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Monday, April 19, 2010

NxLevel Business Writing Course Offered

The Crater Small Business Development Center of Longwood University in partnership with the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, Colonial Heights Chamber of Commerce, Hopewell Chamber of Commerce and ConnectSouthside will be offering an 8 week Business Plan Class using the popular curriculum NxLevel. NxLevel is a comprehensive Business Writing course. The class focuses on teaching the necessities for improving business practices while producing a comprehensive business plan to assist business expansion decisions and activities.

Topics that are covered:
  • Planning & Research: Entrepreneurship
  • Organizational Structure & Management
  • Marketing: Analyzing & Understanding
  • Marketing Strategies, tactics & Implementation
  • Financial Overview: books, records & control
  • Managing Your Money
  • Understanding Financial Statements
  • Financing Your Business – alternative sources of money

April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25, June 1, June 8, June 15th

4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Crater Planning District Commission Board Room
1964 Wakefield Street, Petersburg, VA 23805

*$200.00 for those in the Cameron jurisdiction and Petersburg, Colonial Heights & Hopewell Chamber Members


Space is limited - Registration will be required!

*The Cameron Foundation jurisdictions: Cities of Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Hopewell, the counties of Dinwiddie, Prince George and Sussex and the portion of Chesterfield lying South of Route 10.

Monday, April 05, 2010

JES Construction Grows Staff

JES Construction, a leading engineering solutions company specializing in foundation repair, basement waterproofing and crawlspace moisture control, has added additional staff to continue to provide outstanding service and work to their growing clientele in the greater Richmond area. JES introduces Crystal Randolph of Carson, Va., as a service coordinator; Michelle McLees of Chesterfield, Va., as a marketing coordinator; Harold Jones of Midlothian, Va., as a home improvement specialist and Rob Scott of Richmond, Va., as an inspector.

Randolph brings 8 years of office management and customer service experience to the service department. She will be responsible for scheduling service appointments and responding to customer inquiries. Her problem solving and people skills will help to maintain JES’ strong reputation for customer care and satisfaction.

McLees has over seven years of experience in the fields of public relations and marketing communications and has worked for successful brands and organizations such as 3M, the American Heart Association, Bag Boy and U.S. Cellular. McLees will coordinate marketing and public relations efforts at JES. She has a BS in Business Administration from Old Dominion University.

Jones previously owned and operated Jones Quality Construction in Smithville, N.J. which specialized in crawlspace and basement work and repair. He has also managed construction crews and worked hands-on in the home building and remodeling industry for over 20 years. His knowledge and experience is a tremendous addition to the JES team.

Scott comes to JES from S.D. Services, a geotechnical drilling company, where he managed projects as well as served as the site foreman. He is also certified by OSHA as a responsible person on site for soil classification. As an inspector at JES, his knowledge of soil evaluation and how it aids in the design and construction of stable and lasting foundations will be an asset to this position.

“Our experienced, upbeat and dedicated staff is why we are a successful and growing company,” says Jesse Waltz, P.E., President of JES Construction, Inc. “Crystal, Michelle, Harold and Scott are great additions to the JES team and will help us to continue to deliver superior work and service to our customers.”

For more information about JES Construction please visit

Local Ad Agency Teams up with NASCAR

Franklin Street Marketing, a Chesterfield-based healthcare marketing and advertising agency, recently finished producing a groundbreaking national campaign for Health Management Associates (HMA), a nationwide network of hospitals. The campaign features one of NASCAR's best and most beloved drivers, Mark Martin, as the spokesperson and touts HMA's ER Extra, a new system-wide initiative to improve ER wait times.

The ER Extra campaign is the first in the hospital category to feature a celebrity of Martin's caliber as the spokesperson. It is also the first to feature Martin's wife, Arlene, and is Mark Martin's only healthcare-related sponsorship this season.

The campaign included point-of-purchase and event promotion materials, four television spots, and several print ads, radio spots, and outdoor boards. The television spots are available to view on YouTube.

Franklin Street Marketing is a Chesterfield County-based company with over 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising for hospitals and other health organizations. The company strives to make a difference in our community and nationally by helping healthcare organizations provide care to their patients. When hospitals can get their message out, they are in a better position to prevent and detect illness early on, and save lives.

For more information on Franklin Street or the HMA ER Extra campaign featuring Mark Martin, visit