Congratulations to our August speaker on "Virginia's Grape Rush", Stan Joynes, who reported today that the 2014 Petit Verdot from Valley Road Vineyards was a "2017 Virginia Governor's Cup Gold Medal Winner" this year. A panel of 40 judges, sampled 494 wines from 102 Virginia wineries. Of these, 23 wines were selected as gold medal winners. In August, Stan and Paul Keckman. co-owners of Valley Road, told us about the growth of the wine industry in Virginia and related stories about their encorepreneurial venture in Albemarle County,
In February of 2016, we had the pleasure of visiting the Muslim Community Center of Chesterfield and hear from leaders of the local Muslim community. In addition to showing us around their mosque and community center, two leaders of the local RVA Muslim community gave us a brief introduction to their religion and shared their thoughts on 10 myths about Islam with our breakfast audience.
With the current issues regarding immigration policies being so strongly debated in the courts and in public this week, we thought it would be good to provide a link to the videos we took at the meeting last year. We encourage you to take a moment to visit the page describing the event and listen to some of the videos.
“Myths and Misconceptions About Islam and Muslims”
Here are links to the videos:
The "DieHappy" app that Shawn Boyer introduced to Encorepreneur! at a breakfast hosted by the University of Richmond in November of 2014 has won an award for the prestigious "Best Overall App of 2016" in the 2016 Overall Awards from Best Mobile Apps!
According to the DieHappy website the app helps you plan and share life’s moments with those who matter most. Its goal by 2025, is to be the brand that has helped hundreds of millions of people across the world to live happier lives.
Shawn was a founder of Snagajob.com and leads the team at DieHappy. He demonstrated the pre-beta version of the app and signed up many in the audience as potential beta testers.
The judging criteria for the award was based on the user interface, originality, usability, and creativity are some of the things our judges will be looking for in all submissions for the Best Overall Mobile App of 2016.
Bruce Matson, a bankruptcy and creditor's rights attorney with LeClairRyan, has published the book he told an encorepreneur audience about last year. Bruce spoke to the group about his 30 day, 500 mile walk along the Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage route across northern Spain. After his talk, he asked the crowd to vote on alternative titles and encorepreneurs favored "The Road To Find Out". The header photo on the Encorepreneur website's homepage is a photo that Bruce brought back from his trip.
Bruce is hosting a meal of tapas, a slideshow and a book talk at Independence Country Club on January 18 and invites all encorepreneurs to attend. (Details) The book is a personal journey for Bruce, not a money maker, and he is giving all the proceeds of sales to charity. You can purchase copies of The Road To Find Out on Amazon. Bruce has also offered to personalize and mail copies to Richmond encorepreneurs. Just email him at email@example.com for details.
The Richmond YMCA is accepting applications for the 2017 Pat Asch Fellowship. The fellowship was created in memory of former YWCA Richmond executive director Patricia Morris "Pat" Asch, to grant a woman of at least 50 years of age with up to $17,500 to continue her pursuit of social advocacy later in life. Women of this age residing or working in Richmond City, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Goochland or Powhatan County are eligible to apply.
Deadline for applications is February 15, 2017. More
On Veteran's Day, we would like to repost a story about one of our most popular breakfast speakers, Dr. Bruce Heilman.
Dr. Heilman is a veteran of WWII, having served in Iwo Jima during the war and in Nagasaki after the war ended. This past summer, at the age of 90, he is rode his Harley cross country to generate interest in the WWII veteran's group,"The Spirit of '45".
You can read more on the WTVR website.
Deborah Johnston, one of Encorepreneur's most loyal breakfast attendees and a one-time speaker who told an Encorepreneur breakfast audience about her experiences in transitioning from nursing to CEO of a large company, has sold her Care Advantage Inc., one of Virginia’s largest privately held home health care providers.
The Chesterfield County-based company has been bought by BelHealth Investment Partners LLC, a New York-based health care-focused private equity firm. Care Advantage operates 12 locations in Virginia and employs about 3,000 people.
The YWCA RIchmond is seeking applicants for a fellowship to financially support efforts ot a woman who "has a vision for change in her personal life and the drive to make a positive change in the Greater Richmond community".
That sounds like the definition of women encorepreneurs and their interests to us and the YWCA seems to agree.
Since we 1914 the YWCA of Richmond has been awarding the Pat Asch Fellowship for Social Justice in honor of former Executive Director of the YWCA Richmond and Jackson Foundation, Patricia Morris Asch. Consideration for the $17,500 Fellowship is open to any woman who is at least 50 years of age and who resides or works in Richmond City, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Goochland or Powhatan County.
Rupa Murthy, the Chief Development Officer of the YWCA Richmond introduced the Fellowship at our last meeting and encouraged interested people to download the information packet or contact her with any questions. Applications are due by February 15.
Fifty Plus, a locally published magazine, featured the founders of encorepreneur! in its September issue. Gary LeClair and Stan Maupin answered questions posed by Fifty Plus's publisher, Greg Weatherford, after a recent meeting. The two talked about why they started the group and why they thought it was important. As Gary said, "We are learning where the gold lies. Our prospecting suggests it is in engaging with others, laughing, learning, listening, accepting, appreciating and loving."
Impact Makers, Inc., who hosted an encorepreur! breakfast recently,Tuesday that it has donated 100 percent of the company’s equity ownership stake to to community poriented local nonprofits, The Community Foundation and Virginia Community Capital. The transaction is a formalization of a commitment to donate 100% of the company's profits to charity that CEO Michael Pirron made when launching the Scott's Addition based IT and management consulting firm in 2006.
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