October’s WHIMBY Sponsors
Casey Watson, Senior Sales Manager
Linden Row Inn
Casey Watson has been with the Linden Row Inn for 4 years and is their Senior Sales Manager. She has a Hospitality and Tourism Management degree from Virginia Tech and a background in meeting and event plannings throughout various segments of the hospitality industry over the past 10 years.
The Linden Row Inn is a 70-room boutique historic hotel located in the heart of Downtown Richmond. It is comprised of seven row homes built in the mid-1800’s meticulously restored over the years and is proud to be featured on the National Register of Historic Places. They host private functions such as corporate meetings and retreats, wedding celebrations, birthday parties and more as well as overnight room accommodations for groups at discounted rates offering a one-stop-shop option for clients and their guests.
For more information, contact Casey at 804-225-5841 or visit the Linden Row Inn online at LindenRowInn.com.
Jeff Yorke, Owner of The Yorke Agency
The Yorke Agency
The Yorke Agency is an independent, multi-line insurance source located in Mechanicsville, VA. We offer a complete range of insurance coverages for individual and business clients. The Yorke Agency represents superior-rated companies. We consider ourselves a one-stop source for all of your insurance needs. At the Yorke Agency, expect a thorough, professional and client-centered approach to insurance planning.
The Yorke Agency was established June 1, 1999 by current president and founder Jeffrey O. Yorke. The agency objective is to be the one-stop shop for insurance consumers. Our focus is small business, personal auto and property insurance. Our specific goal is to attract those insurance consumers oriented to personal contact and multiple policy accounts. For any and all insurance needs, The Yorke Agency is here to help you in Richmond and other surrounding counties including Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfield, Petersburg King William & New Kent.
For more information, contact Jeff at 804-569-6033 or visit The Yorke Agency online at YorkeAgency.com.
September’s WHIMBY Sponsors
Carroll King Schuller, Founder & CEO
Organic Blueprints, Inc.
Carroll has been coaching for more than three decades. Her clients include business owners with a focus on family run businesses and executives from businesses like Mega-Tech as well as Capital One and Amgen.
Carroll has five coaching focus areas. Life and Career Coaching aimed mainly at helping you get “unstuck” either personally or professionally and determining which path is the right path for you. ADHD Coaching which maximizes strengths of the super fast ADHD brain while guiding you to work around your obstacles and challenges. Recruitment Coaching helps you master the skills of attracting highly capable, dedicated and eager talent. Business Coaching helps you to identify and achieve bigger goals such as an expanded business, vision crystallization and effective resource management. Executive Coaching provides a creative partnership in professional development, decision-making, risk analysis, renewed focus, communication skills and strategic planning.
For more information, contact Carroll at 804-869-5403 or visit the Organic Blueprints, Inc. at OrganicBlueprints.com.
Patrice Strachan, Chair of the RVA Career Expo
RVA Career Expo
The RVA Career Expo is sponsored by the Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association in partnership with Career Prospectors and JAM. Held each March and October, the next expo is scheduled Friday, October 13, at the Cultural Arts Center in Glen Allen. Now in our 9th year, the RVA Career Expo has grown to become THE premier professional job fair in Richmond, attracting 100+ employers and over 1,000 job seekers.
The RVA Career Expo is like no other job fair. Our mission is to connect candidates to employers. As a candidate-driven event, every activity is designed to enhance a one’s job search. Staffed solely by unpaid volunteers, dozens of WHIMBY members have benefited from the expo, through their affiliation with Career Prospectors and JAM, and as candidates attending the event.
For more information, contact Patrice at 804-313-7041 or visit RVA Career Expo online at RichmondHokies.org/careerexpo/.
August’s WHIMBY Sponsors
Mark Casper, Executive Director
Tech for Troops Project
The Tech for Troops Project is dedicated to empowering veterans with skills, computers and IT work force training. We will accomplish this through providing veterans and the children of veterans in need with free, refurbished computers and opportunities to partner through T4T with company businesses that provide training or networking experiences.
