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Cyber Security and Business Continuity Strategies Panel Discussion Scheduled

Brought to you by Central Virginia Business Advisors

Your business is developing well and you’re seeing growth in customers and revenue. Congratulations! But, what will happen if your computer systems go down, your customer data is hacked, your financial information maliciously encrypted or deleted? Will your company survive?

Our expert panel on October 15 will discuss the various strategies you should be putting in place to ensure that your business continues in the face of a computer disruption, a data hack or the loss of your critical information. We’ll share with you key steps you can take NOW to reduce your risks and keep your company in business. Don’t become a statistic!

Our Expert Panel
Karen Cole – CEO & Founder – Assura, Inc.
Mark Creery – President/Owner – Data Directions, Inc.
Samuel Panicker – VP of Integration Services – NTS, Inc.
John Rhodes – Director, Enterprise Security Architecture- Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Michael Metzger – Mike is a Certified Business Intermediary and owner of Murphy Business &
Financial in Richmond, VA. He assists small to mid-market business owners in marketing their business to prospective buyers and facilitating the sale. Prior to this, Mike served in executive roles for Capital One and Genworth with responsibility at various times for operational risk management, corporate crisis management and business continuity planning, including data breach response protocols.

Thursday, October 15, 2015
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Welcome and Registration
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Panel Discussion and Q&A
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Reception

Stratford University
11104 W. Broad Street
Glen Allen, VA 23060

Seating is limited. Advance online reservations are required. Registration is $35, payable online only.

Register Here Today!

Registration closes on October 14, 2015

Refunds made only for cancellations received before registration closes.

Thank you to our sponsor:
Heroes Academy, a non-profit financial school teaching families and companies how to make and save money for freedom and retirement through education and action.

Growing Chesterfield Business Event on May 8th


The Growing Chesterfield Business Forum and Business Appreciation Reception will be held on Friday, May 8th, 2015.

The forum will have expert speakers on topics like the Affordable Care Act, selling to the government, exporting, and finding capital for your business.

Join us for an afternoon of learning, networking and celebration!

Bryant & Stratton College
8141 Hull Street Road (Map)

Friday, May 8, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Registration starts at 1:00 with sessions through 4.30 PM

Business Appreciation Reception from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Catering by Garnish Catering


Presented by Chesterfield County Economic Development in Partnership with the Bryant & Stratton College


Chesterfield Wins Innovation in Government Award for “My Business Starts Here”

The Excellence in Virginia Government Awards (EVGA) are presented by VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs to celebrate the accomplishments of Virginians who have made distinctive contributions to the practice of government and to the well-being of our communities and our citizens. Now entering its eighth year, the EVGA has become a hallmark of excellence for both VCU and the commonwealth of Virginia.

At the award ceremony last week, Chesterfield County received the 2012 EVGA Innovation in Government Award for “My Business Starts Here“.

The Chesterfield County Department of Economic Development and the Chesterfield County Public Library combined forces in a unique partnership to develop and implement “My Business Starts Here,” a web-based portal with access to data and information for starting a small business in Chesterfield County.

Potential entrepreneurs can access accurate and specific information needed to facilitate starting a small business. The system is user-friendly and leverages the resources available in the Chesterfield County Public Library with the development information available through Economic Development. The website’s focus is on providing real world solutions. “My Business Starts Here” is an innovative approach that can positively impact not only individuals within the community through potential business success, but also the entire community through improved economic activity.


Uptown Alley Celebrates Grand Opening

Uptown Alley has officially opened in Chesterfield County. The $21 million entertainment complex is not a typical bowling alley. “I have a hard time finding the right words to describe what it is,” said Steven Moore, who co-owns the venture with his wife, Cassie, and Uphoff Ventures.

The 57,000-square-foot facility includes 38 lanes of bowling, a game arcade, pool tables and a upscale causal restaurant. The top floor has a lounge with a fireplace and a full service bar called The Rotunda.

Steve Uphoff president of Uphoff Ventures and Moore’s father-in-law, said, “We are a destination for Chesterfield County as an entertainment, restaurant and bowling facility.”

Chesterfield’s Matoaca District Board of Supervisor, Steve Elswick addressed the crowd and thanked the project’s developers for building a first class facility.

The complex is expected to generate about $8 million a year in taxable sales. One-hundred-forty new jobs were created as a result of the project.

