Monday Q&A: Attorney general candidate Ken Cuccinelli

Over the next several weeks, BizSense will be interviewing candidates in the November election. Up this week: Ken Cuccinelli, 41, the Republican candidate for attorney general. Cuccinelli’s approach to policy is to limit government as much as possible. The attorney general’s job includes enforcing the law of the land, but Cuccinelli adds that it is also about eliminating unneeded and overly burdensome regulation.

Propane-powered vehicles get a boost

An $8.6 million grant from the Department of Energy will help fund the conversion of more than 1,000 vehicles in Virginia and eight other states to run on propane gas.

Guest Opinion: The meltdown saved my business

The market crash in October 2008 was the best thing that ever happened to my company, writes Meghan Codd in this week’s Guest Opinion, as she discusses her fist year in business.

Shockoe businesses sue city for $31 million

Time has not healed all wounds. Within weeks of the five-year anniversary of a flood that ruined dozens of businesses in Shockoe Bottom, several businesses filed a lawsuit against the City of Richmond.

Bowling complex coming to Chesterfield

You’ll know the new entertainment complex off Hull Street Road by the giant bowling pin on the roof. No confusion there. Plus, several other commercial real estate updates from Chesterfield.

The Pipeline: Commercial Real Estate Round Up for 8.28.09

Clinical Services Unlimited LLC purchased the 4,250 square foot office building at 6013-6015 Staples Mill Road in Henrico for $707,500. Johnny Rockets, a diner chain, has leased 2,400 square feet at the Hancock Village Shopping Center in Chesterfield.Marty’s Grill leased 4,000 square feet at Rutland Commons at Atlee and Chamberlayne roads in Hanover.

We took the labor out of your vacation planning

The deals might not be as good as you’d expect, but if you know where to look – think wineries, historic areas and a few B&Bs, you can book a Labor Day vacation at a 30 percent discount. BizSense has some of the best travel deals in Virginia for vacation procrastinators.

Startup sprouts from S&K ruins

Three former S&K Menswear employees are trying to take the S&K model and run it online. They’ve packed a 3,000-square-foot warehouse with men’s dress clothes and invested $150,000 in the startup.

New business licenses for 8.27.09

Some neat names this week: Extravagant Brides (Isn’t that the truth), Red Mole Consulting , In Pooh’s Corner, Big Jerk & Company. For the second week in a row, the City of Richmond has not updated its list of new business licenses.