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How to maximize your digital advertising budget in 2017

This year it’s not just about having a digital advertising strategy. Now, smart businesses are looking at refining their strategies.


Three mistakes to avoid when naming your new company

Choosing a name for your new business is a lot harder than it might seem on the surface.

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Dominion Solar for Schools program expanding

The expansion of Solar for Schools occurs as Dominion’s solar investment in Virginia approaches $1 billion.


NAFTA trading partners recount gains since 1994

Agriculture officials from the Canadian and Mexican embassies detailed benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement.


Hobby Lobby to change advertising practices as part of settlement

Attorney General Mark Herring has reached a settlement with arts and crafts store Hobby Lobby concerning its advertising practices.


SteelFab to expand manufacturing operation in Emporia

SteelFab will invest $2.14 million to expand its manufacturing operation in the City of Emporia.

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How to form the leanest startup possible in 2017

The rise of lean startups and solopreneurs is a telling tale for modern business owners.


The role of timing when you start a business

You’ve probably heard the phrase “timing is everything” throughout your life.


Tips for businessmen and entrepreneurs who deal with enormous stress

Dealing with a substantial amount of stress can eventually become overwhelming.


Must-know tips for the CPA exam

Accounting professionals hoping to excel in their field and advance their finance careers tend to focus on one route: achieving the CPA designation.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.