2022 Annual Report

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TABLe of contents Highlights of Our 2023–2026 Strategic Plan 3 Staff 4 Letter from the Board Chair 5 2022 Board of Directors 6 2022 Innovation and Media Partners 7 2 Letter from the President & CEO 2022 Sponsors 8 2022: a Year in Review 10 New Members 12 Annual Awards 13 Leadership Southside 15 Innovation Partners 16 Member Snapshot 17 Reasons to Join the Chamber 18



Focusing on the Future

The past year saw the beginning of an exciting future for your Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce as new leadership and a future-forward mindset took hold. Without the continued support of our members the positive impact we are making in our region would not be possible.

When the Board of Directors hired me as your president and CEO in April, I was presented with the challenge of creating stability and a strategy for growth. We have worked to recover from the challenges of COVID, retain and grow membership, and bring back the events and programs that provide value to our members.

An immediate focus was to staff the Chamber at a level that would enable us to engage members and offer the best member services. Christy Harper was promoted to director of member engagement while Crystal Hairston joined the staff as director of operations. You can count on our strong and dedicated team to serve our 521 businesses and almost 22,000 member employees.

For now, the top priority is to focus on the future – positioning the Chamber to meet the opportunities and challenges coming with the rapid growth of the region. A sharp focus on value to our members is critical and the driving purpose of our new strategic plan. In summer 2022, the Chamber began its strategic planning process with input from the membership, leadership, staff, and community partners. You will see highlights from our new 2023-2026 Strategic Plan on page 3. Of particular pride is our new mission which focuses on high quality resources AND relationships for our members. You will continue to learn more about the strategic plan and the metrics by which the Chamber will be accountable to our members.

I am excited for our shared future and building on a strong foundation to expand value to members as impact in the community. It is both an honor and a privilege to work with the dedicated members of the Board of Directors and Chamber staff to lead the premier advocate for business and industry in our region.




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Meet Our Staff

Anne Moore-Sparks

anne@dpchamber.org 434.836.6990

Director of Member Engagement

Christy@dpchamber.org 434.836.6990

Crystal Hairston

crystal@dpchamber.org 434.836.6990


A Letter From the Board Chair

Dear Member,

This past year has been exciting and transformational for the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. In 2022, Anne Moore-Sparks began her tenure as President and CEO of the Chamber. Anne has brought a tremendous amount of passion to the Chamber and a talent for building lasting relationships. She is a strong leader who will continue to build the Chamber’s relevance and reputation in the region.

In Anne’s first month, she began to build her team. Christy Harper was promoted Director of Member Engagement. In addition, Crystal Hairston started as the Director of Operations. We are fortunate to have both Christy and Crystal as part of the Chamber team. Now fully staffed, the Chamber will continue to provide the dynamic programming that you expect and will bring new and innovative concepts to the existing operations.

I am pleased to report the Chamber not only has an excellent staff but is financially sound. In 2022, the Chamber finalized the sale of its building in Blairs. The Chamber invested the funds from the sale of the building with a local financial institution. The purpose of the investment is to realize long term financial growth to provide a positive impact on the Chamber. The Board of Directors will monitor the investment at regular intervals as part of its fiduciary responsibilities.

Recently, the Chamber Board of Directors, along with the staff, embarked on a strategic planning process to provide a road map for the next 4 years. Our vision for the Chamber is to be recognized as the premier advocate for business and industry in the region. Our mission is to support and engage businesses and industry through high quality resources and relationships.

The last couple of years were challenging for the Chamber due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Membership is starting to rebound from the effects of the pandemic. As in-person events have resumed, the Chamber has tremendous momentum and will continue to build its membership base. As Danville and Pittsylvania County are transformed in the future, the Chamber will be ready to support new and existing members while serving as the voice of business for our community.

I want to thank you for being a Chamber member and supporting its mission. The Chamber and its member organizations have a vital role to play in making our community a great place to work and live. It is has been an honor and privilege to serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors and witness the fantastic work the Chamber does for our community. With the help of the Chamber and its many partners in the community, the Danville Pittsylvania County region has a bright future.




