Start-up Business en Backing Small & Minority-Owned Business <p>Governor McAuliffe has signed an executive order to increase the opportunities for small, women- and minority-owned companies to conduct business with the state.&nbsp;</p><p>The goal is to promote equity—and maximize the participation of small businesses in work that’s obtained through procurement and state contracts.&nbsp; He also set a high goal for the number of participants.</p><p>McAuliffe directed Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones to raise the state share of spending that goes to small, women- and minority-owned businesses to 42%.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:17:15 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 24687 at Backing Small & Minority-Owned Business Juicy Business <p>Starting a business can be complicated, and you might feel ill-prepared without an MBA, but a Charlottesville woman who has the degree decided not to bother with focus groups or financial analysis.&nbsp;</p><p>Instead, she trusted her gut, and is building a company using common sense.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:18:48 +0000 Sandy Hausman 16555 at Juicy Business Entrepreneur Gets on the Shelf <p>A Richmond man is one of two grand prize winners in a contest sponsored by Walmart.&nbsp; A graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth Univeresity, he could soon be on his way to a considerable fortune.</p><p></p><p>Tumi Oredein describes himself as an inventor, but as a child he showed aptitude for the arts. “As a kid I just loved to draw all the time, and you can go to my house and still see all the drawings on the walls.”</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 15:14:53 +0000 Sandy Hausman 13183 at Entrepreneur Gets on the Shelf Virginia Craft Beer Month <p>August is here—and that has some of us thinking about beer.</p><p>This is Craft Beer Month in Virginia, celebrating the more than 60 craft breweries in the state.</p><p>The Virginia Tourism Corporation is calling it “Love on Tap”— a nod to the state’s famous Virginia is for Lovers slogan.</p><p>The centerpiece of Craft Beer Month is the Virginia Craft Brewers Festival at Devils Backbone Brewery in Nelson County August 24.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Connie Stevens 8067 at Virginia Craft Beer Month A Guy Walks into a Bar <p>As the name implies, the students at Virginia Tech are pretty ‘tech savvy.’ And that means more and more of them are eager to create their own start-up companies.</p> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:38:42 +0000 Robbie Harris 6333 at A Guy Walks into a Bar