EPA will give city funds for cleanup (Free-Lance Star)
Fredericksburg receives $400,000 grant from EPA to assess what it will take to clean up old industrial sites.
4 vendors claim spots in Roanoke City Market Building (Roanoke Times)
The four businesses — All Sports Cafe, Euro Bakery, Hong Kong Restaurant and New York Subs — all are established Roanoke restaurants that either have other locations or have previously operated in the city.
Ex-Blackwater/Xe workers file $60M class action lawsuit (Virginian-Pilot)
The suit alleges that the company improperly classified workers as independent contractors, failing to pay Social Security taxes, contribute to state unemployment funds or provide benefits.
Bank Said No? Hedge Funds Fill a Void in Lending (NY Times)
Hedge funds are becoming lenders, but there are risks for those involved and for the broader economy.
Senate lets the Fed slash debit card fees paid to banks (USA Today)
Main Street out-muscled Wall Street on Wednesday as the Senate reaffirmed its support of limits on what banks can charge businesses for debit card transactions.
How to Fix a Customer-Service Flub (WSJ)
A small-business owner seeks advice after a vendor error resulted in a late shipment of goods.
Successful Celebrity Entrepreneurs (Inc.)
They aren’t exactly bootstrappers, but these stars—including Gwen Stefani—ventured outside their celebrity comfort zones to start their businesses.
Yelp’s Online Reviewing Mafia (Business Week)
The $500 million website Yelp grows on the strength—and grumpy volume—of its Elite food critics.