Michael Jones Chair

Intertape Polymer Group

Hunter Byrnes Incoming Chair

Infinity Global

Varun Sadana Vice Chair

The Launch Place

R.J. Weaver Treasurer

First National Bank

John Settle Immediate Past Chair

American National Bank & Trust Company

David Cumbo

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Director Dan Davis

APL Logistics Director

Rachel del Campo Gatewood

River District Consulting Group Director

Shannon Hair

Danville Community College Director

Mary Hammock

Farm Credit of the Virginias Director

Janet Holley

Ramsey Yeatts & Associates, Realtors Director

Mark Jones

Pittsylvania County School System Director

Alan Larson

SOVAH Health Director

Christine Markowitz

SOVAH Health Director

Kevin Palmer Infinity Global Director

Charlie Vaden

Columbia Forest Products Director

Tammy Wright-Warren W&W Luxury Limousine Service Director

7 2022 Innovation Partners 2022 Media Partners $15,000+ $5,000+ $2,500+


Annual Awards Ceremony: Averett University, Caesars, Danville Distributing, Danville Public Schools, DCC Educational Foundation, First National Bank, Pittsylvania County Schools, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Annual Membership Meeting: Gateway Health

Business After Hours: Charles Anderson Lawn Care, KG Graphics, River City Printing Solutions, URW

Business Appreciation Day: JTI Leaf Services Business on Tour: Intertape Polymer Group

Business@Breakfast: Carilion, Partnership for Regional Prosperity, The Health Collaborative

Candidate Forum: Danville Public Schools, Register and Bee, SoVa Legal

Zenith Barrett

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys Member since 2001

sponsoring events.

In the Know: Member to Member Webinars: Accelerated Training in Defense Manufacturing, ExperienceWorks, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, Katie Beach Consulting, KLF Consulting, Spero Health

Morning Brew: Ma’s Cakes, Gateway Health, Epstein Clark Consulting, Marlow Services, LLC

Racial Equity Institute Groundwater Training: Danville Regional Foundation Ribbon Cutting Events: Ashley Homestore, Bricktown Brewery, Danville Otterbots Sensory Room, Edible Arrangements, Glenwood Oil and Gas, Pie Five Pizza, Spero Health, Which Wich, Wild State Boutique

WE Lead: Danville Toyota, Epic Health Partners Workforce Summit: American National Bank, City of Danville Office of Economic Development, Pittsylvania County Office of Economic Development

We were honored to receive the Pinnacle Award. At Goodwill Industries® of the Valleys, we are committed to inspiring our communities through the power of work and our vision of eliminating poverty. This award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our team members and the support of our donors, shoppers, and partners like the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. Together, we are making a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve.

Thank you to these members who supported the Chamber’s mission by


Laurie S. Moran Chamber Classic Golf Tournament:

Reception Sponsor:


Primary Team Sponsors:

American National Bank

Donnachaidh & Associates

JEB International Tobacco Co.

Association of Energy Engineers – Danville Chapter

Chatham Star Tribune | Womack Publishing

Columbia Forest Products DCC Educational Foundation Danville Distributing

Other Sponsors:

Arlene Creasy

Association of Energy Engineers – Danville Chapter

Averett University Axxor, N.A.

Brookdale Danville Piedmont Charles Anderson Lawn Care Chatham Hall

Chatham Star Tribune | Womack Publishing Columbia Forest Products

CORA Physical Therapy Crema & Vine Danville Cancer Association

JTI Leaf Services MVP Southgate

Danville Otterbots

Danville Toyota Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co. Intertape Polymer Group JEB International Tobacco Company

Danville Otterbots

Debra Fugate w/Ramsey Yeatts & Assoc.

