By Autumn Morris

Want a fun way to keep your New Year's Resolution? Live Healthy, a 100 Day Wellness Challenge, is a team-based weight loss and physical activity program that will assist you and your team­mates in making positive changes that lead to a healthier lifestyle. Coworkers and/or friends will join the challenge in teams of 2-10 members. The team leaders will track weight loss and/or minutes of activity in a competition of who can accumulate the most during the 100 Day Wellness Challenge, January 23 - May 1.

LHA Challenge

By Autumn Morris

Interested citizens who may be considering running for public office this year – or in future years – are encouraged to attend an upcoming workshop on “How to Run for Public Office.”

The workshop will be held on Monday, January 30, with the program beginning at 5:15 p.m. at the Danville branch of the Chamber (United Way office, 308 Craghead Street, Danville).

“I want to encourage all citizens in this community who have interest in public service to attend the workshop,” urged Linda Lawrence Dalton, Chair of the Legislative Committee of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. “Whether you have made the decision to put your name on the ballot or are just considering the possibility of running for public office some day, this seminar is designed for you. It will be full of helpful information about what steps to take to run an election campaign.”

The workshop will include information on the State Board of Elections, civic engagement, candidate involvement, and community trends/demographics.

The workshop is being sponsored by the Legislative Committee of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Cooperative Extension – Community Viability. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs are open to all regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, veteran status, national origin, disability, or political affiliation. If you are a person with a disability and require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations, for this program, please call 434-766-6761 during the business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you would like more information or to register for the workshop, please contact the Chamber office at 434-836-6990 or email

By Autumn Morris

Virginia Chamber members, local chamber of commerce executives, and members from across the Commonwealth will convene at the Omni Richmond Hotel for briefings from Virginia’s top government leaders at “Chamber Day at the Capitol” on Wednesday, January 25, 2012.

Speakers will include Governor Bob McDonnell, Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and Speaker of the House Bill Howell. Participants will also have time to meet with their local representatives and discuss the key legislative issues that affect their business' bottom line daily.

The day’s program begins at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude at 2 p.m. Lunch is included.

The cost for early-bird registration is $60 per person and can be made by contacting the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce at (434) 836-6990 or by emailing

That evening, the Virginia Chamber and Virginia’s statewide business community will host the Old Dominion Assembly Reception for our state legislators and top government officials. The event is one of the largest legislative receptions on the circuit and provides an outstanding opportunity to network with members of the General Assembly and business leaders statewide.

The reception will be held at the Omni Richmond Hotel from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. If you would like to register or would like more information, please contact Laurie Moran at 434-836-6990 or by email at


By Autumn Morris

Tom Gay, Interim Director of United WayUnited Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County has appointed Tom Gay, formerly with Moses, Hayes, and Willeford, to serve as Interim President while the organization searches for a new President and CEO. Current United Way President Patrick Jinks begins a new assignment as President/CEO of United Way in Lancaster, PA on Jan. 3. Gay has a strong history with United Way, serving as Campaign Chair in 2008, and serving on numerous boards of United Way partner organizations. He also served as Interim Director for Goodwill Industries in Danville during their most recent CEO search. 
• US Senator Jim Webb recently announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will invest $212,800 in GENEDGE ALLIANCE, a statewide manufacturing support program based at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville.

Averett University• Averett University opened its Carrington Autism Resource Center on Nov. 30. The center, which is located on the second floor of Mary B. Blount Library, will serve as a place for parents of autistic children as well as educators and clinicians to find the resources they need. The resource center is a lending-library of autism-related materials, resources, iPads, games, and books to help parents, teachers, clinicians, and caregivers assist in intervention efforts of children with autism in our region. The resource center came to fruition thanks to a $20,000 grant from The Alexander Berkeley Carrington Jr. and Ruth Simpson Carrington Charitable Trust.

