Author: LynchburgBusiness

PLUGGED IN DECEMBER/JANUARY 2018-19

December 1 Bedford Christmas Parade: “Ringing in the Holidays” Presented by Central Virginia Business Coalition & Nadine Blakely, Realtor Downtown Bedford 11 a.m. Lighting of the Tree Presented by CVABC, Status Barber Shop & DJ Showtime Downtown Bedford 5 – 8 p.m. Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. December 2 Lynchburg Christmas Parade: “Home for the Holidays” Presented by Central Virginia Business Coalition & Nadine Blakely, Realtor Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg 4 p.m. December 3 TechEDGE Awards Gala Amazement Square, 27 Ninth Street, Lynchburg 7 – 9 p.m. $75/person or $40/students. Reserved tables of 8 are available for $700. December 4 Pancakes & Politics Legislative Outlook Breakfast Randolph College, Smith Hall 7:30 a.m. $20/Alliance members; $30/general admission. December 7 A.M. Alliance Presented by Foster Fuels Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 7:30 a.m. Alliance Members FREE; General Admission $5. December 11 Networking Before Nine with the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Bedford Area Welcome Center 816 Burks Hill Road, Bedford 8 – 9 a.m. Mingle & Jingle Holiday Open House Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 4 – 6 p.m. December 13 2018 Economic Summit Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 7:30 a.m. Cost to attend is $30 per person. Reserved tables for 8 are $300. Leadership Presence in a Time of Change: How Are You Showing Up? Lynchburg IT Facility 3550 Young Place, Lynchburg...

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IN THE NEWS DECEMBER/JANUARY 2018-19

Legal LIBERTY LAW Launches New Law Clinic Liberty University School of Law has added an intellectual property law clinic to its expanding opportunities for students. The clinic opened in August 2018 and is the second United States Patent and Trademark Office approved law school clinic in Virginia. It provides students with practical skills and real-world experience in assisting clients with their intellectual property needs. Areas of emphasis include copyright, trademark and trade secret protection. These services are offered pro bono to a select group of clients. Under the leadership of the clinic’s director, Andrew P. Connors, Esq.(2010 LUSOL alumnus),...

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LEADER OF THE MONTH: STEVE BOZEMAN DECEMBER/JANUARY 2018-19

Veterans Activist Lynchburg Area Veterans Council, Vice President Steve, while you are technically retired, you’ve found a second career that keeps you very busy. That’s right. I’m a member of every veteran organization in town. I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1966 then survived two years in Vietnam as a helicopter mechanic and machine door gunner. My name should be on that wall—I had two Purple Hearts and some other close calls. But I had angels on my shoulders. For some reason, those angels said, “Keep this boy alive and bring him home so we can...

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EDITOR’S LETTER DECEMBER/JANUARY 2018-19

During my time working as a local TV reporter, I interviewed people of all walks of life and told their stories. It was one of my favorite parts of the job—sitting down and chatting with individuals I otherwise would never have known. Most of the time, these encounters were positive and professional. But I can recall a few instances in 10 years where my interviewees overstepped their bounds with comments or behavior that made me uncomfortable. Thankfully, once the interview was finished, I didn’t have to see those people again and moved on. But unfortunately for some workers, they...

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MOVERS & SHAKERS DECEMBER/JANUARY 2018-19

Matt Adkins—New Business Banker at Union Bank & Trust. As a Business Banker, Matt is focused on supporting the financial needs of businesses in Lynchburg, Forest, Bedford, Moneta and Collinsville. He has spent his career helping local companies grow by building and executing effective action plans. Adkins is a graduate of Liberty University. Megan Lucas and Christine Kennedy—Named in Key Positions for U.S. Chamber Foundation. Institute for Organization Management has appointed Lucas (LRBA CEO) as Chair of the National Board of Trustees and Kennedy (LRBA COO) as Chair of the Southeast Board of Regents. Lucas will lead the strategic direction of the Institute; Kennedy will help implement the policies created by the Institute’s National Board of Trustees at the Southeast Site of the Institute program. Frederick “Tubby” Kubik—New Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Parkway Association. Kubik replaces Tom Hardy, who retired after 36 years with the Association. Kubik lives in Roanoke but will be spending time on a regular basis in BRPA offices in Asheville, NC. He has served as secretary of the BRPA and later as...

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AROUND TOWN DECEMBER/JANUARY 2018-19

Congratulations to our 2018 Millennials on the Move! Lynchburg Business recognized the 25 young professionals at a special reception on August 2 at the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance. Many thanks to our sponsors for their help with this...

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PLUGGED IN OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2018

October 2 Salute to Manufacturing Breakfast Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 7:30 – 9 a.m. “Drive New Business with Social Media” Increase Expert 630 Wyndhurst Drive, Suite F, Lynchburg 3:30 – 5 p.m. $35/person. Grand Canyon Trip Preview Session Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 5:30 – 7 p.m. October 5 A.M. Alliance Foster Fuels 17898 Forest Road, Forest 7:30 – 9 a.m. Regional Workforce Summit Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. October 9 Networking Before Nine with the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Foster Fuels 1788 Calohan Road, Rustburg 8 – 9 a.m. October 16 Jefferson’s Assembly The Bedford Columns 812 East Main Street, Bedford 5 – 8 p.m. October 19 Work Healthy Lunch Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. October 22 Federal Candidate Forum Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. October 23 Member Orientation Reception Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 4 p.m. October 25 Economic Vibe Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 7:30 – 9 a.m. RMA Coffee Talk Hosted by Wooldridge Heating, Air & Electrical 14179 Wards Road, Lynchburg 8 – 10 a.m. Free. Guests welcome. Business After Hours with the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Keller Williams – The Bedford Team 1333 Longwood Avenue, Bedford...

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LEADER OF THE MONTH: NOEL YEATTS OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2018

President, World Help Noel, congratulations on your new role as president of the Forest-based World Help (spring 2018). First off, take us back to the beginning of your career. You could say humanitarian work runs in the family? I started traveling internationally when I was 11 years old. My dad had always been involved in this type of work in some capacity, so at a very young age I was exposed to the needs of the world and became very passionate about them. When I went to college at Liberty University, I studied International Relations. While I was there,...

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MOVERS & SHAKERS OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2018

Joel Eggleston, PT, DPT Katie Morris, PT, DPT Drew Pociluyko, PT, DPT—Newest Board Certified Clinical Specialists at Rehab Associates of Central Virginia. Eggleston and Pociluyko received their certification in Orthopedics. Morris received her certification in Geriatrics. Angie Eagle—Promoted to Vice President and Controller for Bank of the James. Eagle joined the bank in April 2006 as a Teller/Customer Service Representative and subsequently moved to the Accounting Division where she was promoted numerous times. Chris Faraldi—New Director of Public Policy and Special Programming at the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance. Faraldi comes to the position after serving as the Director of Correspondence for U.S. Senator Charles Grassley. Other prior experience includes working for 6th District Representative Bob Goodlatte. Christine Kennedy—Designated as a Certified Chamber Executive. Kennedy, Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance COO and Executive Vice President, earned this elite certification from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, which is made up of 1,300 chambers across the world. Kennedy is one of 11 chamber professionals to earn the designation in 2018. Kimberly McIvor—Appointed as Workforce Services District Manager for the Virginia Employment Commission, South Central District. In her new role, McIvor will oversee offices in Danville, Martinsville, Lynchburg, South Boston and itinerate sites in South Hill and Stuart. She has 26 years of workforce development and employment security experience. Lisa Meriwether—Reappointed to the Meeting Planners International Virginia Chapter Board of Directors. Meriwether,...

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MADE IN CENTRAL VA OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2018

Highlighting local products and manufacturing throughout the Region 2000 Partnership Blackwater Bitters Co. “Don’t Drink Without Us” Your cocktail can taste better, and a little goes a long way with Blackwater Bitters Co.’s unique blends. The Lynchburg-based company has been adding some zest to local food and drinks since 2016. Virginia Distillery Company collaborated with Blackwater Bitters Co. to create a specialty bitters that pairs perfectly with the whiskies the distillery produces. The fall-inspired “Apple & Oak Bitters” showcases local handpicked apples and influence from oak casks, which adds a distinct smoky note. Look for the bitters in custom...

