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What's trending in new homes? Matted gold fixtures

Forget the brushed nickel. The primary accent color, whether it’s for a grab bar for the shower, a bathroom faucet or lighting fixture, is gold.

Local Business News

Notable Gifts: Foundation fuels dental health effort

Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation has donated $475,000 to improve oral health through grants to 18 organizations that provide education and access to care for underinsured or uninsured Virginians.

Consumer Reports - Which tax program is right for you?

Are you among the intrepid tax filers who prepare their own returns? Then you’re probably using H&R Block Deluxe or TurboTax Deluxe, two leading tax-prep products.

Economist: Area's new home market over halfway back to normal

The new home market has come a long way from its trough in 2009, but it is not back to what’s considered normal.

Sunday Q&A with Steve Papoulakos, co-owner of 6 area flower shops

Steve Papoulakos expects to have a fast-paced week.

Biz Bites: Publix coming; Dominion growing; Smart's home sold

Publix signs lease

The Nation's Housing: Goal of 'opening up the credit box' still elusive

Federal housing policymakers and mortgage lending groups have been talking about expanding access to home loans for greater numbers of credit-worthy buyers for more than a year.


Deposits made at credit unions are insured up to $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration. The agency’s name was incorrect in Bruce Williams’ Smart Money column Jan. 28 on Page D4.

Genworth to cut about 270 employees in Virginia, including 70 in Richmond area

Genworth Financial Inc.’s decision to indefinitely suspend sales of its traditional life insurance and annuity policies will result in about 270 job cuts in the company’s Virginia operations.

Sales strategies: Proven method to increase sales close rate

Two of the top recommendations we make in our sales development engagements are not wasting time on unqualified buyers and seeking to achieve a 100 percent closing rate on all qualified buyers.

Business Principles 101: Prospects become buyers only when they have desire and dollars

During the years that I worked at Gulf States Yachts, the company always had the largest display of big yachts at the Houston Boat Show.

Ask Doug & Polly: Define your target segment correctly before differentiating your product

QUESTION: My company has just entered a new market with limited competition. Should I focus on differentiating my offering from the old way of doing things or the handful of businesses working to establish the market?

More Learning Center
Getting to know: Khaled Khashroom with 7-Eleven

Title: franchise sales representative for convenience store chain 7-Eleven

Decision Maker for Feb. 1: Brian Losch with Worth Higgins and Associates Inc.

New position: vice president of sales, Worth Higgins and Associates Inc.

Getting to know: Heather Garrett with Parkwood Creative

Title: executive producer at Parkwood Creative, a video production company that now operates in Richmond’s Manchester neighborhood

Decision Maker for Jan. 25: Brandon Robinson with Virginia Society of Association Executives

New position: chief operations officer at Eisenman & Associates Inc., serving as the executive director of the Virginia Society of Association Executives.

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– Bill Gates

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