Author: Chris Murphy

A Little Perspective

Taking stock of where the real estate market has been and where it’s headed… In meeting with seller clients, I find it helpful to start any conversation about the value of their property within a framework of “where the market is today.” I pull certain statistics, and we discuss both the macro level (our entire market) as well as the micro (usually their zip code). It’s helpful for me to keep tabs on various market segments, and I think sellers find it instructive to know what to expect going forward. When asked how the market is, it’s easy to...

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Mind, Body & Spirit

Invest in complete care for employees Wellness in the workplace is a symbiotic effort between both the institution and employee. The workplace can provide a conductive culture in which both institutional and personal wellness is promoted. Personal wellness, in part, is a state in which the employee enjoys contributing to the advancement of the institution’s purposeful mission and fostering a positive work culture; the institution must establish the culture in which wellness can occur. It is well understood that the institution’s ultimate purpose is to accomplish its mission and achieve its vision. A clear and compelling mission statement must...

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Planning for Retirement

Of all the questions I’m asked as a financial planner, the top two are usually some variation of: 1 – When can I retire? 2 – Will I have enough money to retire? Usually, these questions are being asked by those whose retirement date should be just around the corner. I’m always excited, though, when those whose retirement date is further out ask the same questions because they have that much more time to make their dreams become a reality. Breaking down the answer to these questions is a large part of what any good financial advisor should help...

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Movers & Shakers April/May 2017

Raymond Doot—Intern at Lynchburg Wealth Management. Ray is a senior at Liberty University studying financial planning. His goal is to pursue a career in the financial services industry and obtain the CFP® designation. Paige Crouch–Adoption Caseworker at Family Life Services Adoption Agency. Paige is a graduate of Longwood University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work. She joins the FLS team after spending four years working in the public and private sector where she helped children in the foster care system find permanent families. Joel Eggleston—Physical Therapist at Rehabilitation Associates of Central Virginia in Forest. Dr. Eggleston earned his B.A. in Biology from Houghton College, NY and received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the State University of Buffalo. He is a Certified Manual Trigger Point Therapist. Prior to settling in Virginia, Dr. Eggleston traveled as a therapist working in multiple states including Alaska, Colorado and California. Mary Goding—Director of Sales and Marketing at Generation Solutions. Before joining the Generation Solutions team in December 2016, Mary was an Account Executive at Gentiva Home Health. Prior to that, she was the Director of Social Services at Avante Group. Mary graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Psychology. Stephanie Johnson—Physical Therapist Assistant at Rehabilitation Associates of Central Virginia in Amherst. Stephanie earned a degree in Exercise Science from the College of Charleston and later graduated from the...

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Plugged In April/May 2017

April 4 Business Express: “Print is More than Just Paper!” 1208 Main St., Lynchburg 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Presenter: Jeff Perkins, News & Advance April 6 Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance Small Business Summit & Awards Luncheon Kirkley Hotel & Conference Center, Lynchburg 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost: $55 for Alliance members and $75 general admission; $25 Lunch Only (434) 845-5966; www.lynchburgregion.org April 7 Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance A.M. Alliance Networking LRBA Conference Room, 2015 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg 7:30 – 9 a.m. Complimentary admission for Alliance members. (434) 845-5966; www.lynchburgregion.org April 11 Networking Before Nine with the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce BACC SML Satellite Office 1100 Celebration Ave., Suite 212, Moneta 8 – 9 a.m. Free for members, $15 for non-members. April 12 Lunch to Learn with the SBDC: Local Agriculture/Local Economy CVCC, Merritt Hall 12 p.m. Free admission. Sponsored by the Campbell County Office of Economic Development. April 13 Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance Economic Vibe Breakfast Hilton Garden Inn, Lynchburg 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Cost to attend is $20 for Alliance members; $30 for general admission (434) 845-5966; www.lynchburgregion.org April 26 Lunch to Learn with the SBDC: Finding and Designing Your Business Space CVCC, Merritt Hall 12 p.m. Free admission. Sponsored by the Bedford County Office of Economic Development. Lynchburg Area Women in Technology (LAWIT) Lunch Hilton Garden Inn, Lynchburg 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost...

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In The News April/May 2017

NEWS SPOTLIGHT Lynchburg Ranks 8th on National Community Well-Being List In just two years, Lynchburg jumped 29 spots on the State of American Well-Being: 2016 Community Well-Being Rankings report. The Hill City placed 8th in the 2016 rankings; in 2014, Lynchburg was 37th on the list. The report, released by Gallup and Healthways, measures how residents of 189 U.S. cities feel about their physical health, social ties, financial security, community and sense of purpose. The same report in 2010 named Lynchburg as the 8th most obese metropolitan area in the U.S. Since then, there has been a community-wide effort...

