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Pathways Youth Services named Small Business of Year

The Longwood University Small Business Development Centers’ “Small Business of the Year Award” for the South Boston service region was presented to Doris Chism of Pathways Youth Services.  

Pathways, located in Halifax County, received the award during the Southern Virginia Business Expo at the Steps Center in Farmville, on Wednesday, Sept. 26.                                                                      

In 2004, Chism started Pathways Youth Services as a home for adolescents between the ages of 12-17.  

In 2005, the facility was expanded.   

In 2008, she expanded with Pathways Youth Services II and Pathways Learning Center.  

In 2010, the business expanded again with Pathways Youth Services III, a facility for females and Pathways Day School.  Pathways Day School is a private day school for students with disabilities.  

All of these endeavors together employ 41 people.        

The judges noted Chism and Pathways has a substantiated history of success.  

 The award for the South Boston service region was awarded to her in honor of her hard work in profitably growing a business and serving the community.  

The South Boston service region includes Brunswick, Halifax and Mecklenburg counties.  

Presenting the “Small Business of the Year Award” was Sheri McGuire, director of the Longwood University Small Business Development Center. Also participating in the presentation were Larry Harris, director of Longwood Small Business Development Center, South Boston service region, and 5th District Congressman Robert Hurt.