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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.

Facebook Follow up

Last month we probed the value of Facebook for businesses. The AppGap is a website dedicated to the future of work, covering all the new tools and tricks of the internet for a young, up-and-coming business-minded crowd. Through a webinar (web+seminar…get it?), a team of AppGap contributors discussed how companies are using and experimenting with… Read more »

Internships.com: A startup to match interns and businesses

Richmond-based startup Internships.com is a collection of resources, contacts and ideas for students, employers and educators. C. Mason Gates still talks like the bright-eyed kid that graduated from Radford University with a degree in marketing in 1989. Today, Gates is the president and founder of Internships.com, a Richmond-based startup that matches college students with internships…. Read more »

UVA grads make more than VT grads; both earn more than VCU grads

Where you go to college can have a huge effect on how much you make over your career, even more than your major. The differences get magnified later in life. A yearlong study conducted by the compensation company PayScale Inc. found that Virginia Tech grads earned more upon graduating than UVA grads. But after ten… Read more »

Just don’t call it a golf cart

Virginia Golf Cars, a Harrisonburg-based seller of golf carts with a large showroom in Richmond’s Southside, has started selling a street-legal vehicle. Golf carts are typically not allowed on public roads. Their normal habitat is more often gated communities, RV parks and for business use, apartment complexes and college campuses. Property managers and house keeping… Read more »

Richmond doc wants to create a database for surgeries

Dr. William Jiranek has for years tried unsuccessfully to set up a state-wide database that tracks patients who receive joint replacements. Jiranek, who works in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the VCU Medical Center, said that so far only six of an estimated 200 doctors doing joint replacement in Virginia are participating.

Virginia Best State for Business

For the third straight year, Virginia has been named the Best State for Business by Forbes. Virginia ranked 7th in labor supply, 6th in quality of life, and 6th in economic climate. It was also ranked 1st for regulatory environment, thanks in part to the second-best incentive programs in the country. Only two other states,… Read more »