<![CDATA[General-Chamber-Blog]]> <![CDATA[Members Renew Investment November 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Members-Renew-Investment-November-2014/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

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

 

4-Lads LLC dba McDonald's of Gretna

Ashley Furniture Home Store

Bassett Office Supply

Blue Ridge Beverage

Blue Ridge Fiberboard, Inc.

Bojangles - Mountain Food Services

Boys & Girls Club of the Danville Area

Chatham Health & Rehabilitation Center

Checkered Pig BBQ & Ribs

Commonwealth Pharmacy

Compton & Nichols, Inc. C&N Storage

Computer Bookkeeping & Tax Service Inc.

Computer Clinic Inc.

Crosscountry Mortgage

Dameron Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

Daniel Builders LLC

Chris Daniel

Danview Restaurant, Inc.

Danville Regional Foundation

Excelen Performance Inc.

Family Eyecare Center

GENEDGE ALLIANCE - Headquarters

The Gentry Farm

Get Fit Dan River Region

Cesar Guanzon

Hill Chiropractic Clinic

John Holt & Co. Chimney Service Inc.

Bill McMann

MedExpress Urgent Care

Moore Insurance Agency of Virginia, Inc

C. Edward Neal

Orkin Pest Control

Paradise Lake & Campground

Piggly Wiggly of Danville, Inc.

Riverside BP

Solex Architecture

Unilin - Columbia Flooring

Vaughan & Associates

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<![CDATA[New Members November 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/New-Members-November-2014/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

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

 

Axxor

Robert Boerrigter

2275 Cane Creek Parkway

Ringgold, VA 24586

434-509-0508

Manufacturers and Processors

 

New City Dance Space

Danya & Jose Zuniga

616 N Main Street Loft

Danville, VA 24540

434-836-3437

Dance - Studios and Instruction

 

White Oak Mountain Farms, Inc.

Ray Emerson

2348 Hopewell Road

Dry Fork, VA 24549

434-250-8163

Agriculture

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<![CDATA[Members Renew Investment October 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Members-Renew-Investment-October-2014/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

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

 

Adams Construction Company - Southside Division

American Forest Management, Inc.

Beacon Credit Union

Comfort Inn & Suites

Complexions Dermatology

Computer Bookkeeping & Tax Service

Curves

Dameron Plumbling & Heating

Danville Historical Society

Danville Regional Foundation

Danville Surgical Center, Inc.

Davenport & Company LLC

Don's Auto Recycling

Elliott Electric of Danville, Inc.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Steve Farrar, CPA

G & W Associates

The Gentry Farm

Harman Eye Center of Danville

HD Web Studio

KEA Consulting Services, LLC

Lawson-Overbey Inn

Liberty University Athletics

Delegate Danny Marshall's Office

Mary Kay Cosmetics, Melissa Breaux

Bill McMann

Noblis

Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation

PathStone

Piggly Wiggley of Danville

Prescott Financial Management

Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.

Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania

Sodexo Campus Services

State Farm Insurance - David Satterfild, Agent

Stratford Healthcare Center

Swedwood Danville LLC

Tune & Toler, Inc.

Unique Industries

Wells Fargo

Williamsburg Village Apartments

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<![CDATA[New Members Join Chamber October 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/New-Members-Join-Chamber-October-2014/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

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

 

Larry Barts

2404 Laurel Grove Road

Sutherlin, VA 24594

(434) 822-7087

 

J & M Truck Services             

Dee Mayberry

PO Box 438

Blairs, VA 24527

(434) 836-5687

Automobile Repairs & Service

 

New London Technology, Inc.            

Mark Glahn

23 Turkey Foot Road 

Lynchburg, VA 24502

(434) 525-0068

Communications-Telecommunications and Telephone

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<![CDATA[Chamber Classic Another Big Success]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Classic-Another-Big-Success/
   By Laurie Moran              (0) Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Young Entrepreneurs Receive $5,000 in Funding]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Young-Entrepreneurs-Receive-5000-in-Funding/
   By Laurie Moran              (0) Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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<![CDATA[Thank You to Our Renewing Members February 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Thank-You-to-Our-Renewing-Members-February-2014/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

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

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

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<![CDATA[New Members February 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/New-Members-February-2014/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Members Renew Investment January 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Members-Renew-Investment-January-2014/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

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

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

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<![CDATA[New Members January 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/New-Members-January-2014/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Members Renew Investment 10-14-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Members-Renew-Investment-10-14-13/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

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

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

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<![CDATA[New Members 10-14-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/New-Members-10-14-13/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Chamber Awards Over $114,000 in Teacher Creativity Grants]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Awards-Over-114000-in-Teacher-Creativity-Grants/
   By H. Lynnette Lawson              (0) Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Team Talon’s FIRST Robotics Summer Camp"
Daniel Waters and John Henderson
George Washington High School
$4,500

“iPads for Advanced Learning”
Debbie Rojas and Ashley Lackey
Forest Hills Elementary School
$13,000

“Smart Table 442i Collaboration Center”
Paula Faison, Beth Putnam, Sonja Scott, Elizabeth Bailess
Gretna Elementary School
$9578

“Transforming Literacy Through Technology”
Carlene Bailey
Brosville Elementary School
$13,000

“’App’-etite for iPads”
Mindy Takacs and Tamela Warren
Union Hall Elementary School
$13,000

“Virtual iPad Cart”
Melissa Cassell, Christopher Gee, Kelly Merricks, Jessica Dalton, Elizabeth Kirby
Dan River High High School
$13,000

“Necessity is the Mother of Invention”
Kathy Grantier
Bonner Middle School
$4,338

“Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s World with Technology”
Kathy Boucher
North Elementary School
$13,000

“Adding a Personal Touch to Learning”
David Hammack and Shannon Louhoff
Stony Mill Elementary School
$13,000

“Integration of Tablets into the Science Classroom”
Jason Gibson and Lisa Fain
Galileo High School
$13,000

“FIRST Robotics Team #1095 (RoboCavs)”
Stephanie O’Bien, Tom Wade, J.L. Clayton
Chatham High School
$2,500

“GW Team Talon FIRST Robotics Team”
Dan Waters
George Washington High School
$2,500

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

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<![CDATA[Golf Tournament a Huge Success]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Golf-Tournament-a-Huge-Success/
   By Laurie Moran              (0) Comments

A late afternoon storm couldn’t dampen the fun of the 23rd Annual Chamber Classic Golf Tournament.  More than 80 golfers were enjoying a beautiful afternoon on the links during the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s golf tournament on June 3rd when a late afternoon storm stopped play.  Golfers, however, simply turned their attention to business networking until the club could determine the winners of the event. The golf tournament is an annual fund raiser with all proceeds supporting the Chamber’s work in economic growth and prosperity for our region.

Capturing first place gross was the R.J. Baldwin/Haymore Law Offices team of Vern Cowan, Greg Haymore, Bob Warren, and Ben Clay.

Second place gross winners were Floyd Merryman, Bobby Lovelace, Lee Lovelace, and Andrew Shimpock.  They were representing the Sonny Merryman, Inc. team.

The third place gross winner was the Virginia Bank & Trust Co. team of Roger Gillispie, Mark Crawford, D.C. Hastings, and R.J. Weaver.

Fourth place gross winners were Tiffany Franks, Buddy Rawley, Peyton Keesee, and Kevin Snow.  They were representing the team of Averett University.

Rounding out fifth place in gross score was the Sartomer Company team of Marilyn Hanover, Jerry Inman, Steven Lindsay, and Chris Petrangeli.

Capturing first place in net score was the Danville Regional Medical Center team of Michael Cockram, Tom Harriston, Jamie Reynolds, and Tony Willis.

The Danville Register & Bee team of Howard Kowitz, JR Emerson, Chad Mitchell, and Harry Meade took home second place net honors.

Third place net winners were Mark Foster, Stephen Gay, John Neal, and Vaden Wright, representing the Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co. team.

The team of Columbia Forest Products won fourth place net.  Team members were Jason Compton, Randall Gibbs, Kevin Ferrell, and Charlie Vaden.

Finishing in fifth place net was the Wilkins & Co./Wilkinson Consulting team of Robert Marsh, Aaron Walters, Hampton Wilkins, and Steve Wilkinson.

Closest to the pin contests were won by Richard Davis, Steven Lindsay, Jamie Reynolds, and Brian Morris.  The contests were sponsored by Aaron W. Johnson Auction Realty, Four Seasons Pest Control, and Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co.

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Application Process Opens for Leadership Southside XX]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Application-Process-Opens-for-Leadership-Southside-XX/
   By H. Lynnette Lawson              (0) Comments

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2013-14 class of Leadership Southside.  The deadline for applications to be returned to the Chamber of Commerce office is June 26, 2013.

Leadership Southside, presented by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, is an interactive and informative program that offers skill building, leadership development, and an introduction to Southside Virginia.  The program is designed to identify and develop potential community leaders in order to build an alliance of the finest leaders for present and future leadership needs in the region.  The Leadership Southside program strives to bring together individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who have demonstrated talent and commitment for leadership and expand that potential. 

Leadership Southside develops leadership skills by providing information, education, experience, and exchange of ideas.  Sessions have included orientation, leadership skills and development, team building, community issues and opportunities, leadership of a business, leadership issues in economic development and workforce development, leadership in education, leadership of a nonprofit organization, effecting change, cultural diversity, and local and state government.

This year the Chamber of Commerce will hold three Leadership Southside information sessions for those interested in applying for the program.
  The sessions will include refreshments and will be held as follows:

·         Wednesday, May 29 - J.T.’s at the Lavalette, Gretna, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

·         Tuesday, June 4, Chamber of Commerce, Blairs Noon-1:00 p.m.

·         Wednesday, June 5, Danville Golf Club, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, please contact the Chamber at 434.836.6990 or llawson@dpchamber.org.

Leadership Southside XX will begin in September 2013 with an orientation and will be followed by 8 monthly programs.  The class graduate in May 2013.

The tuition fee of $995 is used to defray the expenses of the monthly sessions and can be paid by the individual or the employer.  Limited financial assistance may be available upon request.

Leadership Southside is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region and by our generous sponsors:  Centra, Danville Regional Medical Center, and WSET ABC 13.

Applications can be requested by contacting the Chamber office at (434) 836-6990, or by emailing the Chamber at llawson@dpchamber.org .  Individuals can also nominate others for this program by contacting the Chamber office.

The deadline for applications is June 26, 2013.

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<![CDATA[Chamber Participates in DC Trip]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Participates-in-DC-Trip/
   By Laurie Moran              (0) Comments

The Dan River Region Collaborative recently participated in the 2013 Skills Summit in Washington, D.C. where participants asked members of Congress to support policies and investments in skill development, enabling more businesses to find the skilled workers they need to compete globally, and so all workers can share in and contribute to our country’s economic prosperity.

Dr. Julie J. Brown, Project Director for the Collaborative, Laurie S. Moran, CCE, President of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, and Dr. Nettie L. Simon-Owens, Director of Workforce Services for the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, were invited to participate in the Summit on behalf of Southern Virginia.  Valerie Palamountain, Dean of Workforce Services for Piedmont Virginia Community College, also represented Virginia at the Summit.

“Our region’s competitive position in the global economy depends upon the skills of its workforce,” commented Brown.  “To stay ahead, we need broader and more effective investments that enable our workforce to continually increase its skills and adapt to global economic shifts.”

“Even with high unemployment, our employers face difficulties finding qualified workers in the middle – jobs that require more than a high school diploma but not a four-year degree,” Brown explained.  “We shared this message with members of Congress to help them recognize that federally-funded workforce development programs that engage employers, lead to industry-recognized credentials, and directly link training with jobs are part of the solution to the skills gap and full economic recovery.”

While in DC, the Virginia delegation met with Congressman Robert Hurt and the staffs of Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and Representatives Morgan Griffith, Eric Cantor, Bobby Scott, and Jim Moran.

“We appreciate the interest and willingness of our Congressional representatives and staff to learn more about the challenges that face our employers and our job seekers,” Moran said.  “We hope that our ability to share information from our region will allow members of Congress to better understand the need for reauthorization of workforce legislation and a balanced approach to the deficit reduction.”

The Skills Summit was sponsored by the National Skills Coalition which organizes broad-based coalitions seeking to raise the skills of America’s workers across a range of industries.

The Dan River Region Collaborative (DRRC) is a regional funding collaborative driven by employer partnerships in four strategic areas:  advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare and information technology.  Through these employer-driven partnerships, the Collaborative works to identify training, policy, and capacity issues that impact the development of the region’s workforce.  The ultimate goal is to create opportunities that move low-skill, low-wage individuals into high-skill, high-wage positions.

The Collaborative’s key funding partners, to date, include The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, The Danville Regional Foundation, The Harvest Foundation, J.T.-Minnie Maude Charitable Trust, the Virginia Tobacco Commission, the Boeing Foundation, and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. 

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<![CDATA[Chamber Announces 2013 Officers, Directors]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Announces-2013-Officers-Directors/
   By Laurie Moran              (0) Comments

Gretchen B. Clark, President of Reynolds-Clark Development, Inc., has been elected as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce for 2013.  Clark has served on the Chamber’s Board of Directors since 2010 and has served as Chair-Elect this past year.

Clark has served as President of Reynolds-Clark Development, Inc., a civil and environmental engineering firm that she co-founded in Gretna, since 2004.  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.

In addition to Clark, Eric Deaton was elected as chair-elect and Steven Kaylor was elected as vice chair.  Mark W. Foster was re-elected as treasurer and Charles R. Haynsworth, III will serve as immediate past chair.  Laurie S. Moran, CCE, President of the Chamber, will serve as Secretary.

Deaton is the Chief Executive Officer of Danville Regional Medical Center, a position he has held since early 2010.  He has more than 25 years experience in healthcare management.  Deaton serves on the boards of the Danville Family YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club, Averett University, and the Future of the Piedmont Foundation. He was also recently appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell to the Virginia State Board of Health.

Kaylor has served as publisher of the Danville Register & Bee since 2006.  A member of the board of directors of United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County, Kaylor is also a member of Riverview Rotary Club, Future of the Piedmont, the Boys & Girls Club, and the Virginia Press Association.

Foster is a CPA with Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP.  He joined the firm in 1991 and was named a partner in 1999.  He is licensed in Virginia and North Carolina.  Foster is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Virginia Society of CPAs, the Danville Golf Club, The German Club of Danville, and the Young Men’s Club.

Haynsworth is President of Office Plus Business Centre.                He 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.

2013 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 members were elected to three-year terms on the Board, beginning January 1, 2013:  Gretchen B. Clark, President of Reynolds-Clark Development, Inc.; Paul D. Erwin, DVM, of Chatham Animal Clinic; Mark W. Foster, CPA, Partner with Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP; Dr. Tiffany McKillip Franks, President of Averett University; and Dr. B. Carlyle Ramsey, President of Danville Community College.

Appointed to fill an unexpired term was John W. Daniel of Daniel Builders LLC.  Frank Fox of Frank Fox Consulting and Jerry Hankins of Virginia Bank & Trust were appointed to one-year terms.

In addition to the officers, the recently elected and appointed board members join the following members on the board whose terms have not expired:   Laura Adcock, Director of Sales and Marketing for Davenport Communications; Linda Lawrence Dalton, co-owner of Lawrence Distributing Company; Mark David, co-owner of Ben David Jewelers; Eva Doss, President/CEO of The Launch Place, formerly known as Southside Business Technology Center; Marilyn Hanover, Technical Manager for Sartomer USA, LLC; Steve Padgett, Dealer Principal for Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda; and Rachael A. Sanford, Attorney with Clement & Wheatley.

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<![CDATA[Leadership Southside Graduates Newest Class]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Leadership-Southside-Graduates-Newest-Class/
   By H. Lynnette Lawson              (0) Comments

On Tuesday, December 18th, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce members and friends gathered at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research to hear the eighteenth class of Leadership Southside present its final project report and celebrate their graduation from the program. 

Leadership Southside has a rich history of providing current and future leaders with skill building, leadership development, and an introduction to Southern Virginia.  The program is designed to foster a commitment to community service and to develop leadership skills applicable to community service and the workplace.

Leadership Southside XVIII first met in September 2011 and continued meeting monthly for a course of study through May of 2012.  Beginning in June of 2012 the class began the project phase of the program.  Last night, Tuesday, December 18th, Leadership Southside XVIII presented their final project to the region.  The project chosen by this class is designed to promote community pride in our region.  To this end, the class unveiled the LoveSouthside.com website and campaign.  Through the project phase process of Leadership Southside, the class discovered a shared passion for enhancing community pride and a desire to change the negative attitudes and perceptions often encountered in the area.  The mission of LoveSouthside is that LoveSouthside will foster community pride by raising awareness of positive attributes of the Southside region.  The vision of LoveSouthside is that the Southside will be an informed community, displaying positive attitudes that define the region as a wonderful place to live, work, and play. 

A multimedia campaign was launched with the focus being the website LoveSouthside.com. The site has a simple design.  Every page of the site links to social media accounts and invites visitors to send feedback to the class via email.  There are nine main sections, each one focusing on a category of things to do in Southside.  Each section has a listing with a link to the appropriate website, phone number, or community calendar for the visitor or resident to learn more about what interests them on the site. The class was thankful to the Danville Regional Foundation for awarding them a Make it Happen Grant which allowed them to launch and advertise the website in various ways. 

Following their project presentation, Barry Richmond , Chair of the Leadership Southside Planning Committee and Laurie Moran, CCE, President of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce led a graduation ceremony for the 16 graduates followed by a reception in their honor. 

