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.

By Donna Ashworth

In the midst of reorganization and new alignment, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville announced its new leadership team. Read more…

Governor Bob McDonnell announced the appointment of H.F. Haymore, Jr. of Danville, Clerk of the Pittsylvania County Circuit Court, to the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission

“The local firm of Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP is proud of the accomplishments of its partners and staff that were selected for the designation of Super CPAs,” according to a company news release. Read more…

Elizabeth Spainhour, chair of the Danville Community College Board, was honored recently with the 2013 Chairman’s Award for College Board Member Exemplary Service by the State Board for Community Colleges. Read more…

Diron C. Clements of Wilkins & Co. Realtors recently graduated from the Virginia Association of Realtors 2013 Virginia Leadership Academy. Read more…

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Danville Area announced a $25,000 contribution from AT&T to support the College Bound program that engages at-risk students through high school graduation and also helps prepare them for college and career with internships, college campus tours and assistance with college entrance requirements. Read more

During this season of Thanksgiving, God’s Storehouse has unveiled its new logo designed and donated by Kimberly Demont, who owns Demont Design. Read more…  God’s Storehouse, a local food pantry serving Danville and Pittsylvania County, has been awarded a $52,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program. Read more…

The Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corp., a wholesale open-access network transport provider, announced Monday the company has joined the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, a global initiative to help governments address wireless data growth and close the digital divide by advocating for laws and regulations that increase dynamic access to unused wireless spectrum, also known as TV White Space. Read more…

Earline Mills, treasurer and board of directors’ member for Danville Cancer Association, received checks totaling $4,033 from Rippe’s customer donations and Rippe’s. Read more…

The spring term for American National University will begin on February 17, 2014. The application fee will be waived for Associates and Diploma Programs.  Please contact the Admissions representatives Jeff Moore, Charles Strange, and Larry Davis at 434-793-6822. Find out more…

American National Bank and Trust Company
is proud to support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and the Toys for Tots Foundation. Bank employees generously donated toys that will be given to less fortunate children in the communities of Alamance County, N.C.; Greensboro, N.C.; Danville/Pittsylvania County, Va.; South Boston/Halifax County, Va.; Lynchburg, Va. and Martinsville VA.

The Danville Bar Association has presented a $5,000 donation to the Spiros Skenderis Scholarship with The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region. Read more…

By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between October 11, 2013 – November 26, 2013:

Ashley Furniture Home Store
Barber Automotive & Truck Center, Inc.
BigSky Rents and Events
Blue Ridge Fiberboard
CED/All Phase Electric Supply Company
Checkered Pig BBQ & Ribs
Commonwealth Pharmacy
Compton & Nichols Inc, C&N Storage
Crosscountry Mortgage
Daniel Builders LLC
Danville Regional Foundation
Dell’Anno’s Pizza Kitchen
Dell’Anno’s Pizzeria
Demont Design
Don's Auto Recycling
Patricia Duprey, MD
Elliott Electric of Danville
Emeritus of Danville
Excelen Performance, Inc.
Gardner, Barrow, Sharpe & Pearson, P.C.
Global Food Connection, Inc.
Gretna Little Theatre, Inc.
Cesar Guanzon
John Holt & Co. Chimney Service Inc.
The Launch Place
Lawson-Overbey Inn
Liberty Homecare & Hospice+
Lynn Street Lofts
MedExpress Urgent Care
Melissa Breaux, Independent Miche Representative
Orkin Pest Control
Paradise Lake & Campground
Piedmont Access to Health Services
Piedmont Shopper / ClassCandy
Sam's Club
Southern Hills Golf Course and Swim Club
Stratford Healthcare Center
Thunder Road Harley-Davidson
Todd Breaux State Farm and Financial Services
Unarco Industries
Unilin - Columbia Flooring
Wayne Wilson & Company
WWDN 104.5FM and 1580AM/ WMPW Country Legends 103.7
Your Stuff & Kids Stuff

By Donna Ashworth

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

olden Corral
Jesse Aguilar
195 Holt Garrison Parkway
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 797-2480
Restaurants and Caterers

Network Supply          
Preston Blackwell
321 Lynn Street, Suite B
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 793-5131
Electronic Supplies & Company

Pro-LocX Mobile Locksmith & Security Systems
Mark Winebrenner
377 Norwood Drive
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 203-0727
Security - Products, Systems, Burglar Alarms & Companies

Solex Architecture
Jeffrey L. Bond
527 Bridge Street, Suite 200
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 799-5491

Vaughan & Associates LLC
Don Nodtvedt
136 Meadowbrook Circle
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 685-4063
Management and Business Consulting