Brian Wilson• Brian Wilson, General Manager with Commonwealth Home Health Care, has been awarded the “Thomas L. Petty, M.D. Invacare Award for Excellence in Home Respiratory Care” by the American Association of Respiratory Care. The award is given annually to one therapist within the United States for their outstanding individual achievement in home respiratory care. Brian has been employed with Commonwealth for 27 years and is a Life Member of the Danville Life Saving Crew. 

EcomNets recently donated five of their Verdio computers to the Boys & Girls Club of the Danville Area. Phillip Wright, General Manager, said the environmentally friendly computers are designed to use a third of the power consumed by typical units.

• The “Give Thanks for Smiles” fundraiser organized by the Danville Dental Associates raised $3,700 for God’s Storehouse in November. More than 128 service hours were donated by the doctors and staff from all four locations. Dental services were provided to patients for a fee of $50 per filling, extraction, or cleaning with the practice providing all needed material and supplies.

Colbert Moran• The Merchants Association of Gretna broke with tradition and named two people as Gretna’s 2011 “Citizens of the Year.” Brothers Kenny Moran and Bruce Moran were honored at the association’s annual awards banquet. Long-time Gretna residents and operators of Colbert-Moran Funeral Home, the Morans were deemed “most deserving” of the honor. 

Rippe’s “Pink Purse” breast cancer awareness fundraiser raised $8,124. All proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to assist local breast cancer patients with their medical cost of cancer-related prescriptions, travel, medical supplies, and equipment. Funds will be administered by the Danville Cancer Association. Ben Rippe and his associates have raised more than $49,000 for local breast cancer patients over the past six years.

Pepsi Beverages Company• The employees of the local Pepsi Beverages Company  raised funds in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs organization. Their efforts culminated in a donation of over $2,000. The Boys and Girls Club of the Danville Area would like to commend them for their support of the local children in the community. 

Danville Regional Medical Center recently announced the addition of Dr. John Mahoney to its medical staff as an orthopedic surgeon. Mahoney specializes in general orthopedic care, arthritis and osteoporosis care, sports medicine, joint replacement, pediatric orthopedics, and orthopedic trauma. His office is at the Danville Orthopedic Clinic located on 125 Executive Drive (Suite A) in Danville. 

Jeff Haley• American National Bank and Trust Company has announced the following promotions, effective Jan. 1, 2012.Charles H. Majors will become Chairman and will continue as Chief Executive Officer of American National Bankshares Inc. Jeffrey V. Haley will become Chief Executive Officer of American National Bank and Trust Company and President of its holding company, American National Bankshares Inc. He was also named to the Board of Directors for the holding company. James (Jimmy) Jefferson will become Senior Vice President and Controller. Katja Milligan-Collie will become Assistant Vice President and Regional Branch Administrator, responsible for retail banking operations for the Bank’s Danville and North Carolina regions. Other promotions by the Board included Linda Conner to Assistant Vice President & Retail Banking Relationship Manager, Tom Hickey to Senior Vice President of Special Assets, and Jennifer Krantz to Assistant Vice President & Regional Branch Administrator.

• Governor Bob McDonnell recently announced that Dominion Virginia Power in partnership with Faneuil, Inc. will invest $1.5 million and create 150 jobs in Halifax County by establishing a customer care center for Dominion Virginia Power. Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling joined business and government leaders in South Boston on the Governor’s behalf to announce the project. With today’s announcement there are 300 customer care center jobs related to Dominion in Southern Virginia.  

• The City of Danville received a $600,000 grant to fund the “321 Craghead Warehouse” project. This award is part of a recent announcement of $2.8 million in Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) grants for six projects in Virginia. Projects were reviewed and evaluated competitively, with an emphasis on those with a high level of blight, identification of impediments to economic development effort, alignment with regional or local strategies, availability of matching resources, level of community distress where the property is located, and an identified and feasible end use. 