Celebrating over 18 years of providing leadership development opportunities in Danville and Pittsylvania County, Leadership Southside is pleased to announce the graduation of its 2011-2012 class.  Congratulations to our graduates:

Amber Adkins, URW Community Federal Credit Union
Kelsey Bartley, Nestle
Jim Bushong, Supply Resources
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 Rehab
Linette Nuckols, formerly of American Red Cross
David Parrish, City of Danviulle
Jennifer Robinson, Averett University Library
Marietta Sanford, Averett University
Dana Silicki, Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
Jamye Wright, Danville Regional Medical Center

Congratulations to the Leadership Southside XVIII graduates!

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<![CDATA[Chamber Membership is Effective Business Strategy]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Membership-is-Effective-Business-Strategy/
   By Laurie Moran              (0) Comments

A national survey of 2,000 adults reveals that being active in a local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy because two-thirds of consumers believe that such companies use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers, and are involved in the community.

The study, conducted by The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based strategic consulting firm, found consumer perceptions of chamber members to be positive in many ways:

·         When consumers know that a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 49% more likely to think favorably of it and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.

·         If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber (e.g., is a chamber board member), consumers are 10% more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition.

·         When consumers know that a national restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 68% more likely to eat at the franchise in the next few months.

·         When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 36% more likely to think favorably of the company.

"We believe this study underscores another benefit of belonging to your local Chamber and validates the efforts of our chamber, as well as chambers across the country," commented Laurie S. Moran, CCE, President of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. 

Major Impact on Small Businesses

Small businesses represent the largest segment of most local chamber membership rolls, and the study indicates that chamber membership has consistent and powerful benefits for small business members—if consumers are aware that the small business is involved with its local chamber.

For example, if respondents know that a small business is a member of its local chamber, the business enjoys a 49% increase in its consumer favorability rating, a 73% increase in consumer awareness, a 68% increase in its local reputation, and an 80% increase in the likelihood that consumers will patronize the business in the future.

Most people know fairly well what their local chambers do; the study assessed the effect of this knowledge on perceptions of chamber members. The researchers said ”any belief about the chamber of commerce—whether that belief was true or not—could have a significant positive impact on how someone views a member… he or she is more likely to think that the [member] company’s products stack up well and have a favorable opinion toward the company.”

The key factor in developing and maintaining positive consumer perception of chamber members, the Schapiro Group said, was that “positive outcomes only occur when consumers know that a business is a chamber member (i.e., being involved in the chamber is a known facet of the company's reputation).”

Accordingly, when consumers know that a large business is a member of the chamber, they are likely to patronize the company more often, to express favorable opinions about the company, to know more about the company, and to buy the company's products. The strength and nature of these effects differ by industry:

Large Restaurant Chains

When consumers know that a restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 15% more likely to report knowing a lot about the franchise, 58% more likely to eat at the franchise more often, 68% more likely to eat at the franchise in the next few months, and 37% more likely to think favorably of the franchise. Among consumers who do not eat at the franchise so often, those who are aware that the franchise is a member of the chamber are 33% more likely to hold favorable opinions of the franchise. Among consumers who hold less favorable opinions of the franchise, those who are aware that the franchise is a member of the chamber are 65% more likely to eat there in the coming months.

Insurance Companies

When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 29% more likely to report knowing a lot about the company, 36% more likely to think favorably of the company, and 36% more likely to consider buying insurance from it. Among consumers who hold less favorable opinions of the insurance company, those who are aware that the company is a member of the chamber are 25% more likely to consider purchasing insurance from it. Among those who have not considered purchasing insurance there in the past, chamber membership increases that likelihood by 37%.

Automobile Manufacturers

When consumers know that an auto manufacturer is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 21% more likely to have a favorable opinion of that company and 31% more likely to consider purchasing their next car from that company. Among those who have ever considered buying a car from a particular auto manufacturer, chamber membership leads to a 44% increase in consumers’ likelihood of purchasing a car there in the future.

The study, commissioned by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), in cooperation with the Western Association of Chamber Executives, was sponsored by Insperity, a Houston-based company that provides human resources and other business services to more than 100,000 businesses nationwide. J. Mac Holladay, founder and CEO of Market Street Services, an economic development firm in Atlanta, was a key contributor of concepts used to develop the study.

The new study tracks similar data reported by The Schapiro Group in 2007. “Despite changes in markets and demographics, a nagging recession and the growing influence of the internet, the chamber brand today is stronger and more dynamic than ever,” said ACCE President Mick Fleming. “We’re proud that the numbers prove, once again, that engagement in a chamber means a positive perception of the business in the eyes of the buying public.”

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<![CDATA[550 Students Attend Career Day]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/550-Students-Attend-Career-Day/
   By H. Lynnette Lawson              (0) Comments

November 14, 2012 marked Career Day for close to 550 area high school juniors.  Held annually at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, Career Day is a collaborative effort of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, Danville Public Schools, Pittsylvania County Public Schools, and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.  Additional support was received from the JT Minnie Maude Foundation, DVF Foodservice, Inc., Office Plus Business Centre, Lawrence Distributing Company, and Danville Regional Medical Center.  This event was created for and attended by high school juniors from city and county schools.  It is designed to provide them an outstanding opportunity to learn first-hand what employers need and expect from their workforce. 

The program featured former SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Joel Erb whose  business career started at the age of 14 with a corded-phone, sales script and a trial version of the first Flash software. This was the beginning of INM United, an interactive agency that focuses on identifying ways that social trends, technology and business opportunities intersect. In 2009, Joel founded Spot Trot with three entertainment industry veterans. Spot Trot is a mobile entertainment company that directly connects artists and fans in an engaging environment. Spot Trot is proud to work with many leading entertainers including Dave Matthews Band, Tim McGraw, and O.A.R.   Joel has been recognized as a Rising Technology star by the Greater Richmond Technology Council, Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the SBA, Inc's 30 Under 30 and Virginia’s Top 40 Under 40.  Joel not shared some of his secrets for motivation and success not only in his keynote address but also in the student breakout sessions that followed it.    

Career Day is an outstanding opportunity for our young people to learn first-hand what employers need and expect from their workforce.  By removing these 550 students from their normal learning environments and exposing them to real world settings, the Chamber and their partners hope to impart concrete skills they may use as they leave high school and begin their paths as productive employees in our region.

The Chamber would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our sponsors, speakers, and volunteers.  This positive and successful event would not have been possible without their gracious donations.  We remain extremely grateful to them for all they do.  A special thank you goes out to all of our volunteer speakers for the breakout sessions:

Entrepreneurship  - Joel Erb
Automotive Engineering/Motorsports - Justin Beardsley – Steve Padgett and Ken Grammer - VIR
Administration of Justice - Timothy Scearce – Danville Police Department and Jim Daniel – Daniel, Medley, and Kirby
Customer Service - Sandie Currie and Food and Beverage Manager – VIR
Health – Dental  - Danville Dental Associates
Marketing and Sales - Roxanne Clark – WAKG/WBTM and David Satterfield – State Farm Insurance
Advanced Manufacturing and Automation - Ethan Brown – Sartomer, Steven Spreha – Shorewood Packaging, and Jerry Franklin - DCC
Building Trades  - Bobby Adkins – Blair Construction and Mike Huggins – Dewberry
Presenting Yourself in the Workplace - Julie Brown – Wright Path, Petrina Carter – Averett, and Rachel Covington – DRF
Health – Medical and Administrative Felicia McBride and Kevin Murray – DRMC and Lauren Mathena and Eric Lackey - DOAR
Skilled Craftsman - Keith Harkin and Lance  McClure – Virginia Technical Institute
Entrepreneurship - Joel Erb, Keynote Speaker
Veterinary Science - Jeff Smith and Jade Fowler – Mt. Hermon Animal Clinic
Education - Sherri Huffman – DCC and Lillian Holland - PCS
Human Services - Amanda Oakes – DPCS, LaShawn Farmer – PCCA, and Tanya Fowler – ARC
Engineering - Tim Reynolds – Reynolds Clark and Philip Kauneckas –Intertape
Scientific Research and Laboratory Technicians - Barry Flinn – IALR
Information Technology - Jason Moore – IALR and Jason Grey – City, Broadband

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<![CDATA[Uranium Forum Set for October 2]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Uranium-Forum-Set-for-October-2/
   By Laurie Moran              (1) Comments

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce and the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership are proud to co-sponsor an informational forum on uranium mining in Virginia on October 2 at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (150 Slayton Avenue, Danville).

 

The forum will feature four panelists, two each on either side of uranium mining issues, and will be free and open to the public from 7 to 8:30 p.m. that Tuesday evening.

 

Panelists will include Patrick M. Wales, project manager of Virginia Uranium Inc.; Stephen S. Fuller, director of the Center for Regional Analysis in George Mason University's School of Public Policy; Jay Poole, spokesman for the Alliance for Progress in Southern Virginia; and Bob Burnley, an adviser to the Alliance for Progress in Southern Virginia.

Moderator of the forum will be Bob Gibson, executive director of the Sorensen Institute and a 34-year veteran political writer from Charlottesville.

 

The forum will also be streamed live via the Chamber's website (www.dpchamber.org) on the evening of October 2nd and will be available after the event by going to the Chamber's website under "News & Events."

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<![CDATA[Programs Allows Students to Explore Career Options]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Programs-Allows-Students-to-Explore-Career-Options/
   By Laurie Moran              (0) Comments

     The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust, the school systems, and other educational partners in our region is finalizing plans for its annual Career Day November 14th at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.  Designed to present high school juniors in Danville and Pittsylvania County with information and skills which will enable them to succeed in their selected career path, Career Day will see approximately 600 students in attendance.
     During the day, students will hear from a motivational, entrepreneurial speaker.   Following the keynote speech, students will attend breakout sessions led by area business leaders and focusing on 20 “demand occupations” in our region.  Sessions will be held on:

~Entrepreneurship
~Automotive Engineering/Motorsports
~Administration of Justice
~Customer Service
~Administrative Support Services
~Health – Dental
~Marketing and Sales
~Advanced Manufacturing and Automation
~Building Trades
~Presenting Yourself in the Workplace
~Health – Medical, Pharmaceutical, and Administrative
~Skilled Craftsman
~Veterinary Science
~Education
~Human Services
~Engineering
~Scientific Research and Laboratory Technicians
~Information Technology

     Career Day is an outstanding opportunity for our young people to learn first-hand what employers need and expect from their workforce.  By removing these 600 students from their normal learning environments and exposing them to real world settings, the Chamber and their partners hope to impart concrete skills they may use as they leave high school and begin their paths as productive employees in our region.  If you currently work in one of the fields listed above and would like to speak at Career Day, please contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information.
     Career Day is a program of the Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee and receives funding from the J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust and other sponsors.

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<![CDATA[Junior Leadership Southside Class Announced for 2012-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Junior-Leadership-Southside-Class-Announced-for-2012-13/
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     Created as the class project of Leadership Southside XIV, Junior Leadership Southside IV began its program year in September 2012 with an Opening Orientation.
     Junior Leadership Southside is an eight month program providing leadership orientation and development to local high school juniors and seniors.  The program includes monthly sessions ranging from three to five hours in length and held on school holidays, after school, and on Saturdays.  An orientation and opening reception will be held on September 24th 2012.  Programs will begin in October and the class will conclude with a graduation ceremony to be held in April 2013.  Monthly sessions will include speakers and panelists providing a holistic approach to leadership orientation and development.  Sessions will be held at local business venues and institutions of higher learning.  The fourth Junior Leadership Southside class will consist of 19 rising Juniors and Seniors in the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County. 
     Congratulations to the members of Junior Leadership Southside IV:

Rosie Anderson – Galileo High School

Key Blackwell – George Washington High School

Erica Dixon – Galileo High School

Nichelle Foisy – Galileo High School

Drew Gunnell – Dan River High School

Erin Gusler – Dan River High School

Todd Hobza – George Washington High School

Elizabeth Holland – George Washington High School

Kim Johnson - George Washington High School

Lexus Khan – Tunstall High School

Erin Marshall – Tunstall High School

Addie Leigh Milam – George Washington High School

Natalie Petrovich – Westover Christian Academy

Nick Pradhan - Galileo High School

Daniel Reddy – Galileo High School

Brianna Spitler – George Washington High School

Lucero Vasquez – George Washington High School

KJ Womack – George Washington High School

Jess Yarbrough - Galileo High School

Junior Leadership Southside is sponsored by the J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust, URW Community Federal Credit Union, and Excelen Performance.  Sponsorship and Program Information is available on the Chamber’s website (www.dpchamber.org) or by contacting the Chamber at 434.836.6990 or chamber@dpchamber.org

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<![CDATA[Leadership Southside Names 2012-2013 Class]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Leadership-Southside-Names-2012-2013-Class/
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     Celebrating 19 years of providing leadership development in the Dan River Region, Leadership Southside is pleased to announce the selection of its 2012-2013 class.
     Leadership Southside is an interactive, informative program which 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.
     Leadership Southside is an eight-month program running from October through May.  The first program meeting will be a retreat at Smith Mountain Lake followed by monthly sessions that address leadership and community issues.  The class will graduate following the May program meeting. 
     The following candidates will be participating in the 2012-2013 program of Leadership Southside:

  • Nate Cook, United Way of Danville and Pittsylvania County
  • Rachel Covington, Danville Regional Foundation
  • Kedong Da, Dan River Plant Propagation Center at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
  • Traci Daniel, Danville Community College
  • Justin Davis, URW Community Federal Credit Union
  • Lisa Marie DiLuigi, Danville Regional Medical Center
  • Thomas Doss, The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
  • Marsha Foster, Averett University
  • Blair Lumpkins, The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region
  • Scott Oaks, Danville Regional Medical Center
  • Trina Pratt, Boys and Girls Clubs of Danville
  • Katie Rohrig, Mount Hermon Animal Clinic
  • Beverly Shelton, URW Community Federal Credit Union

      Leadership Southside began the year with an orientation on September 11th at the Blairs Office of the Chamber of Commerce.  For more information about the Leadership Southside program, please contact Lynnette Lawson with the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce at 434. 836.6990 or llawson@dpchamber.org.

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<![CDATA[Chamber Awards Over $100,000 in Education Grants]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Awards-Over-100000-in-Education-Grants/
   By Laurie Moran              (0) Comments

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce continues to support education as a cornerstone to the economic success and vitality of the Dan River region with its annual education grant program for Pre-K through 12th grade educators.

The Chamber began the education grant program in 1990 when Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s plant manager Ed Steffey saw classroom needs were not being met through traditional funding sources. Steffey partnered with the Chamber and started a golf tournament from which proceeds were earmarked for the teacher grant initiative.  The 22nd annual Ed Steffey Education Open Golf Tournament will be hosted on September 28th at the Goodyear Golf Course. If you are interested in participating in or sponsoring this tournament, please contact the Chamber at (434) 836-6990. Proceeds from the Goodyear Education 5K race also go toward the program which encourages innovative and creative programs that promote collaboration, communication skills, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.  “By hosting two fundraising events, Goodyear continues to help support the financial needs within our educational system that are not being met through traditional funding methods,” says Goodyear-Danville Plant Manager Tim Noe.

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

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

The Chamber’s Education Grant Selection Committee has awarded over $100,000 to this year’s round of applicants.

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

“An Ocean in your Classroom”
Melissa Stallings, Rachel Terry, Laura Snead
Southside Elementary Middle School

“iPad – An Incredible Path to Academic Discovery”
Melissa Stallings, Rachel Terry, Deborah Buckner, Elizabeth Turpin, Megan Lakey
Southside Elementary School

“Strengthening Reading for the Future”
Nancy Ezell, Laura Snead
Southside Elementary School

“The Construction of an All Electric Vehicle”
Andrew Nordon, Herb Hardy, Mark Chandler, Eric Mustain
Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center

“CHS FIRST Robotics Team #1095”
Stephanie O’Brien, Adam Propst, Joe Olp, Tom Wade
Chatham High School

“Technology in the Art Classroom”
Wanda Evans, Rosanne Lloyd
Tunstall High School

“HoverCam T3 Document Camera”
Paula Faison, Beth Putnam, Sonja Scott
Gretna Elementary School

“Alternative Energy Sources”
Jason Gibson, Lisa Fain
Galileo High School

“FIRST Robotics”
Daniel Waters
George Washington High School and Galileo High School

“Practical Applications in Engineering”
Gregg Mason, George Peterson, Don Harmon, God’s Pit Crew
George Washington High School

“Team Talon’s FIRST Robotics Summer Camp”
Daniel Waters, John Henderson, Gregg Mason, Arnold Woody
George Washington High School and Westwood Middle School

“Utilizing Technology in the Classroom”
Stephanie Haynsworth, Kelly Jordan
Glenwood Elementary School

“Community Awareness”
Tia Hairston
Westwood Middle School

“Walk Like an Egyptian”
Cynthia Daniel, Christle Fallen, Allison Mann
Glenwood Elementary School

“Keeping Green”
Ramona Booker, Rhonda Harris, Danville Master Gardeners
Glenwood Elementary School

“Reluctant Third Grade Readers Using iPads in the Classroom”
Joylett Perry, Amanda McKinney, Caryn Finkbeiner
Woodberry Hills Elementary School

“Kindle Fires for Battle of the Books Participants”
Ann Marie Holt, Virginia Hodges
North Elementary School

The Board of Directors and the Education Committee of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce would like to
thank The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., the Danville Regional Foundation, and everyone involved with the education grant process for making the 2012 -2013 grant projects possible.

