Business & Industry

Sugar Shack Donuts
7:44 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Forget Duck Dynasty, It's a Donut Dynasty in Virginia

Despite the national crusade to stem the tide of obesity, a new chain of donut shops is spreading across the Commonwealth, making treats by hand in flavors consumers may never have considered. 

In a tiny shop near the corner of Lombardy and Leigh, Richmond residents line up to listen as Sarah Fitzpatrick  goes down the list of donuts available – a list that will change each hour.

“I have chocolate with Butterfinger, vanilla drizzle, I’ve got vanilla with chocolate chips, sprinkles, Oreos, M&Ms or Heath Bar, gingerbread either plan or with caramel.”

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Food For All & Food For Thought
7:34 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Big Hearts and Food A-Plenty! In Floyd

It’s estimated that one in seven people in this country go hungry, but in Floyd County Virginia, there’s “Plenty” to go around.  

In the U.S., many go hungry, even as food is wasted every day.   That’s what led a group of people in Floyd to create Plenty! – an organization that tries to smooth out the curve between too much and not enough.  They first got the idea 5 years ago, when McCabe Coolidge’s partner, Karen Day, had a bunch of left over beet greens.

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Business & Industry
2:53 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

JLARC Examines Virginia Workforce Development System

Delegate Chris Jones, third from right, examines the JLARC report

The General Assembly’s watchdog agency did not sugarcoat the problems as it presented a frank examination of Virginia’s cumbersome workforce development system.  The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission found that employers have difficulty navigating the programs and filling job openings with workers who have requisite skills. It also found that key workforce programs do not emphasize training in fields with the greatest potential for employment.

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The Business of Craft Beer Hunting
8:18 am
Mon November 24, 2014

TAPS: A Comprehensive Beer App and First Place Business Pitch

Credit Flickr user Four Brewers / Creative Commons

Americans have a growing thirst for beer, and a student from the University of Richmond is tapping into that trend with a new app which has already earned him $3.500. 

Americans adore their beer, and something big is happening to the business of brews. Overall sales last year were down nearly two percent, but consumption of craft beers – made by small, local breweries – rose more than 17%.  University of Richmond senior Nick Creegan is a craft beer fan.

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Indoor Greenhouse Venture
2:15 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Red Sun Farms Means Business in the NRV

It’s harvest time for tomatoes in the New River Valley. That’s not as strange as it sounds because these tomatoes are growing inside a huge greenhouse in the New River Valley.

The new venture promises to bring jobs --and more locally grown tomatoes to the region. 

 

You may have already seen tomatoes from Red Sun Farms in supermarkets. The parent company in Mexico has hundreds of acres of greenhouses there and in Canada, but this is the first time they’ll grow the fruit here. And by here, we mean Dublin Virginia.

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