Nominees sought for ChamberRVA’s Innovation Award

ChamberRVA is accepting nominations for its annual "Innovation Award," which it presents to an organization that has been in business 2-5 years in the Richmond region and has demonstrated "out of the box" thinking and a creative approach to any and all aspects of its business.

This year, the chamber is emphasizing three industry sectors organically emerging in RVA: technology, health and industrial (manufacturing and distribution). It is seeking the most innovative new business in one of those three sectors.

Business in brief

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently reported the following lease transactions in Henrico County: Cavalier Cargo Group, Inc. – renewed its lease of 17,477 SF in Woodlands Center at 520 Eastpark Ct.; RVA Antiques, LLC – renewed its lease of 9,475 SF at 6100 Lakeside Ave.; CSI Packaging, Inc. – leased 6,940 SF in Interport Business Center, Building C, at 5300-5390 S. Laburnum Ave.; Wilkerson Francis Investments, LLC – leased 3,093 SF in Staples Mill Business Center at 8209-8231 Hermitage Rd.; and RVA Wellness Café – leased 1,120 SF in Merchants Walk Shopping Center at 7504-7598 W. Broad St.

SBA now accepting 2017 National Small Business Week Awards nominations

The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for its 2017 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year. Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy.

The website provides forms, criteria and guidelines for submitting a nomination.

CPAs to volunteer for Day of Service Sept. 23

Hundreds of certified public accountants and volunteers will take the day off from work Sept. 23 in service of others across Virginia, as part of CPA Day of Service. CPA firms and individual CPAs throughout Virginia will unite for volunteer activities of their choice. Hosted by the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, this single day of volunteer service is designed to represent the CPA profession's commitment to serving the communities where its professionals live and work.

Business in brief

O’Reilly Auto Parts has opened a new location in Eastern Henrico at 2906 Williamsburg Rd. The store will be celebrating a grand opening that will run from September 14-27. On Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, Sept. 24, Store Manager Jake Jackson will present a $200 check to the Henrico Volunteer Rescue Squad. O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. is one of the largest specialty retailers of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment and accessories in the United States, serving both the do-it-yourself and professional markets. Founded in 1957 by the O’Reilly family, the company operates over 4,500 stores in 42 states.

Kendra Scott to host grand opening party to benefit Ronald McDonald House of Richmond

Kendra Scott, a fashion accessories brand, will host a grand opening party Sept. 15 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at its new Short Pump Town Center location. Throughout the event, 20 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Richmond. The event will feature live entertainment by acoustic artist Jocelyn Oldham. Sugar Soiree will twirl gourmet cotton candy for guests, and Kendra Scott will offer special raffles and prizes throughout the evening.

Domino’s to hire 50 employees locally

Twelve corporate-owned Domino’s locations throughout the Greater Richmond area – including six in Henrico – will hire 50 new employees through a hiring event at Domino’s in Midlothian on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The stores are looking to hire delivery drivers and assistant managers.

Those who are interested in attending the hiring event should bring a resume and references. Representatives from Domino’s will be on-site to conduct interviews. Those who are unable to attend the hiring event but would like to apply for a position may do so at

Business in brief

The newest matchbox American Kitchen + Spirit will open Sept. 15 in Short Pump, 11720 W. Broad St. This will be the eleventh location for matchbox, operated by Washington-based matchboxfoodgroup. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday (last seating at 10:30 p.m.), 11 a.m. Friday (last seating at 11:30 p.m.), 10 a.m. Saturday (last seating at 11:30 p.m.) and 10 a.m. Sunday (last seating at 10:30 p.m.). Brunch on Saturday and Sunday is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Happy Hour is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit

Office evacuated by unusual odor

SEPT. 8, 11:50 A.M. – Henrico Fire units evacuated an Eastern Henrico office Thursday morning after employees noticed an unusual odor and several began to feel sick.

Just before 8:30 a.m., Fire units responded to the office, located in the Byrd Office Center in the 5600 block of South Laburnum Avenue, to investigate the odor. One of the occupants of the business was not feeling well, and responding firefighters called for the Henrico Fire hazardous materials team.

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