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<![CDATA[Chamber to Sponsor Social Media Marketing Workshop]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-to-Sponsor-Social-Media-Marketing-Workshop/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is proud to present a workshop designed to help your business use social media to increase your bottom line.  In Social Media Marketing Made Simple Gina Watkins of Constant Contact will teach you best practices for your social media presence and demonstrate how to launch and manage an effective Social Campaign. A popular speaker and educator, Gina delivers real-world tools and strategies that drive stellar results immediately! And although the topics and strategies may be cutting edge, it doesn’t take an interactive guru to “get it.” Gina simplifies the information and provides essential basics, secrets, and shortcuts that make it easy for seminar attendees to get on their way fast.

Date:  October 3rd, 2012
Place:  Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
Time:  Registration will begin at 8:30am.  Workshop will run from 9:00am to 1:00pm. 
Cost:  Register before September 24th at 5pm to take advantage of our Early Bird Registration Rate.  Before September 17th - $35.  After September 24th - $45.  Your registration fee includes a hot buffet lunch.

Social Media Marketing Made Simple - & Effective
Learn the Best Practices for your social media presence - including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & more – that you can use to build the relationships that mean success for your business or organization! Come learn the essential elements of transforming new prospects into repeat, passionate customers, members, volunteers and referral generators – and who in turn help you grow your business using the power of social media marketing.

~Extend your online marketing reach;
~Reach with endorsement; that is, get your passionate customers/members to tell your story and spread the word; and
~Leverage content that helps your friends, fans & followers to share their experience.

"Social Media Marketing Made Simple" is a two-hour workshop that will cover some of the strategies and best practices to get the most out of your social media activities –  including time management and measuring the return of your activities. We will:

~talk about what social media marketing really is,
~see how to incorporate it into your business operations without losing productivity, and
~look at real-life examples of how other businesses & organizations (from one-person shops to larger organizations) are using these low-cost tools to gain visibility, develop relationships and drive engagement, sales and bottom-line results.

We will discuss the various social media outlets that are available, how they interact together, ways to leverage their inherent strengths and tools to evaluate them for best use for your business or organization.

Getting Started with Social Campaigns (Live Demo)

Word-of-mouth has always been the best way to attract new people to your business or organization. Constant Contact’s Social Campaigns product makes it easy for you to supercharge your social word of mouth to get you what you want from your social media marketing: more fans and more new business.

With Social Campaigns it all starts when someone "Likes" your Facebook Page to receive a special offer. Those people are encouraged to share the offer with their friends extending the reach of your business. This leads to more people "liking" your Page and taking up the offer, which means more business for you!

The best social campaigns are designed to help you achieve a specific business goal. When you create your social campaign with this goal in mind - whether it’s getting more donations, driving more visits to your store, or gathering sales leads - you’ll know how many people are taking you up on the offer and be able to see the direct impact on your organization. 

In Getting Started with Social Campaigns, you are invited to sit back and watch the Constant Contact Social Campaigns product in action!  You will see how simple it can be to build a social campaign. We will also look at:

~Why use social campaigns?
~Promoting your social campaign
~How do I measure success?

Along the way, we’ll discuss tricks-of-the-trade and other relevant best practices. You’ll have plenty of time to ask questions, provide feedback, share your experiences, and listen to how others are using Constant Contact Social Campaigns to grow their business and establish lasting relationships with customers and members.

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<![CDATA[Education Will Be Focus of Chamber Breakfast Meetings]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Education-Will-Be-Focus-of-Chamber-Breakfast-Meetings/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce will host “Education Reports” for Danville and Pittsylvania County at two separate breakfast meetings in September.

James E. McDaniel, Division Superintendent of Pittsylvania County Schools, will provide an overview of the county school system on Tuesday, September 18.  The breakfast meeting will be held at The Community Center at Chatham (115 South Main Street, Chatham) beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Dr. Sue B. Davis, Superintendent of Danville Public Schools, will provide an overview of the city school system on Wednesday, September 26, at 7:30 a.m. at The Institute for Advanced Learning & Research (150 Slayton Avenue, Danville).

Each of the breakfast meetings, which are open to the public, costs $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members.  The cost includes a buffet breakfast with healthy food choices.

Reservations are required and should be made by calling the Chamber at (434) 836-6990, by emailing the Chamber at chamber@dpchamber.org, or by registering online at www.dpchamber.org.

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<![CDATA[Chamber to Host 'State of the City Address']]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-to-Host-State-of-the-City-Address/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce will host the “State of the City Address” on Wednesday, August 22, with Sherman M. Saunders, Mayor of the City of Danville, who will provide an overview of accomplishments and goals for the city.

The breakfast meeting will be held at The Institute for Advanced Learning & Research (150 Slayton Avenue, Danville) beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The breakfast meeting, which is open to the public, costs $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members.  The cost includes a buffet breakfast with healthy food choices.

Reservations are required and should be made by Friday, August 17, by calling the Chamber at (434) 836-6990, by emailing the Chamber at chamber@dpchamber.org, or by registering online at www.dpchamber.org.

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<![CDATA[Chamber Members Donate Almost 6 Tons]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Members-Donate-Almost-6-Tons/
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Members of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce recently donated almost six tons of food to God's Storehouse as part of the first annual Governor’s Bowl Chamber of Commerce Challenge food and fund drive.  The “Governor’s Bowl” campaign ran from Memorial Day to Independence Day, helping to keep Virginia’s food banks stocked during the summer months, which are typically slower for food donations.

All total, God's Storehouse receievd $4,454.84 in monetary donations which equaled 10,124 pounds of food.  Plus, they received an additional 1,795 pounds of food.

Businesses and organizations that participated were American National Bank & Trust Co., Ben David Jewelers, Danville Dental Associates, Danville Regional Medical Center, Danville Republican Committee, Department of Motor Vehicles, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, Infinity Global Packaging, and URW Community Federal Credit Union.  The Chamber also donated a portion of all ticket sales from the Taste of Southside in June.

Summer tends to be one of the greatest times of need for local food banks.  While the Governor's Cup Challenge has officially ended, business and individuals are encouraged to continue their support of our local food banks - God’s Storehouse and Northern Pittsylvania County Food Center.

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<![CDATA[Breakfast Meeting to Feature "State of the County"]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Breakfast-Meeting-to-Feature-State-of-the-County/
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     The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce will host the “State of the County Address” on Wednesday, July 25, with speakers from Pittsylvania County and the Towns of Chatham, Gretna, and Hurt.

     Tim Barber, Chairman of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors, will provide an overview of accomplishments and goals for the county, while the Mayors of the three towns will offer the towns’ perspectives.

     The breakfast meeting will be held at The Community Center at Chatham (115 South Main Street, Chatham) beginning at 7:30 a.m.

     The breakfast meeting, which is open to the public, costs $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members.  The cost includes a buffet breakfast with healthy food choices.

      Reservations are required and should be made by Friday, July 20, by calling the Chamber at (434) 836-6990, by emailing the Chamber at chamber@dpchamber.org, or by registering online at www.dpchamber.org.

     The Chamber will be hosting the “State of the City Address” with Danville Mayor Sherman Saunders on August 22nd at 7:30 a.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research.

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<![CDATA[Chamber Urges Community to be Informed on Issue of Uranium Mining and Milling]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Urges-Community-to-be-Informed-on-Issue-of-Uranium-Mining-and-Milling/
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In anticipation of legislation in the 2013 session of the Virginia General Assembly around uranium mining and milling in the Commonwealth, the Board of Directors of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce strongly encourages business and community leaders to learn about and become engaged in the issue.

The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors will hold a citizens’ forum to listen to suggestions on uranium mining and milling Monday, July 9. The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the General District Courtroom in Chatham.  Due to time constraints, only citizens who live in the county will be allowed to speak at the July 9 forum. Each speaker will be required to sign in and will be limited to four minutes.

For more information about the forum, contact Staunton River District Supervisor Marshall Ecker at 434-335-5967 or marshall.ecker@pittgov.org or Banister District Supervisor Jessie Barksdale at 434-432-2124 or jessie.barksdale@pittgov.org.

Chamber members who would like to learn more about the issue of uranium mining and milling are also encouraged to visit the following websites for additional information and reports:

There have also been studies conducted by Virginia Beach, the Moran Report, and Fairfax. The links to these studies can be found on the comparison link on the Danville Regional Foundation’s website. There has also been a peer review compiled of the Virginia Beach study (2011) by Kleinfelder West.  The link to this review can be found on Virginia Uranium’s website.

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<![CDATA[3 Cheers for the Dan River Region - July 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/3-Cheers-for-the-Dan-River-Region---July-2012/
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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.

  • Joey Wilkerson, of Averett University, recently participated in a Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) team spending several weeks in Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Rotary Foundation’s GSE program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for businesspeople and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. Read about Joey's experiences here...

  • The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area proudly annoucned that Troy Reid, club member and Senior at George Washington High School is the Virginia Youth of the Year. Reid went on to represent Danville as one of ten teens vying to represent the Southeast Region as a youth ambassador at the national level. Though Reid was not selected at the national competition, he recieved a $1,000 college scholarship. Read more about Reid's inspirational story and his plans for the future...
  • The City of Danville and Gamewood Technology are working to open up the first phase of bringing broadband access to residents in the city. The first phase will allow access to 460 homes with plans to extend access to 700 additional homes in the second phase. Read more...


If you have a “cheer” to send out, please email the Chamber at chamber@dpchamber.org with a brief description.

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<![CDATA[Chamber Accepting Nominations for Board of Directors]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Accepting-Nominations-for-Board-of-Directors/
   By Autumn Morris              (0) Comments

The Chamber’s Board of Directors is currently in the process of identifying and nominating a slate of candidates for seats on the Board of Directors (effective January 1, 2013).

If you have a candidate you would like for the Nominating Committee to consider, please contact Laurie S. Moran, CCE, President, Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 99, 8653 US Highway 29, Blairs, VA  24527, or by email at lmoran@dpchamber.org.

Candidates must be active members in good standing, designated as a representative by the member business, be qualified for such directorship, and have agreed to accept the responsibility of a directorship.

Nominations should be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 16, 2012.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Chamber office.

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<![CDATA[Chamber Challenge Summer Food and Fund Drive: Ways to Donate!]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Challenge-Summer-Food-and-Fund-Drive-Ways-to-Donate/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will participate in the first annual Governor’s Bowl Chamber of Commerce Challenge food and fund drive. The “Governor’s Bowl” campaign will run through Independence Day (July 4th), helping to keep Virginia’s food banks stocked during the summer months, which are typically slower for food donations.

Ways to Donate

  • Mail your donations to God’s Storehouse at PO Box 2600, Danville, VA 24541 or drop them off at their physical location at 750 Memorial Drive, Danville. God's Storehouse is open on Monday – Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. and on Thursday from 1:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m.
  • Mail your donations to Northern Pittsylvania County Food Center, PO Box 125, Gretna, VA 24557. Or, food items can be dropped off at the former Weal Presbyterian Church building west of Chatham on June 21 and the American Legion building in Gretna on June 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Shop Ben David Jewelers located at 459 Mount Cross Road, Danville – Throughout the month of June, Ben David Jewelers will donate a portion of the proceeds of everything sold to benefit our local food bank, God’s Storehouse, as part of the Governor’s Bowl – Chamber Challenge food and fund drive campaign. We encourage those searching for gifs for Weddings, Graduations, Father’s Day, or Anniversaries to visit Ben David Jewelers today. Each purchase you make will delight the recipient and help feed those in need!
  • In the spirit of “People Helping People” URW Community Federal Credit Union offices will be accepting food and fund donations for the 2012 Chamber of Commerce Challenge. Donations will be accepted until July 4, 2012 at the following locations: 539 Arnett Boulevard; 364 Lowes Drive, Suite H; 142 South Main Street (DRMC); and their newest location inside the Goodyear Plant. Let’s work together to fight hunger in our community.
  • Drop-off your items at your closest Danville Dental Associates office and register to win gift cards. Offices located at 5011 Riverside Drive, Danville; 770 Piney Forest Road, Danville; 1429 South Boston Road, Danville; and 19144 Highway 29 North, Chatham.
  • Dixon Hughes Goodman located at 110 Exchange Street, Suite G, Danville, is having a food drive. Their goal is to contribute 500-1000 cans, etc. of food.


*Please make a note on your donations that it is part of the Chamber Challenge* 



Fun Ideas for Your Business to Get Involved

  • Dress Down Day- if you bring in a certain number of food items you may wear casual attire.
  • Potluck Day- everyone brings a dish for lunch and in order to gain entrance you must bring a certain number of food items or pay an admission fee.
  • Costume Theme Day- create a theme; if you bring in a certain number of food items or cash amount you may dress in a costume with that theme.
  • Food Theme Day- challenge co-workers to bring in as many different food items as possible in a certain category, for example, food geared towards people with diabetes, or food for children in a particular age group. Whoever has the most different types of food within the category wins a prize.
  • Lunch for the Hungry Day- everyone contributes what they would normally spend on lunch.
  • Prizes- have local businesses donate gift certificates and items that can be raffled.
  • Totals- display daily totals in high-traffic areas or announce totals using emails to keep people up to date and involved.
  • Friendly Competition- conduct non-monetary waging and/or email wars between other Chamber offices/members.
  • Rewards- have rewards for staff members who donate more than 20 cans or $100. 
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<![CDATA[Chamber Joins Campaign to Help Local Food Banks]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Joins-Campaign-to-Help-Local-Food-Banks/
   By Autumn Morris              (0) Comments

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will participate in the first annual Governor’s Bowl Chamber of Commerce Challenge food and fund drive. The “Governor’s Bowl” campaign will run through Independence Day (July 4th), helping to keep Virginia’s food banks stocked during the summer months, which are typically slower for food donations.

Pamela Irvine, President and CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia, said, “Summertime is one of the most challenging times to keep our distribution centers filled with food. We see a higher demand for food assistance during the summer months because children are out of school. Parents of children who would normally receive free or reduced price breakfasts and lunches at school are in need of other resources to help feed their children. Over 80,000 children in Southwest Virginia are food insecure.”

Three Chamber offices and one state government office will receive a Governor’s bowl based on the total number of pounds of food donated (every dollar donated will equal four pounds). Chamber offices will compete with other like-size offices in categories small, medium and large as determined by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Governor McDonnell will personally deliver awards to the winning chamber and state agency offices after the conclusion of the “Governor’s Bowl.”

In a press conference earlier this year, Governor McDonnell said, “The ‘Governor’s Bowl’ is a unique opportunity to bring large corporations, small businesses and public sector employees together for a cause that everyone can agree with – and that is combating hunger in our communities. As Virginians, we are fortunate to live in a Commonwealth full of plenty; however, hunger remains pervasive. Since 2006, Virginia food banks have seen a 54 percent increase in demand. In the last six months, food banks have experienced a drop of 50 percent in food donations. Summer months are particularly tough for food banks to keep their shelves stocked. Today, we are challenging the business community and our great state agencies to join in this new competition that will help our food banks during one of its most challenging times for food banks in Virginia, especially with the number of children who are out of school and do not have access to before and after school meal programs.”

Business and individuals are encouraged to support our local food banks - God’s Storehouse and Northern Pittsylvania County Food Center. Please note that it is part of the Chamber Challenge.

Contributions can be mailed to God’s Storehouse at PO Box 2600, Danville, VA or taken to their physical location at 750 Memorial Drive, Danville. God's Storehouse is open on Monday – Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. and on Thursday from 1:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m.

Contributions can be mailed to Northern Pittsylvania County Food Center, PO Box 125, Gretna, VA 24557. Food items can be dropped off at the former Weal Presbyterian Church building west of Chatham on June 21 and the American Legion building in Gretna on June 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

If businesses or organization want to offer special promotions to encourage support for the food banks or if you have any questions, please contact the Chamber office at 434-836-6990 or chamber@dpchamber.org.

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<![CDATA[June Business at Breakfast Focuses on Governor's Challenge to Fight Hunger]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/June-Business-at-Breakfast-Focuses-on-Governors-Challenge-to-Fight-Hunger/
   By Autumn Morris              (0) Comments

Delegate Don Merricks
And
Karen Harris, Executive Director, God’s Storehouse
Kick Off
Governor’s Bowl Chamber of Commerce Food Bank Challenge
at Business at Breakfast


Delegate Don Merricks and Karen Harris, Executive Director of God’s Storehouse will speak at the upcoming Business at Breakfast on Tuesday, June 12th at 7:30a.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (150 Slayton Avenue, Danville, Virginia 24540). 

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will compete in the first annual Governor’s Bowl Chamber of Commerce Challenge food and fund drive. The “Governor’s Bowl” campaign will run from Memorial Day (May 28th) to Independence Day (July 4th), helping to keep Virginia’s food banks stocked during the summer months, which are typically slower for food donations. The competition will be organized regionally, with the “Governor’s Bowl” going to the Chamber or state agency that brings in the most pounds of food for its local food bank.

The June 12th event begins at 7:30a.m. with a buffet breakfast (including healthy options) and will conclude by 8:30a.m. The cost is $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members. Reservations are required and should be made by calling the Chamber at (434) 836-6990 or by emailing the Chamber at chamber@dpchamber.org. You can also click here to register online. 

Cancellations may be made without penalty up to 48 hours prior to the event date. Registrants will be charged the full registration fee for no-shows and/or cancellations made within 48 hours of the event. Registrant substitutions are allowed and may be made at any time up to the start time of the event.

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<![CDATA[22nd Annual Chamber Classic Boasts Low Scores, Great Fun]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/22nd-Annual-Chamber-Classic-Boasts-Low-Scores-Great-Fun/
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Amidst beautiful weather and tremendous fun, golfers at the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Classic golf tournament on June 4th turned in some of the lowest scores ever posted in the event’s 22-year history. The golf tournament is an annual fund raiser with all proceeds supporting the Chamber’s work in economic growth and prosperity for our region.

