March 2020
CHAMBER MEMBER NEWS
Member News is a monthly newsletter that provides news about Chamber members.
MEMBER JOB POSTINGS

Customer Service Positions

Part time 10-30 hours/week. Pay commensurate with experience and job performance. 

  • Greeting and waiting on customers at restaurant, in pool area, for boat rentals
  • Helping kitchen staff clear and serve food
  • Check customers out at front and work at the docks to serve gasoline
  • General lawn work
  • General cleaning
ENTREPRENEUR ECOSYSTEM HIRES PRINCIPAL COORDINATOR
The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, the River District Association, Danville Community College and Longwood Small Business Development Center, with management and infrastructure support from The Launch Place, today announce the appointment of Jessica Edwards as principal coordinator. With a robust experience in ecosystem building, Edwards most recently served as director of outreach and engagement for the Alaska Ocean Cluster Initiative, where her work focused on cultivating strategic partnerships, developing innovative programming and creating a statewide leadership summit, all in an effort to accelerate Alaska’s ocean economy development.

Prior to working in Alaska, Edwards held related positions with TRYP by Wyndham Dubai and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, Edwards holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. She is a Kauffman Foundation “ESHIP Summit” scholarship recipient, a WNY BETA finalist for “Best Buffalo Community Tech Contribution of the Year” and “Best Woman in Technology”. She has served as a panelist or guest speaker at events all over the world, including the Nigeria Social Media Summit, the Dubai Lynx – International Festival of Creativity and MaRS Toronto.

Her position within the Entrepreneur Ecosystem will focus on convening, communicating and coordinating regional and hyperlocal stakeholders. The Dan River Region (DRR) Ecosystem has been intentionally building its ecosystem since early 2014, in order to create pathways to push momentum forward, break down silos and facilitate opportunities for entrepreneurs across our region to collide in new and innovative ways.
SOUTHSIDE OPPORTUNITY FUND ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
Applications for the annual Southside Opportunity Fund (SOF) scholarships for students headed to college or a trade/technical school will be taken through late March.
High school and home-school seniors who receive electricity at their homes from Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) are eligible to apply for the $1,000 scholarships.

The application deadline is March 27, and scholarships will be awarded this spring.

 The program was created by the SEC Board of Directors to provide scholarships and other opportunities for Cooperative members and their families. It’s part of a recognition by the Cooperative of the importance of preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs.
 Seventy-one scholarships totaling $78,000 have been awarded in just four years.
 A combination of weighted criteria is used in the selection process: 45% financial need, 45% academic achievement and 10% personal statement. Scholarships must be used for tuition, student fees, lodging or textbooks.
 
To be eligible, the applicant’s primary residence must receive its electric power from SEC, the applicant must receive a high school diploma or GED by the fall of 2020 and the applicant must be entering his or her first semester of college or trade/technical school in the fall of 2020. Proof of admission will be required if selected to receive a scholarship.
DRRAR AWARD WINNERS
Congratulations to all outgoing and incoming officers and those honored at the Dan River Region Association banquet! The Dan River Region Association of Realtors awards banquet and installation of 2020 officers was held on January 31 at the Danville Golf Club in Danville, VA.
Pictured from left: Rod Maitland (Affiliate Member of the Year), Christen Hammock (Rookie of the Year) and Diron Clements (Realtor of the Year)
ADKINS NAMED NCMPA PRESIDENT
John Adkins, president of Four Seasons Pest Control, was elected president of the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) during the association’s 2020 Pest Control Technician (PCT) School. Adkins was sworn in as the president on January 28, 2020. Adkins’ one year term starts July 2020 and ends June 2021.

“It’s an honor to be asked to serve as president of the organization,” Adkins said. “Serving the members of the NCPMA is my way of giving back to an organization that has given a lot to me. The NCPMA has provided professional knowledge, education, resources, and friendship. It has allowed me to provide stronger service to my customers, grow my business, and improve professionally.”

The four-day PCT School, January 27-30, 2020, hosted pest management professionals from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia. Participants learned about the latest pest techniques and newest products for pest control. Industry updates and the latest research were also presented.

PCT School is the largest state association for a training meeting in North America. Adkins is currently serving as the chairman of the PCT School. He has served as chairman for the last two years.
NEWLY HIRED INSTRUCTORS AT DANVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Willie Sherman was hired as a New Business Management Instructor at DCC. Danville Community College announced the hiring of Willie Sherman as the new instructor of business management this semester. Sherman brings with him a master of divinity degree from Virginia State University and a doctor of ministry degree from Virginia University of Lynchburg. Sherman teaches in the Division of Arts, Sciences, and Business at DCC.

Nancy Combs was hired as Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services. Combs previously served as Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Academic and Student Services.
Combs is a proud alumna of DCC and Averett University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Averett with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. She holds an Audio-Visual Certification from the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, and a globally-recognized Information and Communication Technology Certification (ICDL). She is a graduate of Leadership Southside. Combs shared that in her new position in DCC’s Business and Administrative Services division, she can better apply her business degree and expand her professional contributions to the college, its students, and its stakeholders.
UPCOMING SHOWS BY SMOKESTACK THEATRE
 March 26-29 Smokestack Improv will be presenting 'Art' by Yasmina Reza at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History. Click below for more info or to purchase tickets. 
Smokestack Improv will return to 2 Witches Winery & Brewing Co. Saturday April 4 at 6pm . Find out more info below by clicking the link below.
PLEASE NOTE: Both of these shows are intended for mature audiences.
LEAN CANVAS WORKSHOP
TWO OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT WITH TEACHERS AND GRADUATING SENIORS
CODEVA AND THE SOVA INNOVATION HUB IN SOUTH BOSTON HAS CREATED CSTA SOUTHERN VA
A partnership between CodeVA, a statewide K-12 computer science (CS) advocacy organization, and the SOVA Innovation Hub in South Boston has created CSTA Southern VA, a new chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association.  CSTA Southern VA was formed with the goal of building the capacity of K-12 teachers in Southern Virginia to deliver quality CS education by providing no-cost professional development and continuing education opportunities. The chapter is supported by CodeVA, Microsoft, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR), and Mid-Atlantic Broadband (MBC). Visit  sovainnovationhub.com/csta  to learn more and join CSTA Southern VA. Membership is free, and members of the education community and business community are all invited to join the chapter. 
 
The chapter will be hosting a free CSTA Southern VA kickoff event for the Danville area on Thursday, April 9th from 4:30-6:00 PM at 2 Witches Winery & Brewing Company.  Register for the Danville CSTA kickoff event today!  C an't make the Danville Area event? There are two more kickoff events in Southern Virginia!
Danville Area
Thursday, April 9
4:30-6 p.m.
2 Witches Winery & Brewing
Clarksville Area
Thursday, April 16
4:30-6 p.m.
Buggs Island Brewing Co.
Farmville Area
Wednesday, April 22
4:30-6 p.m.
Three Roads Brewing Co.
BRIDGE 2 BRIDGE 5K
AVERETT UNIVERSITY CAREER FAIR
Averett University is hosting a career fair for our students on Tuesday, March 31st from 11 to 1 on the main campus . We invite all of you to attend free of charge so that your organization has the opportunity to recruit some excellent students! Students are seeking full-time positions, part-time positions, and internships. To register for the fair, please contact Angie McAdams, Director of Career Competitiveness at  amcadams@averett.edu.
NOMINATE FOR AN INNOVATIVE STAR AWARD
Deadline to Nominate: March 13th
INNOVATION PARTNERS
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