Tech For Troops Project is a 501(c)3 charitable not-for-profit organization based in Richmond, Virginia. We are led by an active and passionate Board of Directors and highly qualified staff, and are supported by dedicated partners, generous corporate sponsors, and a growing and enthusiastic volunteer team. We exist to help veterans.
Kasfia (Kash) Rashid, Owner of Kash Accounting
I am an accounting consultant bridging the gap between CPA’s and Small business owners. I provide book keeping, accounting and audit prep services using Quickbooks, Quickbooks online, Excel and other accounting software. I start every new opportunity with a free consultation and two way interview.
We all get into business because of a passion that drives us. It may be a passion for helping others or a flair for design. Not to run expense sheets or track invoices. My business is to help other business owners focus on the passion, and not the numbers.
If you want a personal accounting consultant that will work with you toward your business goals, please give me a call. All companies need KASH.
July’s WHIMBY Sponsors & Guest Speaker
Kappy Gross, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, AIF®, Founder
Heron Creek Advisors
Heron Creek Advisors works with businesses and individuals to provide planning and investment services, including company sponsored retirement plans, life insurance and executive benefits. People work with Kappy and his team because they trust them to communicate simple solutions to complex problems. What this means is they focus on what matter most to you and your family and build a customized solution to help solve your greatest challenges and take advantage of your greatest opportunities. The benefit is that you will have peace of mind knowing you have a financial partner with your best interests in mind and the skills to provide quality solutions.
Chris Fawcett, Founder / President
Third Marble Marketing
The mission of Third Marble is to help America grow. Over 65% of all new jobs in America are created by small businesses (according to the SBA). But small business owners don’t have the time to fully understand the complicated, ever-changing online marketing systems that connect the modern consumer with your business. We bridge that gap. By making digital marketing strategies accessible, affordable and easy to understand, we help small business owners grow their business so they can hire more people from their community.
July’s Speaker: Jane Ferrara
COO of Economic and Community Development for the City of Richmond
Jane Ferrara is leading the city’s business attraction and retention programs, as well as the tourism and real estate strategies team. She currently serves as Secretary to the Richmond Economic Development Authority and was a member of the Richmond Planning Commission from 2009-2016. Jane began her career in commercial real estate in Hampton Roads, Virginia and later relocated to Richmond to serve as Managing Director and partner of Advantis Real Estate Services. In 2005, she left the private sector and joined the City of Richmond as Director of Real Estate. She was promoted to her current position in 2009.
Jane has served in leadership roles for numerous professional organizations, including the Richmond Real Estate Group, VCU Real Estate Circle of Excellence, the Commercial Council of the Virginia Association of Realtors, the Greater Richmond Association of Commercial Real Estate and the Virginia CCIM Chapter. She was also a board member of the Children’s Museum of Richmond.
June’s WHIMBY Sponsors
Eric Glymph, Owner
EDGe Business Planning
EDGe Business Planning works with small business owners to help them understand their financial and business information and use it to grow their business profitably. We have multiple Small Business CFO services that will help you achieve greater success. Business and strategic planning, cash flow analysis, financial forecasting, and profitability analysis are some of the services we provide. Our goal is to help small business owners gain financial confidence.
Epsilon Systems Consultants
Information Technology is a tool that allows you to conduct important business operations quickly and efficiently. Epsilon Systems Consultants, LLC is a service company providing computer support to small businesses. Documents, spreadsheets, accounting, small business operations, internet access and email are all part of your IT process and part of your business management process. In the business environment today keeping up with technology is not an advantage, it is a requirement and Epsilon can provide the specialized help to make sure your IT works.
May’s WHIMBY Sponsors
Bart Levy, Marketer in Chief
Fast Forward Marketing Co.
Bart Levy, owner of Fast Forward Marketing, works with companies in transition, whether getting started, preparing for an exit, or after there’s been a merger or acquisition. She helps them polish their brand and expand their target audience, which leads to a greater company value.
