April 2020
CHAMBER MEMBER NEWS
Member News is a monthly newsletter that provides news about Chamber members.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS
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Danville, VA 24540
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Danville, VA 24541

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CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUND
With a tremendous sense of empathy and urgency, The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region has launched a Coronavirus Relief Fund. This is a critical time—for foundations, corporations, individuals and organizations to step up and combine resources to address and limit negative impacts from the current public health crisis to the people and communities of our region. The Community Foundation has committed $25,000 in seed money to establish the Fund, and requests contributions to meet immediate and ongoing needs.

The Community Foundation is working to identify and prioritize the most compelling areas of need. Initially, grant funding will support nonprofit organizations that provide community safety nets for crucial services in the following sectors: childcare, utilities, rent, small business, and food insecurity.

In order to move resources quickly, The Community Foundation is not hosting a formal application process. Potential frontline grantee partners will be identified and contacted. Information will be solicited on proposed projects and final awards will be recommended. Existing experience and accountability in addressing the immediate needs of the people made vulnerable by the coronavirus pandemic is essential.

Grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofits, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities.
Donations of any amount are welcomed and all contributions are tax deductible.

Gifts can be made payable to “The Community Foundation” for the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Gifts may be mailed to 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA 24541 or made online at www.cfdrr.org under the Giving tab.
MANUFACTURING CAPABILITIES AND CRITICAL SUPPLIES SURVEY
GENEDGE is working on identifying companies that can make critical supplies, in particular personal protective equipment. We want to leverage your skills, expertise, experience, and capabilities to support the growing supply chain needs and shortages presented by COVID-19.

We want to hear from you if you are are a manufacturer who currently provides or has the capability to quickly develop and produce products, services, and equipment to the medical supply chain or other essential items.
WOMACK ELECTRIC SUPPORTS HEALTHCARE AND INDUSTRY WORKERS
RESTAURANT EMPLOYEE RELIEF FUND
The  Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing extraordinary hardship in the wake of the Coronavirus disease [COVID-19] outbreak. Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID-19, including a decrease in wages or loss of employment. Grants will be awarded as soon as possible to those individuals who meet the prescribed eligibility criteria, as reviewed and verified by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation [NRAEF]. This Fund is operated by the NRAEF, whose mission is to attract, empower and advance todays and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workers.

Right now, you can make a huge difference in the lives of U.S. restaurant workers by making a donation to the Fund. And, if you have been impacted by the loss of work in restaurants, you can apply for financial assistance from the Fund.

DONATE
Your financial support to the Fund can make a direct impact on the lives of restaurant workers across the U.S.!

There are more than 1 million restaurants in the U.S., home to more than 15 million employees. Early estimates indicate that up to 5 to 7 million restaurant workers may lose their jobs due to COVID-19, and many already have. In the face of this global pandemic, these workers need our immediate financial support.

GET ASSISTANCE
Grants will be awarded as soon as possible to those individuals who meet the prescribed eligibility criteria, as reviewed and verified by the NRAEF. Subject to the availability of funds contributed to the Fund, a one-time grant of $500 will be disbursed directly to the applicant following NRAEF’s review and confirmation that their submitted application meets the prescribed guidelines. Awards will be limited to one grant per person. All grant approvals are at the discretion of the NRAEF.
WEST PIEDMONT WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD OFFERS BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
50 MEALS FOR 50 FAMILIES CHALLENGE
DAN RIVER REGION COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE
The Health Collaborative has launched a Dan River Region Community Resource Guide! So many groups and organizations throughout our region have adapted or expanded their services to meet the many needs our community during the Coronavirus pandemic. We are so grateful for the ways that our partners have stepped up to help during these unprecedented times.

For this guide, we have compiled as much information as we could find and have organized it by location and by type of resource. We hope that this tool will help you connect with the resources you need while also making it easier to refer others to assistance. We will continue to update this guide as new information becomes available, so please check back often if you don't find what you are looking for the first time. 

And finally, please share! You can use the buttons below to share the guide on Facebook or to email to others.

If you have questions, please email Maggie Richardson at maggie@thehealthcollab.com .
TAKE YOUR ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE TO THE NEXT LEVEL ... FOR $250/CREDIT HOUR!
Bellevue University, a Danville Community College partner, is offering a Bachelor of Business for $250 per credit hour!
 
Do you have an Associate’s degree [in any discipline] or 60 college credits?
Congratulations! You are able to pursue this amazing opportunity!
 
Details:
  • 100% online curriculum starts in June 2020
  • Cohort format—one class every six weeks
  • Only 49 credits—that’s less than $12,500 in tuition for a Bachelor’s degree
  • Meet live with an instructor and other peers one night a week (Thursdays)
  • An open, highly interactive classroom learning environment
  • Ability to ask questions in real time
 
Program Outcomes:
Whether you are a professional currently working in a large corporate environment or owner of a small entrepreneurial venture, the Bellevue University Business Degree will help you to develop the level of performance you’ll need to succeed professionally. In the Capstone course, you’ll demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, skills, and abilities learned over the duration of your study in the program, using a real business simulation project.
The Bachelor of Science in Business, online cohort program will prepare graduates to:

  • Communicate in a positive and productive manner to support the business.
  • Make decisions to solve problems that eliminate inefficiencies and decrease costs.
  • Develop and implement initiatives that enable the business to prosper.
  • Interpret financial statements and concepts to improve business performance.
 
Please take a few minutes to complete the brief survey below so that we can learn a little more about you to see if Bellevue University is the right fit for you.

Ready to learn more? Click below to contact us. Send over your transcripts and we can evaluate exactly where you stand with your transfer credit and discuss your personal and professional goals!
AVERETT UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES DON AUNGST AS NEW CFO
Averett University is pleased to announce Don Aungst has been hired for the position of vice president & chief financial & operating officer. He started with the University this month.

Aungst joins Averett having started his CFO career with more than 18 years of experience at Susquehanna University, a small college in rural central Pennsylvania. His over 30 years of experience includes serving as a vice president, chief financial and planning officer, executive VP and special advisor to the president at Susquehanna University, Capital University, Upper Iowa University and Mercy College.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to join the Averett University and Danville communities. Without exception, every person I have met or who has reached out to welcome me to the community has made me feel very welcome and fortunate to call the University and the community home for me and my wife, Peggy,” said Aungst. “Averett University has great students, faculty and staff who genuinely care for the University and each other, and the University is well positioned to reimagine and reinvent herself as a premier, student-centered University renowned for innovative teaching and engaged learning.
Over the last three decades, Aungst has been responsible for institutional planning, data analysis, budgeting and financial modeling for both current operations and capital projects, facilities master planning and operations, risk management, debt management, investment and endowment management, human resources, auxiliary services, information technology, and security operations.

In 1977, Aungst earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with an additional concentration in computer science from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. He is also a certified public accountant.

Aungst has served on various boards throughout his career, including the National Association of College and Business Officers from 2005 to 2007, president of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers board from 2006 to 2007 and board member of ELCARM, Inc. from 1989 to 2006.
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