Author: LynchburgBusiness

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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Editor’s Letter Oct/Nov 2016

To help introduce this year’s class of Top 20 Under 40: Millennials on the Move, I wanted to share “How to Identify a Top 20 Under 40 Honoree in 3 Easy Steps:” 1) “I don’t know how you do it all?” is a question they hear frequently. 2) They desire to improve others around them versus their own status. 3) They tend to champion community and all things local. After being immersed in the words written by and about this year’s class of honorees, I was struck by their incredible enthusiasm and also their sense of personal ownership (read their words for yourself starting on page 33). More than one said something akin to “If you want to see change, then you need to do something about it.” And they have. Among this year’s nominees you’ll see executive directors for regional nonprofit organizations, several educators and mentors, numerous entrepreneurs who decided to scrap the rule books and just try something new. You’ll read their words and hopefully find inspiration for your own dreams—I know I have. More than anything, I hope you are struck by their collective belief in community and the power of togetherness. We learned it in grade school, but it still holds true: there are few forces quite as powerful as teamwork. Unbeknownst to them, several of this year’s honorees actually nominated one another, revealing their...

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WLNI 105.9 FM

Through the laughs, the musings, the opinions and the occasional tears, there is something about a local morning radio show that brings people together. “There is definitely a family feel to it,” Janet Rose, co-host of The Morning Line with Larry & Janet on WLNI 105.9 FM, said. “It is amazing the personal relationships you develop with listeners, [most of whom] you haven’t even met.” The daily talk show—on air weekdays from 5:30-9 a.m.—helps get the conversation going in the community, taking on the latest national, global and even local news with good humor, strong opinions and the familiar...

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THE OPIOID DILEMMA

Deaths from opioid overdoses are skyrocketing across America. An estimated 44 Americans die every day from prescription opioid and heroin overdoses, and at least two per day occur in Virginia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has labeled prescription drug abuse an “epidemic” in America with prescription opioid overdoses more than quadrupling since 2000. Virginia has not escaped the opioid crisis. In 2014, for the first time, prescription opioid and heroin overdoses killed more Virginians than automobile accidents. A Crisis Arises from Pain An estimated 30 to 40 percent of Americans are reported to suffer from acute...

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Four Common Diversification MisSteps

“I know my company best. I’m loading up my on company stock.” “I own several mutual funds, so I’m really diversified.” “I like to spread my money around with different institutions. That way, I stay diversified.” “I watch some pundit on TV and according to his guidance I’m diversified.” Have you ever said something like this? In that case, I have some bad news for you: your investments may be subject to more risk than you know. When it comes to our investments, being diversified is important, and it doesn’t have to be difficult. It does, though, require a...

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Millennial Home Buyers

What They Want and Why When it comes to real estate nowadays, everything starts online and is a much easier process than it was a few decades ago. The Internet not only allows buyers to view listings, but it also helps them better understand how the buying process works. Although aspects of this advancement are good, the millennial home buyer also faces challenges their parents did not. “Before I even meet with a client, they’ve already picked out all the houses they want to see,” said Kate Blickenstaff, a millennial herself, who has been a licensed realtor for four...

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Honoring Veterans and Revering Veterans

Raising Flags, Awareness & Respect Lessons on the History of Veterans Day and Showing Support to Those Who’ve Served Every year on November 11th, Americans pause to reflect on the bravery and heroism of the men and women who have defended our country’s freedom. Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day in honor of the truce with Germany that essentially ended World War I, was recognized for the first time in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson. Almost 20 years later, in May of 1938, it was designated a federal holiday. Raymond Weeks, a World War II veteran, began celebrating...

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In The News Aug/Sept 2016

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Big announcement for Lynchburg, downtown business district Pacific Life Insurance Company says it will invest nearly $4 million to open a business center in downtown Lynchburg, following the acquisition of the term life new business platform from Genworth Financial, located at 700 Main St. “Pacific Life’s decision demonstrates that Lynchburg is not only a great place to live, work and play but also an excellent place to do business,” said then-current Mayor Mike Gillette. In February, Genworth laid off 200 Lynchburg employees. As a part of this transaction, Pacific life says it has hired current and former...

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Modern Business Meetings in Lynchburg

Moving Toward Technology and Team Building You walk in, grab a boxed lunch, take a seat next to someone you recognize from your department, perhaps making a little small talk as you settle in. The speaker fires up a PowerPoint, and you try to be attentive as you sit through yet another presentation on quarterly earnings or cash flow projections. This is the business meeting of the past. Times have changed, and corporate get-togethers have evolved to meet the changing ecosystem of professional organizations. At the forefront of this change is the increased use of technology. While this does...

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Businesses Over 100 Years

A Century of Success: Businesses Over 100 Years Old photographs have a singular ability to evoke nostalgia, to cause one to think “those were the good old days.” For four local businesses, however, the good old days have persisted for over 100 years, and the good days keep on coming. To these businesses, old photographs and the rich histories that accompany them don’t convey an idyllic, disconnected past; rather, they show promising beginnings that are directly linked to continuing success a century later. Although each business profiled here has a unique story, each one has stood the test of...

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Main Street Café and Coffee

Aug/Sept 2016 Let’s Do Lunch: Main Street Café and Coffee What to Expect Wholesome, local food in a welcoming atmosphere. What to Try If you can relate to Joey from Friends and his extreme love for sandwiches, Main Street Café and Coffee is the place to fuel up on your lunch hour. “We’ve had people from Canada to Denver to Detroit say our Reuben is the best Reuben they’ve ever had,” said General Manager Jonathan Mitchell. As our photographer got a few shots of the also popular Club sandwich (right), I had a hard time being patient. But it...

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Relevant Law Challenging the Industry with a 21st-Century Approach

Mark Bold likes to use a phrase, “there’s a dog in the fight,” meaning that people tend to take a grievance more seriously when they know that the opposition has some teeth. He has a history of fighting for the defenseless (and winning, to boot) and is not afraid of barking at the gatekeepers. As the founder and managing attorney at the newly-established (March 2016) Relevant Law, Bold is now challenging the status quo, hoping to bring a fresh approach to an age-old industry. Relevant Law is a full service law firm, serving businesses, families and individuals alike in...

