2332 Franklin Road | Roanoke, VA 24014
540-342-6449 | info@southerngraphics.net

We are Roanoke's finest in services and printing for the Architect, Engineer, Construction and Business Professional, Artist and Graphic Designer! If you need blueprints, house plans or large format color or black and white copies, we are the place. We have tradeshow displays and large format graphics. Canvas and watercolor glicee printing. Need business cards and marketing brochures, we can print those too. We have been serving the Roanoke Valley for over 55 years!

Come see us! We have the best quality and service in town. Visit our Facebook page today!
Virtual Job Fair in partnership with Virginia Career Works
2/16, 9 am - 12 pm | Free and open to all businesses and job seekers

We're excited to partner with Virginia Career Works and sponsor our first virtual job fair. We're seeking businesses to participate in the job fair by setting up a virtual booth for job seekers to visit. Business will review resumes and make decisions about what candidates they would like to interview using the virtual job fair portal.

State of the County Address

We will be providing answers to the questions that didn't get answered at the State of the County Address due to time constraints. Look for our weekly newsletter feature and take a moment to ASK THE COUNTY a question and we will answer it here in our weekly column.

How does BoCo Govt. plan to support small business going forward in 2021?
Answer provided by Ken McFadyen, Director of Economic Development for Botetourt County

  1. Maintain partnership and funding of the Advancement Foundation's "Gauntlet" small business plan competition.
  2. Reprint and redistribute the "Botetourt's Open for Business" small business development brochure; every licensed small business should have received the brochure in 2020; the brochure includes valuable information about how to prepare a business plan and contacts of local and regional business planning resources.
  3. Continue to promote the assistance available to small businesses through the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center (SBDC), SCORE, Advancement Foundation, Virginia Community Capital, Botetourt Chamber, and others. 
  4. Should additional CARES or federal assistance become available to Botetourt County in 2021, we should look to announce another round of grants and make improvements to the program that was created and carried out in 2020.
  5. Continue to tell the story of Botetourt County small businesses, similar to the "Open for Business" video the County produced in 2019 https://youtu.be/UqSHoZoC01Y.

Visit the Parks & Recreation Facebook page to stay updated on the County sports' programs.
Botetourt Young Professionals 3/4, 12-1 pm. Please email Kaleigh Duffy for the Zoom link to attend.

The Botetourt Young Professional Group is for anyone who works, lives, or wants to connect in Botetourt County. One of the main goals of the Botetourt Young Professionals is to not only network with other YPs in our area, but to give back to our community through acts of service. We strive to bring together young professionals, so we may learn, grow, improve our professional skill set, and reach our full potentials as the future leaders of our area. Individuals of all professions and ages, are welcome to attend our events and activities. 

Mission: To grow a community of young professionals, where we can enhance our leadership skills, create opportunities, and give back to our community through acts of service. 

Reach out to Kaleigh Duffy, Committee Chair, if you're interested in joining this committee and taking part in their exciting events. Visit their Facebook page today!
Link to our calendar
▶2/16 9 am - noon | Virtual Job Fair | Looking for businesses to register!
▶2/24 8-9 am | COBI Meeting | Comfort Inn & Suites in Troutville | In person or zoom
▶3/9 5:30-6:30 pm | Ambassadors Meeting at Tizzone's. Email Lisa Otey for details.
▶Rescheduled to September | Date tbd - The Million Dollar Question Golf Tournament at Ashley Plantation. Don't miss out on sponsoring this event!
▶4/21 | Creative Thinking for Workplace Problem Solving | Lunch & Learn - stay tuned for more information
Monday-Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm | 540-473-8394
Celebrate Black History Month | Finding What Has Been Lost, The African American Story in Botetourt County

“Finding What Has Been Lost” is a display that celebrates the story of the African American communities of Botetourt County. The exhibit highlights the communities, churches, schools, community groups and individual stories that showcase these communities scattered throughout Botetourt County.