By Donna Ashworth

The accounting firms Harris, Harvey, Neal and Company, LLP and Foster and Dorr, P.C., have been serving Southside Virginia for a combined 93 years. The two businesses recently merged, allowing them to bring all of their strengths to one organization. Read more…

Eric Deaton, market president for LifePoint Hospitals South Central Virginia Market —which includes Danville Regional and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County — has been appointed to the board of directors for the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association. Read more…

Danville Community College President Bruce Scism has been appointed to the A.L. Philpott Manufacturing Extension Partnership Board of Trustees. Read more…

American National Bank and Trust Co. announced the appointment of Michelle Gaydica as senior vice president-retail banking. Read more…

Freshly painted bright red doors now welcome diners to 316 Main St. — the just-opened home of Dell’Anno’s Pizza Kitchen at the former site of 316 Cibo. Read more…

Dr. David Kotlaba has been designated a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography, Danville Regional Medical Center announced. Dr. Kotlaba has served on DRMC’s medical staff for nearly 25 years and is in private practice at Cardiology Consultants of Danville, Inc., along with Drs. Gary Miller and Brian Zagol. Read more…

URW Credit Union opened its most recent local branch in Danville at Galileo Magnet High School. Read more…

The global Red Cross network is responding to emergency needs in the Philippines with food, water, and relief supplies, and the American Red Cross is lending people, expertise and equipment to this massive effort. Read more…

Rebecca “Becca” Segal, assistant administrator at Danville Regional Medical Center, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Ken., — another hospital in the LifePoint family. Read more…

Ron Willard, President of The Willard Companies, was inducted into the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 during a ceremony hosted at Roanoke Country Club. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center has announced that Dr. Frank Campbell, chairman of the board of trustees, was recently awarded the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association’s 2013 Excellence in Governance Award, which honors member hospital or health system governing bodies who have a history of making significant contributions to the health care field, on both a state and local level, through commitment to service and leadership. Read more…

Davenport & Company’s Danville office has moved from its location on Franklin Turnpike to a spot in Coleman Marketplace at 165 Holt Garrison Parkway, Suite 570B. Read more…

Prudential Waterfront Properties announced Adam Lynch, REALTOR®, has completed the Virginia Realtors® Leadership Academy. Read more…

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region featured stories of impact by donors and grant recipients at its Appreciation Luncheon held at the Danville Golf Club. Read more…  

 Averett University has been ranked as one of Military Times’ 2014 “Best for Vets: Colleges.”  Read more…

Stratford House, a retirement community in Danville, recently announced the appointment of Barbara Croyle as the organization’s new executive director. Read more…

Registration for spring semester 2014 is underway now at Danville Community College. Spring classes begin January 13. To assist students with admissions, financial aid and registration, DCC is hosting an Open House/No Appointments Needed Day on Friday, December 6. During this time, prospective students can also take the Virginia Placement Test and discuss programs of study with academic counselors and financial aid. Read more…

By Donna Ashworth

Linda Lawrence Dalton, co-owner of Lawrence Distributing Co., was has been elected to serve as Virginia’s representative on the board of directors for the National Beer Wholesalers Association. Read more…

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area named Faith Stamps as the new executive director and chief professional officer on Oct. 21. Read more…

Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP, Certified Public Accountants, and Foster & Dorr PC, Certified Public Accountants, are pleased to announce the merger of their accounting firms and the continuation of their practices as Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP, Certified Public Accountants, effective November 1, 2013.

Promote your business while giving your employees the opportunity to be active! The City of Danville’s Parks and Recreation is offering a discount for groups of 10 or more in the upcoming Dirty Dan Dash mud run. The run, set for Nov. 2, is a fun race through downtown Danville, Dan Daniel Memorial Park, the Riverwalk Trail and a gaggle of challenging and somewhat dirty obstacles. The registration fee is $65 but groups of 10 or more can save $10 a person by signing up in teams. The deadline to register is Oct. 31. Call Jason Bookheimer at 799-5200 for more information or to secure the group rate.

Jeff Liverman, the executive director of the Danville Science Center, will be retiring toward the end of this year after 10 years of service. Read more… 

Darren Conner, president of Dewberry’s southeast region, has been appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell to the State Board for Community Colleges. Read more…

Davenport & Company’s Danville office will be moving to a new location in the Coleman Marketplace effective November 11. Davenport has been in business since 1863, that’s 150 years of service!

The Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission has awarded the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center two grants to strengthen Southern Virginia’s workforce. A grant in the amount of $163,750 will fund an Advanced Manufacturing Bootcamp initiative, and a second grant in the amount of $20,886 will fund the initial cohort of participants in the SVHEC’s new welding lab.  Read more…  Also, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center has been awarded a Rural Health Network Development Planning grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. Read more…

Peggy Simpson, administrative director of Danville Regional Medical Center Laboratory Services, has received the 2013 American Society for Clinical Pathology CM Member Excellence in Education Award. Read more…

The Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation, a wholesale open-access network transport provider, announced the completion of the $20 million capital project to connect more than 120 K-12 schools in southern Virginia. Read more…

Hundreds of people waited for the re-opening ceremony at the Danville Mall’s Belk store listening to music provided by the Danville Youth String Quarter and anxious to find out if they would be one of the first 300 shoppers to receive a free gift card. Read more…

Larry Layman, a member of the Board of Directors for Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, was recognized at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Region 1 and 4 meeting in Norfolk recently for his commitment to education and his completion of the Credentialed Cooperative Director program. Read more…   Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, like many businesses nationwide, is experiencing the retirement of a significant number of longtime employees from the Baby Boomer generation. Read more…

Danville Community College garnered six awards, including two each of first, second and third place awards at the 2013 National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District II Medallion Awards competition held recently at Hilton Head Island, S.C. Read more…

CenturyLink is connecting teachers with technology for the classroom. The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program today opened the application process for teachers in CenturyLink’s local service areas who want to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms to increase student achievement. Read more…

The Regional Industrial Facility Authority and the Industrial Development Authority of Danville announce that Zeyuan Flooring International Corp. is locating its first United States manufacturing facility in Cane Creek Centre. The company will invest $15 million and employ 100 people over a three-year period. Read more…

By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between September 9, 2013 - October 10, 2013:

4-Lads LLC dba McDonald's of Gretna
Advanced Building Technologies Incorporated
American Forest Management, Inc.
American Red Cross,  Piedmont Virginia Chapter - Danville Office
Terry Blakely State Farm Insurance
Bojangles – Mountain Food Service
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area
Bra Lady Boutique
Chatham Health and Rehabilitation Center
Comfort Inn & Suites
Danville Surgical Center, Inc.
Davenport & Company
R. Frank Fox, Jr. Business Management Consultant
G & W Associates
Giles Flowerland and Caterers
Gretna TheatreHarman Eye Center of Danville
Delegate Danny Marshall's Office
Bill McMann
Home Oxygen & Medical Equip Co.
Home Recovery HomeAid
The Launch Place
Liberty University Athletics
Motley Florist
NAP Coleman Marketplace LLC
Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation
Prescott Financial Management
Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.
ServPro of Lynchburg
Sleep Inn & Suites
State Farm Insurance - David Satterfild, Agent
Tune & Toler, Inc.
Unique Industries
Williamsburg Village Apartments

By Donna Ashworth

We proudly welcome the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please support these businesses that are investing in the future of our region:

Steve Farrar    
259 Westhaven Drive
Danville, VA 24541     
(434) 489-8769

Hill Chiropractic Clinic
Isaac Hill
413 Mt. Cross Road, Suite 203
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 797-4455

Holbrook Enterprises
Richard Holbrook
6220 Spring Garden Road
Blairs, VA 24527
(434) 836-5600
Construction - Homebuilders, General Contractors, Developers

Sur Language & Culture School, Inc.
Silvana Miller
1062 Riverside Drive
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 429-6667
Schools, Colleges, & Education

WKBY Radio
Larry Campbell
12932 US Highway 29
Chatham, VA 24531
(434) 432-1080
Radio Stations

By Donna Ashworth

Gov. Bob McDonnell recently announced that North American Mold Technology will invest $4.35 million to establish a manufacturing operation in the City of Danville. Read more…

Woods Rogers PLC
is hosting its 32nd Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, “Taming the HR Monster” on October 8 from 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research. To see the full agenda and to register, visit or call (540) 983-7579. Read more…

Sam’s Club
will be having their Business Blitz the week of September 23rd through September 27th. Sign up for a New Business Membership and get a $10.00 Gift Card. Sign up for a Plus Membership and get a $20.00 Gift Card! When you sign up for a New Business Membership or Plus membership and sign up a fully paid Add-On, the add-on member gets a Gift Card too! This is a great deal and will only be going on for the week stated above. A representative from Sam’s Club will be at The United Way Conference Center on Craighead Street on Monday September 27th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to take care of your Business Needs.

The J.T.- Minnie Maude Charitable Trust reminds charitable organizations of the Trust’s next deadline date of October 1 for the submission of grant requests. The Trust awards grants to 501(c)3 charitable organizations that provide benefits to the residents of the city of Danville and Pittsylvania County.  Grant guidelines and requirements are posted at or contact the trust office at 434-797-3330 for more information.

