Contest seeks to cultivate the East End

2011 SEED winners

Bon Secours and the Virginia Local Initiatives Support Coalition are planting a second round of seeds for business growth in Richmond’s East End.

More fur, less financing

Valerie Paul

Valerie Paul, 26, is turning her lifelong love of dogs into a 3,600-square-foot brick-and-mortar business — without taking a penny from the banks.

A beefed-up business plan

CrossFit enthusiast Haluk Ural is flexing on his entrepreneurial muscles.

A new spin on the social circuit

A former VCU field hockey coach has hung up her whistle and is launching a specialized fitness training business.

Hoping for a humdinger

A former political insider hopes his new brand’s playful name and bright packaging will bring a younger crowd to the ginger ale market.

Startup competition heats up

Fifteen businesses are finalists for a $10,000 prize and free office space in the Greater Richmond Chamber’s inaugural startup competition.

Lotz more cars

Richmond-based consignment car dealer CarLotz crossed the river and leased its second location after a year in business.

Monday Q&A: I left my heart in Richmond

Richmond Trolley Company, the venture behind the old-fashioned red trolley cars you’ve probably seen cruising Richmond recently, has hosted some big-name riders.