October 2020
CHAMBER MEMBER NEWS
Member News is a monthly newsletter that provides news about Chamber members.
MEMBER JOB POSTINGS
NEW! Members can now post jobs in ChamberMaster to appear on the Chamber's website. For help in posting a job, contact 434.836.6990 or chamber@dpchamber.org.
CANDIDATE FORUM: TONIGHT AT 5:30 P.M.
The candidates for Danville City Council are invited to participate in a virtual candidate forum tonight at 5:30 p.m. Candidates will answer questions posed by the Chamber's Legislative Committee, make brief remarks and time permitting, answer questions submitted by the public.

Invited candidates include:
Petrina Carter
Bryant Hood
Fred Shanks

There is still time to register! This virtual event also will be streamed on Facebook LIVE via your Chamber and River City TV.
CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE ELECTION CENTER
Your Chamber is proud to partner with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce on the online Election Center, which connects candidates to the business community. On this website, you can find:

  • A list of the 2020 candidates, with links to their campaign websites and policy positions.
  • A news center that automatically populates the latest state and federal election news articles.
  • An employer toolkit that provides sample emails and graphics businesses can send to their employees to encourage voter registration and election participation.
  • A list of election deadlines including registration, in-person, and absentee voting information.
  • A list of additional election resources (including links to VPAP and other helpful websites).
  • An online service to find who will be on your ballot.
FREE E-BOOK: STRENGTH STYLES OF THE SMART AND THE FAMOUS
As students are returning to school and getting new books for their upcoming year of learning, Brigid Belko Gorton [Stronger Not Harder] is elated to share her brand new e-book to support clients in their ongoing strengths and professional development journeys. 

“Strength Styles of the Smart and the Famous shares a famous, historic, and/or fictional person’s story for each of the 34 strengths. This e-book is built as a resource to supplant what clients have already learned from their strengths report and/or strengths discovery retreat with Stronger Not Harder. 

People have found the Gallup strengths descriptions helpful; but, like with learning anything, real-life examples can make the metaphorical lightbulbs turn on when trying to deeply understand. Brigid's hope is that this additional context can support everyone in learning more about themselves and each other … with some laughter along the way. So like all the other students returning to school, take a moment for some education and self-reflection to make the most of your life. You deserve it!

And, for today, Tuesday, 10/7, it is available for FREE from the Amazon Kindle store! So, what do you have to lose?
IALR HOSTS NOW: NEXT GENERATION OF WORK
AVERETT RANKED AMONG TOP 20 OF BEST REGIONAL COLLEGES
Averett University continues to rank within the top 20 of the best regional liberal arts colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report.

Ranked as No. 18, Averett continues to be the highest ranking of only three Virginia schools from the complete list of 69 schools on the “2021 Best Regional Colleges in the South” list.
Averett was also ranked No. 7 out of 15 best regional colleges in the south for veterans this year, as well as No. 16 among regional colleges in the south in the list of Top Performers on Social Mobility.

The rankings formula uses exclusively statistical quantitative and qualitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality. To calculate the overall rank for each school within each category, up to 16 metrics of academic excellence are assigned weights that reflect U.S. News’ researched judgment about how much they matter.

U.S. News assesses social mobility by measuring how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants – grants typically given to students with lower family incomes. Best Colleges for Veterans rankings provide military veterans and active-duty service members with data on which top-ranked schools offer benefits that can help them make pursuing a college education more affordable. Averett qualified for its certification of the GI Bill, participation in the Yellow Ribbon program, its number of enrolled active-duty service members, and its placement in the top half of the regional colleges in the south list.

