Local Chambers Present Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon 4-25-18


Allison S. Capps, Assistant District Attorney, 9th Prosecutorial District, Guest Presenter

The Granville County Chamber of Commerce, together with Franklin, Warren and Vance Chambers, are, once again, sponsoring the annual Administrative Professionals Luncheon.

This year’s event is being held Wednesday, April 25 at noon, at Thorndale Oaks, 105 West Quail Ridge Road in Oxford. Business owners and administrators are encouraged to treat their administrative professionals to lunch, networking and a very interesting presentation by Allison S. Capps, Assistant District Attorney/9th Prosecutorial District, in observance of Administrative Professionals’ Day. The luncheon is an open invitation.

Allison Siler Capps grew up in Belmont, NC. She attended Peace College, receiving her B.A. in Psychology. Following Peace, she attended the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University, from which she received her law degree.

She began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the 2nd Prosecutorial District, working for just over a year. She returned to the 9th District, (Granville, Vance, Franklin and Warren counties) where she had interned while in law school.

“As a member of the DA’s office, she has tried over 20 jury trials, ranging from DWIs to First Degree Murders and everything in between.” She has received numerous awards from Crime Stoppers, NC Gang Investigators Assoc., etc.

Mrs. Capps is an active member of Delrayno Baptist Church, President of the Board of Directors for the Granville Education Foundation, participates in Girls on the Run Program and in the NC Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. She resides in Oxford with her husband, Jason, and their son, Luke.

Lunch reservations are required ~ $20/person by April 19th to either of the Chamber’s offices – 919.693.6125, [email protected] or 919.528.4994, [email protected]

VGCC schedules tax seminar for small businesses


February 28, 2018


VGCC schedules tax seminar for small businesses

The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center, in partnership with Woodforest National Bank and the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce, is offering a “Lunch Break to Educate” seminar on “Tax Planning & Reporting for a Small Business” on Wednesday, March 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The seminar, which is free of charge, will be held at the Chamber of Commerce office at 414 South Garnett Street in Henderson.

After completing this seminar, attendees will be able to identify the federal, state and local tax reporting requirements of a small business and its owner, and to establish a plan to account and pay for those taxes. They will also learn how to identify methods for researching the local, municipal, and county reporting/licensing requirements for a small business.

Lunch will be provided by Woodforest National Bank to the first 20 participants who register.

The seminar is part of a series, called “Preparing for a Healthy Business in 2018,” being offered by the VGCC Small Business Center periodically throughout the year.

Registration can be completed online at The deadline to register is March 2.

For more information, contact Tanya Weary at [email protected] or (252) 738-3240.


Highlights from the 80th Annual Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce Banquet

The 80th annual Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce banquet, presented by Duke Energy, was held Thursday, February 1 in the Civic Center of Vance-Granville Community College. Highlights included:

  • Kristen Boyd of Aycock Elementary School was recognized as Vance County Schools Principal of the Year.
  • Jacqueline Batchelor-Crosson of Pinkston Street and L.B. Yancey elementary schools was recognized as Assistant Principal of the Year.
  • Estelle Mang-gum of L.B. Yancey Elementary was recognized as Beginning Teacher of the Year.
  • Kedecia Stewart of Pinkston Street Elementary School was recognized as Vance County Schools’ Teacher of the Year.
  • Anthony Jackson, superintendent of Vance County Schools was recognized for being the recipient of the 2017 “Friday” Medal. This medal was awarded by the Friday Institute at N.C. State University for Educational Innovation in the North Carolina public school systems.
  • Stelfanie Williams, president of Vance-Granville Community College was recognized for being named the 2018 President of the Year by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. She is the first VGCC president to receive this honor.
  • Pastor Abidan Shah and family and other church-family members

    This year’s Shining Moment Award recipient was Clearview Baptist Church. This award recognizes the most outstanding business, organization, church, civic or community group for the support of Vance County schools. Pastor Abidan Shah accepted the award on behalf of the church.

