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The Friends of Chesterfield’s Riverfront (FoCR) has merged with Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC), which will carry on the work of both organizations by stewarding the lands previously protected by FoCR. Initial discussions about a merger began in late 2013. Legal due diligence was conducted in early 2014 and the merger decision was formally made in late March 2014. Troutman Sanders LLP provided pro bono legal services for due diligence and document preparation for the merger. As part of the merger, conservation easements held by FoCR will be assigned to CRLC. The restrictions, land use limitations, and reserved rights listed in each easement will remain unchanged.

Business in brief


Thomas Fredell has joined Glen Allen-based Snagajob as the company’s chief technology officer. Fredell will oversee Snagajob’s engineering and product departments and is charged with enhancing and expanding the company’s product offerings and support architecture. Prior to joining Snagajob, Fredell served as chief technology officer at IntraLinks for 10 years. He is also the founder of Membly.com, a social sharing site that helps users capture, contribute and share memories, and serves as a board member for the Knowledge Is Power Program in Massachusetts, which prepares students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.

Business in brief


The new location combining the Toys ‘R Us and Babies ‘R Us brands will hold its grand opening Friday, Oct. 12 at 11801 W. Broad St. Giveaways, discounts, kid-friendly activities and visits from popular costumed characters will continue throughout the weekend, Oct. 12-14. In conjunction with the grand opening, the Toys ‘R Us Children’s Fund has awarded a $10,000 grant to Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia to support wish fulfillment in Richmond-area communities.

Business in brief


Alan Wurtzel, former CEO of Circuit City Stores, will speak about his experiences leading a consumer electronics and appliances organization on Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at University of Richmond’s Queally Hall, Ukrop Auditorium. Wurtzel joined Circuit City in 1966 as vice president of legal affairs and served as CEO from 1972-86. More recently, he has been a trustee of Virginia Commonwealth University and member of the Virginia Board of Education and State Council for Higher Education. He also served on the boards of Dollar Tree Stores and Office Depot. Wurtzel is the first speaker in the 2012-13 Robins Executive Speaker Series.

Business in brief


Henrico Federal Credit Union has teamed with Banzai, a national award-winning financial literacy program, to help local students learn to manage their money in a fun, real-world way. Banzai is an interactive, online program supplemented by printed workbooks which aligns with state curriculum requirements for personal finance education. Students are exposed to real-life scenarios where they learn to pay their bills and balance their budget, as well as how to manage unexpected expenses such as parking tickets, interest charges and overdraft fees.

Business in brief


The Greater Richmond Chamber has announced the finalists for the 25th annual Impact Awards. This year for the first time, two companies will win an Impact Award, one each in the small and large business categories. Finalists are: large business - Care Advantage, Inc., Dominion Digital and Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc.; and small business – Holiday Barn Pet Resorts, Midas of Richmond and Richmond Flying Squirrels. The Impact Award recognizes local businesses that have made an impact on the Richmond area economy and community, as well as its employees and industry.

Business in brief


The University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies will offer a one-day marketing seminar on crisis management Sept. 21 at UR. The seminar, Marketing 911: Market Yourself Through a Crisis, will be presented by Lloyd Leitstein, a strategic planning and marketing strategies advisor, and Joan Bowling, a motivational speaker. The seminar will help participants identify potential risks and discuss how advance planning, effective communication and reputation management are key to a business surviving a crisis. The seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and lunch will be served. Cost is $129. To register or for more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/cyzv3f9

Business in brief


Melissa Krumbein, the entrepreneur behind Kitchen Thyme, will begin teaching ethnic cooking courses, starting with food from her own heritage, Jewish soul food, on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Classes will precede Jewish holidays and each class will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Kitchen Thyme, located at 7801-25 W. Broad St. The series of classes offered by Krumbein is “Getting Ready for the Holidays” and starts with foods of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. The second class will be Sept. 19 featuring recipes to enjoy in the Sukkah. Each class is $54; subscribing to all seven classes is $360.

Business in brief


Glen Allen-based Snagajob has announced a national contest to find the best undiscovered musical talent. The Hourly Gig invites hourly employees and job seekers to submit videos of original songs that highlight their skills for a chance to perform as the opening act at the Brantley Gilbert concert at Innsbrook After Hours at the Snagajob Pavilion on Sept. 19. Participants can upload videos, which should not exceed three minutes in length, to YouTube and submit links to those videos at http://www.snagajob.com/hourlygig

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