February 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
Donor Services Manager

This full-time positions will support the development initiatives of The Community Foundation as we continue to grow. He/she assists with development and donor services communication including donor cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgement and stewardship. This person has a significant role in office management, ensuring accurate record keeping and reporting for the Foundation. The position supports special projects and event preparation. 
ADULT & CAREER EDUCATION SCHEDULE
This is training for anyone who wants to become a certified energy manager. The cost for this training is about $2,500. There is grant funding available that could cover up to 90% of this cost ,depending on the company size. The Grant is being handled by Robbie Knight at  Virginia Career Works West Piedmont .
ADULT & CAREER EDUCATION SCHEDULE
UPDATES FROM THE DEWBERRY TEAM
Leslie Barksdale, PE  recently passed the exam for her Virginia professional engineers license. Leslie is a 2014 Virginia Tech civil & environmental engineering graduate. At Dewberry she specializes in permitting, design of water distribution and wastewater collection projects, construction administration, and funding acquisition. She is an active member of numerous civic organizations in the Danville community and is a certified yoga instructor. She was the 2017 recipient of the Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce Professional & Community Engagement Award and the 2018 Dewberry Danville Office Employee of the Year.
Larry Hasson, AIA, LEED AP  has been promoted to associate vice president. Larry   is the architecture department manager at Dewberry. He has extensive experience designing institutional, governmental, commercial, industrial, and military facilities. Hasson earned a bachelor’s in architecture from Virginia Tech (1992) and is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Design Build Institute of America, and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
DAVENPORT ENERGY AWARDS $30,000 IN EXXONMOBIL EDUCATION GRANTS TO SCHOOLS
Davenport Energy Inc. in Chatham will award $30,000 in ExxonMobil Educational Alliance grants to schools in Virginia and North Carolina. Grants, which range from $500 to $1,000, benefit classrooms, teachers, and students.

A branded wholesaler for ExxonMobil, Davenport Energy secured 60 education grants on behalf of its Exxon and Mobil gasoline stations and convenience stores.

Pittsylvania County schools receiving grants include Chatham High School, Gretna High School, Dan River High School, Tunstall High School, Dan River Middle School, Gretna Middle School, Chatham Elementary School, Southside Elementary School, and Twin Springs Elementary School, George Washington High School and Sacred Heart School in Danville also received ExxonMobil education grants.

The ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program is designed to provide Exxon and Mobil retailers with an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through educational grants to neighborhood schools. “We have a long history of supporting local neighborhood schools, and consider it a privilege to invest our time and resources in the communities where we do business,” said a spokesman for Davenport Energy
Every year, ExxonMobil awards 4,400 Educational Alliance grants to K-12 institutions across the country. Since 2000, the company has committed over $35 million to the grant program. Grants target math, science, and technology, and may be used for films, speakers, or field trips to science centers; scholarships or awards to encourage academic or leadership excellence in math or science; science fairs and parent-student events; and educational tools such as computers, math or science books, calculators, and software.
MARKETING CRASH COURSE
GROUNDWATER TRAINING
CARLISLE OPEN HOUSE
AVERETT UNIVERSITY RECEIVES CARNEGIE CLASSIFICATION
The Carnegie Foundation announced that Averett University has received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for the first time, an elective designation that indicates institutional commitment to community engagement. This distinguished classification has been the leading assessment and recognition of community engagement for American colleges and universities for more than a decade.

Through the Center for Community Engagement & Career Competitiveness [CCECC], Averett students have a variety of opportunities for engagement with the surrounding community, inside and outside of the classroom. Established in 2014 on Averett’s campus as the hub for community engagement, service-learning and career competitiveness initiatives, the CCECC has led transformative impact on students and community partners in its first five years, to include:

·        9,583 total volunteers;
·        81,539 total volunteer hours;
·        14,746 event participants;
·        $2,068,202 in volunteer financial impact on the Dan River Region.

