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Across the nation crowd-funding is enabling entrepreneurs and dreamers to bring their ideas to fruition by allowing start-ups to get help from other individuals and businesses.

And as of July 31st, Virginia has been allowing crowd-funding offerings-but in order to protect investors, the State Corporation Commission is implementing new regulations.
 

Business executives from the high-tech sector hosted an event at the State Capitol to share research and information, as well as network with government officials.  Governor McAuliffe called on the members of the Government Business Executive Forum to help Virginia pivot from the nation’s top state for defense spending to the leading state for information technology.

Virginia power companies will be doing more to help low income homeowners make their houses more energy efficient. And, the idea of using cash cards to pay jurors is picking up some critics. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on www.vpap.org.

Earlier this month we aired a story from Sandy Hausman about AirBnB in Richmond - and how the home-sharing experience is, essentially, illegal there. Another Virginia city, however, has recently embraced the trend.

AirBnB has never exactly been ‘illegal’ in Roanoke, but when the idea of short-term rental was blooming, the City didn’t know what to make of it. River Laker was one of the first in Roanoke to register on AirBnB:

As more wineries are opening in Virginia grape production in the state is not keeping pace…and with many Commonwealth counties looking to replace obsolete courthouses issues of historic preservation may create complications. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on www.vpap.org.

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