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IN THE NEWS OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2018

Economic Development Small Business Development Center Relocates The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has moved from Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) to its new host organization, the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance. The SBDC-Lynchburg Region is one of 29 centers in the Virginia SBDC network and serves the city of Lynchburg and Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell counties. It is a free, confidential business advising service, offering access to programs such as the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program, SmallBizU and many more. The popular Lunch to Learn series will return in October. Stephanie Keener has been named Director. Keener worked as...

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IN THE NEWS AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018

Economic Development CloudFit Software Opens Lynchburg HQ With the help of the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance (LRBA) and Opportunity Lynchburg, CloudFit Software has located its global Command and Development Center in the Hill City—at the LRBA building on Lucado Place. CloudFit Software uses a team of cloud professionals that develops software and provides managed scenarios for customers. The company has employees in Virginia, Georgia, Colorado, Texas, Washington, Kentucky, Florida, and Indiana. Cloudfit Software works with companies’ development, engineering and operations teams to make the right cultural- and process-related changes necessary for the business to succeed in a cloud-first world...

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MOVERS & SHAKERS AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018

Emily Alley—Promoted to Director of Finance and Administration at Integrated Technology Group (ITG). This new role entails financial analysis, financial advising, and managing the budget at ITG. She is a native of Indiana and received her MBA at Trine University. Bianca Allison—Promoted to Senior Vice President at Bank of the James Mortgage. Allison joined the bank’s mortgage division in 2013 and was promoted to Vice President in 2015. Allison earned an AAS in Banking and Finance from Central Virginia Community College and is a graduate of Leadership Lynchburg. Susan Brown—New Program Director for the Downtown Lynchburg Association (DLA). This new position focuses on the planning and execution of DLA programs. Brown has previous experience as the Assistant Market Manager for the Lynchburg Community Market and the Director of Special Events and Marketing with the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. Denise A. McDonald—New Executive Director of Old City Cemetery (OCC). McDonald comes to OCC from Lynchburg College where she worked for 18 years as Vice President of Advancement and Vice President of Major Gifts. She earned her B.A. from the College of William & Mary and is pursuing a Master of Nonprofit Leadership Studies degree at Lynchburg College. She is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Institute of Education Management. Maleah Mortoroff—Promoted to Compliance Engineer at Integrated Technology Group (ITG). This new role includes working with ITG clients who are...

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Data in Danger

A Cybersecurity Insurance Primer for Businesses of All Sizes By Beth Burgin Waller and R. Patrick Bolling A key component of today’s 24-7 news barrage is the data breach du jour. The front page usually covers big names like Yahoo, Uber, Target, Ticketmaster. But businesses of all sizes should pay attention to the risks posed by data breaches. Just like the big names, local and regional companies handle sensitive personal data like employee Social Security numbers, customer credit card information, and addresses. They pay vendors and accept customer payments via wire transfer. They may sell via an online shop....

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LEADER OF THE MONTH: BEAU WRIGHT AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018

Title: Director of Operations, Protect Democracy; At-Large Member, Lynchburg City Council One of the big reasons you ran for City Council—Lynchburg is in your blood. It really is. My family has been in Lynchburg for three generations and eight in the Central Virginia region. I feel a deep sense of place here, of belonging, and I’m grateful for that, because I know from talking with others that that’s not necessarily a given, that some people never find that sense of place. Lynchburg is special and being from here is a big part of my identity. You ventured off for...

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Emphasizing Workplace Wellness

Innovative Programs Improve Physical and Mental Health When Robin Wilkes promoted wellness programs to her fellow employees, she also lost 24 pounds and 23 inches. As human resource director at BMS Direct, Wilkes realizes the importance of healthier workers. “Employees seem to be more engaged, more constructive and have more energy,” she said. “It is addictive, once you see the results in others.” One employee reported losing more than 40 pounds, while others quit smoking with help from smoking cessation classes. Only about 10 percent of their employees still smoke. More impressively, the company kept health care costs to...

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The Lunch Break Workout

Unless you wake up at 4 a.m., or head directly to the gym at 6 p.m. and miss out on evening events with your family/spouse/etc., finding the time to exercise during the work week can seem impossible. But—there’s always your lunch break. While you don’t necessarily want to cram in an intense, sweaty CrossFit session and stink up your next meeting, there are some simple exercises you can do right in the comfort of your office or desk area that will get your heart pumping and your muscles toned. Brian Marple, personal trainer at Kratos Fitness in Forest, walks us through a quick workout. Start with a warm up of some sort. Brian recommends a series of arm swings, wall slides, toe touches, lunges, body squats, and jumping jacks. Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat Reps: 10 to 15 Muscle Groups: Quads, Glutes With one foot on a chair behind you, lower your body so your thigh is parallel with the floor. Chair Dips Reps: 10 to 20 Muscle Group: Triceps Using a stable chair, lower your upper body so your shoulders drop to elbow height. Dolphin Kicks Reps: 10 to 15 Muscle Groups: Lower Back, Glutes Lie on your stomach and alternate lifting your opposite arm/leg. Body Squat Reps: 15 to 25 Muscle Groups: Quads, Glutes Squat so your thighs are parallel to the floor. Keep your knees behind...

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EDITOR’S LETTER AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than 12 years since I was a fledgling, wanna-be news anchor/reporter at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, learning the ropes with the school’s student-run news program “Carolina Week.” My professors did their best to provide as close to a “real world” experience as possible. There were strict deadlines and high expectations—and with a live broadcast twice a week, there were absolutely no do-overs and lots of learning from our mistakes. Despite how much the program whipped me into shape and helped me land a job out of college, there is nothing—no...

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PLUGGED IN AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018

August 3 A.M. Alliance Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 7:30 – 9 a.m. August 4 RMA Where’s Waldo Celebration Party 147 Mill Ridge Road, Lynchburg 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. Kids activities. August 7 Tech Tuesday Lunch with the LRBA Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. August 8 Business at Breakfast The Summit (Wyndhurst) 1400 Enterprise Drive, Lynchburg 7:30 – 9 a.m. August 14 Networking Before Nine with the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Homewood Suites – Hilton Wards Road, Lynchburg 8 – 9 a.m. August 16 Buy the Burg Expo Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 1 – 6 p.m. August 23 Business After Hours with the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Century 21 All Service – Bedford 415 East Main Street, Bedford 5:30 – 7 p.m. August 31 RMA Coffee Talk 3401 Odd Fellows Road, Lynchburg 8 -10 a.m. Hosted by First National Bank. Free. Guests welcome. September 7 A.M. Alliance Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 7:30 – 9 a.m. September 11 Networking Before Nine with the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Tharp Funeral Home – Bedford 320 North Bridge Street, Bedford 8 – 9 a.m. September 18 Lunch Labs – Targeted Marketing 101 Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 12 – 1 p.m. September 22 RMA Presents Bedford...

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LEADER OF THE MONTH: NICOLE JOHNSON JUNE/JULY 2018

You are no stranger to the tourist attractions of Bedford County—any special ones in particular? I am from Bedford and grew up here. I spent a lot of time on the Peaks of Otter—my grandmother worked in the gift store, so we visited her often. We would have dinner in the restaurant, walk around the lake, and fish and play in the creek. I also spent a lot of time at Smith Mountain Lake with family and friends who had a boat and taught me how to water ski. There are a few long-standing annual events in Bedford such...

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ECONOMIC GROWTH YET TO DEAL WITH HEALTHCARE CONFUSION

Since the election of President Donald Trump, the hoped-for increase in economic growth is bearing fruit with record levels of employment, a booming stock market, rapidly rising manufacturing and service sector income, and strong optimism that local/ global businesses will continue to grow. The two factors stimulating this expectation include removal of regulations that restrict businesses and cause reduced investment in businesses, making product more expensive. Regulations resulted in the unfortunate loss of many small businesses, this sector accounting for 60 percent of total U.S. GDP. Continued low-interest rates and a belief our government has become more business-friendly have...