Only one stroke separated the top four teams in gross scores which required cards to be matched to determine the final order.

Capturing first place gross was the Dr. Paul Miller, DDS / Four Seasons Pest Control team of Paul Miller, John Adkins, Ramsey Yeatts, and Kwang Kim with a score of 56.

Second place gross winners were Roger Gillispie, D.C. Hastings, R.J. Weaver, and Mark Crawford representing the Virginia Bank & Trust team. They also shot a 56.

The third place gross winner was the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company team of Ricky Austin, Cary Wren, Chris Hobbs, and Scott Davis who shot a 57.

Fourth place gross winners were Jay Barker, Scott Batson, Dale Powell, and Bill Barker with a score of 57. They were representing the team of JEB International Tobacco.

Rounding out fifth place in gross score was the Virginia Uranium team of Doug Kendrick, Brooks Powell, Derek Mitchell, and Harry Lea. They came in with a score of 59.

Capturing first place in net score with a 51 was the WSET, Incorporated team of George Keys, Jim Reynolds, Chad Bagby, and Jimmy Watts.

The Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative team of Brian Mosier, John Moore, John Lee, and Donnie Moore took home second place net honors with a score of 54.

Third place net winners with a score of 57 were Greg Haymore, Tommy Rogers, Chad Anderson, and Lee Cassada, representing the Haymore Law/Bojangles - Blairs team.

The team of First Piedmont Corporation won fourth place net with a score of 58. Team members were Tom Verrill, Steve Hair, Ken Pruitt, and Dan Eder.

Finishing in fifth place net with a score of 59 was the Sonny Merryman, Inc. team of Floyd Merryman, Andrew Shimpock, Bobby Lovelace, and Lee Lovelace.

Buddy Rawley of Averett University was closest to the pin on hole #6, which was sponsored by Retail Merchants Association. Carlton Fuqua, playing with the Dewberry team, won closest to the pin on hole #16, which was sponsored by Gateway Health Alliance.

While Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda donated a 2012 Honda Civic for a hole-in-one on hole #10 and Ben David Jewelers donated a one carat diamond for a hole-in-one on hole #16, no lucky golfer was able to find the perfect shot to win either the car or the diamond.

A drawing was also held for prizes that included a SpeedLine Fast 12 ADAMS driver courtesy of First Citizens Bank, a Gents Titanium Citizen Ecodrive watch courtesy of Ben David Jewelers, a golf bag courtesy of Coca-Cola Bottling, green fees for four at the Westlake Country Club and green fees for four at the Waterfront Country Club courtesy of The Willard Companies.

“This year’s Chamber Classic golf tournament was a tremendous success,” commented Brian Finney, chairman of the Chamber Classic Golf Committee. “We had beautiful weather and the golfers had a great time. That showed in the low scores that were posted by all of teams.”

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

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<![CDATA[Watch Video of the Women's Business Conference]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Watch-Video-of-the-Womens-Business-Conference/
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Women business leaders shared their stories at a women’s business conference on May 30th at Danville Community College.  The event was streamed live to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston. 

In the first segment, hear from Virginia's Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade Mary Rae Carter, Kristin Springfield (founder and creator of Womanly Journey), Lisa Kipps-Brown (founder of Glerin Business Resources, Inc. in Halifax), and Gretchen Clark (president of Reynolds-Clark Development, Inc. in Gretna).  

Click here to watch the first segment...


In the second segment, hear from Doris Chism (founder of Pathways Youth Services, LLC in Scottsburg), Amie Teague (founder of Piedmont Regional Feeding & Oral-Motor Clinic in Danville), Sylvia Josey (owner of Your Stuff & Kids Stuff Consignment Boutiques in Danville), and Karen Johnston (owner of Karen’s Hallmark Shop in Danville).

Click here to watch the second segment... 


The conference was sponsored by the Longwood Small Business Development Center, the Barkhouser Free Enterprise Center at Danville Community College, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia Small Business Development Centers at George Mason University, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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<![CDATA[Spaces Now Available For Trade Show Exhibitors and Sponsors]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Spaces-Now-Available-For-Trade-Show-Exhibitors-and-Sponsors/
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The spotlight will be on area businesses at Southside Show-Biz, a business trade show for Danville and Pittsylvania County this fall. Plans are being finalized for the two-day show which will be held on October 16-17 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 strong business participation and attendance.

This year’s trade show will begin on Tuesday, October 16, 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 17, from 12 noon until 6 p.m. The trade show will be held at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research in Danville.

Exhibit space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Information on exhibit space and sponsorship opportunities has been mailed to Chamber members.

Click here for more information...

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<![CDATA[Members Encouraged to Attend Uranium Working Group Meeting in Chatham]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Members-Encouraged-to-Attend-Uranium-Working-Group-Meeting-in-Chatham/
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In anticipation of legislation in the 2013 session of the Virginia General Assembly around uranium mining and milling in the Commonwealth, the Board of Directors of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce strongly encourages business and community leaders to learn about the issue in order to make well-informed decisions.

On Monday, June 18, the Uranium Working Group and the Uranium Mining Subcommittee of the Virginia Coal and Energy Commission will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. at Chatham High School, 100 Cavalier Circle, Chatham. The meeting is open to the public, and the Chamber encourages its members to attend.

Governor McDonnell established the Uranium Working Group (UWG) to provide a scientific policy analysis to help assess whether the moratorium on uranium mining in the Commonwealth should be lifted, and if so, how best to do so. The Directive sets out 18 tasks for the UWG to complete, including the creation of a draft statutory and conceptual regulatory framework which the UWG will present in the series of public meetings with the Uranium Mining Subcommittee of the Coal and Energy Commission. The UWG will provide its findings and final report to the Governor so he can provide an assessment to the General Assembly.

Chamber members who would like to learn more about the issue of uranium mining and milling are also encouraged to visit the following websites for additional information and reports:

There have also been studies conducted by Virginia Beach, the Moran Report, and Fairfax. The links to these studies can be found on the comparison link on the Danville Regional Foundation’s website. There has also been a peer review compiled of the Virginia Beach study (2011) by Kleinfelder West.  The link to this review can be found on Virginia Uranium’s website.

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<![CDATA[3 Cheers for the Dan River Region - June 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/3-Cheers-for-the-Dan-River-Region---June-2012/
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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.

  •  The City of Danville received national attention recently at the 2012 Broadband Communities Summit for its work in launching a public “open access” fiber optic broadband network for use by businesses to deliver broadband services to customers. City Manager Joe King presented on Danville's use of the fiber optic broadband network to attract high-tech industries. Read more…

  • Chatham Hall is receiving recognition throughout the region for their innovative use of iPads in the classroom, which has yielded positive results for students and teachers. Read more...
  • A group of community, business, and elected leaders from Thomasville, N. C. recently came to visit Danville to learn about our local efforts in redeveloping former warehouses and factory buildings and efforts to revitalize downtown. Read more...


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

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<![CDATA[Chamber Celebrates Excellence at the Annual Awards Dinner]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Celebrates-Excellence-at-the-Annual-Awards-Dinner/
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Excellence, creativity, and celebration filled the air at this year’s Chamber Awards Dinner on May 14th at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. The Chamber recognized Educators of the Year from the City of Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Caswell County, NC with three educators receiving $2,500 each. The Chamber also awarded the Pinnacle Award to Danville Regional Medical Center for their strong impact on the local economy.

In addition, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognized Congressman Robert Hurt with the “Spirit of Enterprise Award” during the Chamber’s dinner. More details below.

Keynote speaker, Lou Heckler, shared his six leadership choices through humorous stories and observations in remarks that focused on “Shine Like the Stars.”

Heckler has been making a living from the printed and spoken word since he was 14, ranging from a community news column when he was a teenager to television to public speaking. Heckler began his full-time speaking career in March of 1980, performing keynote speeches and conducting training seminars on a variety of management topics. Heckler was voted one of the favorite speakers by meeting planners as listed in Meetings and Conventions Magazine in July 2010.



Robert Hurt Recognized with "Spirit of Enterprise" award

U.S. Representative Robert Hurt, who represents the 5th District of Virginia that includes Danville and Pittsylvania County, was presented with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's prestigious "Spirit of Enterprise" award at the Annual Awards Dinner of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce on May 14th at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research in Danville.

The Spirit of Enterprise award is given annually to members of Congress based on rankings the U.S. Chamber gives for key business votes outlined in its yearly publication, How They Voted. The U.S. Chamber's designated "key votes" are recorded floor votes on issues established as priorities by the national chamber, on which the U.S. Chamber informs Congress of its position on prior to the vote. Senators and House members who support the Chamber's position on at least 70% of these key votes receive the "Spirit of Enterprise" award.

Hurt was presented the award by Robert Purser, Southeast Regional Manager of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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<![CDATA[Chamber Recognizes Outstanding Educators]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Recognizes-Outstanding-Educators/
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In recognition of the great work that many of our teachers are doing in our region, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce recognized educators from across the region and presented three with cash awards of $2,500 each at the Annual Awards Dinner on May 14th at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research.

“As the Chamber and other area organizations work to transform our economy, a strong educational system provides the foundation for our work. Our region has made monumental strides in recent years. We continue to see our schools and our students excel,” commented Chamber Chair Charles Haynsworth III in making the presentations.

“The Chamber realizes that strong schools are the result of a dedicated team including educators, students, parents, and the community working together,” Haynsworth added. “Each year the Chamber recognizes those on the front line of education in our region – our outstanding educators, who exemplify the highest degree of professionalism, care, and concern for the academic performance of our students.”

Through the generous sponsorship of the Danville Regional Foundation, the Chamber was able to enrich its recognition with the inclusion of cash awards for three exceptional teachers from our region who were chosen as the overall Educators of the Year. In addition, the Foundation's support will allow the Chamber to sponsor a creativity workshop to be held this fall for all of the school winners.

“We believe that this cadre of teachers brings a wealth of creativity that we hope to expand throughout the region,” Haynsworth said.

Angela Jones of Kentuck Elementary School, Alicia Elaine Hightower of Westwood Middle School, and Emily Potts of Tunstall High School were recognized as the region’s overall Educators of the Year. The three received $2,500 each for their personal or professional development.

While Angela Jones of Kentuck Elementary School in Pittsylvania County, who was the overall Elementary School winner, only has five years of teaching experience, she has already made significant strides in improving student achievement. She uses her skills and talents to equipment students in special education who have emotional disabilities to work in the regular classroom setting. Jones has indicated that she will use her award to purchase iPads for the classroom because studies have shown that students who use iPads score higher on literacy tests, which Jones says will not only benefit her class but the school and the school system.

Alicia Elaine Hightower of Westwood Middle School in Danville was selected as the overall Middle School winner for 2012. With 18 years of teaching experience, she currently teaches 8th Grade Pre-Algebra, and has won numerous awards during her career as an educator. Hightower says that she has come to realize that the biggest accomplishment may not be the impact she’s made on students, but the impact they have made on her. Hightower has indicated that she will use her award to purchase a Smart Board for her classroom. If funds remain, she would like to be a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and attend their annual conference.

Emily Potts of Tunstall High School was named the overall High School winner for 2012. With 11 years of teaching experience, she is currently an English teacher in the 10th and 12th grades. Potts says that she tries to balance structure and discipline in her classroom with creativity and free expression. Potts has indicated that she will use her award to attend a two-week Shakespeare workshop for teachers at The Globe Theater in London over the summer of 2013.

In addition to the overall winners, the following educators were selected as the Educators of the Year for their school divisions:

  • In Danville, the Elementary School Educator of the Year is Faye Y. Moorman of W. Townes Lea Elementary School. The Middle School Educator of the Year is Alicia E. Hightower of Westwood Middle School. The High School Educator of the Year is Kevin A. Woodard of Galileo High School.
  • In Pittsylvania County, the Elementary School Educator of the Year is Angela Jones of Kentuck Elementary School. The Middle School Educator of the Year is Kate Wells of Tunstall Middle School. The High School Educator of the Year is Emily Potts of Tunstall High School.
  • In Caswell County, NC, the Elementary School Educator of the Year is Lea A. Hodnett of Stoney Creek Elementary. The Middle School Educator of the Year is Sherri M. Crumpton of N.L. Dillard Middle School.

The winners for the schools from throughout our region are:

From Danville:

  • Janice J. Guill of Forest Hills Elementary School
  • Christle C. Fallen of Glenwood Elementary School
  • Jaimee Emswiler of G.L.H. Johnson Elementary School
  • Kristle Y. Jackson of Grove Park Preschool
  • Lottie Hudson of I.W. Taylor Elementary School
  • Kelly Mayhugh of Park Avenue Elementary School
  • Melissa S. Maxey of Schoolfield Elementary School
  • Faye Y. Moorman of W. Townes Lea Elementary School
  • Amy H. Lane of Woodberry Hills Elementary School
  • Doris D. Thornton of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School
  • Clara L. Yeatts of Carlisle School - Danville Campus
  • Kimberley Snow of Sacred Heart School
  • Kimberly K. Agnor of E.A. Gibson Middle School
  • Kathleen Mitchell of O.T. Bonner Middle School
  • Alicia E. Hightower of Westwood Middle School
  • Kevin A. Woodard of Galileo High School
  • Tiana Taylor of George Washington High School
  • Jamie Craft of John M. Langston Focus School
  • Brian K. Patty of W.W. Moore Jr. Education Center

From Pittsylvania County:

  • M. Elizabeth Shorter of Brosville Elementary School
  • Carol M. Moorefield of Chatham Elementary School
  • Linda A. Gibson of Gretna Elementary School
  • Jacqueline L. Harding of John L. Hurt Jr. Elementary School
  • Angela Jones of Kentuck Elementary School
  • Carolyn P. Doss of Mt. Airy Elementary School
  • Wendy M. Dunevant of Southside Elementary School
  • Lisa J. Smith of Stony Mill Elementary School
  • Wanda P. Carter of Twin Springs Elementary School
  • Deborah T. Osborne of Union Hall Elementary School
  • Sandra A. Evans of Chatham Middle School
  • Cynthia G. Shields of Gretna Middle School
  • Diane M. Jones of Dan River Middle School
  • Kate Wells of Tunstall Middle School
  • Daniel Tittiris of Chatham High School
  • Jennifer J. Trail of Dan River High School
  • Billy Shields of Gretna High School
  • J. Herbert Hardy of Pittsylvania Career & Tech Center
  • Emily Potts of Tunstall High School
  • Harold Hofer of Hargrave Military Academy

From Caswell County:

  • Emily Smith of North Elementary School
  • DelShana D. LeGrant of Oakwood Elementary School
  • Justin Scruggs of South Elementary School
  • Lea A. Hodnett of Stoney Creek Elementary
  • Sherri M. Crumpton of N.L. Dillard Middle School
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<![CDATA[Danville Regional Medical Center Wins Chamber's Pinnacle Award]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Danville-Regional-Medical-Center-Wins-Chambers-Pinnacle-Award/
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Danville Regional Medical Center was awarded the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Pinnacle Award at the Annual Awards Dinner of the Chamber on May 14th at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research.

This is the second year that the Chamber has presented the Pinnacle Award. Averett University received the award in 2011.

In presenting the award, Chamber Chair Charles Haynsworth III of Office Plus Business Centre noted, “This year’s winner is no stranger to those of us in this room. I would probably venture to guess that every person in this room has a personal experience with this organization.”

Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC), which has been part of the community for more than 120 years, is the second largest private employer in Danville. DRMC contributes significantly to our region’s economy with an annual payroll of $67.5 million and more than 1,100 employees. Last year, the organization paid $2.2 million in taxes to support our city, county, and state.

DRMC has also invested over $5.1 million in their facilities to ensure the most advanced technology available in our region. In an economic impact report compiled by Chmura Economics & Analytics, DRMC impacted our region’s economy by $189 million in spending in 2009 that supported 2,081 jobs. On the state level, the impact was $228.3 million that sustained 2,287 jobs.

DRMC is also extremely active in our community. They support United Way, the Boys & Girls Club, the YMCA, the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Clubs, Danville Community College, the Free Clinic, God’s Storehouse, House of Hope, and Averett University, to name a few. “This organization is very visible and actively involved,” stressed Haynsworth. Their involvement, however, does not stop at the local level as CEO Eric Deaton was appointed to the Virginia State Board of Health to ensure our region’s voice is represented at the state level.

“This organization has a strong affiliation with Duke University Health System to ensure that our citizens and businesses have the best quality healthcare possible,” Haynsworth continued. “ They are regularly recruiting high level professional jobs to our region and have started a residency program to expand their services while attracting new physicians to our community.” In 2012, they will have 50 residents with an economic impact in our community of $3.6 million.

“Because of their commitment to having a healthier community, they have expanded their family healthcare center network. Last year they opened a center in Brosville and earlier this month they broke ground in the Mt. Hermon community. Plans are underway for Gretna and Route 58 East,” added Haynsworth.

“I would be remiss if I didn’t take a minute to comment about the leader of this great organization. If you look at the CEO’s name badge, it doesn’t say CEO. It says ‘Chief Servant,’ and it’s not just words to him,” acknowledged Haynsworth. “This man truly believes through his words and his actions that he has been placed in a position of leadership to serve. He treats his co-workers, his customers, and the community with dignity and respect. He leads by courage and integrity.”

The Chamber's Board of Directors presents the Pinnacle Award to a business or organization whose outstanding achievements serve as a model for success.