By Autumn Morris

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

American Showcase Modulars
Gary Good
6281 US Highway 29
Blairs, VA 24527
434- 835-0050
Construction - Homebuilders, General Contractors, Developers

GSO Aviation, Inc
Chad Nixon
400 N. Raleigh Street
Greensboro, NC 27401

Virginia Job Corps
Michael Morris
2600 Memorial Avenue, Suite 103
Lynchburg, VA 24502
Career Services

Wilson Lawn & Garden
Jay Rigney
3720 Franklin Turnpike
Danville, VA 24540

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between November 24, 2011 – December 15, 2011:

  • II Georges Inn
  • American Forest Management
  • Blue Ridge Beverage
  • Brenda Brokaw Interiors
  • Todd Breaux State Farm and Financial Services
  • CED – All Phase Electric Supply Company
  • Chatham Cares, Inc./The Community Center at Chatham
  • Compton & Nichols Inc, C&N Storage
  • The Hughes Center
  • Forever Young Family Salon Inc.
  • Riverside BP
  • SleepyGoat Cheese
  • WWDN 104.5FM and 1580AM
By Autumn Morris

Charles R. Haynsworth III, President of Haynsworth’s Inc. - Office Plus Business Centre, has been elected as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce for 2012. Haynsworth has served on the Chamber’s Board of Directors since 2010 and has served as Chair-Elect this past year.

Haynsworth assumed the position of president of Office Plus Business Centre in September 1994 after working in all areas of the business. He joined the family-owned business part-time while in high school. Haynsworth, who was named the Chamber’s Enduring Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010, received a finalist award from the Tayloe Murphy Center at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia in 2010 and 2011. He received the Danville Community College Outstanding Alumni Award in May 2011.

In addition to his service on the Chamber board, Haynsworth serves on the boards of directors of The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research and Gateway Health Alliance. He is the past president of Danville Rotary Club and is a past Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America. A past Deacon and Elder at First Presbyterian Church, Haynsworth currently attends the Dan River Church.

In addition to Haynsworth, Gretchen B. Clark was elected as chair-elect, and Eric Deaton was elected as vice chair. Mark W. Foster of Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP, was re-elected as treasurer. Jeffrey V. Haley of American National Bank & Trust will serve as the Immediate Past Chair. Laurie S. Moran, CCE, President of the Chamber, will serve as Secretary.

Gretchen Clark is President of Reynolds-Clark Development, Inc., an engineering consulting firm that she co-founded in 2004 in Gretna. Clark has a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech. A Registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and North Carolina, Clark is a member of Revitalization for a Greater Gretna, a member of the board of directors of the Danville Regional Foundation, and member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church.

Eric Deaton is the Chief Executive Officer of Danville Regional Medical Center, a position he has held since early 2010. He has 25 years experience in healthcare management. Deaton is a member of the Riverview Rotary Club and 1st Presbyterian Church of Danville. He has also been an avid supporter of United Way and Boys & Girls Club.
Foster is a Partner and Certified Public Accountant with Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP. He has been with the firm since 1991 and has been a partner since 1999. A graduate of Virginia Tech, Foster is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of CPAs. He is a member of Danville Golf Club and is a past president of the German Club.

Jeffrey V. Haley, President of American National Bank & Trust, has been elected as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce for 2011. Prior to being named President of American National Bank & Trust in June 2010, Haley was the Executive Vice President and President of Trust and Financial Services for the Bank and Senior Vice President for the holding company. Haley is a member of the board of directors for The Institute for Advanced Learning & Research, a member of Danville Rotary Club, and a member of the Future of the Piedmont Foundation. He is also a board member of Bankers Insurance. He is past president of United Way, past board member of the Danville Science Center, past school board chairman of Sacred Heart School, and past treasurer of Downtown Danville Association. He is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.

2012 Board of Directors

The Chamber recently announced the results of its election for members of the Board of Directors. The board serves as the governing body and sets policy for the organization. The following candidates were elected to three-year terms on the Board of Directors, beginning January 1, 2012 and ending December 31, 2014: Laura Adcock (Premier Graphics), Ken Brown (Swedwood USA LLC), Linda Lawrence Dalton (Lawrence Distributing), and Mark David (Ben David Jewelers). Jerry Hankins (Virginia Bank & Trust) was appointed to serve a one year term through December 31, 2012, and Steve Padgett (Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda) was appointed to fill an unexpired term through December 31, 2013.