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PLUGGED IN JUNE/JULY 2018

JUNE 1 LYNCHBURG REGIONAL BUSINESS ALLIANCE A. M. ALLIANCE NETWORKING LRBA Executive Board Room 300 Lucado Pl., Lynchburg 7:30 – 9 a.m. Complimentary admission for Alliance members, $5 General Admission. JUNE 7 LYNCHBURG REGIONAL BUSINESS ALLIANCE WOMEN’S EXCHANGE LUNCHEON Oakwood Country Club 3409 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Alliance Members $25; General Admission $35 VIRGINIA EDUCATION IMPROVEMENT SCHOLARSHIPS TAX CREDITS PROGRAM {RA} Bistro 1344 Main St., Lynchburg 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free lunch. Learn how to reduce your state tax bill through the Virginia Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credits Program. Sponsored by HSC Wealth Advisors and New Covenant Schools Scholarship Foundation. RSVP to drenalds@newcovenantschools.org. JUNE 12 NETWORKING BEFORE NINE WITH THE BEDFORD AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Bedford Baptist Church 1516 Oakwood St., Bedford 8 – 9 a.m. LYNCHBURG REGIONAL BUSINESS ALLIANCE RIBBON CUTTING FOR SOUNDZ HEARING CENTER 1319 Enterprise Drive, Suite A, Lynchburg 12 p.m. JUNE 19 LYNCHBURG REGIONAL BUSINESS ALLIANCE RESTAURANT AFTER HOURS Fifth & Federal Station 801 Fifth Street, Lynchburg 4 – 6 p.m. Complimentary admission for Alliance members, $5 General Admission. JUNE 20 WORKSHOP: “THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF PRINCIPLED LEADERSHIP” CVCC, Merritt Hall, Room 5118 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Presenter: Paul Kopack, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Register at workforce@centralvirginia.edu or (434) 832-7607. JUNE 28 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS WITH THE BEDFORD AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Union Bank and Trust-Forest 14915 Forest Rd., Forest 5:30...

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IN THE NEWS JUNE/JULY 2018

TOURISM RUNK & PRATT ACQUIRES THE KIRKLEY HOTEL The Kirkley Hotel and Conference Center on Candlers Mountain Road will be getting a facelift as its new owner, Runk & Pratt Companies, takes over. Under the ownership of Runk & Pratt, the 163-unit hotel is now under the flag of the Wyndham Hotel Group and their Trademark Hotel Collection brand. Day-to-day operations will be managed by Aimbridge Hospitality Management firm. “We are so excited for Runk & Pratt Companies to have the opportunity to enhance the well-known excellence of The Kirkley Hotel,” said owner Brian Runk. “With the addition of...

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MOVERS & SHAKERS JUNE/JULY 2018

April Cheek-Messier— President of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation. Cheek-Messier is serving on the host committee for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services’ Virginia Women Veterans Summit June 14 and 15 in Alexandria. The summit is designed to connect the country’s female heroes with the services and benefits they’ve earned. Ted Delaney—Appointed Director of the Lynchburg Museum System and Chief Public History Officer. Delaney comes to the position from Old City Cemetery, where he was executive director for four years. He started working at the cemetery after graduating from the University of Virginia in 2000. Brian Hinkley—Athletic Field Manager for Liberty University. LU won the Sports Turf Managers Association’s “Field of the Year Award” for Osborne Stadium. Hinkley is responsible for maintaining the natural grass playing surface. Turner Perrow, Jr.—Joined the Lynchburg Advisory Board of Bank of the James. Perrow is a licensed professional engineer and an Associate Principal with Woodard & Curran. He currently serves as the Ward IV representative on Lynchburg City Council and serves on multiple other city committees. He graduated from Virginia Military Institute with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Amanda Schmitt—Promoted to Assistant Vice President and Operations Officer at Bank of the James. Schmitt joined the bank in April 2011 as a teller and transitioned to the Operations Division in 2013. She received an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Central Virginia Community College,...

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BEST PLACES TO WORK 2018

434 Marketing BY EMILY HEDRICK >>>AT A GLANCE: Founded: 2011 Location: 1023 Commerce St., Lynchburg Number of Employees: 10 Company Bio: 434 Marketing was founded by Dustin Slightham and a team of minority partners in 2011. The company began with the debut of the app “Carrot Saver” and the Digital Agency “Carrot Creates.” Since rebranding as 434 Marketing in 2015, the company has grown from a developer of mobile apps, software, and websites into a comprehensive marketing operation that works closely with businesses to develop specific strategies for using these tools. The company was recognized as the Tech Council...

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MOVERS & SHAKERS APRIL/MAY 2018

Pam Bailey—Marketing & Business Development Coordinator for the Bedford County Office of Economic Development. Bailey brings 20 years of marketing/project management experience to Bedford County; she most recently served as the Senior Account Executive for Blair Marketing. She holds a B.S. from Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. Lauren Dixon—Promoted to Assistant Vice President, Accounting at Bank of the James. Dixon joined the bank in September 2008; she was named Accounting Specialist in 2009 and promoted to Accounting Officer in 2013. Dixon received an A.A. in Accounting, a B.S. in Finance and an M.B.A. from Liberty University. Dexter C. Glass, Jr.—Named Vice President and Portfolio Manager II at Bank of the James. Glass has worked in banking for eight years and has held various positions. Prior to joining Bank of the James, he served as Manager of Corporate Credit and Accounts Receivable for C.B. Fleet. He has an M.B.A. from Liberty University and a B.S. in finance from Virginia Tech. Christy H. Howard—Named Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager II at Bank of the James. Howard spent six years at BB&T in Lynchburg where she was a Portfolio Manager/Commercial Credit Underwriter and 10 years as a Controller for a local manufacturing company. She has a B.A. in Accounting from Lynchburg College. Christine Kennedy—Elected to VA Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Kennedy, Executive Vice President of the Lynchburg Regional Business...

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LEADER OF THE MONTH: TOM GERDY APRIL/MAY 2018

Husband, father of four, grandfather of seven, and owner of Gerdy Construction When did you first start working in construction? When I was in high school I was in need of a summer job and ended up working with a contractor and enjoyed it. Through high school and the first couple of years of college I was working construction—at the time it was a lot better than working in a fast food restaurant. The pay was a lot higher and I seemed to have a knack for it. I spent two years playing football at Virginia Tech and then...

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PLUGGED IN APRIL/MAY 2018

April 6 Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance A. M. Alliance Networking LRBA Executive Board Room 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 7:30 – 9 a.m. Complimentary admission for Alliance members, $5 General Admission. April 10 Networking Before Nine with the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce First Dominion Home Health 2808 Old Forest Road, Lynchburg 8 – 9 a.m. Free to members. $15 for non-members. Lunch to Learn at the Small Business Development Center Merritt Hall, Central VA Community College 12 – 1 p.m. Topic: “Best Practices for Hiring an Employee” Registration required: sbdccvcc.org/lunch-to-learn/. April 18 How to Create a Diverse AND Inclusive Nonprofit Organization Co-Sponsored by the Alliance and BCS and Associates LRBA Executive Board Room 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Call (434) 329-9002 for more information. April 24 Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance Tech Tuesday Lunch LRBA Executive Board Room 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost to attend is $25 for Alliance members; $35 for general admission April 26 Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance Economic Vibe Breakfast LRBA Executive Board Room 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 7:30 – 9 a.m. Cost to attend is $20 for Alliance members; $30 for general admission Business After Hours with the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Wooldridge Heating, Air & Electrical 14179 Wards Road, Lynchburg 5:30 – 7 p.m. Free to members. $15 to non-members. April 27 RMA Coffee Talk...

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IN THE NEWS APRIL/MAY 2018

Public Safety Report Names Lynchburg Among Top Safest Retirement Cities According to Security Choice.com, the city of Lynchburg is one of the top 100 safest cities in the country to retire. Their report says a total of 495 U.S. cities were evaluated on several safety and retirement-focused metrics including FBI City Crime Data, percentage of residents that are of retirement age, healthcare costs, and elder abuse protection laws. Lynchburg placed in the top 100 as number 88. “It’s a tribute to the tireless efforts of the men and women of the Lynchburg Police Department and our numerous community partners...

