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Finalists Announced In Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards Competition
August 30, 2010

Despite a sputtering national economy, innovative entrepreneurship is alive and well in the Commonwealth of Virginia, where Thompson & Litton, Inc. is among the twelve thriving businesses that have been named as finalists in the Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards Competition.

The statewide competition, sponsored by the Tayloe Murphy Center at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, is designed to spotlight successful businesses located in the state’s most economically challenged communities. With this year’s finalists, the Tayloe Murphy Center has done just that.

The ten cities and counties that are home to the twelve finalists present a variety of economic challenges that many business owners would be unable to overcome: high unemployment, high poverty, lack of access to larger markets, unreliable internet access and the public perception of a local lack of sophistication.

In this year’s effort to highlight economically challenged communities and recognize the hard working business leaders who contribute to the economic well being that keeps Virginia strong in tough times, the Tayloe Murphy Center cast a wide net. Over 100 indigenous, entrepreneurial businesses from 45 counties applied for this year’s award. Five winners will be chosen from this year’s roster of finalists to receive the Resilience Award: full scholarship funding to a course at Darden’s Executive Education Program.

Winners will be announced at a celebration dinner to be held in the Dome Room of the University’s historic Rotunda on September 1st.

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