March 15, 2021
CHAMBER BRIEFS
Chamber Briefs provides a monthly update on Chamber news, events and programs.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS!
Michaux Solar Center, LLC

321 East Main St. Ste. 300
Charlottesville, VA 22902

(804) 980-1826

Holley GrantWriters


77 Mill Ridge Road
Providence, NC 27315

(336) 252-8898
A Village Youth And Family Services

136 West Main Street
Danville, VA 24540

(434) 483-2508
MEMBERS: PLEASE TAKE OUR 2021 MEMBERSHIP SURVEY
In an effort to serve you better, we invite you to take our 2021 membership survey. We value your input, and appreciate your suggestions and ideas.

The survey should take no more than five minutes to complete, and we will
use your responses to implement meaningful changes.
We look forward to serving you in 2021!

REGISTER NOW FOR OUR UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS
MORNING BREW

When: Wednesday, March 17, 8-9 a.m.

Where: Online via Zoom

Morning Brew provides access to intentional networking to share your business's message with business and community leaders.

Join us for virtual Morning Brew, where you will have the opportunity to share your business' message with other attendees and network with other businesses through Zoom breakout rooms.

Admission Info:
Registration: $5
Member Rate: No cost, but reservations are requested

Event capacity is limited, so register early!
WELCOME TO OUR NEW 2021 INNOVATION PARTNERS:
WE LEAD: IMPACTS OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON WOMEN

When: Wednesday, March 24, 3:30-5 p.m.

Where: Online via Zoom

WE Lead provides access to energizing programs that develop leadership skills and build professional networks for women in business.

Join us for a conversation focused on the mental health, economic and professional challenges women have been experiencing since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WE Lead encourages our male colleagues and friends to join this important discussion.

Panelists:

Jim Bebeau | Danville Pittsylvania Community Services
Renee Haltom | Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Ann Vandervliet Stratton | Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.
ARE YOU TAKING ADVANTAGE OF YOUR CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP?

When: Thursday, March 25, 12-1 p.m.

Where: Online via Zoom

Chamber 101 is designed for members to learn how to make Chamber membership a part of their business' strategy to accelerate growth and expand their network.
 
If you are not taking advantage of the benefits offered to you as a Chamber member, you are missing an opportunity to give your business a competitive edge. In short, Chamber 101 will show you how to capitalize on your investment.

All members are encouraged to attend at no cost!
BEST WAYS FOR EMPLOYERS TO PROMOTE COVID-19 VACCINES
SUBMIT MEMBER NEWS
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This benefit is available to all members at no cost. News and announcements may be submitted every month.
LEGISLATIVE CORNER
The 2021 Virginia General Assembly Legislative Session adjourned on March 1 and will reconvene on April 7 for a Reconvened Session. This is a one-day session when the legislature meets to consider and act on Governor amendments and vetoes. 

A number of pro-business bills already have been signed into law, while others await the Governor's signature. To learn more, save the date of April 12 at 8:30 a.m. for the Chamber's virtual Legislative Breakfast, where we will hear an overview of the 2021 session from our region's legislative members.
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MICROGRANT FUNDING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES & ENTREPRENEURS
The Dan River Region Entrepreneur Ecosystem [DRREE], along with its partners are happy to provide the next round of microgrant funding for small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Dan River Region.
 
With the swift pivot to online marketplaces, this grant is to help support small businesses and entrepreneurs that are developing or enhancing their digital footprint.
 
The Small Biz Digital Marketing Reimbursement Grant is a 1:1 match [we will match you, dollar for dollar, for your expenses] after we have approved your payout for up to $500.00 reimbursement.
 
The program will run March 5-May 5, and applications will be on a first come, first serve basis.
 
Requirements:
  1. This is a COVID-response support grant. Therefore, all receipts must be dated between April 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021 to be eligible for reimbursement.
  2. All receipts must be attached below in your application. Even if you have already sent in receipts, we will need you to send a copy of them again here.
  3. Invoices can be for future marketing [as long as the invoice is prior to the deadline to submit, it is fine if the actual marketing does not run until later this year up to December 31, 2021]
  4. Payout requests and invoices/receipts are due no later than May 5, 2021
  5. Please hold all receipts until you are ready for reimbursement [submit only 1 application], as we will only cut one check per grantee [one-time payout]
  6. Before applying for the reimbursement, you are required to select one of the Longwood SBDC marketing webinars to watch. We encourage you to watch as many webinars as possible, however, 1 is the minimum to receive the funds.
 
Step 1: Visit Longwood SBDC website
Step 2: Click on the “Sales & Marketing” category to see the list of videos & content
Step 3: Pick your webinar selection & apply for the reimbursement once your viewing is complete
 
DRREE is grateful to Longwood Small Business Development Center for partnering with them on this microgrant funding program. If you have any further questions or need technical assistance please email: jedwards@thelaunchplace.org
INNOVATION PARTNERS
MEDIA PARTNERS
Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce | www.dpchamber.org
(T) 434.836.6990 | (F) 434.836.6955
150 Slayton Avenue | Danville, VA 24540