CarMax and Circuit City: Sniffles and Pneumonia:

It was a rough week for CarMax and Circuit City. CarMax stock shed $2 a share, or about 11%, on news that profits at the company dropped 55%. Meanwhile, Circuit City – the company from which CarMax was spawned – is on life support and looking for a transfusion. Or is it an organ transplant?

Networking online … helpful or just a passing fad?

The professional networking site LinkedIn just raised $53 million in capital, which pegs the company’s valuation at around $1 billion. Technology analysts are wondering if that’s a tad high. How much social networking sites can extract from advertisers and subscribers, after all?

Richmond Chamber names new President

Kim Scheeler will take over as president of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce. He has been the head of the Tampa Chamber of Commerce since 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of South Florida.

Grocery store shakup, aisle 8

Ukrop’s continues losing market share in Richmond, according to a story in Friday’s Times-Dispatch. Of course, there’s always a huge untapped potential for Ukrop’s: Stay open on Sunday and sell booze. Ukrop’s continues losing market share in Richmond, according to a story in Friday’s Times-Dispatch. “A market study released today by Food World, a trade… Read more »

Private Equity startup about to seal first deal

Local startup Boxwood Partners is putting the finishing touches on its first deal as a private equity fund. Boxwood is acquiring an out-of-state internet wholesaler/distributor (name not revealed) that can perhaps best be described as an online version of Sam’s Club. That web-based business has millions of dollars in revenue and six employees, according to… Read more »

A Richmond startup tries to cut health care costs

A Richmond startup thinks there’s a market for treating health care more like car repairs – encouraging employees to pay out-of-pocket for routine tune-ups and letting insurance cover the accidents and emergencies. Hoping to implement this style of health care on a broader scale, nHealth recently raised $12 million, with most of that money coming… Read more »

$25 gas card for out-of-town visitors

Drive to Richmond. Stay in a hotel for two nights. Get a $25 gas card. That’s the pitch of an ad currently running in Roanoke, Washington D.C. and Hampton Roads. The Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, which promotes the Richmond region as a tourist destination, is paying for the spots. The ads link to… Read more »

Computer meltdown at CarMax

CarMax had a computer systems meltdown earlier this week, according to an AP story and a source at the company. “Spokeswoman Trina Lee says computer systems for the Richmond-based company experienced a temporary hardware failure that started Monday night. The problem was nearly 100 percent resolved by Tuesday afternoon and CarMax was able to sell… Read more »

Venture Forum starts mentoring program

The Venture Forum has launched a mentoring program, which will pair veteran CEOs of growth businesses with their less experienced counterparts for two hours of mentoring each month. The Venture Forum promotes entrepreneurial activity around Central Virginia. The application form can be found here. “You can give a lot of good advice to someone in… Read more »

WWUD: What Would Umesh Do?

Umesh Dalal has a penchant for finding ways to save money – big money –that would make major corporations green with envy. Since moving to Richmond more than two years ago to take over the City Auditor’s chair, Dalal has released dozens of reports. An audit of the school system found ways to save upwards… Read more »