Based on the guidelines, the recipient of the Pinnacle Award should be distinguished as an influential business or organization that has made a strong local economic impact. The recipient’s leadership and dedication to a variety of interests should contribute significantly to the socio-economic prosperity of the Danville-Pittsylvania County region. The recipient should be respected professionally and throughout the community for commitment to excellence and vision for future generations.

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<![CDATA[Get Taste of Southside Tickets!]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Get-Taste-of-Southside-Tickets/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend an evening of celebrating local foods and wines at their newest event, “A Taste of Southside” to be held on Wednesday, June 20. A variety of local restaurants will be on hand serving up samples of their specialties so that you can get a taste of the best of eateries serving our community.

“A Taste of Southside” will be held at the Danville Community Market on Wednesday, June 20, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. The Chamber office is selling VIP tickets for $30, which includes everything you will need for a night of great food and fun – unlimited food tastings from participating restaurants, local wine, beer, and live entertainment from Small Town Orchestra. Must be 21 or older to purchase a VIP ticket.

To order your tickets, please contact the Chamber office at (434) 836-6990 or visit their website at www.dpchamber.org (Direct link to ticket sales: http://business.dpchamber.org/Events/details/taste-of-southside-2012). Only 500 tickets will be sold, so place your order today!

Food and wine vendors include the following: Chick-fil-A, VIR’s Oak Tree Tavern, SleepyGoat Cheese, Checkered Pig BBQ & Ribs, The Highlander Restaurant, Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, the Institute Conference Center by Sodexo, Ruby Tuesday, Kickback Jack’s, The Homeplace Vineyard, and Tomahawk Mill Winery. For any other restaurants or caterers wishing to participate, please contact the Chamber office as soon as possible to secure your spot as space is limited.
 

Special thanks to our sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors:
Danville Regional Medical Center
WSET

Entertainment Sponsor:
Centra

Additional Sponsors:
Danville Distributing Company
Lawrence Distributing Company
Pepsi Beverages Company


Click here to order tickets online!

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<![CDATA[3 Cheers for the Dan River Region - May 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/3-Cheers-for-the-Dan-River-Region---May-2012/
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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.

  • JTI Leaf Services recently donated $400,000 to Danville for the design and build of a fountain that will be placed on the city's "100 percent" corner at the intersection of Main and Craghead streets. This donation accompanies similar efforts by the city to revitalize downtown Danville. Read more...

  • Danville and Pittsylvania County have recently celebrated several ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings for new businesses including Virginia Candle Co., Virdia, Dollar General, Family Healthcare Center in Mount Hermon, and more. We are proud of the job and industry growth these ribbon cutting represent for our communities.
  • The Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex recently hosted the 64th Annual Pittsylvania-Caswell Junior Livestock Show and Sale, which is aimed at educating young people and encouraging leadership development. 


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

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<![CDATA[Chamber's Annual Awards Dinner Set for May 14]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chambers-Annual-Awards-Dinner-Set-for-May-14/
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When the membership of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce comes together for the 2012 Annual Awards Dinner, it will be a time of celebration. The dinner will be held on Monday, May 14, at 6 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research.

In recognition of the innovation and outstanding contributions made by organizations and businesses in our region, the Chamber will salute the Pinnacle Award winner and the Educator of the Year award winners.

In addition to the awards presentation, keynote remarks will be provided by Lou Heckler who was voted one of the favorite speakers by meeting planners as listed in Meetings and Conventions Magazine in 2010. Heckler’s remarks will focus on “Shine Like the Stars.”


About Lou Heckler

Heckler has been making a living from the printed and spoken word since he was 14. In his teenage years, he was hired to do a community news column for "The Signal Item," a weekly newspaper near his hometown in Pittsburgh, PA.
While Heckler was receiving dual degrees in Journalism and Radio-TV-Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he also served as news editor and anchorman on the WUNC-TV public television system. By the time he was graduated from the University, he had already logged over 1,000 live television broadcasts.

Heckler joined the US Army six months after graduation. During his two and a half years of service, Heckler served as a speech instructor and course supervisor at the Defense Information School (then at Fort Harrison, IN). The school trained broadcasters and public affairs people for all the US military branches and for military personnel and civilians from many foreign countries. On the weekends, he was a news anchorman at WTTV, an independent television station serving Bloomington and Indianapolis, IN.

When Heckler returned to television, he first served as News Director of an NBC television affiliate in Richmond, VA and then as Community Affairs Director at WBTV in Charlotte. For the last year and half of Lou’s television career, he served WBTV’s parent corporation (Jefferson Pilot Communications) as its management training director.

Always of an entrepreneurial spirit, Heckler began his full-time speaking career in March of 1980, performing keynote speeches and conducting training seminars on a variety of management topics.

The University of Michigan tapped Heckler to join the adjunct faculty at their Executive Education Center (part of the Graduate School of Business Administration) and that launched a 19-year relationship during which Lou led more than 200 programs for the University in Ann Arbor, as well as a number of on-site programs in New York City, Hong Kong, Atlantic City, Chicago, and a number of cities throughout Michigan. He maintained this post while still at the helm of his own business.


Attending the Annual Awards Dinner


“This year’s dinner will highlight the creativity and innovation that will serve as the catalyst for the transformation of our region,” commented Chamber President Laurie S. Moran, CCE. “We have many stars in our region and look forward to recognizing all of them at our awards dinner.”

A reception will be held at 6 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the Annual Awards Dinner are $35 each. Corporate table sponsorships are available for $400 and include eight tickets. Tickets should be purchased in advance from the Chamber office by Tuesday, May 8.

If you need additional information on tickets or sponsorships, please contact the Chamber at 836-6990, email the Chamber office at chamber@dpchamber.org, or visit the Chamber’s website at www.dpchamber.org.

Click here to RSVP!

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<![CDATA[Chamber President Testifies Before House Committee]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-President-Testifies-Before-House-Committee/
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Laurie S. Moran, CCE, President of the Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Education and the Workforce Committee on April 17, 2012. Moran also serves as the chair of the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB).

Moran was invited to testify by Representative John Kline of Minnesota, chair of the Education and the Workforce Committee, on HR 4297, “The Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012.” Moran was one of four individuals from around the country who was invited to testify.

“It was an honor and privilege to represent our Chamber, our region, and our country’s workforce system by providing our Chamber and our national association’s position on workforce issues,” Moran commented.

In her remarks, Moran commended both the Republicans and Democrats on the committee for introducing Workforce Investment Act (WIA) reauthorization bills this year. “It has been 15 years since we have reauthorized WIA and it was built for a very different point of time when there was very low unemployment with employers starving for workers at all levels in our workforce. It is badly in need of an upgrade and both bills make major strides to ensure that employers have the opportunity to hire skilled workers and job seekers have a chance to regain employment in a difficult job market,” Moran commented.

Moran stressed the importance of employer-led workforce boards, and local flexibility and control in determining how funding is allocated to meet the needs of unique communities with varying workforce needs. Moran also urged members of the committee to adopt a bipartisan bill as the needs within our workforce system are not partisan issues. “For 40 years, programs and funding for workforce initiatives and skills development have received bi-partisan support. The future of our workforce is not a political party’s issue. It’s America’s issue,” stressed Moran.

Following testimony by the four witnesses who were invited to testify, members of the committee had an opportunity to make remarks and ask questions of the four.

Congressman Robert Hurt, who represents Virginia’s 5th District which includes Danville and Pittsylvania County, attended and participated in the hearing. “I would like to thank Representative Hurt for attending the hearing and showing his interest in the workforce issues of our nation and our region,” Moran said. “His presence and support was greatly appreciated.”

For a copy of Moran’s written testimony or to watch the hearing, visit the committee’s website at www.edworkforce.house.gov under “Hearings & Legislation.”

Click here to view a webcast of the hearing... 

Click here to view a copy of Laurie Moran's remarks...

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<![CDATA[Applications Being Accepted for 2012-13 Class of Leadership Southside]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Applications-Being-Accepted-for-2012-13-Class-of-Leadership-Southside/
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Applications are currently being accepted for the 2012-13 class of Leadership Southside. The deadline for applications to be returned to the Chamber of Commerce office is July 2, 2012.

Leadership Southside, presented by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, is an interactive and informative program that offers skill building, leadership development, and an introduction to Southside Virginia. The program is designed to identify and develop potential community leaders in order to build an alliance of the finest leaders for present and future leadership needs. The Leadership Southside program strives to bring together individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who have demonstrated talent and commitment for leadership and expand that potential.

Leadership Southside develops leadership skills by providing information, education, experience, and exchange of ideas. Sessions have included orientation, leadership skills and development, team building, community issues and opportunities, leadership of a business, leadership issues in economic development and workforce development, leadership in education, leadership of a nonprofit organization, effecting change, cultural diversity, and local and state government.

Leadership Southside has been revamped so that the required time commitment better accommodates the schedules of our participants. Leadership Southside XIX will begin in September 2012 with an orientation and will be followed by 8 monthly programs. Rather than moving into a project phase following the programs as past classes have done, the class will incorporate project elements into the first 8 months and will graduate in May 2013.

The tuition fee of $995 is used to defray the expenses of the monthly sessions and can be paid by the individual or the employer. Limited financial assistance may be available upon request.

Applications can be requested by contacting the Chamber office at (434) 836-6990, or by emailing the Chamber at llawson@dpchamber.org. Individuals can also nominate others for this program by contacting the Chamber office.

View a PDF of the application here...

See a flyer with more information about the Leadership Southside program here... 

The deadline for applications is July 2, 2012.

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<![CDATA[American National Honors Students in Ceremony for Financial Literacy Achievement]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/American-National-Honors-Students-in-Ceremony-for-Financial-Literacy-Achievement/
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Students at George Washington High School received certification in financial literacy after completing the My Money, My FutureSM Financial Literacy Program, made possible with the financial support of local sponsor American National Bank and Trust Company. The event honoring the students’ achievements was held on Monday, April 23, 2012, in the George Washington High School Library.

George Washington High School teamed with American National Bank and Trust Company to incorporate the EverFi Financial Literacy E-Learning Platform into students’ existing curricula. This online program uses the latest in new media technologies – adaptive-pathing, 3-D gaming, social networking, online animations, video and messaging tools to bring complex financial concepts to life. Using the EverFi platform, George Washington High School students have become certified in more than 600 topics in personal finance, such as budgeting, saving, using credit cards wisely and financing higher education.

Students graduating from the My Money, My FutureSM Financial Literacy Program will have the knowledge to help them make the right decisions when it comes to personal financial management. By participating in this program, George Washington High School is taking the lead on a statewide financial literacy initiative powered by EverFi. The partnership represents an innovative private-sector solution to our education system – implementing programs that provide students with the critical life skills to help them succeed – at no cost to the taxpayer. The EverFi program is now in more than 3,000 high schools across the United States.

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<![CDATA[Junior Leadership Southside III Graduates 20, 3 Graduating Seniors Receive Averett University Scholarship]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Junior-Leadership-Southside-III-Graduates-20-3-Graduating-Seniors-Receive-Averett-University-Scholarship/
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On Saturday, April 21st, the third Junior Leadership Southside class graduated in a ceremony held at Danville Community College’s Regional Center for Advanced Technology and Training. Junior Leadership Southside is an eight month program that provides leadership orientation and development to local high school students. The program includes monthly sessions ranging from three to six hours in length and held on school holidays, after school, and on Saturdays. The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce wishes to congratulate the following Junior Leadership Southside III graduates:

  • Taleia Barksdale – George Washington High School
  • John Bennett – George Washington High School
  • Rachel Boyd – Dan River High School
  • Sarah Crews - George Washington High School
  • Josh Estabrook – Westover Christian Academy
  • Jalen Frazier – George Washington High School
  • Cierra Gunter – Tunstall High School
  • Dalton Heath – Tunstall High School
  • Sarah Jo Hite – Dan River High School
  • Madina Kamilova – George Washington High School
  • Emily MacLeish – Tunstall High School
  • Austin Moran – Gretna High School
  • Angelica Orlikowski – George Washington High School
  • Katelyn Riddle – Dan River High School
  • John Robinson – George Washington High School
  • Rebecca-Ann Shelton – Dan River High School
  • Simone Stratton – George Washington High School
  • Sarah Turner – George Washington High School
  • Curtis Wells – Tunstall High School
  • Jake Whittaker – Tunstall High School

 “Our Junior Leadership Southside class has been very successful and we are so proud of our new graduates.” remarked Laurie Moran, CCE, President of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. The program began with an orientation at the Chamber’s Blairs office in September 2011.  Monthly sessions included speakers and panelists who provided a holistic approach to leadership orientation and development.  Sessions were held at local business venues and participants were exposed to leadership development activities and opportunities in the Southside Region.  During the graduation ceremony, participants used their own creative voices to explain what the program has meant to them. 

Pre- and Post- program participant assessments from the past three years show measured improvement in understanding of and interest in community affairs, knowledge of the roles of differing personalities in leadership and group dynamics, ability and willingness to take initiative and get change started in our community, and leadership concept comprehension. 

3 Junior Leadership Southside graduates were awarded the Averett University Junior Leadership Southside Scholarship.  Congratulations to these recipients:

  • Jalen Frazier, George Washington High School
  • Cierra Gunter, Tunstall High School
  • Jake Whittaker, Tunstall High School

The Averett University Junior Leadership Southside Scholarship is a $5,000 renewable scholarship available to every high school student who completes the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce's Junior Leadership Southside Program and attends Averett University. The scholarship can be utilized for up to four years for a total award of $20,000 and is awarded over and above any merit scholarships for which the student may be eligible.  "We want to recognize these students' accomplishments and to make it possible for these emerging leaders to remain here in our region," said Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks. "These students represent some of our area's best and brightest talents.  They are our future leaders.  We are pleased to be able to offer these students Averett scholarships and the opportunity to experience the benefits of an Averett education." 



Junior Leadership Southside is currently accepting applications for its fourth program year.
    
Participants will be selected based on applications and references submitted.  Applications are due on June 1st, 2012.  A tuition of $195 will be used to defray the expense of monthly sessions.  Limited financial assistance may be available upon request. City of Danville Public School students may apply for an Advantage Grant to cover the cost of tuition.

Sponsorship information, program information, and program application packets are available on the Chamber’s website (www.dpchamber.org) or by contacting the Chamber at 434.836.6990 or llawson@dpchamber.org.

 

 

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<![CDATA[UVA President Speaks in Danville]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/UVA-President-Speaks-in-Danville/
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UVA PresidentUniversity of Virginia president Teresa A. Sullivan came to Danville yesterday evening to discuss the importance of higher education and research as the engine of the economy. 

Sullivan pointed out that with the losses of certain industries, such as tobacco and textiles, comes the need for economic development through university research. This research is responsible for giving life to new industries, especially those implementing new technologies. Sullivan argued that a focus on techonology-driven education and research has the potential to make a serious impact on the economic growth of Southside Virginia. 

This lecture was part of the University of Virginia's Engaging the Mind Public Lecture Series and was presented in partnership with the Danville Pittysylvania County Chamber of Commerce.  

See other local media covering this story:

WSET

Danville Register & Bee

 

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<![CDATA[3 Cheers for the Dan River Region: March 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/3-Cheers-for-the-Dan-River-Region-March-2012/
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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.

  • The City of Danville was recently awarded the 2012 Community Economic Development Award by the Virginia Economic Developers Association for its efforts to revitalize the River District. Read more... 

  • The 5th annual Southern Virginia Mountain Bike Association's Shootout on Anglers Ridge attracted more than 300 riders to the Danville area. Feedback from riders revealed that the 8.9-mile trail is the "best within 100 miles." Read more... 

  • Two employees of the Pittsylvania County school division were honored recently for their use of technology by the Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium, affiliated with Longwood University. Read more...


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

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<![CDATA[$100,000 in Teacher Creativity Grants Available]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/100000-in-Teacher-Creativity-Grants-Available/
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Teacher Creativity Grants

Area teachers will have the opportunity to compete for more than $100,000 in teacher creativity grants in this year’s grant program, sponsored by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce.  Educators in Pre-K through 12th grade in the City of Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Caswell County, North Carolina are eligible to apply.

Applications are due to the Chamber by June 6, 2012 and must be submitted by a cohort of teachers (two or more) representing an interdisciplinary team, grade level team, across grade level team, or division wide team.  Partnerships with educational, community, and business organizations are encouraged. 

There are no minimum nor maximum monetary limits on the education grant awards.  Teachers and administrators are encouraged to submit their best, most creative ideas to the Chamber’s Grant Selection Committee.  

Click here to view the guidelines and application for the 2012-2013 Teacher Creativity Grants...


Funding for the Teacher Creativity Grants

The Chamber began the education grant program in 1990 when Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s plant manager Ed Steffey saw classroom needs were not being met through traditional funding sources. Steffey partnered with the Chamber and started a golf tournament from which proceeds were earmarked for the teacher grant initiative.  Proceeds from the Goodyear Education 5K race also go toward the program which encourages innovative and creative programs that promote collaboration, communication skills, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. 

The Danville Regional Foundation will provide an extra $100,000 in funds for the Chamber’s program.  “We believe that education flourishes when teachers have the freedom to bring innovative education programs to their students,” remarked Clark Casteel, DRF Senior Program Officer.  “By investing in our teachers, we invest in the future of the Dan River Region – our children."

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<![CDATA[Junior Leadership Southside IV Seeks Applications, Sponsorships]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Junior-Leadership-Southside-IV-Seeks-Applications-Sponsorships/
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We are pleased to open up the application process for our fourth program year of Junior Leadership Southside.