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Moving Business Forward From Road to Rail

A Look at Central Virginia’s Top Transportation Projects Three transportation projects in the works are expected to make getting in, around and out of Central Virginia much easier. They include the second phase of an ongoing improvement project on Odd Fellows Road, a free downtown bus, and an Amtrak stop in the Town of Bedford. The Odd Fellows Road project and what’s being called the “Central Business District Circulator” were recently approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) using SMART SCALE, a data-driven process that aims to make the best use of the state’s transportation funds. SMART SCALE, originally...

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The Pros of Pro Bono: How the Virginia Legal Aid Society Helps Clients and the Community

In most people’s lives there will come a time when the services of a lawyer are needed. Whether it’s a divorce, a dispute with a landlord, the drafting of a will, or some other legal matter, many in our community could benefit from a lawyer’s counsel and assistance. Throughout Central Virginia, there are many exceptional lawyers who are able and willing to handle a wide array of legal matters, from the very complicated to the relatively routine. However, access to legal services is often limited to those who can afford it. While the fees charged by lawyers vary—often depending...

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Taking the Long View

Since this issue of Lynchburg Business features businesses in existence over 100 years, it’s fitting to take a step back from the day-to-day headlines on CNBC or Bloomberg and examine the long-term trends, and long-term questions, regarding financial markets, investing and our own personal finances. First, though, let’s look at the short term. Where will the markets be tomorrow, next year and three years from now? We have no idea. The best of the best, Warren Buffett, admits as much. If your financial advisor claims to know otherwise, it may be time to shop around. Where will the markets...

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Leader of the Month: Bonnie Svrcek Aug/Sept 2016

Occupation: City Manager Hometown: Wheaton, Maryland How is it going so far in your new role as Lynchburg’s city manager? Well, since these answers are due on my first official day as City Manager, I have to say things are going very well! I have extraordinary confidence that the city’s phenomenal team of employees and I will continue to deliver services to our citizens, our businesses and our visitors in the most efficient, effective and equitable manner possible, and we will be creative and innovative as well. How does it feel to make history as the city’s first female...

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Mailbox or Inbox?

A Quick Solution to a Modern Marketing Problem Definition: Outbound Marketing (n) is the traditional form of marketing where a company initiates the conversation and sends its message out to an audience. Ink-on-paper marketing products are decreasing. That’s likely no surprise to you. Outbound marketing pieces such as direct mail, rack cards, flyers, booklets and print ads are rapidly being replaced by digital alternatives. If there is a light at the end of the outbound marketing tunnel, it can be assumed it’s the headlight of a digital marketing train barreling toward your business. Take a step back from the...

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Decoding Demographics: Are You Taking Advantage of Data?

Mazda or Maserati. Target or Tiffany. Wal-Mart or Whole Foods. How does a prospective business owner decide what idea will work when selecting a market and what concept will crash and burn? Demographic research is not limited to Fortune 500 companies looking to place their next flagship store. Correctly assessing the market, income, spending habits and population characteristics can make or break a new business. Enlisting a commercial real estate agent with a firm grip on the market or markets in which they operate is essential when starting or placing a business. There are a variety of tools at...

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Leading Lady: Allison Stronza Aug/Sept 2016

Occupation: Executive Director, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Central Virginia Hometown: Bedford, Va. How did you react when CASA won the nonprofit and Small Business of the Year award given out by the Lynchburg Regional Alliance this year? I was very excited to accept the award in the nonprofit category. When they called our name yet again for the overall category, I was surprised and overjoyed. Not only did we get the stage for a few minutes, we also received a $6,000 advertising package that will allow us to spotlight our mission in the community to recruit new...

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Editor’s Letter Aug/Sept 2016

Think about the place you work right now. Maybe it’s a small business, a large company—maybe it’s yours and you own it. Now, think about your same establishment and the product or service you sell…and what it could look like in 100 years. Kind of mind boggling isn’t it? Hopefully, by the year 2116, the commute will be much better because cars will be flying, you will be able to teleport to your next sales call and robots will be handling any workplace printer problems. But in all seriousness, it’s not a lucky setup that enables a business to stay afloat for more than a century. So much changes, and not always in a good “flying car” kind of way—sometimes the economy tanks, bad management takes control or technology causes society’s expectations or demands to do a U-turn. Owners have to adapt with these challenges and find a way to stay relevant and thriving through the decades. In this issue, we set out to hear the success stories of four, long-time local businesses—two founded in 1890, another in 1891 and the fourth in 1897. (To put those dates into perspective to flying cars, the first gasoline-powered car wasn’t sold in the U.S. until 1896.) Starting on page 30, take a step back in time with John Stewart Walker Realty, N.B. Handy, L. Oppleman and Schewels. Read about their histories...

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Movers & Shakers Aug/Sept 2016

Olivia Beavon—New director of special events and communications for the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. Beavon is a graduate of Liberty University with a degree in public relations/advertising. She previously worked for Stewart Langley Properties as the marketing and administrative coordinator. Caroline Biggs—New director of public policy and special programming at the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance. Previously, Biggs was a legislative aide to State Senator Steve Newman. She graduated from Liberty University with a B.A. in government/public policy. Ahgnes Bolusa-Sabugo, M.D.—Named 2016 “Provider of the Year” by the Virginia Community Healthcare Association. Dr. Sabugo is a physician at Johnson Health Center in Amherst, where she has been an innovator in care coordination, patient centeredness and the patient-centered medical home model. Matt Brady—One of the founders of the newly-formed New Dominion Solar, he serves as the company’s director of business development. Brady was trained through the country’s most prestigious solar training school, Solar Energy International, and is one of the few individuals in the Lynchburg region holding a certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals. Derrick Brown—New principal for Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School for Innovation. Brown served as assistant principal at Amherst County Middle School since 2012 and is known for starting the I.R.O.N men program at Amherst County High School while a teacher there in 2009. Jenny Entsminger—Agent for the new real estate franchise: NextHome...

