Business in brief


ReFinery, a consignment store that celebrates eclectic taste and caters to women with diverse personal styles, recently relocated to 5402 Lakeside Ave. The store offers like-new, ready-to-wear condition apparel and accessories in sizes ranging from petite to plus that are current, classic and unusual. ReFinery will also offer a sampling of menswear and accessories and decorative items for the home or gifts. The business was established in 2008 and is locally owned. Store hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Merchandise is accepted by appointment Tuesday-Friday. An open house will be held Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For details, call 266-8424 or visit http://www.refineryinc.com.

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Certified Personal Trainer Donald Tate recently opened Tate Fitness Studio at 3850 Gaskins Rd., Suite 200. The facility specializes in overall wellness for diverse populations, including athletes, older adults and post-rehab patients. Tate has more than 10 years of experience with helping people set and achieve fitness goals, including weight management, strength training and injury prevention. Personal, group and couples training are available for all fitness levels from beginner to advanced. For more information, call 270-7878 or visit http://www.tatefit.com.

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Rawls McNelis + Mitchell, a 16 year-old law firm specializing in complex medical cases, recently leased 6,000 square feet at 211 Rockett’s Way in Rockett’s Landing. The 14-lawyer firm will occupy the first two floors of the building that is currently home to the Rockett’s Landing sales center, which will now relocate to the adjacent Cedar Works building. The firm expects to move in by the end of August.

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UR Downtown, the University of Richmond’s downtown Richmond location at 626 E. Broad St., is serving as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 12 and Saturdays March 17 and April 7. Tax preparation assistance is available from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. For the tenth year, MetroCASH is coordinating free tax-preparation services at 14 sites throughout the city as part of the IRS-sponsored VITA program. Individuals and families who earned less than $50,000 in 2011 may receive assistance. Anyone who earned less than $31,000 is eligible to use the online program, Turbo Tax Freedom Edition, with guidance from a trained volunteer on a walk-in basis. Others should email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 955-4018 to schedule an appointment. Visit http://downtown.richmond.edu/connect/VITA.html for more details.

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The Richmond chapter of the National Association of Professional Women will host “Fundamental Principles for Successful SEO: A Business Woman’s Guide” on Thursday, March 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shackleford’s, 10496 Ridgefield Pkwy. Travis Paull of Follow Media Consulting will present the program on search engine marketing and explain why it’s important to develop a well-written, keyword targeted content for a website that is updated consistently and monitored for rankability. Paull will also explore concepts such as page-rank, visitor behavior, and how Google views human idiosyncrasies and break down the information at a level appropriate for those with little to no experience with SEO. There are no local dues. Purchase of lunch is suggested but not required. To register, visit http://www.facebook.com/groups/napwrichmondchapter.

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Piedmont Independent Fiduciaries recently hired Sue Davis, a former Wachovia Securities leader, as the Glen Allen-based firm’s new VP of Client Services and Operations. Davis will oversee compliance and regulatory efforts. For more information, visit http://www.pif401k.com.

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Sarah Thomas, Southern States Cooperative, Inc. – West Broad Street Service, recently attended a comprehensive three-day training program designed to qualify employees as “Certified FeedMaster Specialists” for Southern States Cooperative, Inc. The rigorous training program is tied to the Southern States’ FeedMaster program and is designed to augment the existing knowledge base of employees involved in advising the co-op’s customers on issues related to feeding various types of animals. The program provides new and updated information and qualifies for continuing education units (CEUs) by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS), a national organization that certifies animal scientists through examination.

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Carolyn Hall, a Glen Allen lia sophia advisor, recently traveled to the Dominican Republic for an all-expenses-paid "Rock Star Escape" trip for two at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana. Each year, the fashion jewelry direct seller selects a top luxury resort as an incentive destination to reward advisors who meet certain sales and recruiting goals.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: County of Henrico – leased 6,736 square feet in East Towne Plaza at 2901-2935 E. Williamsburg Rd.; Signs by Tomorrow-USA, Inc. – leased 6,325 square feet at 2036 Dabney Rd.; Mola Gebeye – leased an additional 1,520 square feet in their current location and now lease a total of 3,984 square feet at 4116 W. Broad St.; and SK Bedding – leased 2,160 square feet at 4116 W. Broad St.
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Applications for Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2018 now open

Applications for the Leadership Metro Richmond (LMR) flagship program Leadership Quest are now open at http://www.lmronline.org until May 1. Community leaders from Ashland, Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and the City of Richmond are encouraged to apply.

All interested candidates are encouraged to attend a recruitment reception March 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Markel Corporation, 4501 Highwoods Parkway in Glen Allen. The reception will give candidates the opportunity to meet current LMR members and learn more about the organization. > Read more.

Reynolds CC 4-week, 8-week classes start March 7


Classes start March 7 for Reynolds Community College’s second 8-week and third 4-week spring semester sessions. Registration for both sessions is currently open and runs through the start of classes. Students can register 24 hours per day online by visiting http://www.reynolds.edu. Students can also register in-person in Enrollment Services located on each campus. > Read more.

Public comment sought for plan to reduce impacts of natural disasters

The joint Hazard Mitigation Technical Advisory Committee for the Richmond and Crater regions is seeking public comment on the draft update of the Richmond-Crater Multi-Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the potential impact of future disasters. The 26 localities of the Richmond and Crater regions maintain the plan to collaboratively identify vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters and develop long-term strategies to reduce or eliminate long-term risks. > Read more.

Democrat VanValkenburg kicks off Gen. Assembly campaign


Senior students at Glen Allen High School will get a personal touch when studying elections with their AP government teacher.

That teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg, recently announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the 72nd District seat in the House of Delegates. If he earns the nomination, he will run against Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, who has been unopposed for 10 years.

VanValkenburg, a 2004 University of Richmond alumnus who majored in history, is running for office for the first time. Although he has lived in Richmond since he began his undergraduate studies, aside from one year spent in Seattle, he said he never felt it was his time to run. > Read more.

Construction begins on JA Finance Park at Libbie Mill


School and business leaders from around the region, including (pictured, from left) Simon Hodges of Dominion Resources, Daphne Swanso(president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia) and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, gathered at Libbie Mill Library Feb. 23 for the Junior Achievement Finance Park construction kickoff. > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The Virginia Folk Music Association and the McShin Foundation will present the 7th annual Bluegrass Concert/Benefit, “Live in Richmond,” at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church, 2300 Dumbarton Rd. Doors open at 12 p.m. with music from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Seven bluegrass bands will be performing including Josh Grigsby & County Line, Heritage and Appalachian Express. There will also be food, drinks, vendors and more. Admission is $10 at the door. For details, contact Alden Gregory at 836-5383 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Full text

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