Busch Gardens unveils 3 new rides, expansion plans (Virginia Gazette)
Busch Gardens officials announced five new changes to both the theme park and Water Country USA that will take place between this fall and 2012, among them three new thrill rides.
Old downtown Roanoke hotel’s new lease on life (Roanoke Times)
The former Patrick Henry Hotel is abuzz with activity less than a year after Roanoke developer Ed Walker bought the historic property to be renovated for apartments and commercial spaces.
Norfolk redefines enterprise zone (Inside Business)
Spurned by state officials, the city of Norfolk has spent the last eight months gathering compelling information for an enterprise zone. Norfolk was turned down last year to have its zone reinstated after it expired in 2009 after 20 years.
Get Ready for a Wave of Bank Mergers (Business Week)
Banks are facing unused lending capacity, idle cash, and depressed market values, leaving the industry ripe for takeovers. But the four biggest may not be able to join in.
Just Manic Enough: Seeking Perfect Entrepreneurs (NY Times)
Editor’s Pick. The attributes that make great entrepreneurs, the experts say, are common in certain manias, though in milder forms and harnessed in ways that are hugely productive. Instead of recklessness, the entrepreneur loves risk. Instead of delusions, the entrepreneur imagines a product that sounds so compelling that it inspires people to bet their careers, or a lot of money, on something that doesn’t exist and may never sell.
Executive Play (Slate)
How’d golf get to be a businessman’s sport?
Portal Aims to Ease Contract Bids for Small Businesses (WSJ)
Six major corporations, including IBM, AT&T and Bank of America, are launching a single Web portal for businesses seeking to become certified vendors.
Building a nest egg in recession’s wake (Washington Post)
For those in their “nesting years,” which financial experts say last from roughly the 20s through the 40s, the loss of this time to build wealth could end up haunting even the most prudent savers well into their old age.