Technology startup offers personalized and print boutique-quality greeting cards
Card Isle was founded in 2013 by three Virginia Tech engineering students passionate about making greeting cards more personal, accessible and fun! www.cardisle.com
Card Isle www.cardisle.com
Richmond, VA, Oct. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that the Virginia Founders Fund (VFF) has invested in Card Isle, a Blacksburg, Va.-based technology company that is rethinking how greeting cards can be distributed in a changing retail landscape. Card Isle offers turnkey solutions to design, order, and print personalized greeting cards, and will use this capital from VFF to continue their rapid growth in the eCommerce gifting sector and develop new markets.
Greeting cards have a unique ability to connect people
The GO Virginia State board has approved an $81,813 grant proposal submitted by a regional partnership in the Shenandoah Valley creating a Small Business Resiliency Team program.
The partnership, involving Harrisonburg Economic Development, Frederick County Economic Development, Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center and Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center, has the goal of providing expanded business support services and technical assistance to area businesses in the wake of challenges faced by small business dealing with the COVID-19 government response.
The program will deploy Business Resiliency Navigators to guide growth-oriented businesses through a dedicated and well-designed process for achieving incremental and sustainable growth throughout the pandemic response
Puneet Ahluwalia, a Northern Virginia business consultant, has joined the competition for the GOP’s lieutenant governor nomination in 2021, campaigning on a message of “hope, growth and opportunity.”
Ahluwalia, originally from India, consults with businesses on client acquisition, marketing and strategic affairs. His wife, Nadia, originally from Pakistan, owns an IT services firm that supports companies and government agencies. They became U.S. citizens 14 years ago and have three children in college.
He says he is running because he believes that in a turbulent year, Virginia is in trouble.
“It’s important that we find ways to create jobs, not only in Northern Virginia but in the rest of Virginia,” Ahluwalia said in a telephone interview.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, it’s particularly important to strengthen small businesses.
As for education, he said Virginia must take a “safety first” approach to returning students to classrooms, noting that officials must work
Not everyone has the time or financial resources to commit to a full master’s degree program. Some may already have a master’s and are just looking for a narrow update on a current skillset. For these reasons, Virginia Tech’s 100% online Master of Information Technology program now offers IT professionals the option to earn a graduate certificate in 10 specialized IT subject areas.
“IT leaders can find a certificate that speaks exactly to their professional needs without having to commit several years to pursuing a master’s degree,” says Barbara Hoopes, Associate Professor of Business Information Technology at Virginia Tech. In fact, students can earn a certificate in as little as 12 months as a part-time student.
Whether looking to simply enhance existing skills or prepare for a major career transition, students can expect to reap these rewards:
Enhanced Marketability — Both experienced and aspiring IT professionals can enhance their expertise