By Autumn Morris
  • The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region unveiled its completely renovated web site, www.cfdrr.org.  For the first time, donors will be able to give online to the Foundation or one of its 94 component funds. The site also offers a variety of video testimonials from Board members, donors, and scholarship recipients. The site redevelopment was underwritten by a grant from the J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust.

     
  • A highlight of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Night Out Gala held at the Schoolfield Museum & Cultural Center in November was a presentation recognizing Kelly Cunningham as the Big Sister of the Year for 2011.  Pat Daniel, Program Director for BBBS of Danville Area, presented Kelly with a plaque “In Grateful Appreciation for Providing Friendship, Time and Being a Positive Role Model.”

     
  • The City of  Danville’s Office of Economic Development hosted a contest to determine creative space ideas for the Durham Hosiery building at 525 Lynn St. Of the 14 submissions, judges chose the ideas of Bill Scantland of BTR Communications Group and Nancy Eanes of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, who both focused on the need for student housing in the River District. Now, the Economic Development Office will see if potential developers would like to work on the proposals.

     
  • Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office and Danville Police Department have received a $1,200 grant from Target Corp. for “Operation Leads Online.” The grant will help fund software for an online investigation system used by law enforcement to recover stolen property. Target supports law enforcement agencies across the country through its “Target & Blue” grant program.

     
  • Jeffrey V. Haley, President of American National Bank & Trust Company, awarded the following employees with the bank’s prestigious Employee of the Year award at the annual employee Focus Day event in November:  Donna Nester, Mary Dunning, Catherine Chandler, and Pat Moore. These employees, along with 15 others, were nominated by their colleagues. They were selected for their exceptional customer service, commitment to the company and the job, and teamwork ethic, among other positive traits.     

     
  • Charles H. Majors, Chairman & CEO, and Jeffrey V. Haley, President, both of American National Bank & Trust Company, presented Becky Wales, Executive Director of God's Storehouse, with more than 3,000 pounds of food and supplies at the bank’s annual employee Focus Day event in November. The donated items were given by the employees of American National.

     
  • EIT, LLC (www.eit.com) announced the opening of a second manufacturing facility in Danville. The new 60,000 square foot facility at the Cyber Park in Danville is the fourth overall facility for EIT. The new facility increases EIT’s total facility space to just under 200,000 square feet. EIT’s new facility will focus on manufacturing of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA). The facility will also offer test, mechanical assembly, and fulfillment services. EIT’s manufacturing services are supported by an experienced engineering team that offers electronic, mechanical, and design services.


  • Northern Lites of Gretna recently hired Maurrica Doss as the new store manager. Her attention to detail and superior customer service will be a valuable asset to the community.  She looks forward to sharing information about all of the lighting lines carried by the store along with a new furniture line, Furniture Traditions, which is all American made.

     
  • The Board of Directors at United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County congratulates their president, Patrick Jinks, on his recent selection to lead United Way in Lancaster, PA. The opportunity for him to lead a large United Way speaks volumes of his leadership and all of local  stakeholders for creating a successful organization that garnered the attention of other United Way organizations. Patrick has served United Way for 16 years.
By Autumn Morris

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the VA Workforce Center, is targeting professionals that may come “Home for the Holidays” and want to stay in this area. The virtual job fair began on November 25 and will run through January 15.

The website — www.Homeforholidaysjobfair.com — allows employers to advertise their job openings for FREE!

Job seekers can browse and apply for jobs directly through this virtual job fair. Please take this opportunity to view skilled job openings in our region and share with those who may be looking for a job as well. 

Contact Kate Farmer, Business Services Manager, (kfarmer@dpchamber.org) for more information.

By Autumn Morris

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is committed to celebrating the “bright spots” of our community, which are those things—big and small—which make us proud to call this place our home for work, play, and family.

  1. Thanks to efforts by Paul Lewis to raise support and gather signatures, initiatives for the Sunday sale of beer and liquor by the drink were passed in Pittsylvania County. After receiving support by the majority of our members, the Chamber voiced support of these initiatives for the purpose of enhancing business opportunities in the county. This cheer goes to Paul Lewis for displaying the initiative to help bring a positive change to our business community.
     
  2. Danville Community College garnered eight awards, including one gold, five silver, and two bronze  awards in the 2011 National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District II Medallion Awards competition held recently in Atlanta, GA. The annual awards were presented for outstanding achievement in marketing communications and honor the work of community college marketing and public relations professionals in the region.
     
