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September 11, 2020 Chamber Chatter

From the Executive Director

I want to publicly thank the Orange County Government and the Town of Orange Industrial Development Authority for their support to the Chamber through their grant programs. Without their support the Chamber would be hard pressed to stay in business.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

I also want to thank the Chamber businesses, that even in hard times for themselves, they maintained their membership in the Chamber. Thank You, Thanks You, Thanks You.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused a lot of disruption in the Chamber programs and events. We are coming back and are scheduling ribbon cuttings, first coffees, business after hours and other events including our rescheduled Annual Awards Banquet. That event will take place on November 12, 2020 at Madison at The Mill.

Make your reservations early.

We are also looking for volunteers to help with the banquet, if you can donate a hour or so in helping to sign in guest, or helping with the silent/live auction please contact us at

One other casualty of COVID-19 has been our Orange County Leadership Program that was supposed to start in October 2020. We will be postponing that program until 2021.

Lastly, I want to thank the Board of Directors of the Chamber for giving me the opportunity to be the Executive Director of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. I will be sorry to leave the Chamber this month. I have been here since January 2020 with the hopes of finding a new home for my wife and animals. I have not been able to find what we needed. With my wife and animals in Kentucky and traveling back to Kentucky every couple of weeks, it has become mentally and physically exhausting, therefore, I have submitted my resignation to the Board of Directors. My many thanks to all of you for your support.

Don Vizi


Chamber Member Spotlight

Deep Roots Home & Garden Center



Orange County Offering PPE Kits for

Small Businesses

Starting in mid-September, Orange County Economic Development will offer small businesses and non-profits, with fifty (50) employees or fewer, free personal protective equipment (PPE) kits in an effort to enhance support to organizations who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The kits contain one (1) box of gloves, one (1) box of disposable masks, one (1) bottle of hand sanitizer, a window cling, and information on the proper use and care of PPE.

The kits will help organizations offset unexpected supply expenses and ensure a safe environment for employers, employees, volunteers, and customers.

Effective May 26, 2020; Executive Order 63 requires all patrons in the Commonwealth aged ten (10) and over to cover their mouth and nose with a face covering, as described and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), when entering, exiting, traveling through, and spending time inside buildings. Additionally, the Executive Order requires employees working in customer-facing areas to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth.

Please contact the Office of Economic Development at

(540) 672-1238 or email

to reserve your complimentary PPE kit.


On September 16, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., the Orange County Economic Development Office along with the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Inc., and the Orange Workforce Center will host an outdoor Job Fair. The event will be held under the pavilion at Booster Park located at 11177 Bloomsbury Rd, Orange, VA 22960 and will feature 8 Orange County businesses.

Job candidates are respectfully asked to wear a mask,

wash or sanitize hands, and practice social distancing guidelines while in attendance.

Please share and help spread the word!


Attention Orange County Business Community!

The Orange County Litter Control Committee could use your help with Hazardous Waste Disposal Day on Saturday,

October 3, 2020, 8:00 am-Noon.

Hazardous waste day is an important service to our citizens, and we have prioritized it even during COVID times. However, we do rely on some volunteer support to make it possible and we need 4-6 volunteers for TRAFFIC CONTROL. Despite the name, volunteers won’t actually handle any actual hazardous waste. They just help keep the cars flowing the right way. This can be done while maintaining distance with hand signals. Litter Control provides the necessary safety vests.

Germanna Community College Center for Workforce and Community Education

Entrepreneur & Small Business Owner Classes

Are you a small business owner or interested in launching a

new small business?

Our Entrepreneur and Small Business Owner classes cover the principle skills needed to launch and grow a successful small business.

Flexible, affordable and expertly designed and delivered by successful business owners.

Courses now available online:

To register or learn more, visit us online today.

Questions? Contact us by email at, by phone at (540) 891-3012.


Dr. Simran Mann joined Hospice of the Piedmont as Associate Medical Director in August 2020. A board-certified internal Medicine physician with Hospitalist experience, Dr. Mann came to Hospice of the Piedmont with an interest in a more holistic patient care approach after completing her fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Geisinger Medical Center.

Prior to her fellowship, Dr. Mann graduated with a Bachelor's degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and went on to get her Medical Doctorate degree from Ross University School of Medicine, in Dominica, West Indies. She then completed an internal medicine residency at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY, prior to doing her hospice and palliative medicine fellowship.

At Hospice of the Piedmont, Dr. Mann will focus on advancing our efforts to provide the highest quality of care for patients and their families. She will do this through focusing on in-home medical care in an effort to maximize the quality of life when patients are facing life-limiting illness. When not working, Dr. Mann enjoys spending time with her two young daughters and she loves to read and cook.

Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center


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