Business in brief


The Greater Richmond Chamber has announced the finalists for the 25th annual Impact Awards. This year for the first time, two companies will win an Impact Award, one each in the small and large business categories. Finalists are: large business - Care Advantage, Inc., Dominion Digital and Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc.; and small business – Holiday Barn Pet Resorts, Midas of Richmond and Richmond Flying Squirrels. The Impact Award recognizes local businesses that have made an impact on the Richmond area economy and community, as well as its employees and industry. Winners will be announced at a celebration dinner on Nov. 7 at the Richmond Marriott. The event is open to the public. Learn more and register at http://www.grcc.com.

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Wawa, Inc. recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Richmond store located at 8851 Staples Mill Rd. During a celebration Sept. 12, Wawa recognized the VCU Massey Cancer Center with a donation of $19,524.26

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Advance Auto Parts, Inc. has opened its 14th store in the Richmond area at 1532 N. Parham Rd. near Regency Square Mall. Nicholas Fetty, a 12-year veteran of the automotive and retail sales industries, will be the new general manager. He has been with Advance Auto Parts for nine years and he will work with 10 other team members. The store is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 747-1232.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Escape Nail & Day Spa – leased 3,129 square feet in The Corner at Short Pump, W. Broad Street and Lauderdale Drive; Strategy Café – renewed its lease of 3,000 square feet at 2421 Westwood Ave.; Boston National Title Agency, LLC – leased 2,802 square feet at 7200 Glen Forest Dr.; Millennium Investment Solutions, LLC – leased 1,959 square feet in the Banks Brothers Building at 4461 Cox Rd.; Fox’s Pizza Den – leased 1,215 square feet in Brook Run Shopping Center at 5646 Brook Rd.; and Anytime Fitness – expanded in their current space and now leases 5,920 square feet in Virginia Center Station at 1070 Virginia Center Pkwy.

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LeClairRyan has announced that 85 attorneys in 57 practice areas were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.” Selected attorneys from Glen Allen include: James Patrick Guy, II – administrative/regulatory law, communications law and energy law; Michael L. Hern – energy law; and John A. Pirko – administrative/regulatory law and energy law.

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IZON Global Media, a media agency specializing in outdoor advertising, has announced a new franchise at 6802 Paragon Pl. in western Henrico under the ownership of local resident Rhonda Pellicano. IZON acts as a consultant to their clients, in order to determine the best media campaign to fit each client’s goals and budgets. Out-of-home advertising includes billboards, bus shelters, transit, taxis, cinema, mall kiosks, mobile billboards, airport displays, sports stadiums and more. For more information about IZON Global Media in Richmond, call Pellicano at 476-0352.

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Roy E. Lee has been named manager at Southern States Cooperative, Inc., - West Broad Street Service, located at 8718 West Broad St. Lee is a graduate of Freeman High School and started his career at Builders Square, a local hardware store. He has been with Southern States since 1994, most recently as the assistant manager at West Broad. For more information, call 747-9315.
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Democrat VanValkenburg kicks off Gen. Assembly campaign


Senior students at Glen Allen High School will get a personal touch when studying elections with their AP government teacher.

That teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg, recently announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the 72nd District seat in the House of Delegates. If he earns the nomination, he will run against Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, who has been unopposed for 10 years.

VanValkenburg, a 2004 University of Richmond alumnus who majored in history, is running for office for the first time. Although he has lived in Richmond since he began his undergraduate studies, aside from one year spent in Seattle, he said he never felt it was his time to run. > Read more.

Construction begins on JA Finance Park at Libbie Mill


School and business leaders from around the region, including (pictured, from left) Simon Hodges of Dominion Resources, Daphne Swanso(president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia) and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, gathered at Libbie Mill Library Feb. 23 for the Junior Achievement Finance Park construction kickoff. > Read more.

Assembly poised to OK state budget on Friday


Finishing a day early, House and Senate negotiators agreed on a budget Wednesday that includes employee pay raises and more money for K-12 education and mental health.

The negotiators presented their budget to their fellow lawmakers in time for the required 48-hour review, which could be completed by Friday night with a chance to adjourn their 2017 session before Saturday’s target date.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate praised the spending plan’s conservative fiscal policies. > Read more.

Section of Charles City Road to close beginning Feb. 26


A section of Charles City Road, from Lewis Road to South Airport Drive, will be closed beginning Sunday, Feb. 26 as part of a project to widen and improve the road.

The Henrico County Department of Public Works expects the closure to last for a few weeks.

Westbound traffic on Charles City will be detoured around the work zone by way of South Airport, Seven Hills Boulevard and Laburnum Avenue. > Read more.

ACLU urges McAuliffe to veto anti-immigration bills


Officials with the American Civil Liberties Union called on Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday to veto Republican-backed legislation banning local governments in Virginia from designating themselves as sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. They also said they plan to fight federal and state policies that they believe violate immigrants’ rights.

At a news conference, representatives of the ACLU of Virginia and other civil rights organizations criticized anti-immigrant measures passed by the General Assembly. They also condemned the recent spike in deportation raids on immigrant communities in Virginia by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as President Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries. > 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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