Junior Leadership Southside is an eight month program that provides leadership orientation and development to local high school students. Rising sophomores may apply for the program, but preference is given to rising juniors and seniors. The program includes monthly sessions ranging from three to six hours in length and held on school holidays, after school, and on Saturdays. 

The program will begin with an orientation in September 2012 and will end with a graduation ceremony in April 2013.  Monthly sessions will include speakers and panelists providing a holistic approach to leadership orientation and development. Sessions will be held at local business venues and participants will be exposed to leadership development activities and opportunities in the Southside Region. Participants will be selected based on applications and references submitted. Applications are due on June 1st, 2012. A tuition of $195 will be used to defray the expense of monthly sessions. Limited financial assistance may be available upon request.
Averett University will award a $5,000 renewable scholarship to every high school student who completes the Junior Leadership Southside Program and attends Averett University. The scholarship can be utilized for up to four years for a total award of $20,000 and is available to Junior Leadership Southside graduates beginning with the 2010-2011 class. 





Sponsorship Opportunities Available 


Sponsorships to defray program costs and provide scholarship assistance are being offered at the following levels.  Junior Leadership Southside is a program of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber Foundation and your contribution is tax deductible:

CEO Level - $1,000 

  • Prominent Sponsor Recognition using your logo on marketing materials to include JLSS webpage, Chamber Connections and Chamber Briefs
  • Four guests at graduation
  • Opportunityto speak at graduation
  • Exhibitor Table at graduation

Director Level - $500 = Includes $200 Scholarship and Sponsorship

  • Sponsor Recognition on marketing materials to include JLSS webpage, Chamber Connections and Chamber Briefs
  • Four guests at graduation
  • Exhibitor Table at graduation

Supervisor Level- $200 = One Participant Scholarship

  • Sponsor Recognition on marketing materials to include JLSS webpage, Chamber Connections and Chamber Briefs
  • Two guests at graduation

Assistant Level- $100 = Much Needed Support

  • Sponsor Recognition on JLSS webpage, Chamber Connections, and Chamber Briefs

Program Day Sponsor – $500 or In-Kind Contribution

  • Sponsor will provide a venue, snacks, and/or lunches for the participants for a particular program.  Sponsor recognition on JLSS Webpage, Chamber Connections, and Chamber Briefs.
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<![CDATA[Member Spotlight: Abercrombie Physical Therapy]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Member-Spotlight-Abercrombie-Physical-Therapy/
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Abercrombie Physical Therapy has been providing personal care with professional results since opening in January 2003.  Located at 2811 Riverside Drive, it offers a location that is convenient and easily accessible to patients.  In an effort to provide high quality, ethical care, Abercrombie Physical Therapy is committed to establishing a patient first environment with no referral for profit arrangements.  The primary goal is to empower patients to get better and stay better, through exercise and education, as well as other techniques.

Outpatient physical therapy services provide treatment for a wide variety of patients, including, but not limited to, orthopedic, neurologic, arthritis, torticollis, gross motor delay, TMJ dysfunction, vestibular rehab/balance, pre/post operative, and back pain.  Contractual home health services are offered through Hallmark Home Health Care agency for homebound patients throughoutDanvilleandPittsylvaniaCounty. 

Abercrombie Physical Therapy has recently expanded services after identifying two areas that were previously underserved in this region.  They recently became a Run Specialty Dealer through Montrail to provide a local source offering a high level of customer service including tailored product selection, custom fitting, gait stride analysis, and detailed product demonstrations.

Abercrombie Physical Therapy

A lymphedema program was also recently added to offer patients a local alternative for this treatment.  Kate Divine, physical therapist, completed 135 hours of instruction in Complete Decongestive Therapy, a gentle, non-invasive, and highly effective program to manage chronic primary and secondary lymphedema.

Both of these programs have been very well received by the community thus far and we continue to strive to meet the rehabilitation needs of this area.


Contact Abercrombie Physical Therapy:
2811 Riverside Drive   Danville, VA 24540
Phone: (434) 799-6100
Fax: (434) 799-1116
www.abercrombiept.com

See a flyer with information here...

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<![CDATA[Breakfast Featuring Danville City Council Candidates]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Breakfast-Featuring-Danville-City-Council-Candidates/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce will hold a candidate breakfast meeting to allow business and community leaders to learn more about the candidates in the May Danville City Council elections.

The breakfast is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, at 7:30 a.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research.
Invitations have been issued to the seven City Council candidates who are vying for the five seats. Candidates are Larry Campbell Jr., T. David Luther, Thomas W. Motley, Albert K. “Buddy” Rawley Jr., Sherman M. Saunders, Fred O. Shanks III, and J. Lee Vogler Jr.

The cost of the breakfast meeting is $20 per person.

Click here to RSVP or register by calling the Chamber at (434) 836-6990 or by emailing the Chamber at chamber@dpchamber.org by April 12th.

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<![CDATA[Nominations Solicited for Chamber's Pinnacle Award]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Nominations-Solicited-for-Chambers-Pinnacle-Award/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is soliciting nominations for its Pinnacle Award which is presented to a business or organization whose outstanding achievements serve as a model for success.

A nominee for the Pinnacle Award should be distinguished as an influential business or organization that has made a strong local economic impact. The recipient’s leadership and dedication to a variety of interests should contribute significantly to the socio-economic prosperity of the Danville-Pittsylvania County region. The recipient should be respected professionally and throughout the community for commitment to excellence and vision for future generations. Business (profit or not-for-profit) nominees must operate in the Danville and Pittsylvania County area.

Criteria for the award include:
• Recognized leadership in making a key contribution to the quality of life in the region
• Innovative and entrepreneurial leadership
• Active involvement that advances their profession or industry

To nominate a business or organization for the Pinnacle Award, please submit a letter of recommendation (not to exceed two pages) by Friday, April 20, 2012.

Nominations can be emailed to chamber@dpchamber.org or mailed to Chamber Pinnacle Award, c/o Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 99, Blairs, VA 24527.

The Chamber presented its first-ever Pinnacle Award in 2011 to Averett University.

Please contact our office for more information at (434) 836-6990. 

See complete guidelines here... 

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<![CDATA[Duke MBA World Rugby Tournament in Danville ]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Duke-MBA-World-Rugby-Tournament-in-Danville-/
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Approximately 700 MBA students from around the country and from around the world will be in Danville for the Duke MBA World Rugby Tournament on April 13-15 at Anglers Park.

In an effort to instill a positive impression of our region with these participants and in order for them to see the Dan River region as a place of opportunity, a number of organizations have been working for the past several months on plans to market our region to the students.

Last year’s tournament featured MBA teams from Harvard, Ireland’s University College Dublin, Columbia, Darden, the United Kingdom, France, Canada, and Duke, to name a few.

While teams were still being finalized, we are anticipating many of the same teams to return with several new international teams.

Our region is planning outreach efforts relevant to business and economic development opportunities during the tournament. A critical component of our outreach is to have a team of dedicated volunteers who can serve as ‘ambassadors’ for our teams and help to promote this region as a great place to live and work.

“In just a few short years, many of these MBA students will be in positions where they may be choosing a location to work, a location to start a business, or a location to expand a business,” explained Chamber President Laurie S. Moran, CCE. “When they reach that time in their careers, we want the Danville region to be at the top of their list.”

There will also be a business hospitality tent for the participants where they can learn more about our region and business opportunities in our region. If you would like more information or if you would like to volunteer to help during the event, please contact the Chamber office.

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<![CDATA[Steve Padgett's Danville Honda Earns Top Honors]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Steve-Padgetts-Danville-Honda-Earns-Top-Honors/
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American Honda Motor Co., Inc., is proud to announce that Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda has earned the Honda President’s Award. This annual award is presented to top-ranking Honda dealerships across the country, based on their achievement of excellence in all areas of operation – customer service and satisfaction, sales, training, and facility operation for the prior calendar year. This is the second year in a row Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda has earned Honda’s highest dealership honor.

A major component of the program focuses on the customer experience and is measured via customer satisfaction surveys. To earn this distinction, Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda met the lofty program objectives established for the 2011 calendar year.

“Earning the President’s Award is a yearlong commitment that requires the dedication of every dealership team member,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of Automobile Sales for Honda. “There are currently more than 1,000 Honda dealerships in the United States. Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda is one of only 144 to earn this distinction for 2011.

“It is an honor to bring Honda’s highest honor home to Danville, Virginia. The support we have received from our community has been overwhelming. I look forward to giving back to our community for years to come,” said Steve Padgett.

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<![CDATA[Lean Seminar: Increase the Efficiency of Your Business!]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Lean-Seminar-Increase-the-Efficiency-of-Your-Business/
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Organizations are inherently inefficient!

Learn how your organization’s standard processes may actually be counterproductive to the bottom line. Unexamined processes may be wasting time, underutilizing people, scrapping material, and sabotaging your best intentions for good customer service. No organization is immune.

The ”Lean Organization“ seminar will show you how others have used lean principles to transform their organizations to meet customer needs, reduce costs, and increase profits, all while improving employee morale and buy-in. This seminar is for all who manage, regardless of organization type; retail, finance, IT, manufacturing… all can apply these principles to improve organizational effectiveness.

Come to the Regional Center for Advanced Technology and Training (RCATT) at 121 Slayton Avenue on Tuesday, April 3 from 12:00 Noon – 1:30PM to hear Harold Garrison, Lean Instructor. Lunch will be provided.

RSVP to Jerry Franklin at jfranklin@dcc.vccs.edu or call 434-797- 8573.

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<![CDATA[Chamber's Email System Down]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chambers-Email-System-Down/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce's email server crashed late Thursday night. We do not anticipate the server being restored before early this week. Please be aware that emails sent to any Chamber staff member during this time have not been received. We will send an update once the server is restored.

 

For immediate assistance, please call the Chamber office at (434) 836-6990 during regular work hours (Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.). For emergencies or calls outside regular work hours, you may contact Chamber President Laurie Moran by cell at (434) 489-9380.

 


Thank you!

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<![CDATA[3 Cheers for the Dan River Region: February 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/3-Cheers-for-the-Dan-River-Region-February-2012/
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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.

  • Margie, a Toy Manchester Terrier, represented our region well as the Best in Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Her owner, Dr. Roger Travis of Danville, is a podiatrist in Danville. Read more...

  • Danville's supercomputer is now up and running, making it one of only 2 such operating computers of its kind in the nation. Read more...

  • Two of our local wineries, Altavista Vineyards and The Homeplace Vineyard, were recently honored with 2012 Governor's Cup Medals. Altavista Vineyard won a silver medal for their Merlot and bronze for their Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Shiraz wines. The Homeplace Vineyard was awarded bronze for their Chambourcin. Click here to see a full list of the 2012 Governor's Cup Medal Winners...



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

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<![CDATA[Neighborhood Leadership Program Solicits Nominations for 2012 Program]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Neighborhood-Leadership-Program-Solicits-Nominations-for-2012-Program/
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Innovative Leadership: Building Community Connections, a component of the Neighborhood Leadership Institute of Southside Virginia, will launch its next round of classes in early March.

Sponsored by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce and funded by United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County, the neighborhood leadership program was developed by Virginia Cooperative Extension and is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to:

  • Build their leadership skills.
  • Increase their awareness of community issues.
  • Network with other leaders.
  • Become more engaged in community, civic, and governmental activities.

The neighborhood leadership program includes six leadership modules with all leadership training presented by the Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Beginning in early March, there will be classes offered at Third Avenue Congregational Christian Church located at 215 Third Avenue in Danville. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. 

The Neighborhood Leadership Institute is open to all Danville and Pittsylvania County area citizens and strives to include individuals from all geographic and demographic sectors of our community. The selection process is highly competitive with a limited number of openings.

For the 2012 classes, there will be no program tuition fee with all program expenses paid by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce through a grant funded by United Way of Danville–Pittsylvania County. 

For information or an application, please contact the Chamber office at 434-836-6990 or click here to access the application and more information.

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<![CDATA[Sign up for One of Our Listening Lunches!]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Sign-up-for-One-of-Our-Listening-Lunches/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend!

Join Chamber President Laurie S. Moran for an informal conversation and share issues facing your business and our region. Laurie will listen to your comments and answer your questions. 
 
If you want to get more involved and have direct communication with your chamber executive, this lunch is for you.

 
There is no more space available at our first listening lunch to be held at Lone Star Steakhouse, but sign up for these upcoming Listening Lunches!
  • Friday, March 23, at Carini's
  • Thursday, April 26, at San Marcos in Chatham


Listening lunches will be held throughout the year and are exclusively for members of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. Members are limited to one luncheon per year please.

Limited to 6 members per lunch on a first come - first serve basis. Only one person per company please.

There is no cost to participate, but reservations are required. Cancellations must be received 3 business days prior to the event. Substitutions are accepted at any time.


Please call us at (434) 836-6990 or email at chamber@dpchamber.org to make your reservation for one of our Listening Lunches!

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<![CDATA[New Customer Service Training Program Available to Members]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/New-Customer-Service-Training-Program-Available-to-Members/
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The fortunes of any business rise and fall based upon the level of service it delivers to its customers. Considering the importance of quality customer service, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is offering a humorous, DVD-based training workshop called “The Guest” for members. This workshop, to be held on February 15, will illustrate just how easy it is to offer amazing customer service when choosing to treat a customer as a guest in the home.

Chamber president, Laurie S. Moran, will present the workshop. The lunch buffet and hands-on training will take place on Wednesday, February 15, from Noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research. Registration is $20 per person and includes lunch. Seating is limited; please register by contacting the Chamber office at (434) 836-6990 or chamber@dpchamber.org. You can also click here to register online.

No matter how large or complex an organization may be, great service usually comes down to one employee, serving one guest, one day at a time. This DVD-based training combined with hands-on application of the principles will leave employees ready to care for customers and co-workers graciously, politely, and effectively.

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<![CDATA[Neighborhood Leadership Institute; Apply Today!]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Neighborhood-Leadership-Institute-Apply-Today/
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The Neighborhood Leadership Institute provides training in leadership,Neighborhood Leadershipcommunication, strategic planning, and other topics of value to community members. Using the Innovative Leadership:  Building Community Connections program developed by Virginia Cooperative Extension, this leadership training is open to all citizens of the region. For the 2012 class, there is no tuition fee with all program expenses paid through a grant funded by United Way of Danville - Pittsylvania County.

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<![CDATA[February Business at Breakfast with Dr. Barry Flinn]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/February-Business-at-Breakfast-with-Dr-Barry-Flinn/
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“Growing” Opportunities for Economic and Community Development

Dr. Barry Flinn, Director of the Institute for Sustainable and Renewable Resources at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, will speak at the upcoming Business at Breakfast on Wednesday, February 22nd, at 7:30a.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (150 Slayton Avenue, Danville). 

Dr. Flinn and his team have enjoyed recent lab and grant success. This success combined with visits from dignitaries such as Lord William Waldorf Astor, the grandson of Nancy Langhorne Astor, and Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s top advisor on science and technology, have put Dr. Flinn and the work that his lab is producing in the headlines. Research being conducted by Dr. Flinn at the Institute is said to be ushering in a new frontier of manufacturing. Dr. Flinn will share with the assembled Chamber membership his recent successes, plans for the future, and details on how his work will affect our regional economic and community development. 

The February 22nd event begins at 7:30a.m. with a buffet breakfast and will conclude by 8:30a.m.  The cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members.  

Click here to RSVP online.

Cancellations may be made without penalty up to 48 hours prior to the event date.  Registrants will be charged the full registration fee for no-shows and/or cancellations made within 48 hours of the event.  Registrant substitutions are allowed and may be made at any time up to the start time of the event.

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<![CDATA[Registering Online for Chamber Events]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Registering-Online-for-Chamber-Events/
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You can save time by registering for Chamber events online!

You can find the event you wish to RSVP for by clicking on the "Register Online" link under the "News and Events" tab on the home page. This page lists every event that has online registration available. You can also find all the Chamber's events in our online calendar.

Click the event you wish to register to find full details of the event and then click the green "Register Online" button on the event page.

To RSVP, you may be required to log in as a member of the Chamber. If you have any questions about registering online or your website log in information (user name or password), please contact our office at (434) 836-6990 or email chamber@dpchamber.org

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<![CDATA[3 Cheers for the Dan River Region: January 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/3-Cheers-for-the-Dan-River-Region-January-2012/
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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 Continuing Medical Education program at Danville Regional Medical Center received full Accreditation with Commendation from the Medical Society of Virginia Intrastate Accreditation Committee. This represents the highest accreditation level a CME provider can receive. The DRMC CME program is one of four hospital based CME programs in Virginia that has received Accreditation with Commendation. Read more here. 

  2. VIRginia International Raceway was recently featured in Car & Driver magazine for the sixth year in a row. Thsi is what they had to say about our local raceway: "Even though VIR is less than a third the length of the 'Ring, its long straights, elevation changes, and combination of slow, fast, and, scary-fast corners test a car's capabilities better than any other track in North America." Click here to read the full article. 
     
  3. Tim Clark, Vice President of Blair Construction and a past chair of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, received a one year term on the board of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. He was officially appointed on January 25th at the Virginia Chamber's annual meeting.


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

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<![CDATA[31 Scholarships Available through The Community Foundation]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/31-Scholarships-Available-through-The-Community-Foundation/
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The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is currently accepting applications for 31 different scholarships. Area students who are interested may contact their guidance offices for the appropriate forms or print them from the Foundation’s web site at www.cfdrr.org. The deadline for all applications to be received is Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is a public charity established in September 1996 by a steering committee of civic leaders. The Foundation strives to meet a wide variety of social, educational, cultural and other charitable needs in the region from Martinsville/Henry County through South Boston/Halifax County, as well as the neighboringNorth Carolinacounties.

