Business appreciation week

It’s time to “feel the love” of the Dan River Region with events to celebrate business appreciation starting Saturday and running through next week.

A number of groups are joining forces — Danville Economic Development, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, Pittsylvania County Economic Development and the River District Association — to show gratitude to businesses that have chosen to locate, invest and grow in the region.

The groups chose a theme of “Feel the Love” for the week of festivities.

There are currently more than 3,100 employers in Danville and Pittsylvania County. With more than 39,000 people employed in Danville and Pittsylvania County, the region has a wide range of businesses including manufacturing, health care, retail, professional services, food services and restaurants, construction, finance, administrative, education, government, accommodations, recreation and entertainment, information technology and agriculture.

As a celebration of the business community and their contributions to the region, a number of events are scheduled for Business Appreciation Week. 

Saturday

» Business Appreciation Week starts at the Danville Farmers’ Market where residents can complete a comment card to let local/regional merchants know what they “love” them.

» At noon, continue on to the Bridge Street Food Truck Rodeo where additional comment card stations will be available. Take advantage of the opportunity to give a “shout out” for service, selection or contributions to the community. 

Monday

» Business on tour/opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 527 Bridge St., Danville. See how former tobacco warehouses have been transformed and are being utilized by innovative organizations including Noblis, The Launch Place and the recently relocated River District Association. Registration required online at www.dpchamber.org, by email at chamber@dpchamber.org or by calling (434) 836-6990. 

Tuesday

» Energy Savings Strategies from 4 to 5 p.m. 109 Bridge St., Danville (River District Tower’s Vista Conference Room). Association of Energy Engineers discussion on efficient energy usage at at businesses with ways to save energy and costs. Danville Utilities will also provide a project update. Networking follows at Cotton at Riverside Mill. Registration required online at www.dpchamber.org, email at chamber@dpchamber.org or by calling (434) 836-6990.

» Handmade or Homegrown from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Visit the Chatham Competition Alley Farmers’ Market showcasing market vendors, crafts and live music. Attend the Pittsylvania Pet Center’s Adopt-a-Pet Event and explore local shops and tour a historic landmark. Pose in front of the LOVE works mural and snap a selfie. 

Wednesday

» Business at Breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, 150 Slayton Ave., Danville. Danville Police Chief Scott Booth and Pittsylvania County Sherriff Mike Taylor will focus on strategies to keep businesses safe. Cost is $20 a person. Registration required online at www.dpchamber.org, email at chamber@dpchamber.org or by calling (434) 836-6990.

» Town of Hurt Meet and Greet from 9 to 11 a.m. at Roosevelt Mattox Park (Rain location: Hurt Town Hall). Networking opportunity for local businesses, with donuts, coffee and juice provided. 

Thursday, June 6

» The Tobacco Commission comes to Danville from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, 150 Slayton Ave., Danville. The public is invited to attend the full commission meeting. The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is a 28-member body created by the 1999 General Assembly. Its mission is the promotion of economic growth and development in tobacco-dependent communities, using proceeds of the national tobacco settlement.

» Gretna Main Street Merchants Meet and Greet from noon to 1 p.m. at Gretna Caboose Park. Community members can take this opportunity to meet their local merchants and express appreciation to businesses operating in Gretna.

» Reception and dinner with Sen. Mark Warner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, 150 Slayton Ave., Danville. Meet Warner and former Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. Get a legislative update on items affecting the business community and the region. Cost is $35 per person. Registration required online at www.dpchamber.org, by email at chamber@dpchamber.org or by calling (434) 836-6990. 

Friday, June 7

» Laurie S. Moran Chamber Classic Golf Tournament from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Danville Golf Club, 2725 West Main St. Danville. Spend the day on the course with co-workers and business leaders. The Chamber Classic has been one of the chamber’s signature events for more than 25 years. It was renamed in 2018 in honor of former President and CEO Laurie Moran. Registration required online at www.dpchamber.org, by email at chamber@dpchamber.org or by calling (434) 836-6990.

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