  3. The Institute for Advanced Learning & Research is hosting the 2nd annual Decorating the Trees for a Cause through noon Dec. 22. Participating local businesses and organizations decorate trees in honor of a chosen charity. Visitors vote for their favorite by making a donation to that tree, with each penny equaling one vote. The tree with the most votes by Dec. 22 wins all of the proceeds. Throughout the program, the Institute will also accept donations of educational supplies for the Teacher Angel Tree and canned goods for God’s Storehouse.

If you have a “cheer” to send out, please email Autumn Morris at amorris@dpchamber.org with a brief description.

By Autumn Morris

The Chamber will host the December Business at Breakfast on Friday, December 16, from 7:30 — 9:00 a.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research. Cost to attend is $20 per person. At the breakfast, RTI will present findings based on research collected on the effects of uranium mining.

Over the past year, with funding from the Danville Regional Foundation, RTI International has conducted a wide-ranging assessment of possible impacts of the proposed Coles Hill Uranium Mine and Mill. RTI has gathered and analyzed information from a variety of sources to identify and answer questions raised by stakeholders.

RTI will present the results of this assessment, describing a range of possible environmental and socioeconomic impacts and discussing the experience of other regions that have experience with uranium mining.


RSVP by Friday, December 9, to:
P.O. Box 99; Blairs, VA  24527
Fax:  434-836-6955
Email:  chamber@dpchamber.org

Save time when you register online!

 

By Autumn Morris

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between October 25 – November 22:

  • A Nurse’s Touch Home Care
  • Allied Home Mortgage
  • Daniel Builders
  • Danview Restaurant
  • Danville Public Library
  • Family Eyecare Center
  • Gretna Theatre
  • Cesar Guanzon
  • John Holt & Co. Chimney Service
  • Bill McMann
  • Piedmont Access to Health Services
  • Sleep Inn & Suites
  • Stratford Healthcare Center
  • ThunderRoad Harley-Davidson
  • Unarco Industries
  • Unilin - Columbia Flooring
  • United Country Southern Properties

 

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

5Linx
Annette Turner
1875 Clarks Mill Rd
Ringgold, VA 24586
434-251-5051
Marketing Research & Marketing Companies

Alliance Human Services
Pamela Easterbrook
2725 Franklin Turnpike, Suite A
Danville, VA 24540
434-836-3550
Organizations

Chick-Fil-A
Christopher Hodnett
3535 Riverside Drive
Danville, VA 24541
434-799-1980
Restaurants and Caterers

Cloverdale Quarters
Larry Miller
1120 Cloverdale Trail
Sutherlin, VA 24594
434-489-1121
Conference Centers

Chris Daniel
449 Vicar Road
Danville, VA 24540
434-836-8367
Individuals

Demont Design
Kimberly Demont
525 Main Street
Danville, VA 24541
434-792-0612
Printers, Publishers, Typesetters, Graphics & Embroidery

Learn to Read
Anita Landoll
2093 Walker’s Well Road
Chatham, VA 24531
434-432-2919
Schools, Colleges, and Education

O’Kelly’s
Gerald Kelly
1055 Piney Forest Road
Danville, VA 24540
434-836-7970
Restaurant and Caterers

Regional One, Inc.
Chris Elliott
135 Forestdale Drive
Danville, VA 24540
434-836-0996
Services

Reniere & Associates
Hal Reniere
PO Box 11118
Danville, VA 24543
434-685-3535
Insurance & Financial Investment Companies

TMI AutoTech, Inc.
Mark Swain
1025A Raceplex Drive
Alton, VA 24520
434-822-9130
Manufacturers and Processors

 

By Autumn Morris

As we usher in the new year, it’s a great time to learn how the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce has

2011 and 2012 Chairs of the Chamber's Board of Directorsworked for business this past year and what is planned for the upcoming year.

The Chamber’s annual membership business meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 11, at 7:30 a.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research (150 Slayton Avenue, Danville). The meeting will feature comments from the 2011 chair, Jeff Haley of American National Bank & Trust, and the 2012 chair, Charles Haynsworth III of Office Plus Business Centre.

The cost of the breakfast meeting is $20 per person. Corporate tables of eight are available for $200. Reservations should be made with the Chamber by Thursday, January 5. 

Click here to RSVP online for the Annual Membership Meeting.

