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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.

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Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, has selected the Greater Richmond ARC’s Infant & Child Services (ICDS) program to receive a $396 grant for free book distributions and literacy activities benefitting Richmond area children and their families. The funds were raised during RIF’s 2011 Be Book Smart campaign in partnership with Macy’s. The grant money will allow ICDS to meet one of its program goals, which is to provide each child in the program one book per month to help build their home library.

The paint that binds

If your last artistic endeavor was a childhood paint-by-number or a high school art class, a new Henrico business provides the opportunity to uncork your inner artist and fuel your creative spirit – with 30 or 40 friends if you so desire.

Open since November, Spirited Art is located in West Broad Village, adjacent to The Wine Loft. That’s where the “spirit” comes in.

Anthem to open CareMore centers in Henrico

Anthem will introduce four new healthcare centers - including two in Henrico - to the Metro Richmond market in January.

The CareMore care centers will open in the Brook Run Shopping Center in northern Henrico; near the intersection of Parham Road and Patterson Avenue; on Midlothian Turnpike near Robious Road; and on Jahnke Road near Chippenham Hospital.

Forum addresses healthcare changes for businesses

The Supreme Court spoke loud and clear almost a month ago when it upheld the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) as constitutional in a monumental decision that will affect businesses and individuals alike.

Businesses in the Richmond area are now left trying to decipher and understand the complexities of the bill and how it will affect them and insurance carriers.

Hibachi Grill celebrates opening

Staff members from the newly opened Hibachi Grill & Fusion Buffet in western Henrico (including Raymond Xiao, with scissors, and Charles Chen, holding ribbon at right) gathered with friends and diners July 19 to celebrate with an official ribbon cutting.

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Two local business leaders have been appointed as the 2012-13 Robins School of Business executives-in-residence at the University of Richmond. John Sherman Jr., retired vice chairman, CEO and president of the investment advisory firm Scott & Stringfellow, and Bob Piazza, former vice president of human resources and talent manager of science and technology company Danaher Corp., will help Robins School students with professional and career development.

DRV leases to FEMA in western Henrico

Diversified Realty Ventures (DRV) of Richmond has signed a short-term 17,500 square foot lease with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at Deep Run III, a 383,000 SF Class A office building in western Henrico.

Located at 9954 Mayland Dr., the six-story Deep Run III building was part of Circuit City’s headquarters complex until the firm declared bankruptcy in 2008. DRV acquired the building in late 2011 in a joint venture with Markel/Eagle Partners, LLC.

Henrico Business Council announces new leadership

Jim Wilson
Ed Blair
James Wilson, of Wilson Law Group, PLC, has assumed the role of chair of the Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber effective July 1 for the 2012-13 program year. He succeeds Troy Bell, director/PIO for the Capital Region Airport Commission, who will now serve as immediate past chair. Ed Blair, president of Blair & Associates CPA’s, PLC, will serve as the chair-elect.

Wilson has been actively involved with the Henrico Business Council for several years and joined its leadership cabinet in 2007.

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