Month: February 2017

SBR: Southern Provisions Company

Small Business on the Rise: Southern Provisions Company Every day she comes to work at Southern Provisions Company, owner Rebekah Moody said she has to remind herself it’s real. “I pinch myself every day I’m here, because I had no idea I would be here and that there was a need for what I do,” Moody said, adding, “All the time, people say, ‘Is it just your dream come true?’ I never, in a million years, dreamt this.” Southern Provisions opened in May 2016, an outgrowth of Southern Loom, which Moody operated at Boonsboro Shopping Center for two years....

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SBR: About 90 Marketing

Small Business on the Rise: About 90 Marketing It is safe to say that LaShonda Brown’s lucky number is 90. Her marketing company, About 90 Marketing, has enjoyed tremendous growth and success in its first year of operation and shows no signs of slowing down. Brown launched About 90 on Periscope, a live video streaming app, when the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2016. “It was an incredible experience because I immediately got in the truck to drive to Pennsylvania to be with family after the broadcast,” Brown recalls. “While I was away, I received a new client...

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Editor’s Letter Feb/March 2017

I love a good underdog story—it’s such an uplifting feeling to root for “the little guy” as he goes up against the odds, wins the big fight or beats the undefeated team. In our economy, small businesses are the underdogs. Their founders and owners are, many times, putting everything on the line to pursue their life-long dream. And it’s a tough road to take. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) says about half will survive five years or longer and only a third will make it past the 10-year mark. But small businesses are worth rooting for. The SBA also says between 1992 until the third quarter of 2013, small businesses accounted for 63.3 percent of net new jobs. In this issue, we are honored to bring you our 3rd Annual Small Businesses on the Rise feature. The nine, local small businesses we chose are unique, offering different services, products and skills to our local community. But they have one thing in common—a passion that, so far, is setting their business apart from the rest. From building expansions to major new contracts, read about their successes starting on page 24. Also, in our Legal department on page 35, two attorneys from Woods Rogers highlight a legal checklist every potential owner should use before launching their small business. While it’s easy for businesses to focus on staying out of the...

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Leading Lady: Sara Elizabeth Timmins Feb/March 2017

Occupation / Formal Title: Producer/Creative Director at Life Out Loud Films Hometown: Warren, OH (Lynchburg has been home for 3 years) Tell us a little about your background. How did you get into film producing? I studied Organizational Communications and Theatre at Xavier with dreams of acting. After graduating, I volunteered on a film in Cincinnati with Lynda Carter, and the leader in me started getting super involved. Since I didn’t go to film school, my ideas were outside the box, but they were working. The producers asked what it would take for me to quit my job and...

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SBR: Custom Embroidery & Screenprinting

Small Business on the Rise:Custom Embroidery & Screenprinting When Melissa Stevens joined Custom Embroidery & Screenprinting in 2001, her job was to order supplies, pay bills, write invoices—typical duties of an office manager. Stevens said she had no experience at the time, but was a quick learner. She also was a quick worker and found herself finishing her tasks and then, as she puts it, “twiddling my thumbs.” So she started asking then-owner Stan Maschal to teach her more about the business. When Maschal retired in 2012, Stevens took over. Custom Embroidery & Screenprinting has been meeting the embroidery,...

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The Stress Test

How Successful Businesses Are Helping Employees Cope Stress is a powerful ailment. It can be directly responsible for maladies such as weight gain, high blood pressure, digestive problems, cardiovascular issues, sleep deprivation, depression, repetitive strain injuries, and/or a weakened immune system, which can lead to a variety of illnesses, including cancer. The more stressed we are, the more vulnerable our bodies are to sickness. For a business, this can spell disaster in terms of lost productivity from employees taking sick days. In fact, downtime from illnesses cost U.S. companies an estimated $300 billion each year. In addition, employers pay...

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SBR: THE WATER DOG

Small Business on the Rise: THE WATER DOG As revitalization blossoms on the Bluffwalk, bringing a jolt of vibrancy to Lynchburg living, the Hill City may have a new spirit animal—the Labrador. This best friend of man is embodied in one of the city’s newest dining establishments—The Water Dog. For categorization purposes, The Water Dog is best described as a taphouse, featuring 36 craft beers on draught, freshly made foods, including oysters, clams, shrimp, burgers, salads, soup, stew, homemade cookies and more, as well as plenty of entertainment—TVs, a 16-foot shuffle board, ping-pong, a chalkboard and a giant movie...