Thanks to the many years of research and collecting photos and artifacts by Edward Barnett and his sister Judith Barnett, this exhibit has become an important way to document the history of the African American community in the county. Display boards, featuring facts and photos will be set up in the Botetourt Gallery on the first floor of the museum. 
2nd Lt. George Kydd III was a Tuskegee Botetourt pilot in the Army Air force. Tuskegee Airmen were primarily African-American military pilots (fighter and bomber) and airmen who fought in WWII. His picture was shared by his son, Richard Kydd.
Submission period open from February 15 to March 15.

Governor Ralph Northam today invited Virginia students, educators, and families to participate in the second annual Black History Month Historical Marker Contest.
This initiative offers opportunities to learn about African Americans who have made important contributions to Virginia history, provides teachers with resources to guide history discussions, and includes a contest where students can submit ideas for new historical markers to the Department of Historical Resources. More information on how to compete is here.
The Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association (VRLTA) Announces New $450,000 Restaurant Grant Program with DoorDash

VRLTA is pleased to announce a new partnership with DoorDash to support Virginia restaurants. We'll be awarding approximately 125 grants of $3,500 each for a total of up to $450,000.
Grants will be given statewide, with priority given to businesses not already receiving significant grant/loan support. A minimum of 20% of grants will go to minority-owned and/or women-owned businesses. Applications are open today through March 1, 2021.
Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Virginia! They plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout the Roanoke area in April 2021.

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.
We're moving to Daleville and we can't wait to share our new location with you!!

Contact information for our Interim Executive Director, Keith Hartman
Cell: 540-384-0493
Chamber mobile: 540-566-8812*

*This will be the new number for the Chamber.
Amber Durham, Sales Account Manager 
6711 Peters Creek Rd. Suite 204
Roanoke VA 24018 

As a Sales Client Manager my day-to-day task include working with current customers and potentials who are in need of technical services and solutions. We pride ourselves on differentiating ourselves from others by being responsive and having a full team of specialized engineers to work with your company as a partner instead of just a service provider or vendor. 

We are a full gamete one stop shop for all your technical solutions. We have teams to complete the following; cabling, fiber optics, hosted phone services, camera installs, network upgrades, cyber security awareness, and door access. We offer a FREE solutions and recommendations list to those that our looking to gain an estimate.   
My name is Carolyn Gearhart and I have been a member of the Botetourt Chamber for 11 years and an Ambassador for 3 years. My favorite part about being an Ambassador is the opportunities it provides meeting business owners, entrepreneurs and building relationships with everyone who is involved with the Chamber. I feel honored to be associated with such a distinguished organization. 

I have been employed with SERVPRO of Roanoke, Montgomery & Pulaski Counties for 11+ years as a Business Development Coordinator. My main goal is to educate the general public and industry professionals about our services. SERVPRO specializes in fire & water cleanup and restoration (both commercial and residential) along with other specialty cleaning services such as mold, sewage, vandalism, carpet, air duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning and bioremediation services to clean, disinfect, and sanitize all types of facilities (including COVID, MRSA, C-Diff, Flu, etc). SERVPRO encourages and supports my involvement with the chamber and other professional associations. 
Wesley Brugh, Wealth Advisor
131 E. Lee Avenue
Vinton, VA 24179 

Wesley is a Roanoke native, with deep roots in Botetourt County. He is extremely excited to have recently moved to the Daleville area and is looking forward to getting involved with all that Botetourt has to offer, including being a new Ambassador for the Botetourt County Chamber of Commerce! Wesley and his wife Jordan have two children, Parker and Beckett, as well as two rescue pups.

Wesley is a Partner with The Conner Group, and Wealth Advisor with Eagle Strategies LLC. The Conner Group is a locally owned financial planning and wealth management firm. Wesley focuses his practice on working with professionals, families, the medical community, pre-retirees, retirees, business owners and executives and their employees. He brings a wide range of experience and expertise to the table with his clients to help them achieve their financial goals. Wesley recognizes that not all clients are alike, so he takes a custom-tailored approach to planning for each of them. Leave the financial matters to him as he would be honored to be your personal “Chief Financial Officer”. 

Wesley is a graduate of Old Dominion University's Darden College of Education, where he majored in Career and Technical Education with a concentration in Marketing and Finance Education. With an education background, Wesley takes an educative based approach when working with his clients. His education background allows him to effectively communicate the ideas and concepts associated with financial planning. 