Elite Pest Control

First National Bank

Food Lion – Ballou Park

Four Season’s Pest Control

Gateway Health Harley Davidson

Intertape Polymer Group

JEB International Tobacco Company

JTI Leaf Services, LLC

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative River District Association

JTI Leaf Services, LLC

The Moran Family MVP Southgate RiverStreet Networks Servpro Danville Pittsylvania County VIR International Raceway

River District Consulting Group

River District Lofts

River Front Real Estate

Solex Architecture

Sonny Merryman

SoVA Legal

The Bee Hotel

The Moran Family Vintages by the Dan VIRginia International Raceway

Wells Fargo Advisors

Servpro Danville Pittsylvania County Danville Toyota, Inc

2022: a year in review Business Events

Annual Awards with Telly Tucker, President of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research Annual Membership Meeting with Jason ElKoubi, President and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Business After Hours: Access to networking opportunities for members of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce and a marketing tool for the sponsor. (Charles Anderson Lawn Care, KG Graphics, River City Printing Solutions, URW)

Business@Breakfast: Access to the most current regional and state information impacting the business community

o Carilion | Mental Well-Being in the Workplace

o Partnership for Regional Prosperity | What is Ahead for Our Region

o The Health Collaborative | How the Work of the Collaborative Supports the Business Community

Business on Tour: Access to regional businesses for behind-the-scenes tours combined with opportunities for meaningful networking. (Intertape Polymer Group)

In the Know: Member to Member Webinars

o ATDM | What is Accelerated Training in Defense Manufacturing?

o ExperienceWorks | Creating a Strong Talent Pipeline

o Goodwill Industries of the Valleys | Goodwill’s Strategic Plan to Eliminate Poverty

o Katie Beach Consulting | Turning the Great Resignation Into the Great Retention

o KLF Consulting | Listen First, Sell Later

o Spero Health | Recognizing and Responding to Others in Need Laurie S. Moran Chamber Classic Golf Tournament

Morning Brew: Access to intentional networking to share your business’s message with business and community leaders. (Ma’s Cakes, Gateway Health, Epstein Clark Consulting, Marlow Services, LLC)

Open for Business: Access to new and growing businesses in the region through ribbon cuttings and open houses. (Ashley Homestore, Bricktown Brewery, Danville Otterbots Sensory Room, Edible Arrangements, Glenwood Oil and Gas, Pie Five Pizza, Spero Health, Which Wich, Wild State Boutique)

Rev Up Danville Pittsylvania County: Access to grant funding for businesses opening or expanding in the City of Danville, outside of the River District, and Pittsylvania County. There were 12 entries and 4 winners:

o Brittany Slade | Crown to Soul received $20,000 in funding

o Kenya Elliott | Bodied by K, LLC. ($10,000)

o Debra Burd | Dad’s Garage ($12,000)

o Wayne Allen | Historic North Theatre ($8,000)

WE Lead: Epic Health Partners | Mental Health Moment • The Big Sort | Charting What’s Possible for Danville


2022: a year in review

Workforce Summit: The Workforce Summit provided access to current information on workforce and education trends delivered by regional and state experts. The 2022 summit featured:

o Katie Beach | Consultant and Owner Katie Beach Consulting

o Charity Boyette | Tractus Strategic Partners, Co-Founder & COO

o Kimberly Carlson | Tractus Strategic Partners, Co-Founder & CEO


2022 Chamber Legislative Agenda

2022 VA West Legislative Agenda

Danville City Council Candidate Forum



Events IN 2022

Danville School Board Candidate Forum

How to Run for Public Office

Small Business Contracting 101 with the State of Virginia


Leadership Southside Class of 2022 :

In May of 2022, 21 participants graduated from Leadership Southside as part of the 2021-2022 cohort. In August of 2022, 25 participants started Leadership Southside as part of the 2022-2023 cohort.

Chamber Legislative Committee Chair

Looking out for the interests of business is the responsibility of the Chamber and one we carry out through legislative advocacy on the local, state, and federal levels. Our annual legislative agenda, regular meetings with policy makers, and work with federal officials to get support for important regional initiatives are examples of how the Chamber works to improve the business climate and contribute to the success of our members.