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Around Town Feb/March 2017

14th annual Women’s Network Blitz Oakwood Country Club December 1, 2016 Hosted by the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance, this “Networking Blitz” is the finale of the Women’s Luncheon Series. Photos by Mike Patch of Property One Photography Pancakes and Politics Legislative Breakfast Randolph College, December 6, 2016 The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance hosts this event to give members an opportunity to have a dialogue with state officials before the General Assembly session. Pictured: Senator Steve Newman (bottom right); Delegate Ben Cline (top left); Karen Simonton, LRBA Legislative Advocacy Committee Chair (top right). Photos by Mike Patch of Property One...

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{RA} Bistro

What to Expect A dressy meal in a casual setting. The Experience It’s called a lunch break for a reason; you’re supposed to grab something to eat but also, hopefully, take a mental break from the work day. Walk into {RA} Bistro on a Tuesday afternoon, and it feels like a Saturday evening. The lighting is soft and complements the beautiful hardwood floors and stonework throughout the restaurant. Manager Bekkah Damiani says “it has a historic rustic feel to it but it’s also modern.” But before you think that might be too fancy for your lunch break, she says...

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Made in Lynchburg Feb/March 2017

Highlighting local products and manufacturing throughout the Region 2000 Partnership Oxide Pottery Oxide opened its doors in downtown Lynchburg in the fall of 2009. The storefront is stocked with porcelain and stoneware goods made in the attached studio. There is a selection of wheel-thrown and hand-built functional ceramics as well as other handmade objects. Currently Oxide is represented in galleries and museum shops in 21 states through its wholesale line. The work produced in the studio is fired in the electric kilns on site weekly, offering a continuing supply of new forms and custom orders. Pictured: Black and white...

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SBR: LiteSheet Solutions

Small Business on the Rise: LiteSheet Solutions (Manufacturing Facility) PHOTO ABOVE: LiteSheet linear Stik lighting installed in the lobby of the historic Woolworth Building in New York City. A bright future is in store for LiteSheet Solutions LLC, which recently moved to a larger facility—1191 Venture Drive, Suite A—in Forest, with 21,000 square feet of space for manufacturing and research and development (R&D), more than five times what it had, and room to expand as the company grows. LiteSheet is revolutionizing the lighting industry with long lasting products—technology twice as efficient as standard LED and 15 times as efficient...

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Movers & Shakers Feb/March 2017

Daniel Ashworth—Industrial Health & Safety Group Leader at BWXT Nuclear Operations Group-Lynchburg. Ashworth was named to the 2016 40 under 40 Rising Stars of Safety by the National Safety Council. Ashworth is an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Kentucky University and is completing his Ph.D. in Safety Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He serves as the President of the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Star Valley Chapter and as a mentor in Central Virginia’s Engineering Mentor Program. Victor Clarke—Owner of Clarke, Inc. Clarke contributed a case study to Insiders Know-How: Running Your Own Business. The book is a compilation of practical business advice from 15 authors around the world. Clarke’s case study highlights how small business owners do not react quickly enough to changing consumer buying behavior. Blake Gederberg—Lynch’s Landing Events Manager. For the past five years, Gederberg has been working to plan, promote and execute events in Central Virginia. He has worked with the Berglund Center in Roanoke, as an independent events producer, and with Lynchburg’s own indie music festival, Lynchstock. Blake is also the co-owner and marketing director at Speakertree on Fifth Street. Rex Geveden—President and Chief Executive Officer of BWXT. Geveden stepped into this new role on January 1, following the retirement announcement from former CEO Peyton S. (Sandy) Baker. Baker is serving as a special advisor until his retirement in May. Geveden joined...

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SBR: Affordable Energy Concepts, Inc.

Small Business on the Rise: Affordable Energy Concepts, Inc. A business owner and entrepreneur, David Wall knows opportunities. It’s why he started Affordable Energy Concepts (AEC) as an offshoot of his other company, Wall Construction. Wall has also honed in on energy efficiency and prioritizes environmentally sustainable methods and materials. Since Wall Construction has a strong focus on green building, AEC was a natural complement when the opportunity arose. In Wall’s words: “Solar is here to stay…because of the economics of what it can provide a consumer…I think in the future, solar could be the most affordable [energy source]...