The Community Foundation is a fully tax-exempt organization. Individuals or businesses may establish their own fund or may contribute any amount to existing Funds. The Community Foundation may be contacted at 541 Loyal Street, VA  24541, (434) 793-0884 or www.cfdrr.org.

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<![CDATA[Posting Hot Deals to the Chamber Website]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Posting-Hot-Deals-to-the-Chamber-Website/
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Do you want to move slow-moving merchandise? Do you have a special to advertise? Do you want to grab the eye of visitors on the Chamber web site?  Post a Hot Deal! It’s easy and it’s included in your membership!

To add a Hot Deal, log into your chamber member portal and follow these simple steps:

1.       Click Hot Deals in the left-hand menu.

2.       Click Add a Hot Deal.

3.       Complete the fields in the Add a New Hot Deal screen.

4.       Click Submit for Approval.


Your Hot Deal will appear on the website and is also promoted to our members through Chamber Briefs, our weekly email update, and Chamber Connections, our monthly e-newsletter. 

If you have any questions about posting Hot Deals, please contact our office at (434) 836-6990 or email chamber@dpchamber.org

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<![CDATA[Fight Brewing Over “Amazon” Tax]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Fight-Brewing-Over-Amazon-Tax/
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Message from VA West Business & Legislative Coalition

Traditional brick and mortar establishments are urging lawmakers to require on-line retailers to collect sales taxes from their customers in Virginia. Late last year, Amazon.com announced plans to invest $135 million to open two distribution centers in the Richmond region that will employ 1,350 people. Despite its physical presence in the Commonwealth, the on-line retailer will not be required to collect and remit state sales taxes. Trade groups representing traditional retailers contend that they face a competitive disadvantage by having to collect state sales taxes. In addition, they point out that the state is forfeiting millions of dollars in sales tax revenue. Amazon counters that its distribution centers are not legally considered retail establishments and are thus not required to collect and remit sales taxes. During the 2010 session, legislation that would have required on-line retailers to collect the state sales tax passed the Senate but was tabled in a House Finance sub-committee. On Wednesday, the Virginia Alliance for Mainstreet Fairness ratcheted up the pressure on lawmakers to close this loophole by releasing a public opinion poll that showed strong support to close the on-line loophole. See more here. Senator Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach) has introduced legislation to specify that a dealer that "maintains a distribution center, warehouse, fulfillment center, office, or similar location within the commonwealth that facilitates the delivery of property sold by the dealer to its customers" must collect and remit Virginia sales tax.

To continue reading the January 20th newsletter, click here.

Update Governor McDonnell Releases Transportation Initiatives for 2012  -  See more here

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<![CDATA[How to Post Your Events to the Chamber's Website]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/How-to-Post-Your-Events-to-the-Chambers-Website/
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Do you have an upcoming event? Are you trying to generate additional traffic to your store? Advertise your event on the Chamber website! It’s simple to do and it's included in your membership!

To post an event, log into your chamber member portal and follow these simple steps:

1.       Click Events in the left-hand menu.

2.       Click Add an Event.

3.       Complete the fields in the Request to Add New Event screen.

4.       Click Submit for Approval.

Upon approval, your event will appear on the Chamber’s Member Events calendar, which is viewed daily by potential customers from our community and around the world. We are also promoting this calendar in Chamber Briefs, our weekly email update, and Chamber Connections, our monthly e-newsletter. 

If you have any questions about posting events, please contact our office at (434) 836-6990 or email chamber@dpchamber.org

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<![CDATA[Post Your Job Openings for FREE!]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Post-Your-Job-Openings-for-FREE/
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Do you have a job vacancy that must be filled? Looking for new employees? Post your job opening on the Chamber's website! It’s simple to do and it is a free benefit included in your membership!

We are noticing a higher volume of traffic to our job listings as we now include links to the page in Chamber Briefs, our weekly email update, and Chamber Connections, our monthly e-newsletter. 

To post a job opening, log into your chamber member portal and follow these simple steps:

1.       Click Job Postings in the left-hand menu.

2.       Click Add a Job Posting.

3.       Complete the fields in the Add a New Job Posting screen.

4.       Click Submit for Approval.

Upon approval, your job posting will appear on the Chamber website within your Member Information Page and by category in a special location for job postings.

If you have any questions about posting job openings or logging in to the Chamber website, please contact our office at (434) 836-6990 or email chamber@dpchamber.org

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<![CDATA[A Message From Delegate Don Merricks]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/A-Message-From-Delegate-Don-Merricks/
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Delegate Donald W. Merricks will be representing the 16th District of the House of Delegates during the 2012 Virginia General Assembly Session, January 11 to March 10, 2012.  His contact information during that time will be:

Delegate Donald W. Merricks
General Assembly Building, Room 810
P. O. Box 406
Richmond, Virginia  23218
Phone: 804.698.1016
Email:  deldmerricks@house.virginia.gov

The Sixteenth District includes parts of Pittsylvania County, Henry County and the City of Martinsville.  To determine whether you are a resident of his district, visit http://legis.virginia.gov/ and click on "Who's My Legislator".

A constituent opinion survey is available at www.donmerricks.org.  The survey includes public policy issues which may be considered by the General Assembly during the 2012 Legislative Session. Delegate Merricks would appreciate your input. 

Thank you for your support and for sharing your thoughts and opinions.

The Office of Delegate Donald W. Merricks
16th House District
deldmerricks@house.virginia.gov

District mailing address:
P. O. Box K
Chatham, VA 24531

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<![CDATA["How to Run for Public Office" Workshop]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/How-to-Run-for-Public-Office-Workshop/
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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, Suite 104, Danville). The workshop will last approximately two hours.

The session will include information on the State Board of Elections with Peggy Petty, Danville Registrar; perspectives on civic engagement and the involved candidate from two former Danville Mayors – Seward Anderson and John Hamlin; and community demographics and trends.

This program is sponsored by the Legislative Committee of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Cooperative Extension – Community Viability. 

While there is no cost to participate, registrations are requested and should be made by Wednesday, January 25. Click here to RSVP or contact the Chamber at (434) 836-6990 or chamber@dpchamber.org.

 

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<![CDATA[3 Cheers for the Dan River Region: Dec. 2011]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/3-Cheers-for-the-Dan-River-Region-Dec-2011/
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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.

  • Congratulations to Piedmont Credit Union for receiving the Corporate Cup at this year's Danville Christmas parade in Danville and to Williams Gas Pipeline, the Corporate Cup winner at the Gretna Christmas parade. 
     Piedmont Credit Union parade float
  • The The Cray XMT supercomputer has officially arrived in downtown Danville. This The next-generation supercomputer is the first outside of a federal lab or university, and only about a dozen exist in the world. This asset will provide jobs to the community and has great potential to attract other employers, especially ones requiring access to this high-level technology. 
  • The West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board and the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce have been selected to present a workshop at the National Association of Workforce Boards in March 2012 on “Creative Approaches to Deliver Business Services.”  The workshop will highlight a ‘best practice’ from our region of the Chambers partnering with the Virginia Workforce Centers to provide support to our employers.

     

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

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<![CDATA[Southside Public Leadership Series with Congressman Hurt]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Southside-Public-Leadership-Series-with-Congressman-Hurt/
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Southside Public Leadership Series

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<![CDATA[3rd Annual Live Healthy Challenge]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/3rd-Annual-Live-Healthy-Challenge/
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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

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<![CDATA["How to Run for Public Office" Workshop on Jan. 30]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/How-to-Run-for-Public-Office-Workshop-on-Jan-30/
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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 chamber@dpchamber.org.

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<![CDATA[You are Invited to Chamber Day at the Capitol]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/You-are-Invited-to-Chamber-Day-at-the-Capitol/
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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 lmoran@dpchamber.org.

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 lmoran@dpchamber.org.

 

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<![CDATA[Chamber Board of Directors Set for 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Board-of-Directors-Set-for-2012/
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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. 

 

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<![CDATA[Recap: Chamber Breakfast Featuring RTI International Uranium Research]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Recap-Chamber-Breakfast-Featuring-RTI-International-Uranium-Research/
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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



 

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<![CDATA[Chamber Releases 2012 Legislative Policy]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Releases-2012-Legislative-Policy/
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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.

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<![CDATA[Congrats to the Graduates of Leadership Southside XVII]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Congrats-to-the-Graduates-of-Leadership-Southside-XVII/
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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.

 

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<![CDATA[Home for the Holidays Virtual Job Fair ]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Home-for-the-Holidays-Virtual-Job-Fair--/
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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.

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<![CDATA[3 Cheers for the Dan River Region: December 2011]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/3-Cheers-for-the-Dan-River-Region-December-2011/
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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.

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<![CDATA[Business at Breakfast: Research Findings on Uranium Mining]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Business-at-Breakfast-Research-Findings-on-Uranium-Mining/
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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!

 

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<![CDATA[New and Renewing Members - November 2011]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/New-and-Renewing-Members---November-2011/
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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

 

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<![CDATA[Annual Membership Meeting Set for January 11]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Annual-Membership-Meeting-Set-for-January-11/
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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.

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<![CDATA[December Newsletter Now Available]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/December-Newsletter-Now-Available/
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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. 


 

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<![CDATA[A Life's Design, Hosted by the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/A-Lifes-Design-Hosted-by-the-Southern-Virginia-Higher-Education-Center/
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A Life's Design Presentation

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<![CDATA[2012 Sponsorship Guide Now Available]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/2012-Sponsorship-Guide-Now-Available/
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Information about 2012 Sponsorships

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<![CDATA[Career Day]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Career-Day/
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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.

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<![CDATA[Home for the Holidays Virtual Job Fair]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Home-for-the-Holidays-Virtual-Job-Fair/
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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.

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<![CDATA[ Dan River Region Collaborative Awarded Grant]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/-Dan-River-Region-Collaborative-Awarded-Grant/
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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.

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<![CDATA[Chamber Supports Referendums in Pittsylvania County]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Supports-Referendums-in-Pittsylvania-County/
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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.

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<![CDATA[3 Cheers for the Dan River Region]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/3-Cheers-for-the-Dan-River-Region/
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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. 
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<![CDATA[November Newsletter Now Available]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/November-Newsletter-Now-Available/
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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 

 

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<![CDATA[See the Winners from the Scenes of Our Town Photo Contest]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/See-the-Winners-from-the-Scenes-of-Our-Town-Photo-Contest/
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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.

 

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<![CDATA[Southside Show-Biz Award Winners]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Southside-Show-Biz-Award-Winners/
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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!


 

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<![CDATA[Spotting Exceptional Service - Customer Service Stars Recognized at Trade Show]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Spotting-Exceptional-Service---Customer-Service-Stars-Recognized-at-Trade-Show/
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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

 

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<![CDATA[See Photo Contest Winners at Trade Show]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/See-Photo-Contest-Winners-at-Trade-Show/
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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. 

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<![CDATA[Exhibitors at Southside Show-Biz Trade Show]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Exhibitors-at-Southside-Show-Biz-Trade-Show/
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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
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<![CDATA[2011 SPTC Technology Stars Awards ]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/2011-SPTC-Technology-Stars-Awards--/
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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 

 

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<![CDATA[Leadership Southside Names 2011-2012 Class ]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Leadership-Southside-Names--2011-2012-Class-/
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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

 

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<![CDATA[Chamber to Sponsor Candidates' Breakfasts]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-to-Sponsor-Candidates-Breakfasts/
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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. 

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<![CDATA[Community Wide Job Fair]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Community-Wide-Job-Fair/
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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
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<![CDATA[Don't Miss the Southside Show-Biz Trade Show and VIP Reception]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Dont-Miss-the-Southside-Show-Biz-Trade-Show-and-VIP-Reception/
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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.

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<![CDATA[Bistro 1888 Earns "Award of Excellence"]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Bistro-1888-Earns-Award-of-Excellence/
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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

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<![CDATA[Community Invitation to the River District Festival on Oct. 8]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Community-Invitation-to-the-River-District-Festival-on-Oct-8/
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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.  

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<![CDATA[September Business at Breakfast]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/September-Business-at-Breakfast/
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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!

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<![CDATA[2011 SPTC Technology Stars Awards]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/2011-SPTC-Technology-Stars-Awards/
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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 

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<![CDATA[Small Business Membership Alliance Included in Chamber Membership]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Small-Business-Membership-Alliance-Included-in-Chamber-Membership/
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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. 

 

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<![CDATA[Virginia Get Your Business Online: A Free Program from Google]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Virginia-Get-Your-Business-Online-A-Free-Program-from-Google/
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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

 

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<![CDATA[Photo Contest Ended; Winners to be Announced at Trade Show]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Photo-Contest-Ended-Winners-to-be-Announced-at-Trade-Show/
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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. 
 

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<![CDATA[Southern Piedmont Technology Council's 2011 Technology Stars Awards]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Southern-Piedmont-Technology-Councils-2011-Technology-Stars-Awards/
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The Southern Piedmont Technology Council’s Technology Stars Awards Banquet celebrates and recognizes the innovative leadership of the Southern Piedmont. Nominations are now being accepted for the eight award categories. If you know a commendable organization, department, project, or individual, please nominate them for one of these prestigious awards. You can also nominate yourself.

To submit a nomination, fill out the nomination form found here 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.

Award Categories:

  • 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
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<![CDATA[September Newsletter Now Available]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/September-Newsletter-Now-Available/
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The September edition of 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 September 2011. 


Please notice the following upcoming events that are featured in this month's newsletter: 

September 2 - United Way Kickoff/Business After Hours

September 15 - YoPE at American National Bank

September 16 - Night Golf Tournament

September 22 - Business After Hours at Outback Steakhouse 

September 30 - Ed Steffey Memorial Education Open

October 6 - Community-Wide Job Fair

October 18 - Southside Show-Biz VIP Reception

October 19 - Southside Show-Biz Trade Show

October 25 - DRF Speaker Series with John Hope Bryant

 

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<![CDATA[Collections and Debt Workshop: Recap]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Collections-and-Debt-Workshop-Recap/
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Members met at the Stratford Courtyard Conference Center to hear from Suzie Bohannon, Brian Finney, and Luis Abreu on matters related to collections and debt for business. 

Suzie Bohannon focus
ed on issues related to in-house collection services. She addressed advantages and disadvantages of first party collections; judgment, garnishment, and bankruptcy services available through an attorney; and helpful online resources for finding related legal documents and guidelines. 
Bohannon is the Credit Solutions Manager at URW Community Federal Credit Union, where she handles delinquent accounts, repossessions, foreclosures, judgments, garnishments, and bankruptcy cases. 

Brian Finney focused his discussion on the topic of third party collections. During this discussion, Finney addressed important definitions and calculations, processes used by third party collectors that make them an effective option, and pointers for choosing the best collection agency. 
Finney is the President of the Retail Merchants Association of Danville
/Piedmont Credit & Collection Services. 

Luis Abreu concluded the speakers' portion of the workshop by addressing legal and psychological issues affecting the efficiency of the collections process.  Abreu focused on best practices for psychologically approaching the issue of collections as well as the legislation, legal processes, and exemptions related to the collections process. He also addressed classifications and implications of bankruptcy. 
Abreu is a Danville attorney practicing in the fields of civil litigation, commercial law, business law, bankruptcy, debtor and creditor, creditors rights, and family law. After practicing as a partner in two large firms for nearly 30 years, Abreu has now opened his own law firm. 

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<![CDATA[Sign Up for the Night Golf Tournament on September 16!]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Sign-Up-for-the-Night-Golf-Tournament-on-September-16/
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Come light up the night at a Night Golf Tournament on Friday, September 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Goodyear Golf Course.  Sponsored by the Chamber’s Young Professionals Committee, this fun outing is open to all ages.

Night Golf is a captain’s choice, nine-hole outing which uses “glow-in-the-dark” balls and pin markers. 

There are several options for businesses and individuals who want to participate in the tournament.  For only $300, businesses can sponsor a team.  The sponsorship fee includes green fees for four and golf carts.  Sponsors also receive recognition in marketing materials, on the Chamber’s website, and at the tournament.

For businesses that would like to support the event and the activities of the Chamber’s Young Professionals Committee but who do not want to play in the tournament, there is a $200 sponsorship which includes sponsorship recognition but no playing spot.

For individuals who wish to participate, the cost is $35 per person which includes green fees for the nine-hole outing and a golf cart.

For more information or to register, please click here or contact Laurie Moran at lmoran@dpchamber.org.

 

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<![CDATA[How to Register Online for Chamber Events]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/How-to-Register-Online-for-Chamber-Events/
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Now you can save time by registering for Chamber events online.

How do I find the event I wish to register for? There are a couple of ways to get there!

  1. You can find the event you wish to RSVP to by clicking on the "Register Online" link under "News and Events" on the home page. This page lists every event that has online registration available. Click the event you wish to register for to find full details of the event and then click the green "Register Online" button on the event page.
     
  2. Visit the "Chamber Events" calendar and scroll through the calendar to find the event that you wish to register for. Click directly on the event to find full details of the event and then click the green "Register Online" button on the event page. 

To RSVP, you may be required to log in as a member of the Chamber. If you have any questions about registering online or your website log in information (user name or password), please contact our office at (434) 836-6990 or email chamber@dpchamber.org. 

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<![CDATA[Preparing Your Business and Home for Hurricane Hazards]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Preparing-Your-Business-and-Home-for-Hurricane-Hazards/
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Hurricane Irene seems to be shifting course out to the east, but it offers us a reminder to be informed of how we should prepare our businesses, offices, and homes in the event of a hurricane.