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How an entrepreneur brought Joe Beans to The Burg

When driving around Lynchburg, it’s hard to miss the colorful drive-through coffee stands. Each displays a happy logo of a little coffee bean driving a car. But once you stop at Joe Beans, it’s the aroma of freshly-brewed organic coffee that really gets your attention and makes your taste buds dance. And not only does the staff strive to give their customers great products but they also want the whole family to have a delightful experience as well. “We give kids animal crackers when they come through,” said Linda Brown, owner. “Dogs—we give them doggie bones. Cats—we’ll give them...

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Plugged In Aug/Sept 2016

August 2 Lunch and Learn Series: “When Social Sharing Becomes Oversharing” Presented by the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Bedford Welcome Center 816 Burks Hill Rd., Bedford 12 – 1:30 p.m. Bring a bag lunch. $10 for members; $15 general admission. Senatorial Roundtable with Tim Kaine Hilton Garden Inn 4025 Wards Rd., Lynchburg 10-11:30 a.m. August 6 Charity Lot Party for Centra PACE Lynchburg Harley Davidson 20452 Timberlake Rd., Lynchburg 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Entertainment by The Blue Band, demo/test rides, food, raffles and more. $10 admission. August 9 Business After Hours Hosted by First National Bank 3321 Old Forest Rd., Lynchburg Networking, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Free admission for Alliance members; $10 general admission includes two drink tickets. Networking Before Nine with the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Select Bank, Bedford 8-9 a.m. August 10 Business at Breakfast Presented by The Summit 7:30 – 9 a.m. Discussion about the Department of Labor’s new overtime ruling. $17 for Alliance members; $27 general admission. RSVP by August 5 by calling (434) 845-5966 or email info@lynchburgregion.org. Wyndhurst Wednesdays at The Summit 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Food trucks and more. Outdoor seating available. August 13 “Keep the Spirit of ‘45 Alive” Concert National D-Day Memorial 7-9 p.m. Enjoy a special ceremony and concert with the Let’s Dance band to honor the Greatest Generation. Regular fees apply. August 18 YPCV Networking...

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Prevent Computer Overuse Injuries with Healthy Habits

If you work a desk job, at some point you’ve probably heard that sitting at your computer for long hours poses some kind of danger to your health. But what are the real risks, and is there any inherent danger in working at a computer? Dr. Hugh Hagan, III, Section Chief for Orthopaedic Hand Surgery at Carilion Clinic’s Institute or Orthopaedics and Neurosciences, helps separate fact from fiction regarding this modern-day wives tale. “There is nothing inherently evil about a computer. Computers don’t cause carpal tunnel or arthritis,” says Dr. Hagan. “However, there are general recommendations for any job...

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Around Town Aug/Sept 2016

Lynchburg Innovation Week Making Economic Development Approachable In its very first year, turnout was strong at Lynchburg Innovation Week, presented by the Economic Development Authority (EDA). Organizers report about 525 people came out to events at Riverviews Artspace June 2-4. “It was a different approach to traditional economic development events. We wanted to make it more acceptable and open…bring in a younger audience that we don’t normally reach,” said Anna Bentson, assistant director of the EDA. The week kicked off with a pitch competition. The five finalists from Opportunity Lynchburg’s CO.STARTERS program competed for an opportunity to receive a...

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In the News June/July 2016

CITY LEADERSHIP Lynchburg City Council Appoints New City Manager For the first time in Lynchburg’s history, a woman will be the city’s top leader. On May 11, city council voted unanimously to appoint current Deputy City Manager Bonnie Svrcek to succeed current City Manager Kimball Payne, who announced his retirement in December. Svrcek’s appointment came after a nationwide search that included over 30 candidates, according to Mayor Mike Gillette. “After several processes to narrow the field, we became absolutely convinced that Bonnie Svrcek was the ideal person to serve as Lynchburg’s City Manager, and we believe she will do...

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Mind the Gap: Dodging the Leadership Crisis?

Modern Leadership Defined When thinking about leadership, thoughts of leading groups of people, organizations and even nations emerge. Strong leadership is associated with success and survival. The media is preoccupied with defining and dissecting leadership in terms of strength, inspirational vision, shaping policy, direction and risk. Western corporations and small businesses consider it to be a forceful yet diplomatic influence exerted by an individual who possesses the power to identify and effect change while ensuring buy-in, collaboration, and unity among those who are more comfortable with the status quo. A truly effective leader is dependable and will consistently apply...

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Leader of the Month: Roger Jones, EdD June/July 2016

Occupation: Dean, School of Education, Leadership Studies, and Counseling at Lynchburg College Hometown: Piedmont, SC What does your day-to-day look like? In my current role as Dean, my day is focused around working with a great group of faculty members who are interested in both their disciplines and our students. Some of the work is managerial—schedules, forms, meetings, paperwork, accreditation issues, state and federal reports, etc. While those are important to the structure of the program, it is important to keep in mind that you manage things so that you can lead. Management is not leadership. So, I like...

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Storing Up Wealth: Self-Storage Packs High Value

Self-storage was long thought to be the ideal interim use for commercial land that was not quite ready for more intensive commercial or retail uses. The thinking was that you could throw up some cheap, metal, self-storage units on a secondary site and make good passive income until the area surrounding it had grown up enough where you could sell the property as a prime commercial site for big dollars. Instead, self-storage has now blossomed into a sought-after asset category in its own right, evidenced by the several publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) that deal exclusively in...

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Leading Lady: Karen S. Simonton June/July 2016

Occupation: Chief Administrative Officer, OrthoVirginia-Lynchburg Hometown: Lynchburg, Va. What does your day-to-day look like? Lots of communications—written (hundreds of emails plus letters, memos, etc.) and a fair number of planned and unplanned meetings both on the phone and in person. Between all that, a reasonable amount of financial analysis and accounting department interaction. No two days are the same, and the plan the night before for the next day is often revised a number of times or completely rewritten as the day moves on. Days can begin as early as 6 a.m. and end as late as 10 p.m....

