Newsbites: Noteworthy tidbits for 9.19.18


Brandefy, a technology startup that helps consumers whether to buy store- or brand-name products, launched and was selected into local accelerator Lighthouse Labs’ latest class.

PivotPass, a local employee wellness startup, signed its first nationwide deal with Apex Clean Energy.


(Courtesy of VHHA Foundation)

Richmond Raceway announced an extension of VCU Health’s partnership as the official health care provider of the track through 2021.

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s nonprofit arm rebranded from Virginia Hospital Research & Education Foundation to the VHHA Foundation.


Cornerstone Architects announced a company rebrand of its name, logo, website and other corporate materials.

Jon E. Mathiasen (center) received a Hall of Fame award from the Airport Minority Advisory Council. (Courtesy of Richmond International Airport)


The Airport Minority Advisory Council recognized Jon E. Mathiasen, president and CEO of the Capital Region Airport Commission, with a Hall of Fame award at its Airport Business Diversity Conference in Seattle.

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital earned Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center status from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.


Sportable is holding its seventh annual RVA Tailgate fundraiser on Sept. 22 at St. Christopher’s School.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has earned its third consecutive 4-star rating from nonprofit tracker Charity Navigator.

Restaurants & Hospitality

Chipotle Mexican Grill and Starbucks Coffee opened this month near Regency Mall along Quioccasin Road.

Caturra on Grove, formerly known as Cafe Caturra, expanded its offerings to become a full-service bistro and bar.

Bron Hansboro of The Flower Guy Bron, and Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting will be speaking on topics at both The Special Event and Catersource, a pair of wedding trade shows happening in Feb. 2019 in New Orleans.


TowneBank donated to nine nonprofits, one in each region the bank serves. (Courtesy of TowneBank)

The Center for the Study of Tobacco Products at VCU has received a $19.78 million grant through the National Institutes of Health and the FDA Center for Tobacco Products to launch a five-year project focused on predicting the outcomes of government regulations of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

The Virginia Home announced the largest donation received in its history, a gift of over $6 million from the Cyril Motley family of Chesterfield County.

The Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management graduating class of 2018 presented more than $4,600 to Project Lifesaver and additional money and supplies to the Virginia Institute of Autism.

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg announced its 2018-19 community investments, which deliver a total of $4.2 million 51 regional nonprofits.

TowneBank provided donations to nine nonprofit organizations, one in each region the bank serves. Locally, it donated to Fore Children.

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