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A Bright Future

CVCC DEVELOPS THE LOCAL SOLAR ENERGY WORKFORCE Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) now offers an Energy Technology program, designed for students who want to work in the electric and energy industries as an entry level technician or solar panel installer. Fitting naturally with other Central Virginia workforce initiatives, the program brings together educators and local businesses to train young people in this rapidly growing industry. Will Sandidge, Director of Strategic Initiatives at CVCC, explains the program’s inception saying, “The mission of CVCC is to offer the programs that the local community needs—what’s in demand. Whatever program we offer, we...

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LEADER OF THE MONTH: STEFANIE PROKITY, HILDA STEVENS, DARLA EDWARDS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2018

Stefanie Prokity, Vice President/CFO Hilda Stevens, Executive Director of Professional Development Darla Edwards, President/CEO You all have been working as a team for over a decade now. Take us back to when you were founded in 2006 and why you came together. Through God’s divine intervention, our paths crossed when we began working together as administrators at a Title I school. We saw a need to help our students become more successful by outreaching to their families, so we created a resource to make it easier for parents to support their child’s learning. Other educators around the state became...

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THE ROANOKE REVIEW

BUSINESS NEWS IN THE STAR CITY Brewery Business Booms in the Roanoke Valley Three Notch’d Brewing Company, based in Charlottesville, says it will open a brewery and restaurant in downtown Roanoke in 2018. According to the company’s website, Three Notch’d was founded by three friends and opened its doors for commercial operation in August 2013. They have taprooms in Charlottesville, Richmond and Harrisonburg. This news comes after Deschutes Brewery opened a downtown Roanoke tasting room in August. The Oregon-based company will begin construction on a Roanoke brewery, its first East Coast facility, in 2019. Eventually, a little over 100...

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Can a Business Be Liable

Can a Business Be Liable to Its Employees for LGBT1 Discrimination? In the not too distant past, the American Psychiatric Association listed homosexuality as a mental illness and classified it as a sociopathic personality disturbance (1952-1973). In 1952, the U.S. Senate issued a report titled “Employment of Homosexuals and Other Sex Perverts in Government.” One year later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued an Executive Order banning homosexual individuals from holding any employment with the federal government. Today, LGBT rights have progressed dramatically, marriage equality is the law of the land and the past two presidential administrations—one Democratic, one Republican—have...

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IN THE NEWS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2018

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Packaging Company Plans $6.7 Million Expansion in Campbell County Graham Packaging will invest $6.7 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Altavista. “Graham Packaging chose to expand in the Commonwealth of Virginia because we already had a foundation in the Altavista area with a skilled workforce and an established customer base who has been seeing rising demand,” said William Campbell, Plant Manager. “The decision made economic sense for everyone involved.” Graham Packaging is a global leader in the design, sale, and manufacture of value-added, custom blow-molded plastic containers for branded foods and beverages, personal care and specialty...

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PLUGGED IN FEBRUARY/MARCH 2018

February 2 A. M. Alliance Networking LRBA Executive Board Room 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 7:30 – 9 a.m. Complimentary admission for Alliance members. February 6 Women, Wine & Wisdom LRBA Conference Room 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 5:30 – 7 p.m. Cost to attend is $15 for Alliance members; $25 for general admission. February 12 Professional Development: Graphic Design on a Dime with Emily Correa LRBA Conference Room 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 7 p.m. Hosted by Young Professionals of Central Virginia. February 13 Networking Before Nine with the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce BACC SML Office 1100 Celebration Ave., Suite 212, Moneta 8 – 9 a.m. Hosted by Assured Comfort. Lunch to Learn with the Small Business Development Center: “Introducing Canva for Easy Design” Merritt Hall, CVCC 12 p.m. February 14 LRBA Business at Breakfast The Summit 1400 Enterprise Drive, Lynchburg 7:30 a.m. Cost to attend is $20 for Alliance members; $30 for general admission. February 22 Business After Hours with the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Custom Embroidery and Screenprinting 528A Crowell Lane, Lynchburg 5:30 – 7 p.m. Hosted by Custom Embroidery, Brown’s Heating and Air, and Polished to Perfection. February 23 RMA Coffee Talk: Hosted By Assurance Financial 101 Duncraig Drive, Lynchburg 8 – 10 a.m. Free. Guests welcome. February 28 Annual Meeting LRBA Conference Room 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Cost to attend is...

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MOVERS & SHAKERS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2018

Heather Alto — New Director of Marketing and Membership for the Retail Merchants Association of Lynchburg. Alto is a former Sales Executive for VistaGraphics and Director of Membership and Marketing for the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. Kenneth R. Camplin — Named President of BWXT’s Nuclear Services Group (NSG). In this role, Camplin will lead the commercial nuclear and government technical services segments of the company. He had been NSG’s acting president since December 2016. Denzel Jones — New Director of Public Policy and Special Programming at the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance. Jones comes to the position from Capitol Hill where he worked for 5th District Rep. Tom Garrett. He is a U.S. Army veteran and is currently pursuing a degree in Theology and Apologetics from Liberty University. J.R. Rodes — Named Senior Vice President and Commercial Banker at Bank of the James. Rodes joined the bank in May 2005 and most recently held the position of SVP and Portfolio Manager. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University and holds a B.S. in Finance. Heather Zippel — New Development Coordinator for Downtown Lynchburg Association. Zippel’s part-time role will focus primarily on fundraising, but she will also be involved in partnerships and business outreach efforts. She previously owned various retail storefronts in Lynchburg and ran her own interior design...

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MADE IN LYNCHBURG FEBRUARY/MARCH 2018

Highlighting local products and manufacturing throughout the Region 2000 Partnership Maxwell Furniture Custom Made Furniture Since 1990, Maxwell Furniture has made furniture for Presidents, movie stars, famous authors, media personalities, singers and songwriters, investment tycoons, and next door neighbors. The company has designed and built public and private installations, collaborating with architects and interior designers for churches, schools, museums and studios. Maxwell Furniture has been featured in countless design magazines and has displayed their craft in galleries across the country and abroad. Each piece is created to order by hand, and no job is too small or large. Make...

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PLUGGED IN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017

December 1 LRBA A. M. Alliance Networking LRBA Executive Board Room 300 Lucado Pl., Lynchburg 7:30 – 9 a.m. Complimentary admission for Alliance members. December 3 58th Annual Lynchburg Christmas Parade Memorial Ave., Lynchburg 4 p.m. Organized by Retail Merchants Association. December 5 Pancakes & Politics Legislation Outlook Breakfast Smith Hall, Randolph College 7:30 – 9 a.m. Cost to attend is $20 for Alliance members; $30 for general admission December 7 15th Annual Women’s Networking Blitz Oakwood Country Club, Lynchburg 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. December 12 Networking Before Nine with the BACC Wooldridge Heating, Air & Electrical, Lynchburg 8 – 9 a.m. Holiday Open House LRBA Conference Room 300 Lucado Pl., Lynchburg 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. December 13 BACC Holiday Membership Open House – SML 1100 Celebration Ave., Moneta 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. December 14 Economic Summit Montview Alumni Ballroom, Liberty University Cost to attend is $25 for Alliance members; $35 for general admission BACC Holiday Membership Open House – Forest 14805 Forest Rd., Suite 107 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. December 15 BACC Holiday Membership Open House – Bedford 305 E. Main St., Bedford 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. January 5 LRBA A. M. Alliance Networking LRBA Executive Board Room 300 Lucado Pl., Lynchburg 7:30 – 9 a.m. Complimentary admission for Alliance...

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MADE IN LYNCHBURG DECEMBER/JANUARY 2017

Highlighting local products and manufacturing throughout the Region 2000 Partnership Rivermont Mailbox Co. Custom Posts and Mailboxes Since 2001, Rivermont Mailbox Co. has been manufacturing custom mailboxes and posts in the heart of Downtown Lynchburg. They service entire communities, such as Farmington and Lake Manor, as well as individuals who are interested in having a quality mailbox. They make their products out of steel, wrought iron, aluminum and castings, and almost all of their raw materials come from local companies. Once manufacturing is complete, all of the parts get powder coated to ensure the finish will last for years...

