From the Desk of Tracey Greene

On April 9, 2020, CBIC collaborated with the Central Virginia Small Businesses Development Center (CVSBDC) to produce a recorded webinar, Decoding the CARES Act, which is now available 24/7 online here.

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By Tracey Greene, CAN Founding Executive Director, CBIC Executive Director

As fear and uncertainty abound due to the complexity and unprecedented nature of this pandemic, it occurs to me that limited visibility into what others are doing, (or, what we, ourselves, should be doing) adds to our individual and collective anxiety.
To confront this fear, below is an annotated collection of ideas, resources, inspiration, and sage advice to support you during this challenging time.

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Tips in the Time of Coronavirus

While it is true that technology does make human contact a luxury one can choose to seek out or not - intelligent, talented people do also enjoy getting together to socialize, collaborate, share ideas, and form professional relationships. We know this not only to be a vital component of attracting and retaining a highly skilled workforce, but to building a healthy, reliable community.

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While the annual budgeting process often is met with dread, effective leaders know that strategic budgeting is an exciting process to implement vision and opportunity.

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Now is the time to consolidate authority for tech-based economic development in the Commonwealth. Article includes resources to comment on critical proposed legislation...

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Being a Mindful Leader is not about having a yoga or meditation practice. Truly mindful leaders imbibe intentionality, awareness and an abiding presence. Exhibiting these characteristics, consistently, is incredibly hard amidst the cacophony of competing interests for your time and focus.

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The US Air Force has a mantra, “Mission First, People Always”.

Having been in the Royal Australian Navy, I understand the paradoxical nature of this statement. The armed forces of any nation are constantly preparing young men, and women to be sent into grave danger, at any moment, to achieve a mission.

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What do people mean when they talk about startups in a town like ours? As we all know well, Charlottesville is a town of many identities and realities, and the local startup scene is no exception.

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On Wednesday October 17, 2018, the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (“CBIC”), along with co-host Presidential Precinct, held the Tech Night Takeover (“TNT”) series event titled: “Social Good Means Good Business”.

For those unfamiliar, CBIC holds periodic TNT events throughout the year covering emerging and pressing issues affecting its member base, including various issues concerning investment, founders, IT, software, biotechnology, life sciences and more.  New CBIC board member, PJ Harris, moderated the subject TNT, styled as a fireside chat with subject matter experts in the for-profit “social impact” space.  The experts consisted of (i) Aneesh Dhawan, Founder and CEO at PurPics, (ii) Beth Johnson, Program Director at Blue Morning, (iii) Peter McFarren, President & CEO at Global eHealth Solutions LLC and (iv) Brynne Potter, CEO & Co-Founder at Maternity Neighborhood

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Addressing our most pressing issues is often associated with the work of nonprofits. Yet the philanthropic sector is so small, even the most effective programs in the world wouldn’t solve our global challenges across sectors such as food, water, health, and education. More and more, we’re seeing how business can serve as a tool for achieving social and environmental objectives. A common myth in the business world is that integrating a social or environmental mission is a burden on the bottom line. On the contrary, aligning mission and model presents significant market opportunities for both new businesses and established enterprises alike.

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On August 23, 2018, Moonlighting LLC became the first Charlottesville based company (to my knowledge) to offer investments via Title III crowdfunding, on the crowdfunding portal Republic.  

Intrigued by the offering, I met with CEO Jeff Tennery & COO Roy Slater for lunch.  Both Jeff & Roy updated me as to the status of prior and current financing offerings.  In case you were not aware, much has changed with Moonlighting since the Daily Progress’ June 17, 2018 article related to the company’s initial coin offering announcement of “Moonbit”.  

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