The rankings are freely available at https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges.
2020 HEALTH SUMMIT: OCTOBER 21
The Health Collaborative's annual Health Summit is going virtual this year! 
Join us on Wednesday, October 21 from 9-11 a.m. on Zoom.
This event is free and open to all. Learn more and register here

Please reach out to Maggie Richardson with any questions.
WEBINAR: COVID-19'S IMPACT ON NEW REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT
Join Virginia Community Capital and the Virginia Economic Developers Association for a conversation with real estate developers Ed Walker and Dave McCormack on October 22 at 12 p.m. Known for their catalytic projects and innovative approaches to rehab and reuse developments, these two developers will share their experience with COVID-19, how it has impacted their current work, and how they are adjusting their approach to future projects.  
TICKETS ON SALE FOR "GHOSTS & GRAVESTONES: HISTORICAL TOURS"
Tickets are on sale now for Smokestack Theatre Company's
"Ghosts & Gravestones: Historical Tours"!
DAVENPORT ENERGY DONATES CHROMEBOOKS TO PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SCHOOLS
On Wednesday, September 23, Davenport Energy Inc. donated 25 Chromebooks to Pittsylvania County Schools along with 15 internet “hot spots” each to Halifax and Henry county public schools.

A presentation was held at 11 a.m. at the Pittsylvania County School Board office at 39 Bank Street in Chatham. Davenport Energy Chairman Ben Davenport Jr. made brief remarks followed by Pittsylvania County Schools Superintendent Mark Jones.
Representatives from Halifax County Public Schools and Henry County Public Schools were also in attendance.

“Education is the cornerstone of success,” Davenport said. “In these unprecedented and uncertain times, with so many students learning remotely from home, Davenport Energy wants to ensure that every student has a computer and access to the internet so their education continues uninterrupted during the pandemic.”
The donation of Chromebooks and hot spots followed an assessment of needs by all three school divisions. “We are very appreciative of everything Davenport Energy has done to support Pittsylvania County Schools,” said Jones. “The donation of Chromebooks for students will assist families who cannot afford such a large purchase and help the school division come closer to providing devices for all students. On behalf of the School Board and Pittsylvania County Schools, I would like to thank Mr. Davenport and Davenport Energy for reaching out to us to make this generous offer.”

Founded in 1941, Davenport Energy delivers propane and heating oil more than 30,000 customers from locations in Chatham, Gretna, South Boston, Martinsville, Rocky Mount, Bedford, Roanoke, Covington, and Siler City, N.C. The company also is a branded wholesaler for ExxonMobil, BP, Citgo, Marathon, 76, Gulf, and Spirit, and supplies gasoline and diesel fuel to more than 200 convenience stores and gas stations in Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia.

Through Davenport Energy’s ongoing partnership with ExxonMobil, the company annually awards an additional $30,000 in ExxonMobil Educational Alliance grants to schools in Virginia and North Carolina. Grants, which range from $500 to $1,000, target math, science, and technology, and benefit classrooms, teachers, and students.

Throughout its 80-year history, Davenport Energy has been committed to the communities it serves. The company supports local schools, sports teams, churches, fire and rescue departments, chambers of commerce, merchants associations, recreation departments, civic clubs, and a variety of other charitable causes. Team members also support local United Way campaigns through payroll deductions, and donate time to local fire departments, rescue squads, schools, civic clubs, and other community organizations.

"We're a company that feels a deep sense of responsibility to our community. Our community takes care of us and we feel like we need to take care of our community," Davenport said. Mr. Davenport and his wife, Betty, also support local scholarships, community events, and the arts.

For more information, visit www.davenportenergy.com.
VIRTUAL JOB FAIR OPPORTUNITY
CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS MONTH WEBINAR
When: October 15 | 12-1 p.m.
Where: Online webinar
 
While we could not hold the CyberUp Summit this October due to COVID-19, the Southern Piedmont Technology Council in conjunction with Averett University are bringing together cybersecurity experts to discuss cyber attacks and provide guidance on how to prevent them, in honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness month.

SPEAKERS:

Allen Jenkins, Sycom Technologies, will discuss cybersecurity fundamentals, emerging threats to business and industries and the steps needed to take to protect your business.

Chris Puryear with Person County NC and Greg Manson with Logically will discuss how Person County government was affected from a ransomware cyber-attack. They will share how they quickly responded and remedied the attack and how they are recovering from the attack.
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