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Leader of the Month: Steve Lloyd April/May 2017

Title: Owner, Lloyd Concrete Services Hometown: Bedford, VA Tell us how you got started, back in the day. When I got out of the Navy, I went to work for a fellow in the concrete business. We actually poured the first concrete on Liberty Mountain back in 1973. But pretty soon, I just wanted more. I went out on my own in 1976, and I had nothing. My mother and father (my father worked in a factory) didn’t have any money to lend me. When I started, I didn’t even have a trowel machine. I did everything by hand....

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The Faces of Negativity

We are each impacted by negativity in our day-to-day lives, but the full extent of its impact on our workplace productivity should be addressed. What does negativity look like in the workplace? What is its impact? What can be done to decrease the prevalence of negativity both displayed and experienced by your employees? Business leaders have an opportunity to change the course of their companies’ success through proactive actions that may decrease the impact of workplace negativity while increasing the overall job satisfaction experienced by employees. Negativity in Others Before a solution can be addressed, it is important to...

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Editor’s Letter April/May 2017

You’ve likely heard “The Tale of Three Bricklayers” before, in some variation or another. When asked what they were doing, the first bricklayer said, “I’m laying bricks,” the second one answered, “I’m putting up a wall,” and the third said with pride, “I’m building a cathedral.” The moral of the story is about the power of a positive attitude and focusing on the big picture—especially in your place of work. Do you feel like you are just “laying bricks” every day at your job? Or are you proudly “building a cathedral” with your co-workers? While the burden of this outlook does fall on the employee, I believe the employer also plays a huge role in making sure there are more “cathedral builders” than “bricklayers” in their workforce. In this issue for our 2nd Annual Best Places to Work on page 28, we are profiling 15 businesses who were nominated by their employees as being a place where they “build cathedrals” so to speak. From team building to community development and beyond, read what each business is doing to make their workplace among the “best” in the region. We are also taking an in-depth look at company culture. On page 40, find out some of the secrets of being a place where everyone wants to work. And our Human Resource columnist Colleen McLaughlin focuses on how negativity can impact your...

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SBR: Southern Provisions Company

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

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SBR: About 90 Marketing

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

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Leading Lady: Sara Elizabeth Timmins Feb/March 2017

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

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SBR: Custom Embroidery & Screenprinting

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

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The Stress Test

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

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SBR: THE WATER DOG

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

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Around Town Feb/March 2017

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

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{RA} Bistro

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

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Made in Lynchburg Feb/March 2017

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

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Movers & Shakers Feb/March 2017

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

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SBR: LiteSheet Solutions

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

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SBR: Affordable Energy Concepts, Inc.

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

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Solar Savings

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

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Ready. Set. Go!

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

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Go Measure 3D

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

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Productive Ideas for that Year-End Bonus

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

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SBR: T4TACTICS

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

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SBR: C&C Piping & Fabrication

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

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In The News Feb/March 2017

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

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SBR: The White Brick House

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

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Employees Find Power Through Wellness

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

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The Cost of Eldercare

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

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Checking Our Local Bank Balance

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

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Leader of the Month: Chris Jones Feb/March 2017

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

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Who Really Cares About Real Estate Predictions?

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

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Greenwashing

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

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Plugged In Feb/March 2017

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

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

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

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Choosing Investments in a Workplace Retirement Plan

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

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Vahseer Meadworks

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

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Plugged In Dec/Jan 2017

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

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Movers & Shakers Dec/Jan2017

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

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In The News Dec/Jan2017

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

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Made in Lynchburg Dec/Jan 2017

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

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Bride of the Year Luncheon

Are you the next bride of the year? DATE: Saturday, January 28, 2017 TIME: 12 Noon – 2pm. LOCATION: Oakwood Country Club, 3409 Rivermont Ave, Lynchburg, VA 24503 We invite you to Central Virginia Bridal Guide’s exclusive Bride of the Year Luncheon, where we will select the 2017/2018 “Bride of the Year”! Held at the beautiful Oakwood Country Club in Boonsboro, this will be a prominent event for all who attend… Come enjoy a photo booth, lunch provided by four unique caterers, delicious wedding cakes, floral designs, and tons of giveaways! Every Bride in attendance will be eligible to...

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Giving Back Awards

From an at-risk child who needs a mentor to a battered woman who needs a safe home, there are so many needs in our community—needs that many of us forget as we go about our busy, day-to-day lives. But countless individuals make it their life’s work to make those needs a priority every single day. In our 3rd annual Giving Back Awards, we are honored to once again put Central Virginia’s nonprofits in the spotlight. Get to know the top 25 organizations who were nominated and ranked by members of the community. #1 Non-Profit Casa Court Appointed Special Advocates...

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