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%.
A Richmond man is one of two grand prize winners in a contest sponsored by Walmart. A graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth Univeresity, he could soon be on his way to a considerable fortune.
Tumi Oredein describes himself as an inventor, but as a child he showed aptitude for the arts. “As a kid I just loved to draw all the time, and you can go to my house and still see all the drawings on the walls.”