By Autumn Morris

The December newsletter, Chamber Connections, is now available online for your most up to date information on recent happenings and upcoming events. Please view the electronic version of the newsletter by clicking here and then choosing December 2011. 


Please notice these upcoming events that are featured in the newsletter: 


TODAY - Young Professionals Event at Ashley Furniture HomeStore

December 15 - Business After Hours at Danville Toyota

December 16 - Business at Breakfast (Topic: Uranium Mining & Milling at Coles Hill, Virginia)

January 11 - Annual Membership Meeting


Also take notice of the Home for the Holidays Job Fair and the 2012 Sponsorship Guide now available. 


 

By Autumn Morris

Information about 2012 Sponsorships

By Autumn Morris

Yesterday, the Chamber hosted Career Day at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research. This program was designed for high school juniors from the Danville and Pittysylvania County school systems and featured an inspirational message by Rayna Dubose followed by breakout sessions with local professionals from various vocational fields.

Rayna Dubose shared her personal story of perseverance through her struggles after contracting meningococcal meningitis while attending Virginia Tech as a star basketball player.

The breakout sessions following her message included sessions from the following professionals:

Cosmetology
Catherine Adkins (Genesis Day Spa)
Dorothy Kidd

Automotive Engineering/Motorsports
Peyton Sellers
Dick Dell (Advanced Vehicle Research Center)

Administration of Justice
Timothy Scearce
Mike Nicholas (Daniel, Medley & Kirby)

Administrative Support Services
Allison Shackelford (Danville Regional Foundation)
Alice Ann Crowl (Piedmont Credit Union)

Customer Service
Sandie Currie (VIR)
Adele Martin (Courtyard Marriott)

Health – Dental
Dr. Patricia Dunbar
Lauren Lewis
Gwen Andrews

Graphic Design and Printing
Kim Demont (Demont Design)
Autumn Morris (Chamber of Commerce)
Rebecca Fitzgerald (McCain Printing)

Advanced Manufacturing and Automation
Ethan Brown (Sartomer)
JoAnn Holland (Shorewood Packaging)
Jerry Franklin (DCC)

Building Trades
Bobby Adkins (Blair Construction)
John Ranson (Dewberry)

Presenting Yourself in the Workplace
Petrina Carter (Averett University)
Jo Andrews (Goodyear)
Ellen McGregor (Goodyear)

Health – Medical and Administrative
Jamye Wright (DRMC)
Kevin Murray (DRMC)
Shannon Jones (Centra)

Skilled Craftsman
George Day (Virginia Technical Institute)
Scott Walker (Goodyear)
Kyle Goldsmith (Virginia Technical Institute)

Entrepreneurship
JD Edmunds (Who Paged JD)
Eva Doss (SBTC)

Veterinary Science
Jeff Smith (Mt. Hermon Animal Clinic)
Kelly Wells (Mt. Hermon Animal Clinic)

Education
Sherri Huffman (DCC)
Mona Whittle (DPS)

Human Services
Richard Gary (DPCS)
Allen Thorn (DPCS)
Kara Stone (Virginia Department of Corrections)

Engineering
Tim Reynolds (Reynolds Clark)
Jeff Bond (Dewberry)
Laura Buchanan (IALR)
Philip Kauneckas (Intertape Polymer Group)

Scientific Research and Laboratory Technicians
Chris Pantazis

Information Technology
Inez Harville (City of Danville)
Jason Grey (City of Danville)

 

We would also like to offer our most sincere thanks to the sponsors of and contributors to Career Day 2011: 

J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust
Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
Danville Public Schools
Pittsylvania County Public Schools
Dan Valley Foods
Office Plus Business Centre
Linda Lawrence Dalton


Thank you to all of our sponsors, speakers, students, and teachers who made this event succesful. It is our hope that students can take away a deeper understanding of the careers they desire to pursue as well as insight into the varied career paths available to them here in Danville and Pittsylvania County.

By Autumn Morris

Do you have professional positions available at your company and are looking for some help to find qualified applicants?  The “Home for the Holidays” virtual job fair is a great solution for you.

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the VA Workforce Center, is targeting professionals that may come “Home for the Holidays” and want to stay in this area. The virtual job fair will begin on November 25th (Black Friday).

The website - http://www.homeforholidaysjobfair.com/ - allows employers to advertise their job openings for FREE! Visit the site to learn more.

