Author: Jennifer Redmond

A Roadmap for Success:

City of Lynchburg Releases Five-Year Strategic Plan for Growth Creating an effective plan for the future requires two key elements: awareness and foresight. The first, to know where you currently are and why. The second, to know where you should be going and how. Over the last year, the City of Lynchburg’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism worked with Steven Pedigo, a nationally recognized economic development strategy consultant and professor at NYU, to create “A Blueprint for Opportunity,” which provides compelling action items for the City to undertake from 2019-2023. Data analysis was coupled with input from business...

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When a Natural Disaster Comes Knocking

Six months after the April 15 tornado, impacted businesses are rebuilding If you asked me ten things that could happen to the business—this would not have been on the list. It’s a helpless feeling. There’s nothing you can do; you just have to deal with it.” So says Jim Drumheller, a Point Source Audio co-owner, of the F3 tornado that touched down in the greater Lynchburg region on April 15. Campbell County—particularly along Timberlake Road where Point Source Audio was located on Beechwood Drive—saw more than $17 million in structural losses, and 16 businesses were severely damaged. According to...

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Seeking Professional Connections & Development?

Enter the Young Professionals of Central Virginia Most jobs are secured through a relationship of one kind or another. Someone shares that his or her employer has an opening; another contact may slip in a quick recommendation to a supervisor. Each of these connections can go a long way in propelling a career forward. But what happens when one’s personal network is lacking, and there’s a real possibility of missing valuable professional opportunities? Enter the Young Professionals of Central Virginia (YPCV). A group designed to connect young professionals with each other and various development opportunities, YPCV’s mission is “dedicated to...

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Heart and hustle: two qualities that define Josh Kirk, owner of MayLynn’s Creamery and the newly opened MayLynn’s Downtown. After a devastating accident six years ago, Kirk found himself literally starting from scratch. Looking back now—with two successful shops open and sister company Chill City Pops launching—he says, “Don’t get into [a business] unless you’re willing to put the time in.” And judging from his schedule—14-hour days, 7 days a week—it’s a lot of time. “You have to be willing to sacrifice what’s needed to make it great,” he says. For Kirk, the motivation came as a result of...

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