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MOVERS & SHAKERS DECEMBER/JANUARY 2017

Jeffrey Gregory — Joined OpX Solutions. Gregory has 25 years of manufacturing and leadership experience. OpX Solutions, a performance improvement company, is based in Lynchburg. Darla Edwards — President of Successful Innovations. Edwards was featured by Fundera, a small business lending marketplace, as one of 14 black entrepreneurs in the U.S. with inspiring success stories. Matt Klein— Promoted to Assistant General Manager of the Lynchburg Hillcats. Klein was formerly the Hillcats’ Director of Sales. He received a B.S. in Sport Management from Liberty University. Chris Jones — Named “Executive of the Year” by the Carolina League. Jones became President of the Lynchburg Hillcats in early 2016. He served as the General Manager for the Sugar Land Skeeters from 2013 to 2015. Scott Fogleman — Awarded the Graduate, REALTORS Institute Designation. Fogleman, a Broker Associate with Keller Williams, received the designation in October by completing 60 classroom hours of real estate...

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IN THE NEWS DECEMBER/JANUARY 2017

Crisis Response Foster Fuels Responds to Puerto Rico Crisis Foster Fuels’ Mission Critical Division is playing a major role in the emergency relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Following the widespread damage from Hurricane Maria, the company sent over 100 men and fuel trucks to the area; they have no definitive time frame of when they are coming home. “Our goals here are to complete our mission, to get the people of Puerto Rico in a life self-sustaining environment, where they can continue to take care of themselves as they have in the past… there is a lot of work...

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the Roanoke Review

All Aboard to Virginia’s Blue Ridge! Amtrak has extended its line from Lynchburg to Roanoke, bringing rail service to the Star City for the first time in 38 years. Roanoke’s economic development and tourism leaders are thrilled with the new stop. It’s a part of Amtrak’s Northeast Regional Route, making the region easy to reach from destinations such as Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston. The daily Amtrak train departs and arrives in Downtown Roanoke at a platform located at 55 Norfolk Avenue SW. See schedule below: Monday through Friday—Departure: 6:19 a.m. | Arrival: 9:55 p.m. Saturday—Departure:...

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LEADER OF THE MONTH: Dr. Jim Lemons DECEMBER/JANUARY 2017

Title: Associate VP of Workforce, Business and Allied Health at Central Virginia Community College You’ve been with CVCC for more than a decade, but you just stepped into a new role. Tell us about this new title. This is actually the combining of two positions. I started with CVCC in 2004 and worked in the workforce division. Then, I moved over to the academic side and was the Dean of Business and Allied Health for 10 years. Now, I’m essentially doing both. What is the college trying to accomplish? The concept is a one-door approach. In the past if...

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MOVERS & SHAKERS OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017

Chris Bailey—Named the Managing Director of Endstation Theatre Company. Bailey served as interim managing director during Endstation’s 2017 summer season. The Lynchburg native returns to the area after studying theater at James Madison University. Following graduation, he served as managing director and webmaster for the Virginia Theatre Association in downtown Lynchburg. Heath Barret—New Vice President of Membership Development at the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance. Barret comes to Lynchburg from Mississippi and has a background in Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau and Main Street Association industries. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Mississippi State University and a Master of Science from Mississippi State University. Lisa Meriwether—Named Vice President of Education for the Meeting Planners International Virginia Chapter Board of Directors. Meriwether will be responsible for managing and supervising chapter education efforts, including monthly programs, professional development through educational content and speaker sourcing. She is currently the Tourism Sales Manager at the Office of Economic Development and Tourism. Matt Silva—New Artistic Director at Endstation Theatre Company. While he is new to this role, the community is already familiar with Silva’s work. His artistic leadership on past hit musicals, “Million Dollar Quartet” (2017) and “Hank Williams: Lost Highway” (2016) heightened the quality of professional work produced by Endstation. Ashton Sosnowski—Promoted to Assistant News Director at WSET. Sosnowski started her career at WSET as...

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PLUGGED IN OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017

October 3 LRBA Salute to Manufacturing Breakfast LRBA Conference Room 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 7:30 – 9 a.m. $20 Alliance Members; $30 General Admission October 6 LRBA A.M. Alliance Networking LRBA Executive Board Room 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 7:30 – 9 a.m. Complimentary admission for Alliance members. October 10 Networking Before Nine with BACC Foster Fuels, Rustburg 8 – 9 a.m. LRBA TechEDGE Awards Dinner LRBA Executive Board Room 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Cost: $75 October 11 Lunch to Learn with the SBDC CVCC, Merritt Hall 12 p.m. Topic: “Using Google for Small Business” October 16 BACC Fall Job Fair CVCC 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. October 17 2017 Jefferson’s Assembly The Bedford Columns, Bedford 5 – 8 p.m. Cost: $25 October 19 Presentation: Using Data to Reach Your Audience Sweet Briar College Library 7 p.m. Hosted by Tech4Good of Central Virginia. October 25 2017 BACC Career & Technical Expo Bedford Science & Technology Center 600 Edmund St., Bedford 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Lunch to Learn with the SBDC CVCC, Merritt Hall 12 p.m. Topic: “Intellectual Property and Copyright” October 24 LRBA Fanning the Flame—An Evening of Women, Wine & Wisdom LRBA Conference Room 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg 5:30 – 7 p.m. October 26 Business After Hours with BACC The Bower Center of the Arts, Bedford 5:30 – 7 p.m. October 27 Communications Academy...

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In The News OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017

TOURISM Lynchburg Region Sees Measurable Growth in 2016 The latest tourism statistics show Central Virginia is not only a great place to live but also to visit. According to data released by the United States Travel Association, the Lynchburg region experienced measurable growth in tourism revenue last year, including a 4.5 percent increase in local tax receipts and a 4.7 percent increase in tourism-related payroll. Total tourism revenue grew by 2.5 percent to over $181 million, and the industry supported 1,697 jobs. “Events such as the Virginia Commonwealth Games at Liberty University, Lynchstock Music Festival and the Genworth Virginia...

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The Depot Grille

What to Expect: A wide selection of authentic food in a historic setting The Experience: Nestled along the James River in the shadows of the city skyline, you’ll find this local favorite that was pleasing palates long before the recent Downtown Lynchburg restaurant boom. Founded in 2004, The Depot Grille literally lives up to its name. Sitting within a stone’s throw of the front doors are active railroad tracks, and two freight cars were converted into the restaurant’s kitchen, seen through the back windows of the dining room. You’ll find other historic, salvaged items inside, including the bar (from...

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LEADER OF THE MONTH: DANA MARR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017

Title: CEO, Wooldridge Heating, Air & Electrical The title of “CEO” is relatively new to you. When did you become the top person at Wooldridge? July 2016 I hear there is an interesting story of how you came to work at the family business after high school. I graduated high school in June 1989 and had planned to enjoy my summer on my graduation money then start college and part-time work that fall. In the later part of June my Dad woke me up and said, “You’re coming to work as dispatcher today. Mine just quit.” June is normally...

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Office Dogs

Sometimes the Best Co-Workers…Have Four Legs! Aligning with this issue’s “Family Businesses” theme, we couldn’t help but focus on those furry family members that are a part of the staff too. From greeting customers to curling up underneath desks, dogs can create a calming environment even in the most stressful places of work. As Rebecca Wetzel of Wetzel and Washburn explains, “A law firm is a very stressful place for most people to visit. They are almost never there because something good is happening in their life. A friendly greeting from our dog can be a comfort.” Enjoy seeing...

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MADE IN LYNCHBURG OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017

Highlighting local products and manufacturing throughout the Region 2000 Partnership Old Dominion Footwear Authentic Realtree Footwear and Bone Collector Footwear ABOUT OLD DOMINION FOOTWEAR Old Dominion Footwear was incorporated in 1996 with its offices and distribution center located in Madison Heights, Va. The company has the exclusive license for the Realtree brands, which include Realtree Outfitters and Realtree Girl, and also has the license for Team Realtree brand. Old Dominion Footwear designs, manufactures, markets and distributes all genders of footwear, available in various sizes and widths, to department stores, sporting goods stores, catalogs and independent retail stores throughout the...

