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New prescription: Doctor offices that look like Apple stores

After a relative suffered a heart attack a few years ago, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Adrian Aoun got an unsettling look at a health care system that he diagnosed as an inefficient and outdated mess.

Local Business News

Chesterfield-based HealthSavings Administrators names new president

Kirk Hoewisch has been named president of HealthSavings Administrators, a health savings account investment company based in Chesterfield County.

Uber pays $20 million to settle claims of driver deception

Uber Technologies is paying $20 million to settle allegations that it duped people into driving for its ride-hailing service with false promises about how much they would earn and how much they would have to pay to finance a car.

Verizon ups speed of FIOS service in Richmond area

Verizon Communications Inc. has introduced a new tier of broadband Internet service in the Richmond area called Fios Instant Internet, which the company says offers equal upload and download speeds of 750 megabits per second, faster than its previous top-level service of 500 Mbps.

Roof Consulting Services Inc. acquired by one business partner

Henrico County-based Roof Consulting Services Inc., a company founded nearly 40 years ago, has been acquired by one of its partners.

Richmond-based Kaleo's Auvi-Q epinephrine injector returning to market Feb. 14

Richmond-based pharmaceutical company Kaléo is bringing its Auvi-Q epinephrine auto-injector for treating severe allergic reactions back to the market Feb. 14, the company announced Thursday.

Study: Impact of Virginia's wine industry grew 83 percent from 2010 to 2015

Virginia’s wine industry had a $1.37 billion economic impact on the state in 2015, and the industry added sales, production, jobs and grape-bearing acres from 2010 to 2015, according to a new study released Thursday.

Report: No safety issues that would prevent license for North Anna reactor

The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission has concluded that there are “no safety aspects” that would prevent the issuance of a license for construction and operation of a third reactor at Dominion Virginia Power’s North Anna Power Station, a project opposed by both environmental and consumer groups.

Richmond investment firm asks court to dismiss widow's lawsuit alleging former partner stole millions

Richmond-based investment advisory firm Thompson Davis & Co. is asking that a lawsuit filed by a local widow against the firm and its employees for financial mismanagement be dismissed.

Premium reduction is good news -- but might be fleeting

Here’s some potentially good news for anyone seeking a low down payment mortgage without high credit scores: The Federal Housing Administration is cutting its mortgage insurance premium charges, making its loans a little more affordable.

Your Funds: Why diversification should pay off in 2017 and beyond

Look at any one of the past few years and it’s easy to make the case that diversification is broken, and that you don’t need it.

The Color of Money: It's time to assess the mess

Michelle Singletary welcomes comments and column ideas but cannot offer specific financial advice. Write to her c/o The Washington Post, 1301 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20071, or email singletarym@washpost.com.

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Getting to know: Paul Schmidt with Ecstatic Labs

Title: Director of new business at Ecstatic Labs, a Henrico County-based software team specializing in custom web apps.

Getting to know: Buck Robinson with Outdoor Access Inc.

Title: Chief marketing officer, chief operating officer and co-founder of Outdoor Access Inc., an online marketplace that links outdoor enthusiasts and sportspeople with landowners seeking to rent their property.

Decision Maker: Gary G. Wallace with Keiter

New position: tax practice leader, partner, Keiter

Getting to know: Julie T. Gordon with Regency Square mall

Title/company: marketing director, Regency Square mall

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Should I compare my portfolio to the S&P 500?

This question is on the minds of many investors.  I would suggest that we broaden the question to how should I measure your portfolio.  There are three measurements to utilize.

Verdicts versus Settlements: What Does the Public Get to Know?

Did you know that the vast majority of civil cases settle and never go to trial? Many settled cases also are subject to confidentiality agreements - meaning that the names of the parties or the details of the case or the settlement - will not be shared with the public. On the other hand, if a case goes to trial (unless the case involves a juvenile or is put under seal), the public generally can know the case details - including the outcome if the case goes to verdict.

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