accreditation as a Certified Public Accountant in 2005.

The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) recently held a completion ceremony for the second cohort of students to complete the Advanced Manufacturing Boot Camp: Work Ready Foundations (WRF) program. Eight individuals successfully completed the seven-week work-readiness training program, earning 10 college credits and 8 industry recognized certifications.

By Laurie Moran

The competition was tough, and the fun was abundant.  It was a great combination for the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s 24th Annual Chamber Classic golf tournament on Monday, June 2.  With ideal weather conditions, golfers enjoyed a fun networking event that also provided some close final scores.

More than 80 golfers participated in the golf tournament which is an annual fund raiser with all proceeds supporting the Chamber’s work in economic growth and prosperity for our region.

Capturing first place gross was the Arkema, Inc./Sartomer team of Marilyn Hanover, Chris Petrangoli, Jerry Inman, and Steve Lindsay with a score of 53.

Second place gross winners were Jay Barker, Dale Powell, Scott Batson, and Bill Barker with a score of 56.  They were representing the team of JEB International Tobacco Co. and won on a match of cards.

The third place gross winner was the Haymore & Holland/R.J. Baldwin Insurance team of Greg Haymore, Bob Warren, Vern Cowan, and Chad Anderson.  They also shot a 56.

Fourth place gross winners were Floyd Merryman, Andrew Shimpock, Bobby Lovelace, and John Reynolds with a 57.  They were representing the Sonny Merryman, Inc. team and won on a match of cards.

Rounding out fifth place in gross score was the Paul Miller, DDS/Four Seasons Pest Control team of Paul Miller, Kwang Kim, Ramsey Yeatts, and John Adkins.  They also shot a 57.       

Capturing first place in net score was the JTI Leaf Services, LLC team of Steve Daniel, Edward Smith, Joshua Folkerth, and Kelly Chappell.  They shot a 53 and captured first on a match of cards.

The Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co. team of Mark Foster, Vaden Wright, John Neal, and Stephen Gay finished second with a 53 on a match of cards.

Third place net winners were Harry Lea, Alastair Craik, Anna Craik, and Peter Moore who represented the US Agro Logistics, Inc. team.  They finished with a 54 and won third on a match of cards.

The team of Columbia Forest Products won fourth place net with a score of 54.  Team members were Charlie Vaden, Jeremy Gentry, Scott Wilson, and Kevin Ferrell.

Finishing in fifth place net was the Wells Fargo Advisors team of David Holshouser, Seward Anderson, Vince Kania, and Jim Bushong with a 55.  They captured 5th place on a match of cards.

Steven Lindsay won the closest to the pin contest, sponsored by Peace Haven Personal Care Services.

While Retail Merchants Association challenged golfers to a $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one on hole #10 and Ben David Jewelers donated a one carat diamond for a hole-in-one on hole #16, no lucky golfer was able to find the perfect shot to win either the cash or the diamond.

A drawing was also held for prizes that included a Taylor Made SLDR driver courtesy of First Citizens Bank, a Men’s Citizen Eco-Drive watch courtesy of Ben David Jewelers, a golf bag courtesy of Coca-Cola Bottling, green fees for four at the Westlake Country Club and green fees for four at the Waterfront Country Club courtesy of The Willard Companies.

Solex Architecture sponsored a drawing for a gift basket from Vintages by the Dan and a gift card to Golden Leaf Bistro.  Averett University provided team photos with the Averett Cougars for every player.

“This year’s Chamber Classic golf tournament was a tremendous success,” commented Brian Finney, chairman of the Chamber Classic Golf Committee.  “Our golfers had a great time and commented that this was the one of the best tournaments they’ve ever competed in.”

“We appreciate the outstanding support from Chamber members and affiliated businesses for this year’s tournament. We also appreciate their year-round support of the Chamber as we strive to increase the profitability and success of our local business community,” stated Finney.

Lunch sponsors for this year’s tournament were First Piedmont Corporation and Virginia Bank & Trust.  Reception sponsors were Barkhouser Ford Lincoln, Centra, Danville Distributing Company, and Danville Regional Medical Center.

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is a business organization with approximately 700 members in the Danville/Pittsylvania County region.  The Chamber works to energize the region by creating exceptional business growth and profitability in a vibrant, customer-centered culture.

By Donna Ashworth

Averett University's Women's Leadership Circle awarded the inaugural Fugate-Davis Women's Leadership Award during a special event at the Conway House. Averett President, Dr. Tiffany Franks, was the first recipient of the Fugate-Davis Women's Leadership Award. Read more… 

Each year Medical Facilities of America presents Presidential Awards to its centers that demonstrated stellar achievement throughout the prior year. This year we are pleased to announce Riverside Health & Rehabilitation as the Center of the Year. The Center achieved high operating results and outstanding customer service survey scores, all during a major renovation period, which helped earn the top honor. Riverside also won the Financial Award and was third in the company for Census Development.