By Autumn Morris

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions has announced that the Dan River Region Collaborative will receive a grant of $300,000 to expand its work supporting regional, employer-led workforce partnerships designed to prepare workers and jobseekers for sustainable employment in the local market.

The Dan River Region Collaborative (DRRC) is one of 32 National Fund sites across the country and one of five such sites being awarded grants totaling $2.1 million. The award represents the third-round of funding supported by the federal Social Innovation Fund grant awarded to the National Fund and its implementation partner, Jobs for the Future. The Social Innovation Fund is an innovative federal program that addresses major challenges confronting communities by growing high-impact nonprofit organizations delivering proven solutions.

The award represents a combination of federal funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund and an equal amount of matching funds raised by the National Fund from private donors. Locally, the Danville Regional Foundation, The Harvest Foundation, The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, the J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust, the West Piedmont and South Central Workforce Investment Boards, and the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Revitalization Commission, along with the regional Chambers of Commerce and the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance, have joined forces with the National Fund to develop long-term employer partnerships in support of workforce improvements across the region, improving employment, training, and labor market outcomes for low-skill, low-wage individuals.

The two-year grant will allow the local Collaborative to support training, capacity building efforts, and systems change work in the advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and information technology sectors.

Regional employers in the manufacturing, healthcare, energy or IT sectors who are interested in learning more about the Collaborative should contact Julie Brown, DRRC Project Director, at jbrown@danriverrc.com or 434-836-5674.

By Autumn Morris

The Chamber's Board of Directors has voiced its support for the two referendums which will be held in Pittsylvania County in November on the Sunday sale of beer and liquor-by-the-drink.

After surveying its business members who are located in or have a business interest in Pittsylvania County, the Board of Directors reported that its membership overwhelmingly supported both referendum issues.

Over 88% of Chamber members supported the Sunday sale of wine and beer in Pittsylvania County. Over 85% of the members supported the sale of mixed alcoholic beverages. Approximately 75% of the Chamber members who responded to the survey indicated they thought the organization should take a position on the two issues. Of those that indicated they thought the Chamber should take a position, almost 95% thought the Chamber should voice its support for both ballot issues.

“Chamber members recognize the potential economic impact that both of these ballot issues could have on businesses located in Pittsylvania County,” commented Chamber President Laurie S. Moran, CCE.  “When customers can drive a short distance into neighboring jurisdictions to purchase a mixed drink or to purchase beer or wine on Sunday, businesses in Pittsylvania County are placed at a competitive disadvantage.”

The first ballot issue will ask, "Shall the sale of wine and beer between the hours of twelve o'clock p.m. on each Saturday and six o'clock a.m. on each Monday be permitted in Pittsylvania County?"

The second ballot issue will ask, "Shall the sale of mixed alcoholic beverages by restaurants licensed by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board be permitted in Pittsylvania County?"

The Chamber strongly encourages all voters to exercise their right and responsibility to vote in the November election.

By Autumn Morris

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is committed to celebrating the “bright spots” of our community, which are those things—big and small—which make us proud to call this place our home for work, play, and family.

  1. The Boys and Girls Club of the Danville Area recently received a $25,000 contribution from AT&T. This money will be used to help keep students on track to graduate from high school. Specifically, the money will fund a pilot program, Pathway to Graduation, which will assist at-risk students. 
     
  2. The City of Danville was recently named one of 21 communities around the world recognized as "platforms for innovation" by the Intelligent Community Forum. Danville received this honor, in part, for its efforts to spur local entrepreneurship. Other communities recognized within the U.S. include Arlington County, VA; Austin, TX; Columbus Region, OH; Dakota County, MN; and Riverside, CA. 
     
  3. Danville’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism was recently awarded a state honor for its “Catfish in the Classroom” program. This program provides practical lessons in math and science as 200 students from Bonner Middle School, Park Avenue Elementary, and Schoolfield elementary schools raise catfish in 55-gallon tanks within in the classroom. This program was partially funded by a Chamber of Commerce Teacher Creativity grant.

If you have a “cheer” to send out, please email Autumn Morris at amorris@dpchamber.org with a brief description or call (434) 836-6990. 
By Autumn Morris

The November newsletter, Chamber Connections, is now available online for your most up to date information on recent happenings and upcoming events. Please view the electronic version of the newsletter by clicking here and then choosing November 2011. 


