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Business News: Oct. 7-20, 2010 Issue

Greg Riggs opened Stone’s Field of Dreams farm at 8481 Hungary Road earlier this year, hoping to create an atmosphere in which future farmers can learn the trade. The farm produces and offers vegetables for sale to consumers and commercial businesses. It is offering hayrides daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (except on Sundays, when they will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Haunted hayrides for children will begin Oct. 16. For details, call 332-7000.

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The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc., a regional economic development organization, received six awards for excellence in economic development and communications from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC). The IEDC honors were presented at an awards ceremony Sept. 28 during the IEDC Annual Conference in Columbus, Oh. The SEDC Communications Awards were presented at the SEDC Annual Conference held Aug. 14-17 New Orleans.

The GRP also recently named Charles “Chuck” Peterson as vice president. Prior to joining GRP, Peterson spent 17 years at the West Virginia Development Office, where he advanced his career from research analyst to manager, research and strategic planning unit.

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The Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau recently earned the 2010 Excellence in Internet Award by the Southeast Tourism Society. The award, which was presented at the Shining Example Awards banquet, recognizes extraordinary performance in digital communication.

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Thalhimer recently announced the following leases in Henrico County: Sausage Craft, LLC leased 4,400 square feet of space at 2004 Dabney Road (R. Scott Douglas and Franklin Bell of Thalhimer handled lease negotiations); VSF Sweepstakes Centers leased 2,200 square feet of space at 4501 West Broad Street (Michael A. Shaia of Thalhimer handled lease negotiations); Jeffrey C. Robinson CPA leased 1,296 square feet of space at the Banks Brothers Building at 4461 Cox Road (Evan M. Magrill, Dean Meyer and Brian K. Berkey of Thalhimer handled lease negotiations). Thalhimer also announced the sale of approximately 2.033 acres of land at 7800 Shrader Road, from A.F. Associates, LLP, to IHH Properties, LLC. Millard F. Jones of Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations.

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Richmond-based based company H&A Architects & Engineers ranked sixth of 200 on The Zweig Letter Hot Firm List, a construction industry consulting and publication firm. This annual list features the architecture, engineering, and environmental firms that have outperformed the economy and competitors to become leaders in their field.

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Volunteer leader Deb Downing recently was selected as the “Beacon of Hope” recipient by Safe Harbor, a Henrico organization whose goal is to stop domestic violence. The award recognizes excellence in advocacy against intimate partner violence.  Downing will be honored this week at a reception at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Downing has a long-standing history of activism against intimate partner violence in Virginia.  In 1975, she oversaw operations for Shelter for Help and Emergency, a program to help victims of domestic violence in the Charlottesville area.  Four years later, she was selected as the agency’s executive director, a position she held for 10 years. After 14 years of service at the local level, Downing transitioned to state-level policy and advocacy work. Downing has helped to implement public policy, and funding and training programs to enhance Virginia’s capacity to serve survivors of intimate partner violence and their children.

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Lisa Wilson Gidcumb recently opened her new company, S E M E Education Consulting LLC. S E M E is a “child first” business that works collaboratively with parents and schools for the children’s success. S E M E, “Special Education Made Easy,” is a comprehensive consulting company providing personalized and meaningful education solutions to parents and schools throughout Virginia. For details, visit http://www.semeedconsulting.com


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Founder and president of Richmond marketing and public relations firm OFD Consulting Meghan Ely recently was chosen as the keynote speaker for the Business of Wedding Ireland Conference, which will take place Nov. 2-3 in Killarney, Ireland. At the conference, Ely will cover topics such as “The State of the Wedding Industry,” “Expectations of Brides and Grooms,” “Marketing to Brides in this Economy,” “Social Media and Networking” and “Pre-bridal Show Strategies,” in a two day seminar.

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The National Association of Scholars recently recognized the University of Richmond’s John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship as an “excellent program” for its approach to understanding and practicing responsible leadership. The center is advised by an international board of distinguished scholars, including honorary chair and former prime minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher.

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America’s Best Cleaners recently selected Richmond’s Puritan Cleaners as one of America’s best dry cleaning establishments. The recognition also certifies the dry cleaning business under the Fashion Care Label of Europe, a worldwide network of certified dry cleaners.


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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