Category: Special Sections

Break Out of the Boardroom

5 Types of Meetings that Work Best Offsite Imagine sending out a business meeting invitation where people not only accept quickly but also are excited to add it to their calendars. Get a better response from your employees by breaking out of the boardroom with these five meeting suggestions. High Energy Brainstorming Session According to a 2014 Stanford study, walking improves creative thinking. In fact, any type of body movement stimulates the brain more than sitting. That is why top executives, such Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, are often seen taking meetings on the go. To plan a brainstorming session...

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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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Emphasizing Workplace Wellness

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

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A Bright Future

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

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Ankida Ridge

PRODUCES AWARD-WINNING, ECO-FRIENDLY WINES High on a mountainside in Amherst County, where heaven and earth join, some of the nation’s finest wines are being produced at Ankida Ridge Vineyards. Their pinot noir was just named one of the Top Ten Hot Brands of 2017 by Wine Business Monthly and one of the Top 100 Wines of 2017 by James Melendez, one of the country’s leading wine writers. The view from their tasting room, facing Tobacco Row Mountain, is breathtaking, even for people acquainted with breathtaking views in the Blue Ridge Mountains. An accidental clearing of land got it all...

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Take Your Health to Heart

A LOCAL DOCTOR SHARES HOW TO AVOID COMMON HEART PROBLEMS AS YOU AGE In the United States, the most common heart problems are coronary artery disease, hypertension, stroke and congestive heart failure. Congestive heart failure (CHF), one of the most frequent reasons for hospital admission, costs Americans about $30 billion each year. “CHF can be due to a weakened heart muscle afflicted by coronary artery disease, or can be due to long-standing hypertension, or from untreated severe heart valve disease,” says Dr. Rahul Sharma, assistant director of the Carilion Clinic’s Structural Heart & Valve Center in Roanoke. Keeping your...

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The Real Value of Family Values

What Small Businesses Can Learn from the Family Business To rise to the top in corporate America, executives and their respective boards have seemingly long abandoned the inherent values of a family business, as tactics of short-termism and streamlining product continue to become popularized. Rather than prioritizing the needs of shareholders and institutional investors, the business owners and partners of the world must realize that family values have real value—both in building a foundational customer base and hedging investments for long-term, sustainable growth. Such unconventional “small town” strategies would likely be rejected at the next proxy meeting for large...

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Beat the Business Meeting Blues

Trends and Innovations that Increase Excitement and Productivity Most people likely consider business meetings to be as exciting as routine health checkups, but new trends and innovations in the field may change their outlook. More and more businesses are moving away from stuffy lecture-style meetings that allow for little interaction and toward more dynamic and collaborative methods and formats. Read on for five ideas from local professionals on how to hold a productive, morale-boosting, and fun— yes, fun!—business meeting. 1. Consider holding meetings outside of the office—or even outdoors! One of the best and easiest ways to enliven business...

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Rejuvenate Your Career Confidence

How Non-Invasive Procedures Can Boost Your Self-Esteem without the knife Although a balanced diet and exercise are the main ways to boost your physical appearance, some businessmen and businesswomen are looking to non-invasive procedures as an option to take off a few years. “Unfortunately, as people age, they are perceived as less energetic and less effective,” said Kristen Kuk, physician at Aesthetics by Ridgeview Dermatology. According to a study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, almost three quarters of women agree that a youthful appearance contributes to getting a job, being promoted, and keeping clients. “I have often...

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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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