By Donna Ashworth

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


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


Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation


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

By Donna Ashworth

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

By Laurie Moran

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.

By Laurie Moran

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


By Donna Ashworth

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

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