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TSA workforce donates one ton of food to Central Va. Food Bank

A friendly competition among various groups of employees at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) who work at Richmond International Airport turned into a last-minute rally that saw the TSA workforce of approximately 200 employees collect more than one ton of food to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank of Richmond.

The 2,500 cans and boxes of donated food weighed in at 2,069 pounds after a three-week collection period by TSA employee groups. The winning team donated 710 cans and boxes of food.

Bon Secours sponsors ‘iCan’ bike camp

Bon Secours Pediatrics and Bon Secours Richmond Hope Therapy sponsored and hosted the iCan Bike camp for children with disabilities Aug. 11-15 at the University of Richmond’s Weinstein Center gymnasium. The camp provided children eight and older who have autism and Down’s syndrome with specialized instruction on how to independently ride a two-wheel bicycle by the conclusion of the camp.

Less than 20 percent of children with autism and 10 percent of children with Down’s syndrome learn how to ride a two-wheel bicycle in their lifetime.

Bon Secours Reinhart Guest House receives $15,000 UPS Foundation grant


The Bon Secours Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House recently received a $15,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS. The grant will be used toward the business center within the Reinhart House as well as toward funding day-to-day operations that directly impact the ability of the Reinhart House to provide a supportive and nurturing environment for caregivers.

The Reinhart House provides short-term and extended lodging for families and caregivers of patients at St. Mary’s Hospital, making it a home away from home where caregivers can relax.

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HCA Virginia’s Parham Doctors’ Hospital has announced that Roger Giordano, M.D., will serve as the new medical director for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, effective immediately. Under Giordano’s direction, the program will provide comprehensive medical rehabilitation to adults with physical impairment and disability secondary due to disease, dysfunction or trauma. Giordano brings over 25 years of experience specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He is active in the community as a speaker for multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease education and specializes in stroke, amputation, spinal cord, trauma, orthopedics, pain management, neurological and general rehabilitation medicine. He received his bachelor of arts from Colgate University and his doctorate from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Heller Award presented at Beth Sholom

The 2014 Arthur Heller Employee Recognition Award was presented in June to Shenita "Deka" Thompson, an employee of the Healthcare Center at Beth Sholom Lifecare Community.

Thompson, who has been employed in the Healthcare Center since 2006, was praised for her compassion and giving nature. Currently the medical records clerk, she has also worked as a CNA and a unit clerk, coordinated transportation for residents of the Healthcare Center, managed medical supplies when others employees vacation coordinates and filled in as receptionist when needed. She is known as the person who is the first to collect money to assist a fellow employee, and as an organizer of farewell parties.

Elephant Auto Insurance moving headquarters to Allianz building

UPDATE: AUG. 18, 1:42 P.M. – Elephant Insurance is moving its U.S. headquarters from one Henrico location to another.

The company announced that it will relocate to a 54,000-square-foot space in the Allianz Global Assistance building at 9950 Mayland Drive. The building is the former home of Circuit City.

Elephant Auto has been located in Henrico for five years. The move will nearly double its existing space in size and will allow the company to nearly double its workforce in the next several years, to more than 600 employees.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently completed the following lease transactions: Panda Express – leased 38,724 square feet in Staples Mill Marketplace at 9000-9120 Staples Mill Rd.; Golf Galaxy – renewed its lease of 16,100 square feet in Broad Street Plaza at 9900 W. Broad St.; Mechanical Solutions, LLC – leased 5,040 square feet at 2423 Grenoble Rd.; 3 Fellers Bakery, LLC – leased 3,750 square feet at 6010 N. Crestwood Ave.; SHC Services, Inc. – leased 2,093 square feet at 4200 Innslake Dr.; MetroPCS – leased 1,200 square feet in Merchants Walk Shopping Center at 7504-7598 W. Broad St.; and MetroPCS – leased 1,000 square feet in Oak Hill Plaza at 3103 Mechanicsville Tnpk.

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CarLotz, a Richmond-based used vehicle consignment business serving the sale-by-owner and corporate fleet vehicle market, recently announced the closing of a $5-million round of equity capital that will aid the company’s expansion efforts. CarLotz currently operates in Henrico, Midlothian and Chesapeake. The capital was raised from the company’s existing investors as well as funds from a small handful of investors and executives with experience in national multi-site retail expansion, real estate, and the broader automotive industry. CarLotz is actively seeking new retail center locations throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and Georgia in the near term with plans to expand further up and down the east coast over the next several years.

EDA to host two October events

The Henrico Economic Development Authority will host two innovation events in October designed to inspire entrepreneurs who are starting new businesses and to support business owners who are seeking to take their companies to the next level. The events will be held on back-to-back days at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.

The EDA’s Catalyst business workshop on Thursday, Oct. 16, will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is targeted to business owners who want to advance their businesses. It will include a handful of rapid-fire sessions about common business pain points and trending topics of 2014, networking segments and “work team” breakout sessions designed to address problem-solving and promote group sharing.

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