Friday, November 22, 2013

City’s Minority Business Development Marketing Conference Makes Impact on Business Community

The City of Richmond’s Minority Business Development Department (MBD) in partnership with the City Department of Economic and Community Development’s Marketing Conference held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, was filled to capacity as businesses were empowered to promote their services and products more effectively. The conference trained businesses on how to achieve their marketing expectations by clearly identifying what they wanted to accomplish (promotions objective), establishing who their potential customer is (target), how to reach the customer and some perspective on cost. Several businesses won giveaways such as a free consultation, graphic design for marketing collateral, advertising space and much more. 

The conference offered free on-site marketing consultation, discounted marketing packages, networking opportunities and was free to attendees and exhibitors. Featured marketing experts included Johnson, Inc., Four Deep Multi-Media, X-Ray Market Research Services, The Scalability Project, The Sykes Group, Radio One, Abaca Business Plans, Inc., Black Cat Design, Clear Channel Communications, Inc., ReeSources, Inc.,WBTK 1380 AM Radio, Visual Appeal, and the United States Postal Service’s direct mail. 

MBD recognizes the importance of small businesses as the latest figures show that small businesses create 75 percent of the net new jobs in our economy. Through efforts such as the Marketing Conference, Minority Business Development continues to build the capacity of minority and emerging small businesses and in so doing – grow our small businesses who can then employ more people and expand the economic base of the Richmond economy.

For information on programs and services offered by the Minority Business Development Department, please visit,

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

City Seeks Removal of Twitter Impersonation Account

On Sunday, November 17, 2013, a Twitter account under the username @MayorJonesRVA sent out its first tweet. The account holder is not Mayor Dwight C. Jones and is impersonating the Mayor in a public arena. This impersonation of an elected, government official is not appropriate and poses a dishonest voice to the public.

The Office of the Mayor is currently completing all necessary paper work to have this account removed from Twitter. For official news from the City of Richmond, please follow @CityRichmondVA.