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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.
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Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

A Norfolk man was arrested at Richmond International Airport May 18 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.
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Police release photo of hoax bomb

Henrico Police have released a photo of the clock that resembled a bomb that led to the arrest of a Richmond woman in Shot Pump earlier this week.

The device, which the woman told police she purchased at a yard sale, was visible in her car at the Whole Foods at West Broad Village May 19, and a passerby called police, fearing it was a real bomb. Police responded as they would have had the device been real, they said, because they weren't sure if it was real or not.
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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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The American Legion Post 233, 8088 Recreation Rd. in Varina, will host a free Music Jam at 5 p.m. every fourth Thursday of the month. Featuring country gospel and bluegrass music. Anyone is welcome to play or sing. Food and drinks are available for purchase. For details, call Wayne Gilbert at 572-3124. Full text

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