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Customers will line up outside stores this afternoon and tomorrow morning as retailers trigger their Black Friday bargains and open their doors. Some eager shoppers will camp out to secure spots at the front of the line.
I have had three breaks in my entrepreneurial career.
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?
QUESTION: I started my business a year ago and feel I am on the right track. However, I do not have all the right answers and need someone to critique my business model. What do you suggest?
Title: Managing partner and owner of Charles Ryan Associates, a Richmond-based brand communications firm
New position: partner and chief operating officer, Keiter, the largest independent local CPA firm in Richmond.
Title: Suchit Gandhi, owner of Pirtek franchise in Henrico County, which provides hydraulic and pneumatic hose services for numerous industries
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.
Whatever you fear most has no power... it is your fear that has the power.
- Oprah Winfrey
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.”