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Events planned for Business Appreciation Week in Dan River Region

The Danville Office of Economic Development, Pittsylvania County Economic Development and the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce will hold a series of events next week as part of “Business Appreciation Week.”
The events will include a mix of workshops, networking opportunities and social activities designed to support and celebrate local businesses and manufacturers for choosing to locate, invest and grow in the region.
» Access to Capital and Business Loans: Monday, June 5, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., 527 Bridge St., Suite 200, Danville. Having capital to start or grow a business is essential, but access to capital, managing business finances, and navigating the sources of capital can be challenging. Ted Laws, commercial lender at American National Bank, shares information about financing options available to startups. Sponsored by The Launch Place. Breakfast provided. No cost, but please register with Regina Haynes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-799-5491.
» Free Workshop: GrowthWheel — Make Decisions. Take Action: Monday, June 5, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the RCATT building, 121 Slayton Ave., Room 115, Danville. Learn how to design an action plan to grow your business while still keeping up with your daily business routines. Sponsored by the Longwood Small Business Development Center. No cost, but please register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
» 4th Annual River District Association Scavenger Hunt: Tuesday, June 6, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Danville River District, starting at JTI Fountain. Pick up a ’game sheet’ at the JTI Fountain, visit the merchants listed for a chance to win $500 in River District dollars! Drawing will take place at 7:30 p.m. Must be present to win!! Enjoy a live D.J., free ice cream and free drinks. Sponsored by Middle Border Forward, PATHS, Solex Architecture, Daniel, Medley, & Kirby, P.C. Attorneys at Law, YMCA, Meredith Gravely School of Dance, River District Lofts, Vintages by the Dan, Danville Regional Medical Center, HD Web Design, Elliott Electric, Piedmont Printing & Graphics, Alliance, Danville Public Schools, All-Virginia Title & Escrow Inc., and BB&T Scott & Stringfellow.
» Networking and Appreciation Breakfast: Wednesday, June 7, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. (floating) at the Noblis Center for Applied High Performance Computing, 527 Bridge St., Suite 310, Danville. Learn more about RASMAS, the Noblis healthcare recall service, and see the Cray XMT2 Supercomputer. Sponsored by the Southern Piedmont Technology Council (SPTC). No cost. REGISTER
» Tap into Danville: (invitation only) Thursday, June 8, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Ballad Brewing, 600 Craghead St., Danville. Local Industries can connect and network with other managers in the River District’s newest brewery.

Institute debuts new Inspiration Lab

Danville’s Institute for Advanced Learning and Research unveiled a new mobile lab Thursday morning, which Don Merricks, chairman of the Institute’s board of trustees, hopes will be a “game changer for the whole region.”
The mobile lab serves eight localities in the Dan River Region encompassing more than 4,000 square miles.
The Inspiration Lab will replace the old mobile lab, which will be used by Patrick Henry Community College, according to Julie Brown, director of advanced learning at the Institute. The mobile lab has travelled more than 60,000 miles over the last seven years, according to Merricks, and served more than 52,000 people.
“IALR provides a great number of opportunities right here at this site, but when it comes to the needs of our school systems, we go to them,” Merricks, a former Virginia delegate, said.
Institute Foundation President Kris Willard thanked sponsors from the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, Mid-Atlantic Broadband and the Verizon Foundation.
“The Inspiration Lab alleviates the need for school systems to invest thousands of dollars in providing on-site high tech labs,” Willard said. “While the amount of technology and 3D printers are impressive, the wheels are the most important part, because the Inspiration Lab can be anywhere at any time.”
“We wanted the lab to have the same effect as this building does,” Brown said. “We wanted it to have that wow moment.”
It can serve as a mobile computer lab and a natural sciences lab.
“That flexibility was really important to us, and I think you’ll see that reflected in its design,” she said.
The lab was three years in the making, and was completed with $140 leftover in the budget, Brown said jokingly.
An exterior monitor shows what is happening inside the lab and has a tablet attached to it so that visitors can plug in a flash drive and have a design 3D printed and pick it up later.
“We think this might be the first example of ‘Netflix 3D printing’ in the country outside of a research facility,” Brown said. “Think of the access it would give our rural communities. It’s tremendous.”
The lab focuses on additive manufacturing, which is a fancy term for 3D printing. Designing, coding and printing can all be done in the mobile lab.
“We want to bring a one-on-one 3D printing experience to every middle schooler in the region,” Brown said. “That’s our goal.”
Currently in the lab, there is a fuse-deposition modeling printer and a flash forge unit, so users can use the type that is best suited for their design.
Interested users can find out where the lab is on Twitter by following @IALR_Lab. The lab will be travelling all over the region.

