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Friday, January 17th, 2020

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This Week's Spotlight

Marla René skin care products offer healthy self care for women of color

Marla René Dornell-Leak never thought to look at the ingredients in the skin care products she was using because like so many other women, …

Richmond's startup community news
Innovation advice

Ask Doug & Polly: Is growth necessary or good?

QUESTION: There's often an assumption that growth is almost always good for small businesses. If revenue is at $500,000, then $1 million wo…


Small Talk: Calif law will force small businesses to rethink staffing

A California law that makes it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors took effect this month, forcing small busin…


Ask Doug & Polly: Marketing is necessary, but make sure you have a clear plan for generating a return on your investment

QUESTION: My husband and I are in the process of launching our new business. A marketing company wants us to spend more than $20,000 on a h…

Enterprising people

Getting to know: Ernie Hoch with Draper Aden Associates

Title: manager of solid waste and environmental services for Draper Aden Associates, a Henrico County-based engineering, surveying and envi… Read more

Innovation in progress

Patent Focus: recent local patents awarded

• Altria Client Services LLC received a patent for a method of separating a rigid body from its contents.

• Altria Client Services LLC received a patent for a portion of an electronic vaping device formed of an oxygen sequestering agent.

• Capital One Services LLC received a patent for systems and methods for cryptographic authentication of contactless cards.

• Capital One Services LLC received a patent for determining problem dependencies in application dependency discovery, reporting, and management tool. Read more

Previously in the spotlight

Lighthouse Labs executive director stepping down from the business accelerator he founded

Todd Nuckols, who founded Lighthouse Labs eight years ago as the Richmond region’s first startup business accelerator, is stepping down as …


Startup Spotlight: Kamana secures investment, plans to add jobs

The Richmond-based startup company Kamana is planning to add jobs in 2020 after recently securing funding from Virginia’s Center for Innova…


Faces of 2019: TemperPack raises nearly $13 million in new financing

Why you know the company: TemperPack is a Richmond-based company that makes sustainable recyclable packaging materials.


Leadership Academy

The Virginia Tech Roanoke Center is hosting its premier Leadership Academy in Richmond. This transformative program has been successfully c…