Thursday, October 20, 2016

Minority Business Development Joins the U.S. Small Business Administration and Premier Bank to Host “Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs”

The City’s Office of Minority Business Development, in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and Premier Bank, invites entrepreneurs interested in learning the basics of launching a crowdfunding campaign to register for a two-part educational workshop. The two-part workshop will be held on Monday, November 7, and Monday, November 14 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. each evening.  Workshops will be held at Premier Bank in Jackson Ward, 320 North First Street, Richmond, Virginia 23261.

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. The crowdfunding workshops will cover the basic tools necessary to create a successful campaign, such as setting expectations, budgeting, advertising and creating a story video. Carl Knoblock, Virginia District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration, will facilitate the workshops.

Registration is required to attend the workshops and seating is limited. Register online at or contact the City’s Office of Minority Business Development at (804) 646-5947.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Reminder: Upcoming Election Deadlines

The City of Richmond’s Office of the General Registrar reminds residents of the following deadlines related to the upcoming General and Special Elections that will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The upcoming elections are for U.S. President and Vice President, U.S. House of Representatives, Two Constitutional Amendments, Mayor, City Council and School Board. Approaching deadlines include:

November 1, 2016   - Deadline to Apply for an Absentee Ballot through the mail
November 5, 2016   - Deadline to Apply and Vote an Absentee Ballot in person

The Office of the General Registrar will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday October 29, 2016, and Saturday, November 5, 2016, for absentee voting.

Residents are reminded that a photo ID is now required to vote in person. Acceptable forms of voter identification include:

Valid Virginia driver’s license
Valid United States passport
Voter photo identification card issued by the Department of Elections
Identification card issued by the federal government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or one of its political subdivisions
Valid student photo identification card from a school, college, or university located in Virginia
Valid employee identification card issued in the normal course of business

If you do not possess acceptable identification, a temporary ID may be made for you at your local General Registrar’s office. The City of Richmond General Registrar’s office is located at City Hall, 900 E. Broad Street, Room 105.

If you have questions or require more information about your voting rights, you may contact the General Registrar’s office at 646-5950. Normal office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Important Information Regarding November 8 General and Special Elections

City of Richmond Residents are informed that the General and Special elections will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 for the U.S. President and Vice President, U.S. House of Representatives, Two Constitutional Amendments, Richmond City Mayor, Richmond City Council, and Richmond School Board. Polls will be open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please visit to view sample ballots.

Any qualified resident of Virginia who will be 18 by November 8, 2016 may register and vote in this election. The deadline to register to vote in this election is Monday, October 17, 2016.

A photo ID is required to vote at the polls. Please verify your voter registration, polling place, and the types of photo ID that are acceptable BEFORE election day by visiting . Free photo ID’s are available to persons who do not have an acceptable form of photo ID.

Persons with a DMV issued ID can now register to vote, update their voter registration, or apply for an absentee ballot online at Residents may register in the Office of the General Registrar between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Applications are in all city post offices, libraries, and DMV, or will be mailed upon request. Voter registration applications must either be postmarked or in the Office of the General Registrar by 5 p.m. on the deadline date.

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot through the mail is Tuesday, November 1, 2016. The deadline to apply and vote an absentee ballot in person is 5 p.m., Saturday, November 5, 2016, except in the case of certain emergencies or military personnel. The Office of the General Registrar will also be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 29 and November 5, 2016 for absentee voting.

The City of Richmond also needs persons to work at the polling places on election day as Officers of Election. Apply online at or call 646-5950.

The City will be implementing new voting equipment and residents can learn how it will work by visiting Voters may also ask for a demonstration from the election officers at the polls.

If you have questions or need more information, please call 646-5950.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Quilts to Raise Awareness for Domestic Violence Displayed Inside City Hall

On Friday, October 7, the City placed two quilts on display inside City Hall to help raise awareness for domestic violence. The quilts are being displayed in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month that takes place during October.

In 2002, Sheila Mandt, a survivor of domestic violence, led the Domestic Violence Quilt Project campaign, and Attorney General Jerry Kilgore and actress Sissy Spacek served as the Honorary Co-chairs. By designing quilt panels, the campaign enabled victims and survivors of domestic violence to express their emotions in a safe and anonymous manner. The two quilts on display are part of a larger collection of quilts that are positioned in various locations around Virginia to help raise awareness.

Richmond City Government will also issue a joint proclamation at tonight’s City Council meeting, proclaiming the month of October as Richmond Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Residents are invited and encouraged to do their part to help put an end to domestic violence.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Street Closure – Commonwealth Avenue

WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT:  Street Closure

WHEN:  8 a.m. Monday, October 10 until 5 p.m. Friday, October 28

WHERE:  Commonwealth Avenue between Grove and Stuart avenues

BACKGROUND:  The area will be closed during installation of curb and gutter, sidewalks and reconstruction of the street.      

Friday, September 23, 2016

Street/Lane Closures for Development of the Maggie L. Walker Memorial Plaza

WHO: City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT: Street/Lane Closure

WHEN: Initial Phase - Starting Wednesday, September 28, 2016 thru Friday, October 28, 2016

WHERE: The following areas will be impacted:
  • Brook Road will be closed permanently between West Broad Street and North Adams Street.  Local sidewalk access to businesses will not be impacted
  • West Broad Street parking lane westbound and sidewalk between Brook Road and North Adams Street will be closed
  • West Broad Street travel lane westbound between Brook Road and North Adams Street will be closed during work hours (Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
PARKING: Parking restrictions will be in place in the following areas:
  • Parking will be restricted on the east side of North Adams Street from the alley north to West Marshall Street.
  • Parking will be eliminated on the section of Brook Road being permanently closed
BACKGROUND: There will be a permanent street closure and temporary lane closures in the above areas in accordance with Council approved resolution 2010-R171-180 and the Planning Commission authorization for the development of the Maggie L. Walker Memorial Plaza.

Work in this area will result in the inclusion of a public plaza around commemorative artwork in honor of Maggie L. Walker. The project will bring to fruition the vision laid out in the 1992 Broad Street Streetscape Design Guidelines. Streetscape improvements will be made to the entire area around the triangular parcel bounded by North Adams Street, West Broad Street, and Brook Road.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Free Upcoming Small Business Classes for Construction Businesses

The City’s Office of Minority Business Development is offering a free business development series for construction companies, Building a Better Construction Company. Developing a complete and professional construction project proposal is vital to successfully winning a construction bid. Developers want to know that you are well qualified to get the job done, will be on time, and stay within the budget. If you are interested in market expansion and growth, then this is the series for you.
  • OMBD501- 1 - Contracts: Understanding the Bid and Contract Negotiations

  • OMBD501- 2 - Estimating; Basic Concepts of Job Estimation

  • OMBD501- 3 - Bonding and Insurance

  • OMBD501- 4 - Financing and Accounting

  • OMBD501- 5 - Scheduling

  • OMBD501- 6 - Delivery Type/Type of Solicitation

  • OMBD501- 7 - Sub-Contracting

  • OMBD501- 8 - Credit Management

  • OMBD501- 9 - Utilizing Networking Communication & Technology

  • OMBD501- 10 - Understanding the COR Procurement Process
October 10 - 14, 2016
5 – 7 p.m.
1421 Bryan Street

Richmond, Virginia 23231

All classes are free to attend. To register, click:

If you have any questions please contact the City’s Office of Minority Business Development at (804) 646-5947.