Business & Industry

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4:24 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Beer Buzz: Barriers to Business

August is Craft Beer Month in Virginia, and this week we’re going to be looking at the commonwealth’s growing industry. 

Nationwide, the number of craft breweries now tops 3,000 - with more opening up every day - and a new Gallup poll analyzing alcohol consumption finds that 11 million more Americans chose beer as their beverage of choice this year than last.

Beer is a booming industry - and Virginia is no exception to the national trend.

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Factory Man
1:51 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

And the Factory Girl

For a journalist, there are at times stories that go beyond columns and minutes and have a life that needs hundreds of pages to be told. Journalist Beth Macy of Roanoke found such a story in the Factory Man.

Learn more about the book  at Beth Macy's website.

Tom Hanks Tweets about “Factory Man”:

"Factory Man is great summer reading. I give it 42 stars. No, I give it 142 stars. Yeah, it’s THAT good.”

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Bloomaker in Virginia
4:00 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Building a Better Bloom

If you buy flowers at the grocery store, chances are they’ve come from Holland or California.  That’s a long way, and the blooms rarely last more than a week, but a Virginia company called Bloomaker has come up with a way to make flowers last longer, and their success could turn  this area into a national hub for flower production.

Joep Paternostre hails from Holland.  He’s a big man - over six feet tall and at least 200 pounds, and since childhood he’s seen the United States as the place to dream big.

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Governor Signs Executiving Order
4:17 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Backing Small & Minority-Owned Business

Credit Photo: Small Business Association

Governor McAuliffe has signed an executive order to increase the opportunities for small, women- and minority-owned companies to conduct business with the state. 

The goal is to promote equity—and maximize the participation of small businesses in work that’s obtained through procurement and state contracts.  He also set a high goal for the number of participants.

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%.

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Women's Investment Club of Richmond
4:16 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Full Disclosure: Investments

Around the country, investor participation in the stock market has been declining over the past 15 years -- never mind the fact that equities keep setting records. This has dented the popularity of investment clubs, where members meet regularly to learn about markets and pool their money to invest.

This week on his Richmond-based show “Full Disclosure,” host Roben Farzad introduces us to one club full of mothers, aunts and grandmas still going strong since it began in 1996.  It’s the Women’s Investment Club of Richmond, known as “Wicker” (WICR.)
 

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