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Companion Extraordinaire Home Care and Skilled Services, based in Ashland, has opened a new location in Lakeside. A ribbon-cutting and open house will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 5311 Lakeside Ave. Members of the Chamber of Commerce will join owner and founder Dawn Beninghove to officially open the new site. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. The new building houses administrative and management offices as well as classrooms for their “Trained To Care” program offering classes in Personal Care Aide, Certified Nursing Assistant and Medication Aide. For details, visit http://www.cenninc.com

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Germany-based GRW High Precision Bearings, a producer of precision bearings, recently opened its new office at 530 Eastpark Court in Sandston to serve its East Coast operations and host all engineering services in the United States. The company said it chose the Richmond area for its central location on the East Coast. This new office location will enable the company to support growing client needs for high precision bearings. Alexander Strobl will serve as lead engineering design manager on the US team.

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Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has ranked University of Richmond No. 26 on its 2013–14 list of 100 best value private liberal arts colleges. Kiplinger’s annual lists rank 100 private universities and 100 private liberal arts colleges. Richmond was selected for its academic quality and generous financial aid and scholarship programs. It remains among a small group of colleges and universities offering need-blind admission — it does not consider an applicant’s ability to pay in the admission decision — while also meeting 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all accepted students.

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The Children’s Museum of Richmond and Commonwealth Parenting announced their merger last month. CMoR changed its mission statement in 2009 to reflect its focus on parent engagement. A partner with CMoR for years, Commonwealth Parenting has been eager to expand its reach. Two members of Commonwealth Parenting's Board of Directors will move to the museum's Board of Trustees. In addition, a task force comprised of Commonwealth Parenting and CMoR volunteers will be formed to advise the merger process during the first year. The Community Foundation provided a $25,000 grant to assist with expenses related to the merger.

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During the month of October, Tuffy and Ms. Tuffy Auto Repair Center, along with over 60 other independent auto repair shops across the U.S., will offer free brakes as part of the “Brakes for Breasts” fundraiser. The brakes come with a lifetime guarantee. The customer pays for labor. Tuffy and Ms. Tuffy will donate a portion of each brake service to the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund. For more information, visit http://www.brakesforbreasts.org

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Free Agents Marketing has expanded its workforce by seven employees, a 15 percent increase in six months. New hires include: Michael Litos, senior strategist, interactive; Jenna Cocchiola, account coordinator, public relations; Cindi Houtz, media director, media; Carol Billingsley, senior account executive, public relations; Greg Mathe, senior account executive, public relations; Donna Wade, media coordinator, media; and Natalie Otsuka, account coordinator. The firm, a full-service marketing and public relations agency, moved its headquarters to Innsbrook in March to a larger office space to accommodate its growth.

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U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2014” guide has ranked University of Richmond No. 25 on its list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges. Richmond tied with The College of the Holy Cross, Oberlin, Scripps and the Air Force Academy. Within the category, the annual guidebook ranks Richmond tied for No. 2 on its list of “Up and Comers” — schools that recently have made the “most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities.” Also, Richmond is No.14 among “Great Schools at Great Prices” — those offering the best balance of academic quality and need-based financial aid.

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Beginning October 6, Martin’s Food Markets customers can earn money for their local schools when they grocery shop through Martin’s simple school fundraiser, A+ School Rewards. To participate in the program, customers must sign up each year and designate up to two schools by visiting their local Martin’s or at http://www.martinsfoods.com/aplus A+ S.chool Rewards are accrued with each purchase made using one’s BonusCard beginning October 6 and continuing through March 22, 2014. There is no limit to what schools can do with their A+ School Rewards, including earning cash for school programs, technology, scholarships, field trips, playgrounds, and other educational needs.

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Two additional tenants signed leases in June to occupy a combined 31,000 square feet within Deep Run III, 9954 Mayland Drive in Henrico. This 348,174 square foot class-A, six-story building was previously the headquarters facility for Circuit City. The newest tenants - Acision, LLC (16,472 square feet) and Appendix R Solutions (14,729 square feet) - will both occupy space on the third floor. Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer represented all parties in these two recent transactions. Approximately 206,724 square feet remains available within the building.

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