Business in brief
Henrico-based "Choose.It" recently won second place in the Tech Challenge Hanover, a state-wide competition that invited startups to compete for a chance at a $10,000 first prize and tenancy at the Dominion Resources Innovation Center in Hanover County. The company offers customers the ability to request deals they want, as opposed to receiving non-targeted offers from “deal-of-the-day” websites. Choose.It will receive a $500 co-pay for Kauffman FastTrac classes provided thru InnoVA, as well as free, ongoing consulting services from William H. Daughtrey, Dominion Resources Innovation Center’s entrepreneur-in-residence.
River Of Life Community Church in Henrico is launching a new day care service called "Tiny Steps at Lakeside" in January for preschool-aged children and their families. Rev. Fred Driscoll, assistant pastor of the church, is the day care’s director. Tiny Steps at Lakeside, located at 7700 Woodman Rd., is accepting enrollment applications for children ages six weeks through four years. For details, call 266-6080 or visit http://www.tinystepslakeside.com .
Virginia Credit Union has announced a new program that will allow members to use ATMs virtually anywhere by rebating the ATM fees charged by other institutions. VACU will rebate up to $8 per month in ATM surcharges for Virginia Credit Union checking accounts that qualify. To receive surcharge rebates, members must use their debit card for the withdrawal and have a qualifying direct deposit to their checking account. VACU already provides its members up to four checking withdrawals per month at other institutions’ ATMs with no fee from VACU. VACU members also enjoy free access to the ATMs at all WAWA locations in Virginia. The program went into effect in November.
QTS (Quality Technology Services), a provider of data center facilities and managed services, recently achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for Data Center 1 at the QTS Richmond Data Center in Sandston. The LEED Certification Review Report gave the QTS Richmond site high marks for sustainable site selection, water efficiency and optimized energy use in HVAC systems as well as systems and appliances. QTS has been retrofitting the former semiconductor plant for data center usage since the first customer installation was completed in November 2010. Since 2011, the company has recycled more than six million pounds of materials from its data centers, including copper, aluminum, steel, plastic and concrete, with the majority of those recoveries occurring in Richmond.
Henrico's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of only 20 gardens in North America nominated for USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice” contest for Best Public Garden.
The 20 public gardens nominated are:
• Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York
• Buthcart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.
• Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga. > Read more.
Photo by Patty Kruszewski/Henrico Citizen 02/24/2014
The Fifth Annual Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) Award Banquet, held Feb. 6 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, honored HPAL’s top volunteers and employees, including Morgan Lewis, Youth of the Year; Dale Alexander, Volunteer of the Year; Lowell Thomas, Employee of the Year, and Victor Williams, Board Member of the Year. Also honored for their support were Jim and Christi Dowd of Richmond BMW and Josh Davis of Henrico County Public Schools Pupil Transportation.
Keynote speaker for the banquet was Tim Hightower, a University of Richmond alumnus and former NFL running back. Hightower was introduced by Billy McMullen, former NFL player and a Henrico PAL board member. > Read more.
The Pocahontas Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, based in western Henrico, last year donated more than $1.3 million worth of manufacturers coupons to U.S. military personnel overseas. Throughout 2013, members and friends of the chapter clipped 952,349 manufacturers’ coupons valued at $1,350,630, which Program Chairman Carole Featherston shipped to U.S. military bases abroad. Military personnel can use the coupons when shopping in base stores.
The National Society Daughters of American Colonists is a women’s genealogical and patriotic society whose members are descended from a man or woman who rendered civil or military service in any of the American colonies prior to July 4, 1776. > Read more.
If you’re looking for a date night with someone special, Henrico is the place to be! Check out a classic 90s movie, “My Girl,” at Henrico Theatre; Circa, an innovative circus from Australia, will dazzle at the University of Richmond; and celebrate TGIF at Keagan’s Restaurant where the PJ Bottoms Band is performing. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Abstract paintings of Inge Strack (pictured) are on display through March 9 at the Gumenick Family Gallery at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Strack, a Chestefield painter of German origin, often paints in bold colors with a deep sense of emotion, focusing on brushstrokes, texture and form to find a balance. Strack’s painting is routed in the European tradition of expressionism but has found its own, unique language in following the American dream.
“I am not attempting to abstract the physical world," she said. "I draw my subject matter from inside of myself hoping to create a constant conversation between the viewer and the painting, especially since abstracts do not seem to answer but ask.” > Read more.
Do you play pickleball? Learn more about this oddly-named but fun-to-play sport tomorrow! Though it’s still pretty chilly outside, you can get a jump start on spring at the Richmond Home and Garden Show or at a workshop on raised bed gardening at Lavender Fields Herb Farm. For all our top picks this weekend in Henrico, click here! > Read more.
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