Former Henrico construction firm employee pleads guilty to embezzlement (Times-Dispatch)
But a simple request from a supervisor over a missing file turned up a long-running embezzlement scheme that saw Denis ring up at least $200,000 in purchases that she simply approved for payment.
Norfolk comes to aid of downtown (Inside Business)
Construction in downtown Norfolk for light rail, two hotels and sewer projects has upset many small businesses whose owners say their profits have been decimated by the activity. Realizing that businesses would be disrupted by all the construction, the staff of the city manager’s office, along with the Norfolk Department of Development, crafted a policy to address the impact on businesses.
Supreme Court Finds Bias Against White Firefighters (NY Times)
The new standards announced by the court will make it much harder for employers to discard the results of hiring and promotion tests once they are administered, even if they have a disproportionately negative impact on members of a given racial group.
Local Efforts to Save Main Street Bring In Traffic (WSJ)
The economic downturn has prompted many consumers and neighborhood groups to actively support small businesses in their local communities, as residents pitch in to try to avoid boarded-up shops on Main Street. Still, it remains unclear whether buy-local campaigns provide just a short-term boost or a lasting impact on revenues.
Bring On the Public Option! (Slate)
Take small business out of the health insurance morass.
Under Armour’s Kevin Plank on How to Motivate Employees (Inc.)
Kevin Plank, founder of Under Armour, on motivating employees and improving employee morale during a recession.