LifePoint/Danville Regional Medical Center has earned the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. LifePoint/Danville Regional Medical Center was nominated for the award by the Danville Community College Educational Foundation. Read more… 

The Launch Place recently announced a $250,000 investment in Raleigh, N.C.-based SEAL Innovation, Inc., to commercialize SEAL SwimSafe. Utilizing wearable swim bands and state-of-the-art detection technology, SEAL SwimSafe will help improve swim safety and reduce drowning and injury by alerting guardians of swimmer distress. Read more…

Recently the Women’s Center at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County and the Birthing Center at Danville Regional Medical Center both earned prestigious award recognition from the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) and the March of Dimes for improving the health of babies across the region by preventing early elective deliveries. Only 13 hospitals in Virginia received this recognition. Read more… 

Four line workers from Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative’s (MEC) Chase City District participated in The 2014 Annual Terex Equipment Operator’s Rodeo and the Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo in early April. They quite capably and professionally represented MEC resulting in multiple awards, according to Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative’s President and CEO John Lee. Read more… 

West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board has upped the ante on advertising by participating in the Google for Nonprofits program. Read more…

Samantha Hearp of American National Bank recently was awarded the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designation. Read more… 

Danville Community College precision machining technology student Benjamin Winstead of Danville recently won first place for precision machining at the Virginia SkillsUSA Leadership Conference and Skills Contest, held at John Tyler Community College in Chester. Read more… 

Debra Brown came out of retirement to become the Danville Register & Bee’s advertising sales manager. Read more…

Cynthia Shelton, a registered nurse, has been named market director for home health at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County and at Danville Regional Medical Center. Read more… 

Spring brings severe weather, and your local American Red Cross Chapter wants to prepare your children for this by learning, practicing and sharing emergency preparedness with the Pillowcase Project. Your children will learn what essentials to pack in a pillowcase for a disaster, practice what they learned in a simulated emergency, and then share their knowledge with family and friends of how being prepare can save your life. Visit your local Red Cross Chapter or online at and and search Pillowcase Project for more information.

The Public is invited to attend the Annual Peace Officer’s Memorial Service on Tuesday May 13, 2014, at 7:30 pm at the Chatham Baptist Church. This service will honor Fallen Officers from the Danville Police Dept., Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, Danville Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police. This year’s guest Speaker will be Secretary of Public Safety for Virginia, Brian Moran. After the service at the Church, we will walk over to the Police Memorial behind the Sheriff’s Office for a Candle Light Vigil if weather permits.

Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Board of Education announced that 212 schools and four school divisions earned 2014 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The VIP incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board. Danville Public School’s - Galileo Magnet High and Pittsylvania County School’s - Tunstall High received the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award.

Dan Pleasant, Dewberry’s chief operating officer, has recently been appointed to the North Carolina State University Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) Industry Advisory Board that serves as an advisory group for the CCEE Department Head. 

By Donna Ashworth

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support: 


All Care Family Services

Marvin Taylor

2276 Franklin Turnpike, Suite 120

Danville, VA 24540

(434) 563-6551



KG Graphics

Kristen M. Gusler

311 Court Street

Danville, VA 24541

(434) 334-6862

Advertising Specialties


Nick’s Towing & Recovery

Bettie Josey 

146 Carolyn Court

Danville, VA 24540

(434) 836-8129



Jesse Tate

757 Halifax Road

Chatham, VA 24531


By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between March 1, 2014 – April 25, 2014:


American Heart Association

Appalachian Power Company

Armstrong Land Surveying, Inc.

BMS Consulting, Inc.

Terry Blakely State Farm Insurance


Charles Anderson Lawn Care Service Inc.

Chatham Animal Clinic

ChathaMooCa LLC

Comfort Cooling & Heating

Comfort Inn & Suites

Computer Clinic Inc.

CRB Electric, Inc.

Custom Embroidery Inc.

D & S Agency, Inc.

Daly Seven, Inc.

Dameron Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

Danville Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Danville Area Association for Arts & Humanities

Danville House

Danville Orthopedic & Athletic Rehab - Central

Danville Register & Bee

DocuSystems Company, Inc.

Downtown Danville Association

Eden Jewelry

Friedrichs Family Eye Center

Fun-Time Amusements

God’s Pitt Crew

Hamilton Properties

Infinity Global Inc.

Institute for Advanced Learning & Research

Dr. Geoffrey Johnson DDS P.C.