The Pittsylvania County School System was awarded a $100,000 grant as part of a statewide initiative to upgrade security systems in schools. Read more…

Dominion Primary Care-CENTRA Medical Group of Danville, was recently presented with a Distinguished Community Employer award. Dominion has offered the Danville Campus of National College support over the years and currently employs four National College graduates. Read more…

The URW Community Federal Credit Union recently captured the 2013 Credit Union of the Year award at a ceremony in Boston. Read more…

Chris Adcock, a civil engineer who previously worked for Reynolds-Clark Development in Gretna, is the new director of the Pittsylvania County Service Authority. Read more…

The SVHEC Board of Trustees welcomed three new board members and elected two new officers at its quarterly meeting Wednesday. New members included Dr. Bruce Scism, Loretta Harris and David Willette. Read more… 

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region
is offering a day-long seminar to update participants in estate and charitable gift planning based on new regulations in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The seminar — co-sponsored by the Danville Bar Association and the Piedmont Chapter of the Virginia Society of CPAs — will be held at Danville Community College’s Regional Center for Advanced Technology and Training, 121 Slayton Ave., on September 25. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center
has partnered with Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County to form a regional health care delivery system. Read more…

Joseph Zappacosta has been named director of the Danville Public Library. He is expected to start October 1, according to a news release from Danville Parks and Recreation. Read more…

, Inc. is spreading the word about low-income assistance programs that help qualifying consumers obtain reduced-price voice and high-speed Internet services. Read more…

The Virginia Department of Health has officially approved proposals from both Centra Health and Danville Regional Medical Center for the placement of CT scanners in their new imaging centers, to be located in Gretna and Chatham, respectively. Read more…

Get Fit Dan River Region
has — for the second year in a row — helped capture a national crown for a fitness video contest aimed at showing folks exercising doesn't have to be boring or only based in a gym. Read more…           View video

The board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area announced Patricia (Pat) M. Daniel as the agency’s new executive director. Daniel has served as the agency’s program director for five years. Read more…

The Free Clinic
is holding its 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday September 30th at the Danville Golf Club.  Shot gun start at 1 p.m.  We do have ladies and men’s flights this year with prizes for both.  Call 434-799-1223 for more information.

It’s That Time of Year Again. The 8th Annual Law Enforcement Soft Ball Tournament. Saturday, October 19th at Dan Daniel Park at the Goodyear Field. Starting at 10 am. The Danville Police Dept., Danville Sheriff’s Office and the PCSO will go after the all Mighty Cup. But the real winners will be those attending and the Charities. This year the attendees will have a chance to win a nice gift from Ben David Jewelers. They will have to DIG for it. Also other door prizes will be given away throughout the day. Commonwealth Document Management will have their Shred Truck on hand from 10 am – noon to shred old document and papers for free if you want to get rid of them. Concessions will be available as well. A 50 /50 drawing will also be held. We encourage those attending to bring a new or unwrapped toy or canned goods to donate to the Secret Santa to benefit Pittsylvania County Social Services Christmas Event. Admission / Raffle Tickets are only $ 2.00 and can be purchased at Chatmoss Cablevision, Danville Police Dept., Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office and at the gate the day of the game. Proceeds benefit the Danville Boys and Girls Club and the DARE program in Pittsylvania County Schools. For more information call Gracie at 434-250-7435.

SDB is a highly regarded national publication that features companies in the document destruction, document storage and recycling businesses.  Commonwealth Document Management was truly honored to not only be feature story but also have a cover photo! It’s the second time we’ve been featured in a national publication in our 2+ years since we started our business in 2011.  We were also featured in the Shredding Industry Report’s Spring 2012 edition. Read more…

VIRginia International Raceway
will host the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón on Saturday, Oct. 5. The race, dubbed the Oak Tree Grand Prix, is the culmination of four days of racing activities all hosted at VIR. The American Le Mans Series is one of the world’s premier sports car racing series featuring some of the most technologically advanced racing cars in the world. Read more…

Averett University
is pleased to announce that for the fourth consecutive year it has been named a "military friendly" school by Victory Media. This honor ranks the University in the top 20 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are working to help America's military and veterans as students. Read more…   Averett University has invited Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Mike Markovits, an internationally renowned global leadership expert, for an intensive week-long visit. Markovits will conduct classes, seminars, workshops, and lectures and will meet with students and faculty members informally throughout the week to share his practical knowledge in the areas of business and leadership. Read more…

Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday cards to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world. Consider donating your un-used Holiday cards to the Red Cross to use in our upcoming Card Signing events. Questions please call: 276-632-5127

