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Henrico-based Mitchell Wiggins & Company wins YP Workplace Award


Henrico-based accounting and consulting firm Mitchell Wiggins & Company won the YP Workplace Award for small businesses, presented by ChamberRVA and its HYPE program.

The company was one of four winners announced during an event to honor The Icons and YP Workplace award-winners April 28 at The Westin Hotel in Henrico.

Other winners were Trane U.S., Inc. (in the large business category); Sarah Mullens, co-founder of UnBoundRVA ("Change Agent"); and Natalie Garramone, CEO of The Frontier Project ("Front Runner").

Parham Doctors’ Hospital earns recognition for obesity treatments


Parham Doctors’ Hospital has been designated as an Aetna Institute of Quality Bariatric Surgery Facility for treating individuals living with morbid or extreme obesity.

Aetna makes information about the quality and cost of health care services available to its members to help them make informed decisions about their health care needs. As part of that effort, Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions. Facilities are selected for consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care.

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Reynolds Community College recently was named one of the top 10 digital community colleges in a national survey by The Center for Digital Education (CDE). The survey analyzes how community colleges use a range of technologies to improve services to students, faculty, staff and the community at large. Reynolds tied for second place in the large college category for colleges with 10,000 students or more, tying with Howard Community College in Maryland. Award winners demonstrated innovative uses of technology, including online courses and mobile environments, mobile apps, secure platforms and wireless networks. The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy, and funding. All accredited U.S. community colleges are eligible to participate in the survey within three classifications based on size of enrollment.

Challa to receive ‘Outstanding Women Award’


Henrico business owner and attorney Lakshmi Challa will be recognized later this month as one of the YWCA of Greater Richmond’s “Outstanding Women.”

As CEO of Challa Law Offices, headquartered in Innsbrook, Challa has led efforts at the firm's three locations (including affiliates in North Carolina and India) to enhance foreign investment and trade with the United States, educate business and government leaders about immigration legislation, and help unaccompanied minors and survivors of violence and sex trafficking with their immigration needs.

Citizen wins 2 Va. Press Association awards


The Henrico Citizen won two awards in the Virginia Press Association’s annual News Contest. Awards were presented Apr. 9 at the VPA’s annual banquet, held at the Hilton Short Pump.

Freelance writer Ryan McKinnon won a first-place award in the feature writing category for his article last year entitled "Fields of Gold" profiling the Varina District. Publisher Tom Lappas won a second-place award in the sports feature photo category for a photo of several businessmen cheering for a cyclist during the UCI Road World Championships in September (pictured, at right).

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Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently reported the following lease transactions in Henrico County: Southern Wine & Spirits of America – expanded into an additional 5,200 SF and now occupy a total of 17,000 SF leased in Windsor Business Park II at 8570 Magellan Pkwy.; C3 Health RX, Inc. – renewed its lease of 4,200 SF in Dabney Corporate Center at 2026-A Dabney Rd.; Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. – expanded into an additional 1,534 SF and now occupy a total of 5,456 SF in Interstate Center at 2108 W. Laburnum Ave.; Tops China – renewed its lease of 2,400 SF in Dumbarton Square Shopping Center at 7101 Staples Mill Rd.; and Defender Security Co. – renewed its lease of 1,300 SF in Parham Trade Center at 2500 E. Parham Rd.

Goodwill, HCPS, Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer partner for denim drive


Goodwill of Central Virginia and Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer are partnering with Henrico County Public Schools for a denim drive each of the next two weekends at Regency Square Mall. After collaborating together in 2014 for SUIT UP, a professional clothing drive that collected over 5500 pounds of clothing, both Goodwill and Thalhimer sought additional ways to benefit the community; the denim drive in conjunction with Henrico County Schools was born.

The program is running throughout the month of April, with collection events scheduled at Regency Square Apr. 16-17 and Apr. 23-24. Collection bins are available at Regency Square, on the second floor next to the information desk, and will be staffed by Goodwill associates to tally the contributions by school.

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Heath Saunders recently was promoted to general manager of the Short Pump location of Olive Garden. Saunders has spent the past seven years as a production team member at Olive Garden, a role in which he was instrumental in leading his team to several awards recognizing restaurants with exceptional service and productivity within Darden Restaurants.

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Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently reported the following lease transactions in Henrico County: Woodcraft – renewed its lease of 10,000 SF in Broad Street Plaza at 9900 W. Broad St.; Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA Inc. – leased 5,155 SF in Highwoods I at 10900 Nuckols Rd.; and Gojo – leased 1,200 SF in Lexington Commons at 10156 W. Broad St.

Protesters demand increase in minimum wage


APR. 14, 12:55 P.M. – In a show of solidarity, fast-food workers along with health-care and child-care providers from the Richmond area protested outside a local McDonald’s restaurant Apr. 14 demanding a wage increase.

The group stood united with other low-wage workers across the country today for the “Fight for $15” initiative. The campaign, which organizers call “the biggest-ever day of strikes,” has gained momentum recently as more than a dozen state and local governments approved legislation that will pay fast-food workers $15 per hour.

“This is an effort to ensure that anyone who works full-time doesn’t have to raise a family in poverty,” said Anna Scholl, executive director of ProgressVA, a nonprofit advocacy group for low-income Virginians.

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