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Business Partners Newsletter

Focus Group Meetings Have Begun! 

Last week the first set of focus group meetings designed to gather input for Roanoke County's strategic plan were held at locations throughout Roanoke County.

Over 340 participants began collaboration efforts on topics, goals, and objectives.
These meetings are open to the public and all are encouraged to attend!
Pictured: Economic Development Focus Groups Began Collaborative Work Last Week
To learn more about the Community Strategic Planning process and how citizens may participate, visit the Community Strategic Plan webpage.

For additional information please contact Assistant County Administrator Dan O'Donnell by phone at (540) 772-2017 or by email 

Focus Group 
Meeting Hosts 
Community Health and Well-Being  Supervisor Martha Hooker 
Economic Development  Chairman Jason Peters and Supervisor Al Bedrosian
Education Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gregory Killough
Public Safety  Chairman Jason Peters 
Quality of Life  Supervisor Joe McNamara and Supervisor Al Bedrosian 
Transportation  Supervisor George Assaid 
The schedule of times, dates and locations for the focus group meetings are available online. 

Economic & Community Development in the News

Roanoke Times
W SLS TV News Story

        Congratulations to Bayla Sussman
For being Front Page News!

Read why getting stuck in an oven led
Bayla Sussman,
owner of Baylee's Best Chocolates,
into a career in baking!  


  A summit connecting and empowering  
young professionals (YP) to strengthen our community.

Evening Reception
Newcity in Blacksburg, Virginia
Thursday, April 7th
Time: 4 pm - 8 pm
(Address: 301 S. Main Street, Suite 207, Blacksburg, VA 24060)

Full Day Summit
Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia
Friday, April 8th
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
(Address: 110 Salem Avenue, SE Roanoke, VA 24011)

Roanoke County Center for Research and Technology
Great Location in Interstate 81
 165,808 of Class A Office Space with Plenty of Parking
1819 Electric Road

Former Vinton Library
Great potential for a general office, medical office, or retail use
800 Washington Avenue 

Small Business Development Center Workshops

Tuesday, March 08, 2016 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance

Are you considering starting a new business? Not sure what you need to do and what steps to take? Then this is the class for you!   .

Speaker: Tom Tanner  
Location: Small Business Development Center - 210 S. Jefferson Street, Roanoke VA 24011
Fee: $ 20.00 

Tuesday, March 16, 2016 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Marketing Assistance

This course describes the fundamentals of the most important aspect of any small business: marketing. At the end of this course, you will be able to create a comprehensive marketing plan for your small business that encompasses a creative plan, a positioning plan, and a media marketing calendar--the essentials of any good marketing strategy..

Speaker: Bart Smith  
Location: Small Business Development Center - 210 S. Jefferson Street, Roanoke VA 24011
Fee: $ 20.00  
Upcoming RBTC Events | March/April 

This event is part of a free brownbag LinkedIn Roundtable lunch series that will bridge both valleys, with gathering sites at Rackspace in Blacksburg and SyCom in Roanoke. Two gathering locations!
  Registration for TechNite 2016 is now open. Take advantage of early-bird registration discounts for both members and non-members (ends March 31). Individual and Table registrations are available - get all pricing and details...
Export Regulations & Documentation Workshop

Understanding Basic Export Compliance Requirements

Workshop Overview
The Export Regulations and Documentation Workshop will cover the basic elements of the
export process with particular attention to export procedures, regulations and
proper recordkeeping requirements needed to be in compliance.
You will receive handout to be used during the workshop.

Learn About
Steps to conduct an export transaction
Export Quotation
Electronic Export Information Filing
Developing an export documentation checklist
Classification using Schedule B
Transportation Documents

Learn about the agencies that have a say in the export process:
Bureau of Industry Security
U.S. Census
U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Date, Time & Location 
March 17, 2016
8:30am - 1:00pm
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
1 Partnership Circle - Room 230- Abingdon, VA 24210

There's no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required! RSVP by March 11, 2016
CLICK HERE to register for VEDP - International Trade's latest event!
If you have any questions, please contact:
Roger Porter, International Trade Manager
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
220 Roanoke Boulevard, Salem, Virginia 24153

Open House and Job Fair
Friendship Health - Rehab South
Friendship Health will be holding a public open house and tours of their new, state-of-the-art facility, Rehab South in southwest Roanoke County. Friendship will also be hosting a job fair and hosting onsite interviews seeking  CNA's, LPN's, RN's, Team Leaders/ Nursing Managers, and physical, speech, and more.

When: Friday, March 25 - 10AM-4PM

Where: 5647 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA 24018

 New Events Calendar Released
Face-to-face meetings are as important to international business as they are to domestic marketing. We help Virginia companies meet potential customers and partners through participation in trade missions. These well-planned visits are business meetings set up on your behalf, with your input, to save you time and maximize your results. VEDP International Trade arranges these trips for several companies to travel together to meet with potential buyers or distributors that are pre-qualified, based on information you provide to meet your export market objectives.

Join us on one or more of these business trips!

Click here to register


Roanoke County  & The City of Roanoke are working together to bring you: 
  • iMarketing at the South County Library, April 28, 9 a.m. - 11a.m.
  • Entrepreneur Express at the South County Library, June 9, 8 a.m. - 12 noon
  More information to come.
Events sponsored by Roanoke County Department of Economic Development and the City of Roanoke Department of Economic Development
On-The-Job-Training Grants!
Virginia Workforce Centers can provide an ON-THE-JOB-TRAINING (OJT) PROGRAM that allows you to hire and train skilled workers and get REIMBURSED...

Form more information contact:  

                             Traci Agius                                         Alexis Echeverria
                             Cell: 863-289-9472                              Cell: 863-206-7885



This program airs from the first week of January until the last week of March in 2016.
The show features three business expansions, a non-profit grant announcement and a real estate opportunity. Go to to view the latest Business Partners online video.

Roanoke County Business Partners airs every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and every Friday at 6:00 p.m. on RVTV Channel 3.
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