Adapt Staffing Agency
Adapt Staffing is locally owned, operated, and engaged in the Richmond community. Our nimble size and diverse expertise give us the ability to formulate an “ADAPTABLE” strategy to meet the new challenges faced by today’s businesses. We “ADAPT” to each opportunity with each client.
April’s WHIMBY Sponsors & Guest Speaker
Ivan Alzuro, Owner
Richmond Corporate Video
Richmond Corporate Video is a production company that specializes in telling your brand’s story through the power of video. We understand that business owners can be consumed with the day-to-day tasks of running a business, so we take the complication out of video production. By taking time to understand the vision of your company, we can offer creatively engaging videos, on time and on budget. For more information, contact Ivan at 804-873-4826 or visit Richmond Corporate Video at RichmondCorporateVideo.com.
Bill Bennett, Owner
IdeaWeavers’ CommonThread is a rapid, adaptable, and scalable business solution that solves the expense and long implementation times associated with most enterprise-class systems. We are experienced on quickly understanding your business and configuring the system for only what you need. It is a cloud-based system that provides user-specific access 24/7 and a single database solution eliminates guess work associated with multi-system reporting. Our streamlined implementation helps you get started quickly for optimal ROI. For more information, contact Bill at 804-249-3670 or visit Ideaweavers at Ideaweavers.com.
Speaker: Matt Thornhill, Institute for Tomorrow
Institute for Tomorrow
Topic Summary: Some people spend their entire career trying to make their mark. Matt has been making his mark since day one. From his early days at Ogilvy in New York to when he was the new business manager at The Martin Agency as it grew four-fold to become a national player, Matt has been making a difference for clients. Called a “Renaissance Man” by many, Matt is a talented speaker, author, copywriter, designer, techno-geek, and futurist. Like John, he’s especially skilled at seeing the big picture and connecting the dots other miss. For SIR, Matt runs the Institute for Tomorrow think tank, which is the natural evolution of its two prior iterations — the Boomer Project and Generations Matter. More clients want to understand what’s coming, so Matt and John have expanded their focus beyond generational dynamics to include demographic and cultural trends impacting everyone’s future.
March’s WHIMBY Sponsors
Annemarie DiNardo Cleary of the law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
I am an experienced litigator focusing my practice on financial services litigation and labor and employment matters. I represent clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies on a wide range of business issues, including breach of contract claims, defense of employment discrimination claims, defense of business torts, commercial lease disputes, professional malpractice defense and complex, multi-party litigation. For more information, contact Annemarie at 804-788-7768 or visit Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC at EckertSeamans.com.
Robert Kelland Jr., Associate Broker with Aflac
Aflac is a Fortune 500 company, providing financial protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. When a policyholder or insured gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fairly, promptly and directly to the insured. For nearly six decades, Aflac voluntary insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. For more information, contact Bobby a 804-350-1268.
February’s WHIMBY Sponsors
Todd McCandless, Owner
Coach4Finance rose from years of riding the road of hard knocks when it came to finance. Todd focuses on financial education for individuals and businesses in areas of personal finance, 401(k) education and implementation, and business improvement. We get to know YOU and your finances. For more information, contact Todd at (804)363-2636 or visit the Coach4Finance at coach4finance.com.
Kitty Boitnott, Career Transition Coach
Boitnott Coaching, LLC
I help burnt-out teachers find career alternatives that are perfect for them because work should be fulfilling and FUN! I provide practical advice and coaching services designed to take the mystery out of the job search process, and I assist individuals who are in the midst of a career transition. I also help those who feel stuck in a dead-end career get “unstuck.” For more information, contact Kitty a 804-404-5475 or visit the Boitnott Coaching at kittyatcareermakeover.coachesconsole.com.
January’s WHIMBY Sponsors
Chuck McCabe, Owner
Peoples Income Tax
With fees significantly lower than most accounting firms, we will expertly prepare your individual or small business tax returns – no matter how complex. A true value to you because our tax professionals are trained by The Income Tax School – the industry leader for tax preparation training. Plus, your tax returns are backed by our Triple Guarantee of Accuracy, Satisfaction and Year-Round Assistance or you pay nothing!