Please notice these upcoming events that are featured in the newsletter: 


November 5 - Community Wide Health Fair

November 10 - Young Professionals Event at Riverside Roof Truss

November 10 - SPTC Tech Summit and Awards Banquet

November 16 - Career Day

November 25 - "Home for the Holidays" Virtual Job Fair

November 29 - Business After Hours at Abingdon Place of Danville 

 

By Autumn Morris

Did you miss seeing the photos on display at trade show? Then you can check them out on the Chamber’s Facebook page by clicking here!


The Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the winners of the recent Scenes of Our Town Photography Contest.


The overall professional winner was Mike Floyd.


Mike Floyd



The overall amateur winner was Charlotte Francis.


Charlotte Francis
 

The rest of the top ten included photographs by:

  • Mark Aron
Mark Aron


  • Becky Crane
Becky Crane


  • Forest Dalton
Forest Dalton


  • Kim Doss
Kim Doss


  • Beth Holt
Beth Holt


  • Pete Jones
Pete Jones


Pete Jones


  • Patti Okeefe
Patti Okeefe

 


The top ten photographs from the contest will be on display at Dan River Art Works for two weeks following the trade show and will be featured in the upcoming edition of Our Town Magazine. The top ten photographs along with a selection of additional prints will remain on display atDanville Regional Medical Center.

Sixty-five total entries capturing the beauty of the Dan River region were submitted electronically and by mail.

Photos were judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality, and effectiveness in conveying the beauty and/or unique character of Danville and Pittsylvania County.

The Chamber would like to thank Danville Regional Medical Center for sponsoring this contest.

 

By Autumn Morris

Thank you to exhibitors and attendees who filled the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research for the Southside Show-Biz Trade Show!


A special congratulations to our award winning exhibitors:

STAR AWARD ("Best Theme"): Advanced Home Care (formerly Romar MedEquip)

Advanced HomeCare 

Best in Show (Best portrays products/services): Danville Regional Medical Center

Danville Regional Medical Center

Best Supporting Cast ("Best Customer Service"): Karen’s Hallmark

Karen's Hallmark

People's Choice Award (Decided by votes during the public day of trade show): Commonwealth Home Health Care

Commonwealth Home Health Care


Click here to see more pictures from the Southside Show-Biz Trade Show!


 

By Autumn Morris

At the Southside Show-Biz Trade Show, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce and Evince magazine will recognize those who have earned a “Spotting Exceptional Customer Service” spotlight award in 2011.

Monthly customer service award winner are chosen from the written submissions of community members. Those to be recognized at the trade show have been featured in editions of Evince from January 2011 to October 2011.

Thank you to the following individuals/groups for providing exceptional customer service:

  • Jeff Dalton, Home and Wall Décor
  • David Reagan, White Oak Contractors
  • Bill Leopold, Main Street Coffee Emporium
  • Front desk staff, Danville Workforce Center
  • Lisa Kerr, Rippe’s
  • Robin Crutchfield, Danville Paint and Supply
  • Staff, URW Community Federal Credit Union (Arnett and Lowe’s Drive)
  • Leon David, Ben David Jewelers
  • Staff, Chick-fil-A (Riverside Drive)
  • Pat Gibson, Old Dutch North Main

 

By Autumn Morris

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to attend the Southside Show-Biz Trade Show to view photographs received from the recent Scenes of Our Town Photography Contest.

Sixty-five total entries capturing the beauty of the Dan River region were submitted electronically and by mail. A panel of local judges selected the top ten photos, which include an overall amateur winner and an overall professional winner. These overall winners will receive a $250 cash prize. Photos were judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality, and effectiveness in conveying the beauty and/or unique character of Danville and Pittsylvania County.

The top ten photos will be displayed at an exhibit space along with prints of all photos submitted in the contest. Credit to the photographer will be included beside each print.

The top ten photographs from the contest will be on display at Dan River Art Works for two weeks following the trade show and will be featured in the upcoming edition of Our Town Magazine. The top ten photographs along with a selection of additional prints will remain on display at Danville Regional Medical Center.

The Chamber would like to thank Danville Regional Medical Center for sponsoring this contest and Awards & Trophy Shop & Custom Framing for providing the frames used at the booth display. 

By Autumn Morris

Televisions, a recliner, massages, sweet treats, dazzling photographs, and jazzy booths are just a few of the indulgences that you will enjoy at this year's trade show!

Southside Show-Biz, a business trade show for Danville and Pittsylvania County, will be open to the public on Wednesday, October 19, from 12 noon until 6 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research in Danville.