Kitti's Kakes

Lorillard Tobacco Co.

Maddyzack Inc. Marketing Services

Mary's Diner

McDarmont Web Design, Inc.

Midtown Market, Inc.

Miller Funeral Home, Inc.

Paul W. Miller, D.D.S., P.L.C.

Nationwide Insurance - Brandon Scearce Insurance Agency, Inc.

Norris Funeral Services

OB-Gyn Associates of Danville, Inc.


Pawn America

Piedmont Infusion Services, Inc.

Piedmont Maid Service

Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services

Powers Signs, Inc.

Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.

River City Accounting Services LLC

Riverside Health and Rehabilitation Center

Roots & Shoots Landscaping

San Marcos Mexican Restaurant - Chatham

Security Alliance

SleepyGoat Cheese

Dr. Edward Snyder - Orthodontist

Southeast Energy, Inc. DBA Motor Oils

Spurrier Orthodontics

State Farm-Donelson Insurance

Stratford Healthcare Center

Supply Resources

Sur Language & Culture School, Inc.

Swicegood Funeral Home

Triangle Cycles North

Trophy & Sign Center

UVA's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Servicee

Virginia Employment Commission

Williams Gas Pipeline

Willow Oaks Plantation

WKBY Radio

Linwood Wright

Coleman B. Yeatts

By Laurie Moran

Nine middle school and high school students from Danville and Pittsylvania County have received $5,000 in funding to take the next step towards launching and running their own businesses.  The students, who are enrolled in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, presented their business plans to a panel of local investors on Wednesday evening at Averett University.

Jamiah Pridgen, a junior at Galileo Magnet High School and the founder of Treasure Chest Cosplay, was named as the Saunders Scholar and will travel to Boca Raton, Florida, to compete in the YEA Saunders Scholar Regional Competition in May. From there, this student business will have the opportunity to compete against other student businesses from all across the southeast for a chance to compete in the YEA National Competition in Washington D.C. and a shot at a $30,000 scholarship and a spot on the hit show, “Shark Tank.”

Pridgen received $1,500 from the local investors for his business start-up.  In presenting his pitch to the investors, Pridgen told judges that he was inspired to provide attractive, custom made, high quality, character-based costumes for prices lower than large costume companies. By working closely with his customers to provide costumes to exact specifications, Pridgen believes his company will be the standard in cosplay costumes.

“The satisfaction of my customers is the one thing that is the most important to me when it comes to owning my own business,” Pridgen stated.  “If the customer is not satisfied, I am not satisfied.”

Zaria Davis, a 10th grader from Dan River High School, also received tremendous support from the local investors as they awarded her business, Whatcha Say?, with start-up funding of $1,180. While observing the trends of today’s clothing market, Davis realized that custom made hats have become very popular. She began designing her own personal line of hats that includes unique and varied headwear sporting maxims.

Davis also has a desire to reach out to those who are experiencing hardship.  She has decided to base her company on the ideals that heart and justice should be at the core of every business. For every 10 hats sold, Davis will donate one hat to a child with cancer.

Jessica Slayton, a senior at Gretna High School, received $900 in start-up funding for her company, Madame Noire. A passion for design and the Victorian era led Slayton to create her own line of custom and hand-made jewelry. Through experimentation, she believes that she has designed a line that will be highly desirable to consumers. Offered individually or in sets, Madame Noire will offer specialty accessories that can be used for all types of events ranging from business meetings, school trends, personal dates, or daily wear.

Sierra Carter, a sixth grader at Dan River Middle School, was awarded $700 to start her new business, Sugarland Sweets.  Carter believes that everyone should be able to enjoy delicious baked goods. Having personal experiences with people suffering from gluten intolerance, Carter felt the desire to produce healthy, yet delicious, gluten free and regular baked goods. By offering this specialty product, Carter hopes that Sugarland Sweets will become the local destination for all things delicious.

Investors awarded Agustin Vazquez with $200 in funding to start Stino’s Services, a seasonal lawn care service.  Vazquez, a sophomore at George Washington High School, has always believed that customer service comes first. While observing the practices of other lawn care professionals, Vasquez decided he wanted to offer a customized experience for consumers. Vasquez will provide customers with services that range all four seasons.

Jordan Pridgen, a 7th grade student at Bonner Middle School, received $200 from investors for his new business, Cup It Like It’s Hot. Cup It Like It’s Hot is an advertising and marketing business that utilizes advertising on cardboard and neoprene coffee sleeves.  Customers can place their ads on the coffee sleeves which will then be distributed through local restaurants and businesses.

