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Fredericksburg businesses offer Small Business Saturday deals (Fredericksburg.com)
More than 60 local retailers, restaurants and other businesses will be participating in Small Business Saturday tomorrow, at least 10 more than in 2016, with some businesses opening as early as 8 a.m.

'Selling to the Commonwealth' workshop to be held in Stafford (Fredericksburg.com)
A free "Selling to the Commonwealth" workshop, aimed at start-ups and emerging small businesses, will be held in the board room of the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center in Stafford on Dec. 11.

Virginia aviation history group moves to Spotsylvania (Fredericksburg.com)
When Spotsylvania County businessman Luke Curtas reopened the state aviation museum as the Shannon Air Museum at Shannon Airport this year, the historical society followed the museum here.

'Relentless Principal' will speak Monday at UMW (Fredericksburg.com)
Hamish Brewer, an unorthodox and award-winning public school principal in Northern Virginia, will address future educators at UMW Monday, Nov. 27. The event is free and open to the public.

Going to the Spotsylvania Towne Centre? Here's how to negotiate the roundabout (Fredericksburg.com)
Transportation experts say roundabouts have been shown to reduce fatal and injury crashes as much as 75% because of the slower speeds required to negotiate them and because conflict points are reduced.

Fredericksburg's Turkey Trot turns 25 (Fredericksburg.com)
Fredericksburg's Turkey Trot got its start in 1992. Terry McLaughlin, the Massad Family YMCA special activities director, noticed that other cities were holding such events and decided to put one on here.

Virginia and the District

Homesteading farm family counts their blessings, from A to Z (Fredericksburg.com)
The Chileses started their operation six years ago on 10 acres along a country road near Lignum in Culpeper County. Michaela bakes 35 loaves of bread a week for the six farm markets they serve.

Federal judge rejects Va. Democrats' bid to bar state elections officials from certifying result in House District 28 (Fredericksburg.com)
A federal judge in Alexandria on Wednesday evening rejected Democrats' emergency bid to halt the State Board of Elections from certifying the vote totals in House Fredericksburg's District 28.

Iggbo plans to launch brick-and-mortar locations (Virginiabusiness.com)
Richmond-based Iggbo plans to create brick-and-mortar health-care locations in 40 major markets. Founded in 2015, the company connects health-care specialists to job opportunities in their fields.

TDI invests $2.2 million, will add 10-15 jobs in Virginia Beach (Pilotonline.com)
The tactical gear company bought a 2.59-acre site at 641 Phoenix Drive which includes an 11,495-square-foot facility for corporate headquarters, manufacturing, printing and distribution.

Christmas tree supply expected to be tighter this year; could drive up prices (Richmond.com)
While it's difficult to estimate exactly how many trees will be out there for sale, the tree supply could be down 5 percent to 10 percent according to the National Christmas Tree Association.

Former UVA football coach and his wife suffered more than financial loss as victims in $10 million fraud case (Fredericksburg.com)
Danny Wilmer looked forward to a peaceful retirement. Things have not turned out as planned for the former professional football player and long-time assistant coach at the University of Virginia.

Around the U.S. and beyond

Shoppers mobilize on Thanksgiving, as retailers branch out (Fredericksburg.com)
As the holiday shopping season officially kicked off Thursday, retailers are looking beyond economic data and mapping out ways to pick up sales from other retailers as Amazon expands its reach.

CBS, Dish Network reach a deal to end blackout over fees (CNBC.com)
The agreement comes just ahead of a big football weekend. The blackout prevented nearly 3 million Dish subscribers from watching the NFL's LA Chargers play the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving day.

Uber told SoftBank about data breach before telling public (Reuters.com)
The ride-hailing service is trying to complete a deal in which the Japanese company would invest as much as $10 billion for at least 14 percent of Uber, mostly by buying out existing shareholders.

Entrepreneurship and personal finance

Why Writing a Thank-You Note Should Be as Automatic as Brushing Your Teeth (Entrepreneur.com)
Personal notes expressing gratitude have incredible power. When people open their mail, a personal note is always the first thing they read. It stands out among all the junk mail and bills.

How Busy Working Parents Can Make Time for Mindfulness (HBR.org)
Those of us with kids and jobs often feel tired and rushed. We're constantly multi-tasking, juggling personal and professional responsibilities, and feeling stressed about all we can't get done.

Weather Friday: Lots of sun (Fredericksburg.com)
Sunny skies. High around 55F. Winds light and variable.

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