A model for surviving a slowdown

Despite a local dip in advertising spending, a Richmond model agency says business is steady. Modelogic Inc., a Church Hill model and talent agency that provides faces, bodies and voices for advertisements, represents about 450 models and actors from around the region and works with clients ranging from the Virginia Lottery to VCU to the… Read more »

Green concept cars

The website for Wired magazine has a neat slideshow of ten green concept cars. The beauty of designing a car on paper, the materials and technology don’t have to exist yet.

Note to self: Jott down this down

Dictation just got – well – cooler than the word dictation. Jott, a free text to voice service is basically a voice-controlled notepad. Talk into your cell phone and it sends the transcript to your email. Say I’m running late for a summer league soccer game, but I need to tell all my teammates that… Read more »

Possible new owner for Richmond baseball team?

A savvy entrepreneur might make a bundle by bringing another minor league team to Richmond and running the entertainment business. Profit margins can approach 20%. And according to a great profile in the latest Portfolio Magazine, owning a minor league team is the hot thing for celebs. Might that apply locally??

$10 gas card for playing golf

Gas-related promotions are spreading like errant balls on a driving range. On August 4, golf course owner Tradition Golf Prosperities started running a promotion at Stonehouse in New Kent. Play golf, get a $10 gas card to Wawa. So far about 250 golfers have used the coupons, which expire today. The promotion might be extended,… Read more »

Is the Chamber worth joining

John Scott used to be a tireless networker. A vice president at Closed End Fund Advisors , Scott was at one time a member of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, an assistant director of his Business Networking International (BNI) group, the director of his university’s alumni group and a member of the Rotary Club…. Read more »

Smart Car starting to appear in Richmond

In what can only be described as “The Biggest Waiting List Ever,” customers are lining up to reserve their Smart Cars, the pint-sized, planet friendly vehicle produced by automotive giant Daimler AG. (Mercedes) The cute, if shockingly tiny, cars are starting to appear in Richmond. And if you want in, take a number; you might… Read more »

Scooting up the sales

Scoot Richmond, a scooter/moped dealer on Richmond’s Southside, sold 64 scooters in June. That’s 28% higher than May, and off the charts compared to the previous year. There are also some rumors circulating that developers on the Southside are considering adding mopeds as an apartment amenity, and allowing any resident to borrow them. More on… Read more »

The Boss is Watching…and Listening

Your employer is watching you. And there’s nothing you can do about it. Corporate surveillance technology is getting stealthier, more advanced and more widespread. Sixty-six percent of employers monitor their worker’s computers on a daily basis.

Ode to a Mutual Fund Mentor

A veteran Richmond financial advisor writes a touching account of a mentor in his latest industry newsletter. George Scott III, with Closed-End Fund Advisors, writes that the investing guru John Marks Templeton was a wonderful mentor who both inspired and illuminated his career.