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Plugged In June/July 2016

June 2-4 LYNCHBURG INNOVATION WEEK PRESENTED BY OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Riverviews Artspace 901 Jefferson St., Lynchburg A three-day series of events featuring a variety of activities to learn, network and celebrate the development in the city. Full schedule at www.opportunitylynchburg.com June 7 LUNCH & LEARN: “ESPECIALLY FOR WOMEN: EXAMINE YOUR MESSAGE” PRESENTED BY BEDFORD AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Bedford Welcome Center 816 Burks Hill Road, Bedford 12-1:30 p.m. Bring a bag lunch. $10 for members; $15 general admission. June 8 T4TACTICS, LLC RIBBON CUTTING 147 Mill Ridge Road, Suite 207, Lynchburg 5:30 – 7 p.m. Meet Marko Galbreath and learn about individual and group instruction for firearm safety or active shooter response planning. Call (434) 845-5966 for information. June 14 NETWORKING BEFORE NINE WITH BEDFORD AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Bedford Baptist Church 1516 Oakwood St., Bedford 8-9 a.m. BUSINESS EXPRESS LUNCH & LEARN WORKSHOP WITH LYNCHBURG RETAIL MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION The White Hart 1208 Main St., Lynchburg 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. June 18 LYNCHBURG BATTEAU FESTIVAL ORGANIZED BY LYNCH’S LANDING Percival’s Island 1600 Concord Turnpike, Lynchburg 9-1 p.m. Watch the launch of the replica bateaux as they begin their eight-day journey down the James River. More information at www.jamesriverbatteaufestival.com REMEMBERING HISTORY: HUNTER’S RAID JUNE 1864 Peaks of Otter Lodge 85554 Blue Ridge Pkwy, Bedford 10-4 p.m. Admission is free. June 22-25 2016 VIRGINIA HARLEY OWNERS GROUP RALLY Downtown...

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Jimmy’s on the James

June/July 2016 Let’s Do Lunch: Jimmy’s on the James What to Expect: A welcoming bistro atmosphere featuring fresh Southern cuisine What to Try: “Food goes hand in hand with entertainment,” owner Bob Rygielski explains. “But food comes first. I want to see eyebrows go up with someone’s first bite.” And in the interest of full disclosure, that’s exactly what happened when our photographer first bit into the Six-Ten Sirloin Burger, a 100% ground New York Strip burger. His expression said it all. Paired with hand-cut garlic truffle fries and coming in at only $9, this plate is hard to...

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Asset Protection and Pre-Bankruptcy Planning

Prospective bankruptcy clients who I meet with are often surprised at how little asset protection planning may be completed in the days, weeks and months prior to an expected bankruptcy filing. The truth is, successful asset planning should be considered long before a financial crisis develops. Although it is often the last thing on a person’s mind during prosperous financial times, asset planning is much more likely to be effective when considered during those good times than after the creditors are beating down the doors. Bankruptcy Depends on the Good Faith of the Parties A fundamental concept of bankruptcy...

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Help for Caregivers

More than 65 million spouses, partners, family members, friends and neighbors are providing care to others who are ill, disabled or aged across the United States every day. Primarily between the ages of 18 and 49, America’s caregivers are usually juggling full or part-time work and often find themselves sandwiched between the care of an elderly person and children of their own. It’s not a surprise that the majority of caregivers who are employed suffer work-related difficulties and have to rearrange their schedules, cut their hours or take unpaid leaves of absence to meet their caregiving responsibilities. Studies show...

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Land Tech Group

Where others might see only a slab of mud and grass, Wayne Melancon and his team at Land Tech Group see a canvas on which a work of art can be constructed. Like many of its outdoor living area designs, the company was formed by hard work and a dedication to doing things the right way, rather than the easy way. Melancon, Land Tech’s founder and owner, started the business in 1994 with a few other guys. He had gained experience in landscaping and pool construction back in his hometown of Buffalo, New York, and had put those skills...

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Editor’s Letter June/July 2016

2016 marks 10 years since I accepted a job offer in Virginia. A decision that pulled me from my Tar Heel roots. A decision I thought was only one stop along a path that would lead me back to my family in Charlotte, North Carolina. During an early conversation with my new, first boss, he said something that stuck with me. “You’ll either fall in love with this area, or you’ll fall in love. That’s what will keep you here.” Fast forward to now, on this Sunday morning, as I write my first Editor’s Letter for Lynchburg Business; my husband is reading the paper, my stepdaughters are playing in their room and our future family member is wiggling around inside my stomach. I know now he was right… on both fronts. Falling in love happened quickly; when I met “the one,” I just knew. Falling in love with the area happened over time and was a product of my career as a local journalist. The life of a TV news reporter brings you closer to the community than any other job. You get to know the good, the bad and the ugly of the area you are assigned to monitor. In between court cases and layoffs, I was privileged to tell the good stories, stories about selfless individuals in the Lynchburg region and a community with a true heart...

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Hill City Pharmacy

With a focus on customer relationships and quality service, Hill City Pharmacy is open for business as of this March. The new independent pharmacy hopes to provide the Greater Lynchburg area with a local pharmacy that offers low prices and personalized care. Although Hill City Pharmacy is new to the area, the inner-workings of a hometown pharmacy is hardly new to Bryan Moody, president and owner. “I grew up in my dad’s independent pharmacy in Durham [North Carolina],” Moody said. “We’ve been in the pharmacy industry our whole lives.” Common myths—such as national chain stores outnumbering local fronts—are inaccurate....

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Why Do Customers Purchase the Way that They Do?

(Part 1) Intro Note from the Editor: Sure, cost matters. But a consumer’s decision to choose your company’s products or services is based on a slew of other factors, some you might not even have on your radar. In a multiple-part series, Dr. Kendrick Brunson will answer the question: why do customers purchase the way that they do? The answer could help you respond in a way that increases the likelihood of a sale. Understanding the Marketplace In this series, we will analyze individual attributes of consumers, social influences and situational influences at the time of purchase. Each of...

