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Southwest to complete its Richmond conversion

JetBlue to add Boston flights
Southwest Airlines will complete its full conversion in the Richmond market Aug. 10 when it launches service to Atlanta, taking over the route from its AirTran subsidiary.

Southwest will serve the Richmond-Atlanta route with larger aircraft than AirTran uses. The low-cost carrier will fly 143-seat Boeing 737 jets on that route, replacing AirTran's 117-seat jets.

Jewelers raise money for Children’s Hospital

For the third consecutive year, a number of local jewelers have joined together to make a donation to the community. Each participating jeweler donated a piece with a retail value of $1,500 to a raffle, which raised $13,525 for the Children's Hospital Foundation.

Harbor Freight opens on West Broad

Employees of Henrico County's new Harbor Freight store partnered with the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce to hold a ribbon-cutting celebrating the grand opening on Oct. 17. The store is located in the former Books-a-Million site at 8093 West Broad Street.

GE employees volunteer at VHBG

More than 20 employees from GE volunteered their Saturday to help Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) Oct. 20 as part of Hands On Greater Richmond Day. They designed and made school spirit signs and worked on the clothes closet for VHBG residents. They also cleaned the gym and washed windows at the school on campus.

Breast cancer awareness event held


Bon Secours Cancer Institute held a “Support Your Girls” breast cancer event at St. Mary's Hospital Oct. 4, during which physicians and guest speakers talked with attendees about breast health, mammography screenings, reconstructive surgery and cancer-preventing nutrition. The 130 attendees were able to learn and discuss breast health including topics such as eating local and fresh foods and finding the correct bra with physicians and vendors during the event.

Capital Financial Solutions assists CARITAS

Employees of Capitol Financial Solutions, a local financial services firm, recently volunteered at the CARITAS homeless shelter, where they sorted donations, created dish packs, sized and rolled bed sheets and performed other tasks. CARITAS provides assistance on a weekly basis to individuals and families in need.

Business in brief


Paul Queally, co-president of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, will moderate a panel of Wall Street executives at “The Word from Wall Street” Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. at University of Richmond’s Queally Hall, Ukrop Auditorium. Queally received a bachelor of arts degree from Richmond in 1986 and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 1990. He was a general partner at The Sprout Group, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette’s private equity group prior to joining Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe in 1996. “The Word from Wall Street” is a featured event in the Robins Executive Speaker Series.

FeedMore named ‘Business of the Year’

FeedMore, Inc., which works to fight hunger in Central Virginia, has been named the Henrico Business Council's 2012 Business of the Year.

The organization partners with more than 300 agencies through its food bank, operates 12 field sites to distribute Meals on Wheels and operates its award-winning Community Kitchen.

Company hosts ‘Pay it Forward’ hiring drive

The Express Employment Professionals office in Henrico is hosting a "Pay it Forward" hiring drive, with the goal of putting 100 unemployed people to work this holiday season. Through the drive, the company aims to provide at least 100 job-seekers with a minimum of one week's of pay to help them during the holidays.

Express associates are screened and evaluated before being placed in short- and long-term assignments in a variety of administrative, professional and commercial positions.

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