Investors awarded Fatima Osborne of Fhat T’s with $120 in start-up funding.  Osborne, an 8th grader at Bonner Middle School believes that 90’s fashion is ready for a comeback and that her company will be positioned to provide premier 90’s themed t-shirts to consumers. Working off designs popularized by 90’s culture, she will design and produce t-shirts in-house to fit the desires of her customers.

Jordan Thompson, a sophomore at George Washington High School, received $100 for his new business venture, Jordan’s Jewelry.  Jordan’s Jewelry will provide an alternative for the consumer by producing and selling high quality yet affordable earrings. Thompson believes his business will fill a niche by providing affordable choices for jewelry in the Danville market. 

Aleah Morton also received $100 in start-up funding for her new business, JLS Sandwich Shop. A junior at George Washington High School, Morton started her business to offer a wide range of delicious and affordable sandwiches.  She likes to cook and enjoys coming up with creative foods for her friends to taste.

The local business professionals who served on the Investor Panel were Rick Barker, President & CEO of Supply Resources, Inc; Tony Reese, Market Leader for BB&T; Eva Doss, President & CEO of The Launch Place; and Michael Duncan, President of Donnachaidh Associates.  The judges praised the efforts and ideas of these emerging entrepreneurs.

 “Nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit in teens and teaching young people about starting a business or social movement build skills that will serve them well their entire lives,” commented Laurie S. Moran, CCE, President of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. “Introducing the students to business leaders and successful entrepreneurs in our community is invaluable! The Investors Panel has provided the students with the opportunity to take their business ideas from concept to reality.”

Sponsors of the Investor Panel were BB&T, Donnachaidh Associates, and Supply Resources.  Other YEA sponsors were Danville Regional Medical Center, First Piedmont Corp., Maddyzack Inc. Marketing Services, and Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda.  The premiere program year of YEA! has been supported by a grant from Danville Regional Foundation.

YEA! is open to students between the ages of 11 and 18 and leads them through the process of launching a real business or social movement over the course of an academic year. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully-formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried after their graduation from the program. YEA! teaches students at an early age how to make a job, not just take a job. YEA! was developed at the University of Rochester with support from The Kauffman Foundation.

The program requires a seven-month commitment from its young executives.  In that time they brainstorm and form their enterprises, make pitches to potential investors, obtain funding, register their companies with governmental agencies, and actually launch their own company or social movement. Business mentors, graphic designers, and local entrepreneurs support the students throughout the program and all of the learning is real and experiential.

“One of the most interesting components of the program is the actual behind the scenes knowledge the students are given from local business leaders, who were at one time, standing in their shoes,” exclaims Moran. “The experience is something they will be able to apply to whatever field they choose to enter, thereby giving them the necessary skills to become future leaders of industry.”

This year’s program will conclude in May.  Recruitment efforts for the 2014-15 school year will begin in early summer.

Students who are interested in learning more about the program can visit the Chamber’s website at for additional information and an application.  Businesses that would like to become involved can also visit for details.  For more information, please contact the Chamber office at (434) 836-6990.


By Donna Ashworth

Banister Bend Farm

Andrew Wall

PO Box 1069

Chatham, VA 24531



The Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia

Mal Rorrer

641 Main Street

Danville, VA 24541




Danville Gastroenterology Center PC

Dr. Mukesh Patel

501 Rison Street, Suite 130

Danville, VA 24541


Physicians & Surgeons


Martinsville DuPont Credit Union

Lori Hairfield

PO Box 2158

Martinsville, VA 24113


Banks, Financial Institutions and Credit Unions


Wellington Film Group / Von Wellington Photography

Von Wellington

308 Craghead Street 

Danville, VA 24541



By Laurie Moran

The Launch Place introduced CirrusWorks, Inc., the newest recipient of a $250,000 investment, at a recent press conference. The Arlington-based CirrusWorks will expand its operations into Danville. It initially will locate across the hall from the Launch Place’s Danville office. Read more… 


Four Seasons Pest Control has relocated to 3322 U.S. 29 in Danville. According to owner John Adkins, the company had outgrown its former location of 2409 Franklin Turnpike. Read more… 


Lawrence Distributing Co. marked 60 years of business with a company party for more than 90 people recently. Read more… 

Danville-headquartered American National Bank recently received the second annual 2013 Raymond James Community Bankers Cup award. The award recognizes the top 10 percentile of community banks nationwide. Read more…

Danville is going to have an exciting FREE event on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Community Market in Danville VA. Although the event is free, registration is required as there will be an abundant amount of activities for all ages. Health Screenings will be provided as well as instructional demonstrations.  The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research’s STEM Mobile Lab will be onsite, The Danville Science Center will host 3 programs: Perfect Little Planet @ 11:00 a.m. for age 5-12; Cosmic Journey at 1:00 pm for ages 8 and up and Flight of the Butterflies at 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome! Please post and share the attached flyers. To register, please visit:


Shannon Hair, executive director of the Danville Community College Educational Foundation, will receive statewide recognition at the Virginia Association of Fund Raising Executive’s Annual Awards Luncheon slated for April 8 in Richmond. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center is celebrated Certified Nurses Day (Wednesday, March 19) by honoring its board certified nurses. Read more…

Pittsylvania County Schools just received a $669,100 grant from the Danville Regional Foundation to support its new STEM Academy. Read more…

Averett University’s new viewbook and accompanying materials aimed at traditional undergraduates recently won a Gold medal and “Best of Show: Total Recruitment Program” at the 29th annual Educational Advertising Awards competition, sponsored by the Higher Education Marketing Report. Read more…

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research has given its website,, a makeover as part of its rebranding. Read more…

The Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) that oversees the safety accreditation program for cooperatives in a three- state area has recognized Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) for reaching the 500,000-hour mark with no lost-time accidents. Read more…

Linda Sokos, an infection preventionist at Danville Regional Medical Center, was recently selected to speak at the National Learning and Action Network's Healthcare Sustainability Summit. Read more…

Free public Wi-Fi has arrived. City Manager Joe King said the City of Danville decided to offer this amenity through its nDanville fiber optic cable network to attract visitors to the River District and spur economic development. Read more…

Averett University is hosting an Autism Awareness Expo for parents, families, caregivers and professionals who have or work with autistic children on Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Grant Center on our North Campus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Autism Awareness Expo contact Hamlin at 434-791-7240 or email her at

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) recently won a contract to provide voice, data network and telecommunications infrastructure services to the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, Va., and the Marine Corps Barracks in Washington, D.C., that could be worth up to $8.5 million over the next two years. 

Townes Funeral Home was selected to be on the cover of the third edition of Southern Calls, which is a magazine launched last fall for the funeral profession and is currently distributed in the southern part of the United States with plans to eventually to be distributed in all 50 states.  I feel honored that our funeral home was selected and was featured in a 10 page spread in the magazine.  The story line focused on a Legacy of Compassionate Service since 1892, as well as my career in funeral service which expands nearly 45 years.

You can help stop the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.  The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®— the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research, will be on September 27. Start or join a team today. Call or email Jane Massie (434) 845-8540 or

The Big Launch Challenge 2014 is the first annual venture between The Launch Place and First Flight Venture Center.  Two states, two innovative partners and ONE BIG LAUNCH CHALLENGE!! Read more…


By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between January 18, 2014 - February 28, 2014:

Abingdon Place of Danville
Luis A. Abreu, Attorney at Law
Advanced Building Technologies Incorporated
Ambulatory Foot Care Center PC
American National Bank & Trust Company
American Showcase Modulars
Arlene's Closet LLC
Awards & Trophy Shop & Custom Framing
Blue Ridge Beverage
Bob Newnam Builders
Howard W. Bolton III, CPA, PC
Canteen Food and Vending Services
Cardiology Consultants of Danville, Inc.
Carini's Italian Grill & Pizzeria
Carter Bank & Trust
Chandler Concrete Company
Chatham Hall
Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated
Comcast Spotlight
Computer Clinic Inc.
Hayako O. Cook
Dan River Investigation LLC
DanChem Technologies, Inc.
Daniel, Medley & Kirby, P.C.
Danville Area Humane Society, Inc.
Danville Cancer Association, Inc.
Danville Life Saving Crew
Danville Pathologists, Inc.
Danville Pittsylvania County Fair Association
Danville Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity
Danville Public Schools
Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority
Danville Toyota, Inc.
Dominion VA Power
Donnachaidh Associates, LLC
Downtown Danville Association
Edward Jones
Farm Credit of the Virginias ACA-Chatham Branch
First Citizens Bank
R. Frank Fox, Jr. Business Management Consultant
Furniture Depot, Inc.
Gamewood Technology Group
Genesis Day Spa and Salon
Grand Springs
Holiday Travel Services of Danville, Inc.
Home Depot
Dale Hutchens
J & J Truck Sales, Inc.
Kokomo Salon
LE&D Professionals, PC
Leggett Town & Country
Lorillard Tobacco Company
Outback Steakhouse
Pittsylvania County Community Action, Inc.
Prime Media
R.J. Baldwin Agency Inc.
Red Lobster
Riverside BP
Rocky Womack Communications
RPJ Cleaning
San Marcos Mexican Restaurant
Security Zone, Inc.
See Enterprises, L.P., L.L.P.
SleepyGoat Cheese
Stratford House
Summertime Pool & Spa, Inc.
Team Nurse, Inc.
Telamon Corporation-Danville
Thompson Services Inc, dba ServiceMaster Commercial Cleaning
TMI AutoTech, Inc.
University of Richmond - School of Professional & Continuing Studies
Robert T. Vaughan, Jr., P.C.
Walgreens #15291
WDBJ Television
West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board
Westmoreland Schoolfield Senior Apartments
Wilkinson Consulting & CPA, PLC

