October 21, 2013
There is certainly much to be celebrated about building relationships with local companies – the everyday mission of the Greater Richmond Partnership’s Business First initiative. Companies provide the most important insight a community can gain about the business community. They are the biggest job creators and invest the most capital in their localities, improving the quality of life - two major successes for a community.
October 21, 2013
It’s official, Business First has completed another year of service to the regional existing business community. With more than 500 site visits completed during the last year, Greater Richmond continues to works towards enhancing the local business environment.
October 02, 2013
With the world moving towards globalization, it is vital that not only the nation as a whole, but that those at the local levels follow. President Obama set a goal to double exports beginning in 2010. In 2012, the Department of Commerce revealed that 50 U.S. metropolitan areas sent more than $1 trillion in merchandise all over the world.
July 23, 2013
Okay, okay, so now you have to pay interns. Seems simple enough, right? But what if you are just planning to hire a student for just the summer to work for your small firm? Should that person be considered an independent contractor or an employee, how should you file taxes for them if at all, and who would actually have reliable answers to these questions??
July 11, 2013
Advising young professionals and job seekers to get an internship has long been considered useful advice. Nothing can pad a resume or amount to gaining practical experience like a real life workplace experience. Almost as common as the idea of an internship was the question about whether or not it was paid. In many scenarios the sacrifice of hours of work to gain experience were exchanged for free. The days of unpaid internships could soon be coming to an end, though.
June 21, 2013
The economic development outlook over the next several years is very good based on Double and Double: Double the number of missions and events throughout the world and Double the active prospects looking to locate within the next two years.
June 11, 2013
Educational non-profit think tank The Brookings Institution recently released a report that shows that the number of STEM jobs (those requiring science, technology, engineering and mathematics education) is a much larger part of the regional and national economy than originally thought. While previous estimates only identified between four and five percent of national jobs as having a STEM focus, Brookings finds 20 percent (or 26 million) to be a more accurate figure.
May 13, 2013
Companies in the Greater Richmond Region are growing at top speed. Within the last seven days, two lists which identify the nation’s and region’s largest and most quickly growing firms have been released, and each feature businesses with local presence.
May 10, 2013
Themed Getting Down to Small Business, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released its fourth annual Enterprising States study earlier this week. The study reviewed state-level policies that are designed to bolster small business activity, and the importance of the small business community to the nation’s overall economic recovery.
May 01, 2013
On April 30th, the BusinessFirst program paused to thank all of the members of its invaluable volunteer network, and the Business First economic development professionals who coordinate their existing business outreach efforts.