We recommend taking time to view this bulletin from Clemson University as a checklist for preparations to secure your business against hurricane weather.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management recently released the 2011 Hurricane Guide, which details best practices of hurricane preparedness around evacuating, securing buildings/houses, and assisting special needs citizens.

The National Hurricane Center also provides great resources on preparing for hurricane hazards. Click below to view the NHC’s recommendations on preparedness for family and home:

You can monitor the progression and projected paths of hurricane by visiting this NHC link From this site, you can click on developing hurricane systems to see more information on that system. Also, click here to view a list of 12 different online resources for tracking Hurricane Irene and future systems.  

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<![CDATA[Sponsor and Golfer Signups Available for Education Open]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Sponsor-and-Golfer-Signups-Available-for-Education-Open/
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This year’s Ed Steffey Memorial Education Open golf tournament is scheduled for Friday, September 30, at the Goodyear Golf Course with a 1 p.m. tee time.

When it comes to the Ed Steffey Memorial Education Open golf tournament, there is simply no competition.  Education in Danville and Pittsylvania County is the clear winner every year.

Whether you sponsor a team or a hole, you are directly contributing to classroom projects in our area.  All of the proceeds from this golf tournament are granted directly to educators and educational institutions in our region who are creating innovative and collaborative projects to enhance the educational experience of our children.

This year’s tournament format will be captain’s choice with every player’s drive being used at least twice. The tournament committee hopes that this will increase the enjoyment and competitiveness of all teams.


Sponsors & Golfers
This tournament offers a great day of networking on the golf course! Prizes include sets of Goodyear tires and pro shop gift certificates. 

Please consider sponsoring education in our region through one of the following sponsorship levels: 

  • Eagle Club ($1,000) – Includes cart fees and lunch for a team of four players you select, first priority for tee time, corporate recognition and signage at the tournament, company recognition in promotional materials, and advertising recognition following the tournament.  Eagle Club sponsors will also receive a complimentary round of golf for four with carts to be used at your convenience at the Goodyear Golf Club.
  • President’s Club ($500) – Includes cart fees and lunch for a team of four players you select, corporate recognition and signage at the tournament, company recognition in promotional materials, and advertising recognition following the tournament.
  • Team Fee ($400) – Includes cart fees and lunch for a team of four players you select.
  • Hole Sponsor ($250) – Includes hole sponsor signage and recognition at the tournament, company recognition in promotional materials, and advertising recognition following the tournament.
  • Dean’s List ($100) – Includes sponsor recognition at the tournament.
  • Honor Roll ($50) – Includes recognition at the tournament.

Prizes and Goodies
If your business would like to donate a door prize or goodies for all of the golfers, please let us know! We will need at least 150 to cover all the golfers.

Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to assist at the golf tournament, primarily as spotters for the par 3 holes. Volunteers should be available from approximately 12:30 — 5:30 p.m.




Please contact the Chamber at (434) 836-6990 or chamber@dpchamber.org if you are interested in participating in the Ed Steffey Education Open as a golfer, volunteer, sponsor, or with a prize/goodie donation. 


For more information on the tournament, please click here.

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<![CDATA[RSVP for the Collections & Debt Workshop]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/RSVP-for-the-Collections--Debt-Workshop/
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Is the down economy affecting your small business? Are you looking for ways to benefit your business by increasing collections? 

Join us on August 24 for this three-part educational breakftast and program providing guidance on collections and debt principles affecting your business.

Registration and the hot buffet breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. The speakers' presentations will conclude by 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by a Q&A session that will conclude by 11:30 a.m. 

Speakers' topics will include:
  • “In house collection services: How a company can collect their own debts” (Presented by Suzie Bohannon)
  • “Effective collections: It’s a legal and psychological process” (Presented by Luis Abreu)
  • “Using a collection agency to maximize your collections” (Presented by Brian Finney)
Please contact Lynnette Lawson (434-836-6990 or llawson@dpchamber.org) for more information or questions regarding this workshop.

Click here to RSVP! 
 
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<![CDATA[Post Hot Deals on the Chamber Website for Free]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Post-Hot-Deals-on-the-Chamber-Website-for-Free/
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Do you want to move slow-moving merchandise?
Do you have a special to advertise?
Do you want to grab the eye of visitors on the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce web site?  
It’s free!  It’s easy!  It’s included in your membership!
 

You can post a Hot Deal by following these simple instructions: 

Log into your chamber member portal to advertise your own store special!
 
1.       Access www.chamberlogin.com
2.       Enter your login name and password. (If you need to know your login information, please call us at (434) 836-6990.)
3.       Click Hot Deals in the left-hand menu.
4.       Click Add a Hot Deal.
5.       Complete the fields in the Add a New Hot Deal screen.
6.       Click Submit for Approval.

Upon approval, your Hot Deal will appear multiple places on our website: 
  • Next to your name in the Business Directory
  • On your Member Information Page
  • And by category in a special listing of all Hot Deals which can be access from the home page
Try out this FREE benefit of membership! If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us at (434) 836-6990.

For a listing of Hot Deals already posted, please click here
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<![CDATA[Danville Regional Foundation Sponsors Make It Happen! Grants]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Danville-Regional-Foundation-Sponsors-Make-It-Happen-Grants/
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The Danville Regional Foundation's "Make It Happen!" initiative aims to help local residents get involved in making this a community of "bright spots and success stories" and to encourage people to take action for positive change in the area.

The Danville Regional Foundation states that the following objectives will be used to guide the decision-making process while awarding the Make It Happen! grants:

  • Create small grant initiatives/community campaigns that engage the passion of individuals, religious entities, nonprofits and local governments;
  • Demonstrate the possible through concrete actions by dedicated leaders partnering with organizations to make a difference in neighborhoods and communities in the DRF service region;
  • Provide grant funding up to $10,000.00 to make something happen;
  • Produce results that will positively impact a portion of the region's citizens, going beyond the constituents of the lead organization;
  • Document results and complete individual projects/grants within 90 days or less; and
  • Report and publicize how funds were used and what the project accomplished to the public.
For more information on the criteria for applying and the application process, please click here. You can also call the Danville Regional Foundation at (434) 799-2176. 
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<![CDATA[Office Plus Announced as Finalist in Resilience Awards Competition ]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Office-Plus-Announced-as-Finalist-in-Resilience-Awards-Competition-/
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The University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and its Tayloe Murphy Center recently announced finalists for its Second Annual Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards Competition. 

Office Plus was named among the 14 finalists from 88 total Virginia businesses that completed applications.  The remaining contestants will compete for five winning spots in the final round of selections.

This competition seeks to honor and recognize Virginia businesses that have overcome adversities and have "displayed growth, a dogged entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to community in areas facing high unemployment, high poverty and low entrepreneurial activity." 

In the competition's news release announcing the finalists, Office Plus was described as follows:

Since it was founded in 1937, the Haynsworth family-owned Office Plus Business Centre has endured four moves, a fire, and the death of its founder and second generation President, and renaming the company five times! Its newest challenge: big-box retailers and their Internet sales. Yet, the business, now in its fourth generation, has adapted. They formed a key relationship with the nation’s largest office products buying group, reward customers for shopping on their Internet site, added new product categories to supplement sales, and re-focused the business to the founder’s original business model. They also engage employees and, most of all, remain committed to quality customer service “after the sale.” Customers often walk out of the store with a courtesy bottle of water. In addition to employing more than a dozen people they are active in an array of local charity and civic groups. For this, they have been named a finalist for the second year in a row in the Resilience Award competition.

Five winners will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Along with receiving recognition for resilient business practices from the Darden School of Business, the winners will participate in a week-lon Executive Education course at Darden valued at $8,000-$12,000. 

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<![CDATA[Southside Show-Biz Trade Show Exhibitors' Meeting]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Southside-Show-Biz-Trade-Show-Exhibitors-Meeting/
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We strongly encourage all exhibitors to attend the Southside Show-Biz Trade Show Exhibitor's Meeting to prepare for the event and take questions in advance concerning this year's Southside Show-Biz Trade Show.

This informational meeting will be held at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research on Thursday, August 18 from 4-5:00 p.m.  

At this meeting, you will:

  • Receive details and information about the Trade Show that you will need to know BEFORE the event
  • Review the marketing plan for this year’s Trade Show and learn how you can help
  • Learn tips and ideas on how to best market your business at our trade show

This is a free event open only to exhibitors of the 2011 Southside Show-Biz Trade Show. 

Learn more about this event here and add it to your Outlook calendar by clicking here.
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<![CDATA[August Business at Breakfast]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/August-Business-at--Breakfast/
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Hillary Salmons will speak on “Transforming Students’ Lives and a Community” at the August Business at Breakfast on August 31 from 7:30-8:45 a.m. 

*Please note that the event will be held at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research instead of the Stratford Courtyard Conference Center where Business at Breakfast events are typically held. 

Salmons leads the Providence After School Alliance (PASA), a public-private venture to develop a citywide system to substantially increase high-quality, affordable, out-of-school enrichment opportunities for Providence’s children and youth. Salmons will share her experience and passion for creating collaborations that improve the educational environment for students and their families.

The cost is $20, which includes a buffet breakfast at the Institute.

Please click here to RSVP by Wednesday, August 24.

 

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<![CDATA[My Twinn Job Fair on August 18]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/My-Twinn-Job-Fair-on-August-18/
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My Twinn is hosting a job fair on August 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Community Center in Chatham (115 S. Main Street)

My Twinn is planning to hire 50 seasonal employees for first-shift positions in contact center, general warehouse, data entry and artistic finishing services. The company is willing to train candidates. Certain positions may require a computer proficiency assessment. Testing will be available on-site.

Bring your resume and dress for success. The minimum age for employment at My Twinn is 18.

Please contact Kate Farmer for more information on this event (kfarmer@dpchamber.org or (434) 836-6990).



*This job fair is sponsored by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, My Twinn, and the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board.

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[YoPE at Tiny Town Golf on August 18]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/YoPE-at-Tiny-Town-Golf-on-August-18/
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Danville Regional Medical Center is hosting the next YoPE event at Tiny Town Golf (643 Arnett Blvd.) on August 18 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 

Cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be catered by Stratford Courtyard Conference Center. 

The Young Professionals events (YoPE) are designed to introduce our young professionals to other young professionals in the community while also presenting many of the great assets in our region.  The primary objective of this Chamber initiative is to attract and retain talented, educated, ambitious young professionals in our community.  We plan great events and networking activities that are open to all young professionals who are in the early stages of their careers.


The event is free, but reservations are requested.

Click here to RSVP online or contact the Chamber at chamber@dpchamber.org or 434-836-6990 to RSVP. 

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<![CDATA[August Business After Hours]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/August-Business-After-Hours/
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Ecomnets will host a Business After Hours on Thursday, August 11 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at their facility. (The address is 1 Ecomnets Way, Danville, VA. The building is across from Shorewood Packaging in Cain Creek Business Park.) 

Come out for great networking and refreshments! A Verdio computer will be given away as a door prize.

Reservations are requested and can be made online or by contacting the Chamber.  

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<![CDATA[August 2011 Newsletter is Available]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/August-2011-Newsletter-is-Available/
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The August newsletter 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 August. 


Please notice the following upcoming events that are featured in this month's newsletter:

August 11 - Business After Hours at Ecomnets

August 18 - Trade Show Exhibitor's Meeting

August 24 - Collections and Debt Workshop

August 31 - August Business at Breakfast

August 29 (Deadline for Submissions) - Scenes of Our Town Photo Contest

September 16 - YoPE Night Golf - SAVE THE DATE; More info coming soon!

September 30 - Ed Steffey Memorial Education Open Golf Tournament

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<![CDATA[Have You 'Spotted' Outstanding Customer Service? ]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Have-You-Spotted-Outstanding-Customer-Service-/
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If you have ‘spotted’ outstanding customer service, let us know! The Chamber is partnering with Evince magazine to recognize someone in our region who has provided outstanding customer service.  

Simply send us a short write-up about the person (be sure to include their name and where they work!) with information about how they ex­cel in customer service so we can submit their nomination to our selection committee for review.  

Send your nomination to chamber@dpchamber.org. We recognize out­standing customer service throughout the year so please feel free to submit nomina­tions whenever you spot someone worthy of recognition.

Also, click here to learn more and RSVP for our upcoming customer service workshop, "Give 'Em the Pickle."

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<![CDATA["Give Em The Pickle" Customer Service Workshop]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Give-Em-The-Pickle-Customer-Service-Workshop/
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Customer service can often make or break a business and has the power to keep customers coming back. That's why we recommend all of our members to consider sending your employees and frontline staff for training and discussion on best customer service practices in the upcoming "Give 'Em The Pickle" training workshop. 

In the "Give ‘Em The Pickle" training workshop, you’ll hear from Bob Farrell, who learned the importance of giving away pickles to keep his customers happy and coming back. In this training, we join Bob (via DVD) to learn that “Your business is not what you sell. It’s who you serve.”

This video will serve as a foundation for interactive discussion designed to encourage improved customer service for employees at every level. 

During the training and discussion, we will focus on four pillars of customer service: Service, Attitude, Consistency, and Teamwork. 

The workshop will be held on Friday, July 29, at 12 noon at Stratford Courtyard Conference Center. The cost of the workshop is $20 per person which includes a hot buffet lunch. The program will conclude by 1:30 p.m. 

Reservations should be made with the Chamber by emailing chamber@dpchamber.org, calling 434-836-6990, or registering online here.

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<![CDATA[Kick Off for Jobseekers]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Kick-Off-for-Jobseekers/
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The Chamber is partnering with several area organizations to host this year's Jobseekers Support Series. 

The series is aimed at equipping those who are unemployed with guidance on important issues that will assist them in the job searching process. 

The first meeting in the series will be held on July 19 at the RCATT Center and will feature representatives from the Virginia Employment Commission and speaker Ralph Price. Networking will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the informational session lasting from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  

Topics addressed in this meeting will include: 

  • A “how to” tutorial from the Virginia Employment Commission 
  • Factors that benefit your career
  • An opportunity to ask about questions regarding the unemployment process


No RSVP is required and the event will be free to participants. 


The Chamber would like to recognize the following organizations for helping make the Jobseekers Support Series possible:



For more information on this event, please visit this link or contact Kate Farmer (434-836-6990 or kfarmer@dpchamber.org). 

 

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<![CDATA[We Want to "Like" Your Facebook Page!]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/We-Want-to-Like-Your-Facebook-Page/
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We want to "like" your Facebook page and promote it on our own page.

Please send a link to your business/organization's Facebook page to Autumn Morris (amorris@dpchamber.org) and we will give you a "like" so that our fans can easily find your page. 

We also want to make sure all of our members are connected to our Facebook page for updates on Chamber events and for photos of recent happenings. Please visit our page and "like" it so that you will receive our posts in your newsfeed.  

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<![CDATA[Accepting Nominations for Chamber's Board of Directors]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Accepting-Nominations-for-Chambers-Board-of-Directors/
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The Chamber’s Board of Directors is currently in the process of identifying and nominat­ing a slate of candidates for seats on the Board of Directors (effective January 1, 2012). 

If you have a candidate you would like for the Nominating Committee to con­sider, please contact Laurie S. Moran, CCE, President by mail or email.

          Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce
          c/o Laurie Moran
          P.O. Box 99
          Blairs, VA  24527

          or

          lmoran@dpchamber.org 


Candidates must be active members in good standing, designated as a representative by the member business, be qualified for such directorship, and have agreed to accept the responsibil­ity of a directorship.

Nominations should be submitted by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2011.

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<![CDATA[Deadline for Early Bird Registration for Trade Show]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Deadline-for-Early-Bird-Registration-for-Trade-Show/
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The annual Southside Show-Biz Trade Show will be hosted at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research on October 19, 2011 and will be open to the public from noon until 6 p.m. A VIP reception (by invitation only) will be held the night before (October 18, 2011) from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

This premier event offers all participating businesses an opportunity to advertise your business directly and personally to thousands of local individuals and business leaders. 

Early bird registration ends tomorrow, July 1. The early bird rate allows members to participate for $425 and non-members for $600. After July 1, rates increase to $525 for members and $700 for nonmembers.

You may register online or call the Chamber office for more information (434-836-6990).  

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<![CDATA[RSVP for the July Business at Breakfast]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/RSVP-for-the-July-Business-at-Breakfast/
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July’s Business at Breakfast event will feature Mayor Sherman Saunders, City of Danville and Tim Barber, Chair, Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors.  Saunders will share his thoughts on the State of the City while Barber will focus on the State of the County.  Both will focus on the challenges and opportunities faced by our region in the coming year.

The July 27th breakfast, which is being held at Stratford Courtyard Conference Center in Danville, begins at 7:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast and will conclude by 8:30 a.m.  The cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members.  Reservations are required and should be made by Thursday, July 21. Register online or call the Chamber to reserve your spot (434-836-6990). 

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<![CDATA[Deadline Approaching for Leadership Southside]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Deadline-Approaching-for-Leadership-Southside/
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Applications are currently being accepted for the 2011-12 class of Leadership Southside.  The deadline for applications to be returned to the Chamber of Commerce office is July 13, 2011.

For more information on the program, click here

The first phase kicks off with an orientation in September, leading into an eight monthly workshop sessions on various topics related to leadership and business development.  The second phase will be dedicated to a community project chosen by the class and completed by December of that year.  A graduation program will be held in December.

The tuition fee of $995 is used to defray the expenses of the monthly sessions and can be paid by the individual or the employer.  Limited financial assistance may be available upon request.

Applications can be requested by contacting the Chamber office at (434) 836-6990, or by emailing the Chamber at llawson@dpchamber.org.  Individuals can also nominate others for this program by contacting the Chamber office.

 

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