This premier event will showcase products and services from leading businesses in our region. With a professionally designed backdrop, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce has rolled out the red carpet to attract approximately 60 different businesses who will offer fabulous door prizes, free giveaways, product demonstrations, and numerous surprises.

In addition to the numerous exhibits and prizes that will be given away at the event, you will have the opportunity to win a recliner from Ashley Furniture Home Store or a television. Attendees at the trade show simply register by voting for their favorite exhibitor. 


Platinum sponsors for this year’s trade show include:

  • Advanced Home Care
  • AmeriStaff / MedRequest
  • Centra
  • Commonwealth Home Health Care
  • Danville Regional Medical Center
  • Danville Register & Bee
  • Office Plus Business Centre
  • Piedmont Broadcasting Corp., WBTM/WAKG
  • Gardner, Barrow, Sharpe & Reynolds,  P.C.

Gold sponsors include:

  • American National Bank & Trust Company
  • Virginia Uranium Inc.
  • WWDN 104.5FM 1045TheDan.com and 1580AM & WMPW AMP 1037 FM.

Silver sponsor is Coors Light.

In addition to exhibits by our sponsors, businesses that will be exhibiting at this year’s trade show include:

  • A Nurse's Touch Home Care
  • Abercrombie Oil Company, Inc.
  • Abingdon Place of Danville 
  • Accurate Medical Lab
  • Ashbrook Audiology & Hearing Aid Centers, Inc.
  • Averett University
  • Bankers Insurance/CB&T and Carter Bank & Trust
  • Bassett Office Supply
  • BigSky Rents and Events
  • Carlisle School
  • Chandler Concrete Company
  • City of Danville-Utilities
  • Curves
  • Dan River Business Development Center
  • Danny's Welding & Danville Wrought Iron
  • Danville Community College Alumni Association
  • Danville Dental Associates
  • Danville Public Schools
  • Danville Public Schools Adult & Career Education
  • Danville Public Schools Career & Technical Education
  • DocuSystems Company, Inc.
  • Emeritus at Danville
  • Friedrichs Family Eye Center
  • Gamewood Technology Group
  • HD Web Studio
  • HealthSource of Danville
  • Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
  • J. W. Squire Company, Inc.
  • Karen's Hallmark Shop
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Medical Facilities of America - Piney Forest, Gretna & Riverside
  • Moore's Electrical & Mechanical
  • National College
  • Orkin Pest Control
  • Piedmont Credit Union
  • Powers Signs,  Inc.
  • Roman Eagle Memorial Home, Inc.
  • Sam's Club
  • Security Zone, Inc.
  • Showcase Magazine
  • Southside Business Technology Center
  • Southside VA Society for Human Resource Management
  • Star News
  • TekaByte, Inc.
  • VIRginia International Raceway & VIR Resort
  • West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board
  • Williams Gas Pipeline
By Autumn Morris

Is there an organization, department, project, or individual that you feel is deserving of recognition for their innovative leadership in our community? Nominate that group or individual (even yourself!) for a prestigious community award in one of eight categories at the Southern Piedmont Technology Council’s Technology Stars Awards Banquet. 

To submit a nomination, click here to view the nomination form and return it the SPTC. The deadline for submissions is October 7, 2011. Electronic submittals are strongly encouraged. You can also mail or fax your applications. 

The applications will be evaluated based on how the nominee impacts the community, raises awareness of the region, markets the region to other areas of Virginia and the nation, and demonstrates their support of the SPTC’s mission to make the Southern Piedmont one of Virginia's premier technology regions.

Here is a list of the available categories with their descriptions:

  • Chairman’s Award:  Visionary leadership to promote technology in the region
  • Leadership in Telecommunications Infrastructure: Significant contributions to the enhancement of the region’s telecommunications infrastructure
  • Leadership in Outreach: Innovative uses of technology for regional support services and outreach
  • Leadership in Government:  Technological advances in government operations and functions
  • Leadership in Education:  Use of technology to promote and enhance educational opportunities
  • Leadership in Manufacturing: Implementing technology to positively impact and improve manufacturing processes and applications
  • Leadership in Science and Technology: Developing the use of technology in science and research
  • Leadership in the Service Industry: Utilizing technology to deliver exemplary service and enhance customer relations


For more information, please contact the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research: 
150 Slayton Avenue; Danville, VA 24540
Phone: 434-766-6771 

 

By Autumn Morris

Celebrating 18 years of providing leadership development in the Dan River Region, Leadership Southside is pleased to announce the selection of its 2011-2012 class.

