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Tech Review: She wrote WHAT?

ViralHeat is like an Internet babysitter for your brand. And if it works as promised, it will alert you when someone, somewhere, types something good or bad about the company.

Monday Q&A: What do I have to do sell a car in this economy?

Ted Linhart’s Dominion Auto Group has suffered along with every other dealership as consumers have cut way back on big-ticket purchases. But it could be worse — GM could have pulled the rug out completely. Still, the layoffs have been hard, and now he’s now having trouble sleeping through the night.

Linhart recently bought the entire inventory (more than 400 cars) from Whitlow Chevrolet, which decided to get out of the Chevy business.

Chesterfield development plan on hold again

The 63-acre Cheatham property in the northwest quadrant of routes 288 and 360 has location in its favor, but numerous obstacles have kept a proposed commercial and multifamily project on the site in Chesterfield County’s development pipeline for almost two and a half years.

Microphone check 1, 2, 3

A Virginia Beach-based production studio is opening a location in Richmond this summer. Studio Center, owned by former Clear Channel executive William Prettyman, has a nationwide presence producing radio jingles and TV commercials.

The Pipeline: Commercial Real Estate Round Up for 7.3.09

South Atlantic Properties Inc. purchased the 22,800 square foot office/warehouse ain Hanover for $1.2 million.Wolfgang’s Gym leased 11,500 square feet at 3517 Courthouse Road in Chesterfield. LivingWell Healthcare Cooperative, a healthcare program for businesses, leased 1,100 square feet at 4196-B Innslake Drive in Henrico.

Qimonda-ites at protest: “Where’s my money?”

Around 50 laid-off workers from Qimonda protested outside the shuttered plant yesterday, upset that they were stiffed paychecks when executives still working for the company are getting bonuses. Story includes video.

Justin French acquires half of Cityspace Solar

Justin French and Cityspace Solar owner Blue Crump already share the same customer base—people that are inclined to use green energy. The partnership may help the two firms expand faster in Richmond and D.C.

Sexual harassment goes both ways

Take what happened to James Kelly, an employee of StarTek, a call center operator that provides services to companies such as T-Mobile and AT&T with a location in Petersrburg. From the lawsuit filed June 1 in U.S. District Court in Richmond:

Alicia grabbed Mr. Kelley’s buttocks during work/classroom hours, one to three times per week.

A new push to shop local

A consortium of Richmond organizations is advocating for a “Shop Richmond Weekend.”