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Henrico-based Free Agents Marketing has entered into a marketing partnership with Richmond-based Groome Transportation, a regional airport transportation provider connecting travelers to international airports in several Southeast markets. Free Agents will provide Groome with web development and interactive marketing, enhancing the company’s brand presence in multiple regions across the United States. Groome Transportation is the first national account for Free Agents Marketing. The agency’s roster of clients includes Bon Secours Virginia Health System, University of Colorado Health, Iredell Health System, First Team Automotive Group, Eastern Virginia Bankshares (EVB), Sports Backers and the Better Business Bureau.

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The Child & Family Healing Center (CFHC) at United Methodist Family Services (UMFS) will open a new four bed cottage on Feb. 4. The new cottage, named the Generosity Cottage, will be used by children currently in the CFHC program who are one to three months away from successfully completing the program and are beginning to prepare to return to their communities. The cottage will be gender-specific and the space used flexibly dependent on the needs of the program. The CFHC is an intensive residential treatment program for girls ages 11 to 18 with emotional and behavioral problems and for boys ages 11 to 18 who have engaged in sexually harmful behaviors.

Snagajob contest to honor hourly workers during Super Bowl

Henrico-based hourly employment network Snagajob wants to recognize the hourly workers who make your Super Bowl party possible.

The company announced a Twitter contest encouraging people to recognize hourly workers by Tweeting @Snagajob to describe why the workers deserve recognition, using the hashtag #BigGameTips. Participants have the chance to win as much as $200 to cover their food and beverage bills and as much as $100 to use on tips.

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Zachary Brenner has joined Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer’s Commercial Property Services team as a portfolio manager. Brenner received his bachelor of science degree from Vanderbilt University and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Real Estate and Urban Land Development at VCU. He is an active member of Rho Epsilon, the professional real estate fraternity. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, Brenner worked in the healthcare industry.

Henrico hotels earn AAA awards

Three Henrico hotels were among the 10 hotels to earn Five or Four Diamond Rating from AAA Mid-Atlantic during the past 12 months. The AAA/CAA Four and Five Diamond Ratings are the travel authority’s highest designations for hotels and restaurants.

Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa/Short Pump, The Westin Richmond, and Wyndham Virginia Crossing Hotel and Conference Center in Glen Allen earned the AAA Four Diamond Rating for 2013. The Hilton received the designation for the third year, The Westin for the fourth year, and the Wyndham for the ninth year.

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The 2012 Southern States Holiday Food Drive collected nearly 2.5 tons of canned, boxed and other stable food items for food banks and charitable organizations in 36 cities and towns in the company’s south and mid-Atlantic regions. The drive, in its second year, was held Nov. 12 through Dec. 16. Southern States is a Richmond-based farm supply and service cooperative, founded in 1923 that now has more than 300,000 farmer-members.

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Martin’s Food Markets has completed three-month remodels of its stores located at 3460 Pump Road and at 10150 Brook Road, both in Henrico. Short Pump and Virginia Center customers will find key departments such as produce, deli, meat, and bakery have been freshened with new décor and fixtures along with an increased variety of product. Key areas such as grocery, dairy, frozen foods and beer/wine have been expanded as well. With an eye on energy conservation, LED lighting was newly installed in many areas of the store, including overhead track lights, spotlights on specialty areas & displays, exterior store signs and in the frozen food cases.

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The Henrico Business Council, an advocacy arm of the Greater Richmond Chamber, is seeking nominations for its Community Leader of the Year Award. First established by the Council in 2008, the award honors unsung heroes who show unwavering support for Henrico County and the business community, demonstrate dedication to the betterment and growth of the county, and exhibit enthusiasm for and make a significant difference in their community.

ACAC opens in Short Pump

Greg Wells, CEO of ACAC, discusses the features of the soon-to-be completed rooftop pool and paddle tennis courts to visitors at an open house held at the West Broad Village location Dec. 13. The new athletic club, which opened Dec. 17, also boasts a warm water therapy pool, two-story kids zone, mind body studio, and the only doubles squash court in Richmond.

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