Business Partners Newsletter
August 2016: Volume 16, No. 8
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 .
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Roanoke County Business Partners
This program 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, beginning  the first week of August through the last week of October 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.

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

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

Jill Loope



Joe Zielinski
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.
Governor Launches Virginia Velocity Tour - Apply Now!
Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Velocity Tour Business Plan Competitions across Virginia

~ Competitions will be held in Roanoke, Richmond, Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia and Charlottesville for $125,000 in business grants ~

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the week-long Virginia Velocity Tour, which will provide funding to startups in the biotechnology, health, energy, agriculture, and security sectors. The tour kicks off on September 19, 2016, and applications for businesses to participate are now being accepted.

Want to pitch your business plan for a chance at $25,000? Learn More Here

Applications close on August 18th!

Ribbon Cutting - The 876 Jamaican Grill
O n July 26, 2016, Roanoke County officials presented the owners of The 876 Jamaican Grill at 4710 Starkey Road with a certificate of appreciation to recognize their contribution to the local business community at their ribbon cutting! 

From left: Lesleigh Strauss of Strauss Properties, LLC; Economic Development Specialist Jessica Fintel; Assistant County Administrator Dan O'Donnell; Jamaican Grill Owner Yvonne Campbell; Senior Assistant County Attorney Peter Lubeck; and Jamaican Grill's Sientje Henderson.

  The 876 Jamaican Grill
4710 Starkey Road
Roanoke, Virginia 24018
(540) 793-6400

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Grand Opening of Dance & Feet
Grand opening ribbon cert
From left: Ardell Stone School of Dancing Owner Ardell Stone, Economic Development Specialist Jessica Fintel, Dance & Feet Owner Lynn Hampton and her son Tyler Hampton
Roanoke County welcomes Dance & Feet at  4333-B Old Cave Spring Road  to our vibrant business community! Dance & Feet Owner Lynn Hampton was presented with a Roanoke County Certificate of Appreciation  during the boutique's grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on August 2nd.

Ms. Hampton saw a need that was unfulfilled in the Roanoke region: a place for young dance students to purchase dance shoes, dance wear and dance supplies. With dozens of dance studios in the region teaching thousands of young dancers daily, the need for a retail store for dancers of all disciplines was clear to Hampton. Dance & Feet is a boutique-style retail store that carries the best brands and provides individualized service to dancers throughout the region.

Hampton and her mother, Ardell Stone, own and continue to operate Ardell Stone School of Dancing. Ms. Hampton's knowledge of the dance students' requirements comes from a lifetime of dance and over 25 years of teaching. Dance & Feet has what dancers need.

Photo Credit: David Hungate, Dominion Images Photography

Dance & Feet
4333 Old Cave Spring Road, Suite B
Roanoke, Virginia 24018
(540) 632-0026

Expand Your Business Globally - Export University 

Registration Closes August 15th!

Sign Up to Compete - Workforce Innovation Datathon Challenge
Governor McAuliffe Launches Workforce Innovation Datathon Challenge

~Teams from across Virginia invited to use open jobs data and cutting-edge technology to create innovative workforce applications~

Governor Terry McAuliffe launched the 2016 Workforce Innovation Datathon Challenge, a competition inviting citizens, students, and government teams from 
across the Commonwealth to come together to create innovative workforce solutions . Competition will be held August 25 & 26.
 Press Release          Sign Up To Compete

Appalachian Power Lunch & Learn - Sept. 29th
Learn about Energy Saving Programs for 
Appalachian Power Business Customers

Appalachian Power will host a "Lunch & Learn" event on September 29, 2016 to provide information  and answer questions  about  Appalachian Power's Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Program  and the rebates available for energy efficiency upgrades to:
  • Lighting - indoor and outdoor
  • VFDs on HVAC pumps

What:   Appalachian Power Commercial & Industrial Program Lunch & Learn
When:  Thursday, September 29, 2016; 12 pm - 1 pm
Where:   South County Library, Auditorium
6303 Merriman Road
Roanoke, VA 24018
Details: Lunch will be provided by Appalachian Power

Virginia Business 2017 Best Places to Work Application

Virginia Business again will honor Virginia's best employers in the 2017 Best Places to Work in Virginia project. Apply today if you think you offer a great workplace environment. 

Registration Deadline is September 2nd!

Events Coming in Fall 2016
Brambleton Area Business Association
The Brambleton Area Business Association (BABA) held their regular meeting on July 14, 2016. A few items to note from the meeting are as follows:
  • A Business Directory draft is ready; it will be placed at both Brambleton Avenue Krogers for people to pick up free of charge
  • Nominations were accepted for the new slate of officers; voting will occur at the August meeting
  • BABA is considering holding a Christmas Parade this year; Contact Mike Shelton with ideas
  • Board of Supervisors Chairman Jason Peters spoke at the July meeting about the importance of groups like BABA and the four topics he is focused on: Broadband, The Explore Park Master PlanTanglewood Mall De-Malling and the Route 419 Town Center Plan, and Airport Improvements
The next meeting is  Thursday August 11, 2016, 8 a.m.  at Woodlawn United Methodist Church.


Blue Ridge Beverage Distributes the First Deschutes Beer!

Blue Ridge Beverage executives traveled to Oregon to bring back the first cases of beer from Deschutes Brewery, which they began distributing August 1st! Watch the video or visit Blue Ridge Beverage's Facebook page to see more of their cross-country trip.

Virginia Data Analytics Initiative
Governor McAuliffe Announces Data Analytics Initiative to Connect Job Seekers to Jobs

~ Open Data, Open Jobs will challenge entrepreneurs to identify new ways to connect Virginians to jobs by creatively using workforce data ~
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the Open Data, Open Jobs initiative to better connect job seekers with job opportunities. 

Catawba Valley Farmers Market
The Catawba Valley Farmers Market is expanding its offerings

Apptech Continues to Provide Cutting Edge Technology
Apptech's IRMT System is the solution for the newly imposed EPA Selenium limits

Roanoke County Stormwater Guide
The Division of Stormwater Management in the Roanoke County Community Development Department produced this "Stormwater Guide for Homeowners."

Did You Know?
Did you know AEP is more than just a power company - we also provide turnkey engineering, procurement, construction, and maintenance (EPC&M) services to commercial, industrial, and wholesale customers.