2017 Leadership Vance program comes to an end

The Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce has fifteen graduates from this year’s annual Leadership Vance program.

Leadership Vance is designed to create a group of informed and dedicated leaders who will contribute to the community.  The program is organized into twelve sessions which began on February 7 with an orientation breakfast at Vance-Granville Community College and will conclude on August 3 with a graduation ceremony and dinner at Henderson Country Club.

Participants are exposed to various aspects of Henderson and Vance County, specifically in regard to city and county government, health and community resources, economic development, agriculture and natural resources, history, media, criminal justice and law.

As their community service project, this year’s class assisted with a food giveaway at the Vance County Farmer’s Market on July 13.  The giveaways take place the 2nd Thursday of every other month and are a collaborated effort of Cooperative Extension, St James Missionary Baptist Church, USDA, DSS, Vance County Sheriff’s Department and Henderson Police Department.  The class also helped Rebuilding Hope, Inc. complete a wheelchair ramp project and do some clean-up.

The class will celebrate with a graduation dinner at Henderson Country Club on Thursday, August 3.  Each participant will receive a diploma for completing the five-month course and will view a pictorial presentation of the highlights and memories made during their five months together.

Graduates of this year’s class include: Lisa Bender, Capital Campaign Coordinator-Vance Charter School; Desiree Brooks, Advertising Director-The Daily Dispatch; Norwin Fischer, Systems Operations Manager-Walmart DC 6091; Krystal Harris, Director-Vance County Dept. of Social Services; Sara Lloyd, Director of Customized Training-Vance-Granville Community College; Marty McGraw, Asset Protection Manager-Walmart DC 6091; Sheri Moss, Social Worker II – Work First-Vance County Dept. of Social Services; Jason Spriggs, Water Treatment Operator-Kerr Lake Regional Water System; Paylor Spruill, Assistant to the City Manager-City of Henderson; Joy Suther, Assistant Principal – Dabney Elementary School; Tremanisha Taylor, Youth/Adult Sports Coordinator-Henderson Family YMCA; Ursula Kennedy, Director of Nursing Operations-Maria Parham Health; Tonya Verzaal, QA Area Manager-Walmart DC 6091; Jessica West, Community Services Sergeant-City of Henderson Police Department; Sallie White, Market Leader-BB&T.

Walmart Distribution Presents $5,000 to Boys and Girls Club

Around 100 Walmart Associates gathered today at the Walmart Distribution Center in Henderson to present the Boys and Girls Club of North Central North Carolina a check for $5,000.

Walmart and the Boys and Girls Club enjoy a unique partnership. Last month, a number of Walmart Associates volunteered their time to help paint much of the Boys and Girls Club on Clark Street in Henderson.

Robert Avery, maintenance operations manger for the Walmart Distribution Center, said, “We appreciate the opportunity to help in the community. We want to thank the 53 associates that volunteered around 260 hours at the Boys and Girls Club last month. We are grateful to be able to help the Boys and Girls Club.”

Mary Ann Avery, Resource Development Director for the Boys and Girls Club of North Central North Carolina, said, “Thanks Walmart for your continued support both financially and with the volunteers you provide. We’re so thankful that Walmart took the lead in helping us revitalize the Boys and Girls Club on Clark Street. We thank them for coming back to volunteer again in August.”

Pictured from left to right are Mary Ann Avery, Evelyn Taylor, Curtis White and Elaine Chavis-Young. All of the above represent the Boys and Girls Club of North Central North Carolina in varying capacities.

Downtown Henderson Moonlight Gala 2017 Update

In 2016 the Henderson Vance Downtown Development Commission held its first Moonlight Gala on Young Street in Downtown Henderson, NC.  After great success, we are hosting another Moonlight Gala in 2017 on September 9th, 2017.

We expect this event to sell out, as there are a limited number of tickets, only 138.  Those that purchased tickets for the event in 2016 got first chance to purchase tickets for the 2017 event on July 10th, 2017.

Today, July 14th, 2017  we’re opening up ticket sales to the public.

Note that as of July 14th there are only 16 tickets remaining available.

