BizSense Newsbites is new a monthly round-up of briefs on awards, grants, and other announcements from local businesses. There’s a lot going on around town that doesn’t make it into the news each day. This new section will highlight announcements that are brief and valuable to BizSense readers.
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Belle Isle Craft Spirits’ Premium Moonshine has been awarded the 2014 gold medal in the unaged whiskey/ moonshine category at the annual SIP Awards.
Baskervill, which is celebrating its 117th anniversary, is designing two projects for Hines at Riverfront Plaza, including renovation of the main lobbies and first floor public spaces and the creation of a marketing and sales center in the East Building’s sixth floor.
Colonial Farm Credit donated $1.5 million to the Colonial Agricultural Educational Foundation, a nonprofit that provides financial support for rural students seeking to extend their education.
The Frontier Project was selected as one of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s “Fantastic 50,” which acknowledges the fastest growing companies in Virginia.
Eagle Construction is building a house at The Parke at SaddleCreek in Manakin-Sabot to benefit FeedMore. Once sold, all profits from the home will be donated to FeedMore.
Oakwood Homes, of Glen Allen, was recently selected by the Manufactured Housing Institute as Sales Center of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic category.
Custom Kitchens, Inc. won the 2014 Crystal Cabinet grand prize in design. Richard Hendrick, a certified kitchen designer and one of Custom Kitchens’ owners, and Barbara Facetti designed the winning project.
VCU has selected Barton Malow and VMDO Architects for construction of its new basketball practice facility. The 60,000-square-foot, two-gym building will be located adjacent to the Stuart C. Siegel Center at the corner of Kinney and Marshall streets in Carver. Construction is scheduled to begin June 2.
Bon Secours Healthy Communities Initiative launched Class-A-Roll, a mobile learning kitchen designed to teach families cooking skills and nutrition.
HCA Virginia’s John Randolph Medical Center has received Quality Respiratory Care Recognition from the American Association of Respiratory Care.
This year’s Legal Food Frenzy raised the equivalent of more than 717,000 meals in monetary and food donations for FeedMore. The campaign ran from March 31 to April 11.
RideFinders recognized Williams Mullen as the first private company to reach gold level membership in the Charter 2015 program. The program encourages area businesses to be more bike friendly.
Eric Hurlocker, a founding partner of GreeneHurlocker PLC, was named to a state panel studying solar power issues. The group was formed to advise Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and the Department of Environmental Quality.
Altria gave a $200,000 grant to the City of Richmond’s Arts and Cultural District, the mayor’s office announced. The grant will support marketing, murals and façade improvements in the district.
The City of Richmond and the Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers were recognized as bicycle friendly businesses by the League of American Bicyclists.
Royall & Company recently announced that Hardwick-Day, of Minneapolis, will become a division of the East Parham Road-based company. The firms both provide custom enrollment management services and financial aid optimization expertise to higher education institutions.
The CarMax Foundation granted a total of $460,000 to Richmond area nonprofits, including Children’s Museum of Richmond, FeedMore and Elk Hill.
The Valentine Richmond History Center is inviting community members to nominate this year’s Richmond History Makers. The 10th annual program recognizes five citizens and organizations that are making largely unrecognized contributions to the area. Nominations will be accepted through June 30 and can be made at RichmondHistoryMakers.com.
St. Joseph’s Villa and Impression Marketing received a Virginia Public Relations Capital Award for St. Joseph’s mobile website. Monthly site traffic has increased by 10 percent since the site was launched last summer.
John Bryan received the Richmond Folio Award at the Bootleg Ball May 17 at the Robins Foundation. The award, named after the first collected edition of William Shakespeare’s plays, is given by Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare and honors a contributor to the area’s theater community. Bryan is president of CultureWorks, a nonprofit that provides service and leadership for local arts and culture. For 23 years, he headed the fundraising program for VCU School of Arts.
Richmond Symphony was selected to receive a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
More than 200 local volunteers participated in Comcast Cares Day April 26. In Chesterfield County, Comcast employees helped Greater Richmond ARC clean up foliage, plant flowers and repair facilities at Camp Baker. In Richmond, volunteers prepared donations for distribution at Central Virginia Food Bank.
The Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence is now a replication partner of the national Standards for Excellence Institute.
Richmond Region Energy Alliance has launched a solar power bulk purchasing program, SolarizeRVA. The program, which runs through July 15, is designed to make solar affordable for local residents. For more information, visit SolarizeRVA.org.
Snipes Properties was named a top 10 team by the Richmond Association of Realtors for 2013, the fifth time the company has received that distinction.
Six CBRE | Richmond employees cooked a meal April 8 for families at Ronald McDonald House on Monument Ave. (Caption for the photo: Pictured, from left, Thomas Bryan, Cherie LaFoutain, Saran Rin, Bailey Atkins and Denise Dowgiallo. Not pictured is Stacy Simms.) Ten CBRE | Richmond employees volunteered May 9 at Tricycle Gardens.
Scott Shaheen, senior vice president for Long & Foster’s Richmond, Southwest Virginia and Hampton Roads regions, received the company’s first Foster Cup award for excellence in real estate. Shaheen joined Long & Foster in 1997.
PaperFancy.com is now Sugarnest.com. The locally based online shop, which opened in 2010, sells home décor items, gifts and paper goods.
Junk King of Central Virginia was the No. 1 growth franchise among all Junk King franchises nationwide for the first quarter of 2014. The local hauler is adding a new truck.
Main Street Barber & Mercantile is celebrating its first anniversary this month. Owners Shelia Connelly and Kevin Daley opened the barbershop on May 1, 2013 at 2215 West Main St.
Acorn Sign Graphics was honored as one of 2014’s Best in the World for Environmental Impact companies for scoring in the top 10 percent among nearly 1,000 certified B corporations.
Signs By Tomorrow has changed its name to Image360 – Richmond. Located at 2036 Dabney Road, the company provides professional graphic solutions.
Accounting Principals staffing manager Shauna Camp won a 2014 BMW 335i as part of a company-wide contest. Company President John Marshall presented her with the car on May 1.