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Solar Savings

BMS Direct “Goes Green” In 1973, James R. LaPrade stepped into Schewels furniture store one day and noticed the employees sitting around a table applying labels to a mass mailing. Quickly realizing that he could offer a service that would make this process more efficient, he seized the opportunity. “He (Dad) took it home . . . he and my mom processed it, took it back the next day and said ‘Hey, we can keep doing this,’” said James E. LaPrade, son of the founder and now president/owner of BMS Direct. “Schewels was actually one of our first customers.”...

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Ready. Set. Go!

Legal Issues Every Startup and Small Business Owner Needs to Cover Before Opening the Door Newly emerging, fast-growing businesses are exciting and rewarding—both for entrepreneurs and our regional economy. Starting your own business is the combination of hard work and a dream come true. Before hiring your first employee or greeting your first customer, there are important legal issues to address. Founders often don’t realize the importance of building a solid legal foundation for their business until it’s too late. From crafting a business plan, to structuring an optimal business entity, to adopting important business agreements, and also adhering...

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Go Measure 3D

In this digital age where technology is advancing faster than most businesses and industries can keep up with, one Central Virginia company is helping them remain on the cutting edge of the 3D world. GoMeasure3D (GM3D), based in Amherst, specializes in the sale and support of 3D technology, including scanning, modeling and printing. “Our company specializes in providing tools that help make small and large businesses alike more efficient as well as enables them to solve technical or mechanical problems, overall reducing the cost of manufactured goods, which in turn brings better revenue to Virginia,” VP of Operations Paul...

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Productive Ideas for that Year-End Bonus

It’s a new year, and what better time to take a positive step towards improving your finances? Enter the year-end bonus. Many companies, particularly larger ones, pay these in January or February. So, if you’re due a bonus…what are you going to do with it? First things first. If you tithe, then by all means tithe. If you don’t, giving away a portion of that bonus to your place of worship or favorite charity is always a productive option. Now that you’ve done that, let’s take care of you. These recommendations are in a specific order. If you’ve already...

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SBR: T4TACTICS

Small Business on the Rise: T4TACTICS Marko Galbreath is no stranger to tragic situations. As a former Homicide Investigator, SWAT team member, and Commander of a Hostage Negotiations Unit, he has seen firsthand “numerous, senseless, violent attacks.” It’s why he decided to bring awareness and survival training to the Central Virginia region and beyond through his business T4Tactics. The name explains it well: “The name ‘T4’ stands for the top four organization skills you need to survive the unthinkable.” Galbreath shares those top four skills and much more in his training seminars, firearm safety classes, and permit courses. Through...

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SBR: C&C Piping & Fabrication

Small Business on the Rise: C&C Piping & Fabrication Husband and wife team Cody Hurd and Codie Cyrus founded C&C Piping and Fabrication, an industrial welding repair and maintenance company, in 2014. “The idea came from my husband, Cody, who saw a need in the field,” Cyrus says. “Small projects normally do not get the attention that every project deserves, especially in the industrial field where safety is such a huge issue. Every project—small, medium, and large—should have the same level of care and attention.” C&C Piping and Fabrication is located in Altavista, which Cyrus feels is the ideal...

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In The News Feb/March 2017

Small Business New Leadership, Look at Speakertree The new owners of “Lynchburg’s Record Shop” are turning over a new leaf for the store. Blake Gederberg and Nick Cotrufo (in photo above) bought Speakertree, located on Fifth Street, in August 2016. While the store is still heavily involved in the sale of vinyl records, Gederberg and Cotrufo have expanded their model to incorporate more live music. This includes developing the young talent in town as well as bringing in some national touring talent. Their hope is that they can start a movement to help revitalize Fifth Street and add to...

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SBR: The White Brick House

Small Business on the Rise: The White Brick House When Peg Breiholz named her home projects blog “The White Brick House” in 2013, she had no idea that it would become a brick and mortar vintage marketplace just two years later. “In 2015, a mutual friend introduced me to the owner of Ashwood Manor in Forest,” Breiholz recalls. “Ashwood Manor just happens to be a white brick house. The owner was looking to step back from her business in the building, and I was looking to grow. Plans began for The White Brick House to move into THE white...

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Employees Find Power Through Wellness

Teamwork, responsibility, excellence, loyalty, service and pride: These words are hallmarks of nearly every mission statement. They reflect an organization’s values, priorities and commitments. Nowadays, many companies are taking strides to incorporate wellness and create healthier, happier employees. With obesity and chronic illness skyrocketing in the U.S., forward-thinking businesses are looking to curb poor health habits and rising healthcare costs. In response, employer wellness programs have become an integral piece of growing a healthier workplace culture. Great customer service, superior products and competitive prices are meaningless without healthy and happy workers to carry out a company’s mission. Industry leaders...

