Month: December 2016

Leader of the Month: Robert J. Day Dec/Jan 2017

Occupation / Formal Title: CEO, Patrick Henry Family Services Hometown: Jellico, TN Tell us a little about Patrick Henry Family Services. What is the mission of the nonprofit? Patrick Henry Family Services has been serving distressed children and families in Virginia for 55 years. In order to meet those needs the organization has grown from what started as just a boys home into the five ministries we have today: Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Homes (residential care), Hope for Tomorrow Counseling (serving the communities of South Boston, Danville, Brookneal, Lynchburg, Farmville, Bedford and Richmond), Safe Families for Children (keeping...

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Choosing Investments in a Workplace Retirement Plan

A Three-Step Exercise to Help Evaluate Your Options Private employers in the United States provided access to retirement benefits for 66 percent of the workforce in 2015, and an even greater percentage of public sector workers were provided access to retirement benefits. Despite this access, less than half of private sector workers actually participated in a plan. Why is this? One reason is simply not knowing where to start. The plethora of options, stars, performance charts and financial jargon is enough to make some people just give up. Cutting through all of this information, though, can be achieved by...

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Vahseer Meadworks

A 21st Century Approach to an Ancient Brew From the epic of Beowulf to viking feasts and medieval courts, mead has been a staple of European culture and folklore. But instead of being stuck in the pages of history, the brew is on its way to becoming a commodity in Altavista. Jerome Snyder first began to dabble in the realm of mead when he was involved with a Virginia Tech chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. The club is home to all sorts of medieval fare, such as combat and chivalry, arts and sciences, heraldry and more, according...

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Managing and Treating Depression

Mental Strength: Managing and Treating Depression Everyone gets the blues or feels sad from time to time. However, if a person experiences these emotions intensely or for two weeks or longer, it may signal clinical depression, a condition that requires treatment. Clinical depression affects the total person—body, feelings, thoughts, and behaviors—and comes in various forms. Some people have a single bout of depression; others suffer recurrent episodes. Still others experience the severe mood swings of bipolar disorder—sometimes called manic-depressive illness—with moods alternating between depressive lows and manic highs. According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, workers in the U.S. who,...

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Paid Sick Leave Rules

On the Horizon: New Paid Sick Leaves Rules for Federal Contractors New Department of Labor rules (the “new Rules”) may require many federal contractors to revisit their paid sick leave policies. However, it seems the new Rules are flying under many employers’ radars (maybe due to the enormous shadow cast by the new overtime exemption rules). With the January 1, 2017 compliance deadline looming, however, this article can help federal contractors brush up on some of the key aspects of the new Rules. Do the new Rules apply to me? If you are a federal contractor, then probably. If...

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Editor’s Letter Dec/Jan 2017

For a very fleeting moment during my college years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I wanted to be a lawyer. Although I fell more in love with journalism, I’ve always had an admiration for the legal profession. And after working for a decade as news reporter in this area (and being inside the courtroom for plenty of cases), I gained a lot of respect for lawyers too. More often than not, when you need to find a lawyer, it’s not for something good. From divorce to bankruptcy, lawyers are there to help people and businesses through some of their most difficult times by navigating through a very complex system of paperwork and/or court appearances. If that time comes for you, who do you call? Do you Google “lawyers in Lynchburg” or just rely on your friend’s experience with his or her lawyer? Lynchburg Business is kicking of a brand new campaign to help you get a jump start: Top Lawyers of Greater Lynchburg 2016. Lynchburg Business contracted a company called DataJoe to do a peer-to-peer survey; lawyers in the region were asked to nominate each other for this contest. Starting on page 21, find out who received the most nominations to become this year’s Top Lawyer and see the full list of lawyers in over 30 specialties. This section also includes an in-depth look at...

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The Briar Patch

What to Expect: A homemade meal, cozy setting, friendly service. The Experience: If you always stay on the beaten path of Lynchburg’s restaurant scene, you may want to consider veering off to The Briar Patch in Amherst, located 15-20 minutes from downtown. This family-owned establishment has been a place “Where Friends Meet” for decades. The restaurant was built in 1948; Joan Lingerfelt bought it in 1986. “It’s just comfortable. People love the décor…the wood makes it feel cozy,” said Lingerfelt. Also adding to the comfortable experience—the Briar Patch servers and staff. “I get a lot of great comments on...

