Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 07:18
Chuck and Donna Burnett say bird feeders provide the perfect intersection of nature and human. For more than two decades, they've also provided a comfortable income for the couple.
The Burnetts, originally from Fort Wayne, Ind., sold everything they owned and flew south to Virginia Beach in...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 14:11
When meeting someone of Asian origin, should it be automatically thought they are good at math?
For an older man, is it assumed his beliefs sway conservative?
Do Italian-Americans automatically know how to cook?
That type of thinking is known as micro bias or micro aggression, a local...
Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 20:51
For small businesses, the No. 1 disaster-related threat is power loss, experts say. This month, they offered advice on how to prepare, whether an outage is because of a hurricane, winter storm or a squirrel that chews through your wires.
"People underestimate how quickly it takes to get...
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 17:40
A business program for preteens and high-school students is looking for candidates on the Hampton Roads Peninsula.
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, with the enthusiastic nickname of YEA!, began in 2004 at the University of Rochester in New York. Today it serves 168 U.S. communities and has...
Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 12:07
In order for employees to help a business thrive, managers need to give them proper and effective feedback on their performance.
"Feedback is a way to provide guidance," said Anne-Lise Gere, with Gere Consulting Associates in Newport News. "Talking to and giving the gift of...
Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 10:38
Millions of small businesses in the U.S. hire seasonal, summer, holiday or other part-time and temporary help.
But finding such workers — especially good ones — isn't easy and comes with a unique set of requirements compared to full time employees.
For example, you'll need...
Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 08:55
Being a mother requires wearing many different hats, and that hat rack fills up quickly when you're a mom who runs a home-based business.
Theresa Ceniccola, a marketing consultant and copywriter with TGC Communications, knows all too well how colorful and varied those hats can be....
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 11:32
After a winter that seemed endless, it's tempting to be distracted by warmer temperatures, sunny days and budding blossoms.
How can a smart business owner balance work and play now that spring has sprung? We asked local entrepreneurs and consultants for advice:
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 07:40
When a creative person has a great idea to make money with art, it can be hard to get it to market. A detailed plan can help bring the idea to fruition.
At "Invoking Your Art As A Business," a seminar presented last month by the Artisans Center of Virginia, Bill Watson, a leather...
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 09:31
From snow days and thunderstorms to hurricanes and tornadoes, inclement weather can wallop small businesses.
In Virginia, 87 percent of those affected by meteorological events suffered a "significant" financial impact, with almost four in 10 reporting $5,000 to $25,000 in damages,...