  • Past chairs, past presidents, elected Board of Directors, Ex-Officio Board of Directors, board officers, outgoing board members and chamber ambassadors stood and were recognized for their contributions.
  • Pam Norwood, of Magnolia Management, was presented with the 2017 Chamber Ambassador of the year award.
  • Duke Energy was recognized as the presenting sponsor. The gold, silver, bronze, contributing and advocate sponsors were also recognized.
  • Members of the Chamber Pinnacle Program, past citizens of the year, past Leadership Vance participants, chamber staff and special guests were recognized.
  • Henderson and Vance County first responders and veterans were recognized.

    Mel Manning and Susan Rogers

  • 2018 Board Chair Mel Manning presented 2017 Board Chair Susan Rogers with a plaque in recognition for her service to the community and shared his vision for the chamber for 2018.
  • Joe Dittmar, a survivor of the World Trade Center collapse on September 11, 2001, was introduced by Chamber President John Barnes as the keynote speaker. Dittmar spoke on his experiences that day and on the importance of sound decision-making skills.
  • Pete O’Geary, the 2016 Citizen of the Year, presented the 2017 Citizen of the Year award to Thomas “Tommy” Hester, Jr. Tommy’s various achievements and contributions to Henderson and Vance County were announced and his family joined him on stage to receive his honor.
  • Door prizes donated by Franklin Brothers Nursery and Greenhouses, MARS Petcare, Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse, Schewels Furniture Company and W.W. Properties were awarded to lucky recipients.


H-V Chamber Banquet Feb. 1, 2018

Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet
February 1, 2018

Speaker: Joseph Dittmar, Sr
World Trade Center Survivor/Always Remember Initiative

Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center
Dinner will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

$35 per person; Reserved Tables of 10 are $320

Contact Melanie Mann for information or to purchase tickets [email protected]

Presenting Sponsor: Duke Energy

Silver Sponsors: BB&T, MARS Petcare, Wake Electric Membership Cooperation, Walmart DC #6091

Bronze Sponsors: Express Employment Professionals, J.M. White Funeral Service

Contributing Sponsor: Vance County Economic Development Commission

If you are interested in being a sponsor, contact Jay Andrews, Director of Membership at [email protected]

Dec 29th Deadline for H-V Citizen of the Year Nominations

— courtesy Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce | John Barnes, President ~ 252-438-8414 ~ [email protected] ~ Facebook

December 29 is the deadline to submit nominations for the H-V Citizen of the Year award which is presented each year by the Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce to recognize an individual for his or her volunteer work to make our community a better place to live.

The criteria used in making the selection includes:

  • The person must be a resident of the Henderson-Vance County community.
  • The acts and good deeds for which the award is presented must have been performed for the benefit of Vance County and its citizens.
  • The community at large should recognize, once the award is made, that it is deserved.
  • The activities resulting in the award should be regarded outside the recipient’s normal business or profession.
  • The recipient does not have to be a member of the Chamber.

Please contact the Chamber office at 252-438-8414 if you would like a nomination form. The Citizen of the Year will be presented at the Annual Banquet on February 1, 2018. Deadline for submissions is December 29, 2017.

Leadership Vance 2018

— courtesy Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce | John Barnes, President ~ 252-438-8414 ~ [email protected] ~ Facebook

Applications are available for the upcoming 2018 Leadership Vance Program! Interested professionals who live or work in Vance County are invited to apply. The program will be limited to a maximum of 25 participants who will be selected to represent all backgrounds, occupations and geographic areas of Vance County. The Leadership Vance program is designed to create a group of informed and dedicated leaders who will contribute to the community after graduation. The program informs, challenges and educates the participants on the opportunities and needs of the community and will strengthen their leadership skills while learning about the social, economic, and political dynamics that shape the community. The intensive training and exposure to all aspects of the community will provide participants with the historical background and the skills necessary for volunteer civic and community positions. It will also benefit participants in their business and career goals.

Brochures for the upcoming year will be available in early January with the first session to be held in February. The 10-session program will conclude in June and the cost for participating is $325 for Chamber members and $400 for non-Chamber members. Included in the price are all expenses, meals and materials. 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 and media, and criminal justice and law. All potential participants should submit a completed application to the Chamber office no later than Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Notifications will be made by Wednesday, January 31, 2018. For more information, contact Director of Administration
and Events, Melanie Mann at the Chamber at 438-8414 or [email protected].

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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.