Start-up Business

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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Aerial Views
4:52 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Drones Used in Real Estate Market

Jamie Ohler holds his drone.

Drones have gained global attention for their ability to spy on people in times of war, but these unmanned flying objects have plenty of peaceful  applications, and a Lynchburg man is pioneering one - swooping in to help realtors sell property.

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Part 1 of 3
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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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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LoveUMeanIt: LUMI
3:18 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Juicy Business

Starting a business can be complicated, and you might feel ill-prepared without an MBA, but a Charlottesville woman who has the degree decided not to bother with focus groups or financial analysis. 

Instead, she trusted her gut, and is building a company using common sense.

A couple of years ago, an Australian filmmaker named Joe Cross came to America to make a documentary about his quest for better health.  He called it Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.

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