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The 24th annual Saxon Shoes for the Needy collection to benefit The Salvation Army brought in 5,768 pairs of shoes. The shoes collected at Saxon in Richmond at Short Pump Town Center and in Fredericksburg at The Village at Spotsylvania Towne Centre were presented to The Salvation Army Adult Rehab Center in Richmond and The Salvation Army in Fredericksburg.

Businesses collect, donate sports equipment


Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call collected nearly 1,000 pieces of sports equipment thanks to donations from the public, as well as from staff members and community partners, during the third annual AdvanceItUp! community initiative in June. AIU is designed to help combat childhood obesity in the metro Richmond community by increasing recreation options and active living at home and school for area kids who do not have access to usable sports equipment.

The physicians and staff from Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call, along with volunteers from Fit4Kids, helped organize and clean the collected equipment before distribution.

Citizen, Richmond Biz Live host marketing seminar


Richmond BizLive, the Henrico Citizen and T3 Media, LLC hosted the “Maximize Your Marketing Spend” lunch seminar last month at Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar at Willow Lawn. Above, Carl B. Knoblock (the district director for the Small Business Administration’s Richmond office) addresses attendees.

Other speakers included Bill Eastman of Richmond Biz Live and Growth Worx; Nelson Phillips of Virginia Business Credit & Funding; Ben Meredith of B&B Consulting Services; Andy Shulick of Metamorphosis; and Martin Short of Greater Richmond GATE.

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Glen Allen-based Central Virginia American Diabetes Association welcomes Laura Haemker as the new associate director. She has a strong background in the non-profit world as well as in sales and communications. A native of Richmond, she graduated from Virginia Tech with a Communications Studies degree.

VCC to host ‘Community Cares Day’ Aug. 21


To showcase the dedication and achievements of Eastern Virginia’s philanthropic sector, Virginia Center Commons will host “Community Cares Day” Friday, Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Virginia Center Commons cares about its community and is thrilled to be able to offer this showcase for organizations seeking to raise awareness and recruit new volunteers for their causes,” said Dorian Walker, director of marketing and business development at Virginia Center Commons. “We invite shoppers to come out and learn more about the nonprofits who strive to make a difference and provide a better life for families and individuals throughout the area.”

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Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. St. Mary’s is one of only 319 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that St. Mary’s has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

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Henrico-based Markel Insurance has been rated a five-star carrier in the latest issue of Insurance Business America. Insurance Business America asked producers what aspects of carrier performance are most important to them. These ranged from competitive rates to claims processing efficiency, reputation and financial stability, and more. Producers then rated their carriers’ performance across ten such criteria. The carriers that achieved five-star status consistently received excellent marks from producers in at least one category and several achieved top scores in multiple categories. Of the 22 carriers that made this year’s list, Markel Insurance received 5-star marks in three out of the ten categories, specifically: Technology and Automation; Reputation and Financial Security; and Marketing Support.

Construction begins on Short Pump Wegmans


Construction began today on a 120,000-square-foot Wegmans Food Markets store in Short Pump. The store is on schedule to open next summer at West Broad Marketplace at 12300 West Broad Street.

The shopping center is owned by Mid-Atlantic retail developer NVRetail, Inc. in partnership with Excel Trust. Wegmans’ construction commencement follows the April groundbreaking at the site for an 80,000-square-foot Cabela's, which will serve as the center's other retail anchor.

Wegmans currently has 86 stores in the northeast and mid-Atlantic region.

Pedal power


More than 20 businesses in Lakeside have joined to participate in a new "Bike Friendly Saturdays" initiative by offering discounts, free merchandise and other promotions for anyone who rides a bike to their shops.

The program is the first business biking district in the Richmond region.

From a business perspective, shop owners believe that people riding bikes are more likely to stop at stores and spend more while shopping. The program is a partnership and collaboration between the Lakeside Business Association, Bike/Walk RVA and the businesses.

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