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Universal Ford Sales, Inc., of Glen Allen, is one of 14 Virginia companies listed in “Black Enterprise” magazine’s 40th annual BE100s report. The comprehensive analysis includes a total of 230 companies broken down into seven categories; Universal Ford Sales is ranked No. 57 in the auto dealers category. The dealership had almost $23 million in revenue in 2011. “Black Enterprise,” a business, investing and wealth-building resource for African Americans, develops rankings by collecting surveys from companies and gathering information from various agencies and associations. The business must be at least 51% black-owned to be eligible.

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Simon Property Group, Inc. is inviting the public to explore leasing and advertising opportunities at the Business Opportunity Day on Thursday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Virginia Center Commons Mall, 10101 Brook Rd. Small business counselors will be on hand to provide tools and financing advice, as well as two guest speakers – Certified Book Yourself Solid Coach Jan Leaton at 9:30 a.m. and Larry Lee, from the Richmond office of SCORE, at 11 a.m. Admission is free. For details, call Mall Manager Angela Crowder or Melody Braithwaite, leasing, at 266-9002.

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HHHunt Corp., the parent company of HHHunt Homes, made a significant jump on Builder Magazine’s recently released “2011 Builder 100,” showing the most improvement among all other homebuilders. Now ranked 71 in the nation, HHHunt Corp. climbed 71 spots from its rank of 142 in 2010. HHHunt’s national ranking is inclusive of 88 residences from Handcrafted Homes. Assessed independently, HHHunt Homes grew from 142 closings in 2010 to 281 closings in 2011, indicating a 98 percent growth increase – the fastest-growing builder on the magazine’s “Builder 100” list.

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Great Relationships, Inc., a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening marital relationships, has named Angelia (Angie) Z. Fritter, of Richmond, to the organization’s board of directors. Fritter, a financial adviser with Eagle Strategies, LLC, a registered investment adviser, will serve as treasurer.

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Chuck Bartlett, senior vice president of health strategies at the American Heart Association's Mid-Atlantic Affiliate (MAA), recently received the association's 2012 Earl B. Beagle Award for Staff Excellence. The award is the association's most prestigious staff leadership honor and recognizes leadership, professionalism, dedication and excellence in performance. Bartlett's innovative and forward-thinking leadership style has driven the MAA to continuous achievements and awards in areas including government relations, quality improvement, development, health strategies, health equity and volunteerism. He has been with the AHA for 29 years.

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Martin’s Food Markets recently participated in the Salvation Army’s Donuts of Hope: A Dough-Raising Event program. During the in-store campaign, Martin’s donated 25 cents of every donut sold at its stores in the Richmond region from May 27 to June 2, resulting in a contribution of $4,225. In addition, Martin’s matched the contribution for a total donation to the Salvation Army of $8,450. For more information, please visit http://www.donutsofhope.org.

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Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Fast Auto Loans, Inc. – renewed its lease of 4,000 square feet at 5218 W. Broad St.; Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa – leased 3,000 square feet in The Corner at Short Pump at W. Broad Street and Lauderdale Dr.; Professional Financial Services – renewed its lease of 1,608 square feet in Glenside Commons at 5400 Glenside Dr.; and Consept, LLC – leased 1,500 square feet at 2421 Westwood Ave.

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The next Henrico Business Council Networking Breakfast will be held Wednesday, July 11 from 7:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Forest Campus Cafeteria at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, 1602 Skipwith Rd. Henrico County Manager Virgil Hazelett will give the State of Henrico County Address. The council is again partnering with the Henrico Education Foundation for the Henrico School Supply Challenge and will be accepting school supplies for students in need at the July and August meetings. To register, call 783-9368.

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The Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce will host a healthcare reform panel discussion on Thursday, July 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Anthem Headquarters, 2015 Staples Mill Rd. Panelists will explore the status of healthcare reform, the impact of the Supreme Court decision and why employers should care. Admission is free for Chamber members and $15 to $25 for nonmembers. For details, call Stephanie Phillips at 783-9350 or visit http://www.grcc.com.

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Nominations for the Henrico Business Council’s Henrico Business of the Year award are currently being accepted. First established in 2010, the Henrico Business of the Year award honors local businesses that positively influence the Greater Richmond's economy, contribute to the Henrico County community, improve the lives of their employees and/or demonstrate innovation within their specific industry. For-profit and not-for-profit organizations are eligible. For more information or to obtain a nomination form, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Effective July 1, the following Greater Richmond Chamber members joined the Henrico Business Council Cabinet: Tom Falat, of Policy Partnership, LLC; Katy Holder, of Free Agents Marketing, Inc.; Morenike Miles, of Dominion; and Dana Welcher, of CarMax, Inc. The HBC Cabinet focuses on issues of interest to the business community within Henrico County and shares an interest in applying a regional perspective to local issues.
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Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > Read more.

McAuliffe vetoes 6 more bills; GOP calls him ‘disengaged’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed six bills, including three Republicans said would help prevent voter fraud but the Democratic governor said would create barriers to voting.

McAuliffe has now vetoed 37 bills from the General Assembly’s 2017 session – and 108 during his four-year term as governor, surpassing any of his predecessors.

Republican legislative leaders say McAuliffe has broken his promise to be bipartisan, calling his office “the most disengaged administration we have ever worked with.” > 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.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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