NewsFeeds 8.28.09

Chesterfield slashes commercial-development fees (Times-Dispatch)
County supervisors approved a “fee holiday” Wednesday night, sharply reducing Planning Department fees related to commercial, office and industrial projects until July.

Area entrepreneur takes plan to White House (Roanoke Times)
Back from an energy briefing at the White House this week, a Henry County entrepreneur said he achieved his goal of informing federal leaders about his vision for regional, vertically integrated biodiesel plants as an alternative to importing oil for transportation.

TowneBank seeks to raise as much as $80 million (Virgnian-Pilot)
TowneBank, which raised more than $136 million of capital last year, announced Thursday it plans to raise as much as $80 million of additional capital from an offering of debt and equity.

Sent Mail (Slate)
A great read for bosses. Fascinating stuff. Cataphora is a Silicon Valley company that tries to model what an “effective” employee looks like based upon her electronic trail.  The company has helped out in many cases where it’s useful to know whether an employee is thriving within the company. This may indicate whether he will be a cooperative witness. Or take the example of a whistle-blower.

Banks ‘Too Big to Fail’ Have Grown Even Bigger (Washington Post)
The crisis may be turning out very well for many of the behemoths that dominate U.S. finance. A series of federally arranged mergers safely landed troubled banks on the decks of more stable firms. And it allowed the survivors to emerge from the turmoil with strengthened market positions, giving them even greater control over consumer lending and more potential to profit.

Beat Burnout (BusinessWeek)
A must-read for business owners. The most obvious symptom of burnout is exhaustion—a fatigue you just can’t kick, even by taking a few days off. But there’s more to it than being tired. You may experience a loss of enthusiasm that often results in your doing the bare minimum, as well as a loss of faith in your abilities.

The 2009 Inc. 500: The Top Green Companies (Inc.)
A cool slideshow.

Chesterfield slashes commercial-development fees (Times-Dispatch)
County supervisors approved a “fee holiday” Wednesday night, sharply reducing Planning Department fees related to commercial, office and industrial projects until July.

Area entrepreneur takes plan to White House (Roanoke Times)
Back from an energy briefing at the White House this week, a Henry County entrepreneur said he achieved his goal of informing federal leaders about his vision for regional, vertically integrated biodiesel plants as an alternative to importing oil for transportation.

TowneBank seeks to raise as much as $80 million (Virgnian-Pilot)
TowneBank, which raised more than $136 million of capital last year, announced Thursday it plans to raise as much as $80 million of additional capital from an offering of debt and equity.

Sent Mail (Slate)
A great read for bosses. Fascinating stuff. Cataphora is a Silicon Valley company that tries to model what an “effective” employee looks like based upon her electronic trail.  The company has helped out in many cases where it’s useful to know whether an employee is thriving within the company. This may indicate whether he will be a cooperative witness. Or take the example of a whistle-blower.

Banks ‘Too Big to Fail’ Have Grown Even Bigger (Washington Post)
The crisis may be turning out very well for many of the behemoths that dominate U.S. finance. A series of federally arranged mergers safely landed troubled banks on the decks of more stable firms. And it allowed the survivors to emerge from the turmoil with strengthened market positions, giving them even greater control over consumer lending and more potential to profit.

Beat Burnout (BusinessWeek)
A must-read for business owners. The most obvious symptom of burnout is exhaustion—a fatigue you just can’t kick, even by taking a few days off. But there’s more to it than being tired. You may experience a loss of enthusiasm that often results in your doing the bare minimum, as well as a loss of faith in your abilities.

The 2009 Inc. 500: The Top Green Companies (Inc.)
A cool slideshow.

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