Laura Adcock is the owner of Premier Graphics. The business has been at its Chatham location for the past eight years. She is a member of the Animal Welfare League Board, Chatham Rotary Club, Town of Chatham Planning Commission, and Chatham Baptist Church. Adcock has served on the Chamber’s Board the past two years.
Ken Brown is the President and Site Manager for Swedwood Danville LLC. He is a member of Riverview Rotary Club, a member of the board of directors of Smart Beginnings, and a Deacon at Westover Baptist Church. This is Brown’s first term on the Chamber’s board of directors.

Linda Lawrence Dalton is the co-owner of Lawrence Distributing Company. Dalton is actively involved in several trade associations – Virginia Beer Wholesalers Association, Virginia Wine Wholesalers Association, and National Beer Wholesalers Association. In addition to serving a previous term as a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, she has also chaired the Chamber’s Legislative Committee since 2004. She is just completing a term on the Board of Directors for Virginia Chamber of Commerce where she also served as a member of that Chamber’s Executive Committee. Dalton is a former Board Member of the Danville Area Association for the Arts & Humanities where she served a term as the Board’s President.

Mark David is the co-owner of Ben David Jewelers. He has served on the Chamber’s Board of Directors for the past three years. David is a member of the Danville Rotary Club.

Jerry Hankins is the Vice President of Human Resources for Virginia Bank & Trust. He has been with the bank for 11 years. Hankins serves on the board of directors and chairs the Human Resources Committee of the YMCA. He is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and has his PHR Certification.

Steve Padgett is Dealer Principal for Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda. He has been at his current location for three years but has 17 years in the automobile industry. Padgett serves on the boards of the Salvation Army, Danville Harvest Jubilee, and Danville YMCA.

In addition to the officers, the recently elected and appointed board members join the following members on the board whose terms have not expired: Eva Doss, President/CEO of Southside Business Technology Center; Frank Fox of R. Frank Fox Consulting; Tiffany McKillip Franks, President of Averett University; Marilyn Hanover, Technical Manager for Sartomer USA, LLC; Steven W. Kaylor, Publisher of the Danville Register & Bee; B. Carlyle Ramsey, President of Danville Community College; and Rachael A. Sanford, Attorney with Clement & Wheatley. 


By Autumn Morris

December Business at Breakfast

The December Business at Breakfast featured a presentation by RTI International researchers on "Uranium Mining and Milling at Coles Hill, Virginia: Possible Impacts on the Surrounding Region."

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 on the study region within 50 miles of Coles Hill, recognizing that socioeconomic impacts depend not only on jobs and spending in the region, but also on environmental quality, amenities, and the overall quality of life.

The study’s goal was not to reach conclusions or recommendations about whether the project should go forward; rather, RTI has sought to inform regional stakeholders about the project, acknowledging the uncertainties involved. RTI gathered and analyzed information from a variety of sources to identify and answer questions raised by stakeholders in the region.  

At the breakfast, RTI presented the results of this assessment, describing a range of possible environmental and socioeconomic impacts under alternative scenarios and discussing the experience of other regions in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world that have experience with uranium mining and milling. The presentation summarized the study approach, data, and findings. 

View the reports of RTI International's Study by clicking the links below:

RTI Fact Sheet

Executive Summary

Draft Report

All Appendixes


By Autumn Morris

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce represents approximately 700 businesses employing almost 23,000 people in the Danville and Pittsylvania County region. The Chamber works to project a unified voice on issues that affect the business community in our region. We fight for public policies that are in the best interest of business and a strong economy.

As a member of Virginia West and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, we recognize the importance of regional cooperation and collaboration. Our Chamber was actively engaged in developing the policies which were adopted by Virginia West. As a partner in that regional collaborative, we work closely to ensure the competitiveness of this entire region of the Commonwealth. Our Chamber is also a member of the Council for Rural Virginia and works diligently to ensure that the needs of Rural Virginia are recognized and addressed at the state level.

