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Small businesses prepare for their big day on Saturday

At bbgb — a Carytown bookstore mostly for children — the time for commerce is now.

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Farm recalls produce used in Costco salad linked to E. coli

SAN FRANCISCO — A California farm is recalling a vegetable mix believed to be the source of E.coli in Costco chicken salad that has been linked to an outbreak that has sickened one person in Virginia and 18 people in six other  states, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

PHOTOS: Thanksgiving bargain hunting

Shoppers wait in line at Best Buy and shop at Toys "R" Us in Short Pump to catch holiday savings Thanksgiving Day.

Sales strategies: Get the most from a fractional sales manager

Many small businesses don’t have a sales team large enough to justify a person whose only role is to be the sales manager.

PHOTOS: Black Friday shoppers in Richmond area

Plenty of Richmonders turned out for Black Friday sales at area stores, including Regency Square and Kohl's in Short Pump.

Kids and Money: A new starter retirement account for young workers

The government just gave young workers struggling to sock away money for the future an early holiday-season gift.

Markets closed Thursday

The U.S. stock and bond markets were closed Thursday for Thanksgiving. The stock markets will close early today, at 1 p.m. Trading in Treasurys and commodities will close by 2 p.m. today.

Let the shopping begin: Retailers are ready for Black Friday

Customers will line up outside stores this afternoon and tomorrow morning as retailers trigger their Black Friday bargains and open their doors.

PHOTOS: Macy's prepares for holiday sales

Macy's staff at the Chesterfield Towne Center prepare for Thanksgiving sales that begin today at 5:00.

Sales strategies: Get the most from a fractional sales manager

Many small businesses don’t have a sales team large enough to justify a person whose only role is to be the sales manager.

Business principles 101: Perform the tasks most critical to your business

I have had three breaks in my entrepreneurial career.

Ask Doug & Polly: Choosing a consultant

QUESTION:  I am thinking about hiring a consultant to help me with some challenges my small business is facing. Do you have any recommendations for how to choose the right consultant?

More Learning Center
Getting to know: Caryn Foster Durham

Title: Managing partner and owner of Charles Ryan Associates, a Richmond-based brand communications firm

Decision Maker for Nov. 23: Julie H. Gustavsson

New position: partner and chief operating officer, Keiter, the largest independent local CPA firm in Richmond.

Getting to know: Suchit Gandhi with Pirtek

Title: Suchit Gandhi, owner of Pirtek franchise in Henrico County, which provides hydraulic and pneumatic hose services for numerous industries

Decision Maker for Nov. 16: Marc Purintun

New position: chair, employee benefits and executive compensation practice, Williams Mullen, one of the largest corporate law firms in the Richmond area with 10 offices in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Washington.

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Whatever you fear most has no power... it is your fear that has the power.

- Oprah Winfrey

What Is Contributory Negligence?

When a person is injured in Virginia because someone is negligent (for example, a driver runs a stop sign and causes an accident), the law in Virginia also looks to see if the injured person was “contributorily negligent.” Virginia is one of a handful of states that has “pure contributory negligence.” Under this rule, a plaintiff found by a judge or jury to be just a small percent at fault for contributing to an accident will recover nothing, even though the defendant is mainly the one at fault. Other states joining Virginia with a pure contributory negligence rule are Alabama, the District of Columbia, Maryland and North Carolina. All of the other states instead have some version of “comparative negligence.”

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