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Henrico firm expands animal feed sales to China

A Henrico County-based agricultural products company has made new export sales to China as a result of its participation in a trade show there, state officials said.

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J. Harwood Cochrane, trucking magnate and arts benefactor, dies at 103

Richmond trucking entrepreneur J. Harwood Cochrane launched his transportation career delivering milk in a horse-drawn wagon.

Anthem prepping for hardball fight with feds over Cigna deal

Anthem has no intention of backing away quietly from its plan to buy rival Cigna in the face of federal opposition, and the company looks ready to play hardball.

BB&T Securities laying off 61 employees in downtown Richmond

BB&T Securities said it is laying off 61 employees in downtown Richmond as the financial services company restructures its operations.

Earnings: Altria, Dynex Capital, Lumber Liquidators, NewMarket Corp., Comcast, T-Mobile, Anthem, Mondelez, Coca-Cola, Boeing, Facebook, Norfolk Southern

Richmond-area firms: Altria

Charles M. Schulz

No problem is too big to run away from.

Earnings: McDonald's, Apple, Verizon, Caterpillar, 3M, DuPont

Dow industrial firms: McDonald’s

HCA Virginia names COO of Parham Doctors’ Hospital

Brian Allen has been named chief operating officer at HCA Virginia’s Parham Doctors’ Hospital, effective Monday.

Alpha Natural Resources emerges from bankruptcy

Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources and its affiliates announced Tuesday that the company has successfully emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The reorganized company is a smaller, privately held company operating 18 mines and eight plants in West Virginia and Kentucky.

Business Principles 101: Someone must be in charge

Where everyone decides everything, no one decides anything and mediocrity is the result.

Ask Doug & Polly: Ask these 3 questions before marketing your business

QUESTION: I've been spinning my wheels trying to market my small counseling practice. I've done some AdWords and Facebook campaigns with little return on investment. The world of search engine optimization has gotten far more complex than I can fathom or have time for. Do you have a recommendation for marketing my business online?

Labor Law: The government is seeking your pay data

For more than 50 years, employers who have 100 or more employees or are federal contractors have been required to annually submit workplace data via the EEO-1 compliance report. The data includes employee information by race, ethnicity, sex and job category.

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Decision Maker: Melissa Andrews with LeadingAge Virginia

New position: president and chief executive officer for LeadingAge Virginia, responsible for leading the membership and staff in visioning, strategic planning and implementing the strategic plan in partnership with the board of directors.

Getting to know: Scott Halloran

Title: managing director, Trolley House Refreshments

Decision Maker: Jamie Baskerville Martin with Williams Mullen

New position: partner and co-chair of Health Care Section, Williams Mullen

Getting to know: Joan Dorsey

Title: Principal broker, co-founder of Jefferson Properties, a real estate firm in Midlothian

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No problem is too big to run away from.

-- Charles M. Schulz


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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