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce recognizes the continued fiscal challenges that face our Commonwealth in this session of the Virginia General Assembly. At this crucial juncture, it is imperative that our Commonwealth provide a long-term, thoughtful, sustainable focus on high-priority issues while maintaining the core government services that are essential to maintaining Virginia’s economic competitiveness. Now, more so than ever, we must create an environment for improved policy and budget decision-making. We must also increase government accountability, transparency, and performance.

As decisions are made, our elected officials must recognize and acknowledge the economic diversity across our Commonwealth and the absolute necessity of ensuring that all areas of Virginia have equal opportunities to construct sustainable economic viability in their regions. There are many distressed communities in our Commonwealth that are plagued by declining population and resources; therefore, the Commonwealth must develop, fund, and support an educational distribution formula that provides an equitable system of public education for all children regardless of where those children live.

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce believes that our future success depends on the following priorities:

  • A strong education system and the availability of technically skilled people that are vital to Virginia’s future prosperity and quality of life;
  • A workforce development system that ensures our workforce has the skills needed to meet business demand, foster innovation, and grow broadly shared prosperity;
  • A well-funded, cohesive, and aggressive economic development effort;
  • Sound fiscal management at all levels of government; and
  • Continued state tax restructuring as a primary means of finding permanent, long-term solutions to meet our region’s and our Commonwealth’s growing transportation and education needs.

Copies of the legislative policy have been distributed to our representatives in the General Assembly, as well as to partnering organizations that work with us throughout the session.

During the 2012 session of the Virginia General Assembly, the Chamber will be monitoring issues that have a potential impact on businesses and our region.

The Chamber’s Legislative Committee, chaired by Linda Lawrence Dalton of Lawrence Distributing Company, would welcome any comments or feedback that our members have regarding any legislation or legislative needs.

A complete copy of the Legislative Policy can be accessed by clicking here or by contacting the Chamber at 434-836-6990.

By Autumn Morris

Graduates of Leadership Southside XVII

Congratulations to the seventeenth class of Leadership Southside who graduated from the program on December 13.

Pictured from left to right, front row:  Veronda Osborne (Institute for Advanced Learning and Research), Joann Verostko (Danville Public Library), Sherry Flanagan (Pittsylvania County Social Services), Clem Oliver (Goodwill Industries), Sharon Dones (Riverside Health and Rehabilitation), Corrie Teague (City of Danville Economic Development), Randy McDaniel (American National Bank).  Back row:  Petrina Carter (Averett University), Blair Bryant (Daly Seven), Bryan Shields (City of Danville Fire Department), Cindy Hamlett (The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company).  Not pictured:  Cathy Pulliam (Danville Community College).

For their community project, the class chose to take on the goal of improving kindergarten readiness by educating teen parents through the development and distribution of a comprehensive resource guide, "Basic Instructions for Babies." Click here to learn more about this project.


By Autumn Morris
  • The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region unveiled its completely renovated web site,  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 ( 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 — — 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, ( 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 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

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: 

Annette Turner
1875 Clarks Mill Rd
Ringgold, VA 24586
Marketing Research & Marketing Companies

Alliance Human Services
Pamela Easterbrook
2725 Franklin Turnpike, Suite A
Danville, VA 24540

Christopher Hodnett
3535 Riverside Drive
Danville, VA 24541
Restaurants and Caterers

Cloverdale Quarters
Larry Miller
1120 Cloverdale Trail
Sutherlin, VA 24594
Conference Centers

Chris Daniel
449 Vicar Road
Danville, VA 24540

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

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

Gerald Kelly
1055 Piney Forest Road
Danville, VA 24540
Restaurant and Caterers

Regional One, Inc.
Chris Elliott
135 Forestdale Drive
Danville, VA 24540

Reniere & Associates
Hal Reniere
PO Box 11118
Danville, VA 24543
Insurance & Financial Investment Companies

TMI AutoTech, Inc.
Mark Swain
1025A Raceplex Drive
Alton, VA 24520
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:

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)

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

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

Sherri Huffman (DCC)
Mona Whittle (DPS)

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

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 - - 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 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 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.