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Business

  • Education, with style

    CANA — Laid off from teaching cosmetology at Mitchell Community College, Peggy Haynes set out to style her own business.
    "I decided I need to create my own job," she explained to The Gazette. IStyle Hair Salon on U.S. 52 in Cana was the result.

  • Houston leaves pregnancy center

    Courtenay Houston (second from left) has resigned as executive director of the Tri-Area Pregnancy Resource Center to take a job with Carroll County schools and to study to become a teacher.

    Board members of the Tri-Area Pregnancy Resource Center recently wished her farewell and presented her with a gift certificate.

    The pregnancy center, a non-profit organization, was restarted in 2005 with a budget of $500. Since then, it has served 5,000 clients and  more than 400 babies.

    The center is supported by area churches and community donations.

  • Testerman graduates from banker school

    Hank M. Testerman, assistant vice president and managing officer of the East Galax office of Carter Bank & Trust, graduated Aug. 6 from the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
    Testerman ranked in the top 10 percent of the 2010 class.
    Testerman is a native of Mouth of Wilson and a graduate of Grayson County High School.
    He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Organizational Management from Radford University.

  • Crossroads Success Stories — Part Two

    THE ENTREPRENEURS: SECOND IN A SERIES

    Crossroads teaches McCraw business realities
    From incubator to his own insurance agency in just two years

  • The Body Shop specializes in custom autos

    The Body Shop, located at 1875 Meadow St. in Galax, opened in May to offer high-quality body work — everything from painting to building custom mold and body kits to fiberglass and metal work.
    Chris Davis, owner of the shop, specializes in rare cars, he said, as he showed the 1988 McClaren Mustang he's working on — one of only 200 of those cars made.

  • Crossroads Success Stories

    THE ENTREPRENEURS: PART ONE

  • Jobless benefits to resume soon

    RICHMOND — Congress' decision to extend federal unemployment compensation through November means that scores of jobless Virginians whose benefits began lapsing in June will continue to receive payments, including retroactive ones.
    But some may have to wait several days, or even weeks, to get the money, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.

  • Harrison's Gun & Ammo expands

    Harrison's Gun & Ammo, at 971 E. Stuart Drive in Galax, has expanded its merchandise to become the largest full-service gun shop in six counties, said owner Tony Harrison.
    When Harrison's Gun & Ammo opened in October 2009, it started with 196 guns. Now it offers 540 new and used guns, has expanded its archery selection and offers an array of accessories. Anything that is not available can be ordered and shipped to the store overnight.

  • Love's Travel Stop brings 100 jobs

    LAMBSBURG — The opening of the Love's Travel Stop at Interstate 77 Exit is in the rearview mirror, but Carroll officials see more development ahead.
    Officials from Carroll County, Hillsville and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce joined Raymont Gordon, Love's general manager for the Lambsburg location, on Monday morning not only to celebrate the opening of the truck stop, but also the interstate interchange just north of Virginia's border with North Carolina.

  • Tax holiday set for Aug. 6-8

    The next state sales tax holiday is approaching as students prepare to head back to school.
    During the holiday, Aug. 6-8, certain school supplies, clothing and footwear will be exempt from state sales tax, according to the Virginia Department of Taxation.
    Each school supply must cost $20 or less and each item of clothing and footwear must cost $100 or less, according to the site.
    Some computer supplies also are included in the list. Retailers may add additional items if they absorb the sales tax.
    For a list of exempt items, see www.tax.virginia.gov.