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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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RAMPS receives $8k grant


RAMPS (Ramp Access Made Possible by Students) recently received an $8,000 grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 75 grants totaling more than $600,137 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers.

RAMPS, an organization founded by then-Henrico County high school students to build ramps for local low-income residents who need them, will use the grant to purchase modular wheelchair ramp supplies. These supplies will be used by local high school RAMPS clubs, who provide volunteers to build the ramps. > Read more.

Henrico man to compete in Liberty Mutual Invitational National Finals

Henrico resident Larry Loving, Jr., will compete with three other locals – Thomas Scribner (Richmond), Roscoe McGhee (Midlothian) and Larry Loving (Richmond) in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals at TPC Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Feb. 26-Mar. 1. The foursome qualified for the national golf tournament by winning the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational, held at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Md. on June 11. That event supported the RiteCare Center for Childhood Language Disorders.

In total, 240 amateur golfers will compete in Florida. > Read more.

Henrico PAL recognizes supporters, HSHS athlete


The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) held its Sixth Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 5 at The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, celebrating accomplishments of 2014 and recognizing outstanding contributions to the organization. Henrico County Juvenile Domestic Court Judge Denis Soden served as master of ceremonies and former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams served as keynote speaker. 

Among the 2014 honorees were Richmond International Raceway (Significant Supporter), Richmond Strikers Soccer Club (Significant Supporter), Henrico County Schools-Pupil Transportation (Summer Camp Supporter), Bruce Richardson, Jr. (Youth of the Year), Sandra Williams (Volunteer of the Year), Thomas Williams (Employee of the Year), Mikki Pleasants (Board Member of the Year), and Michelle Sheehan (Police Officer of the Year).   > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


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Travinia brings contemporary elegance to Willow Lawn


It was another win for Willow Lawn when Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opened there six months ago, nestled in the heart of the re-made shopping center. The contemporary American Italian restaurant boasts 13 locations up and down the East Coast, with the Henrico location opening in August.

In the same week, I hit up Travinia twice, once for lunch and once for a late dinner. At lunchtime on a weekday, I was overwhelmed by the smell of garlic and by the number of working professionals in nice suits on their lunch breaks. When we first walked in, I was concerned our meal would be a little too pricey based on the décor – it’s a really nice place. Luckily, the menu has a variety of options for every budget. > Read more.

Soak up the fun

‘SpongeBob’ movie energizes with wit, laughter

There’s a ton of sugar in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Literal sugar, as SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) and Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) inhale their own weight in cotton candy and eat ice cream, one scoop per mouthful.

At one point we burrow into the brain of our boxy yellow hero and discover the inner workings of his brain: googly-eyed cakes and candies that giggle and sing. All of which is extremely appropriate for a film like Sponge Out of Water. Because not only is the movie sweet (the “awwww” kind of sweet), but it’s the equivalent of a 30-candy bar sugar rush, zipping between ideas like a sponge on rocket skates.

The story under all this is really not that complicated. SpongeBob flips burgers at the Krusty Krab. > Read more.

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