May 2019
CHAMBER MEMBER NEWS
Member News is a monthly newsletter that provides news about Chamber members.
BLUERALLY MARKETING COMPLETES FCS, INC. WEBSITE REDEVELOPMENT
BlueRally Marketing has concluded a website redevelopment project for FCS, Inc. FCS, Inc. is a growing industrial services firm based in Danville, Virginia. The firm has two divisions focused on professional janitorial services and large scale industrial cleaning. It maintains contracts throughout the mid-Atlantic region, and has recently provided contract work as far away as California.

“Through its process, BlueRally Marketing studied the company and discovered several very active efforts FCS, Inc. was doing to win business, but were not reflected in their website’s message,” Wiebking said. “They have a very young, responsive, and competitive team. They visit industrial sites on a call, and strive to provide thoughtful project quotes expeditiously. This is important information to share with new industrial prospects, who want problems solved quickly and their production lines undisturbed. FCS, Inc. solves problems quickly, but no one arriving at the site knew about their exceptional diligence.”

With the primary content work of the FCS, Inc. website is complete, BlueRally Marketing will remain working closely with the firm to ensure ongoing performance from their marketing efforts. The ongoing goal maintains a healthy forward growth trajectory for FCS, Inc, while being responsive to changes at the firm and with their customers, and outmaneuvering their competition.
UNITED WAY PICNIC ON THE PLAZA 2019
SPTC INNOVATIVE STARS BANQUET PRESENTS SEVEN REGIONAL AWARDS
The Southern Piedmont Technology Council (SPTC) held the Innovative Stars Awards Banquet on Wednesday, April 10, at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR). The SPTC announced winners of the Innovative Stars Awards and featured keynote speaker Courtney Dozier, Chief Deputy of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and Governor Northam’s Deputy Broadband Advisor.

Robby Demeria, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade for Technology delivered a message from Governor Northam’s Cabinet on the importance of technology councils and recognition of technology achievements across various sectors. Prior to his appointment, Robby Demeria served as Executive Director of the Richmond Technology Council.

The banquet attendees celebrated Southern Piedmont’s technology community and honored the contributions of individuals and organizations that promote the importance of technology. STPC’s service region and award nominations encompass Patrick, Henry, Franklin, Pittsylvania, Halifax and Mecklenburg counties and Danville and Martinsville cities. Awards were presented in seven categories, and the award winners included:

Dr. Karl Stauber, Chairman’s Award
TMI AutoTech, Inc. , Innovation in Technology Small Business Award
BGF Industries, Inc., Innovation in Technology Large Business Award
Averett University, Innovation in Education and Community Outreach Award
Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation, Innovation in Community Award
Jeremiah Williams, Rising Star Award
Brionna Ashworth, Student Innovator Award
SACRED HEART CATHOLIC SCHOOL'S 29TH ANNUAL BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT
When: Friday, May 10
Where: Danville Golf Club

Sacred Heart Catholic School's 29th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament will be held at Danville Golf Club on Friday, May 10.

The four-person team, captain's choice, shotgun start tournament will begin at 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Danville Toyota is providing a 2019 Highlander and 2019 Sienna Van for hole-in-one prizes. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams with the lowest scores. Cost is $100.00 per player.

Please contact Donna Comper at 434.793.2656 for more information.  
LEESVILLE LAKE MARINA OPENING DAY
When: Friday, May 3
Where: Leesville Lake Marina & Grill | 2736 Marina Drive | Gretna, VA 24557

OPENING DAY:
First Fish-Fry of the Season | Live Entertainment on Patio | Boat Rentals | Pool | Full Restaurant | Boat Launch | Boat Slips | ABC license

OPPORTUNITY FUND GOLF CLASSIC
When: Friday, May 17
Where: Lake Chesdin Golf Club | Chesterfield, VA

The Southside Opportunity Fund will host its fifth annual Opportunity Fund Golf Classic on Friday, May 17, at Lake Chesdin Golf Club in Chesterfield. The tournament will raise funds to create educational scholarships for students who are children of Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) members.

Registration for the captain’s choice tournament will run from 8:45-9:45 a.m., with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. A foursome package includes carts, range balls and a boxed lunch with three drink tickets per golfer, all for $400. Sponsorship packages also are available.
 
All proceeds from this tournament will be awarded as scholarships to local high school seniors. These scholarships will assist those planning to attend college or a technical/training school after graduation. A number of scholarships will also be reserved for students enrolling in Southside Virginia Community College’s Power Line Worker Training School.
 