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In The News August/September 2017

TRANSPORTATION New GLTC Facility Opens Following two years of planning and construction, Greater Lynchburg Transit Company is operating out of a new facility on Bradley Drive. The former building on Kemper Street is estimated to be nearly 100 years old and used to house the Lynchburg trolley cars dating back to the early 1900s. The Bradley Drive building is 50,000 square feet and has eight bus maintenance bays, a wash bay and fully secured parking for the entire fleet. The $23 million project was funded through a combination of state, federal and city funds. Alternative Transportation Grant Will Fund...

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LEADER OF THE MONTH: Rex Geveden AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017

Title: President and Chief Executive Officer of BWX Technologies, Inc. Before we get to your current role at BWXT, tell me about your career path before coming to Lynchburg. I had good long run with NASA, 17 years. At the end, I briefly held the position of Chief Engineer, the agency’s top technical position. Shortly thereafter I was promoted to Associate Administrator, the top non-politically appointed position at NASA. I was overseeing the launch center at Cape Canaveral, the Mission Control Center in Houston and so on. I also oversaw all of the mission areas such as Mars robotics...

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MOVERS & SHAKERS AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017

Phillip Brown—Promoted to Vice President and Collections Manager at Bank of the James. Brown began his career with the bank in 2001. Prior to that, he worked with Central Fidelity Bank for 24 years. Brown received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Theological Seminary Jim Dotter—Named “The Difference Makers” by ENX Magazine. As president of Virginia Business Systems, Dotter has overseen significant growth with the successful acquisition and implementation of five dealerships. Graham Evans—Promoted to Vice President and Portfolio Manager I at Bank of the James. Evans began his BOTJ career in 2012. Since 2015, he has held the title of Assistant Vice President and Portfolio Manager. Evans earned a B.S. in business from Radford University. Kevin M. Gill—Promoted to Senior Vice President and Lynchburg Commercial Team Leader at Bank of the James. Gill is a 28-year commercial banking veteran. He holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary and a B.S. in political science from James Madison University. Rick Lingon—Named “The Difference Makers” by ENX Magazine. As VP of Sales and Marketing of Virginia Business Systems, the magazine credits Lingon with helping grow VBS from a small company to a statewide organization. Erick J. Petersen—New Principal/Co-Founder at Rockit Creative Solutions. Petersen previously worked as the marketing and sales manager at Banker Steel Company where contributed to the growth of that company from eight to nine...

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PLUGGED IN AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017

August 1 Business Express: Marketing 101 White Hart Cafe 1208 Main Street, Lynchburg 11:30 a.m. –1 p.m. Organized by Retail Merchants Association. August 4 A.M. Alliance Networking LRBA Conference Room 2015 Memorial Ave., Lynchburg 7:30 – 9 a.m. Complimentary admission for Alliance members. August 8 Networking Before Nine with Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Lynchburg Specialty Engraving 3018 Memorial Ave., Lynchburg 8 – 9 a.m. August 9 Business at Breakfast The Summit, Wyndhurst 7:30 – 9 a.m. Cost to attend is $20 for Alliance members; $30 for general admission Summer Membership Open House Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce SML Office 1100 Celebration Ave., Suite 212, Moneta 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. August 10 Lynchburg Area Women in Technology (LAWIT) Luncheon Location: TBD 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost to attend is $25 for Alliance members; $35 general admission Summer Membership Open House Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Forest Office 14805 Forest Rd., Forest 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. August 11 Summer Membership Open House Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Main Office 305 E Main St., Bedford 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. August 17 Communications Academy Part One– Communicating from the Inside-Out Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance 300 Lucado Pl., Lynchburg 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cost: $99 per person for the series August 24 Business After Hours with Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Century 21 All Service – Bedford 1525...

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MADE IN LYNCHBURG AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017

Highlighting local products and manufacturing throughout the Region 2000 Partnership Meanwhile Back on the Farm Totes & Leather Goods Heather and Bobby Harris launched Meanwhile Back on the Farm in 2016, born of their desire to create handmade products together that represent the wholesome lifestyle of their upbringing. Heather stumbled upon her innate love of the handmade early in her life while sewing duffle bags to sell at the farmer’s market. Bobby grew up spending weekends in his father’s furniture factory, cultivating a deep passion for the process of creating and building. Hand sewn from the finest organic materials—vegetable...

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Regional Tourism Outlook

Lynchburg Region Poised to Keep Pace with Growing State Tourism Revenues As temperatures rise, Lynchburg and the surrounding region are gearing up for increased tourism due to a variety of recent developments. From state level competitions using the Hill City as a landing zone to continued downtown revitalization, tourism stakeholders believe the area is poised for sustained growth this year and beyond. And with these developments on the horizon, Lynchburg is primed to keep pace with the rest of the state; according to a press release from Governor McAuliffe on May 8, 2017, “Virginia’s tourism industry had another banner...

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Movers & Shakers June/July 2017

Robin Baker—New Executive Director of the Arc of Central Virginia. Baker comes to Virginia from North Carolina where he was the executive director of the Arc of the Triangle. He has 30 years of experience in the field. Baker obtained a graduate degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and began his career in Richmond. “Exciting additions to our organization are underway including new programs and activities for people that participate in our services, as well as opportunities for greater volunteer and community involvement…” said Baker. Jim Childress—Recipient of Marion T. Baker Award from VLAS. Childress, an attorney in Rustburg and former Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in Pittsylvania County, is the 26th lawyer to receive this annual honor from Virginia Legal Aid Society. Childress went into private practice in early 2015. He immediately joined the Pro Bono Panel in February 2015 and took his first case for VLAS in March of that year. In just two years, Childress has taken seven pro bono cases for VLAS. Irene May—New Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate. May joins the Smith Mountain Lake Office in Moneta and will specialize in working with homebuyers and sellers. She is participating in Long & Foster’s Success Path program. May received a Bachelor of Science in biology from George Mason University. She and her husband have spent the last 15 years working on and...

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In The News June/July 2017

Growth & Expansion Bank of the James Breaks Ground on Appomattox Location Construction is now underway on a permanent Bank of the James facility in Appomattox. Located on Confederate Boulevard, the new 2,100-square-foot building will have four offices, two drive thru lanes, an ATM and a night deposit. The building’s design will be similar to the style of the Appomattox Courthouse. The bank opened a temporary mobile facility on Old Courthouse Road in October 2016. Since then, Bank President Robert R. Chapman III says they have been honored by the positive reception from the community. “As a community bank,...

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Editor’s Letter June/July 2017

$24 billion in revenue. $5.7 billion in payroll income. 230,000 jobs. A quick snapshot of last year’s numbers in Virginia should make the case clear—it pays to invest in tourism, one of the five largest industries in the state. You can credit the collective financial success partly to statewide efforts. For example, the Virginia Tourism Corporation continues to market our state as a whole and promote the “Virginia is for Lovers” brand (which is now 48 years old if you can believe it). But I believe what’s really helping push those numbers higher year after year can be found at the local level. In this issue of Lynchburg Business, we are taking some time to focus on the greater Lynchburg area’s tourism industry and the issues that impact our bottom line. From major improvements downtown to state level competitions, the outlook is very positive for Central Virginia, according to local leaders. On page 88, read about the latest efforts to bring more people to town. Odds are you’ve seen the new hotels under construction in the area or have heard about The Virginian Hotel renovation downtown. “Another hotel?” you might have said to yourself. (I know I did.) Starting on page 35, we have an in-depth look at Lynchburg’s thriving lodging sector and asked some of the big players what’s fueling it. Also, our Commercial Real Estate columnist Billy...

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The Psychiatrist Shortage in Virginia

How Telepsychiatry Can Help Due to trends in mental health advocacy and growing clinical evidence, people are increasingly recognizing the benefits of psychiatry and behavioral health care. For example, a 2012 study published in Contingencies measured the cost of a single employee’s depression over a two-year period prior to that employee receiving depression treatment and found the cost to the business to be as high as $3,386 per affected employee. Unfortunately, even with a cultural shift towards addressing mental illness in Lynchburg, employers and families are struggling to get convenient and timely access to care due to a significant...

