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House subcommittee kills bills to raise minimum wage

The GOP-majority Commerce and Labor Subcommittee #2 today killed three bills that would have raised the minimum wage in Virginia.

Bill to streamline small business licensure passes Senate

Senator Jeremy McPike’s bill to provide optional bonding for Class A and B contractors passed the Virginia Senate.

Economist: Farms have changed significantly over past three decades

Farm income is down, according to Dr. Bob Young, chief economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Right-to-Work and the Apartheid state

There are plenty of reasons why people who believe in human freedom and free markets should oppose so-called “right-to-work” laws.

Senate committee blocks minimum wage increase

A Senate committee failed to pass two measures that would have seen an increase in Virginia’s minimum wage.


Shentel’s annual Big Give Initiative breaks record donations

Shentel held its third annual holiday initiative, The Big Give, this past December and more than doubled the amount raised.

Studies show TV ads impact childhood obesity gene

A new study has found that a genetic trait related to obesity may in fact make children more susceptible to unhealthy food commercials.

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Boyce Brannock named to boards of First National Corporation, First Bank

First National Corporation announced this week the appointment of Boyce Brannock to the Board of Directors of the Company.

Sterling drops on weak trade data

Sterling dropped below 1.2100 in the forex market for the first time since October 2016 in the wake of the UK trade data.

Report: One in five Marketplace consumers was small business owner, self-employed

Treasury released a report with new data on sources of health insurance coverage for small business owners and self-employed workers.

Navy Federal Credit Union to invest $100 million to expand in Frederick County

Navy Federal Credit Union will invest $100 million to expand its Winchester operations center in Frederick County.

No right to free water: Except for Nestlé

Former Nestle CEO Peter Brabeck is famous for denying that access to drinking water is a human right.

Five signs it is time to hire an accountant

If you are wondering whether you should hire an accountant for financial assistance, here are five signs that you should highly consider.

Five New Year’s Resolutions business owners should make

Psychologists are divided as to whether New Year’s Resolutions are helpful or not, but most of us keep making them.

Top seven car stories for 2016

Between technology, a new president and lots of shifts in the way we see cars, the year has definitely shocked a lot of people.

Local music entrepreneur succeeds, expands in Shenandoah Valley

Tiller Strings is very involved in the local community, sponsoring live music and art events as well as nurturing the growth of strings education.

SBA economic injury disaster loans available in Virginia: Drought

Disaster loans are available to small businesses and small agricultural cooperatives in Lee and Scott counties as a result of the drought that began on Oct. 4, 2016.

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Hopkins presented with Expanding Opportunities Innovator’s Award

Debby Hopkins was one of two individual recipients of the Expanding Opportunities Innovator’s Awards


Study: Fear-based messaging negatively affects consumption of fresh produce

A recent study found that fear-based messaging tactics have led to a decline in produce consumption among low-income shoppers.

Five things that people usually do for receiving high profit

Every second American have thought on gaining a fortune without lifting a finger. Hundreds of financial coaches all over the country assure us they know secret loopholes that can generate us huge profits.

McAuliffe announces $1 million expansion by Lydia Mountain Lodge in Greene County

Lydia Mountain Lodge & Log Cabins will invest $1 million to expand its existing operation in Stanardsville.

Business analytics center to help U.S. agencies improve data access

The Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics at Virginia Tech is partnering with Berico Technologies, Amazon Web Services.

Know your rights: Avoid fraud, scams this holiday shopping season

Virginia consumers need to be aware of their rights as Black Friday approaches and the holiday shopping season begins.

What you need to know about business dispute lawyers

You had a partnership with a prominent business corporation that you trusted and relied on.

MAXIMUS to invest $1.87 million to establish customer support center in Hampton

MAXIMUS will invest $1.87 million to establish a customer support center in the City of Hampton.

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McAuliffe announces new Virginia agricultural trade office in Southeast Asia

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today the opening of the Southeast Asia representative office of VDACS.

