Cash crops

Manakintowne Specialty Growers is in the running to win $50,000 from a U.S. Chamber of Commerce video contest called Free Enterprise, and it’s a touching video worth watching.

Education fund hits the jackpot

A winning lottery ticket was purchased in October in Virginia, but no one has claimed the $250,000 prize. But what’s unfortunate for the buyer is a boon for education.

The Herd 4.14.10

A former Army captain joins a local law firm, and a host of other promotions and hires this week.

Make way for Martin’s

Four reincarnated Ukrop’s supermarkets opened Monday as Martin’s Food and Drug stores, a division of the Dutch supermarket company that also owns the Giant chain. BizSense has a breakdown of what’s new and what not, plus some of the challenges the company faces in stemming declining market share and a slideshow of new layout.

Foreclosures 4.13.10

Nearly half of this week’s 80 properties destined for public auction are from Henrico County, but a Byrd Park house on Lakeview Avenue had the largest original loan value, at just under half a million dollars.

Remodelers find upside to slump

The home renovations/additions industry has fared better than its new home counterpart. But that has that has attracted more contractors who used to work exclusively on new homes and made it even more competitive.

Paid with experience, but not $

Most college students believe that in order to get a good job, you first need a good internship. However, the entire internship economy has become a point of contention after a New York Times story reported that it’s likely illegal for most businesses to offer unpaid internships, especially if the student doesn’t get college credit. In Richmond, college students say that they can find paid internships and that they are necessary to get a foot in the door.

Monday Q&A: Can a mining company be ethical?

The tragedy at a Massey Energy mine in West Virginia has thrust the company’s brazen CEO Don Blankenship and his leadership style into the national spotlight. Blankenship for years chose to fight environmental and safety regulation rather than comply. Is that a good policy for a business? Late last week we chatted with Richard Coughlan, a professor and associate dean at University of Richmond’s business school who studies business ethics and business decision-making.