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RTA Tennis Community Scholarship Winners Announced!!

May 12 – The Richmond Tennis Association and Perkins Law, PLLC are pleased to announce that James River High School’s Rachel Summers and Cosby High School’s Paul Mendoza are winners of the 2016 RTA Tennis Community Scholarship.

Summers, a National Honor Society and National Beta Club member, has played #1 singles and doubles for James River since 2013 and has been a first team All-Metro selection the past two years. She competes in USTA-sanctioned tournaments and has a top-25 ranking in USTA/Mid-Atlantic in the girls 18s division (both singles and doubles). Rachel’s extensive community service activities include tutoring students through the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, volunteering for the local Christmas Mother organization, and helping prepare meals for the homeless during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season through St. Edward’s Catholic Church. Rachel has committed to play college tennis this fall at Mary Washington University.
Mendoza, also a National Honor Society and National Beta Club Member, has played #1 singles for the past three years (including two years as team captain) and doubles for the past four years for Cosby High School. Paul is also a first-team selection on the All-Metro team in addition to being a three-time Scholar Athlete Award winner. A long-time junior tournament competitor (currently ranked #4 in Virginia), Paul has won over 200 matches in USTA-sanctioned events across the United States and has been selected to participate in USTA national training camps. Paul’s commitment to community service is illustrated by his volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity and FeedMore along with his work as a volunteer tennis instructor at Clover Hill Elementary School. Paul has been recruited to play college tennis at the University of Connecticut where he will enter the School of Engineering this fall.
“These two outstanding individuals are great ambassadors for tennis in every sense,” noted Eric Perkins, local small business and nonprofit attorney who sponsored this year’s scholarship program, “their talent and accomplishments on the tennis court are matched only by their impressive academic accomplishments and volunteer work throughout their schools and the community. Both have bright futures ahead of them, and I hope that tennis will continue to play a meaningful part in their lives for years to come.”
“Tennis is a uniquely valuable sport in our society because it is an activity you can enjoy your entire life. Tennis offers a complete package of benefits that no other activity can match–physical fitness, sportsmanship, integrity, perseverance, social networking…the list goes on and on. Let’s also remember that RVA has been recognized as one of the best tennis towns in America,” noted Perkins.
Both Summers and Mendoza will receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship toward tuition, fees, and expenses. All scholarship applicants were required to submit not only a written application describing their activities and accomplishments in tennis, academics, and community service, but also submit a 2-minute video expressing what tennis has meant to them or why RVA is a great tennis town. Those video clips can be viewed on YouTube or by following the links below.

http://wshe.es/QOCW7Q3A
http://wshe.es/l55UU6ge

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A Quick Introduction to Virginia Business Entities

May 4 – One reason why Virginia is consistently rated as one of the best states in the country to do business is because the Virginia General Assembly regularly updates its business entity statutes to keep them current, flexible, and entrepreneur-friendly.

While LLCs have become the most popular choice of entity for the small business community, entrepreneurs have a wide variety of choices under Virginia law when it comes to choosing a business entity, and the purpose of this article is to provide a brief overview of those choices.

To read in full click here. Virginia Business Entities Graphic.

Legal Risks for Youth Sports Organizations (May Workshop)

April 27 – Come network with other leaders of local youth sports organizations (and related nonprofit organizations) and learn about some of the key legal, liability, and compliance risks facing your organization today and how to address them on Friday, May 6 from 8:30 am – 9:30 am. This 60-minute workshop, lead by Perkins Law’s Eric Perkins, will also include a question-and-answer period. Who should come? Youth sports organization and other nonprofit officers, directors, volunteers, and staff. To register for this event or to find more information please visit the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/legal-risks-for-youth-sports-organizations-tickets-22782160054

Legal Risks for Youth Sports Organizations

Team Building for Perkins Law!

April 14 – Today was team building day at Perkins Law! We were challenged to select three historic sites that members of the team had never visited before around RVA. Each location presented an opportunity to learn more about the city we’re privileged to live and work in. We encourage you to take advantage of the many landmarks and rich history our community has to offer, comment below and share with us your favorite spots!!

1. Arthur Ashe Burial Site – Woodland Cemetery
2. Shockoe Hill Cemetary
3. The Branch Museum

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RTA Tennis Community Scholarship Finalists

April 13 – Perkins Law would like to congratulate the six finalists for the first-ever $1,000 Richmond Tennis Association Tennis Community Scholarship. One deserving male and female graduating from a public high school in the Metro Richmond Area will be chosen based on their accomplishments in tennis, academics, and community service.

Each applicant was required to submit a two-minute video clip expressing what tennis means to them, why tennis is a great sport, or why RVA is a great tennis town. Check out the creativity and passion for the sport on display in these video clips produced by some of the area’s top high school players.

Rachel Summers – http://wshe.es/l55UU6ge
Morgan Fuqua – http://wshe.es/p79ZFabd
Katherine Weber – http://wshe.es/ZenWbLwf
Paul Mendoza – (video not currently available)
Matthew Cousins – http://wshe.es/KGlnEuHH
Grant Sarver – http://wshe.es/Cam1LOBw

The scholarship winners will be selected in May (which happens to be National Tennis Month). Visit www.richmondtennis.org or www.ericperkinslaw.com for the big announcement!


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Happy 7th Birthday Perkins Law!

April 8 – As the Perkins Law team celebrates its 7th birthday this week, we wanted to take the opportunity to sincerely thank the hundreds of clients, collaborators, referral sources, and colleagues throughout the small business, franchising, and nonprofit communities that we have had the pleasure of working with since opening shop in April 2009.  We value these relationships and look forward to working with you for many years to come!Happy 7th Birthday

One Million Cups RVA – Ivy Oaks Analytics

March 23 – Ivy Oaks Analytics’ Founder and CEO Isaiah Ham presented his company’s vision and purpose at RVA’s One Million Cups this morning. The recent SCOREcard finalist had the attention of several local entrepreneurs who were interested in his green approach to attacking poison ivy, ticks, mites and stinging insects that infest summer camp sites. His hope is to bring awareness to the long term harm each of these threats pose to children and their counselors. The future looks exciting for Ivy Oaks Analytics! To learn more about this company and to see how well your child is protective this summer please visit http://www.ivyoaksanalytics.com/

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Perkins Law’s Master List of Virginia Benefit Corporations

Who are Virginia’s champions of social entrepreneurship? Check out Perkins Law’s Master List of Virginia benefit corporations by clicking here.Benefit Corp Graphic

Invitation to Virginia Business Owners

Check out Perkins Law’s flat fee registered agent service package and consider making the switch today. Perkins Law Flat Fee Virginia Registered Agent Service Package

An Introduction to Virginia Limited Liability Companies

March 16 – Are you doing business as a sole proprietor? Do own investment real estate in your own name? Thinking about buying or starting a small business? For any of these (and many more), you should at least consider the potential advantages of a Virginia limited liability company (LLC). Perkins Law offers a flat fee package for LLC formations. Click here for a quick, five-minute introduction to Virginia LLCs—the most popular form of business entity in the Commonwealth today.

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