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Swedish Match awaits FDA ruling on "less harmful" status for tobacco product

A display in the lobby of tobacco company Swedish Match’s North American headquarters in downtown Richmond advertises the company’s vision statement: “A world without cigarettes.”

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Consumer Reports - Do you need to buy a generator?

You’re settled in safe at home when suddenly the lights go out and the comforting hums of fridge and furnace go dead.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance - Get the most from your health plan

Whether you get coverage through your employer or on your own, it is time to pick your health plan for 2016.

Biz Bites: Media General buyout; HDL sale


Turkey production in Va. forecast to rise 4 percent

The number of turkeys raised in Virginia in 2015 is expected to total 17.4 million, up 4 percent from the 16.8 million raised in 2014, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said.

Zig Ziglar, self-help author

I don't care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don't harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you're never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.

Dominion plans three new solar farms

New solar power farms could be coming to Louisa, Powhatan and Isle of Wight counties, Dominion Virginia Power announced Thursday.

Kids and Money: Two big changes could ease the filing of financial aid forms

As financial experts sized up the latest changes in the must-do form for seeking federal student aid, one piece of advice kept bubbling to the top: Parent, push up your college planning.

Columbia Gas bills to decrease next week

Columbia Gas of Virginia customers will see a dip in their natural gas bills starting Thursday.

Sales strategies: The four best-selling skills to generate the biggest payoff

If you’re in the role of salesperson yourself or you’re footing the bill for a sales team, how do you know what selling-skills training is best?

Business principles 101: The key to success is what customers want, not what you want

Growing a business is an exciting and challenging time for an entrepreneur, but it does present a new and different set of challenges.

Ask Doug & Polly: How to conduct target marketing

QUESTION: I own a small business. I'm struggling with developing a useful market segmentation. I want to target my marketing to people who will buy my product. Do you have any tips for how to do this most effectively?

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Getting to know: Danny MacNelly

Title: Danny MacNelly, partner with ArchitectureFirm, a Richmond-based architecture and design firm

Getting to know: Alice Jones with Kroger

Title: Alice Jones, manager of the Kroger Marketplace at 10800 Iron Bridge Road in Chester; the store is scheduled to open Oct. 21.

Decision Maker for Sept. 28: Laura Haemker

New position: associate director, Central Virginia, American Diabetes Association.

Getting to know: John B. Walker with Greater Richmond ARC

Title: John B. Walker, president and CEO of Greater Richmond ARC, which provides services and programs for people with developmental disabilities

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I don't care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don't harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you're never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.

- Zig Ziglar, self-help author

Congress moves to make criminal history questions during the job interview illegal.

On September 10, 2015, the Senate and House of Representatives introduced bills that  would make it unlawful for federal contractors to request a job applicant, whether orally or in writing, to disclose criminal history record information before being offered employment.   The bills, S. 2021 and H.R. 3470, enjoy bipartisan support and will likely move quickly in both the Senate and House.

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