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Eric Perkins Selected to Serve as Mentor for Thrive Network

Perkins Law is pleased to announce that RVA small business attorney Eric Perkins has been selected to serve as a mentor for the Thrive Network. The Thrive Network is a program of the Greater Richmond Development Center for the RVA business community.

For more information visit http://grsbdc.com/

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Last Virginia Franchise Forum Event of 2015 coming up on Thursday, November 19 at The Westwood Club.

Interested in learning the hot industries for franchising in 2016? Join the Virginia Franchise Forum on November 19 from 5:30-7:00pm at The Westwood Club. FRANdata, the nation’s leader in providing objective data related to franchising, will provide front line information including its annual franchising recap and its highly anticipated forecast for 2016. Cost is $25 per person (includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar).

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Franchising Path to Business Ownership

Interested in exploring the franchising path to business ownership? Secure a seat for the Perkins Law Prospective Franchisee Workshop led by small business and franchise attorney, Eric Perkins on Friday, November 13!

For more information or to register click here!

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Happy Halloween from Perkins Law!

Perkins Law sponsored a Best Costume Contest at Short Pump Rotary’s Great Pumpkin Race last Saturday! Racers gathered to benefit three local charities. Everyone enjoy a safe and exciting Halloween weekend!Perkins Law Halloween

Warren Whitney Leadership Network Highlights

October 22, 2015–Thumbs up to RVA management consulting firm Warren Whitney for another great networking event this morning at Willow Oaks Country Club.  An engaging and diverse audience representing local business and nonprofit organizations enjoyed a presentation by Dr. Pat West about the Northstar Academy, an impressive nonprofit organization that provides K-12 education and services for students with disabilities (www.northstaracademy.net).  These events are great for both the opportunity to connect with clients, colleagues, and other business and nonprofit leaders and also to learn more about local organizations such as Northstar Academy.  A lot of exciting and inspiring work going on in the RVA nonprofit community.  The organization’s new Career Academy program is something I think we will be hearing a lot about in the coming years.

Perkins to Host RVA Tennis Hall of Fame Ceremony

October 19, 2015–Richmond business and nonprofit attorney Eric Perkins has been chosen to host the Class of 2015 Richmond Tennis Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday night, October 24, at the Westwood Club.  This will be the seventh group of individuals and organizations to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, which was started by the Richmond Tennis Association in 1990. This year’s inductees include:  David Caldwell, Paul Kostin, Sean Steinour, Cliff Miller, and Bruce Sylvia.

Perkins is an active supporter of local tennis programs and events and currently serves as chair of the national Tennis Rules and Regulations Committee for the United States Tennis Association. A few tickets remain for the Saturday night dinner ceremony and can be purchased online at www.richmondtennis.org.

Memorable Quotes and Tips from Catalyst 2015

October 9, 2015–Thumbs up to Henrico EDA for a great half-day business conference featuring tips, experiences, and insights from some of RVA’s leading entrepreneurs and business leaders.  Master facilitator and moderator John Sarvay of Floricane did his usual outstanding job of orchestrating the morning’s activities and discussions for an estimated crowd of 100 attendees at Reynolds Community College.  Lots of great information shared throughout multiple tracks of programs throughout the event, but here are a few pearls of wisdom from Henrico EDA’s Catalyst 2015:

Tim MacAleese (CFO and founding owner of Elephant Insurance Services)–Five keys to business success are:  (1)  Have a vision an do not waiver; (2) recruit great people; (3) define your roadmap (with numbers); (4) continuously improve; and (5) give away responsibility

Bobby Ukrop (President and CEO of Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods)–Passion and purpose are critical to business success.

Chris Leone (COO of WebStrategies)–Current trends in online marketing reflect that most money is being directed toward search and display marketing, BUT email marketing remains the most effective strategy. Original, relevant, and compelling content remains KING.

The parting gift of Ukrop’s white house rolls was a nice touch…definitely a fun and informative morning and Perkins Law was proud to be a sponsor.

Bombshell Rocks 1 Million Cups RVA

September 30, 2015–Incredible presentation by local entrepreneurs Scott and Melissa Black (Bombshell Brazilian Waxing and Beauty Lounge) at today’s 1 Million Cups event in downtown RVA. Insightful tips shared on how to grow a business and develop a company culture and set of core values that lead to five-star customer service. Just a few of the memorable takeaways:

*Formula for business success = Vision + Values / Velocity of Adaptation

*The only difference between a dream and a goal is a timeline.Scott and Melissa Black (Bombshell Brazilian Waxing & Beauty Lounge)

Highlights from Conference Presentation on Fraud and Nonprofits

September 19, 2015–The Center for Nonprofit Excellence and the Thomas Jefferson Chapter of the Virginia Society of CPAs put on a great conference for the central Virginia nonprofit community on September 16 at The Omni in Charlottesville.  Discussion topics covered financial, governance, and compliance issues as well as nice overview of donor-advised funds.  I was invited to speak on the demoralizing topic of fraud and what nonprofit organizations can do to reduce the risk and impact of fraud.  While starting off with some depressing statistics and a harrowing tale of discovering fraud in the workplace, I shifted to a discussion of the important role nonprofit officers and directors play–and the fiduciary duty of care they owe to the organization–when it comes to managing the organization and protecting its assets.  Attendees left with a checklist of 28 things an organization can do to reduce the risk of being victimized by fraud and minimizing its impact when it does happen.  Copies are available upon request.  A few take away points:

1.  Fraud happens.  Nothing will eliminate the risk of fraud (other than shutting your doors and dissolving), but there are a variety of strategies that can reduce risk.

2.  A nonprofit officer or director should focus on two issues:  (i) protecting its organization from being victimized,  and (ii) protecting himself or herself from liability risk.

3.  When it comes to corporate governance and management, process counts as much as outcomes in many respects when considering whether a board of directors has acted reasonably in managing the affairs of the organization.  A governing board needs to take a holistic approach and develop practical processes, procedures, and protocols to reduce risk, identify and address problems effectively  when they inevitably arise.

Perkins Law to Sponsor Costume Contest at Short Pump Rotary’s Great Pumpkin Run

August 18, 2015 — As part of the Innsbrook Pumpkinpalooza extravaganza on Saturday, October 24, the Short Pump Rotary Club is once again organizing the Great Pumpkin Run, featuring a 5K run/walk, kids fun run, and for the first time, a costume contest sponsored by Perkins Law, PLLC. You can register to run through the Richmond Roadrunners site at http://www.rrrc.org/events/great-pumpkin-race-5k-1

Race proceeds benefit John Rolfe YMCA Bright Beginnings, Henrico Education Foundation and the Memorial Scholarship Fund at Reynolds Community College (in memory of former Short Pump Rotary President and dear friend Scott Lucas).

This is a unique opportunity to support several outstanding local causes in Henrico County while having fun and getting some exercise–a great combination! Perkins Law is excited to support this event and invites other Henrico County businesses and entrepreneurs to support this worthwhile event. Contact me for more information.