Business Partners Newsletter
July 2016: Volume 16, No. 7
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 .
Welcome Jessica Fintel 
County Strategic Plan is Ready For Review!
Final Opportunity
for Public Comment will be at the Board meeting August 9th
Four community meetings were held in June where citizens reviewed, discussed and commented on the draft document. Copies of the Draft Community Strategic Plan are available at the County Libraries or you can...

Strategic Plan in the News.....

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

Jay Brenchick

Joe Zielinski


Jessica Fintel

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.
Business Workshops In July
SBDC - Business Basics Workshop - July 12
Are you considering starting a new business? Then this is the class for you! Business Basics is an introduction to owning your own business. Topics covered include deciding on a legal entity structure, basic accounting and tax issues, steps you need to take for permits and licensing, steps to writing a business plan and basics of marketing and market research.
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Edge Introductory Workshop - July 14  

Do you want to accelerate the growth of your business?

Many smaller companies need help to sustain and grow their businesses in today's challenging economy, but don't have sufficient in-house resources to focus on growth while running their day to day operations.

Enterprise Development Growth Engine (EDGE) is a new program designed for small manufacturing, engineering and technology companies in Virginia. The program will provide meaningful assistance to generate sustainable positive financial impact to your business.
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SBDC - Marketing Basics - July 19
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. Topics covered by this course include: What is marketing? Conducting market research. Analyzing the market environment. Selecting your target markets. Placing products & services. Website Do's and Don'ts. Social Media Marketing. Creating a marketing plan and calendar. Determining ROI.
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US Postal Service - Export Workshop - July 29

In support of the "Made in Rural America Initiative", the United States Postal Service will offer local workshops to help encourage export growth and success in rural America. The workshops are designed to serve small to medium-sized organizations, these sessions will strengthen awareness of how the USPS can serve as an important resource to support firms that may be interested in entering the export arena for the first time or for businesses interested in expanding their past export success.
US Post Office
419 Rutherford Avenue
Roanoke, VA 
(Near the Berglund Civic Center)
Contact: Bob Maroney
Virginia Trade Mission to Southern Africa
Businesses Large & Small are getting this INCENTIVE! Is yours?
Neil Wilkin - Optical Cable Corporation Honored for Philanthropy
Uniform Country at Tanglewood Mall - Ribbon Cutting
Kroger at Tanglewood Grand Re-Opening 
Save The Dates - October 19, 20, 21
Certified Aging in Place Certification Workshop

With this workshop you will get the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling market.

 Home builders from throughout the east coast will be coming to take advantage of this certification program, so why not take advantage of this opportunity while it is right in your own back yard? 

Professional Development Certificate Starting in August

Community Walk - Williamson Road - July 14

The Williamson Road Area Business Association (WRABA) in conjunction with the Roanoke County Administration, Police, Community Development and General Services Departments, as well as the Virginia Department of Transportation will be continuing a series of walks on Williamson Road in Roanoke County. 
The first County walk will take place on Thursday, July 14th, at 4:00 p.m. (rain date July 28th at 4:00 p.m.) from the City/County Line at 5411 Williamson Road to Brookside Plaza and back. Our next walks will also be in sections and are scheduled for:
  • Thursday August 18, 2016 walking from Peters Creek Road to TBD
  • Thursday September 22, 2016 walking from TBD to Shadwell
Past walks have facilitated improvements, repairs and conversations regarding possible improvements along Williamson Road.

Contact Wendy Jones at  or call 540-362-3293.
County Economic Development 

In the News....
Texas Roadhouse Opens
Macado's in Vinton will add patio & parking  
Comcast to expand fiber to some County businesses
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.