September 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.
ACTIVE COVID-19 FUNDING RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES
"COUNT ME IN" CENSUS PROMOTION
Only 30 days remain until the 2020 Census self-response deadline, so please help promote the Census to your employees and customers! You also can promote participation through your social media accounts by uploading the “Count ME In” frame or posting a series of “Count ME In” selfies with the image below. 

If you would like to schedule a mobile unit to visit your location for employees and/or customers, contact Valerie Warner [Census Partnership Specialist]. 
CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP AT THE YMCA
LET’S WORK TOGETHER
Encouraging a renewed commitment to healthy living and total wellness for your employees, your organization can impact the costs related to obesity, inactivity, and other health-related conditions. The Danville Family YMCA will partner with you and your employees by offering a corporate health and wellness program which can lead to a healthier, happier workforce.

OUR COMMITMENT
We assist your employees and their families in managing their total health and well-being through:
  • No Joining Fee, every day
  • The Y will match your contribution up to $10 per month
  • Customizable wellness services and programs can be considered to best meet your employees’ needs
  • A variety of physical activities designed for all ages and stages of fitness
  • Family-friendly facilities with pools, tracks, gyms, outdoor spaces and activity centers
 
YOUR COMMITMENT
Contribute toward a portion of your employees’ monthly membership rates:
  • Cover $5 – $9.99 of the monthly rate and the Y will match $5 per month
  • Cover $10 or more of the monthly rate and the Y will match $10 per month
  • Company membership commitments are based on size of the company:
  • 10 or fewer company employees = must maintain 3 active memberships
  • 11-24 company employees = must maintain 5 active memberships
  • 25-49 company employees = must maintain 7 active memberships
  • 50+ company employees = must maintain 10 active memberships
 
BENEFITS TO YOUR ORGANIZATION
A comprehensive health and wellness program can lead to a healthier, happier workforce.
  • Improved overall health
  • Increased ability to cope with stress
  • Increased productivity
  • Increased energy levels and positive attitudes
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Enhanced benefits for your employee recruitment and retention
SAVE THE DATE: 2020 HEALTH SUMMIT
SURVEY ON WORKSITE OPERATIONS DURING COVID-19
The Virginia Department of Transportation [VDOT] and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation [DRPT] are conducting a survey of businesses in Virginia to understand how businesses changed their worksite operations and what their plans are for returning to the office, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. VDOT and DRPT want to learn about businesses' experience with employee telework before COVID-19, during the pandemic, and plans for future operations. Additionally, they would like to know about businesses' policies regarding commuter incentives and work environment.

The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and there is an option to leave contact information for future surveys and for assistance from DRPT's Telework!VA program that provides free assistance to Virginia's businesses to formalize or improve telework/work-from-home programs.  
TELEWORK!VA RESOURCES FOR MAINTAINING OPERATIONS
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE [UI] WEBINAR
When: Thursday, September 10 | 12-1:15 p.m.
Where: Online webinar

Research for Equity in Recovery IV:
Unemployment Insurance During the COVID Crisis: Lessons for Improving the UI Program

During this panel you’ll learn about changes in unemployment insurance [UI] under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security [CARES] Act and how lessons learned from these changes can guide reform of the federal-state UI system. Speakers include:

  • Christopher J. O'Leary, Senior Economist, Upjohn Institute [bio]
  • Suzanne Simonetta, Director, Division of Policy, Legislation, and Regulations, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration [research]
  • Patricia M. Anderson, Professor, Dartmouth College [bio]
  • Moderator: Michael Horrigan, President, Upjohn Institute [bio]
WEBINARS TO HELP BUSINESSES RECOVER
Virginia Community Capital has partnered with the Virginia Small Business Development Center [SBDC] Network, GENEDGE, the UVA Wise Office of Economic Development, and the Southwest Virginia Alliance of Manufacturing to present a series of webinars focused on helping businesses recover and become more resilient if faced with another pandemic or disaster. This series will be presented by industry professionals who will provide up-to-date information and resources.

Each session begins at noon. Upcoming dates and topics are:

  • September 3: Employee & Diversity Planning: Maintaining Employment Levels/Engagement/Recovery
  • September 10: How to Prepare for the Next Crisis: Developing a Business Resiliency Plan – Why You Need It & How It Can Help [Crisis Management/Emergency Response/Business Recovery]
  • September 17: Crisis Management: Developing Teams and Processes
  • September 24: Succession Planning and Employee Stock Ownership Plans [ESOP]
TUESDAY COFFEE CHAT: WORKFORCE SOFT SKILLS
When: Tuesday, September 15 | 8:30 a.m.
Where: Online via Zoom

Do you feel that the soft skills within the current workforce could use a boost? Join Jeremy Satterfield of Microsoft Corporation and learn about their partnership with LinkedIn to enhance soft skills in the workplace. 
 
These free and easily accessible online programs focus on skills you as employers value most, from communication fundamentals and being a team player to advancing your critical thinking skills.
 
We appreciate any advance questions for research purposes, and you can provide those during registration.
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