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Business

  • Bedford tops area in business start-ups

        The Bedford area leads Region 2000 in new business start-ups, according to Traci Blido, Bedford County’s director of economic development.

        Region 2000 consists of the counties of Appomattox, Amherst, Bedford and Campbell as well as the cities of Bedford and Lynchburg. Lynchburg had the second largest number in 2010 with 81. Bedford County had 86 and, with the city’s new start ups thrown in, totals 92.

  • Aznavorian seeks harmony with neighbors

        George Aznavorian’s Harmony project takes a step forward with a neighborhood information meeting, Wednesday evening, in the county administration building. This is a step toward getting the property rezoned from its current AR (agricultural reserve) zoning to PD-1 (planned development district).

  • Local couple hopes to open new winery

        Bedford County could get a new winery if James and Sandra Ramaker have their way.
        The Ramakers currently have five acres of wine grapevines on Hendricks Store Road, in the Smith Mountain Lake area of the county.  Their entire 101-acre parcel is currently zoned residential, and the Ramakers want it rezoned agricultural village. This will allow them to make wine and have a wine tasting room.

  • Business grows one stitch at a time

        A business that started in Carissa Suter’s Bedford County home outgrew the house, and is still growing. Last year it ceased to be a one-woman operation when Suter hired an assistant and a seamstress.

        The business is called The Gilded Thimble and is located in the Bedford Mini-Mall on North Bridge Street.
        Suter used to design and make items for boutiques and do custom sewing for private clients.

  • New phase at Mayberry Hills inaugurated

        Mayberry Hills opened a new phase in its build-out, called Courtyards at Mayberry, with a ribbon cutting at the model for the patio houses that it will offer.

        “It’s one of three different models we have here,” said Jody Lyons of Lyons Team Realtors.

  • Battle of the stockyards

        “We’re always in competition.”

        That was the response of Lisa Landes, office manager of the Springlake Stockyard, as to what prompted the latest challenge. But this time, area stockyards are working together to raise gifts and food for area families in need.
        “A lot of our friends and family had a hard time this year,” Landes said of the need. “We decided that we’d have a little bit of a friendly competition.”

  • Shooting range gets OK to operate in New London

    o make sure that stray bullets don’t escape from the shooting range that he has built on his farm, a short distance up Va. 811 from that highway’s intersection with U. S. 460. In fact, Hooper said that the berms around the range will stop an anti-tank weapon.    

  • Bedford Chamber achieves 4 Star Accreditation

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce has achieved 4 Star Accreditation with the United States Chamber of Commerce. According to Susan Martin, the Chamber’s president, this puts the Bedford Area Chamber in the top 4 percent of chambers nationwide.

  • Win this restaurant

        How would you like to own an established, profitable restaurant for $100? Michael Pizza, who owns Blue Ridge Bagels, is going to give you the chance to do just that.

  • Bison goes solar to generate some of its power

        Bison Printing has become the first commercial printer in Virginia to install a major solar voltaic grid to supplement its power needs.