Financial

Tips on Employee Retirement Packages

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By Tommy Doukas As a business owner, making the decision to offer a benefits package to your employees can enrich their lives and serves to help strengthen and protect their families. Simultaneously, you can get the advantages of attracting better-qualified candidates, improved retention of valued employees and increased company morale. A robust benefit package allows […]

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Diversifying with Gold: To Buy or Not to Buy?

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THE PROS AND CONS OF INVESTING IN AN AGE-OLD COMMODITY By Suzanne Ramsey There might be “gold in them thar hills”—and at pawn shops, jewelry stores and online retailers—but should you diversify your investments with it? Ask financial advisors, do some online research, and you’ll find it depends on a few things, and there are […]

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Marketing & Sales

How Can Businesses Use Market Research Effectively?

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By Dr. Kendrick Brunson Why Do Businesses Need Market Research? The simple answer to the question is one word: Change. In the Information Age, change in consumer preferences is occurring rapidly and to a greater extent than before in the marketplace. This change occurs within consumers for numerous reasons: changes in life’s demands, availability of […]

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Healthcare

Physical Therapy: Rehab Delivers Injury Prevention and Recovery

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By Amy DeRamus, Business Manager, Centra Outpatient Rehabilitation Get better faster—that’s the primary reason to seek help from a physical therapist. And who doesn’t want to feel better and return to living their life sooner rather than later? We often think an injury is going to heal on its own, but many times it doesn’t. […]

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Real Estate

Covering All Your Bases: Tips on Structuring a 4-part Financing Contingency

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By Dan Vollmer Okay, so if you’re like most people, you probably haven’t spent much time reading over real estate contracts lately. Contracts which, over the past 20 years, have grown from two pages to eight, not to mention supporting addenda and disclosures. Simply making an offer on a property now consists of 25 or […]

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Legal

Ready To Sell Your House? Buyer—and Seller—Beware! Violating the Virginia Consumer Protection Act has Never Been Easier

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By Brandon S. Osterbind, Esq. As the real estate market continues to rebound from the 2008 recession, more and more homes are being sold each year. In this new recovering market, caveat emptor—or “let the buyer beware”—has been the mantra of the real estate world and the magical words “as is” find their way into […]

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Human Resources

The FLSA: Impact of Proposed Overtime Changes

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By Colleen McLaughlin At President Obama’s direction via a Presidential Memorandum to modernize and streamline the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime regulations, the Department of Labor has proposed changes to the current classification of employees as related to exempt and non-exempt employees. The three changes include the following: 1) increasing the threshold for exempt […]

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Feature Leaders of Lynchburg

April/May 2016 Leader of the Month: Jan Walker

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Occupation: Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Centra Hometown: Lynchburg, Va. What does your day-to-day look like? No two days are alike, for sure! As the Chief Administrative Officer for Centra, I oversee functions that include the Human Resources Department, Legal Services, Risk Management, Safety, Security, Licensure & Accreditation, and Pastoral Care and Community Outreach. […]

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Feature Leading Ladies

April/May 2016 Leading Lady: Linda Jones

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Occupation:Principal at Dominion Seven Architects Hometown: Lynchburg, Va. What does your day-to-day look like? I meet with prospective clients to discuss their projects, do a little accounting work, go on job sites looking at a project under construction and do a little nonprofit work. What led you to where you are now? Interestingly, owning an […]

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