Charlottesville, VA Business News

WHTJ’s “Charlottesville Inside-Out” snags Telly Awards

Posted by lbanner on December 11, 2008

whtjwinstellyWHTJ Charlottesville PBS’s locally-produced show “Charlottesville Inside-Out,” hosted by Terri Allard, is a winner of two 29th Annual Telly Awards in the categories of “Talk Show” and “Cultural Video.”

Guests featured on the award-winning first season of “Charlottesville Inside-Out” included African drummer Darrell Rose; Monticello’s executive director Dan Jordan; world-champion juggler Mark Nizer; Charlottesville City Schools Superintendent Rosa Atkins and Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Wagner.

A news release from WHTJ notes that this is their fifth Telly Award. In 2005, WHTJ received a Telly Award for the nationally distributed “Wilder: An American First” produced in partnership with U.Va.’s Center For Politics. WHTJ’s other award-winning programs include “For the Record” which was produced for 15 years in partnership with the Miller Center at U.Va.; and “East of the Blue Ridge,” a series of local portraits including “Horses,” “Writers” and “Three Presidents.”

Produced from WHTJ’s studio on the Downtown Mall, “Charlottesville Inside-Out” features interviews conducted on-location at a place where the featured guest is most at home and in their element. “Charlottesville Inside-Out” airs on Thursday nights at 8:30 on WHTJ, channel 41, cable 200 and digital 41.2.


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Kurt Burkhart of Carlsbad, California selected as Director of CACVB

Posted by lbanner on December 11, 2008

The City of Charlottesville reports that the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) has selected Kurt Burkhart as its new Executive Director. He will assume responsibilities on January 6, 2009. Mr. Burkhart will report to an eleven person Board of Directors made up of community stakeholders including the University of Virginia, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. (Monticello), the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle. He will oversee the operations of the CACVB Visitor Center, which houses six part-time and four full-time staff persons.

For nearly eight years, Mr. Burkhart has led tourism efforts in Carlsbad, California, a coastal destination located 30 miles north of San Diego. Prior to his years served as Executive Director of the Carlsbad Convention and Visitors Bureau, he held a similar position with the City of Flagstaff where he promoted travel to this northern Arizona city and to the Grand Canyon.

Mr. Burkhart replaces Mark Shore who left the position in March of this year.

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Transforming Art Into a More Lucrative Career Choice

Posted by lbanner on December 5, 2008

Some artists have begun to figure out ways to make money and make art — aiming to end the notion that “starving” and “artist” are necessarily linked.

From the New York Times > Read it.

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Chamber to host annual Business Expo at JPJ Oct. 29th

Posted by lbanner on October 24, 2008

I imagine Chamber President Timothy Hulbert is pleased. This year he and the Chamber fulfill a longtime dream with the hosting of a Business Expo large enough to hold at UVa’s John Paul Jones Arena. The 2008 Chamber Business Expo, to be held on Wednesday, October 29 from 1:30 – 7 PM, has near 90 businesses participating this year. That’s +20 from last year and year’s prior. This year’s Business Expo also features a Chamber Workshop entitled “Navigating Difficult Conversations,” presented by Rachel Brozenske, Vice President, Allison Partners, a Chamber Network Luncheon, and a Business After Hours.

To learn more about how you can get involved or to register for any of the day’s events, visit the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce web site or call 434.295.3141.

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SNL Financial Creates Foundation to Benefit Local Communities

Posted by lbanner on October 21, 2008

From eMediaWire:

SNL Financial has announced the formation of the SNL Cares Foundation, a non-profit organization providing corporate-level support for charitable causes selected by SNL employees as a positive way of contributing to the global communities where they live and work.

With initial funding from SNL of $100,000 for calendar year 2008 supplemented by elective contributions from clients, the SNL Cares Foundation will make donations to Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations based on employee recommendations.

The Foundation has already contributed to several charitable events in Charlottesville, Va., home of SNL’s corporate headquarters, including this past weekend’s 2008 Start! Heart Walk for the American Heart Association. The Foundation donated $10,000, serving as the Learn From Me – Get Fit Sponsor. In addition, a team from SNL Financial joined thousands of walkers from throughout Central Virginia to raise money and awareness for this country’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, heart disease and stroke.

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Taking the Entrepreneurial Path “From Ideas to Money,” Oct. 30 & 31, 2008

Posted by lbanner on October 17, 2008

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business is hosting the 11th Annual Business Forum, Taking the Entrepreneurial Path “From Ideas to Money,” on Thursday & Friday, October 30 & 31, 2008.

Thursday’s keynote speaker is Dr. Krishna Kodukula, Executive Director, Center for Advanced Drug Research, a Division of SRI International – Innovation: Nature or Nurture?

Friday’s key lunch speaker is Bulent Atalay, Ph.D., scientist, artist, author, Math & the Mona LisaLeonardo’s Model-Enhancing Creativity.

Information & Registration.

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7th-Grade Career Expo November 17 and 18, Businesses still needed

Posted by lbanner on October 16, 2008

Piedmont Futures is now recruiting businesses and organizations for the 7th-Grade Career Expo to be held November 17 & 18 at UVA’s Newcomb Hall. Businesses host booths at the expo with interactive displays that teach students about their particular career areas. It is a good opportunity to engage students, to highlight a career path for them that might include your business, and to encourage them to think about and plan for their future. To reserve your booth or for more information, email shealy@pvcc.edu or call 434-961-6503.

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Darden Faculty to Discuss Business Opportunities and Innovations, Oct. 18

Posted by lbanner on October 14, 2008

The University of Virginia continues its More Than the Score lecture series this Saturday with a faculty lecture on trends driving changes in businesses, Clean Commerce: Opportunities and Innovation.

Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. Alumni Hall, 211 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA

The United States market has opportunities for clean products, from renewable energy to benign materials. Andrea Larson, Professor of Business Administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business, will discuss trends driving change in business. She will highlight innovative companies working to offer substitute products and technologies as solutions to ecological and environmental health challenges. Larson will examine the significance of this emerging model of business.

Register for this talk.

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This week is Virginia Career Week, October 12-18, 2008

Posted by lbanner on October 13, 2008

October 12-18, 2008 is annual VIRGINIA CAREER WEEK Discover Your Future, sponsored by The Virginia Career Education Foundation. The purpose of the week is to celebrate and extend appreciation to business and school partnerships for helping schools in their community promote career awareness, and also to kick-off career events for 2008-2009. The announcement notes that a goal for the year is to have more businesses and their employees involved with providing career information to young people of all ages, thus providing one more adult to talk with them about making informed career decisions. Businesses: Your are encouraged to contact your area schools to see how you might be involved in providing current career information related to your business – you may be influencing your next generation of employees!

Albemarle County Schools
Charlottesville City Schools

Tool kits are available at www.vcef.net, along with a proclamation signed by Gov. Timothy Kaine. Among the downloads you may print and use are a color flyer, table tents, and postcards.

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Another Frightening Show About the Economy

Posted by lbanner on October 10, 2008

If you appareciated and learned from This American Life’s The Giant Pool of Money, you’ll want to listen to their follow-up, Another Frightening Show About the Economy with Alex Blumberg and NPR’s Adam Davidson, in collaboration with the Planet Money podcast.

They’ll explain what happened (recently), including what regulators could’ve done to prevent this financial crisis from happening in the first place.

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