Williamsburg Chamber names three Small Businesses of the Year

Small Business of the Year Award winners left to right: Steve Tetreault (The Drying Company/ThermalTec), Jennifer Raines (Quirks of Art), Mickey Chohany and John Chohany (Second Street Bistro). (Courtesy GWCTA)

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance (GWCTA) recently celebrated national Small Business Month by awarding three local businesses with the Small Business of the Year Award. Quirks of Art, Second Street Bistro and The Drying Company are this year’s winners. The owners were recognized May 17 at the Launchpad, the Greater Williamsburg Business Incubator […]

Colonial Williamsburg names new VP of human resources

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Colonial Williamsburg recently named Nichole McDonald the organization’s new vice president of human resources. McDonald, who boasts more than 20 years of experience in senior human resources management, will take over the position effective Wednesday. Most recently McDonald has served as an executive consultant with The HR Source in Landover, Md. Previously she worked as […]

Colonial Williamsburg names new VP of development

Jim Thomas has been named Colonial Williamsburg's new Vice President of Development. (Courtesy Colonial Williamsburg)

Colonial Williamsburg recently welcomed James Thomas as the organization’s new vice president of development. Thomas, who officially takes over the position July 1, comes to Colonial Williamsburg from Western Michigan University, where he served as vice president for development and alumni relations and executive director of the Western Michigan University Foundation. In those capacities Thomas […]

Pho 79 coming to New Town this fall

A bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup from Pho 79. (Elizabeth Hornsby/WYDaily)

Locals soon will be able to pop over to New Town to enjoy a hot bowl of pho from one of the region’s most successful family-owned chains. Pho 79, which boasts seven locations throughout the Peninsula and Southside Hampton Roads, is coming to New Town Shops on Main in September. The restaurant will occupy approximately […]

Salvation Army chapter appoints new board members

The Salvation Army of the Virginia Peninsula recently announced the appointment of Alvin Whitlow and John Gately to the organization’s advisory board. Whitlow, of Hampton, is the director of business management for Newport News Shipbuilding, where he began working in 1978. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and he and his wife, Debra, are […]

Smith promoted to lead local Boys & Girls Clubs

Harold "Hal" Smith has been named president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula.

Harold Smith has taken over the role of president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula. Smith assumed his new role on April 15, after being unanimously voted into the position by the organization’s corporate board of directors in March. Smith’s appointment follows the departure of Steven Kast, who led the clubs […]

Northwestern Mutual Welcomes New Operations Manager

Marianne Stout

Northwestern Mutual recently welcomed a new operations manager to the Williamsburg branch. Marianne Stout joined Northwestern – a financial planning and insurance company that has been serving families and businesses for nearly 160 years – on Feb. 17. Stout holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and has a background in lending compliance […]