Leadership Southside is a two-phase, interactive, and informative program that offers current and future leaders skill building, leadership development, and an introduction to Southside Virginia. The program is designed to foster a commitment to community service and to develop leadership skills applicable to community service and the workplace.
Click here to learn more about the Leadership Southside program.  

 

The following candidates will be participating in the 2011-2012 program of Leadership Southside:

Amber Adkins, URW Community Federal Credit Union
Kelsey Bartley, Nestle, USA
Jim Bushong, Supply Resources, Inc. 
Laura Daniel, Danville Community College
Kathy Emerson, J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust
Kate Farmer, Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce
Craig Fulcher, Danville Regional Medical Center
Ellen Hargis, URW Community Federal Credit Union 
Nate Lewis, City of Danville Utilities
Lauren Mathena, Danville Orthopedic and Athletic Rehabilitation
Linette Nuckols, American Red Cross 
David Parrish, City of Danville   
Jennifer Robinson, Mary Blount Library at Averett University
Marietta Sanford, Averett University
Dana Silicki, Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
Cory Williams, The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
Jamye Wright, Danville Regional Medical Center

 

By Autumn Morris

The Chamber will hold two candidate breakfasts this fall to allow business and community leaders to learn more about the candidates in the November state elections and Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors elections.

The first candidate breakfast will be held on Friday, October 14, at 7:45 a.m. at Stratford Courtyard Conference Center and will feature candidates for state office (Virginia Senate – 15th and 20th Districts; Virginia House of Delegates – 14th and 16th Districts).

The second candidate breakfast is scheduled for Friday, October 21, at 7:45 a.m. at Chatham Community Center.  That breakfast will feature the candidates for the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors.  Five of the seven supervisors’ races are contested.

The breakfast meetings cost $15 each for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. 

Click here to RSVP for the Oct. 14 breakfast.

Click here to RSVP for the Oct. 21 breakfast. 

By Autumn Morris

The Chamber and Virginia Workforce Centers are partnering together for this year's Community-Wide Job Fair, which will be held on October 6 from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.  at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. 

To date, there will be about 30 companies represented at the job fair with approximately 550 positions available for hire.

Attendees at the fair should be 18 years of age or older and be prepared to talk with prospective employers. Attendees should also dress professionally and bring multiple copies of resumes for the various employers. No children please. 

Companies represented at the job fair include:

  • Accurate Medical Lab
  • Aflac
  • Ashley Furniture Home Store
  • Avon Products Inc
  • Biscuitville
  • Danville Public Schools
  • Danville Regional Medical Center
  • Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services
  • Debbie's Staffing
  • Dollar General Distribution
  • Ecomnets
  • Enterprise Rent A Car
  • Essel Propack America, LLC
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co
  • GreenStar Insulation of Virginia ,LLC
  • Home Depot
  • Hughes Marine Service
  • JTI Leaf Services (US) LLC
  • Lowes Home Improvement
  • National College
  • Piedmont Broadcasting Corp.
  • Pittsylvania County Adult Education
  • Richmond Security Services, Inc.
  • Sodexo
  • Support Systems, LLC
  • Target
  • Telvista
  • TPC Acquisition
  • Unilin Flooring
  • Unique Industries, Inc.
  • US Army
By Autumn Morris

Southside Show-Biz, the region’s business trade show, opens on Tuesday, October 18, with a VIP reception “by invitation only” for exhibitors and Chamber members from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The trade show will be open to the public on Wednesday, October 19, from 12 noon until 6 p.m.  The trade show will be held at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research in Danville. 

This event is a great opportunity to learn more about the businesses and organizations that serve our community, find business leads, and discover services that can benefit your business. We strongly encourage all of our members to attend this event.

The VIP night offers a venue for building business connections and networking. Business cards collected from a “mystery” exhibitor will be included in a drawing. Prizes include:

So be sure to go by and drop your business cards off with each exhibitor to increase your chances of winning. You never know which exhibitor we will choose to draw from!

Members are also invited to attend the public day of the trade show on October 19 from noon to 6 p.m. When you vote on the "People's Choice Award" for our exhibitors during this day, you will be eligible to win a recliner from Ashley Furniture Home Store or a television.