No natural gas stations in RIC — but Boone Pickens has a plan

If you haven’t heard of the Pickens Plan by now, you must be living off the grid. The radio and television spots have been running since summer urging you to join billionaire T. Boone Pickens in his effort to get the U.S. to quit its $700 billion oil addiction. Last week BizSense ran an article… Read more »

Tech Review: GlassDoor sheds light on employees and salaries

With, you can find out what your employees are saying about your company — at least at the big ones like Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL and Google. And because entries are anonymous, employees feel comfortable being completely honest about their jobs. (It might also turn into a whining session) The site also provides room for… Read more »

Scooter fever spreads to Whitten Motor Sports

Moped fever is spreading. And more dealers in Richmond are trying to get in on the action. Whitten Motor Sports in Ashland now sells Vespas, the high end Italian scooter. The dealership began carrying the fashionable two-wheelrs about a month ago, according to sales manager Jeremy Larsen.

Natural gas even sounds greener

Demand for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles is increasing, but availability in Richmond is limited. Ever since Baker Equipment, a local trucking equipment company, began offering compressed natural gas vehicle conversions last month, the company has received anywhere from 10 to 50 conversion-related calls a day, tripling their overall call volume.

State starts program to guarantee souring biz loans

Governor Tim Kaine has authorized the state to guarantee a total of $3 million in existing small business loans for Virginia businesses. The Virginia Small Business Financing Authority quickly approved a new program to work with banks and guarantee existing loans of up to $500,000 on the condition that banks loosen some of the terms… Read more »

MeadWestvaco heads to India

Richmond packaging giant MeadWestvaco announced today a joint venture with an Indian box manufacturer, Wadco Packaging. MeadWestvaco purchased a 51 percent equity stake in Wadco and plans to improve the Indian company’s ability to package produce in the country.

Intrinergy secures $47 million for Belgian biomass plant

Despite a tough credit climate for alternative energy companies, Richmond-based Intrinergy has secured $47 million in bank financing to build a biomass power plant in Belgium. Intrinergy designs, builds and finances power plants that use biomass (wood chips, forest residue, or yard clippings) instead of fossil fuels to produce the steam that runs industrial plants… Read more »

Green Plate Club

Sugarcane clamshells and corn cutlery? Nope, not lost lyrics from “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” They are products from Green Duck Biodegradables, a local distributor for eco-friendly food containers and utensils. Founder Jocelyn Tice opened the business last month with an initial investment of $5,000. Her first big order: providing all the compostable food packaging for… Read more »

The Sight of Music

A Glen Allen engineer has designed a new set of speakers with a built-in spectrum analyzer aimed at computer-gaming males. “My goal was to merge the analyzer display with the fact that may target demographic – males ages 16 to 34 – spend more time on the PC than with TV,” said Link Parikh.

Look mom, no tank

A growing number of Richmonders are installing tankless water heaters to lower energy bills. “Once they started raising the price of electricity it became worth the investment,” said Ross Herring, a plumber who sells and installs the units for Marshall Mechanical. Within the last 8 months the plumbing company has installed 20-25 tankless water heaters,… Read more »