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities (MBC)
announced today that Sarah Johnson has been selected as MBC's west coast Economic Development Director, based in Santa Clara. Read more… 

By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between August 3, 2013 – September 6, 2013:

Alan Dalton Photography
Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Virginia Chapter
Amthor International, Inc.
Arlene's Closet LLC
B & W Floral Designs Inc.
Badcock & More Home Furniture
Bassett Office Supply
Benton-Thomas Office Products
Blackwell Automotive, Inc.
Blankenship & Davis Opticians
Carini's Italian Grill & Pizzeria
Clerk of Circuit Court Danville, Virginia
Community Improvement Council, Inc.
Computer Clinic Inc.
Dr. Nancy Coppic Clark
Courtyard by Marriott
Dameron Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Danview Restaurant, Inc.
Danville Area Association for Arts & Humanities
City of Danville
Danville House
Danville Insulating & Window Company, Inc.
Danville Paint & Supply Co.
Danville Women's Care, P.C.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Get Fit Dan River Region
Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia, Inc.
HD Web Studio
Donna F. Helton, DDS, PC
Integrated Technology Group, Inc.
JTI Leaf Services, LLC
Liberty Tax Service
Maurakis Appraisal Services, Inc.
Mount Hermon Animal Clinic
Pittsylvania County Agricultural Development Board
SleepyGoat Cheese
Sodexo Campus Services
Southside Electric Coop.
Swedwood Danville LLC
Virginia Museum of Natural History
Wells Fargo
Westover Christian Academy
Rocky Womack Communications

By Donna Ashworth

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

Annie's House Adult Day Care Center / Shelia Isom Ministries, Inc.  
Shelia Isom
147 Deer Run Road
Danville, VA  24540
Health Maintenance Organizations

Beacon Credit Union                                                                                       
Scott Hudson
3320 Riverside Drive
Danville, VA 24541
P.O. Box 4319
Lynchburg, VA 24502
Banks, Financial Institutions and Credit Unions

Complexions Dermatology – Dr. Keith Robinson
Beth Craddock
4545 Riverside Drive, Suite D
Danville, VA 24541
Physicians & Surgeons

Core Physical Therapy
Cheryl Hancock
748 Piney Forest Road
Danville, VA 24540
Physicians & Surgeons

Danville Historical Society      
Sarah Latham
840 Main Street
Danville, VA 24541

Moser Electric LLC                                                                                          
Keith Moser
310 Oak Park Drive
Moneta, VA 24121

By H. Lynnette Lawson

Recognizing that education is a cornerstone to the economic success and vitality of the Dan River region, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce awarded over $114,000 in teacher creativity grants today to Pre-K through 12th grade educators in Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Caswell County (NC).

“The Chamber is pleased to recognize our creative educators who participated in this year’s grant program,” commended Chamber President Laurie S. Moran, CCE.  “We have exceptional educators in this region and are excited to provide the resources to encourage innovative and creative programs that promote collaboration, communication skills, problem solving, and critical thinking skills."

Teachers representing an interdisciplinary team, grade level team, or division wide team submitted grant applications.  There were no minimum nor maximum monetary limits on the education grant awards.  Teachers and administrators were encouraged to submit their best, most creative ideas to the Chamber’s Grant Selection Committee for review.

The Chamber received 53 applications this year, totaling more than $478,000.

The Chamber began the education grant program in 1990 when Chamber board member Ed Steffey, who was Goodyear’s plant manager at that time, shared his concerns about the lack of funding for classroom projects in the area.  Steffey saw many wonderful things happening in the region’s schools, but he also recognized that that there had to be a different way to provide resources that weren’t available through the traditional funding streams.  Through Steffey’s leadership, the Chamber partnered with Goodyear and other businesses to sponsor an annual golf tournament with all proceeds designated for education.

For the past three years, the Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) has provided substantial additional funds making it possible to distribute a higher quantity of grants and also fund larger projects.  “We want to encourage teachers to think out of the box and bring creative education programs into their classrooms,” said Karl Stauber, DRF President and CEO. “We believe that these investments in education will promote creativity, reward more teachers, and help strengthen the Dan River Region’s economic position.”  

The Chamber and Goodyear have maintained the annual golf tournament with this year’s Ed Steffey Memorial Education Open Golf Tournament scheduled for September 27th at the Goodyear Golf Course. In recent years, the plant has also hosted the Goodyear Education 5K race with proceeds earmarked for education.

“By hosting two fundraising events, Goodyear continues to help support the financial needs within our educational system that are not being met through traditional funding methods,” says Goodyear-Danville Plant Manager Tim Noe.