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Virginia wheat and barley production down in 2016

Virginia farmers harvested 9.28 million bushels of winter wheat during the summer of 2016 according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Less students attending college to obtain an MBA

The number of students attending traditional colleges to obtain an MBA degree has fallen over the last two years.

State introduces new program to aid small businesses

New Virginia Scaling4Growth is a program to assist Virginia small businesses in achieving growth and reaching their next level of success.

The importance of employee ownership

Labor Day is a time for us to celebrate the workers who make our economy grow – the people without whom businesses could not survive and thrive.

New funding to broaden state’s network for farm and forestry exports

Virginia will invest $850,000 over the biennial budget to expand its international trade initiatives promoting Virginia’s agriculture and forestry products.

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Dominion prevails in patent infringement lawsuit

Following a jury trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Dominion won a jury verdict against Alstom Grid, Inc.

SANJO Corte Fino to invest $17.5 million to establish North American headquarters in Virginia Beach

SANJO Corte Fino, a manufacturer based in Barcelona, Spain, will invest $17.5 million to establish its North American headquarters in Virginia Beach.


Handsome Brook Farm to invest $6 million to establish egg processing operation in Virginia

New York-based Handsome Brook Farm will invest $6.4 million to establish a new pasture raised egg processing operation in the Town of Berryville and Clarke County.

Three questions to answer before doing an MBA

Taking an MBA course can be a seriously important decision to make, and can be your ticket to a whole wealth of new opportunities.

Why the lean strategy can get your business prepared for the future

There are a lot of things that you need to consider in order to prepare your business for success in the present.

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Dominion Voltage awarded patent for Volt/VAR optimization

Dominion Voltage Inc., a grid optimization subsidiary of Dominion Resources, was recently awarded a patent related to its proprietary Volt/VAR optimization system.


Ag industry asks for children’s books about modern farms

If children are influenced by the books they read, then conveying accurate information about agriculture has never been more important.

Wheat tour showed promising harvest, potential for expanded market

A tour of Virginia’s wheat fields revealed some pleasant surprises as growers began this year’s soft wheat harvest.

Safe, wholesome milk supply begins on the farm

National Dairy Month is a time to recognize their efforts to ensure that the milk they produce is safe.

Corn exports vital, even in corn-deficit Virginia

When it comes to raising corn, Virginia is not a major player on the national stage. But corn exports from the Old Dominion are still important.

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Dominion’s eBill enrollments climb over 1 million

More than 1 million Dominion Virginia Power customers are now enrolled in eBill — Dominion’s paperless billing program.

Grant Thornton to invest $15.75 million to expand in Northern Virginia

Grant Thornton LLP, a leading U.S. professional-services firm, will invest $15.75 million to grow its presence across the Northern Virginia region.

Virginia unemployment rate lowest since May 2008

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is now at 3.8 percent—the lowest rate since the May 2008 rate of 3.8 percent.

Department of Labor signs agreement with VEC to protect workers from misclassification

The Department of Labor and the Virginia Employment Commission signed an agreement intended to protect employees’ rights.

Performance Livestock and Feed Company to establish feed production operation in Virginia

Performance Livestock and Feed Company, Inc., will invest $4.2 million to establish a new feed production operation in Henry County.

McAuliffe announces new private sector sponsorship for MACH37 Cyber Accelerator

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) has agreed to participate as a Platinum Sponsor of the MACH37 Cyber Accelerator program.

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McAuliffe signs Food Crop Donation Tax Credit bill

Governor Terry McAuliffe today ceremonially signed the Food Crop Donation Tax Credit legislation.

Alcoa to invest more than $8 million to expand manufacturing operation in Henry County

Alcoa will invest more than $8 million to expand its aerospace forging capabilities at its manufacturing operation in Henry County.

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Augusta Health employees give back to community

During the recent employee campaign for the Augusta Health Foundation, employees donated $104,489 to patient programs and funds.