CBJ: ND3: Cherry Grill offering chances, Local Phthisis sold, Marketing co. receives award [The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Va.]
(Daily Progress, The (Charlottesville, VA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 28--At Chef Ralph's Cherry Avenue Grill, proprietor, preacher and teacher Ralph Brown is helping local people experience the taste of career success.
The restaurant's opening last month is Brown's most recent accomplishment in a 40-plus-year career in food service and ministry. But for many of the people the restaurant is employing and teaching, it might be their first -- or last -- opportunity.
For many of the students, who come from poorer neighborhoods, food service is an attractive career with long-term potential for those who are well trained and dedicated.
"When you're looking at people who are underemployed or looking for a job that doesn't require technical skills, food service is somewhat ideal," Brown said.
Each person's commitment includes studying both kitchen and life skills and uniforms and books. Brown said his dedicated students take everything seriously.
"We see a change in them right away. When they come in and get in the full chef uniform ... it affects them not just here but at home, too," Brown said.
More information about the Cherry Avenue Grill and the training program is available on Facebook or at rbcinstitute.blogspot.com.
Local biotech company Phthisis has been acquired by Microbiologics, a Minnesota-based company. Microbiologics plans to form a new division to advance the Phthisis molecular product line.
"We were pleased that Microbiologics approached us with an interest in complementing their existing product offerings with our molecular standards line," said Phthisis President Crystal Icenhour. "It is an ideal fit since both companies have focused on high-quality and easy-to-use products. We introduced this product line about a year ago to provide much needed quality control standards to molecular laboratories."
"I am pleased that this longer-established company will have the structure to take these products much further than our smaller company could have," Icenhour said.
Digital marketing company Rimm-Kaufman Group has earned another national accolade. Inc. recently ranked the company as one of the top 10 job creators in Virginia.
The company generated a 56 percent increase in jobs from January 2012 through June. RKG hired about 73 people during that time. Charlottesville-based RKG has offices in Seattle, San Francisco, Oregon and Boston.
Local companies Shine Systems & Technologies and WillowTree Apps also earned spots on this year's list.
And one more: Pollstar Magazine has ranked the John Paul Jones Arena No. 79 nationally with ticket sales that exceeded areas in much larger communities.
"Our mission is to ensure that John Paul Jones Arena, the University of Virginia and Central Virginia in general continue to be recognized as a prime tour stop," Jason Pedone, the arena's general manger, said in an announcement.
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