He is a previous board member of the Roanoke Chapter of NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors). Currently, he sits on the Foundation Board for the Roanoke Rescue Mission. 
Stay tuned for more Ambassador introductions! The Ambassadors meet the second Tuesday of the month at Tizzone.
Botetourt Living 250th commemorative posters are still available for order. The posters are $35 and the proceeds help support the Chamber. They make great gifts for friends and family moving into Botetourt County!
Be on the lookout for Chamber information on sponsorships. We're looking for business minded organizations to join the Chamber and support our yearly events. Experience the benefits of the Chamber by joining or sponsoring an event today!

Visit our members' websites and thank them for supporting the Botetourt Chamber of Commerce by doing business with them!
REBUILD! VA Small Business Grant Program
Select the image link to learn more

Dominion Energy is partnering with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation to provide provide energy bill relief for small businesses, nonprofits, and houses of worship in Virginia. Qualified businesses may receive electric bill assistance up to $1000.
The SBA still has Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) available. Please share with small businesses. 
From SBA: Reminder! If you are a small businesses, nonprofit organization of any size, or a U.S. agricultural business with 500 or fewer employees that have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you can still apply for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Click here to apply.
The 7th Annual Gauntlet Business Program and Competition: Main Street, Gig and Early-State High Growth companies will gain ground quickly with the programs.

The Gauntlett has 137 businesses signed up!! Congratulations to them!
Alleghany Highlands: 4
Bedford: 7
Botetourt: 12
Roanoke City & County: 75
Rockbridge: 13
Other (Lynchburg/NRV/Etc.): 26

4/20/21: The GAUNTLET Business Competition (Business Plan Submission)
5/20/21: The GAUNTLET Graduation and Award Ceremony

Visit The Advancement Foundation, Facebook, or email for more information. The Gauntlet 2021 FAQ can be reviewed here.
United Way of Roanoke Valley is conducting a survey to help better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This information will help us identify trends and local needs, and enable us to work with community partners to provide resources and support in this difficult time. This survey asks questions about you, your household, and how you have been getting by in these recent months.

Completing this survey should take about 10 minutes. Your responses are anonymous. We will only collect your name and contact information if you wish to enter to win any gift cards. Your name will not be associated with your responses. Contact the United Way of Roanoke Valley for questions: info@uwrv.org or 540-777-4200.
We're happy to share your job posts in the newsletter as we see them on Facebook. If you see one that is already filled, please email us and we'll remove it. Follow the instructions in this link to post any job openings directly to our website: How to post a job in your Chamber account.

Apex Clean Energy summer internship opportunities: Asset Management, Marketing/Communications, Business Development, New Markets, Finance, Public Affairs, IT, Project Management, Land Management, Technology

Carilion Clinic - LPN and outpatient, Carilion Wellness, Coding Consultant

Camp Eagle Virginia - Food Service Coordinator | Contact jcalfee@sbcfamily.org or 540-366-2433

Country Breeze Heating and Cooling - HVAC Install Helper and Service Tech

Lentini's - Pizza Maker full time. Please call James at 966-9600 or 798-3997 for job information.

Kissito Healthcare, Brian Center Botetourt - RN to fill the role of MDS Coordinator, with $10,000 signing bonus. Contact Hilleary Downer at 540-473-2288, ext. 3002 or send resume to: hilleary.downer@kissito.org

Lawrence Freight - Lawrence Companies is now hiring for a Class A or Class B Driver Position in our Waste Disposal Division, ACS. Any previous experience in this type of work is a plus. This position will primarily be loading containers on the back of the trailer and delivering to the local landfill. This position will have you home daily and off weekends. Click here to apply or for questions contact Randy at 540-966-4602.

Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council - job listings from their contacts

Roanoke Valley Orthodontics | Orthodontic Assistant FT with benefits. Applicants should send resume and cover letter via email to RoanokeOrthoJob@gmail.com.

Tizzone Wood-Fired Kitchen & Wine Bar - All positions. Competitive wages, health insurance, and opportunity for advancement.
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