New life for Broad Street sports bar

Out of Bounds Restaurant and Sports Bar has sat lifeless on Broad Street for just about a year, but a new restaurant is in the works for the property. Interior renovations have been underway for the past few months, and manager Rafid Stanley said they are hoping to open in March as Gus’s Bar &… Read more »

Umm … when are you going to pay?

We’ve been hearing from business owners that clients are taking longer to pay. We’ve also read about it in the Wall Street Journal. So it’s time for our own statistical analysis. Please take our survey and e-mail your answers to [email protected] What are your normal pay terms? a.    30 days or less b.    30 days… Read more »

Former Martin Branding partner launches own firm

Local marketing consultant Jake Crocker has left Martin Branding Worldwide to start his own firm, Crocker Strategic Marketing. Crocker was a partner and director of brand marketing at Martin Branding. He left in December and decided to go into the new year with a new beginning as his own boss.

RBS is becoming mainstream

The mainstream media is increasingly turning to us as a local news source. We were cited repeatedly in recent story about the Port of Richmond that appeared in Inside Business, the weekly in Hampton Roads. That’s a printed pub, for those of you keeping track. You can read that story here. We have also appeared… Read more »

Free beer and other stimulus spending ideas

The Commonwealth of Virginia has launched a new website to solicit proposals from the public as to how the state should spend federal stimulus dollars. Virginia is expected to receive close to $3 billion of the estimated $800 billion stimulus package going through Congress. Anyone can go to the site and submit their email address… Read more »

Richmond PR professional on

Casey Quinlan, a PR profession and ubiquitous member of the business networking circuit in Richmond, has a guest column on arguing that health care costs should be driven down by a push for healthier living. Writes Quinlan, “I firmly believe that the rising tide of medical costs, in the U.S. and other developed nations,… Read more »

2008’s top commercial projects

The Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate has announced the finalists for their Eighth Annual Real Estate Star Awards. The awards honor the top real estate projects in the Richmond region in eight different categories. A ninth award will be given for best overall project. Last year’s overall winner was awarded to the State… Read more »

Boycotting the recession

The recession is being felt by business owners everywhere, but at least one Richmond firm decided not to participate. Graphics Gallery, a West-End based producer of graphic displays, is urging other businesses to join their chorus of recession-deniers. The company is giving away a series of signs that state: “We heard about the recession, and… Read more »

Laid off alumni turn to resume database

 More than 45  job hunters have posted their resume to Virginia Commonwealth University’s alumni database that launched on January 26, according to Katherine Oliver, communications director for the School of Business.  “We definitely have people from Circuit City, lots from Qimonda,” Oliver said. Other job seekers have been laid off from Wyeth, insurance companies, and banks,… Read more »

What we’re reading: Portfolio’s great slideshow on the economy, the website of the wonderful business magazine Portfolio, has a neat slideshow featuring 18 varied national figures and they’re succinct thoughts on the economy. A few highlights: Eric Maskin: Co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in economic sciences. By January 2010, the economy will be on the road to recovery. If all goes wrong,… Read more »