February 2019
CHAMBER MEMBER NEWS
Member News is a monthly newsletter that provides news about Chamber members.
MEMBER JOB POSTINGS
The Danville Golf Club is hiring a General Manager.
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PITCH DEADLINE FOR IDEAFEST IS FEBRUARY 18
The deadline to apply for the 6th Annual IdeaFest Business Pitch Competition is February 18!

IdeaFest will take place on Thursday, March 21, 2019 starting at 1 p.m. IdeaFest is a pitch competition where 20 finalists will pitch their startup business idea to a panel of judges and a live audience. A total of $10,000 will be awarded to the top three competitors.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE DANVILLE MUSEUM
  • Current Museum Exhibits that are ongoing until March 3:
  • Jennings Gallery: Here, There, Everywhere: Inara Dodson, Journey in Art
  • Schoolfield Gallery: 1963 Danville Civil Rights Movement: The People, The Protests, The Stories by Emma Edmunds and Tom Coghill

  • February 9: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Free admission to the Museum

  • February 10: 2-5 p.m., Free admission to the Museum

  • February 10: 2:30-5 p.m., The Little Theatre of Danville will hold auditions for their next play, Contempt of Court, which will be presented at the Museum on March 22, 23 & 24

In addition, the Danville Museum offers a variety of educational programs. Please call the Educational Facilitator at 434.793.5644 or email learn@danvillemuseum.org for more information.

For additional information about the events above or exhibits and tours, please contact the Museum at 434.793.5644 or email cb@danvillemuseum.org.
SACRED HEART STUDENT NAMED SPECIAL GIRLS4TECH RECOGNITION WINNER
Sac red Heart Catholic School in Danville, Virginia was notified on January 22 that seventh-grade student Rhys Ana Savering had been named the Special Girls4Tech Recognition Winner for the Scholastic National Tech4 Innovation Student Contest.  The Girls4Tech portion of the contest recognizes young ladies who show innovation and creativity in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) field in an effort to encourage them to pursue STEAM related classes or careers.

The Tech4 Innovation Contest is a nationwide competition that is organized by Scholastic and is sponsored by MasterCard.  Students from third through seventh grade can be entered in grade level divisions.  Students are asked to create a concept that uses digital technology to solve real-world problems in the context of a given category.  Students must be able to draw the idea and describe what the innovation does and what problem it would solve.

Rhys Ana’s concept was a device that could be used for safety in agriculture and would ensure a cleaner and chemical free food supply.  The confirmation letter noted, “MasterCard thought the entry had a great connection with agriculture and technology to advance the health of our population.”

Rhys Ana will receive a new laptop and a cash prize for her winning entry.  The school will also receive grant money to be used for enhancing student’s access to technology and encourage students to enter STEAM careers.
IALR TO BUILD CENTER FOR MANUFACTURING ADVANCEMENT
The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) is pleased to announce plans to build a 51,250-square-foot Center for Manufacturing Advancement (CMA) on the IALR campus. The innovative CMA will offer a platform for leading-edge business success specifically targeted at manufacturing companies establishing or expanding their presence in Southern Virginia.

The CMA, projected to open in 2021, will be built adjacent to the recently completed Kyocera SGS Tech Hub facility. It will feature two floors, offices, meeting rooms, areas to house support services and the following amenities for manufacturer tenants:
  • rapid-launch facilities that will enable new businesses to begin limited operations off site during what is traditionally the initial down time as new businesses wait for their factory to be constructed and equipped to support full operations;
  • an ISO-certified inspection lab that will provide integrated inspection capabilities required to validate product quality. This service will reduce the start-up phase for a new company by 8 to 10 months, the time required to certify an inspection lab;
  • process improvement labs that will enable new and existing businesses to improve their processes in a more expeditious manner, thereby ensuring global competitiveness;
  • a platform for collaborative innovation that allows manufacturing companies, technology companies and engineering students to work together to discover, integrate and showcase emerging technology; and
  • concierge service that provides the wrap-around support needed by companies new to the U.S. during their critical start-up phase.

With few other regions currently offering a similar complement of services, the CMA is expected to serve as an important economic development tool and provide Virginia with a competitive edge in 21st century manufacturing.
SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNIZED FOR SERVICE IN FEBRUARY
Danville Public Schools (DPS) will join 132 other school divisions throughout the state to celebrate School Board Appreciation Month in February.

Almost 850 elected and appointed school board members throughout Virginia will be recognized by schools and communities for their service and dedication to public education. The theme of this year’s celebration, “Advancing Opportunities for All,” reflects the top priority of local school board members as they advocate for public education with local, state, and federal leaders on behalf of all students.

In DPS, school board members must develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community. They bear responsibility for an annual operating budget of over $65 million, over 5,800 students, approximately 1,000 employees, and 15 buildings.

The men and women serving on the DPS school board are: Terri Hall (Chair), Renee Hughes (Vice Chair), Jeffrey Hubbard, Crystal Cobbs, Ty’Quan Graves, Brandon Atkins, and Elizabeth Leggett.
EXCITE PROGRAM RECRUITS EMPLOYERS
EXCITE is a week-long summer professional development program placing middle and high school educators in business settings in order to connect the classroom to the workplace. Educators will spend one or two days at each company, visiting between two and four businesses over four days. The fifth day will include a debrief meeting with the program coordinator and peers to discuss lessons learned and ideas for classroom implementation.  There is no cost to employers to participate.

The goal is to equip teachers with answers to the “why do I need to know this” question and create relevancy within the standard curriculum based on real-life experiences provided by industry. Counselors can use the experience to connect students to careers and develop networks that expand work-based learning experiences for students.

Employer responsibilities include:
  • hosting at least two teachers for a one or two-day experience
  • providing an overview of the company including job opportunities and facility tour
  • reviewing the recruitment process, including requirements for employment and desired skills
  • providing shadowing experiences for teachers, preferably with hands-on experiences
  • identifying opportunities to design real-world examples and problems that teachers could integrate into their curriculum

Employers are being recruited to participate in the summer 2019 program,
which will run June 17-21 and July 15-19.  
Please complete this interest form by February 28. If you have questions,
contact Dr. Julie Brown at julie.brown@ialr.org or 434.766.6711. 
GENTRY LOCKE'S EMPLOYMENT LAW SYMPOSIUM: HR MARCH MADNESS!
Register now to get a courtside seat at the Employment Law Symposium.

Topics include: Threats and Violence in the Workplace, Trump’s Federal Agency Brackets, #MeToo in 2019, Handling Workers’ Compensation Claims, Workplace Drug Testing and Substance Use, Wage-Hour Strategies, Employee Free Speech and Social Media, and more!

Early Bird: $180 by February 21, thereafter $195.
SPRING 2019 DANVILLE COTILLION
Piedmont Cotillions invites 5th-7th graders to participate in their Spring 2019 Danville Cotillion, hosted at the Danville Golf Club. Classes will begin on March 4 and run for five weeks on Monday evenings from 7:15-8:15 p.m.

For more information and to apply, visit www.piedmontcotillions.com or contact Geri Sheffey at geri@piedmontcotillions.com.
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