Alonzo Jones

Mayor, City of Danville



The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Candidate Forum for those running for seats on Danville City Council and the Danville School Board. The event was well organized and more importantly, it gave the citizens of Danville an opportunity to engage directly with candidates in a discussion about community needs. Participating in a candidate forum is an opportunity to bring important topics to the forefront of a local election. I thank the Chamber for organizing this forum and advocating for the citizens and businesses in our community.


New Members

Aeolian Products & Services, Inc

Alpha Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.®

American Heart Association

Apple Ford of Danville

Arlene Creasy

Axton Solar Biscuitville, Inc

BlueRidge Performance

Bobby Wilkerson (retired)

Bricktown Brewery

C12 Virginia

Carilion Wellness Services

CORA Physical Therapy

Danville Area Training Center

Danville Community College Education Foundation

Danville Concert Association

Danville Crime Stoppers EBI LLC

Gallagher Benefits Services

Glenwood Oil and Gas

Hire Dynamics/Employbridge

Historic North Theatre

Hitachi Energy Hunt and Company

Kegerreis Digital Marketing Kristin Worsham


Lush and Lounge

Ma's Cakes

Matthews Sanitation Services, LLC Maurie Van Buren

Michael Inspired LLC

Motleys Mill Waterfall Estate Venue, LLC

Next Level Counseling & Consultation Services, LLC

Open Doors FP Penmac Staffing Phyllis Y. Thomas

Quirk Design Build Construction Co., LLC RAM Management & Solutions LLC

Ryland Clark

Hitachi Energy

Member since 2022

River City Printing Solutions,LLC

Rudy's Girl Media RV Park West Sandyz Corner Schoolfield Village

Southern Virginia Settlement, LLC

SOVA Innovation Hub Corporation / RISE Collaborative

Taqueria La G

The Cosmetic Art Store

The Fit Club Danville

The Historic North Theatre

Tys Transportation Services, LLC UniFirst Vic Ingram Walraven Inc

Without A Spot or Wrinkle Income Tax Consulting Services, Inc. Workout Anytime Danville Xzatix LLC

Hitachi Energy has found great value in joining the chamber. The connections to people, events, and knowing the Chamber has our best interest in mind has been extremely beneficial. Making that extra step to include us and reach out to us directly shows the Chambers values in action.

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Annual awards


Industries of the Valleys


Marlow Services, LLC.


[At left]

Austin Scher, Danville Otterbots

Laura Singleton, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Stuart Sutphin, Open Doors FP

Madison Eades, The Bee Hotel

Kaylyn McCluster, Pittsylvania County Government

Dan River Region Excellence in Education

Sharon Leigg, George Washington High School

Sharon Cobb, Chatham Middle School

Elizabeth Echols, Chatham High School

Brandy Marlow

Marlow Services; 2022 Pinnacle Small Business Award winner

Member since 2019

“Wonderful things are happening in our community, and we are so excited to be a part of it. It’s truly an honor to be recognized for our contribution to the success of the region with this prestigious award and humbling to be in the company of previous award winners that we have long admired. We will strive each day to live up to this honor.

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys

Annual awards 2022 REVUP Winners

Access to grant funding for businesses opening or expanding in the City of Danville, outside of the River District, and Pittsylvania County

[At left]

Brittany Slade, Crown to Soul

Debra Burd, Dad’s Gargage

Kenya Elliott, Bodied by K Wayne Allen, Historic North Theatre

Kenya Elliott

Bodied by K, LLC

Member since 2022

Wayne Allen

Historic North Theatre Member since 2022

In June 2022, I was very fortunate to be one of the four winners during a business pitch with Rev-Up to expand my business, a lucrative spa in Danville, VA offering a variety of services including fat reduction, skin tightening, laser services, permanent hair removal, facials, waxing, and much more. I won $10,000 and invested in a cutting-edge innovative device to provide my clients with better options and more services. I’m very thankful for Rev-Up providing small businesses with funding opportunities because after the pandemic, small businesses took an enormous hit economically. Since receiving funding and expanding my business with my new device, my clientele has increased. I’m the only person in a 90-mile radius with this device, and I’ve been able to partner with other spas in the tidewater area who have also invested in the same machine and have built a professional relationship with the owners.