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Plugged In Dec/Jan 2017

December 1 14th annual Women’s Networking Blitz hosted by the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance Oakwood Country Club, Lynchburg 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost is $22 for Alliance members and $32 general admission. (434) 845-5966; www.lynchburgregion.org December 3 Bedford Christmas Parade 11 a.m. Town of Bedford Altavista Christmas Parade 5 – 6 p.m. Town of Altavista December 4 Lynchburg Christmas and Holiday Parade Midtown Lynchburg 4 – 5:30 p.m. Parade route will start at City Stadium and end at E.C. Glass High School. December 6 Pancakes & Politics Outlook Breakfast hosted by the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance Randolph College, Smith Hall, Lynchburg 7:30 – 9 a.m. Cost is $20 Alliance members; $30 general admission. (434) 845-5966; www.lynchburgregion.org Lunch and Learn Series: “Speed Networking” Presented by the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Bedford Welcome Center 816 Burks Hill Rd., Bedford 12 – 1:30 p.m. Bring a bag lunch. $10 for members; $15 general admission. December 7 Lunch To Learn: LinkedIn Small Business Development Center CVCC, Lynchburg 12—1:30 p.m. Free. Sponsored by Bank of the James December 7 Quickbooks Payroll Class Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance, Lynchburg 1—5 p.m. December 15 State of the Region Economic Summit hosted by the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance Liberty University Williams Stadium, Club Level (3rd floor) 7:30 – 9 a.m. More info: (434) 845-5966 or www.lynchburgregion.org December 17 Wreaths Across America Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg 12...

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Resolutions for the New Year

Looking Forward to 2017! With the New Year upon us, I wanted to share with you two professional resolutions I will be pursuing in 2017. Resolution #1 – Be an excellent noticer. In real estate, a great observer notices details while touring a property, taking a stroll downtown, and driving through a neighborhood that most don’t. They are able to identify trends in sales and leasing data, make interesting observations about government hearings and actions, and pick up clues and hints from public notices and news items. Piecing together these specific, and often seemingly unrelated, bits of information can...

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Leading Lady: Amanda Denny Dec/Jan 2017

Occupation: Director of Leadership and Engagement, Randolph College Hometown: Roxboro, North Carolina (Moved to Lynchburg from Boone, NC after completing master’s degree at Appalachian State University) Tell us a little about your role at Randolph College. I’m helping prep college students to be more successful in their college and professional careers. I think of my job as a tool box; I help students gain the tools they need to succeed. This can be achieved by helping students learn about their leadership styles, their strengths, how to handle conflict and deal with difficult people, how to communicate effectively with people...

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Holiday Party Networking

All You Need to Know About Holiday Party Networking Many businesses tend to wind down over the holidays unless they run an operation favored by Santa and his elves. It’s tempting to put your feet up and put your marketing on hold until you enter the New Year. The reality is that while you go into a turkey-induced slumber for several weeks, your competitors may not be doing the same thing. Here are our top eight business networking tips for the holidays to stay ahead of your competitors. 1. Show Up We know some holiday affairs can be a...

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The Moral of the (Real Estate) Story…

As we are approaching (or depending on when you’re reading this, perhaps in the middle of) the holiday season, I thought it would be appropriate to tell a real estate-related fable—enjoy! Once upon a time, there was a cute Cape Cod on a quiet side street in a bustling little city, a three bedroom/two bath charmer with nearly 1800 square feet on a ¼-acre lot, great schools and many recent upgrades—but that’s not important. For you see, inside the wood-sided, big-windowed home lived a mom and a dad, a boy and a girl, and a friendly puppy name Jack....

