NewsFeeds 3.18.10

Some still savor Roanoke’s closed Countryside golf course (Roanoke Times)
Weeks after Countryside Golf Club closed, its future remains in flux, yet golfers still swing by to play 18. | “It’s something you can tell your grandkids. Countryside golf course will come up, and you can tell them, “I was the last person to play on it.”

London seminar offering free IVF from Virginia clinic sparks controversy (Washington Post)
A Virginia infertility clinic sparked an international ethical controversy Wednesday by sponsoring a seminar in London that gave away an attempt to get pregnant using an American woman’s eggs.

210 jobs coming to Virginia Beach, mayor to announce today (Virginian-Pilot)
Car rental company Avis Budget Group and insurance giant Geico plan to hire or relocate a total of 210 workers here in the coming months, Mayor Will Sessoms is expected to announce today in his State of the City address.

Google and Partners Seek TV Foothold (NY Times)
Google and Intel  have teamed with Sony  to develop a platform called Google TV to bring the Web into the living room through a new generation of televisions and set-top boxes.

New trend: ‘Co-working,’ where people share office space (USA Today)
The concept is not new. Such facilities surfaced a couple years ago, but they are thriving because the economy has forced companies and non-profits to use them as a practical way to save money. They are especially appealing to one-person businesses, which grew 8% in 2008.

Give ‘Em Something to Crave (Entrepreneur)
Though the wine industry was the first to capitalize on the concept of the “experience economy” –the idea that consumers crave experiences rather than just products or services–entrepreneurs in a variety of fields are now finding success by opening their doors and inviting customers to see, smell, hear and touch their wares.

When Business Credit Scores Get Murky (WSJ)
Credit scores are often touted as the make-it-or-break-it factor for business loans and credit lines. But even entrepreneurs with high business credit scores may have trouble getting financing.

Some still savor Roanoke’s closed Countryside golf course (Roanoke Times)
Weeks after Countryside Golf Club closed, its future remains in flux, yet golfers still swing by to play 18. | “It’s something you can tell your grandkids. Countryside golf course will come up, and you can tell them, “I was the last person to play on it.”

London seminar offering free IVF from Virginia clinic sparks controversy (Washington Post)
A Virginia infertility clinic sparked an international ethical controversy Wednesday by sponsoring a seminar in London that gave away an attempt to get pregnant using an American woman’s eggs.

210 jobs coming to Virginia Beach, mayor to announce today (Virginian-Pilot)
Car rental company Avis Budget Group and insurance giant Geico plan to hire or relocate a total of 210 workers here in the coming months, Mayor Will Sessoms is expected to announce today in his State of the City address.

Google and Partners Seek TV Foothold (NY Times)
Google and Intel  have teamed with Sony  to develop a platform called Google TV to bring the Web into the living room through a new generation of televisions and set-top boxes.

New trend: ‘Co-working,’ where people share office space (USA Today)
The concept is not new. Such facilities surfaced a couple years ago, but they are thriving because the economy has forced companies and non-profits to use them as a practical way to save money. They are especially appealing to one-person businesses, which grew 8% in 2008.

Give ‘Em Something to Crave (Entrepreneur)
Though the wine industry was the first to capitalize on the concept of the “experience economy” –the idea that consumers crave experiences rather than just products or services–entrepreneurs in a variety of fields are now finding success by opening their doors and inviting customers to see, smell, hear and touch their wares.

When Business Credit Scores Get Murky (WSJ)
Credit scores are often touted as the make-it-or-break-it factor for business loans and credit lines. But even entrepreneurs with high business credit scores may have trouble getting financing.

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