Last fall, the CCECC was granted a continuation award from the Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) to carry on its work with the region’s institutions of higher education and community members for another five years.

Of the 119 institutions classified in the 2020 cycle, 44, like Averett, are receiving the classification for the first time. These 119 institutions join the 240 institutions that earned the classification during the 2015 selection process, for a total of 359 campuses who are currently active holders of this important designation. Among the 2020 recipients of the classification, 67 are public institutions and 52 are private.

“These newly-classified and re-classified institutions are doing exceptional work to forward their public purpose in and through community engagement that enriches teaching and research while also benefiting the broader community,” noted Mathew Johnson, executive director of the Swearer Center.
7th ANNUAL IDEAFEST BUSINESS PITCH COMPETITION
IdeaFest  is a Business Pitch Competition where 20 finalists will pitch their startup idea to a panel of judges and a live audience. The top three competitors will be awarded $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place and $2,000 for third place.

Winners of the competition will also be eligible to receive twenty-five hours of free business consulting from The Launch Place. The Launch Place, assists with business formation, job creation and retention through its business consulting services and investment funding, while having a dual responsibility to recruit and retain entrepreneurs to the Dan River Region. The IdeaFest competition exposes The Launch Place’s services and funds to start-up companies that are ready to establish or seeking early stage capital. The Launch Place could potentially invest in the company from its Seed and Pre-Seed Funds.
Winners of the competition will also be eligible to receive twenty-five hours of free business consulting from The Launch Place. The Launch Place, assists with business formation, job creation and retention through its business consulting services and investment funding, while having a dual responsibility to recruit and retain entrepreneurs to the Dan River Region. The IdeaFest competition exposes The Launch Place’s services and funds to start-up companies that are ready to establish or seeking early stage capital. The Launch Place could potentially invest in the company from its Seed and Pre-Seed Funds.
Awards
· 1st Place $5,000
· 2nd Place $3,000
· 3rd Place $2,000
IdeaFest is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to attend any part of the day’s activities. Community members of all ages and professions are invited to attend to learn about the region's startup development resources, to network with a wide range of business professionals and to explore entrepreneurship as a career option.
Applications are open!
Deadline to Apply: March 2
FREE ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES INTERFACE TRAINING
Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services offers FREE Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Interface training monthly.

What is Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Interface?
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) are stressful events that occur in childhood (and throughout a person’s life) that pose a significant threat to a child’s development and can lead to a range of mental and physical health issues throughout the course of their lifetime. The training describes the study itself, the science of how your brain is physically and chemically changed, how your genes are altered due to these experiences, as well as addresses resilience and protective factors to learn how we can have a positive impact. It will help you identify ACE and the effect it has on people’s lives, what we all can do to dramatically improve health and resilience for this and future generations, as well as hopefully change the way you perceive people’s behavior. 

Why it is important to my business/organization?
Understanding ACEs and changing the way you deal with people can have many benefits.  It can greatly decrease health care costs by mitigating both physical health and mental health issues. Understanding how someone’s brain has been rewired will better help you understand their behavior and how to more appropriately interact and get more positive outcomes from your customers, both internal and external. It can help reduce absenteeism and increase productivity . It can decrease problematic behavior and HR issues significantly improve social interactions.

February 12 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | DPCS Lackey Training Room [North Wing]
March 9 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | DPCS Lackey Training Room [North Wing]
April 9 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m. | DPCS Betty Whitehead Board Room [West Wing]
May 26 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m. | DPCS Lackey Training Room [North Wing]

All monthly trainings are held at Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services, located at 245 Hairston Street in Danville. 

We can bring the training to you and your organization with more than a dozen participants.  We have been contacted by numerous organizations to host the training after one or two key employees have taken the training and realized how important it is for their organization and employees. 

To register please contact Bonnie Trammell at btrammell@dpcs.org or
434.799.0456 x 3810.

Any questions can be directed to Dominick Grembi at dgrembi@dpcs.org or
434.799.0456 x 3816.
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