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Movers and Shakers June/July 2016

Sarah M. Bell—New mortgage loan originator at First National Bank. Bell joins the bank’s mortgage team after serving in its retail division for five years. She has completed coursework at Central Virginia Community College and is a graduate of the inaugural class of First National’s Future Bank Leader program. C. Lynette Callands—Promoted to vice president and branch manager of Bank of the James’ Main Street and Church Street locations. Callands joined the bank in 1999 and has climbed the ranks from teller to branch manager. LaDonna S. Davis—Promoted to retail business development officer at First National Bank’s Vista Branch. Davis began her banking career at First National in 2008 as a teller supervisor. She is a graduate of the inaugural class of First National’s Future Bank Leader program. Shelly Engel—Vice president and drone pilot for Central Virginia Aerial Solutions. Engel is a commercially-rated pilot who brings 10 years of aviation experience to the newly-formed drone company. She earned a B.S. in aeronautics and a minor in business from Liberty University. Kevin M. Gill—Promoted to senior vice president and loan administrator at Bank of the James. Gill has over 25 years of commercial banking experience, including 14 with Bank of the James. He holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business Administration at The College of William and Mary and a B.S. in political science from James Madison University....

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Smart Ways to be Generous

Five tips to help make the most of your giving As a financial planner, it’s common that people come to me for ideas on how to be more effective with their spending, savings and investments. What’s less commonly asked—and is a topic I like to discuss— is how to be more effective with charitable gifts. Giving to our favorite charitable causes and houses of worship is an important aspect of the American family’s finances. Why not, then, try to get the most bang for your buck? Giving to Individuals Each year, you can give $14,000 to other individuals without...

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Editor’s Letter April/May 2016

If there are any topics discussed as frequently as politics and the weather, they just might be money and healthcare. With so many demands on our wallets, this issue should give you some insight on making the most of your money; see coverage starting on page 35. And it’s no surprise that the healthcare industry has been undergoing some massive changes in recent time; we address some common questions employers face when choosing healthcare plans on page 32. For some entrepreneurial inspiration, flip to our second annual Small Businesses on the Rise feature where we share the stories of nine local companies that have experienced tremendous growth. As Doug Roh learned upon opening Bräuburgers in 2014, you sometimes have to adjust your plans to better meet the needs of your customers. Within a few months of opening his eatery, Roh realized his customers wanted full service, so he adapted. Like Roh, the other entrepreneurs we cover—starting on page 42—should provide plenty of insight on growing a successful business. This issue also contains practical and personal advice from several individuals worth watching such as this issue’s Leading Lady Linda Jones, principal at Dominion Seven Architects located in downtown Lynchburg. Of doing business, Jones believes: “You can’t take it with you, so value people and relationships over money every time and avoid regrets.” It’s an axiom that sounds nice in theory,...

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In the News April/May 2016

BUSINESS OPENING Law Firm Rejects Status Quo With Unique Approach Relevant Law, based in Lynchburg, Va., has opened as of March. As a full-service law firm that provides legal solutions for individuals and small to midsize businesses, Relevant combines legal experience, technology and client-focused service in a way that aims to reduce risks, costs and time to the consumer. The firm is formed of experienced attorneys who have local-market expertise and legal understanding; their goal is to provide a better client experience overall. According to their press release, Relevant Law represents a modern and more sophisticated business model that...

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Financing Fundamentals

Financing is critical to the healthy functioning of the commercial real estate market. Occasionally, that long hoped for cash buyer with a suitcase full of money comes along and scoops something up, but, by and large, most commercial sales in our market are financed. While deals can fall apart for all kinds of reasons, a common reason is due to a buyer being unable to obtain suitable financing. While established buyers know what to expect on the path from contract execution, to the bank, and then to the closing table, many sales are to first-time commercial buyers. Let’s cover...

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Benjamin’s Great Cows & Crabs

April/May 2016 Let’s Do Lunch: Benjamin’s Great Cows & Crabs What to Expect: Inventive, flavorful food with an emphasis on fresh and local What to Try: “Being able to be creative—that’s my passion,” says owner and chef Ben McGehee. And that’s evident in the Southern gourmet fare you’ll find on the regular menu and the daily specials. “Business people seek us out for lunch because we’re creative—we have a distinctive menu.” Consider such options as duck breast salad or cow tongue tacos—“They’re the best,” McGehee says with a wide smile. During our visit, we sampled a heaping plate of...

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Movers and Shakers April/May 2016

Sandy Speck—Branch Manager and Senior Mortgage Banker at Atlantic Bay Mortgage. Speck brings more than 30 years of mortgage services experience specializing in Construction to perm financing. She plans to grow the Lynchburg office by meeting the refinancing, purchasing and building needs of the community. Autumn R. Visser—Named a Principal in Woods Rogers PLC firm. Visser is a member of the Business and Corporate Law group, where she concentrates on contract drafting and negotiation, general corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. Visser also works on anti-trust concerns, credit union compliance matters, employment benefits, government contracts, intellectual property, licensing and real estate. Deborah Grishaw—Promoted to Vice President and Mortgage Loan Originator at Bank of the James. Grishaw joined Bank of the James Mortgage in April 2015. Her prior career was in the mortgage and real estate industry where she served as Vice President of Mortgage Atlantic, Inc. from 1996 to 2013 and was named President of the company in 2014. Grishaw is a 1989 graduate of Heritage High School and attended Central Virginia Community College. Renae Adrian—Chief Executive Officer and Lead Business Consultant of FASTSIGNS® Lynchburg. The former Artistic Administrator for the Virginia Arts Festival, Adrian brings 20 years of diverse nonprofit arts management and special event experience to Lynchburg in launching this comprehensive visual communications business. Adrian focuses her business on providing creative branding, excellent project management and high...

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Moore’s Electrical and Mechanical Builds Success Over the Decades

Our People, Our Customers, Our Communities With a vision of building a company that employees would be proud of, providing customers the best possible service and giving back to the community, Dale Moore founded Moore’s Electrical and Mechanical in 1985. The thriving company has experienced growth almost every year since they opened, and currently has 570 full-time employees. “One of the biggest things that sets us apart is the focus that we put each day on our vision,” said Andy Moore, president and CEO. “Our vision is not just words or propaganda or marketing material.” Moore, the son of...

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Physical Therapy: Rehab Delivers Injury Prevention and Recovery

Get better faster—that’s the primary reason to seek help from a physical therapist. And who doesn’t want to feel better and return to living their life sooner rather than later? We often think an injury is going to heal on its own, but many times it doesn’t. Sometimes the body needs a jumpstart to begin healing, and that’s when physical therapy and rehabilitation can play important roles in getting you back to work or play in the shortest amount of time possible. Whether you’re experiencing post-surgical rehabilitation, a balance disorder or a sports- or work-related injury, rehabilitation and physical...

