April 20, 2020
CHAMBER BRIEFS
Chamber Briefs provides a monthly update on Chamber news, events and programs.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS
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SAVE SMALL BUSINESS FUND
Small businesses are the foundation of our communities and our economy. Employing nearly half the American workforce, companies like yours keep our neighborhoods running and make them feel like home. That's why the U.S. Chamber Foundation has launched the Save Small Business Fund to support small businesses across the nation during the COVID-19 crisis. Funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, the Save Small Business Fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to as many small employers as possible. 

To qualify, you must:
  • Employ between 3 and 20 people
  • Be located in an economically vulnerable community
  • Have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic
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Have a question related to COVID-19 that you would like answered?

Email Rachel at rcovington@dpchamber.org ,
and your question will be featured
in the next
You Asked. We Answered. video.
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Thank you to all of the Danville Public School Board and Danville City Council candidates who participated in this virtual Candidate Forum!
Our Chamber members have access to all of the webinars related to COVID-19 that we have hosted. The links to these recordings can be found in the welcome message in ChamberMaster. To log in, go to www.dpchamber.org and click the MEMBER LOGIN button in the top right corner. Then, input your username and password. If you have any questions, please contact us at chamber@dpchamber.org or 434.836.6990.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHTS
The Chamber has started a Member Spotlight video series on Facebook LIVE to highlight Chamber members who are stepping up to support the community during this uncertain time. 

If your business has something positive to promote, contact Rachel at rcovington@dpchamber.org to share your story!

Past Member Spotlights include:

GRANT AND LOANS PROGRAMS VIA CITY OF DANVILLE
The City of Danville, Industrial Development Authority of Danville, Virginia, and the River District Association have established the  Small Business Rent Relief Grant [ PDF application]  in order to support the vibrancy of our community’s commercial corridors during the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant was developed to alleviate the stress of paying monthly rent and allowing owners the ability to focus on continuing daily operations.  Apply here.

As we navigate the unchartered territories of managing COVID-19 and its impact on local business, the City of Danville, Industrial Development Authority of Danville, Virginia, and River District Association have noted the creative ways businesses are continuing to serve the community through means such as curbside pickups and delivery options. The  Marketing & eCommerce Matching Grant [ PDF application]  was developed to assist businesses with additional marketing support during this trying time and can be used towards paid marketing efforts and eCommerce upgrades.  Apply here.

The purpose of the  Small Business Emergency Loan Program [ PDF application]  is to provide financial relief to small businesses that are seeing a downturn in sales activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is intended to help businesses keep their employees and stay afloat during a time of economic hardship. It is meant to bridge the gap for what may be a shortened financial hardship period.

The City of Danville and Industrial Development Authority of Danville, Virginia aim to provide as much relief as possible, but loan approvals will be limited during a high-volume application period. All businesses will be required to apply for the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan [EIDL] Program prior to applying for this funding, as the EIDL program has a larger loan and payback period.  Apply here.
COVID-19 RESOURCES
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RICK BARKER PROPERTIES ACQUIRES BROCKWAY GLASS DISTRIBUTION CENTER
Rick Barker Properties, LLC is pleased to announce the acquisition of the former Brockway Glass distribution center located at 240 Factory Lane in Ringgold, VA. Formerly occupied by OwensBrockway Glass, eToys.com, and most recently by IKEA, this 152,000 sq. ft. distribution center represents the best leasable space in this category in Southern Virginia.

“Modern warehouses of this variety are rarely available in our region, and thereby creates an excellent development opportunity,” said Barker. “One can easily imagine attracting a major manufacturer in need of a large footprint and the complimenting acreage. Additionally, if conceived as a distribution center, its location adjacent to Cane Creek Centre will provide access to Danville’s rapidly expanding manufacturing base, including Morgan Olson.”
The building features 152,379 sq. ft., a 37 foot ceiling suitable for racking, 13 covered dock doors, 50 foot interior column spacing and an 8 inch thick concrete floor.

“Our investment exemplifies the confidence that we have in Danville and Pittsylvania County’s economic development leadership, and their ability to continue to attract quality industrial development and spur job creation,” Barker added.

Regarding IKEA’s shuttering of its Danville facility, creating the warehouse’s vacancy, “We at Supply Resources [sister company to Rick Barker Properties, LLC] have enjoyed a great business relationship with IKEA over the last decade. IKEA is the model for responsible corporate citizenship and our region will remember them fondly.” 
CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUND RECEIVES CHALLENGE GRANT FROM DANVILLE REGIONAL FOUNDATION
The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region [CFDRR] has received a $100,000 challenge grant from Danville Regional Foundation [DRF] benefitting the Coronavirus Relief Fund . This fund was recently established to help nonprofit organizations respond locally to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For every donation made by community members and organizations to the fund by May 31, DRF will match that amount dollar for dollar up to $100,000. 
 
CFDRR has prioritized the most compelling areas of need that will benefit from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Initially, grant funding will support nonprofit organizations that provide community safety nets for crucial services in the following sectors: food insecurity, utilities, rent, childcare, and small business.  
Grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofits, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. 

Donations of any amount are welcome and all contributions are tax deductible. Gifts can be made payable to “The Community Foundation” for the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Gifts may be mailed to 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA 24541 or made online at www.cfdrr.org under the Giving tab. 
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