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Plugged In June/July 2017

June 2 A.M. Alliance Networking with Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance LRBA Conference Room 2015 Memorial Ave., Lynchburg 7:30 – 9 a.m. Complimentary admission for Alliance members. (434) 845-5966; www.lynchburgregion.org June 6 Business Express with Retail Merchants Association of Lynchburg White Hart Café, 1208 Main St., Lynchburg 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Topic: “Stand Out in a Crowd of Competitors!” June 7 Lunch to Learn at the Small Business Development Centre CVCC, Merritt Hall 12 p.m. Topic: “Best Apps for Business.” Sponsored by Bank of the James. June 13 Networking Before Nine with Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce The Labyrinth Spa, 325 W Main St., Bedford 8 – 9 a.m. Free for members. $15 for non-members. Business Basics Roanoke Small Business Development Centre 4 – 7 p.m. An introduction to owning your own business. $20 fee. Pre-registration is required. June 22 Women’s Exchange Luncheon with Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance Oakwood Country Club 3409 Rivermont Ave., Lynchburg 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost is $25 for Alliance members and $35 general admission. (434) 845-5966; www.lynchburgregion.org Business After Hours with Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Sunken City Brewery 40 Brewery Dr., Hardy 5:30 – 7 p.m. Free for members. $15 for non-members. June 27 Retail University Informational Session National Retail Federation’s Rise Up Program 147 Mill Ridge Rd., Lynchburg 10 – 11 a.m. Organized by Retail Merchants Association of Lynchburg. June 30...

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Lynchburg Hotels, Then and Now

On a recent hunt for historical real estate perspective, I fell down the rabbit hole while reading through newspaper archives on microfilm at Jones Memorial Library. In my research, I stumbled across an article on the front page of the May 6, 1984 issue of Lynchburg News & Daily Advance with the headline “Oversupply of Hotel Rooms Seen” written by Jon Hiratsuka. In a four-year span, the Lynchburg area had seen the addition of 547 hotel rooms, including the 172-room Lynchburg Hilton, the 131-room Days Inn, and the 244-room Radisson Hotel Lynchburg, which took the hotel supply from less...

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Cold Calls Shouldn’t Be “Cold” Anymore

A cold call is less appreciated than a “sales” email. But if you have a dinosaur sales manager you may not be able to stop cold calling completely. However, it only takes a few minutes to research a prospect on the web or social media. You don’t have to make “cold” calls anymore if you use these nine tactics. 1. Learn about their products, services and customer base. The only reason one business is willing to contract with another is to improve efficiency or increase revenue. If your offer doesn’t fit its goals and plans, it’s not going to...

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Cash is King

But Kings Don’t Always Rule We’ve all heard the age-old adage that “cash is king.” I’ve used it myself countless times. It’s one of those phrases that can be used to fit different situations and can be used very differently by people with varying interpretations of its meaning. Those of us in the investment business talk so often about asset classes such as stocks, bonds and real estate, but it’s not often that we talk about cash. (And it should be noted that when we refer to cash, we are referring to cash in the bank, not simply paper...

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Smyth Companies

Continuing a Bedford Tradition, One Label at a Time Ryan Allison, VP of Operations for Smyth Companies’ Bedford offset printing location, walks energetically through his plant floor, greeting his employees with questions about their kids, asking how a family member is doing after surgery, joking with another employee with some good natured ribbing, and even carrying on conversations in Spanish at times. Allison and his family relocated from Florida a year ago, but you’d think it was longer, the way he interacts with his Bedford team. Allison has joined a company with a long history, both locally and in...

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Leading Lady: Megan Lucas June/July 2017

Title: CEO, Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance Hometown: Centralia, Missouri Recent Recognition: Selected by Consultant Connect as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers for 2017 You’ve been in the industry going on 20 years now. What do you enjoy about working in economic development? What I like about it is impacting a community—whether it’s helping a business connect to another business or connecting people to jobs. I love helping communities grow, prosper and be successful. Looking back at your career, what makes you proud? Up until now, I’ve always worked in military communities, and any time you work...

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See Clearly Now

What Improving Technology Means for LASIK and Your Vision One of the most common surgeries in the United States, LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis), has enabled millions of Americans to forego their glasses and contact lenses and, in most cases, enjoy at least 20/20 vision. LASIK is a short, low-risk procedure that involves using a laser to reshape the cornea and thus correct a multitude of vision issues. Improving technology has had a major impact on this refractive eye surgery, making it even safer and more precise. David M. Harman, M.D., founder of Harman Eye Center and medical director...

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Orthopedics

Tips and Strategies to Keep Weekend Warriors in Prime Condition Are you a weekend warrior? According to Mark E. Kasmer, M.D., Sports Medicine Specialist at Carilion Clinic, weekend warriors are “athletes who train minimally during the week and then engage in vigorous athletic activity on the weekend.” Although being a weekend warrior allows you to focus on your job and family life during the week and still get the benefits of a vigorous workout on the weekends, these individuals are at a greater risk for bot overuse and acute injuries. “Most injuries specific to the weekend warrior are the...

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Glass & Associates, Inc.

Some of the region’s most ambitious corporate construction projects have been entrusted to Glass & Associates, Inc., with its many clients including Billy Craft Automotive Group, Liberty University, Centra, Terry Volkswagen Subaru and more. The company was selected to manage the construction of Centra’s Amherst Medical Center, as well as Liberty’s LaHaye Ice Center renovation and expansion and the new Indoor Track Complex beneath the LU Monogram. The complex is one of only a handful in the entire nation with a hydraulically banked track system. Next door, Glass & Associates is getting started on the construction of Liberty’s new...

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Do I Need a Contract for my Small Home Construction Project?

Yes! Importance of a Contract The importance of having a well-drafted contract on large, complex commercial construction projects is obvious. But a solid contract is just as important for small home construction projects such as a kitchen remodel, bathroom renovation or construction of a small addition. Embarking on a seemingly simple home improvement project without entering into a formal agreement can be a costly mistake because many of the same issues that arise in large commercial projects occur in smaller home projects. Well-drafted contractual agreements define the scope of the work, memorialize the parties’ obligations, and allocate risks, which...

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How a Real Estate Appraiser Reads the News

If you want to see an appraiser’s face light up, tell them some real estate news they haven’t heard yet. Appraisers love to know what’s going on in the markets they serve. One of the ways we maintain market awareness is by diligently reading the news and sifting through this relentless firehouse of information to find what is relevant and useful. What follows is simply one appraiser’s thought process for doing so. Read Purposefully Reading purposefully involves intentionally choosing what content you’re going to consume on a daily basis. Our time is our most valuable resource, so we should...

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Best Places to Work 2017

According to a 2016 report from the Society for Human Resource Management, 88 percent of U.S. employees said they were satisfied with their job overall in 2015—the highest level of satisfaction over the last 10 years. Why is this so important? Because our careers are a huge part of who we are—both individually and as a society. We spend more time at our jobs during the week… than with our families or friends. And while our jobs should not define us, they can enhance our lives if they are good—and take away from our lives if they are not....

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Compassionate Care for Children at The Center for Pediatric Therapies

In 2000 Kristen Barker was independently contracting occupational therapy services in public schools. Through her work, she quickly recognized there was a need for outpatient services for children, and by 2001, she and co-founder Tommy Mathena established the Center for Pediatric Therapies (CPT) in Danville. Then, as the center experienced rapid growth, they expanded, opening additional locations in Lynchburg, Martinsville and South Boston. Many of their patients have conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, sensory processing disorder, genetic disorders and developmental delays. “We really do see a variety,” said Barker, CPT executive director. With 55 employees between all of...

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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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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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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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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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Lola’s Mexican Cuisine & Cantina

Oct/Nov 2016 Let’s Do Lunch: Lola’s Mexican Cuisine & Cantina What to Expect: Fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine packed with flavor and value What to Try: If you’re familiar with the Pixar film “Ratatouille,” you may remember the explosions of color and sound that overwhelm Remy’s mind whenever he tastes a transcendental bite of food. And at the risk of a cliché, that’s a pretty apt description of my reaction after trying PicaGuaca, a mix of fresh pico de gallo, chunks of avocado and owner Juan Herrera’s seasoning. Together with his chef, Herrera knows good food and has made it...

