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Celebrating Resilience among Virginia’s Small Businesses

September 30, 2011

Small businesses and the communities in which they operate are both inhabitants of the same sensitive economic systems. We are keenly aware at Rivanna that our actions as a business have an impact, and from Day One our team has been cognizant of both the environmental effects and social outcomes of our business practices. Economic growth in Charlottesville, and most small towns throughout Virginia, is inextricably tied to the success of small businesses.

Photo: Andrew Shurtleff, Courtesy of the Tayloe Murphy Center

The annual Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards, presented by the Tayloe Murphy Center at UVA’s Darden School of Business, recognize Virginia businesses that have overcome significant obstacles to thrive in economically disadvantaged areas. Through strength and ingenuity, the finalists selected this year have all created jobs and supported their communities, even in a down economy, and truly exemplify spirit and resilience.

To determine the level of economic challenges facing a given community, the Tayloe Murphy Center applies three metrics: high poverty, high unemployment, and low entrepreneurial activity. Any business operating in an area that ranks below average in at least two of these three indicators is eligible to apply for Resilience Award recognition.

As a small business working hard to grow and create jobs in Charlottesville, Rivanna is pleased to support the Resilience Awards for the second year in a row by providing the awards and plaques honoring the finalists and winners during the award ceremony held in the Dome Room of UVA’s Rotunda on September 7.

“The Resilience Awards celebrate small businesses that have flourished despite enormous obstacles,” explains Rivanna President Crystal Mario. “We are honored to participate in this celebration and support the important work of the Tayloe Murphy Center.”

Rivanna Natural Designs commends the finalists and winners of the 2011 Resilience Awards for their inspiring ability to grow and innovate in uncertain economic conditions and facing tough competition and other challenges. You have proved it possible to build wealth and create jobs in overlooked corners of Virginia, and we deeply respect your courage and commitment to your communities.


A Bowl of Good Cafe, Inc., Harrisonburg

Astyra Corporation, Richmond

Blue Crab Bay Co./Bay Beyond Inc., Melfa

Blue Talon Bistro, Williamsburg

Chateau Morrisette, Inc., Floyd

GearClean, Inc., Winchester

Highground Services, Inc., Franklin

L & R Precision Tooling Inc., Lynchburg

Lindstrand USA, Inc., South Boston

MountainRose Vineyards, Inc., Wise

Office Plus Business Centre (Haynesworth, Inc.), Danville

Southwest Virginia Veterinary Services, Lebanon

Thomas A. Johnson Furniture Company, Lynchburg

Todos Supermarket, Woodbridge

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