More information about can be found at


Kroger Cuts Ribbon for a New Marketplace Store at Stonebridge in Chesterfield County

Shoppers lined up this morning for a chance to be among the first customers at the new Kroger Marketplace store in the Stonebridge development on the site of the former Cloverleaf Mall. Company representatives and workers were joined by government officials and the general public for a flag raising ceremony and ribbon cutting at 7 a.m. which officially opened the new store.

Chesterfield Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Gecker addressed the crowd and thanked both Kroger and Crosland Southeast for their commitment to the project and to the community.

The 123,600-square foot Kroger Marketplace store is the largest in the mid-Atlantic region and the first of its kind on the east coast. The new store employs 364 workers. In addition to a wide selection of grocery and perishable items, this store will feature products never seen in a traditional Kroger store. The store has sections such as Baby World, Expanded Home Décor, Toy World, Dyson Vacuum Cleaners, Starbucks, and a Bistro staffed with 2 executive chefs. The Bistro will provide seating for 60 people and offer WIFI along with Direct TV for customers.

Adjacent to the new Marketplace store is the biggest Kroger Fuel center in the Richmond area and one of the biggest in the company. The center can fuel 18 vehicles at one time including diesel fuel.


New Kroger Fuel Center Opens at Marketplace Store in Stonebridge

A new Kroger Fuel center opened Monday afternoon at the Stonebridge development on the site of the former Cloverleaf Mall. It is the biggest Kroger Fuel center in the Richmond area and one of the biggest in the company. The center can fuel 18 vehicles at one time including diesel fuel. The fuel center also sells snacks, auto products, lottery tickets, ice, 24-pack and 32-pack water. Kroger’s fuel reward program features discounts up to $2.00 per gallon based on purchases in the store.

Kroger’s newest Marketplace Store is the first one of its kind on the east coast. Besides Kroger’s wide selection of grocery and perishable items, this store will feature products never seen in a traditional Kroger store.

The Marketplace store will carry a wide variety of items ranging from everyday groceries to a living room suit. The store will have sections such as Baby World, Expanded Home Décor, Toy World, Dyson Vacuum Cleaners, Starbucks, and a Bistro staffed with 2 executive chefs. The Bistro will provide seating for 60 people and offer WIFI along with Direct TV for customers.

The grand opening of the new Kroger Marketplace store is scheduled for December 5th at 7AM.


Fiorucci Foods Changes Name to Campofrio Food Group America

Fiorucci Foods Inc., a maker of Italian specialty meats at a plant in Chesterfield County, has changed its name to Campofrio Food Group America.

Founded in Italy in 1850, Fiorucci Foods Inc. became part of the Campofrio Food Group in 2011. Based in Madrid, Spain, Campofrio is Europe’s largest maker of processed meats.

Fiorucci products will continue to be sold under the Fiorucci brand name and the firm’s U.S. headquarters will remain in Chesterfield, the company said. The local plant on Ruffin Mill Road produces meats such as prosciutto and salami.

Campofrio said it plans to “utilize and invest in the existing production facilities and distribution platform developed by Fiorucci Foods to introduce its European specialties to the American market.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch – October 13, 2012

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Amazon’s Chesterfield Site Now Shipping Products

The Richmond-Times Dispatch is reporting Amazon shipped it’s first products from the Chesterfield Fulfillment Center.

Online retailer said Thursday that its fulfillment center in Chesterfield County shipped its first package late Wednesday.

The shipment, a pair of over-prescription shooting glasses for $8.10, went to a customer in Virginia, the company said.

The startup of the Chesterfield plant comes just a week after another new Amazon distribution center in Dinwiddie County shipped its first product — a Crock-Pot slow cooker for $19.99 — to a customer in Michigan.

Amazon said about 750 people have started work at the Chesterfield fulfillment center in Meadowville Technology Park, while about 250 are working at the plant in Dinwiddie Commerce Park.

The company said it expects to hire more people for seasonal jobs at both sites to help fill orders during the holiday season.

Amazon has been taking job applications at the website On Thursday, the site did not list any open jobs in Virginia, but a company spokeswoman said the site will be updated as openings become available.

The Meadowville fulfillment center has 1.1 million square feet of space and ships packages that range from auto parts and consumer electronics to office supplies and books, the company said.

The Dinwiddie plant is 1 million square feet and ships larger items.

Amazon announced plans to open both plants in December. The $135 million investment is expected to create 1,350 jobs.