You may pay online, or by sending a check.  If you select to send a check, we must receive your payment by August 9th, 2017 or your order will be canceled and tickets will be forfeited.

Tickets may be purchased at


Fred’s Towing and Transport begins New Venture

Henderson businesses take note:  The Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting on July 11th for Outside the Box Promotions & Apparel. Fred and Karrie Fogg recently started Outside the Box Promotions & Apparel, also known as OTB. OTB is a screen printing, vinyl printing, and embroidery shop. They offer many apparel choices such as hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, and uniforms for your business, church, school, or athletic team. They also offer promotional items such as pens, cups, glasses, pom-poms, stickers, magnets. OTB is your one stop shop! If you need items for your business, church, school, athletic team, or just need something for a special occasion, they can help you. Stop by their office at 340B Industry Drive in Henderson (behind Lowes Home Improvement). They are located in the same office as Fred’s Towing & Transport, Inc.

Shown at the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for Fred’s Towing & Transport Inc are Fred and Karrie Fogg; Margie Fogg; Bill Rainey; Will Ramsey; Phillip Taylor; Maxine Taylor; Frank Irvin and Amanda Aiken, Phillips, Dorsey, Thomas, Waters and Bradford; Hillary Brame and Candice Braxton, Union Bank; Linda Cobbs; Facia Elliott; Nadine White; Mayor Eddie Ellington; Vance County Chairman, Dan Brummitt; Desiree Brooks and Diane Robbins, The Daily Dispatch; President HVCC, John Barnes; Chamber Ambassador Kevin Bullock, WIZS Radio 1450 AM; Chamber Board Member Kim Jordan, Benchmark Community Bank; Patsy Rivers, Fidelity Bank; Chamber Ambassador Julia Langston, Kerr Lake Country Club; Chamber Board Member Hunter Peyton, BB&T; Chamber Ambassador Courtney Morgan, Henderson Wellness Center

VGCC connects students and new graduates to employers

As the end of the spring semester approached, the staff of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program at Vance-Granville Community College held their first-ever “College-to-Career Mixer” for students to meet with potential employers. Not only were 15 new graduates of the Welding Technology and Mechatronics Engineering Technology programs in attendance, but also five students who were not yet ready to graduate but were looking for potential Work-Based Learning (WBL) opportunities.

Prior to the event, college staff members drilled the students on job interview techniques, and some students participated in mock interviews. All received resume preparation assistance and detailed information about the employers who would be in attendance at the mixer. Participating employers included BFS Industries, LLC, of Butner; Bridgestone/Bandag of Oxford; Novozymes North America of Franklinton; Carolina Sunrock of Kittrell and Butner; Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions of Youngsville; Glen Raven of Norlina; Delhaize America of Butner; J.P. Taylor/Universal Leaf of Oxford; and Altec of Creedmoor. 

“As we move forward, VGCC will be looking for ways to increase our synergy with our employer partners while providing a robust pipeline for qualified future employees,” said Zane Styers, who manages the TAACCCT grant. “Industry tours, Work-Based Learning, internships and apprenticeships are options that form the framework for our College-to-Career pipeline.”

The $1.75 million TAACCCT grant, the largest single competitive grant in VGCC history, has helped the college develop and enhance innovative training programs for advanced manufacturing careers. The TAACCCT grants are part of a nearly $2 billion initiative of the U.S. Department of Labor to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade. For more information on TAACCCT, contact Zane Styers at [email protected] or (252) 738-3342.


H/V Chamber Welcomes New Teacher Bag Donations

New Teacher Bag Donations

We need your help to welcome our new teachers to Vance County!
Snacks, gum, candy, water bottles, notepads, pens, pencils, coupons etc. are just a few of the things we need to pack in the bags. Make sure your business name and contact information is on the items you donate. This is a great way to advertise your business to a new group coming into the Vance County area.

We will be packing 150 bags and these will be distributed to new teachers at all Vance County Public schools, Kerr-Vance Academy, Henderson Collegiate, Vance Charter, and Crossroads Christian.

