Start-up Business

Airbnb: Who Writes the Rules?

May 10, 2016
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A deadly shooting last month at an Airbnb rental in Virginia Beach is casting a tragic shadow over this week’s meeting of a Virginia Housing Commission work group. The commission panel is set to take up a contentious issue that was unresolved from the General Assembly session: How should the state regulate Airbnb?

Every year, 250 million inner tubes from tires are tossed into landfills.  It’s an environmental problem, but it’s also a business opportunity. 

America’s highways are filled with trucks that ride on tires, and when those wheels of rubber must be replaced, their inner tubes often end up in the trash.  That seemed a shame to Angela Greene.

“I stumbled upon a backpack that I really liked.  It was made of inner tubes, and we just became very interested in inner tubes, because they’re very pretty.”  

Virginia Women's Conference This Weekend

Nov 16, 2015

Hundreds of women will be networking in downtown Roanoke this weekend at the Virginia Women’s Conference, hosted by Senator Mark Warner.

The annual event takes place in rotating regions of the state, with a day of sessions on careers, health, personal development and business. At this year’s conference, one of the sessions was inspired by a documentary called “The Big Flip—Stories from the Modern Home Front.”  The film explores the challenges of marriage and parenting, when the woman is the primary breadwinner.  

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Businesses owned by women in Virginia are actually growing faster than other businesses in the state. That’s according to a new survey released this week.

This is the first survey of its kind for the state. Conducted by Richmond’s chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, it’s meant to give the organization more information so they can better support female entrepreneurs.

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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.
 

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