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Thinking inside the box (or bottle)

An in-depth look at Central Virginia’s thriving automated assembly industry Every day, goods are shipped all around the planet in boxes. With the explosion of online shopping and world trade, the demand for corrugated boxes has been rising exponentially. That’s good news for Lynchburg-based Automated Conveyor Systems (ACS), which builds the equipment and systems needed to make corrugated boxes of every size. That good fortune also extends to about 200 companies in the Central Virginia region that support the conveyor industry, such as steel and cylinder manufacturers. “This area is one of the hotspots in the world for the...

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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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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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