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Filling the Gaps

Local Group Travels to Gain Insight for Tech Startups This past August, a group traveled from Lynchburg to Baltimore to see what kinds of resources are available to entrepreneurs in that area and to ultimately see if similar initiatives could be incorporated in Central Virginia. During the two-day trip, which was organized by the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance (LRBA) and its Technology Council, local business leaders and other stakeholders in the area’s entrepreneurial ecosystem visited business incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces in and around Baltimore. “It’s almost a best practice now, to seek out communities that have done initiatives...

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GOOD KARMA TEA CO.

The Spot for Tea: Tea and Wellness Business Set to Expand Whether it is paired with a good book on a rainy day or shared at a social gathering, tea possesses a singular ability to comfort and uplift its drinkers. Local tea wholesaler and retailer Good Karma Tea Co. is taking tea even further by linking tea with wellness practices and giving back to the Lynchburg community in the process. Cameo and Lyndsey Hoyle co-founded the company about four years ago while living in Colorado. “We knew we wanted a small business of our own and tried many avenues...

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Leading Lady: Treney L. Tweedy Oct/Nov 2016

Occupation: Senior Director of Workforce and Community Engagement Hometown: Lynchburg, Va. You are one of the newer members of Lynchburg City Council and also have time with the School Board under your belt. Tell us about your roles with the city over the years. As the Public Information Officer for Lynchburg City Schools, I was a liaison between the community, media and various agencies citywide. I learned that collaboration and building strong networks solves problems and forms effective change. This role prepared me for serving as a School Board Member and now an At-Large City Councilmember. Why did you...

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Movers & Shakers Oct/Nov 2016

CHARLES HARTGROVE—New Deputy City Manager, serving in Lynchburg City. Hartgrove was appointed by City Manager Bonnie Svrcek and starts this November. Previously, he worked as the Town Manager in Ashland, Va. Hartgrove’s appointment was made following a national search. According to Svrcek, Hartgrove has more than 18 years of experience in local government management. “Charles has a proven track record of building successful partnerships with diverse community stakeholders and successfully improving and providing innovative service delivery,” Svrcek said. “His experience, knowledge, and passion for public service will be a great asset to this community, and I am excited that he will be joining our work family.” TOM COBB—New Vice President and Regional Manager for Appomattox with Bank of the James. Cobb brings more than 20 years of banking experience to the company and was previously employed with The Farmers Bank of Appomattox where he served as Vice President and Indirect Dealer Financing Officer. Cobb is also a graduate of the School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia. J. Patrick Richardson, Senior Vice President and Commercial Banker, said, “As a native of Appomattox, Tom’s banking experience will help continue to build loyalty and deliver banking solutions within the Appomattox community as well as deliver the Bank of the James brand throughout Appomattox.” NICK KESSLER—New Mortgage Loan Officer with Bank of the James Mortgage, a division of Bank of...

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In The News Oct/Nov 2016

ENTREPRENEURSHIP Launched in Lynchburg Gives Local Boost By Jeremy Angione Lynchburg is home to a rapidly growing entrepreneurial community. Lynchstock, Vector Space, Vintage Lynchburg and El Jefe are just a few examples of the unique startups currently budding in the Hill City. Opportunity Lynchburg, the city’s Office of Economic Development’s business resource branch, capitalized on that industrialist spirit with a more focused program to cultivate a business-savvy community. Launched in Lynchburg went live this past July, but the concept was born out of Co.Starters, a nine-week business development program. “The concept was to elevate entrepreneurship in the community by...

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Plugged In Oct/Nov 2016

October 4 35th Annual Labor and Employment Seminar The Kirkley Hotel & Conference Center 8:30 am to 1:00 pm Join Woods Rogers Edmunds & Williams’ attorneys for a half-day of training. Visit www.woodsrogers.com/216 seminars to register and use code “LBURGBUS” for a 15% discount off registration fee. October 4 Lunch & Learn Series—Speed Networking presented by BACC Leads Group Bedford Welcome Center, 816 Burks Hill Road, Bedford Noon to 1:30 p.m. Designed to help you sell yourself through networking and communication. Bring your lunch. Information at sbrown@bedfordareachamber.com. October 5 The Briefcase Open Golf Classic—Supporting Youth Education Initiatives with LRBA Poplar Grove Golf Club, 129 Tavern Lane, Amherst 1 to 7 p.m. Register your foursome for $450; supports Partners in Education, STEM activities, and the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Information at (434) 845-5966. October 12 “360 Assessment of Your Business” at Lunch to Learn with SBDC Merritt Hall, CVCC, Lynchburg A strategic decision making tool called Growthwheel will help your business! Sponsored by Opportunity Lynchburg. Information at www.sbdccvcc.org. October 13 TechEdge Awards Dinner & Silent Auction Academy Center of the Arts, 600 Main Street, Lynchburg 5:30 to 8 p.m. Celebrate the Region 2000 Technology Council’s annual awards with dinner and a speech from David Ihrie of the Center for Innovation Technology. Information at (434) 845-5966. October 17 2016 Job Fair with Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce CVCC Main Campus, Lynchburg 11...

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“Little to No Skin in the Game”

Evaluating Study Periods Buyers love them; sellers not so much. What are they? Study periods. For better or worse, they are all but unavoidable in our business and can often come as a surprise to sellers who are expecting a suitcase full of cash and a quick close. Today, many commercial contracts look an awful lot like free options that include relatively small, fully refundable deposits and extended study periods where the buyer can walk away for any reason—or no reason at all. As a buyer, you love it. As a seller, it can put you in an uncomfortable...

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Leader of the Month: Rich Diddams Oct/Nov 2016

Occupation: CEO of CCCxA Hometown: Grew up in Arizona but Bedford County became home in 2006 Commander’s Concepts Commissioning (CCCxA) is actually your second career. Tell us about your time in the military and the path you took over the years. Being a Marine is a calling and an identity. I will always be a Marine. Some of my duties included the Drill Field, Command (peacetime and war) at various levels, work in Counterterrorism, the Joint Staff as well as serving in Force Recon. I have an engineering background yet served as an Infantry Officer. In the Marine Corps,...

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Turn Ideas Into Valuable Intellectual Property Assets

Protecting and Enforcing Your Intellectual Property Intellectual Property (IP) includes patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Each one is valuable in its own right and understanding the different forms of IP is a good place to start. Patents protect embodiments of ideas, such as machines, improvements, methods of manufacturing, chemical compounds and sometimes even computer software applications. Patents do not cover concepts, rather they protect the realization of those ideas. However, before a patent expires (typically around 20 years from the filing date, subject to exceptions), it allows you to stop others from making, using, selling, offering to sell...

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Leading Lady: Joan Foster Oct/Nov 2016

Occupation: Mayor of the City of Lynchburg and Director of Development at Lynchburg Beacon of Hope Hometown: Lynchburg, Va. Tell us about your history with Lynchburg City Council. I was elected in 2002 to Lynchburg City Council as an At- Large Member of Council. I served as Vice Mayor and Mayor for eight years from July 2004 to June 30, 2012. On July 1, 2016, I was selected by my fellow Council members to be the Mayor for the 2016-2018 term. During my tenure as Mayor, I have championed and advocated for the following initiatives: • Dialogue on Race...

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Stop the Lies—Print is Not Dead!

Here’s the Epic Truth One too many businesses have written off the value of print-based marketing in lieu of shiny and exciting digital forms of marketing. Just because there are many more marketing channels available today than 10 years ago, doesn’t mean traditional forms of marketing don’t work anymore. Print based marketing is as effective as before, but the rules have slightly changed. Once you understand them, your ability as a marketer to get results will improve. It is relatively easy to run an ad in social media compared to designing, printing and distributing brochures or magazines. However, easy...

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Making Plastic Surgery Work for You

If you are considering any kind of cosmetic procedure to enhance your appearance—from microbrasion or laser hair removal to a full-on surgical procedure—Dr. Kurtis Moyer, Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Carilion Clinic Cosmetic Center in Roanoke, wants you to know one very important thing: even though the terms seem synonymous, there is a point of distinction between “plastic surgeons” and “cosmetic surgeons.” “Plastic surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery,” says Dr. Moyer. “Cosmetic surgeons typically go through different training. They can be a surgeon. They can be a vascular surgeon who decides...

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