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The Cost of Eldercare

Is eldercare impacting your company’s bottom line? Organizations are accustomed to addressing issues related to childcare through providing flextime, financial support and onsite programs. While many companies have been proactive in providing similar accommodations and benefits, the exponentially aging population in the United States may be impacting your financial statements in both expected and unexpected ways. The Impact Currently, over 44 million individuals in the United States are caring for aging family members. Of these, approximately half are employed outside of the home. The compounding problem is that millions of these are full-time employees who are also caring for...

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Leader of the Month: Chris Jones Feb/March 2017

Occupation / Formal Title: President, Lynchburg Hillcats Hometown: Houston, TX Tell us a little bit about your career history before ending up in Lynchburg. I served as the General Manager for the Sugar Land Skeeters from 2013 to 2015. Prior to that, I worked for the Advanced-A Lake Elsinore Storm for 12 years, including eight as the General Manager. I also spent time in roles with the Dallas Cowboys, High Desert Mavericks and Staples Center. What made you say “yes” to the offer to be the president of the Hillcats? I have a great deal of respect and admiration...

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Checking Our Local Bank Balance

I love going to my local bank branch to do my banking. Even though I’m on my smartphone or computer nearly all day long, I do very little online or mobile banking except for the occasional check of a balance. I happen to enjoy making small talk with the teller, conducting my transaction, and leaving with a peppermint. I feel fortunate to be within walking distance of my neighborhood branch, but it almost didn’t happen. Back in the summer of 2009, I walked into the Bank of America branch in the Boonsboro Shopping Center in Lynchburg to inquire about...

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Who Really Cares About Real Estate Predictions?

If they don’t affect YOUR future, then what’s the point… As a society, we like to take advantage of a relatively small window of time to reflect on what has happened in the past, and project forward what we think will happen in the future. (Unless, of course, you work for a company that uses a non-calendar fiscal year, in which case you get two small windows.) For the majority of us, however, that small window of time usually occurs in the final few days of one calendar year, and the first few days of the next. Which means...

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Greenwashing

The Reasons Why Greenwashing is a Sure Fire Marketing Sin There is a little bit of gray area when it comes to greenwashing. If you aren’t familiar with this term, greenwashing refers to the behaviors of companies who try to present themselves as ecologically conscious and environmentally responsible but without doing any good in the long run. Don’t be that company. You know the one. They say they are sending coupons by email now instead of paper because they want to “Love the Trees of the Earth,” but it is just about lowering their expenses. If customers still must...

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Plugged In Feb/March 2017

February 3 AM Alliance LRBA Conference Room 2015 Memorial Ave., Lynchburg 7:30 – 9 a.m. Complimentary admission for Alliance members. (434) 845-5966; www.lynchburgregion.org February 8 Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance’s Business at Breakfast The Summit, Wyndhurst 7:30 – 9 a.m. Cost to attend is $17 for Alliance members; $27 for general admission. (434) 845-5966; www.lynchburgregion.org February 8 Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance’s Richmond Legislative Reception SunTrust Building, Richmond 5 – 6:30 p.m. (434) 845-5966; www.lynchburgregion.org February 11 Sonnets and Chocolates Academy Center of the Arts, Lynchburg 7 – 11 p.m. Fundraiser for Endstation Theatre Company. Ticket information at endstationtheatre.org. February 12 Enterprise Zone Workshop Information Technology Center 3550 Young Pl., Lynchburg 5:30 p.m. February 14 Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce’s Networking Before Nine Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory 320 North Bridge St., Bedford 8 – 9 a.m. February 15 Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance’s Annual Meeting The Kirkley Hotel & Conference Center, Lynchburg 7:30 – 9 a.m. Cost to attend is $22; $300 sponsored table. (434) 845-5966; www.lynchburgregion.org February 16 YPCV Networking Social 5:35 One Way Out – Lynchburg Escape Room 2262 Lakeside Dr., Lynchburg 5:35 p.m. Hosted by Young Professionals of Central VA (YPCV). February 17 Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours Bank of the James 17000 Forest Rd., Suite A, Forest 5:30 – 7 p.m. February 23 Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance’s Women’s Luncheon Series Oakwood Country Club, Lynchburg...

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