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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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RVA Polar Plunge raises $40k for Special Olympics


More than 300 participants took the plunge for charity Feb. 25 at The Shops at Willow Lawn, raising $40,000 for the Special Olympics of Virginia as part of the 2017 RVA Polar Plunge Fest. Participants jumped into frigid water as part of the event, having raised money through donations leading up to the event.

“At Special Olympics Virginia, our vision is to inspire the first unified generation; a generation of people who respectfully include each other in the school, in the workplace, in the community,” said Rick Jeffrey, Special Olympics Virginia President. “Plunging this past Saturday included people with intellectual disabilities and those without; people of all ages, genders, races and religions; students and teachers; doctors and lawyers; military and law enforcement; one for all; all for one." > Read more.

Fundraiser bags more than $50k


CancerLINC's 11th annual "It’s in the Bag" event raised more than $50,000. The event, presented by Virginia Cancer Institute, was held at The Westin Richmond in Henrico Feb. 2 and was attended by more than 200 people.

“It's in the Bag” included handbag designer Thaddeus DuBois and his family from Syracuse, Ind. DuBois brought four handcrafted handbags, which were auctioned off and raised more than $4,000. Three autographed handbags from “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker also brought funds. > Read more.

A date with states


Above, Varina’s Andre Watkins drives to the basket during the Blue Devils’ 52-51 win against Hampton in the Group 5A third-place game at Hermitage High School Feb. 25. Below, Tyrese Jenkins drives to the basket during the game. The Blue Devils (21-6 on the season), who earlier last month defeated Hermitage, 53-34, to earn a spot in the 5A state tournament, next will face Albemarle in that tournament. It is the program’s first trip to the state tournament since 2001 and first under fourth-year coach Andrew Lacey, who has turned around a team that was 6-14 during his first season. > Read more.

Future public servants observe lawmaking firsthand


For the past two months, they showed up every day at the state Capitol, dressed in matching blazers and carrying pen and paper at the ready – the next generation of public servants carefully observing their superiors.

These young adults are known as pages. They are middle school and high school students from around Virginia who assist in everyday tasks at the General Assembly to experience firsthand how the legislative process works.

The program dates as far back as 1850, when the one page who worked was paid $2 a day. > Read more.

CRLC seeks donations for Malvern Hill Farm


The Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC) is seeking to raise $100,000 in 30 days to cover due diligence and closing costs associated with the historic Malvern Hill Farm. These include boundary survey, Phase I ESA, title search and insurance, recording fees, taxes, and legal work as well as a Section 106 review.

CRLC is scheduled to close on the purchase of the property May 31, and is asking community members to help support the site's acquisition. All donations will help CRLC leverage $1 million in matching funds. > 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.
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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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