Business & Industry

Not for Everyone
4:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Full Disclosure: Capped Out

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More Americans than ever are going to college.   And more than ever are burdened with high debts and few job prospects.

In the latest installment of his Full Disclosure podcast, Richmond-based business reporter Roben Farzad talked with University of Richmond Business Professor Eric Martin,  who says  four years of college at the full sticker price is just not for everyone.    And Martin points to recent studies claiming that only 37%  of new jobs created require a four-year-degree.

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General Assembly 2015
7:24 am
Tue January 13, 2015

McAuliffe Advocates Equal Opportunity

Governor McAuliffe has unveiled a series of legislative proposals that he says would make Virginia more welcoming to businesses. The governor says his agenda would make the Commonwealth more inviting by guaranteeing equal treatment to ALL individuals under the law. 

McAuliffe says all state laws should reflect recent court authorization of same-sex marriage by changing references from “man and woman” or “husband and wife” to “spouse.” 

“We needed to make sure that we are open and welcoming and that we are not putting up walls around this great Commonwealth of ours.”

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Unbundling
1:15 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

Full Disclosure: Cord-Cutters Guide to the Galaxy

Cable and satellite bills have increased at more than twice the rate of inflation over the past 20 years, and many are saying that it’s time for unbundling from the expense.

Richmond-based business reporter Roben Farzad explored the topic on his most recent Full Disclosure podcast. 

One guest on the program, Judy Crenshaw, professor at the VCU Robertson School of Media and Culture, says millennials provide a look to the future, and they’re not watching 30 minute programs, especially not on TV.

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Agriculture and Tourism
8:22 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Agri-Tourism is a Growing Industry in Virginia

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You’ve heard of ‘Eco-Tourism’ where visitors go to learn about the local the ecology of a place.  Now there’s variation on that theme.  It’s "Agri-Tourism" and it’s a growing thing in Virginia. 

You might think the largest industry in Virginia is defense or some other government related sector, but in fact it’s Agriculture and third largest, tourism.  So it’s no surprise that the ‘Agritourism’ sector is growing.

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Uber and Lyft vs. Traditional Taxi Drivers
5:11 am
Wed December 24, 2014

VA Taxi Drivers Look to Lawmakers for Job Security

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Recent reports about the growth of transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft would suggest that their success pits them directly against traditional taxi drivers. But, a representative from the taxi industry says that's NOT what's behind a rally in Richmond in which they called for more fairness for taxicab drivers.

Daniel Berhane with Virginia Taxicab Drivers United says while they don't believe rival companies are being established correctly, the VTDU is more concerned about the lack of job protections for drivers.  

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