Richmond Times-Dispatch – October 5, 2012 (804) 775-8123
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Sports Tourism Generated at Least $20M in Chesterfield

Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter, Jeremy Slayton, has posted an article about the economic impact of sports tourism in Chesterfield County.

In the article, Jeremy writes

Sports tourism is a major moneymaker for Chesterfield County.

In fact, there was a 46 percent increase in the economic impact for the many athletic events held in the county during the fiscal year that ended June 30, Richmond Sports Backers Executive Director Jon Lugbill said Wednesday during a briefing with the county’s Board of Supervisors.

Sporting events, ranging from soccer tournaments to lacrosse tournaments to mud runs, attracted 60,884 out-of-town visitors and were attended by 116,135 people.

All told, sports tourism had an economic impact of $20.3 million in Chesterfield. Despite the increase, Lugbill cautioned county leaders not to expect it each year.

“Sports tourism is thriving … but you’re not always going to see growth like this,” he said. “With time, there is a real opportunity, if we keep building on this year after year and we do it the right way, it won’t just be a flash in the pan.”

Read the entire article on the Times-Dispatch web site. >>>

A copy of Jon Lugbill’s presentation can be viewed below.

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Capital One Investing $150M+ in Chesterfield Data Center


Virginia-based Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF) will invest more than $150 million to establish a new data center in Chesterfield County. This Virginia data center is part of Capital One’s core IT infrastructure that incorporates new technologies to better meet customer needs. Capital One recently completed the acquisitions of ING Direct and HSBC’s US credit card portfolio. The project will create at least 50 new jobs.  Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina and Texas for the project.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McDonnell said, “Virginia has been home to Capital One for more than two decades, and the company continues to grow its foundation. As our 9th largest private sector employer, Capital One is a major corporate partner to the Commonwealth. We are proud that the company will make this tremendous investment to enhance its IT infrastructure and establish a new data center in Chesterfield County.

“Cutting-edge information technology is now a priority for all companies in the domestic and global marketplace,” said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “Capital One’s new data center in Chesterfield County will give the company a competitive edge as it continues to expand. Winning this project was a priority, and we are thrilled to gain an investment of this magnitude and 50 new jobs.”

“This project is another great example of how the IT industry helps fuel Virginia’s economic engine, and we warmly welcome Capital One to Chesterfield County,” said Jim Duffey, Virginia Secretary of Technology.

Founded and headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One is the country’s 6th largest bank based on deposits, and with the acquisition of ING Direct, is now the largest direct bank in the country. Capital One employs over 14,000 associates in Virginia. Capital One Bank has approximately 1,000 retail branches, including 88 in the Commonwealth.

“In today’s environment, information technology is a competitive advantage,” said Rob Alexander, Chief Information Officer of Capital One Financial Corporation. “With the new Chesterfield data center as a key element of the company’s simplified and automated infrastructure, we are proud to continue our strong relationship with Virginia and expand our workforce here.”

“Capital One is a national giant in both banking and technology,” said Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors Chairman Daniel Gecker. “The location of their state-of- the-art data center in Chesterfield County will result in a great partnership for years to come. On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, I am pleased to welcome Capital One’s new and continued investment.”

“Capital One is an outstanding company and an outstanding corporate citizen,” said Jay Stegmaier, County Administrator for Chesterfield County. “The opportunities that they provide enhance the economy as well as our entire regional community.”

Chesterfield County and the Chesterfield Economic Development Authority worked with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Greater Richmond Partnership to secure the project for Chesterfield. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide funding and services to support the company’s recruitment, training and retraining activities.  “Dominion Power was a valuable ally and team member during this entire project” said Will Davis, Chesterfield County’s Director of Economic Development. “Their economic development department was critical to our success.”

Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA) added, “I am excited Capital One has chosen to expand its operations in the Fourth Congressional district and bring more jobs to the people of Virginia. Capital One is the largest bank headquartered in Virginia and we are proud they are making this information technology investment domestically at home in the Commonwealth.”

Capital One was recently recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one the 100 Best Companies to Work For, and named one of the “Top 50 Organizations for Diversity” by Diversity Business magazine. In 2011, Fortune lauded Capital One as a “Best Company for Leaders,” and Working Mother called Capital One, one of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” as well as “Best Companies for Hourly Workers.”

Julie Rakes, Capital One,  (804) 284-5800,
Garrett Hart, Chesterfield Economic Development (804) 318-8550,