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Givens Books & Little Dickens

Lynchburg’s Favorite Bookstore Celebrates 40 Years The convenience of online shopping makes it a formidable foe to brick and mortar retailers, but certain stores have such a rich presence and proffer such an enjoyable shopping experience that customers forego their PCs to visit them time and time again. Givens Books & Little Dickens is among the most captivating of these stores. Voted “Best Bookstore” and “Best Children’s Store” numerous times in the Lynchburg Living annual “Best of” awards throughout the past decade, Givens has earned the title of Lynchburg’s favorite bookstore. Although it has grown and evolved in its...

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Movers & Shakers Dec/Jan2017

Benton Evans—Operations Manager for Stimulus Advertising. Evans is a graduate of Liberty University with a B.S. in Strategic Communications. Starting as an intern with Stimulus, Evans has continued to work hard to move up within the company. He is currently studying to receive his master’s degree in business administration at LU. John N. Hall, CFP—President of Lynchburg Wealth Management. Located on Enterprise Drive, Lynchburg Wealth Management is a fee-only financial advisory firm serving the Lynchburg community. Hall is a 2005 graduate of Virginia Tech, where he received degrees in finance and management. Prior to Lynchburg Wealth Management, he held positions at MontVue Capital Management and BB&T bank. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. Mark Landis—Business Development Manager with Stimulus Advertising. A graduate of Liberty University, Landis brings his experience back to strengthen the advertising landscape in the Lynchburg area while also coaching at Virginia Episcopal School. He was previously with advertising agency Mullen Lowe in Winston Salem, NC. Cheryl H. Smith—Community Relations Director at Home Instead Senior Care. Smith comes to this role with a nonprofit background. In April 2015, Smith began Oikos Services, a residential cleaning service, to offer hope and employment opportunities to previously incarcerated women in Lynchburg and surrounding areas. Smith has also served in ministry positions with One Community Church, Interfaith Outreach and TheHighCalling.org. For nearly a decade, Smith worked for the Lynchburg Regional...

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Social Security: Fact Vs. Fiction

Navigating the Ins and Outs of Your Benefits Death and taxes. The only two things guaranteed in life, right? But what if we could add “Social Security benefits” to the list? We know what you’re thinking: “Yeah, right.” Perhaps, understandably, your faith in the government system is a tad shaken, but don’t throw in the towel just yet. Chances are you and/or your spouse may be nearing retirement age, or, even more likely, you have parents who need some help figuring out how to maximize their own Social Security benefits. Here are some of the key facts and common...

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Success in Human Resources

Continued Success in HR More Than Just Management While the country is moving forward with much change anticipated in the future of businesses, there are HR management practices that must be implemented for organizations to experience continued success. These practices will require HR managers to: • Be proactive, flexible and prepared • Be equipped to effectively, legally and accurately apply HR skills • Integrate diversity • Apply business acumen • Demonstrate ethical behavior When the typical business leader thinks of HR, the thoughts likely surround issues such as recruitment, selection, managing performance, training and development, labor relations, compensation, benefits,...

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In The News Dec/Jan2017

Economic Development Alliance Unveils New Website The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance has released its new economic development website, YesLynchburgRegion.org. “A vibrant community needs a website that matches the Region’s personality and one that will showcase its regional assets to site selectors and prospects,” states Megan Lucas, CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer for the Alliance. Visitors to the website will find comprehensive data regarding business recruitment and retention including available sites and buildings, labor force information, demographics, incentives, and rates such as taxes, water, power, and sewer. YesLynchburgRegion.org also highlights regional partners. According to the Alliance, site selectors and...

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Made in Lynchburg Dec/Jan 2017

Highlighting local products and manufacturing throughout the Region 2000 Partnership T. C. Trotters, LLC Moose Mix for Bloody Marys T. C. Trotters Moose Mix for Bloody Marys is locally made and sold throughout the country—as far-reaching as New York, Florida and California. For 30 years Moose Mix was sold exclusively through one of Lynchburg’s fine, upscale eateries. Then in 2007, Moose Mix was bottled and sold through a local gourmet grocer and delicatessen. Currently, Moose Mix is sold in several local specialty stores and restaurants as well as Virginia ABC stores statewide. Moose Mix has a distinct and recognizable...

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