In 2018, the tournament raised more than $15,000. Since 2015, the Opportunity Fund Golf Classic has grossed more than $56,000 for scholarships.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, donations and to register a foursome, please visit www.sof.coop or contact SEC Community Relations Coordinator Lloyd Lenhart at lloyd.lenhart@sec.coop or 434.645.3185.
CARLISLE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
NEW CLINICIAN AT HOWERTON COUNSELING, LLC
We are pleased to announce Gwendolyn R. Yarbrough, MSW, LCSW has joined Howerton Counseling, LLC. Mrs. Yarbrough previously was in private practice at Mental Health Resources Management, LLC (Managing Office for Individual Practitioners)

Gwendolyn R. Yarbrough is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has 35 years ‘experience in the mental health field. She is a native of Danville, Virginia and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Mary Baldwin College and her Master’s Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mrs. Yarbrough has been employed as a mental health professional in both inpatient and outpatient settings including Director of Clinical Services and Clinical Supervisor. She currently is in private practice serving adults, adolescents and children (10 and up), and families. Mrs. Yarbrough will offer groups as needed and works with collateral resources such as primary care physicians, psychiatrists and nurse practitioners, the Department of Social Services and various school systems including school counselors to enable the individual to be successful in their life endeavors. Areas of focus include anxiety /panic, depression, interpersonal difficulties, women’s issues, adult children of alcoholics, adults and children of divorce, survivors of abuse, grief/loss issues, stress management and dealing with health issues. She also participates in Employee Assistance Programs (EAP). Mrs. Yarbrough is a member of the Virginia Society for Clinical Social Work, Blue Ridge Chapter.

To arrange an appointment, make a referral or inquire about services please call 434.549.5101 or fax to 434.228.7177.
COMMONWEALTH SENIOR LIVING PROGRAM: VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR
MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION FOR SENIORS 60+
Pittsylvania County Community Action is providing ambulatory and non-ambulatory transportation for seniors 60 and over for medical needs, including dialysis. This service is available for seniors who are residents of Pittsylvania County.
 
Transport is available from Pittsylvania County to medical facilities in Chatham, Danville, Gretna, Lynchburg, and Martinsville.
 
Client Information
Call 434.432.9545 for scheduling information and questions regarding services.
 
Donations
Medical transportation is provided at no charge to qualifying participants; however, donations are accepted and strongly encouraged. Donations are optional and confidential.
DEWBERRY'S ELIZABETH SCARCE PROMOTED TO CORPORATE DIRECTOR OF MARKETING OVER MID-ATLANTIC AND SOUTHEAST REGIONS
Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, has announced that Elizabeth Scarce has been promoted to director of marketing for the firm’s Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions, which span from Florida to Maryland. Combined, the two regions serve the marketing needs of more than 1000 employees.

Scarce has been with Dewberry for 27 years and has served in a variety of marketing roles during her tenure. She recently served in the same role, but solely over the Southeast. With her additional responsibilities over the Mid-Atlantic, she will work closely with the regions’ marketing managers to align marketing efforts with the firm’s goals and objectives, foster a collaborative work environment among more than 30 offices, and create best practices to maximize the teams’ efficiencies and effectiveness. 

“I am thrilled to support Elizabeth in her new role as she continues to lead the marketing teams in two of our largest regions,” says Dewberry President Darren Conner, PE. “She has a proven track record of developing teams into collaborative structures.”

“Moving into this new role is a challenge I’m excited to take on,” states Scarce. “With our firm’s growth over the last five years, I anticipate these marketing teams growing as we seek to support the needs of our clients and the populations they serve.” 
SPTC SPEAKER SERIES: SMART CITIES
When: Thursday, May 16 | 12 p.m.
Where: Institute for Advanced Learning and Research

Cities and communities are deploying innovative new technologies and urban planning models that rely on sensors, AI, IoT, and beyond to improve transportation, public safety, energy infrastructure, and environmental management.

How do we move our community forward?

The SPTC will have keynote speaker Dave Ihrie, CTO at the Center for Innovative Technology, share what is a Smart City, why it is important to all in a community, and what are the benefits. Dr. Celen Pasalar, Assistant Dean for Research and Extension, College of Design, NC State University will present on understanding emerging technologies and their effect on the urban experience. There will be a panel discussion from local government across the region on Smart City technologies currently in place, and a panel discussion on sensors & technologies.
Members: $20 | Non-members: $30
[Lunch is included]
WENDELL SCOTT FOUNDATION PARTNERS TO CREATE CAMP CULTIVATION
When: June 23-25
Where: Virginia State University

The Wendell Scott Foundation has partnered with the USDA & Virginia State University to create  Camp Cultivation . This 3-day, overnight camp,   June 23-25, is designed to provide students who are typically underrepresented in agricultural and STEM disciplines an opportunity to learn more about the various career paths available to them through agriculture and STEM degrees. 

Camp Cultivation is completely  free  of charge to students. The only requirements are as follows:

  • Rising juniors & seniors only 
  • 2.0 or higher GPA
Application deadline is May 17, 2019 with limited availability.
Contact Yolanda Ross, director of programs, with any questions
at yolanda@wendellscott.org or 434.533.0097. 
GO VIRGINIA HOW-TO-APPLY WEBINAR
When: May 6 | 1-3 p.m.

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will host a how-to-apply webinar for the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Fund (GO Virginia) for the per capita and competitive grants. Attendance is open to the public and free of charge. 

The webinar will provide an introduction to the GO Virginia program design and the funding priorities for each region. The webinar will also provide a step-by-step overview of the application process, project requirements and best practices. Following the presentation, there will be time for Q&A with DHCD staff. Registration will close 24 hours prior to the webinar.

For questions regarding registration or the GO Virginia program, contact Matt Weaver at matthew.weaver@dhcd.virginia.gov  or 804.371.7011.
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