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Business in brief


Henrico-based Free Agents Marketing has been named one of three finalists in the Small Business category of the 2014 IMPACT Awards by the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Two winners will be announced – one in the Small Business category and one in the Large Business category – at a banquet Nov. 12. The IMPACT Awards have honored regional businesses since 1988. Finalists are selected by a committee composed of volunteers from Chamber member companies.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital has achieved “Triple Crown” from Thomson Reuters, an industry leader in health care data. The hospital has been recognized three times this year—for excellence in overall organization performance in the 2012 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals study; as a recipient of the Everest Award, which honors hospitals that have achieved both the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over a five-year period; and as one of the nation’s 50 Top Hospitals for Cardiovascular Care. St. Mary’s is one of three hospitals in the nation, and the only one in Virginia, to receive all three awards.

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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.

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