During the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia Business continues to gather the most timely and informative news each day, disseminating it through our daily e-newsletter, as well as breaking news alerts. Our upcoming April issue, which will be available both in print and online, will include a cover story special report on the coronavirus crisis. Although news
Businesses are counting on governor to sign LGBTQ rights legislation, writes president of Witeck Communications.
As a business leader, I’ve seen firsthand how treating people with respect, dignity and fairness is a key to success. And as a lifelong Virginian, I know that achieving equality for all in the commonwealth has had a troubled history. That’s why I was personally moved to know our lawmakers passed the Virginia Values Act.
Federal government should increase emergency business loan amounts to $10 million, reduce interest rate
With the world economy in crisis, Congress and President Donald Trump are working at breakneck speed to pass a massive stimulus package. This package is necessary to restore jobs and to stop unemployment from reaching 20%. Lawmakers aren’t alone in taking action to stave off coronavirus-induced economic disaster. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued
Once upon a time, I worked for a big company. Not for a short time, but a decades-long time. Somewhat unfortunately, I remember those years perhaps too well. Thousands of employees, rules, policies, a big human resources department, politics and power were all concentrated inside the headquarters building. And the customers were on the outside
The past 18 months has been a roller coaster for recession risk. Last summer, headlines and talking heads screamed of a looming recession, pointing to factors like the inverted yield curve. Those screams are ringing out again as investors are fleeing to safety and bond yields have plunged around concerns of a coronavirus-driven global economic
Such power can come at a cost and expose agents to liability — especially when gifts benefit themselves.
A power of attorney (“POA”) is a document that appoints another — known as the “attorney-in-fact” or “agent” — to act in the principal’s place for business, financial, legal, or other purposes, often when the principal cannot do so on his or her own behalf. There are various types of POAs, and the terms and
Tips for deciding when you should make a visit to your local bank branch.
The advancement of technology has changed the way consumers buy, sell and do most things — including how they bank. According to a GOBankingRates survey completed last year, 49 percent of respondents prefer in-person banking, while 51 percent favor a digital method (online or mobile). While some consumers do prefer one banking channel over the
Two-thirds of Virginians are overweight or obese.
Good news: We’re well into the New Year in the Old Dominion State, and Virginians are getting healthier. According to a recent United Health Foundation report, Virginia now ranks as the 15th-healthiest state in America — up from 20th last year. Dig into the research, and there is plenty to celebrate. For example, Virginia is known for
What if they held a recession and no one showed up? Last summer, economic experts began ringing warning bells of an impending downturn, as evidenced by an inverted yield curve of short-term Treasury bills vs. long-term Treasury notes. And when one combined the inverted yield rate, said to be perhaps the most accurate predictor of
Gov. Northam's Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back initiative will create educational and career opportunities for low- and middle-income families
This session, General Assembly members are considering a proposal that would help close the commonwealth’s skills gap by providing workforce scholarships to individuals without access to the community college education required to gain these skills. This proposal is a win-win-win: assisting students, growing businesses and developing our communities. We are describing Governor Ralph Northam’s “Get
Roanoke College survey finds increase in consumer positivity
Are you thinking about making a move this year? Whether buying a first home, upgrading or downsizing, Virginians are entering 2020 with a positive outlook on the real estate market. According to a December 2019 real estate report by Roanoke College, almost 40% more respondents are positive about markets today compared to the same time