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Leading Lady: Linda Jones April/May 2016

Occupation:Principal at Dominion Seven Architects Hometown: Lynchburg, Va. What does your day-to-day look like? I meet with prospective clients to discuss their projects, do a little accounting work, go on job sites looking at a project under construction and do a little nonprofit work. What led you to where you are now? Interestingly, owning an architectural firm was the last in a long line of careers. It evolved from marketing architectural services for another firm. What were the early days of business ownership like? Certainly a lot of marketing to establish our reputation and a presence in the local...

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Ready To Sell Your House? Buyer—and Seller—Beware!

Violating the Virginia Consumer Protection Act has Never Been Easier As the real estate market continues to rebound from the 2008 recession, more and more homes are being sold each year. In this new recovering market, caveat emptor—or “let the buyer beware”—has been the mantra of the real estate world and the magical words “as is” find their way into virtually every residential sales contract. For centuries, the law has embodied the principle of caveat emptor in most respects with very few exceptions. Buyer Beware Trap Turned Upside Down The Supreme Court of Virginia carved out one such exception...

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Tips on Employee Retirement Packages

As a business owner, making the decision to offer a benefits package to your employees can enrich their lives and serves to help strengthen and protect their families. Simultaneously, you can get the advantages of attracting better-qualified candidates, improved retention of valued employees and increased company morale. A robust benefit package allows you to show you care in a very tangible way and can usually be written off to help reduce the net cost to the bottom line. Setting Up a Plan: What to Consider One of the most common benefits you might implement is a retirement savings plan....

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Leader of the Month: Jan Walker April/May 2016

Occupation: Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Centra Hometown: Lynchburg, Va. What does your day-to-day look like? No two days are alike, for sure! As the Chief Administrative Officer for Centra, I oversee functions that include the Human Resources Department, Legal Services, Risk Management, Safety, Security, Licensure & Accreditation, and Pastoral Care and Community Outreach. Needless to say, hourly developments throughout the organization can drive priorities of the day. That said, the majority of my time is spent listening closely to a team of highly skilled and dedicated staff with a goal of providing executive support as needed. What...

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The Appraiser’s Favorite Tool

Highest & Best Use Appraisers love to think of real estate in terms of Highest and Best Use, which is defined in The Appraisal of Real Estate, 14th Edition as “the reasonably probable use of property that results in the highest value.” Determining a Highest and Best use for a property is an essential and required step in the appraiser’s process of estimating market value. At its most basic level, highest and best use analysis is simply a formalized and orderly process for thinking about what a property could be, might be, should be, or will be now or...

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In the News Feb/March 2016

PUBLIC SAFETY 13th Annual Lynchburg Citizens Academy Accepting Applications Applications for the 13th Annual Lynchburg Citizens Academy are now being accepted through February 19. The Citizens Academy begins on March 3 and sessions will be held on consecutive Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. The Citizens Academy provides residents the opportunity to learn about City government through their free 12 session program. Register online or download the application at www.lynchburgva.gov/citizensacademy. LOCAL MERGER Lynchburg Regional Chamber and Region 2000 Business and Economic Alliance Merge Lynchburg Regional Chamber and Region 2000 Business and Economic Alliance recently merged to become the Lynchburg Regional Business...

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Leader of the Month: Phillip C. Stone Feb/March 2016

Occupation: President, Sweet Briar College Hometown: Bassett, Va. What is the current atmosphere on campus? The mood of the campus is very positive. At the Opening Convocation in August, the faculty, staff, and students all gathered for the first time after the change in governance. The atmosphere at the assembly was electric. Everyone was excited not only because the school was open but because we knew we would all be making history. What is the state of the school today? The state of the College is good. Sweet Briar alumnae, through Saving Sweet Briar, delivered more than $12 million...

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Movers and Shakers Feb/March 2016

Rebecca Sturm-Clauser—New Director of Marketing & Membership at Retail Merchants Association of Lynchburg. Sturm-Clauser brings eight years of experience in business coaching to her new position. Looking ahead, she hopes to add more educational classes and open networking in addition to the organization’s traditional events. Mike Cook—Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Referral Team. Cook is a Business Coach and Motivational Teacher who brings more than 20 years of experience in operating businesses to the organization. Tommy Doukas—Financial Advisor at MassMutual. He has partnered with Financial Designs in Forest, VA. With 20 years of financial services experience, Doukas plans to focus on expanding the Business Continuity and Success Planning division of the firm. Graham P. Evans—Recently named Assistant Vice President and Portfolio Manager I at Bank of the James. Evans joined Bank of the James as a teller in 2012. He holds a BS in Business from Radford University where he majored in Finance and minored in Economics. He is a member of Young Professionals of Central Virginia and serves as a member of the Volunteer Committee. Mike Garrison—Co-Founder and Chief Branding Officer of Strategic Referral Team. Garrison is a sales consultant, trainer, coach, author, and serial entrepreneur who brings more than 17 years of experience in running referral organizations to Strategic Referral Team. Jonathan C. Manson—Promoted to Vice President and Internal Audit Manager at Bank of the...

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Give Your Employees the Ultimate Benefit: Financial Independence

When the phrase “employee benefits” is mentioned it’s often in reference to group health insurance, pensions or a 401(k) match. In recent years, employee health and wellness programs have come into their own—mainly as a means to drive down healthcare and insurance costs. But there’s another type of wellness program sweeping the country, and it has nothing to do with counting calories or minutes on a treadmill. And no, it doesn’t come with a Fitbit. Financial Wellness Programs: Why They’re Needed Financial Wellness programs are a way for businesses of all sizes to allow their employees access to the...

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5 Things Virginia Employers Should Know About Garnishment Summons

If you own or manage a business, odds are that at some point a sheriff or process server will walk through your door and hand you a garnishment summons. A garnishment is the legal action which your employee’s creditor may use to claim funds that you, the employer, owe to the employee (salary or hourly wages, for example). The summons is a warning not to transfer those funds to the employee. Here are five steps aimed at giving employers in the greater Lynchburg area a general understanding of how to field a garnishment action against an employee. 1. Call...

