By Donna Ashworth

To help innovative entrepreneurs expedite the early stages of their start-up development process, The Launch Place established an investment initiative called the Pre-Seed Investment Program to further these entrepreneurs’ market and product validation and/or business model refinement. Read more…

FoodortunityTM - The opportunity to have a donation made to the food charity of your choice brought to you by CIT! Let us know which food charity you would like for us to support. We will be donating $10,000 to the charity that gets the most votes, $5,000 to the first runner-up, and $2,500 to the second runner-up. Voting will continue through 5 pm EDT on August 29.  The winners will be announced on September 13. Read more to vote.

Danville Regional Medical Center recently announced the addition of Robin Clark as its new director of medical/surgical services on July 27. Read more…

Infinity Global, Inc., a provider of branded packaging solutions for the luxury retail segment, announces the appointment of W. Huntington Byrnes as General Counsel, effective July 28, 2014. Read more… Also, Infinity Global recently named Anil Kumar as Vice President of Finance, effective June 30, 2014. Read more…

Annie Martinie has joined the Danville Regional Foundation team as a senior program officer. Read more…

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Mike Payne, a long-serving staff member at Hargrave Military Academy, has been named Hargrave’s commandant of cadets. Read more…

 Dr. Brian W. Zagol, a local cardiologist currently practicing at Cardiology Consultants of Danville, recently completed an interventional cardiology fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center where he earned the honor of being named Interventional Cardiology Fellow of the Year. Read more…

Certified Elder Law Attorney Robert W. Haley — with The Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia — has been named to the 2014 Virginia Super Lawyers list. Read more…

Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently announced the appointment of Danville resident Missy Neff Gould to the Virginia Tobacco Commission. Gould works as Market Director of Community and Government Relations for LifePoint Hospitals in Southern Virginia which includes Danville Regional Medical Center and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville. Read more… 

Two new staff members have joined Commonwealth Physical Therapy in Danville. Brock McFarland, a recent graduate of Pima Medical Institute in Denver, joined the rehab team as a physical therapy assistant in May. Dr. Dan Morgan joined the clinic’s team earlier in July as a physical therapist and athletic trainer. Read more…

American National Bank and Trust Co. has announced that Bob Nadler will be the bank’s senior vice president of trust and investment services. Read more…

 The Danville Regional Foundation is revamping its Make It Happen grant program — now offering up to $25,000 for organizations to improve the quality of life in the Dan River Region. Read more…

The Southern Virginia Education Center in South Boston is offering assessments and training for the Manufacturing Technician 1 certification. Read more…

Compressed Air Best Practices® Magazine interviewed Michael Jones, Corporate Energy Team Leader, from Intertape Polymer Group (IPG). Congratulations on being named a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency! Read more…

 The Virginia Museum of Natural History and the City of Waynesboro, in partnership with the Center for Coldwaters Restoration, recently announced that they have successfully raised $50,000 to fund the development of a master plan for a proposed VMNH natural science interpretive facility in Downtown Waynesboro. Read more…

Rick Barker Properties is developing 554 Craghead Street, in the heart of Danville's River District, into Class A office space. The 7000 square feet first floor has been leased to Supply Resources (SRI), for its new corporate headquarters, leaving 14,000 square feet available for the second and third floor office development. Read more…

Sky Valley Foods, a North Carolina-based maker of natural and organic sauces and salad dressings, announced that it is relocating to Airside Industrial Park in the City of Danville, where the company expects to expand its business and add new product lines. Read more…

With award-winning exhibits and a variety of programs and activities for visitors of all ages, the Virginia Museum of Natural History is a great destination for groups of all sizes and age groups. With the new “10 for 10” program, groups of 10 or more can now receive group admission and lunch for only $10 per person! To accommodate various groups, we ask that you book your package at least 10 days prior to your visit. To book your 10 for 10 visit, please call 276-634-4147 or email

Danville Science Center’s Digital Dome Theater will welcome five new giant screen films to its lineup this year. Transport back in time, tumble with pandas in bamboo forests and take a wild ride through the solar system with these dynamic new shows. Read more…

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce that their partnership with the Danville Regional Foundation will continue.  DRF has committed $750,000 over the next three years to support area organizations through their competitive grant cycle.  The Community Foundation has made over $4,000,000 in grants with assistance from the Danville Regional Foundation since their first partnership in 2008.  These funds have allowed the Community Foundation to improve and enrich the Dan River Region by providing needed assistance to local organizations.

By Donna Ashworth

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

2 Witches Winery & Brewing Company, Inc.
Julie Brown
209 Trade Street
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 529-2739
Manufacturing and Processors

Bon Appétit Management Company at Averett University
Michael Moroni
420 West Main Street
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 791-7307

Kinetico-Advanced Water Systems
Ron Sheckells
146 Annaron Court
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 614-2546

Mindful Connections
Linda McConahey
2087 NC Hwy 700
Pelham, NC 27311
(336) 388-9964

Thomas M. Powell
9000 Matoaka Glen Road
Quinton, VA 23141
(804) 932-3593
Apartment Rentals

Providence Family & Sports Medicine
Lisa Wood
441-E Piney Forest Road
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 791-4110
Physicians & Surgeons

Shear Image Salon and Tanning Inc.
Heather Swanson
10372 Martinsville Highway
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 685-5000
Salons - Hair, Nail, Spa, Tanning

By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between April 25, 2014 – June 27, 2014:


Abundant Life World Outreach

Alcova Mortgage

Bankers Insurance, LLC

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area, Inc.


The Brick Running & Tri Store

Carter Craig Attorneys at Law

David D. Childress, DDS

Collie Equipment Company

Colonial Ridge Apartments

Comfort Inn & Suites

Dan River Region Association of Realtors

Danville Dental Associates

Danville Pittsylvania Community Services

Danville Women’s Care, P.C.


Finch & Finch, Inc. Funeral and Cremation Service

J. Clint Fleming, Inc.

Four Seasons Pest Control

Free Clinic of Danville

Ginger Bread House & Garden Center

God’s Storehouse

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Goodyear Tire & Service Network

H & R Block

Haymore & Holland, PC

Horizontech, Inc.

Insurance Junction

Kare Pharmacy

Kid-Konnection Child Development Center

Lavinder Group and Associates

Leesville Lake Association Inc.

Liberty Tax Services


Mary Kay Cosmetics

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative

New Beginnings Insurance Services

Newcomb Carpet


Panoramic Wellness

Party Palooza

Pemberton Lofts

Piedmont Printing & Graphics Inc.

Pittsylvania County Public Library System

Riverside Insurance Agency

Romar Elevators

Russell Scruggs

Semones Automotive

Showcase Magazine

SleepyGoat Cheese

Southern Office Machines

Southern State Chatham Cooperative

Southern Virginia Higher Education Center

J. W. Squire Company, Inc.

State Farm Insurance & Financial Services

State Farm-Donelson Insurance Agency, Inc.

Stratford Courtyard Conference Center

Thompson Insurance Services


Virdia, Inc.

Virginia Technical Institute

Wal-Mart #1465

Wells Fargo Advisors

Drs. Wentz & Manry

J. D. Yeatts & Son, Inc.

Your I.T. Professional LLC