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.

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.

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 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.

Schmitt Orthodontics Celebrates H/V Chamber Membership

Henderson businesses take note:  On June 19th at noon, the Henderson-Vance Chamber had a ribbon cutting for Schmitt Orthodontics.

Dr. Terry J. Schmitt worked with and then succeeded Dr. John van Venrooy as he transitioned into retirement.

Schmitt Orthodontics specializes in monitoring growth and development, straightening teeth and aligning bites using braces and invisalign.

They offer convenient hours by appointment M-Th.  Schmitt Orthodontics is proud to continue the tradition of serving as Henderson’s only full-time Specialist in Orthodontics for the past 29 years!

Schmitt Orthodontics are accepting new patients and would be happy to serve you and your family.

They are located in the J.W. Jenkins building Suite #007 at Maria Parham Health 568 Ruin Creek Road in Henderson.

To contact Schmitt Orthodontics please call 252-492-6628 or visit us on the web at

Shown at the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for Schmitt Orthodontics is Dr. Terry Schmitt, his wife, Stephanie and their children; Schmitt Orthodontic staff: Melissa Linge, Abbie Batten, Amanda Whaley, and Sammy Jo Dickerson; Dr, Genny Daurity and staff; Dr. Deuce Roberson and staff; Dr. Rebekah Finger and staff; Mayor Eddie Ellington; Chamber Ambassador Tonya Moore, KARTS; President HVCC, John Barnes; Chamber Ambassador Kevin Bullock, WIZS Radio 1450 AM; Work First coordinator, Vanessa Jones; Hunter Peyton, BB&T; Bert Beard, Maria Parham Health; John & Ethan Linge; Carol Weaver; Jonathan Edwards, Chick-fil-A

H/V Chamber Welcomes Cook Shack Catering

On Monday, May 22nd, the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Cook Shack Catering. Cook Shack Catering is located on Hwy 39 S in Louisburg, NC.

Cook Shack is not new to the Henderson/Vance County area. Many have enjoyed their food over the years. Owner Austin Murray has been catering for more than 20 years. He started out with catering events for friends. Quickly Austin’s catering business grew into Cook Shack Catering Company. Cook Shack can assist with a custom menu for any occasion, large or small. Austin and his excellent catering team provide more than just food for your event. They provide their client and their guests an amazing experience from start to finish. Cook Shack is one of the area’s premier caterers and we are glad to welcome them to the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce. Visit Cook Shack Catering at or call them at 919-497-0669.

H/V Chamber Cuts Ribbon for new Downtown Shoe Store

On Thursday, April 27, the Henderson Vance Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for Fierce Feet by Tweet, a new business in Downtown Henderson. Fierce Feet by Tweet owner, Alisa Alston offers a variety of in trend, casual and formal shoes and accessories, including clothing and handbags. 

Hours of operation are 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m, Monday – Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. The shop is located at 133 S. Garnett Street, in historic Downtown Henderson and can be reached at (252) 425-2287. 

H-V Chamber to Host Ribbon Cutting for New Downtown Business


Please be advised that a Ribbon Cutting will be held for Fierce Feet by Tweet at their 133 South Garnett Street location in Henderson on Thursday, April 27 at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate the official opening of this new business and membership with the Chamber.

Please join the Chamber Board and staff in this celebration to help support and formally welcome this new business into the Chamber and Henderson.  The celebration is open for all to attend.

Their hours of operation will be 9: 00 a.m. til 6:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 1:00 p.m. til 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, please contact them at 252-425-2287.

H/V Chamber looking for 2016 Small Business of the Year

2016 Small Business of the Year Criteria


  • Employs a maximum of 50 people


  • Member of the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce and must be located in Vance County


  • Must be a viable, on-going business for three or more years, experiencing growth or stability over its business life


  • Provides critical service or product, fills a void in the business community, or has a unique approach to delivery of goods and services


  • May have overcome diverse or extraordinary circumstances to remain in business


  • Business is supportive of community growth and sustainability


  • Is not a governmental agency or municipality


Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 252-438-8414 if you have any questions.

Deadline is Friday, April 7th.

Local Chambers of Commerce to Host Administrative Professionals Luncheon


The Granville County Chamber of Commerce, together with Franklin, Warren and Vance Chambers, and the Small Business Center of Vance-Granville Community College,  are sponsoring the annual Administrative Professionals Luncheon.

This year’s event is being held Wednesday, April 26 at noon, at Henderson Country Club.  Business owners and administrators are encouraged to treat their administrative professionals to lunch, networking and an interesting presentation in observance of Administrative Professionals’ Day.

Lunch reservations are required ~ $20/person by April 14th to either of the Chamber’s offices – 919.693.6125, [email protected] or 919.528.4994, [email protected].