The Chamber, Goodyear, and Danville Regional Foundation congratulate the following recipients of the grant program:

“Team Talon’s FIRST Robotics Summer Camp"
Daniel Waters and John Henderson
George Washington High School

“iPads for Advanced Learning”
Debbie Rojas and Ashley Lackey
Forest Hills Elementary School

“Smart Table 442i Collaboration Center”
Paula Faison, Beth Putnam, Sonja Scott, Elizabeth Bailess
Gretna Elementary School

“Transforming Literacy Through Technology”
Carlene Bailey
Brosville Elementary School

“’App’-etite for iPads”
Mindy Takacs and Tamela Warren
Union Hall Elementary School

“Virtual iPad Cart”
Melissa Cassell, Christopher Gee, Kelly Merricks, Jessica Dalton, Elizabeth Kirby
Dan River High High School

“Necessity is the Mother of Invention”
Kathy Grantier
Bonner Middle School

“Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s World with Technology”
Kathy Boucher
North Elementary School

“Adding a Personal Touch to Learning”
David Hammack and Shannon Louhoff
Stony Mill Elementary School

“Integration of Tablets into the Science Classroom”
Jason Gibson and Lisa Fain
Galileo High School

“FIRST Robotics Team #1095 (RoboCavs)”
Stephanie O’Bien, Tom Wade, J.L. Clayton
Chatham High School

“GW Team Talon FIRST Robotics Team”
Dan Waters
George Washington High School

The Board of Directors and the Education Committee of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., the Danville Regional Foundation, and everyone involved with the teacher creativity grant process for making the 2013 -2014 grant projects possible.

By Donna Ashworth

The Princeton Review announced that Averett University has been ranked one of the Best in the Southeast in its 2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region. Averett is one of 138 institutions in the Southeast to receive this ranking. Read more…  More accolades have come Averett's way from three other third party reviewers. has named the University a 2013-2014 College of Distinction. has ranked Averett third in Virginia for campus safety. In addition, Averett has been ranked a top college in Virginia for return on investment by Read more…

BB&T has promoted Greg Anderson to senior vice president and market president for the Danville area. Read more…

Danville attorney Anthony Monioudis of Woods Rogers PLC has been named to Best Lawyers in America magazine’s list for 2014. Read more…  Also, Danville attorney Sandra T. Chinn-Gilstrap of Woods Rogers PLC has been named one of Virginia’s “Leaders in the Law.” Read more…

Gov. Bob McDonnell appointed two local leaders to key state education posts. Dr. Carlyle Ramsey of Alton, president emeritus of Danville Community College, was named to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Darren Conner of Callands, president of Southeast for Dewberry, was named to the State Board of Community Colleges.

The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research are forming a partnership to market Southside. Read more…

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation
is opening a California office, hoping to woo West Coast business to Southside Virginia. The new office is in Santa Clara’s Techmart Center. Read more…

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region
is offering a day-long seminar to update participants in estate and charitable gift planning based on new regulations in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The seminar — co-sponsored by the Danville Bar Association and the Piedmont Chapter of the Virginia Society of CPAs — will be held at Danville Community College’s Regional Center for Advanced Technology and Training, 121 Slayton Ave., on Sept. 25. Read more…

Workers have razed the building that housed Family Healthcare Center of Gretna on North Main Street, where Danville Regional Medical Center — which had leased the structure since 1991 — plans to replace it with a new facility. Read more…

Genedge Alliance
, in cooperation with the Virginia Tobacco Commission, was recently awarded a matching grant totaling more than $120,000 to fund an innovation commercialization project to accelerate high technology economic growth and support job increases in the region. Read more…

Shannon Hair has been named Outstanding Private Fundraising Professional for 2013 by the Council for Resource Development. Hair is the director of development at Danville Community College. Read more…

Virginia International Raceway
and VIR Kart Track announced the arrival of a new fleet.  “These Stratos karts promise to make everything more exciting,” a news release stated. Read more…

American National Bank and Trust Co.
has made appointments for the Virginia Advisory Board. The board is comprised of 21 outstanding community leaders from across the bank’s four Virginia regions, including Danville-Pittsylvania County, Lynchburg, Martinsville and South Boston, according to a company news release. Read more…

Workers approved a four-year labor contract with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. that affects about 8,000 employees at six U.S. plants including the one in Danville and protects against closures at those facilities. Read more…

The Boys and Girls Club of the Danville Area recently announced the kick-off of its $2 million Community Endowment Fund Campaign, which the organization says is critical in establishing a long-term funding strategy for the Club and the 900 children it currently serves. Read more…

Don’t park it. Donate it. You can make a difference down the street, across the country and around the world through the American Red Cross Vehicle Donation Program. Read more…