Call (804) 204-1040 or visit the Peoples Income Tax website at www.peoplestax.com.
Audrey Schumacher Turner, Counsel
Thermacrete Construction, LLC
Thermacrete Construction, LLC are experienced installers of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs), which are an energy efficient way of building exterior walls for any structure. ICF construction replaces typical stick or steel framing and insulation, and offers high energy efficiency and consistent lower energy costs for residential and commercial building. Thermacrete Construction, LLC is a Virginia licensed and insured Class A General Contractor owned and operated by Audrey Schumacher Turner and Glenn Turner. Call (804) 357-1741 or visit Thermacrete Construction online at www.thermacreteconstruction.com.
December’s WHIMBY Sponsors
Ed Blair, CPA and Owner
Blair + Associates CPAs, PLC
At Blair & Associates, we believe in empowering our clients to make good financial decisions about their future. We explain complicated financial information like the US tax code in simple, understandable terms — allowing clients to make the best decisions to minimize their tax obligations and meet their financial goals.
Call (804) 740-9641 or visit the Blair + Assoc website at www.blaircparva.com.
Todd McCandless, Principal and Financial Coach
Whether you’re starting a business, building the one you have, stepping up to run a family business, or planning your exit strategy, you need a lot of information to help you make sound financial decisions. Todd focuses on financial education for individuals and businesses in areas of personal finance, 401(k) education and implementation, and business improvement. We get to know YOU and your finances.
Call (804) 363-2636 or visit Coach4Finance online at www.coach4finance.com
November’s WHIMBY Sponsors
TowneBank Mortgage is your hometown mortgage company. As a division of TowneBank, we uphold the principles and philosophies that have been established by our hometown traditions. TowneBank Mortgage is dedicated to providing the personal experience that you expect from a hometown lender with the most advanced technology available to offer affordable loans, quick processing and exceptional service.
Being a hometown lender means fast approval and a team of mortgage professionals who are committed to you. TowneBank Mortgage mortgage loan officers live in your communities and know the area. Our professional experience and solid business relationships with local Realtors®, builders, and appraisers are assets to you. TowneBank Mortgage offers a wide array of loan programs to provide you with the best possible fit for your needs.
Murphy Business and Financial Corporation, LLC
Mike brings to the table 25 years of leadership, operational management, and executive-level experience with Fortune 500 companies. He is focused on leveraging his experience and the vast resources of Murphy Business & Financial Corporation to help the small to middle-market business owner prepare his or her company for sale, find the right buyer, and execute the transaction. He prides himself on conducting all business professionally and in accordance with the highest ethical standards.
Murphy Business is one of the largest and most successful business brokerage firms in North America. The Richmond office is one of more than 150 offices across the United States and Canada. The experienced business brokers at Murphy Business have extensive business experience across most types of businesses. This first hand experience helps to provide professional assistance whether you are looking for commercial real estate, a franchise opportunity, assistance with mergers and acquisitions or a comprehensive business valuation. Murphy Business professionals offer assistance with all of your business brokerage needs.
October’s WHIMBY Sponsors
Owner of Caring Touch Concierge
The Caring Touch Concierge is dedicated to helping business owners retain and expand their existing client base by providing fun and memorable expressions of gratitude. Hello, I’m Dianne Hentzen, Caring Touch Concierge, and I love making people feel special and happy. I founded this company to help well-intentioned business owners show their clients their heartfelt thanks.
It’s my pleasure to translate thoughtfulness into B2B client appreciation and retention. I coordinate behind the scenes to make appreciation a clear and consistent theme in your business. I’ve lived the message of care and appreciation throughout my own life as well – not that it’s always been easy! I’m a wife of over 30 years, the mother of three grown daughters (all beautiful and talented, of course), and a woman of faith with a Servant’s heart.
