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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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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