Pipeline: Commerical Real Estate Round Up 10.1.10

Rotary Corporation leased 36,336 square feet at 1915 Ruffin Mill Rd in the City of Richmond while Pulsar Advertising, Inc. leased 2,087 sf at 707 E. Main Street in Richmond. Click the link to see more deals.

Guest Opinion: How Crocs got their bite

Last weekend I wore a pair of “U-Va. orange” Crocs to a football game. I got laughed at, but I learned a valuable business lesson, writes Stan Maupin.

Cliches, part deux

Despite our best efforts to identify and exterminate the worst offenders, cliches and jargon just keep coming back. And with greater immunity to our only antidote: public shame. We have a few more we’d like to submit for retirement.

The Thalhimers tale

You know the name. Chances are, you shopped at the store. Now you can read the book.

The R&D Dept.: Local Patents for 9.29.10

RBS has started a new data section of patents issued to local inventors. Many of them are technical. For example this week, a handful of inventors were issued a patent for a cabinet storage bin that has a lifting mechanism. Also, Philip Morris has a new patent for an aromatic pocket tear tape for a cigarette pack.

Will banks take a second bite from government’s carrot?

The success of the so-called Small Business Lending Fund hinges on two main factors: whether there is enough demand for small business loans from qualified borrowers to warrant banks’ participation and whether community banks still have a bad taste in their mouths from the last time they took money from the government.