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Thrive, a new interactive way for entrepreneurs to connect, learn and, well, thrive.

We’re lucky. RVA has lots of people ready and willing to assist its entrepreneurs and small businesses. But who has time to track them all down? The Greater Richmond Chamber has now made it easier to find and connect with people you need to meet. Thrive is a new interactive tool designed to help your business get started, get to […]

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Free advice from local entrepreneurs at Trilogy in a Day on April 14th

Remember our Trilogy events from previous years? This year we’re combining them into one night of free advice from successful local entrepreneurs and mentors. Trilogy in a Day is your opportunity, whether or not you’re participating in our 2015 Startup Competition, to capture valuable insight into starting and growing a business from people who have […]

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The Startup Competition is back! Enter by April 20th.

The Greater Richmond Chamber announces its 4th Annual i.e.* Startup Competition, a pitch contest that awards seed money and in-kind resources to the region’s creative thinkers and doers. Intended to last only three years, the Competition returns for a fourth year based on overwhelming feedback and support from the region’s venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Enter […]

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2014 Startup Competition Finalist Shelfie receives $15,000 from Huggies

Huzzah! Another one of our Startup Competition Finalists has received national recognition for a creative idea. Announced just today, Joy Jones, creator of “The Shelfie,” is one of only eight winners of the 2014 Huggies® MomInspired™ Grant nationwide program. Joy will take home $15,000 in seed money as well as other resources that will help her take her brilliant Shelfie concept to the […]

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C3 Nexus wins 2014 Innovation Award

Their innovative approach to connecting discharged cardiovascular and chronic care patients with caregivers and physicians via wearable monitoring technology landed Nuno, Shaival, Mark and Paul the 2014 Innovation Award. Learn more about C3 Nexus here. The field was competitive though. Dynamic Web Solutions and Helping Hands Affordable Veterinary Surgery and Dental Care were finalists. Learn more […]

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C3 Nexus, Dynamic Web Solutions and Helping Hands Affordable Vets are 2014 Innovation Award Finalists

We created the Innovation Award to recognize emerging businesses in the Richmond Region that are demonstrating “out of the box” thinking and amazing growth, innovation and potential. Applicant companies must be between 2 and 5 years old and headquartered in Central Virginia. There are a growing number of impressive candidates for this award, and honestly, we’ll […]

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VCUarts student wins Go Bike! Design Contest

VCU Sophomore John Sampson has won the i.e.* Go Bike! Design Contest. His original design will be installed atop 30 bike racks throughout the city in time for the 2015 UCI World Road Cycling Championships. John’s wheel-like piece features 75 evenly spaced marks along the edge, which acknowledge both the primary function of the bike rack, as well […]

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Nominate an emerging business for the 2014 Innovation Award

Is your company between 2 and 5 years old and can demonstrate amazing growth, innovation and potential? Nominate your emerging business for our 2014 Innovation Award. The deadline is August 22 and the application is painless. You’ll be invited to a fancy dinner on November 12, when the winner will be announced in front of 800+ people. […]

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Chamber announces exciting new approach to small business counseling

  RICHMOND, VA – The Greater Richmond Chamber and the Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network are pleased to announce an innovative new approach to counseling start-ups in the Richmond Region. The Greater Richmond Small Business Development Center (GRSBDC), housed at the Chamber, will now tap into the myriad of talented subject matter experts […]

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2014 RVA Mural Project is underway

June is the month of murals in RVA, as the annual Richmond Mural Project covers even more of our blank walls with world renowned artwork. The goal is to create more than 100 murals in the first five years. Check out the schedule of events, the muralists and locations, courtesy of RVAMag.  

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RVA Look Book receives a Capital Award of Excellence

The RVA Look Book, a stunning, 224-page, locally produced tribute to the innovative people and companies that make the Richmond Region an ideal place to grow and thrive, received a Capital Award of Excellence at the 67th Annual Virginia Public Relations Awards last night. The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Richmond Chapter’s awards program recognizes the […]

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The Trilogy returns on February 4

  The Chamber’s i.e.* Entrepreunerial Trilogy returns on February 4th Series of free events for entrepreneurs culminates with 3rd Annual Start-Up Competition Richmond, VA – The Greater Richmond Chamber is once again supporting the success of the region’s creative thinkers and doers with the 3rd Annual i.e.* Entrepreneurial Trilogy, beginning on February 4, 2014. This […]

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Shop Local. Pick up the RVA Look Book at these retailers.

The first ever locally produced, written, photographed and illustrated love letter to the people, organizations and spirit of RVA is available for purchase online now and in select retail stores. Visit Quirk Gallery, LaDifference, West Coast Kix, Fountain Bookstore,, Trademark Tattoo and Fraiche to get your copy today. Or purchase your book at Zuula […]

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