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Chesterfield woman creates Shoe Crazy Wine to sell her own brand of blended wines

November 18, 2017 / Current News/ Partner News

A personal calamity put Gwen Hurt on the path to becoming an entrepreneur.

Hurt, a South Carolina native, had a successful 15-year career working in information technology, which included living in Hong Kong for seven years. In 2013, however, she was laid off as part of a corporate restructuring.

“Normally, that is not such a big deal, in the IT world,” Hurt said. Given the demand for IT professionals, “you can just look for another position.”


For the Healys of The Boathouse Restaurants, Restaurant Business is a Family Affair

November 13, 2017 / Current News/ Partner News

Paige Healy was 9 or 10 years old and taking an art class when students were asked to draw a picture of what they wanted to be when they grew up.

For Healy, it didn’t take much thought.

“I drew myself in a chef jacket and tall chef hat in a kitchen with a pan in my hands,” she said.

Healy started tagging along to work with her dad, Kevin Healy, at his restaurant, later renamed The Boathouse at Sunday Park, before she was tall enough to reach the kitchen’s food prep counters. When she was older and taller, she pitched in with bussing tables and food prep, and later with hostess and bartender duties.


Cameron Foundation Gives $2M in Grants

By Staff Reports, The Progress-Index PETERSBURG — The Cameron Foundation has awarded $2 million in grants to support 25 nonprofit organizations in the Tri-Cities. The $2,066,337 in grants, which stemmed from a competitive application process, were approved by the foundation’s board at its June meeting. A second round of responsive grants will be decided in […]


VGR Leadership & Partners Visit the Port of Virginia

In June, members of Virginia’s Gateway Region Economic Development Organization (VGR) board of directors and other partners gathered to attend an informational tour at the Port of Virginia. The tour offered the opportunity for VGR stakeholders to see the port in action, while learning more about the logistics advantages the Gateway Region’s close proximity offers. […]


Fort Lee CEO of the Year Recognized

Contributed Report, The Progress-Index PRINCE GEORGE — Patsy Stuard, chief executive officer of Fort Lee Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Prince George County, was chosen CEO of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Stuard and other winners in NAFCU’s 2016 Annual Awards Competition will be honored during NAFCU’s 49th Annual […]


Renovated Warehouse Ready for Lights, Camera, Action

LISC Virginia It’s not every day that a revitalization project combines historic preservation, residential living and a creative business all in one building. But Waukeshaw Development tackled all three with its latest residential and commercial project–The Bosco–located along Petersburg’s Bank Street. Virginia LISC provided $4.8 million of $9.6 million construction loan to help turn the […]


Dominion Resources Buying Questar for About $4.4 Billion

February 3, 2016 / Current News/ Partner News

Associated Press, Richmond Times Dispatch NEW YORK (AP) – Dominion Resources will spend approximately $4.4 billion to acquire Questar in a big reach to the West for the East Coast energy company. Dominion is a power producer in the mid-Atlantic region. Questar is in the Rockies and a principal source of gas supply to Western […]


Dave McCormack: Developer Revitalizing More than Buildings

The region is home to numerous assets, from vibrant businesses to a wide range of historical and recreational amenities. One of its most unique assets is President of Waukeshaw Development Dave McCormack, who has completed millions of dollars in projects locally and across the state. Locals have most likely had a cup of coffee, barbeque […]


Dominion Virginia Power Plans $9.5 Billion in Infrastructure and Upgrades Through 2020

January 13, 2016 / Current News/ Partner News

Virginia Business Dominion Virginia Power said Tuesday that it plans to invest nearly $2 billion per year through 2020 to add new, clean generation — including solar energy — and to secure and upgrade the electric grid in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Dominion said the planned $9.5-billion spend builds on a record of new […]


Virginia State University Selects New President

Staff Reports, The Progress-Index ETTRICK — Virginia State University has selected a new president to lead the school as it copes with financial and academic woes. The school plans to introduce Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D. as the university’s 14th president on Friday. Abdullah comes from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he served as […]