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The University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies will offer a one-day marketing seminar on crisis management Sept. 21 at UR. The seminar, Marketing 911: Market Yourself Through a Crisis, will be presented by Lloyd Leitstein, a strategic planning and marketing strategies advisor, and Joan Bowling, a motivational speaker. The seminar will help participants identify potential risks and discuss how advance planning, effective communication and reputation management are key to a business surviving a crisis. The seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and lunch will be served. Cost is $129. To register or for more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/cyzv3f9 .

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Eisenman & Associates, Inc., a full-service association management, site selection and meeting planning business in Glen Allen, is celebrating 19 years of business. Company founder and owner Rick Eisenman, a native of Newport News and graduate of James Madison University, began the business in 1993 with just two clients. Today the company has more than 28 clients and a staff of five.

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Saxon Shoes in Short Pump Town Center recently partnered with two Richmond-area healthcare organizations to offer employees savings on shoe brands commonly worn in their industry and a contribution to their preferred charity. During the weekend of Aug. 10-12 employees of VCU Medical Center were invited to participate in a special shopping opportunity that included discounts on specific brands and a percentage of sales designated for the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. During the next weekend of Aug. 17-19 the staff of Virginia Women's Center was invited to participate in a special opportunity to shop with savings. Additionally, for each pair of shoes purchased, Saxon donated an amount to the charity Midwives for Haiti, a nonprofit started by certified nurse-midwives.

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United Methodist Family Services (UMFS) has received a $41,470 grant from the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF). The check was presented to UMFS CEO Greg Peters by ACECF at a reception at Altria headquarters. The grant will help fund a mentoring work program for students served by UMFS. Dr. Erik Laursen will coordinate the program.

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The Galleria West Broad has leased 47,200 square feet at 7800 West Broad St. in Henrico. Commonwealth Commercial Partners, Inc. represented the landlord.

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Charles E. McCabe, CEO and founder of Glen Allen-based Peoples Income Tax, Inc., is celebrating the firm’s 25th anniversary. Peoples opened its first income tax office in 1987 and expanded to 26 locations in Central Virginia over the next nine years. In 1989 Peoples Tax was approved by the Virginia Department of Education to operate Peoples Income Tax School. Over the next 10 years, Peoples faced increasing competition but the tax school continued to grow and was renamed The Income Tax School (ITS). Small business and advanced courses and continuing education (CE) seminars were added and in 2003, McCabe developed a learning management system to deliver elearning courses and CE seminars directly to students nationwide. ITS also created a set of four Tax Practice Management Manuals: Tax Office Operations, Marketing, Personnel and Expansion.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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