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Editor’s Letter Feb/March 2016

Long hours. Little pay. Micromanagers who have been promoted beyond their ability. And that one coworker who just won’t… quit… talking. Bad jobs: We have all had them. Perhaps the only positive news about poor work environments is that they often make you appreciate good ones. I’ve been fortunate in my career to have had far more good jobs than unpleasant ones, but one of my all-time favorites was my 7-year run as editor of this magazine, as well as Lynchburg Living and other area publications. So when Jennifer Redmond, the current editor, asked me to fill in for her while she took a much-deserved maternity leave, I readily said “yes.” Jumping back in for this issue has been a pleasure, and I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as I enjoyed working on it. In the spirit of celebrating great work environments in Central Virginia, we present our inaugural “Best Places to Work” issue. Featured are 20 employee-nominated companies that offer engaging environments. From employee appreciation to work perks and flexibility, you will find that many themes run throughout the awarded companies. Among them, nearly every single nomination said something to the effect of, “We are treated like family.” It appears that each of these businesses has learned that a satisfying, productive team begins with a sense of care and belonging. Flip to page 28 to...

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Fully Floored: Piedmont Floors Covers It All

Offering unique style, quality services, and total customer satisfaction are top goals at Piedmont Floors. Striving to provide customers with a positive flooring experience, Charles Snider, president and owner of Piedmont, says their showroom on Enterprise Drive in Forest is arranged by color and product to simplify the selection process, creating a customer-friendly atmosphere. Although carpet is their most common installation, Snider says they carry such a wide variety of decorative flooring options that is makes Piedmont “a total flooring supplier.” Piedmont Floors offers hardwood, carpet, vinyl, ceramic tile, marble floors, custom showers and bathrooms, as well as exclusive...

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5 Steps to a Healthier You

A new year is an opportunity for a fresh start. As the calendar flips to 2016, we can examine our lifestyles and make a few simple commitments to better dieting, exercise, and stress management. Fad diets come and go. This week’s bestseller is next week’s table prop. Wellness and healthy living boil down to a few timeless truths—good nutrition, exercise and avoiding unhealthy habits. Here are five steps to a healthier you: 1. Eat the right things. Start by making sure half of your dinner plate is filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. Fill one quarter with whole grains...

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Waste Not, Want Not

Waste Solutions Offers Affordable Recycling Pickup to Lynchburg Area Lynchburg-bred brothers Jason and Gordon Cudd are no strangers to entrepreneurship in the Hill City. As Gordon T. Construction Inc., they have been operating as contractors on area building projects for the past 20 years with great success. When the housing bubble popped and the housing market turned sour, however, their business took a hit and they began considering other, more sustainable forms of income. “I’ve always been interested in the trash and recycling industry—providing a service to fill a need,” Jason said, “[We] wanted to give an option for...

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Market at Main

Feb/Mar 2016 Let’s Do Lunch: Market at Main What to Expect: Classic comfort food with Southern inspiration What to Try: Take a step back in time and a step up in flavor by treating yourself and a colleague to lunch in the heart of Downtown Lynchburg. On the afternoon we stopped in, owner Rodney Taylor served up a Natural Bridge Zoo sandwich—so named for its incorporation of four meats and three cheeses. Finishing off this impressive sandwich was fresh red onion and a tangy herb mayo. We also tried The Cavalier, an eight-ounce Angus burger topped with cheddar, bacon,...

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Leading Lady: Shauna Parsons Feb/March 2016

Occupation: President, Evergreen Basement Systems Hometown: Appomattox, Va. What is your current job? I steer the ship. It’s my job to make sure that we know where we’re going and that my team has everything they need to get us there. That means trucks, tools, personnel, training, and confidence. It’s my job to make sure my team gets what they need to excel. Congratulations on winning the 2015 Athena award! What does this recognition mean to you? It means a lot to me. My business has received several awards over the years and I am proud of each one...

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Saving Lives by Curbing the Habit

Some resolutions can save lives. Companies that invest in wellness programs can make tremendous strides in promoting a healthier and happier workplace and lower healthcare costs too. Every program should include a smoking cessation initiative. The statistical realities of lung cancer are all around us. Few people would argue that modern research clearly links tobacco use to cancer, heart disease and stroke. For years, government regulations have required tobacco companies to label products with health warnings. Still, lung cancer—the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States—remains often overlooked. Lung cancer is the most preventable form of cancer....

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Movers and Shakers Dec/Jan 2015-2016

Shauna Parsons—Recipient of the 2015 ATHENA award from the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce. Owner and President of Evergreen Basement Systems, Parsons earned the prestigious distinction for her business accomplishments, community contributions and commitment to excellence; she was honored as the winner from a pool of 16 nominees at the Women of Worth luncheon on Oct. 30. Raul M. Diaz—Appointed Chief of Police for Lynchburg City. Diaz comes to the position with over 26 years of experience in law enforcement, including both local and federal. Prior to his new role, Diaz was promoted to the position of Assistant Chief in 2013. In addition, Diaz also has federal experience as a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Rex D. Geveden —New Chief Operating Officer (COO) of BWX Technologies, Inc. As COO, Geveden will be responsible for execution of BWXT’s government and commercial nuclear operations in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining the company, Geveden was Executive Vice President at Teledyne Technologies, where he led two of Teledyne’s four operating segments. He holds both a Bachelors and Masters in Physics from Murray State University. Laurie Gulluscio—Resigned as Director of Marketing and Membership for the Retail Merchants Association (RMA). Gulluscio started with the RMA in the fall of 2010; since then they have more than doubled membership and started the Buy Local Lynchburg program. She has been...

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Southern Loom Renewing and Refreshing Homes in Central Virginia

Rebekah Moody’s love for design began at a young age…six in fact! She learned to sew under the tutelage of her mother, and the seeds sown have now become a thriving business. Southern Loom, Moody’s design business, located in the Boonsboro Shopping Center in Lynchburg, is the space in which she works with fabrics and designs new and beautiful creations from the materials around her. Since 2014, when the Southern Loom storefront opened, the business has steadily outgrown its space to where Moody will be launching a new warehouse location called Southern Provision Company, a destination for fabulous finds...