Networking as a small business is imperative.

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The Rev Up Danville Pittsylvania program has really helped the Historic North Theatre especially since we were closed over 90% of the time the last two years because of COVID. The funds have helped us to increase our marketing and outreach efforts that support programming. We appreciate all the support provided by the Chamber of Commerce.

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Leadership Southside Graduates

Kirsten Aherron

River District Association

Laura Ashworth

City of Danville, Office of Economic Development

David Coffey

City of Danville, Fire Department

Amy Davis

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Madison Eades

The Bee Hotel

Conner Finney


Hailey Fowlkes

SOVAH Health

Charly Harris

JT Minnie Maude Charitable Trust

Tamantha Hurt

Institute for Advanced Learning and Research

Cassie Jones

Averett University

Brandie King Negril, Inc.

Pete Kostopanagiotis

Daniel, Medley & Kirby, P.C.

Amy Parikh Carlisle School

Doug Plachcinski

City of Danville, Planning

Jakeeta Scott

Danville Pittsylvania Community Services

Donald Smith

City of Danville , Police Department

Jarrett Stone

Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office

Brad Stowe Chandler Concrete

Martina Tatum

Gateway Health Tammy Turner

ValleyStar Credit Union

Kellie Wyatt

Dan River Nonprofit Network

Laura Singleton

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Member since 2001

The benefits of Leadership Southside continue to show up in both my professional and personal life, even years after completing the program.

The skills I learned and the connections I made have been invaluable as I’ve developed as a leader, and I know I will continue to use them to make an impact in the Danville community.


Innovation Partners

Investments in the Chamber have never been more essential to accelerating business growth. Innovation Partners give members increased exposure and enable the Chamber to enhance and energize programs that create the environment for our members to be successful.

IPs are recognized as leaders in the business community because they understand that the Chamber is the most effective vehicle for helping to position Danville and Pittsylvania County as one of the best examples of resilience, perseverance, and reinvention in Virginia and the United States.

If you would like to invest in the future of Danville and Pittsylvania County:

$15,000 $25,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $2,500

If you would like to join this exclusive group and invest in the future of Danville and Pittsylvania County:

Brian Bradner

DEWBERRY Member since 2001

Dewberry is proud to be an Innovation Partner supporting the Chamber’s efforts to enhance and grow our region’s business community. As a national firm with a local presence, we are dedicated to developing innovative solutions that strengthen our community and improve quality of life. Being an Innovation Partner provides us unique opportunities to engage, support and serve the Danville-Pittsylvania region.

Visit www.dpchamber.org/innovationpartners
Contact Christy Harper, Director of Member Engagement, at chamber@dpchamber.org
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Snapshot 521 Members 21,775 Member Employees More than *as reported by our members 0-5 Employees 6-10 Employees 11-25 Employees 26-50 Employees
and Media Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry Arts, Culture and Entertainment Automotive and Marine
and Professional Services Computers and Telecommunications
Equipment and Contractors
Community and Civic Organizations
and Insurance
Education and Individuals
Care Home and Garden
Supplies and Services Lodging and Travel
Production and Wholesale
Services and Care
and Veterinary
Utilities and Environment
Estate, Moving and Storage
Food and Beverages Shopping and Specialty Retail Sports and Recreation Transportation 51-100 Employees 101-150 Employees 151-240 Employees 250+ Employees
Businesses at a glancE: Categories Advertising
1 credibility Enhance your business’ reputation among customers and the business community. 2 Relationships Build a network that will build your business. 3 visibility increase awareness of your business. 5 government advocacy Ensure your business’ interests are represented at the local, state and federal levels. 4 education Develop skills and knowledge for you and your employees with professional trainings at affordable prices and convenient locations. 5 reasons to join the chamber
www.dpchamber.org | 434.836.6990 | 150 Slayton AveNUE | Danville, VA 24540
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