Business in brief
For the tenth year in a row, The Princeton Review has named University of Richmond to its list of 75 “best value” private colleges and universities. The editors of the annual guide chose the best value schools after reviewing the academic quality, cost and financial aid of 650 institutions around the country. Richmond has been selected for the book every year since its debut in 2004 and is the only Virginia private college or university to make the 2013 best value list.
Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants' Marketing and Communications Director Jenny Hansen recently earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, the highest professional credential in the association industry. Less than five percent of all association professionals have earned the CAE. At the VSCPA, Hansen oversees and provides strategic direction for VSCPA marketing, communications and public relations efforts.
Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants President & CEO Stephanie Peters recently was elected to a two year term on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE). At the VSCPA, Peters leads national and state professional issues, legislative and regulatory initiatives, strategic planning and external relations. She is also a member of the VSCPA Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Bermuda Distribution – leased 92,857 square feet in Interport Business Center – Building A at 4810 Eubank Rd.; Virginia School of Technology, Inc. – leased an additional 3,750 square feet for a total of 35,179 square feet in the Westmoreland Building at 2000 Westmoreland St.; Whitt & Del Bueno, PC – leased 3,425 square feet at 4200 Innslake Dr.; Dominion Technical Sales – renewed its lease of 3,300 square feet at 2510 Waco St.; Kumon Learning Center – leased 1,985 square feet in Gold’s Gym Plaza at West Tower at 8900 W. Broad St.; Boka Vending – leased 1,575 square feet in Starling Plaza at 1412 Starling Dr.; Mid South Building Supply – renewed its lease of 30,000 square feet in Interport Business Center – Building B at 4700-4790 Eubank Rd.; Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. – renewed its lease of 11,317 square feet in Interport Business Center – Building C at 5300-5390 S. Laburnum Ave.; NCS Pearson – leased 2,122 square feet in Franklin Commons at 5640 Cox Rd.; Dog Lovers Obedience School – leased 1,650 square feet at 1127 Gaskins Rd.; and Meadowbrook, Inc. – leased 1,547 square feet in the Banks Brothers Building at 4461 Cox Rd.
Franchise owners Mike and Arleen Potestio, from Once Upon A Child of Henrico, recently were honored with a Sales Excellence Award at the franchisor's Annual Conference and Trade Show, held Jan. 21-24 in Clearwater Beach, Fla.
The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.
Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.
The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.
Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.
The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.
Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.
But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.
That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.
An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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CalendarCommonwealth Parenting will present “Fighters, Biters, Pushers & Smushers” for parents of toddlers from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Richmond-Short Pump, 2200 Old Brick Rd.… Full text