By Donna Ashworth

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

BlueRally Marketing LLC
William Wiebking
PO Box 1151
Chatham, VA 24531
(434) 334-7820

Brown Edwards & Company, LLP
Judy Duff, Marketing Coordinator
2215 Langhorne Road, Suite 102
Lynchburg, VA 24501
(434) 948-9000
Accountants and Tax Services

Children’s Healthcare Center
201 South Main Street, Suite 2100
Danville, VA 24541
Physicians & Surgeons 

Danville Diagnostic Imaging Center
125 Executive Drive, Suite D
Danville, VA 24541
Physicians & Surgeons

Danville Hematology and Oncology
125 Executive Drive, Suite J
Danville, VA 24541
Physicians & Surgeons

Healthcare for Women
159 Executive Drive, Suite E
Danville, VA 24541
Physicians & Surgeons

Internal Medicine Associates
101 Holbrook Street
Danville, VA 24541
Physicians & Surgeons

Old Dominion Insurance Services, Inc.
Gil Ragland
102 School Street
PO Box 446
Gretna, VA 24557
(434) 656-6501
(Referred by Susan Myers of ServPro of Lynchburg)

Piedmont Surgery Clinic
159 Executive Drive, Suite A
Danville, VA 24541
Physicians & Surgeons

Seafood & More
Bobby James - Owner
724 South Main Street
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 799-2333
Restaurants and Caterers

Seafood & More Too
5912 US Highway 29N
Blairs, VA 24527
(434) 836-4333
Restaurants and Caterers

Strategic Office Solutions LLC
Cynthia Ryan
160 Meadowbrook Circle
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 251-1762

By Donna Ashworth

Recently at the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, Jeffrey V. Haley, American National Bank & Trust Co., was appointed to their board of directors and Ben Davenport, Chairman, First Piedmont Corporation was appointed to co-chair their workforce & education committee.

Traci Petty has been appointed as the new Director of Community Impact and Operations for the United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County . Read more…

Michael L. Harrington has been named the new Chief Operating Officer at Danville Regional Medical Center. Read more…

Ronnie F. Moore has been named senior vice president and market president for American National Bank’s Eastern Region, which includes South Boston, Gretna and Chatham. Read more…

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted Averett University’s aeronautics program the ability to certify its graduates for the restricted flight hour Airline Transport Pilot rating. Read more…

T. Brent Gammon has joined the law firm of Daniel, Medley & Kirby, P.C. in an associate attorney position after more than six years of law practice in Daytona Beach, Fla. Read more…

The Danville Family YMCA is seeing significant progress toward the completion of the new $15.3 million facility. Read more…

Piedmont Access to Health Services
— PATHS — is expanding its Danville offices with a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant is one of 25 given nationwide, says PATHS CEO Kay Crane. Read more…

The West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board has announced the hiring of local residents Tyler Freeland and Philip Wenkstern. Read more…

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region
is now accepting applications for two education funds. Applications are available from The Community Foundation’s website or by calling (434) 793-0884. The deadline for all applications to be received is March 6. Read more…

The developers of the Pemberton Lofts will begin phase two of construction this month and will soon start on another residential River District project on Craghead Street. Read more…

A United States patent has been awarded to Paul Benenati, a research technician at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. Read more…

First State Bank
announced that the Bank has been certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) by the US Treasury Department CDFI Fund. Read more…

Mid-Atlantic Broadband
celebrates 10 Years and offers new service in Halifax. Read more…

Prudential Waterfront Properties
is pleased to announce Lori Shultz-Moore, Associate Broker, has recently joined their sales team.

