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Five University of Richmond student teams have advanced to the April 16 finals in the Entrepreneurship Club’s Business Pitch Competition for budding entrepreneurs. The final round will be held in the Robins School of Business, Room 138, at 5 p.m. It is open to the public. Experts and entrepreneurs from outside the university will judge the finals. First prize is $3,500 and the opportunity to present the winning idea to a group of local angel investors. The annual competition encourages Richmond students to think entrepreneurially. Each pitch is measured for concept, clarity, comprehensiveness, realistic implementation and potential value. For more information about the competition, call Jeff Pollack, assistant professor of management at the Robins School of Business, at 287-1821.

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Napier Realtors ERA® recently was named a platinum level firm by the Cartus Broker Network in the Richmond, Va. market. Platinum is the highest of the Excellence Award recognition levels presented to qualifying principal brokers. Only 17 percent of the network’s principal brokers received Excellence Award recognition for 2012. Platinum level recognition is based on performance results related to a wide variety of goals including customer service, cost management, and accuracy on the Broker Market Analysis.

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ICF Ironworks will host the first coding competition for java developers in greater Richmond on April 25 and the public is invited to register. Besides bragging rights, prizes will be awarded to the top four contestants and door prizes will be awarded at the end of each round to the audience. The Ultimate Coding Championship is a fast-paced, head-to-head Java 7 coding competition highlighting the strong tech community in central Virginia that includes both providers of technology services and internal resources working to keep the tech businesses competitive. To register to compete or attend, visit http://tinyurl.com/7c6fr3k.

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Throughout April, all 30 Cici’s Pizza locations across Virginia will raise money for Special Olympics Virginia’s state programs. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase and personalize “Buy a Smile, Be a Fan” Special Olympics paper logos for $1. The logos will be displayed in the stores, with all proceeds benefiting Special Olympics Virginia. On May 2, CiCi’s guests will be challenged to cover an entire law enforcement vehicle with Law Enforcement Torch Run paper logos during a day-long Dough Raisers fundraiser. The grand total of money raised from the sale of the paper logos at CiCi’s will be announced at the annual Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg Ceremony held in Richmond on June 8. For Henrico locations, visit http://www.cicispizza.com.

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The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations have awarded University of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) a $250,000 grant to further community-based learning and increase overall campus engagement in the community. The CCE uses community-based learning courses to tie classwork into real-world experience, allowing students to cultivate an awareness of the Richmond community through their studies. In addition, the CCE assists in interdisciplinary engagement and supporting community-based research. The grant will be used to further those and other efforts, including increasing the number of teaching fellowships available for community-based learning courses and implementing preliminary and advanced fellowship tracks to promote engagement among faculty regardless of their familiarity with the community.

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The Board of Directors for United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg recently selected Lynn H. Pharr, a veteran of the United Way system, as the organization’s new chief executive officer. She currently serves as executive vice president and chief development officer for United Way of Metro Tarrant County in Fort Worth, Texas. Upon her arrival in Richmond, Pharr will work with United Way Interim CEO Claiborne S. Mason to transition into her new role. Mason has served as interim CEO since October 1 when Sherrie Brach, United Way’s CEO from 2000 to 2011, joined United Way Worldwide as executive vice president, investor relations.

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Henrico residents Diana Crosswhite and Rhonda Smith recently became independent consultants with Tastefully Simple, Inc., a national direct-sales company featuring more than 60 easy-to-prepare foods. For more information, visit http://www.tastefullysimple.com .

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The University of Richmond recently promoted Joslyn Bedell to associate director for employer relationship management in its Office of Alumni and Career Services. Bedell will oversee the university’s relationships with employers, administer on-campus recruiting policies and increase effectiveness of recruiting programs. In her previous position as assistant director, Bedell worked as a career advisor for students and alumni, was a university liaison to nonprofit and education employers and represented the university at conferences. She earned a B.A. in Latin from the University of Georgia and a M.Ed. from the University of Vermont. She also holds certifications in career development facilitation and MBTI evaluation.

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RoomStore recently announced the addition of Bob Hudgins as merchandise manager for the regional corporate office in Henrico. He will be responsible for all case goods purchases. Prior to joining RoomStore, Hudgins worked at Heilig Meyers as a retail operations supervisor and assistant vice president of merchandising. Hudgins also worked for Furniture Brands International in the global sourcing division.

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Highwoods Properties, based in Raleigh, NC, recently began preleasing for a proposed new office property in the Innsbrook Corporate Center. If preleasing efforts are successful, the company plans to move forward with the development. It does not plan to develop the building on a speculative basis. The proposed North Shore Commons III will have a total 95,201 square feet across four floors at 4931 Lake Brook Dr. The new building will share a similar design and layout as two existing North Shore Commons office buildings, in which Capital One and Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc. are prominent tenants. Kristie Inge of Highwoods Properties is handling the preleasing for the project.

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University of Richmond recently appointed Andrew McBride as associate vice president for facilities. A member of the facilities leadership team since 1994, McBride most recently was university architect and has served since last summer as interim associate vice president. For the past year, McBride has been closely involved with the creation of a campus master plan to outline future campus development for the next decade. An early advocate of sustainability, McBride earned the LEED accreditation in 2002 and two years later, guided the university's successful application to the U.S. Green Building Council to have Weinstein Hall approved as the first LEED-certified building in central Virginia. McBride received a bachelor of arts degree in architecture from Iowa State University and a master of science degree in business with a concentration in real estate and urban development from VCU.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Dickey’s BBQ Pit – leased 2,500 square feet in Westpark Shopping Center at 9809 W. Broad St.; Express Employment Professionals – renewed its lease of 1,997 square feet in Parham One at 827 Parham Rd.; and Global Drug Testing – leased 1,532 square feet at 7202 Glen Forest Dr.
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MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.

Tournament supports adoption efforts

Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.

Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.

A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A hero is born

Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.

Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.

At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.

Authentically Italian

Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.

In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)

For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.

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