Owner of IdeaWeavers
Bill Bennett started IdeaWeavers to solve the expense and long implementation times associated with most enterprise-class systems. We are focused on quickly understanding your needs and delivering a system for you. We see technology as a tool to get things accomplished in the real world. We love to learn about all the different industries that make up our economy.
The majority of our developers have a business or mathematics degree in addition to being trained in Computer Science. Since 1999, we have helped clients in all major industries make breakthroughs in their operations. We are obsessed with efficiency. Seeing wasted resources drives us crazy! We help you learn about your processes so you can improve to become more effective. Happier Customers, More Profit!
September’s WHIMBY Sponsors
Owner of Junk King in Richmond, Virginia
Bill Taggart, of the Richmond, Virginia Junk King hauling franchise, has been a champion of the environment for more than 20 years, including practicing environmental law in the Richmond area. His hobbies include woodworking, metal-work, and repairing antique tools and machinery. He loves re-purposing items, whether he is donating things to charity, or fixing items for his own use. Junk King’s recycling and donations of 60% or more of the items they haul appeals to Taggart. “If something is good and usable, it makes no sense to simply dump it in the landfill.”
Taggart, a franchise owner since 2012, was drawn to the idea of a business that had environmental credibility and a business model that serviced both homeowners and fellow business owners. Taking advantage of business to business contacts is a big part of Junk King’s profile, and long-time Richmond resident Taggart is perfectly suited to take advantage of those opportunities. For an appointment, call 1-804-912-5942 (JUNK) or visit the website junk-king.com.
Kevin C. Jonas
Website Designer & Owner of Jonas Marketing
Jonas Marketing creates killer custom websites for small businesses, healthcare professionals, and non-profit organizations throughout central Virginia and around the country. In addition to building brand new, mobile-friendly websites, Jonas Marketing can also maintain and improve existing websites that need updating, functional modification, or a reliable maintenance and hosting provider. With over 60 live sites currently on the web and 13+ years of experience, Kevin and his design team can handle a wide variety of projects from eCommerce to private Employee Portals.
Jonas Marketing is located in Suite 111 of Willow Lawn’s Markel Building (aka The Foil Spaceship) and is home to a 12 ft. Blue Marlin that has been following Kevin and his wife, Blair, around since their honeymoon 14 years ago. To get a cost quote or talk with Kevin about your next website project, call 804-241-0872 or email email@example.com.
August’s WHIMBY Sponsors
Rich Salon is a Career Transition Coach who has dedicated over 20 years to helping people with their careers. At Business Ownership Connection, LLC, he matches people seeking to become their own boss to business opportunities that align with their passions and talents. Rich also provides the coaching and tools needed to help people regain or upgrade their employment status. Rich can be reached at 804-385-1309.
Owner, Hays Computer Consulting
Mike Hays is a certified IT Consultant with 20 + years of experience looking to help your small business with its IT service needs. You will always know when Mike Hays is your IT service provider, as he is knowledgeable, and dependable. He will set you up with a solution that will make your business run more efficiently and smoothly. So next time your PC needs repair, or your business needs hardware / software support, think of Mike Hays, YOUR IT SPECIALIST!
You can contact Mike at 804-398-8203.
July’s WHIMBY Sponsor
Owner, Virginia Cliffe Inn
This month’s B2B features a local gem of the historic Glen Allen area. The Virginia Cliffe Inn is a beautiful Georgian-style home located near the intersection of Mountain and Woodman road. Owned and operated by Janice Virginia Clifton, this stunning space is one of the area’s most charming bed & breakfast and event venues. The Virginia Cliffe Inn offers five individually decorated bedrooms which each feature a private bath, individual temperature control, flat screen TV, and Wi-Fi Internet access. The Virginia Cliffe Inn is not limited to the bed & breakfast. Between the house, garden, and Clifton Cottage, the event possibilities are almost limitless! If you are looking for a quiet getaway or a venue to host a personal or corporate event, look no further than the historic, charming Virginia Cliffe Inn!
You can contact Janice at 804-266-7344.