June 6th, 2022

               Four businesses in Danville and Pittsylvania County received funding for expansion

[Danville, VA] – The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce [Chamber] awarded four
existing businesses with a total of $50,000 to assist in the expansion of their services.

The Chamber prioritizes small business development and entrepreneurship. The Rev Up Danville
Pittsylvania program [Rev Up] encourages and supports entrepreneurship in Danville and Pittsylvania
County. This program partners with the River District Association’s [RDA]
Dream Launch initiative which has been impactful at expanding entrepreneurship in the region. The
partnership allows the Chamber and the RDA to capitalize on shared resources to provide
capacity-building opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Rev Up participants must complete a six-week Dream Launch Boot Camp to qualify for the pitch
competition. Each participant is assigned a mentor to assist with business plans and pitch pep.
These businesses are in the City of Danville [outside of the River District] and Pittsylvania

The 2022 mentors are:

• Varun Sadana – The Launch Place
• Kelvin Perry – City of Danville Office of Economic Development
• Lin Hite – Small Business Development Center
• Michael Duncan – Small Business Development Center
• Vince Decker – Averett University

Of the nine businesses that pitched, four were awarded 2022 Rev Up funding at the awards
event sponsored by The Launch Place and Hunt & Co. Restaurant & Catering, located in Chatham, VA.

The four businesses that received funding:

• Crown to Soul – Owner Brittany Slade – $20,000
• Dad’s Garage – Owner Debra Burd – $12,000
• Bodied by K – Owner Kenya Elliott – $10,000
• The Historic North Theatre – Owner Wayne Allen – $8,000
“The Chamber is thrilled to be a catalyst for growth and a voice for entrepreneurs and small
businesses in our region,” stated Anne Moore-Sparks, President and CEO of the Danville Pittsylvania
County Chamber of Commerce. “Removing barriers to entry by providing gap funding for businesses is
critical to the economic vitality of our region. Through collaboration and partnerships our region
will continue to grow and prosper.”

Funding for the 2022 Rev Up Program was made possible by the City of Danville and the Dan River
Region Entrepreneur Ecosystem (funded by the Danville Regional Foundation). The Launch Place has
been a staunch supporter since the inception of the program.

Rev Up, now finishing the second year of the program, has seen nineteen business plans pitched to
judges of the Rev Up Pitch Competition for a total of $100,000 in funding to businesses located in
Danville and Pittsylvania County.

The third year of the program, the 2023 Rev Up Danville Pittsylvania, will open for registration in
the fall of 2022 with classes beginning in January 2023.

About the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce accelerates business growth by connecting its
members to dynamic resources and networks. Its 550 members understand that a strong Chamber is a
critical component of an innovative, profitable business community. The
Chamber’s number one goal is to help area businesses of all sizes to grow and prosper.