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Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

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This Week's Spotlight

Startup Spotlight: Tympanogen wins $1.48 million grant to further research on eardrum repair treatment

A startup company in the Virginia Bio+Tech Park in Richmond has moved one step closer to realizing a new medical treatment for eardrum repa…

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Innovation advice

Ask Doug & Polly: Should you mentor employees with management potential or hire outside of your company?

QUESTION: I need to put an additional manager in place. I have an internal candidate that I am considering promoting, but I’m not 100% sure…

Small Talk: Tips to help small businesses find the staffers they want

Small business owners who compete with large companies as well as each other for job candidates find they need to be creative to get the st…


1 Million Cups by RVA Works

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Business Beyond Banking: Small Business Tax Pitfalls

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“Perfect Your Pitch”

SCORE Workshop: “Perfect Your Pitch.”  When you’re starting a business, you must be able to tell your story in several formats and settings…

Enterprising people

Getting to know: Liza Pruitt

Title: founder and curator of Liza Pruitt art collective business, which works with artists, designers and clients to find the perfect piec… Read more

Innovation in progress

Patent Focus: recent local patents awarded

• Capital One Services LLC received a patent for utilizing machine learning to reduce cloud instances in a cloud computing environment.

• Virginia Commonwealth University received a patent for  OmpA and ASP14 in vaccine compositions and as diagnostic targets

• Altria Client Services LLC received a patent for bacteriophage and methods of making and using.

• Afton Chemical Corp. received a patent for lubricants for use in boosted engines. Read more

Previously in the spotlight

Startup acceleration: Lighthouse Labs graduates nine startups with ties to Virginia colleges

The idea behind the startup company Rendyr sprang from the mind of a Virginia Tech student who thought there had to be a better way to buil…

'Greater than the sum of its parts': Three Richmond-area startups join forces to improve preventative and personalized health

Three health care-related startups based in the Richmond area have merged their operations with the goal of providing better preventative a…

'Democratizing technology': Startup Lantera Labs seeks to offer affordable education for the digital age

The startup venture Lantera Labs has a small classroom — just big enough for around 10 people — but the ambition behind it is big.