If you would like to make a donation, please contact Melanie Mann at 252-438 8414 or [email protected].

Deadline for donations is this Friday, August 25th.

Peak-Season Kickoff this Saturday at the Vance County Regional Farmers Market

Summer is officially here… and so is your fresh, local summer produce at the Vance County Regional Farmers Market!

Support your local farmers and stop by the VCRFM this week. Summer fruits and vegetables are available at your farmers market now! To celebrate we are going to have our annual PEAK SEASON KICKOFF June 24th! Join us at the VCRFM for the best locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables. Visit with our regular vendors and meet our new vendors.

Maria Parham Health will be offering free blood pressure checks from
9:00 am – 11:00 am

The VCRFM is open Wednesdays and  Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. and features a variety of locally grown produce, bedding plants for the garden including vegetables, herbs, flowers, and shrubs, pasture raised beef, eggs, and handmade crafts.

There will also be canned goods, jams, jellies, salsa & sauces.

Knowledgeable farmers and nursery vendors will be on hand to answer summer planting and growing questions.


Free Zumba & Nutrition Class Thursdays @ 6:00 p.m.  Join the party! Thursdays at the Vance County Regional Farmers Market meet certified nutritionist and Zumba Instructor Rodney Steverson. He will conduct a 30 minute nutrition class and a 30 minute  Zumba class for an hour of fitness fun! Zumba fitness is exercise in disguise. It’s the most fun, energetic, feel good workout that you will ever come across. It’s easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating. Every class will feel like a party! So – move your feet to the beat and learn what to eat at the market tonight. 
What You Will Find This Week

  • Beef (Saturdays only)
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Black Raspberries
  • Beans – Green, Snap, String & Wax,
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Corn 
  • Cucumbers
  • Cut Flowers
  • Eggs – chicken, guinea hen & duck
  • Garden Plants & Vegetables
  • Garlic
  • Honey & Honey Straws
  • Jams
  • Jellies
  • Lettuce
  • Muscadine Products
  • Mushrooms – Shiitake & Oyster (Wednesdays only)
  • Onions – Red, Yellow & White
  • Peas – Garden
  • Peppers – Green Bell; Gypsy Frying; Jalapeno
  • Potatoes – Red, White & Blue
  • Salsa
  • Sauces
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes – Green, Red & Heirloom
  • Turnips
  • Wine – Red (Saturdays only)

Social Media: For more information about the Vance County Regional Farmers Market, view our website at vancecounty.org, plus follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Contacts: Persons interested in selling at the VCRFM may contact:
Market Manager: Tracy Madigan @ 252-598-0814
Extension Agent: Paul McKenzie @ 252-438-8188

Location: The VCRFM is located at 210 Soutpark Dr. Henderson, NC, off Beckford Dr. behind the DaVita Dialysis Center.

VCRFM  is open Wednesdays & Saturdays 7:30 am – 1:00 pm

Sadie’s School of Dance Joins the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce

Henderson businesses take note:  The Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Sadie’s School of Dance on the evening of Monday, June 19th.

Owner, Sadie Lee, has been dancing for over 15 years and is studying dance at Meredith College. She will graduate in May 2018 with a major in Dance. She is excited about her new business adventure, and is ready to serve the community.

Sadie’s School of Dance offers classes in ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, jazz, hip-hop, tap, baton, tumbling and much more.

Sadie believes that everyone deserves a chance to dance. They strive to create a learning environment in which each student has equal opportunity to learn in a nurturing and supportive atmosphere.

For more information, call 252-425-5844 or visit their website at www.sadiesschoolofdance.com. You can also like their page on FB – Sadie’s School of Dance.

Shown at the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for Sadie’s School of Dance, Owner, Sadie Lee; parents and sister, Sean, Lisa and Jona Connolly; grandparents, Joel and Teresa Edwards; many friends and dance students; Mayor Eddie Ellington; Chamber Ambassador Tonya Moore, KARTS; Chamber Ambassador Kevin Bullock, WIZS Radio 1450 AM; Work First Coordinator, Vanessa Jones; President HVCC, John Barnes.