November 2019
CHAMBER MEMBER NEWS
Member News is a monthly newsletter that provides news about Chamber members.
MEMBER JOB POSTINGS
The Dan River Region Entrepreneur Ecosystem is hiring for a
ENTREPRENEUR ECOSYSTEM COORDINATOR

Click here for more information.
WORKSHOP: "HACK YOUR VIRTUAL MEETINGS"
When: Thursday, November 14 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Dan River Nonprofit Network | 308 Craghead Street [United Way building]

Embrace virtual meetings ... the future is now! This compelling option for boards, staff, committees, partners, and volunteers can save you time, money, and expand your reach [hello, Millennials!]. Which types of meetings are the best fit, and how can you ensure effectiveness when people are not in the room? Join us to improve (or start!) your facilitation of virtual meetings and make them more interactive!

This session is presented by Jeanne Allen, an independent consultant, Newswire Contributor for Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ), and a faculty member of the Nonprofit Technology Certificate, offered by NTEN. As a volunteer, she is a local organizer for NC Tech4Good, planning monthly meetings on technology topics for nonprofits.
Ticket: $10
Chamber or Nonprofit Network Member Rate: No cost

Advanced registration is required.

Questions? E mail  info@danrivernonprofits.org or call 434.792.3700 ext. 226.
FREE TRAINING OPPORTUNITY WITH DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS SERVICES
When: Thursday, November 14 | 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Martinsville, VA

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services is hosting an Employer Training Day, a FREE face-to-face training opportunity.

This is the first time the Commonwealth has held the workshop in the Martinsville/Henry Co. area. We are looking forward to a great event. During the workshop we will educate employers/HR teams/corporate recruiters/and resource providers on how to attract and retain Veterans and military spouses into their workforce. With nearly 1 million Veterans in Virginia this is great education and opportunity for all. 
 
The event, event parking, and participation in the program is absolutely FREE! We also provide breakfast and lunch at no cost! All that we ask is for attendees to register so that we may prepare the room for seating and order enough food. 
DEBBIE'S STAFFING PARTNERS WITH FEEDING AMERICA SOUTHWEST VA. FOR A FOOD DRIVE
LOCAL ECOSYSTEM AWARDED ENTREPRENEURSHIP GRANT
The  Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce , the  River District Association Danville Community College  and  Longwood Small Business Development Center , with infrastructure support from The Launch Place , announced that a grant has been awarded by  Danville Regional Foundation  to enhance the local entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Dan River Region (DRR). The entrepreneurial ecosystem is designed to help any business – no matter their size – find help to grow, sustain and enhance their business within the DRR community. 

“Across the nation, strong ecosystems allow entrepreneurs to quickly find resources and connections they need to thrive and succeed,” said Eva Doss, President & CEO of The Launch Place. “Our region has many strong ecosystem partners and this grant will allow us to formalize the ecosystem structure in order to assist entrepreneurs so they can prosper at each step of establishing and growing their business,” said Doss. 

“The Chamber is excited to continue its work with small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the region by expanding the Dream Launch program into the entire City of Danville and to Pittsylvania County,” said Alexis Ehrhardt, President & CEO of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. “We have witnessed the success of business pitch competitions in the River District and through the Barkhouser Free Enterprise Center at DCC, and know this is a critical piece of a developed ecosystem.” 

Healthy, diverse, and inclusive ecosystems allow talent, information, and resources to flow quickly to entrepreneurs when they need it. This region has a strong entrepreneurial history to build on and strong partners working towards the region’s transformation.  

The Launch Place strives to foster an environment for new and serial entrepreneurs to raise capital and garner the support system needed to take their products and/or solutions into the market place. By doing so, The Launch Place has positioned the Dan River Region to become once again a hub for innovation.

Entrepreneur Ecosystem Coordinator position is now accepting applications.
SOUL FOOD FESTIVAL
SHARPE JOINS CLEMENT WHEATLEY
Clement Wheatley is pleased to announce that Benjamin (Ben) F. Sharpe has joined the firm as Associate Attorney.

Ben is a Southside native and a graduate of Martinsville High School. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2011 and earned his law degree in 2014 from Elon University School of Law. While in law school he worked at the law firm of Smith, James, Rowlett & Cohen in Greensboro, NC.

Ben has served as Judicial Clerk of the Circuit Court for the City of Danville, and as Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for the Danville Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted and tried misdemeanor and felony cases.
Ben will focus on litigation, creditor’s rights, and traffic law.

Active in the community, Ben serves on the board of the Danville Speech and Hearing Center, the Board of Zoning Appeals for Martinsville City, the Martinsville/Henry County Ducks Unlimited Committee, and he is Treasurer of the Danville Bar Association.
WENDELL SCOTT LEGACY GALA
We are seeking your support for an auction item for the Wendell Scott Legacy Gala to benefit the Wendell Scott Foundation. This event will be held on December 7, 2019 at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research in Danville, Virginia. The item(s) that you donate will directly benefit the Wendell Scott Foundation for our educational programs.

We would like to ask you to donate an auction item. This item could represent hundreds of dollars in auction funds raised. Please be sure to include any marketing collateral, brochures, and relevant details about the item you donate, so we can include an accurate description for potential bidders.

The Wendell Scott Legacy Gala, organized by board of directors, staff, and volunteers from the Wendell Scott Foundation, is one of the area’s largest fundraisers. The proceeds from this event are used to supplement the capital and education programs at the foundation. The Wendell Scott Foundation is a 501(c)(3) entity; your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

We thank you in advance for your support.
VISITOR SURVEY ... CHANCE TO WIN $200
Do you know someone who has visited Danville/Pittsylvania County in the past 3 years?

Visitors can complete this 5-minute survey for a chance to win a $200 Visa gift card.
PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING: ROUTE 29 ARTERIAL MANAGEMENT PLAN
When: Thursday, November 14 | 4-6 p.m.
Where: VDOT Chatham Office | 19281 US Hwy 29

Come see preliminary information about VDOT’s Route 29 Arterial Management Plan in Pittsylvania County. The purpose of the Plan is to identify strategies to preserve capacity, enhance safety and support future growth in the corridor.

The meeting will be held in an “open house” format and team members will be present to answer questions. No formal presentation will be given.

Give your written or oral comments at the hearing or submit them by November 24 to Rick Youngblood, Project Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation, 4219 Campbell Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24501. Or, click below to email your comments.
Please reference “Route 29 Arterial Management Plan Public Comments”
in the subject line. 
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8653 US Hwy 29 | PO Box 99 | Blairs, VA 24527