Business in brief
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 .
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.
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.
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.
The Galleria West Broad has leased 47,200 square feet at 7800 West Broad St. in Henrico. Commonwealth Commercial Partners, Inc. represented the landlord.
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.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.
Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.
Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.
Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.
The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.
Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.
At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.
Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.
In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)
For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.
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CalendarLavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Rd., will host its Christmas Open House event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 28-29. There will be classes, demos, fresh herbal tastings… Full text