Making shuffleboard cool in RVA since 2018
3406 West Moore Street - Scott's Addition
Our October host and the 47th different location to host an encorepreneur! event is the Tang & Biscuit, RVA's new shuffleboard court and social club. Developed by Richmond entrepreneur and conmmunity activist, David Gallagher, the Tang and Biscuit, RVA’s first shuffleboard social venue is designed to encourage everyone to play, engage, and interact with one another in a fun and unique environment.
The Tang & Biscuit features 10 regulation-size floor shuffleboard courts, table shuffleboard, a 50 foot bar serving up Tang-inspired cocktails and beer, an innovative kitchen, and a large event space designed for parties, meetings and social events of all kinds. Parking is located less than two blocks away at the intersection of West Moore St. & Mactavish Ave.
The RIchmond Times Dispatch is launching a new email newsletter spotlighting local startups making a name for themselves and our region.
Richmond Startup Spotlight was launched on September 9. It features local success stories, new ventures, patent information, advice and articles of interest to entrepreneurs. The newsletter will also include a variety of columns that will provide helpful information and tips to the startup community. One new column will be from active encorepreneur Jay Markiewicz, an entrepreneur and executive director of entrepreneurship programs at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Business. Markiewicz will offer insight on how to initiate the entrepreneurship journey.
All of the information on the startup community will be in one place — in the Richmond Startup Spotlight e-newsletter on Sundays. Much of the content will appear in the print version of Monday’s Metro Business section and elsewhere in the newspaper during the week.
In its article launching the newwsletter, the RTD quoted former encorepreneur speaker, Bryan Bostic. “Over the last two years, there has been an enhanced commitment by the RTD to storytelling of the startup community and entrepreneurship in general, and this announcement takes that commitment to another level,” said Bostic, a Richmond entrepreneur, angel investor and co-founder of Startup Virginia, a business incubator in Shockoe Bottom.
“Storytelling is critically important to the advancement of our growing innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem,” Bostic said.
To subscribe to the Richmond Startup Spotlight e-newsletter, the daily RTD Business newsletter or any of the newsletters from The Times-Dispatch, go to https://www.richmond.com/subscribe-email/.
An endurance athlete, entrepreneur and coach, Will Turner has been described as the "world's craziest man". At our next breakfast on September 25th, he will tell us why he embraces the name. Will embarked on a world record-breaking feat in January 2018 - to complete 60 Ironman/Full Distance Triathlons the year he turned 60. He completed his 36th on August 11th in San Diego, and is scheduled to complete several more before we meet in September. Our location for the September breakfast will be the West End Assembly of God church on Parham Road. We will be meeting in the gymnasium at WEAG. Register Here
Robby Demeria, Executive Director of RVATECH and former encorepreneur breakfast speaker, has been appointed Virginia's Deputy Secretary of Commerce for Technology, and the tech council has launched a search for a replacement. RVATECH was founded more than 25 years ago, and is the second largest technology council in the state. Encorepreneur's founders, Gary LeClair and Stan Maupin were also co-founders of the tech council, and Stan has stepped in as the interim director on a part-time basis during the search. Take a look at the job description on LinkedIn and please share it with your contacts.
In August of 2016, Stan Joynes and Paul Krackman talked to a large breakfast crowd about the challenges and fun of leaving long careers in business and law to own and operate a vineyard. Soon after that, we were posting a note that one of their wines had won a coveted Governor’s Cup Gold Medal. Now we are posting about a major story about their personal and business success as they approach their 2nd Anniversary.
When we called to congratulate them, they asked us to let everyone know about the weekend anniversary celebration they had planned for August 17-19. It combines a visit to their vineyard for a private tasting a two-night stay at Downtown Staunton's newest luxury boutique hotel, The Blackburn Inn. The Blackburn is the old Western State Hospital which was redeveloped by Richmond's own Robin Miller.
August's encorepreneur! breakfast will be at VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art - our 45th different Richmond location for our breakfasts - More information or to register.
Located at Belvidere and Broad, the ICA opened this year to rave reviews. The $41 million museum has already been named one of the most anticipated buildings of 2018 by Architectural Digest.
The building was created with two fronts to symbolize being open to the city and to the university. The Broad Street entrance is a soaring atrium with lofty ceilings, transparent glass walls, curved edges and a sweeping grand staircase. The other entrance is the garden side. It has tables, a reflecting pool and landscaping, and opens to the university. VCU raised the funding for the building from private donors. The Institute anchors VCU’s #1 ranked art school, and will exhibit local and international art.
Gary LeClair and I are often asked why we started Encorepreneur! and we have cited the following TED Talk as, at the least, an illustration of how it got started if not an explanation. While it focuses on “how” to start a movement, it also illustrates how sometimes good things can happen without a lot of thought and planning. Sometimes all it takes is a crazy idea, a group of like-minded people and a sunny day,
Jay Markiewicz, a Richmond encorepreneur and the Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at VCU’s Business School, has made an offer to Richmond entrepreneurs that is hard to refuse. VCU is hosting a 2-day interactive workshop on Design Thinking in September that is perfect for encorepreneurs. The program is part of efforts by VCU and the Ford Fund to build entrepreneurial capacity in business and non-profit organizations. Thanks to the generosity of the Ford Fund, the total cost of the course including breakfast, lunch, parking and all materials is only $50.
Deborah Parizek, the Executive Director of the Henry Ford Learning Institute, will lead the course.
RVA was chosen as the inaugural launch point for this newest global offer from the Henry Ford Entrepreneurship Academy (HFEA), a special acknowledgement of our thriving ecosystem that we can all celebrate. The HFEA offers programs and services in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and US. More information and to register for the course.
Former breakfast speaker, Bruce Matson, left Georgia in February on the Appalachian Trail heading for Mt. Katahdin in Maine, and he is now in his 12th state – Vermont. A shareholder at LeCLairRyan when he is not on The Road To Find Out, Bruce is chronicling his trip on an interesting and entertaining blog called Returning to Katahdin.
Here is an excert from his latest post. “Just before the border I ran into Hawk who was getting ready to hike the Long Trail. We headed off together and would hike together for the entire week. Early we had pleasant hiking trails with grades that made most climbing very manageable, but no views until we climbed Glastonbury Mountain and its fire tower. The views were 360 degrees, but the sky was mostly cloudy. Perhaps the more “unique” views were the two 70 year-old nudists that were hiking on the Trail in this vicinity.”
Our speaker, Lakshmi Challa, will draw on her experience and her expertise to give us perspective on some off the major issues in today's legal and political environment. Lakshmi and the Challa Law Group specialize in employment-based immigration issues and has extensive experience in assisting businesses in identifying and outlining strategies to facilitate the international transfer of their employees.
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