Significant Amounts of Training Funding Available in the West Piedmont Region

Hiring for full-time positions and willing to train on the job? On-the-Job Training funding is available to reimburse 50% of qualified new employees' wages during their initial training period. The training activities are managed and determined by the employer, and nothing beyond their normal orientation/training practices is required.
Need to train existing staff? Incumbent Worker Training funding is available to reimburse 50%-90% of employers' training costs for full-time employees who have been with the company for at least 6 months. Training programs that result in a credential and that add skills to aid in an employee's job retention or career advancement are preferred.
For more information, contact:
  • Danville/Pittsylvania County: Allison Moore, Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 434.836.6990
  • Martinsville/Henry County: Robbie Knight, Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 276.632.6401
  • Patrick County: Wanda Whitlow, Patrick County Public Schools and Virginia Workforce Center, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 276.694.6542

The Launch Place Announces Two Investments

The Launch Place Makes Its 13th Investment In TiO, An Innovative Line Of Home Automation Solutions
The Launch Place announced April 5th that it is investing $250,000 in TiO , to further immerse TiO's brand in the home building and custom installation market. TiO is common sense home automation that is uncommonly simple, providing a unique approach to automation and control systems.
TiO is an entirely new approach to home automation driven by an "outside in" philosophy that focuses on the customer experience. Designed to be simple and intuitive, TiO truly adapts to the client's lifestyle, unlike other home automation solution that forces the user to adapt to the system. Recently, TiO has been recognized as Sound & Vision Magazine’s “Top Pick” and a 2017 Consumer Technology Association Mark of Excellence winner.
Investment In iScribes, A Virtual Medical Scribe Technology And Service Company
The Launch Place is investing $250,000 in iScribes to further develop its operational capacity and technology for delivering virtual scribe services to healthcare providers across the United States. iScribes is a HIPAA-compliant mobile application and virtual medical scribing service. Healthcare providers record patient encounters using the mobile application, and virtual scribes listen to patient encounters, write medical documentation, and put it in the electronic medical record (EMR) for healthcare providers, saving doctors hundreds of hours per year of clerical work.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Public Safety Conference

~Conference attendees will share best practices for using drones to protect public safety~
Piedmont Virginia Community College and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) will host the 2017 National Public Safety UAS Conference at Roseland Farms in Crozet from February 27th through March 1st, 2017. The conference will bring together professionals in law enforcement, public safety, search and rescue, emergency services and disaster relief to share best practices and discuss legal and operational challenges associated with using the small aircraft in emergency preparedness and response operations.
“Virginia is proud to host this important event to enhance public safety efforts through the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems or drones,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The Commonwealth’s public safety agencies continue to use the latest technology to enhance their efforts to keep our citizens safe. This conference will allow them to share the best practices around this emerging technology.”
“This symposium is the first of its kind in Virginia to speak directly to emergency service and public safety professionals,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran. “It will provide a unique opportunity for public safety professionals to discuss ways drones can be a vital operational tool during emergency response and recovery efforts.”
“Virginia is committed to coordinating its response across all public safety agencies statewide and working together to deploy state-of-the-art tools to enhance our Commonwealth’s resiliency,” said State Coordinator of Emergency Management Dr. Jeff Stern. “VDEM is proud to co-host this symposium to help participants understand how drones can be used to enhance situational awareness and coordinate activities among all agencies responding to a particular event.”
The three-day summit will include a series of workshops, breakout sessions, networking events, and a full day dedicated to scenario demonstrations and trainings. Presenters will include representatives from the National Association for Search and Rescue, the Center for Robotic-Assisted Search and Rescue, the National Weather Service, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, Florida State University’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, along with several UAS technology companies.
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