The Invisible Man (Richmond Magazine)
An interesting profile of Bob Mooney, who may be the most prominent Richmonder you’ve never heard of. Mooney is a past chairman of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and served on the board of the privately held Ukrop’s Super Markets and is the former CFO of Ethyl Corp.
Chain passes up chance to buy Roanoke Ukrop’s (Roanoke Times)
A city official tried to market the vacant real estate on Franklin Road to a grocery company that will convert Ukrop’s stores in Richmond and Williamsburg to the Martin’s Food Market brand this spring. But the former Roanoke Ukrop’s isn’t part of that deal, and representatives with the Giant-Carlisle division of Ahold USA, which operates Martin’s, reiterate that they are not considering the empty Roanoke structure for a new store.
ODU student recoups 30-cent Haiti donation fee (Virginian-Pilot)
Disturbed about a small fee tacked onto her donation for earthquake relief in Haiti, Heather Lynn turned first to her bank. Then she turned to Facebook. The 30-cent fee that Wachovia Bank imposed wasn’t the issue, said Lynn, a fine arts student at Old Dominion University, on Thursday. It was the indifference that she encountered when inquiring about the fee.
House Adopts $15 Billion Plan to Spur Job Creation (NY Times)
The House on Thursday approved a $15 billion measure intended to spur job creation by granting tax breaks to businesses that hire workers, as Democrats, bracing for new jobless figures, tried to show that Congress was doing something about stubborn unemployment.
Federal pay ahead of private industry (USA Today)
Federal employees earn higher average salaries than private-sector workers in more than eight out of 10 occupations, a USA TODAY analysis of federal data finds.
Business Owners Get Burned by Sticky Fingers (WSJ)
Many small-business owners say they inherently treat their employees like family and therefore do without strict internal controls, security cameras or other defensive tactics. But fraud experts say the opportunity to steal with ease is simply too tempting for some workers to ignore, especially in bad economies.
Yelp: Advertise or Else? (Business Week)
The site faces a lawsuit—and a barrage of criticism—for mingling ads and reviews.
Saying sorry: Why so few companies do it (Fortune)
Most of us learn in kindergarten that when you hurt someone, you say you’re sorry. But captains of industry seem to have forgotten the rules of common decency. Instead of manning up and admitting their mistakes, far too often corporations and CEOs choose to deny, deflect, or deceive.
The Weekly Wind-Down: Great New Yorker Cartoon
Safe to open at work.