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.

By Autumn Morris

The Chamber would like to congratulate Bistro 1888 for earning the Award of Excellence from the Wine Spectator magazine for the seventh year in a row. 

Bistro 1888 is among 3,743 restaurants around the world to earn this distinction for their wine selection and cuisine pairings. 

Read more about this honor from the Gazette Virginian by clicking here

By Autumn Morris

The Danville Area Association for the Arts & Humanities, the City of Danville, and partners invite the community to the first River District Festival to be held on Saturday, October 8, from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. The festival will be held at Newton's Landing, which is located behind Bridge Street on the Dan River. The River District Festival is supported by the Danville Regional Foundation.

River District Festival events include:

  • Community Market: 7:30am-12pm
  • YMCA Duathlon 10AM-12PM
  • IMAGINE Children's Festival in Carrington Pavilion: 10am-5pm
  • River Education with the Science Center & Dan River Basin Association: 11am-5pm
  • Scavenger Hunt: 10am-12pm
  • Talent Show Competition: 11pm-4pm
  • Local and Visiting Music Performers: 5pm-8pm
  • Beer Garden: 5pm – 9:30pm
  • Juried Art Show Competition: 10am-5pm
  • Non-Profit/For Profit Showcase: 10am-5pm
  • Food and Drink Vendors: 10am-8pm
Pre-festival events include: 
  • Catfish & Crawdads Festival: The Downtown Danville Association will host the first annual Catfish & Crawdads event on Thursday, October 6, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Community Market. Cajun food and libations will be served while music plays. Tickets are available at Mary’s Diner, Rippe’s, Danville Welcome Center, The Brown Bean, and Amburn & Co. Salon. 
     
  • Jus' Cauz Beer and Chili Fundraiser: On Friday, October 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. the Danville Fine Arts and History Museum will hold the Jus’ Cauz fundraiser to benefit the Museum's operations and future initiatives.

     

Follow the latest information on the River District Festival or the pre-festival events, please visit the River District Festival's Facebook page or website (www.riverdistrictfestival.org) or call 434-799-2966.  

By Autumn Morris

Join us for a presentation on "Regional Economic Development Efforts" with speaker Leigh Cockram, Executive Director of Southern Virginia Regional Alliance. She will speak on the efforts taking place to improve the economic climate of Southside Virginia on behalf of the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance.

The Business at Breakfast will be held on:

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
7:30am – 8:30am

at the


Stratford Courtyard Conference Center
149 Piney Forest Road, Danville, VA
 

The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance is the state’s newest regional economic development organization which covers Danville, Pittsylvania County, Martinsville, Henry County, Halifax County, and Patrick County.

Cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. 
(Payment will be required for any reservations not cancelled by September 21.)

 

Click here to register online now!

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: 
The Institute for Advanced Learning & Research
150 Slayton Avenue
Danville, VA 24540
Phone: 434-766-6771 

By Autumn Morris


Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce small business members automatically receive membership to the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Small Business Membership Alliance.

The program is included in your membership to the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce for businesses with 10 or less full-time employees. 

As a member of the Small Business Alliance of the Virginia Chamber, you  will have access to:

  • Chamber Briefings, the Government Relations monthly e-newsletter
  • Chamber Action Alerts
  • Virginia Chamber Prosperity Project
  • Invitations to regional policy events and surveys
  • Opportunities to participate in building Virginia’s 2020 Vision Plan
  • Statewide coalitions & initiatives
  • Participation in Chamber Day at the Capitol
  • Full-time, professional government relations staff
  • Professional Chamber Staff and Resources
  • Chamber ‘Clout’ to oppose initiatives harmful to your business and support initiatives helpful to your business
  • Increased visibility in the marketplace and in the General Assembly
  • Discounted rates for members at statewide Signature Events
  • Online Membership Directory
     

To qualify as a small business under these guidelines, the business is at least 51% independently owned and controlled by one of more individuals, together with affiliates, has 10 or fewer employees.  One or more of the individual owners shall control both the management and daily business operations of the small business.

If you would like more information about joining the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Alliance of the Virginia Chamber, please contact Autumn Morris at amorris@dpchamber.org. 

 

By Autumn Morris

Do you need help increasing the online presence and developing a website for your business? Chamber members can take advantage of this program offered by Google!


You're Invited! Google and friends are coming to town to get your business online.

Virginia Get Your Business Online - a new program from Google - is an easy, free, and fast way to get your business online.

If you don't have a website or Google Places listing, you'll find everything you need to get started - web professionals at your side every step of the way. We'll also provide the computers or a plug-in for your own laptop.

If your business is already online, you'll find tools and  resources to help your business succeed online.

At these events you can

  • Get a free website and Google Places listing
  • Get 1:1 advice and tips
  • Learn more about online marketing
  • Network with your fellow small business owners
     

Virginia Get Your Business Online events are completely free. Space is limited, so we highly recommend that you pre-register online to reserve your spot.



Register online:
virginiagetonline.com/vachamber



September 20th
Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110

Doors will be open:
7:30 am - 7:00 pm


September 23rd & 24th
Richmond Centerstage
600 East Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219-1891

Doors will be open:
Fri: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Sat: 7:30 am - 1:30 pm

 

By Autumn Morris

The Scenes of Our Town Photo Contest has officially ended. The Chamber received 64 entries to the contest with a mix of amateur and professional photographers represented. These photographs are a reminder of the beauty throughout our region, and we can't wait to show them off!

The overall top ten photos along with the top professional and top amateur photo will be announced and displayed at the Southside Show-Biz Trade Show on October 19. All photos submitted to the contest will also be on display. 

The winning photographs will be posted on the Chamber's Facebook page after the announcement at the trade show.