Gov. Bob McDonnell visited Danville and Pittsylvania County as part of his “Commonwealth of Opportunity” tour. His first stop was at Danville Community College’s precision machining program. DCC has received $3.7 million from the state to build a new facility. Read more…

Area donors have established four new endowed scholarships recently with The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region: The Diane Marie Gross Scholarship, The William E. Barr Scholarship, The Rotary Club of Yanceyville Scholarship Fund, and The Hokie Bird Scholarship. Read more…

The Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation is hosting their annual fundraising event. The Olde Dominion Farm Fresh Festival will be held on Friday, October 11, 2013, from 5:00-10:00 P.M. at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex. Read more…

The Willard Companies
, in conjunction with the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA, will present an Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race event on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Westlake Towne Center. The 5K Trail Race will start at 10:30 a.m. and the Oktoberfest from 12 noon to 5 p.m. This is a rain or shine event under tent. Read more…

By Donna Ashworth

Sartomer USA has appointed Marilyn Hanover plant manager at the company’s Chatham manufacturing facility. Read more…

Dr. Christopher A. Payne and Dr. Tamara S. Webster of Danville Dental Associates earned awards at the Academy of General Dentistry’s 2013 annual meeting. Payne received the Mastership Award, the academy’s highest honor and one of the most respected designations within the profession. Webster received the academy’s Fellowship Award, which is presented to dentists who seek to provide the highest quality of dental care by remaining current in their professions.

Biscuitville Announces sponsorship of NASCAR Race - Southern breakfast favorite to sponsor inaugural K&N Pro Series East Race – the Biscuitville 125 – at the VIRginia International Raceway. Read more…

The Downtown Danville Association welcomes three new officers and five new members to its board of Directors, as a result of elections held at the recent annual meeting. Read more…  

Kate Berger, Branch Manager for the Brosville Cascade branch of the Pittsylvania County Library, recently announced her candidacy for the office of Pittsylvania County Treasurer. Read more…

Pittsylvania County
Commonwealth’s Attorney David N. Grimes recently announced that he will be retiring Dec. 31 from what he calls the “best job a lawyer can have.” Read more…

Dr. Monique L. Hall, clinical staff audiologist with Audiology Hearing Aid Associates of Danville and Lynchburg has received the 2013 Award for Continuing Education presented by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Read more…

Officials at Danville Regional Medical Center recently announced the addition of several new physicians to its medical staff. Read more…

The Trophy and Sign Center recently moved to a more spacious location on Sandy Court which includes a large show room, work area and big bays used to wrap vehicles. Read more…

LifePoint Hospitals — parent company of Danville Regional Medical Center — recently announced the creation of a National Physician Advisory Board to provide strategic guidance to the company. Read more…

Carlisle School
in Martinsville officially welcomed Tommy Hudgins as the school’s seventh headmaster July 1. Read more…

The latest report for the City of Danville’s key economic indicators for fiscal year 2013, points to continued progress. Read more…

Officials of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center unveiled the institution’s new logo and tag line during the SVHEC NASCAR Late Model 150 racing program. Read more…

Averett University
announced that Stacy Gato has been appointed as its new vice president of enrollment management, effective Aug. 15. Read more…

Amidst the messiness that first comes to mind when thinking about downtown Danville’s River District renovations are some bright spots of order, including one that recently opened: Golden Leaf Bistro at 215 Craghead St. Read more…

John Hyler and his wife, Michelle, owners of Eden Jewelry, will be opening a store in the Tri-Rivers Plaza in South Boston. Read more…

First State Bank
announced that it has commenced a $1.5 million public offering of 7.5 percent non-cumulative convertible preferred stock (preferred stock). Read more…

John Wilt, associate professor of administration of justice at Danville Community College, has been re-certified as a Certified Protection Professional with the American Society for Industrial Security International. Read more…

American National Bankshares Inc., parent company of American National Bank and Trust Company, announced the second quarter earnings for 2013 and their third quarter cash dividend. Read more…

The Town of Gretna will receive $325,000 from the Virginia Department of Transportation for the third phase of its streetscape project. Read more… 

Danville Regional Medical Center
is partnering with Averett University and Danville Community College to expand the region’s nursing programs. Read more…

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Richmond District Office honored the Longwood University Small Business Development Center at Danville with the Small Business Development Center Excellence Award in recognition of its contributions to the local small business community and regional economy. Read more…

President and CEO of the Launch Place, Eva Doss, will talk about the multitude of services offered at the Launch Place on August 13, 2013 at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research from 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm. Read more…

