January 4, 2019
CHAMBER BRIEFS
Chamber Briefs provides a bi-weekly update on Chamber news, events and programs.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS
Eleventh Hour Design, Inc.
508.728.0049 | Martlingehd@gmail.com
Firefly Yoga
600 Craghead Street | Danville
UPCOMING EVENTS
Thursday, February 7
5:30-7 p.m.

IKEA Industry
100 IKEA Drive | Ringgold

Business on Tour provides
access to regional businesses
for behind-the-scenes tours combined with opportunities
for meaningful networking.
Wednesday, February 20
4-5:30 p.m.

2 Witches Winery & Brewing
209 Trade Street | Danville

WE Lead provides access
to energizing programs that develop leadership skills and build professional networks
for women in business.
Friday, February 22
8-9 a.m.

Byrnes Gould Law
and Firefly Yoga
312 Main Street | Danville

Morning Brew provides access to intentional networking to share your business's message with business and community leaders.
WE LEAD WELCOMES CHRISTINE KENNEDY
In business, it IS who you know. However, for many, the term networking leads to anxiety and stress. But, it doesn’t have to! At February's WE Lead: I Hate Networking, you’ll hear from Leadership & Life Purpose Coach, Christine Kennedy who has built and cultivated a strong network that has led to enriching friendships, strategic alliances and fulfilling work projects through her role as COO of the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance

During her tenure at the Alliance, Kennedy has launched several initiatives and regional business programs and she oversees the organization’s strategy development as well as operations. She is the recipient of the National Preceptor Award for innovative and impactful leadership from the Community Leadership Association. 

She is a gifted & inspirational facilitator and frequently shares her facilitation skills to local, state and national organizations for workshops and retreats in the areas of leadership, life balance, strategic planning and management.

Kennedy currently serves on the US Chamber Board of Regents, the VA Chamber Board of Directors and Lynchburg's regional Workforce Development Board.
There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.
Don't want to register online? Call 434.836.6990 or email chamber@dpchamber.org.
CHAMBER INTRODUCES NEW EVENTS
In an effort to create meaningful networking opportunities, the Chamber has added new events for 2019. Both Business on Tour and Morning Brew provide access for members to connect and learn from one another. If you have questions about these news events, we'd be more than happy to talk with you!
BUSINESS ON TOUR
This month's Business on Tour is hosted by
IKEA Industry on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

There are only 8 spots left, so register today!

Members: $10 | Non-members: $20
MORNING BREW
Byrnes Gould Law and Firefly Yoga host this month's Morning Brew on February 22.

Members: No cost | Non-members: $5
Don't want to register online? Call 434.836.6990 or email chamber@dpchamber.org .
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS HOST QUENCH QUEST
When: Saturday, February 23 | 2-5 p.m.
Where: Danville's River District

Young Professionals events provide access to professional development, networking and volunteer opportunities, focused on, but not exclusive to, professionals under 35 years of age. 

This month, the Young Professionals are hosting Quench Quest to explore the River District, while networking with one another. Thank you to the River District Association for their support!

Participating businesses include:
The cost for this event is $15, and registration is required.
Don't want to register online? Call 434.836.6990 or email chamber@dpchamber.org .
BUSINESS@BREAKFAST HIGHLIGHTS SCHOOL SYSTEMS
When: Wednesday, February 27 | 7:30 a.m.
Where: Institute for Advanced Learning and Research | 150 Slayton Avenue | Danville

Business@Breakfast provides access to the most current regional and state information impacting the business community.

At this month's Business@Breakfast,
Dr. Stanley Jones, Danville Public Schools, and Dr. Mark Jones, Pittsylvania County Schools, will participate in a discussion moderated by Ann Vandervliet Stratton, executive director of Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania. The superintendents will highlight exciting initiatives and new offerings in their systems, and discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with school finance in the context of state funding.
Members: $20 | Non-members: $30 | Corporate Table (seating for 8): $225
Don't want to register online? Call 434.836.6990 or email chamber@dpchamber.org .
EXCITE PROGRAM RECRUITS EMPLOYERS
EXCITE is a week-long summer professional development program placing middle and high school educators in business settings in order to connect the classroom to the workplace. Educators will spend one or two days at each company, visiting between two and four businesses over four days. The fifth day will include a debrief meeting with the program coordinator and peers to discuss lessons learned and ideas for classroom implementation.  There is no cost to employers to participate.

The goal is to equip teachers with answers to the “why do I need to know this” question and create relevancy within the standard curriculum based on real-life experiences provided by industry. Counselors can use the experience to connect students to careers and develop networks that expand work-based learning experiences for students.

Employer responsibilities include:
  • hosting at least two teachers for a one or two-day experience
  • providing an overview of the company including job opportunities and facility tour
  • reviewing the recruitment process, including requirements for employment and desired skills
  • providing shadowing experiences for teachers, preferably with hands-on experiences
  • identifying opportunities to design real-world examples and problems that teachers could integrate into their curriculum

Employers are being recruited to participate in the summer 2019 program,
which will run June 17-21 and July 15-19.  
Please complete this interest form by February 28. If you have questions,
contact Dr. Julie Brown at julie.brown@ialr.org or 434.766.6711. 
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Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce | www.dpchamber.org
(T) 434.836.6990 | (F) 434.836.6955
8653 US Hwy 29 | PO Box 99 | Blairs, VA 24527