Business Partners Newsletter
May 2016: Volume 16, No. 5
The E-newsletter of the Roanoke County Economic Development Department is designed to showcase the investments and achievements of our existing business partners. For additional information about doing business in Roanoke County, visit our website.
Business Friendly Board Lowers
Machinery & Tools Tax
Read All About It
Roanoke County again lowers the Machinery and Tools tax by $.05/$100 of assessed value, representing a two year reduction in the M&T tax rate. The $.10/$100 two-year reduction demonstrates Roanoke County's business friendly environment is welcoming to manufacturers!

County Economic Development & Business
In the News....


Roanoke County Links
General Inquires
P: (540) 772-2069
F: (540) 772-2030

Department of Economic Development
5204 Bernard Drive, SW
Room 421
PO Box 29800
Roanoke, VA 24018

Jill Loope

Jay Brenchick
Economic Development Manager

Joe Zielinski
Economic Development Specialist

Glenna Ratcliffe
Administrative Assistant

To design and implement innovative economic development programs and services that leverage community assets, create wealth and prosperity, and embrace the region's  
A good move for more than just your business.
RBTC Cyber Security Forum  -  May 3
Williamson Road Celebrates Restaurant Week  May 2 - 8
More than $105,000 in Cash and Services Awarded to....
Roanoke County Educators and Businesses Honored at TechNite!
VSBFA's Economic Development Loan Fund
The Economic Development Loan Fund Program provides "gap financing" for up to 40% of your project with approval amounts higher for distressed localities.
The interest rate is currently 4.0% for businesses and reduced to 2.44% if the locality (IDA/EDA) wishes to become the borrower. With NO ORIGINATION FEES, this is a great tool to use when a project needs an additional lender to fill a financial gap.

For More Information Contact:
Jay Brenchick, Economic Development Manager
(540) 772-2070
Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors Dedicates Park New Bench
The Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors (RVAR) held a dedication ceremony on April 21, 2016 for a new bench along the Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail in Roanoke County.

Members of the RVAR Board of Directors and Community Service Committee dedicated the bench at a ribbon cutting ceremony along with representatives from the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, and the Economic Development Department. 

RVAR received grants in 2015 from the National Association of REALTORS® and the Virginia Association of REALTORS® to install the bench which features an accessible pad for individuals with mobility issues. "We [REALTORS®] understand Greenways play a key role in making Roanoke a better place to live, work and play," stated Donna Marie Harris, 2016 RVAR President.

RVAR hopes that folks will "Sit! Relax! Linger!" at this tranquil spot along Mason Creek.

If your company is interested in sponsoring a commemorative bench or tree in a park or along a greenway in Roanoke County, please contact:

Wendi Schultz
Parks, Recreation and Tourism
(540) 777-6326

Free Business Networking Breakfast on May 12th
Free Business Workshops Offered May 12, 18, and June 9


  Roanoke County & The City of Roanoke are working together to bring you: 
Doing Business With The Commonwealth Workshop


Connect your business to Virginia's $6 billion government market. Learn how to run reports to identify agency targets, spend history, and to get registered to Sell to the Commonwealth!
South County Library
May 12 -  9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Incentivized Apprenticeship Program Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Workshop

Learn how your business can get Reimbursed for participating in the Virginia Registered Apprenticeship Program. 
South County Library
May 18 - 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Entrepreneur Express 4 Hour Workshop
Learn the steps necessary to run an effective and efficient business in this 4 hour Intensive Workshop.
South County Library
June 9 - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
More Information to Follow
South County Library is located at:  
6303 Merriman Rd
Cave Spring, VA 24018
Workshops sponsored by Roanoke County Department of Economic Development 
the City of Roanoke Department of Economic Development

Catawba Valley Farmers Market Opens May 12th!
Registration for International Trade Missions is Open!
Burton Engineering Expo   -   May 25th
Film Production Shot Entirely in Vinton and Roanoke County
Make a Request for FREE Business Counseling!
Scaling Operations to Exceed $1M in Annual Revenue isn't Easy.
Appalachian Tire Ribbon Cutting
Strategic Planning Update
The final Focus Group meeting for the Community Strategic Plan was Thursday, April 28 at the V inton War Memorial. Participants got a chance to give additional input to the topics, goals, and objectives that will be used to create the first draft of the Community Strategic Plan.
The final Focus Group meeting for the Community Strategic Plan
The next set meeting will be an open house format that will allow the community to comment on the draft of the Community Strategic Plan
Next Meeting: Open House Community Meetings to comment on the Draft Community Strategic Plan
June 16: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
at the Vinton War Memorial
June 27: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
at the South County Library
Roanoke County Business On RVTV


This program airs from the first week of April until the last week of June in 2016.
This episode of the Roanoke County Business Partners television show highlights opportunities to participate in community strategic planning, as well as opportunities for employment, investment, and business assistance.
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.