Averett University
’s Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) program is offering an incredible study abroad opportunity to GPS Business students, Averett alumni, and friends of the University. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit an established Asian Tiger in Thailand as well as emerging economies in Cambodia and Vietnam. Read more…

Ben David Jewelers
introduces its newest collection - Alex and Ani. Read more…

Four staff members at The Arc of Southside have become federally-certified employment specialists. The change is part of the organization’s strategic plan to move from institution-based programs to a community-based model for enabling those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live and work in their communities. Read more…

By Donna Ashworth

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

Golden Leaf Bistro
Taylor Avis
215 Craghead Street
Danville, VA 24541
Restaurants & Caterers

Elizabeth Robertson
120 West Danville Street
South Hill, VA 23970

Claudette S. Robertson, P.C.
223 Riverside Drive, Suite B
Danville, VA 24541

JH Cellular (Verizon)
William Eckert, Manager
Piedmont Mall
325 Piedmont Drive, Unit#300
Danville, VA 24540
Communications-Telecommunications and Telephone


By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between July 4, 2013 – August 2, 2013:

Abercrombie Physical Therapy, P.C.
Adams, Elmore and Fisk, PLC
Allied Supply Corporation of Danville
Ashbrook Audiology & Hearing Aid Centers, Inc.
AutoCycle LLC
Carlisle School
Garrett's Tax Service
The Gentry Farm
Golden Skillet
Goodyear Auto Service Center
Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia, Inc.
Gretna Health & Rehabilitation Center
Hampton Inn
Insurance Junction
Newcomb Carpet, Inc.
N'Tended For Kids, Inc. - Dance Too & Merle Norman Cosmetics
Piedmont Credit Union
Pittsylvania County
Pittsylvania County Sheriff Department/Jail
Riverside Dry Cleaning, Inc.
Jack Ryland
Saxon, Angle & Associates Optometrists
Semones Automotive
Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania
Social Security Administration
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
Verizon Wireless Zone
Virdia, Inc.
W. A. Wells & Associates
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
J. D. Yeatts & Son, Inc.

By Donna Ashworth

During the June meeting Sue Davis, superintendent of Danville Public Schools, was awarded 2013 Business Associate of the year by the Virginia Piedmont Chapter of American Business Women. Read more…

Steven P. Gould has joined Clement & Wheatley as associate counsel. Gould will focus primarily on commercial and civil litigation, personal injury and assisting clients who interact with Virginia state agencies and regulatory boards. Read more…

Hershel Stone, of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Danville, recently won the firm’s Frank Finnegan Award for exceptional achievement in building client relationships. Read more…

Stratford House
, a retirement community in Danville, has named Jodie Brumfield as new director of marketing. Read more…

is undergoing a $3 million remodeling project that will consolidate all its lines into one retail space at Danville Mall. Read more…

At his last College Board meeting as president of Danville Community College, Carlyle Ramsey unveiled the school’s plan for expanding its advanced manufacturing program — an agenda that ended up being even larger than originally expected. Read more…

The dome for the new digital dome theater at the Danville Science Center made it onto its foundation without a hitch, Sonya Wolen, assistant director of the center, said. Read more…

Southside Business Technology Center — celebrated its move from Ringgold to the River District. The Launch Place aims to be one-stop shopping for entrepreneurship development with consulting, mentorship, funding and real estate. Read more…

Alexander M. Pinto has been named Danville Regional Medical Center’s new vice president of strategy and service development. Read more…

A local foundation has donated $83,000 for the new Danville YMCA facility being constructed at Riverside Drive near the King Memorial Bridge. Read more…

Steve Saum, director of Danville Utilities, was elected to serve on the board of directors of the American Public Power Association during its annual national conference. Read more…

The employees of Danville’s JTI Leaf Services celebrated reaching four years without a lost time injury. Read more…

Dr. Jill Hamlin as been appointed as Averett University’s director of autism studies program, effective July 1. Read more…

Getting named on the Virginia Super Lawyer’s list of the legal elite is an honor and a privilege less than 5 percent of the state’s lawyers achieve, but Danville attorney Luis Abreu is no stranger to that list. Read more…

Southside students seeking a fast track to a career in information technology will have more options at National College in Danville this fall, thanks to the introduction of new programs and a thorough re-design of existing program curricula. Read more…

David M. Southerland has been named Danville Regional Medical Center’s chief operating officer. Read more…

G. Thomas Gay, of Danville, is celebrated 50 years as an insurance agent. Gay currently has an office at the Dorton Insurance Agency, where he answers Medicare questions by appointment. Read more…

The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors voted during their regular meeting Monday night to appropriate nearly $800,000 from the Virginia Tobacco Commission for an upcoming precision machining program at the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center. Read more…