January 2020
CHAMBER MEMBER NEWS
Member News is a monthly newsletter that provides news about Chamber members.
DRF INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
AMTHOR INTERNATIONAL OPEN HOUSE & HIRING EVENT
BECOMING AN INVESTOR-READY ENTREPRENEUR WORKSHOP
When: Thursday, January 16 | 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: RCATT Regional Center for Advanced Technology & Training | 121 Slayton Avenue
LEARN ABOUT:
Investor expectations and norms
The equity funding landscape and the key players
How to position your company for a successful raise
How investors approach valuation and structure deals

INVESTOR PANELISTS:
Eva Doss, The Launch Place
Kip Johnson, Morningstar Law Group
Ed Pettiss, Director, Vice President and Treasurer, RTP Capital
ONE-ON-ONE BUSINESS CONSULTATION
When: Tuesday, January 7 and Tuesday, February 4
  • 8:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
  • 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Dan River Business Development Center | 300 Ringgold Industrial Parkway
The Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity (SBSD) , in collaboration with the Dan River Business Development Center offers one-on-one business counseling sessions. These sessions are designed to help businesses like yours better understand how to do business with the Commonwealth of Virginia state agencies (of which there are approximately 270). Whether it’s helping your business become certified in Virginia’s small business set-aside programs (SWaM and Micro), navigating the electronic portal which ALL state agencies use for solicitations (eVa), or helping you connect with key agency buyers SBSD can help! Some of the market research tools eVa offers are:

  • Identifying which state agencies are buying what you sell
  • How much these agencies are paying for your products and services
  • Who are the buyers and how to contact them
  • Who are your competitors
  • And much more 
FOSTER FUELS DONATES TO LOCAL SCHOOLS
In lieu of a company Christmas party this season, Foster Fuels made the decision to donate the party budget to 13 local elementary schools in their market. Employees located near ea ch school represented Foster Fuels as they hand delivered each check. 

Foster Fuels’ Mission Critical Marketing Manager, David Fredricksen, had the privilege to participate in one of the donation drop-offs. “It is crucial that we uplift those in our community who need it most. The smiles on their faces are sincere and meaningful and I feel fortunate to be a part of that.”

These funds will go entirely towards meeting the unique needs of each school and will directly benefit children in our local communities. Faculty at several schools shared their plans to use the donations to purchase school supplies and books as well as winter coats for students.
  
Jennifer Bryant-Foster, Vice President of Real Estate Sales and Management, and Trustee of the Watt Foster Family Foundation, expressed why giving to these schools are so important to her. “While there are so many valuable non-profits in this community, let us not forget our schools and teachers who work so hard every day for our children. If we want to change the future for our children, we need to start with the schools-both public and private. We can change things one child at a time.” Foster Fuels is proud to support and partner with these local schools who make the community great.
IALR-SPONSORED HOLIDAY TREE PROGRAM RAISES $16,585 FOR CHARITIES
The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) is pleased to announce that its 10th annual Decorating the Trees for a Cause program raised $16,585 for nonprofit organizations over the holiday season. Forty-four organizations participated in the program, and each selected a charity for which to collect votes in the form of donations.

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company’s tree received the most votes and donations and, therefore, won the first-place bonus of $1,000. The company’s charity of choice, the United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County, received donations of more than $4,000. Foster Insurance’s tree received the second most votes, and their donations, which totaled more than $1,400, were selected to go to God’s Pit Crew. As the second-place winner, they received a $700 bonus for their charity. Make a Wish of Greater Virginia was selected as the random drawing winner and received a bonus of $500. The bonus awards were made possible through an anonymous donation as well as sponsorships by Sodexo Inc. and HomeTrust Bank.

The three-week voting and display period for the Decorating the Trees for a Cause program ended Dec. 20, and all participants received 100 percent of the donations contributed for their trees. Since the program’s beginning in 2010, $117,183 has been raised for charitable causes.
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