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In the News Dec/Jan 2015-2016

HEALTHCARE Piedmont Eye Relocates to Larger Location Piedmont Eye Center is relocating their Lynchburg headquarters to Nationwide Drive. Construction for the new center concluded at the end of November and was slated to open as of Thanksgiving. The new location will nestle Piedmont Eye Center amongst an array of other medical centers including Gastroenterology Associates of Virginia, Radiology Consultants of Lynchburg and Centra Medical Group. The building—which previously housed a Nationwide call center—is approximately 20,000-square-feet and will host 35 exam rooms with more testing equipment available, according to Director of Marketing Shannon Leedy. The increased space and resources will...

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Preparing for the Future: Proper Transfer of a Family Business

Proper transfer of a family business can be confusing when corporate documents and estate planning documents are opposed in purpose. The goal of such documentation is for perfect strangers to read your documents and use them as a blueprint to accomplish your wishes. In the case referenced here, we do not know for sure what Ms. Corr actually wanted. We do know she tried to ensure that her wishes would be met. We also know that a family was divided because the business documents and the estate plan were not in unison. The Family Situation Ultimately, it will be...

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Leading Lady: Patsy Cunningham Dec/Jan 2015-2016

Occupation: Owner of Basket Case Hometown: Lynchburg, Va. What is your current job? I am the owner of Basket Case, an upscale gift/gourmet shop specializing in custom-designed gift baskets filled with fine chocolates, teas, coffees and wines. We also include many unique Virginia products. Every gift basket is designed to fit the customer’s budget and occasion for the gift. What led you to where you are now? Many years ago, with a desire to be more flexible and more involved with my little girls’ school activities, I researched the possibilities of a home business. I discovered that people were...

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Leader of the Month: Geoffrey Kershner Dec/Jan 2015-2016

Occupation: Executive Director of the Academy Center of the Arts Hometown: Amherst, Va. What does your current job entail? I lead the organization’s programming, strategic planning and operations. Our organization includes a flexible black box theatre, two art galleries, a pottery studio and an arts education facility. We are also in the middle of a facility expansion with the addition of a 750-seat historic theatre. How do you explain the intersection of the arts and community development? On a basic level, the arts build a healthy community. They gather people together to have a shared experience. When this happens,...

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CS Custom Structures Providing One of a Kind Design

Whether your house needs a “facelift” or you are starting from scratch, CS Custom Structures, Inc. is ready to meet your architectural design and construction needs. With 125 years of combined experience in the architectural profession, they strive to offer unique, diverse and “one of a kind” craftsmanship—never duplicating a design. “There is no other company like ours, that [has] the architect and builder under one roof,” said Ron Driskill, vice president and architect. Unique from most competitors, CS Custom Structures offers a “one-stop shop” approach. “Most of our work is custom high-end homes and light commercial projects,” Driskill...

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Around Town Dec/Jan 2015-2016

TECHNOLOGY AWARDS Tech|EDGE 2015 The Region 2000 Technology Council held their second annual TechEDGE Dinner and Awards Night at the Academy of Fine Arts on Oct. 22, 2015. Approximately 150 people attended the event honoring area companies, organizations and individuals excelling in technology. Award recipients included: Innovator of the Year—Adam Spontarelli of Vector Space; Entrepreneur of the Year—Tony Erskine of Sharptop Co.; STEM Educator of the Year—Cindy Watson of Altavista High School; and Technology Company of the Year—Trax, LLC. Special recognition for regional technology excellence acknowledged three local initiatives including: Altavista Microsoft TEALS project; Lynchburg City for their Tech...

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Insider Tips of the Trade

A “Cheat Sheet” OF RESOURCES An essential part of any real estate agent or appraiser’s job is mastering the ability to quickly and readily research and learn everything that they possibly can about a prospective listing, the subject of a new appraisal assignment or another property of interest. Outside of the industry, a surprising amount of people love to play amateur real estate detective and do their own research, while others just want to get answers to specific questions like “Who owns this property?” and “How much did that property sell for?” For the real estate newbie learning the...

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Around Town Aug/Sept 2015

Bower Center Groundbreaking On June 26, the Bower Center for the Arts hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for their upcoming expansion. The Bower Expansion Project will completely change the façade of the front exterior of the building, making it look like the vibrant arts center that it is, as well as construct a new lobby, install an elevator, a new heating and air conditioning system and two new bathrooms. Many other projects will further improve the Center. Generous donors Dr. John Bower and Edna Curry attended the ceremony. The Bower Center for the Arts enriches the cultural life of Bedford...

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Made in Lynchburg Aug/Sept 2015

Capps Shoe Company U.S. Made Shoes Since 1997, Capps has been manufacturing footwear for every division of the U.S. Military. The company, which has earned the highest quality and service rating given to shoe manufacturers by the Defense Logistical Agency, makes 2,300 pairs daily at their factory in Gretna, Va. They are currently the largest dress shoe manufacturer for the U.S. Department of Defense supplying both men’s and women’s footwear and were recently added to the list of the top 500 Federal contractors in the United States. (434) 528-3213. uniform.usmadeshoes.com Let Us Know! This department highlights local products and...

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Around Town June/July 2015

The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual “Back to Business Basics” dinner on March 26. Hosted at the Boonsboro Country Club, the chamber recognized several winners in a number of categories. In Agribusiness, the Bedford Area Family YMCA Farmer’s Market won; for Nonprofit Organization, the National D-Day Memorial won; Small Business of the Year was Town Kitchen & Provisions; and Large Business of the Year was Fostek Corporation. The citizen of the year, recognized for her volunteerism and community activism, was Evelyn Johnson. Coach Rebecca received the Founding Fathers Award for Volunteer...

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Made in Lynchburg June/July 2015

This department highlights local products and manufacturing throughout the Region 2000 Partnership Robot #5279 In partnership with the US FIRST Robotics program, engineers at New London Technology, Inc. (NLT) work closely with local students from Altavista and Chatham high schools to design and construct robots. Under NLT’s guidance, the Altavista student team built Robot #5279 and placed in the top 20 finalists at this year’s state competition in Richmond. The robot is able to lift upwards of 3 large bins and move them from one location to another through a computer guidance system. To see the robot in action,...

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