Southern States Cooperative
was recognized by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, with a bronze level certification as a part of the Virginia Values Veterans program. Read more…

On April 12 and 13 Averett University will host the 2014 Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) National Championships. Read more…

By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between November 28, 2013 – January 17, 2014:

A. C. Furniture, Inc.
Abercrombie Oil Company, Inc.
All-Virginia Title & Escrow
Alliance Human Services, Inc
American Armoured Foundation, Inc.
American National University
AmeriStaff Employment & Staffing Solutions
APAC Atlantic Incorp.
Arkema Inc., Sartomer Business Unit
Atkinson Truck Sales
Audiology Hearing Aid Associates
Averett University
Bankers Insurance/Carter Bank & Trust
Barbee Fabrics of Danville, Inc.
Barkhouser Ford Lincoln
Ben David Jewelers
Better Business Bureau-Western VA
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area, Inc.
Blair Construction, Inc.
Bojangles - Tri-Arc Foods, Inc.
Builder's Discount Center of Danville, Inc.
Cambridge Investment Research Inc.
Carpetland USA of Danville, Inc.
CCP Composites US
Chatham Cares, Inc./The Community Center at Chatham
Chatham Family Medical Center
City of Danville-Utilities
Clear Pond Apartments
Clement & Wheatley
Colbert-Moran Funeral Home, Inc.
Elbridge G. Coles Insurance Agency
John W. Collins
Columbia Forest Products
Comfort Inn & Suites
Commonwealth Home Health Care, Inc.
Community Enterprises
The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region
Dan River Business Development Center
Michael and Iris Dance
Chris Daniel
Danville Area Council of Community Service
Danville Braves
Danville Communication Center, Inc.
Danville Community College
Danville Distributing Company, Inc.
Danville Golf Club
Danville Mall
Danville Orthopedic Clinic, Inc.
Danville Regional Medical Center
Danville Science Center
Danville Super-8
Danville Tree Care
Davenport Energy, Inc.
Davis Storage & Warehouse, Inc.
Debbie's Staffing
Designed Benefits of Virginia, Inc.
Dominion Eye Center
DVF Foodservice, Inc.
R. Allan Easley Insurance Agency
Eastern Panel Manufacturing, Inc.
Edward Jones Investments
El Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, Inc.
Electronic Development Labs
Elkay Manufacturing Company
Entwistle Company
ERA-Holley & Gibson Realty Company, Inc.
FairPoint Communications
Family Eyecare Center
Fire Sprinkler, Ltd.
First Piedmont Corporation
First State Bank
Friedman Fixture Company, Inc.
Gateway Health
Glenn D. Giles
Gretna Drug Company, Inc.
GSO Aviation, Inc.
Hardy Petroleum
Hargrave Military Academy
Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP, CPA's - Chatham
Charles R. Hawkins
Hilliard Insurance Solutions
Holiday Sports Tours
The Hughes Center
Hughes Memorial Foundation
Bobby G. Hutson
Intertape Polymer Group
Iron Guard Storage
J. T. - Minnie Maude Charitable Trust
James River Companies, LLC
JEB International Tobacco Company
E. Wayne Johnson
K&K Owen Farms, Inc.
Karen's Hallmark Shop
Lawrence Distributing Company
Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company
Longwood SBDC - Danville
M & M Furniture Company
Malcolm J. Mallery, DDS
Marshall Construction Company
Martinizing Dry Cleaning
Mary Kay Cosmetics, Melissa Breaux
Master Gage & Tool Co.
McDonald's of Chatham
Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative
Modern Pharmacy, Inc.
Moore Insurance Agency of Virginia, Inc
Moore's Electrical & Mechanical
Multi-Wall Packaging Corporation
C. Edward Neal
Nestle USA
Norfolk Southern Cooperation
Oakes Memorials & Signs, Inc.
Office Plus Business Centre
Patsy's Tours
Pepsi Beverages Company
Piedmont Broadcasting Corp., WBTM/WAKG
Piedmont Credit Union
Piedmont Glass
Piedmont Precision Machine Co., Inc.
Piedmont Regional Eye Center and Optical Shop
Piggly Wiggly of Danville, Inc.
PIP Printing
Pittsylvania County Farm Bureau
Pittsylvania County School System
Pittsylvania County Service Authority
Prince Charles Home Healthcare Agency
Prudential Manasco Realty
Ramsey Yeatts and Associates, Realtors
Regional One, Inc.
Retail Merchants Association
Rippe's Apparel, Furs, Shoes
Riverside Hardware
Riverside Lanes
Roman Eagle Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Inc.
Ross Electric, Inc.
Sacred Heart School
Schewel Furniture Company
Schoolfield House Booksellers at Averett University
Scott & Stringfellow
Severn Trent Services
Simpson Realty Company
Smith Funeral Services, Inc.
Snead and Williams, P.L.L.C.
Southern Air, Inc.
Southern Piedmont Technology Council
Southern Refrigeration Corp.
Southside Virginia - SHRM
Star-Tribune/Womack Publishing
Steve Padgett's Danville Honda
SunTrust Mortgage, Inc.
Sylvan Learning Center
ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation
Town of Gretna
Townes Funeral Home, Inc.
United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County
URW Community Federal Credit Union
VA Department of Rehabilitative Services
Verizon Wireless
Virginia Bank & Trust
VIRginia International Raceway
Wendy's, Catie Food Systems, Inc.
Western Sizzlin Steak House of Danville, Inc.
Robert H. Whitt, Jr., Attorney at Law
Wilkins & Co. Realtors
Womack Electric & Supply Co.
Robert Woodall Chevrolet, Inc.
Woods Rogers PLC
Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home
WSET, Incorporated
YMCA of Danville

