Economy and Economics

Economics & Economy
4:53 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Economic Gardening

While state and economic development officials often focus on attracting new companies to create jobs and spur the economy, some business experts say another novel approach may be even more effective in achieving those goals.  The Small Business Commission composed of lawmakers and business leaders learned the details about “Economic Gardening” during its Richmond meeting on Monday. The entrepreneurial strategy targets small businesses that are on the verge of becoming high-growth companies. 

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Balancing Health & Money
3:32 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Healthy Eating on a Budget

When discussing nutrition and eating well, I am always disheartened to hear someone say that it is too expensive to eat healthy food.

I was pleased to find out that Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Integrative Health Coach and owner of Eat for Life, Jeanie Redick was teaching a class on Healthy Eating on a Budget at our local co-op.

Jeanie’s class was well attended, proving that this is a subject of interest to many trying to balance budget and health. Jeanie’s story and top tips are below.

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Economics & Economy
4:54 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Beer Buzz: Lobbying for Legislation

The State of Virginia has been taking some big steps to support the local craft beer movement in recent years, making it easier to dispense brews-and leading to more manufacturing, agriculture and tourism jobs.

There are regulations that can still make it a challenge for breweries to get off the ground-but today, in part two of our continuing series,  a look at the lobbying efforts of the state’s craft brewers:
 

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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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Alternative Lodging
4:00 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Haha House

Andrew & Laurie at the Haha House.

Summer travel can be expensive, but a Richmond man is doing his part to keep costs down – offering a unique place for visitors to sleep. 

Andrew Cauthen is a professional musician and a minimalist.  He lives modestly in a working class neighborhood called Barton Heights.  Last spring, he had an idea – to build a tiny guest house out back – just a room, really, with a sleeping loft.  The job was completed quickly.

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