Business in brief
Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently completed three leases at Franklin Commons, 5640 Cox Rd., in Innsbrook. SunTrust Bank leased 90,000 square feet, Independent Container Line leased 22,000 square feet and an undisclosed Fortune 100 company leased 44,000 square feet. With the completion of these leases the Franklin Commons Office Complex, which is composed of three Class A office buildings consisting of approximately 298,000 square feet, has been significantly leased. One full floor of 44,000 square feet remains for a large corporate user.
Dominion Automotive Group, doing business as Sears Automotive Center, recently leased 7,850 square feet of space at 4920 W. Broad St. and 5001 W. Marshall St., and MAACO Automotive of Henrico recently leased 7,562 square feet at 3318 W. Broad St. John G. Myers, Jr., of Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled lease negotiations for both transactions.
Fortune Magazine recently ranked Greater Richmond 13th best of all metro cities in the number of Fortune 1000 companies per 100,000 residents. Across all U.S. metro areas, Greater Richmond ranked 19th in the number of total Fortune 1000 companies, tying with Kansas City, Mo. and Phoenix, Az. In Henrico, Altria Group ranked 154, Genworth Financial ranked 243 and CarMax ranked 311. Brinks ranked at 645.
Morton Consulting, of Glen Allen, recently opened a new branch in Arlington. One of Virginia’s premier IT and recruiting consultancies, Morton Consulting works with clients and consultants in the Northern Va., D.C. and Gaithersburg, Md. areas. Morton Consulting was recently awarded a GSA Schedule 70 contract in Feb. and has also been named a finalist for the RichTech Cherry, Bekaert & Holland Emerging Company Award.
Dr. Ken Macurik recently joined St. Joseph’s Villa, of Henrico, as the new director of developmental disabilities services.
Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s Brown Bag Lunch Series will continue June 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the GRCC office, 600 W. Main St. Gib Sloan of MetLife will discuss the family dynamics of special needs planning including government benefit eligibility, guardianship, conservatorship and guardium ad litem, and financial security and funding options. The program is free and for Chamber members only. To register, call Tim Grimes at 783-9308 or visit http://www.grcc.com .
Steve D’Andrea, a stroke survivor and Type 1 diabetic, and his wife, Gayle D’Andrea, a breast cancer survivor, recently founded the nonprofit organization Survivors Network LLC and the website,http://www.supportersofsurvivors.com, to help others facing these and other debilitating medical conditions. The website includes a blog where visitors can chat directly with the D’Andreas, links to other helpful and supportive websites and information on how to get financial support for those dealing with medical problems. Gayle D’Andrea, Ph.D., is a professor of sociology at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Henrico.
Smart phone users interested in starting or growing a small business can now find helpful resources at their fingertips via a new SBA mobile application from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The app features a built-in startup cost calculator to help estimate the costs associated with getting a business off the ground, plus an SBA partner locator to help users find SBA offices, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers and SCORE. Users will also have mobile access to SBA video content and social media alerts to provide them with tips on the go. The app can be downloaded at SBA’s website at http://www.sba.gov/content/sba-mobile-app
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
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