By Donna Ashworth

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

Edward Jones 
Jim Abercrombie
725 West Main Street
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 799-8800
Financial & Investment Companies

DAC 24/7 Fitness
Don Cox
441 Piney Forest Road, Suite M
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 791-2786
Fitness Centers/Trainers

By Donna Ashworth

Do you know of an exceptional student looking for a paid summer internship doing meaningful community work while getting hands on experience in the field of philanthropy? Each summer, the Danville Regional Foundation hosts college students from all over the country to work on community projects that assist its mission to transform the Dan River Region. Read more…

Local attorneys Greg T. Haymore and Mark B. Holland have formed a partnership for the practice of law known as Haymore & Holland, P. C. Their law firm is located in the heart of the River District at 219 Patton St., which is at the corner of Patton and Craghead streets. Read more…

Margo Foust, Melody Albright, Mary Jac Sparks, Becky Yeatts, David Hudson, Anna Pickeral, Brian Wallace, Casey Pruitt, and Samantha Hearp, American National Bank and Trust Company employees, were promoted recently in the bank’s Danville Region. Read more…

Chef Margaret Moorefield of Bistro 1888 in South Boston has been honored as one of the country’s top culinary talents by Best Chefs America. Read more…

Former Delegate Don Merricks and President of J.W. Squire Company, has been appointed to the Tobacco Commission as a citizen commissioner after serving on the influential state commission since 2011. Read more…

Jeff Walker has been a loan officer for Farm Credit & Country Mortgages’ Chatham and Halifax offices since 2004, but now takes on the role as team leader for both offices. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County announced new appointments within the organization. Leslie Smith, DRMC director of community relations has been promoted to market director, communications and Missy Neff Gould has been appointed market director for community and government relations. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center and Danville Community College are collaborating to offer an Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology. Read more…

Edward Jones Financial Advisors Charlie and Jim Abercrombie, who have been serving the Danville community for more than 34 years, have moved to a new office located at 725 West Main Street, Danville. Read more…

The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors unanimously chose Banister Supervisor Jessie Barksdale as the board’s 2014 chairman during its annual reorganization meeting. Read more…

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is accepting applications for 36 different scholarships. The application deadline is Feb. 26. Interested students may apply online at the foundation’s website at Read more…

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region announced a total of $607,000 in new grants to 42 non-profit community agencies at a reception at the Pepsi Building. Read more…

Kare Pharmacy & Compounding announced that David Mantiply has joined its compounding division to educate physicians and patients regarding compounded medication options. Read more…

Moser Electric is now serving its customers as an authorized Generac dealer installer. Read more…

Virginia tourism officials have launched a new website to help Virginians share and find the best small town treasures and old school favorites. In celebration of the new Main Street in the City of Danville's River District, old photographs are highlighted on the website. Read more…

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research announced it has $50,000 from the state Building Collaborative Communities Program and $4,500 from the Community Foundation of the Dan River. Read more…

The Halifax Educational Foundation announced recently that its renovation of the 1890’s era American Tobacco Warehouse, now known as the Innovation Center at the Southern Virginia Higher Educational Center, has been awarded LEED Gold certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center recently appointed Alice Stewart as its new controller. Read more…

Danville attorney Luis A. Abreu has been named again by Virginia Business Magazine as a member of Virginia’s Legal Elite. Read more…

Joan Yeatts, Danville Regional Medical Center director of environmental services, has been named 2013 Director of the Year. Read more…

Melany Stowe, Director of Communications and Community Outreach for Danville Public Schools, was recently named by Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development as the organization’s secretary and member of the board of directors. Read more…

The Longwood Small Business Development Center, as a service to support existing small businesses, is offering free, confidential, and personalized financial analysis consulting. Each confidential analysis includes a benchmark of your performance against real-time private company industry information using Profit Cents software, developed by Sageworks. In order to take advantage of this opportunity, contact the SBDC at 434-395-2086 for an appointment.

Dale Moore of Altavista, President and CEO of Moore’s Electric and Mechanical Inc. was recently appointed to the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.