Business Partners Newsletter
February 2017: Volume 17, No. 2
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 .
Save the Date: Reimagine 419 Plan Reveal - March 23

Reimagine 419 Plan Reveal & Community Meeting
March 23, 2017
6:30 - 8:00 PM
South County Library
6303 Merriman Road
Roanoke, VA 24018

Please note: the date and location as previously advertised have changed.

Join us for the final Reimagine 419 community meeting before public hearings begin! This presentation will include the results of previous meetings as well as new implementation strategies. Following the meeting, the draft Town Center Plan will be made available for public comment for thirty days. More details to come!

CORTRAN and STAR service will be extended until 9 p.m. for this meeting.

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P: 540-772-2069
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Economic Development
5204 Bernard Drive, SW
Room 421
PO Box 29800
Roanoke, VA 24018
Jill Loope

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  





Join the Small Farm Incubator Program at Catawba Sustainability Center
Get your Hands Dirty this Spring at Catawba

The Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center (CSC) is excited to announce that it is now taking applications for its 2017 Small Farm Incubator Program. The Small Farm Incubator Program works to support young and beginning farmers by providing access to land, tools and equipment, pre-season land preparation, educational programming, and technical expertise. CSC's objective is to grow viable, independent farm businesses and to serve as a model new-farmer program by providing access to land and resources in a low-risk environment. 

For additional information contact Adam Taylor.

Gauntlet Business Plan Competition
The  Gauntlet:
Bigger & Better This Year
The Advancement Foundation is pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual Gauntlet Business Program and Competition is underway. Botetourt and Roanoke County have joined forces to expand a regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Over 65 entrepreneurs are joined in a cohort-working group that meets each week until the end of April to develop their business ideas. Each entrepreneur is studying feasibility, exploring business models and developing their business plan.

Entrepreneurial community flags are going up in  Vinton  to call attention to the community's desire to embrace small business development. You can see these same flags in Buchanan.

The Advancement Foundation leverages resources from across the community in order to build collaboration that encourages small business development. "The Advancement Foundation is committed to providing comprehensive support for our entrepreneurs. We have partners in Botetourt and Roanoke County Economic Development Departments, the Small Business Development Center, Virginia Tourism, Virginia's Department of Housing and Community Development and many local businesses.

The most recent classes focus on evaluation of each business's visibility. The community is being asked to participate in potential customer interviews in order to receive unbiased feedback.

Keep posted via Facebook, Twitter, newsletters and various media outlets!

Get Recognized
Your business could be featured in the 2018 Beyond Virginia calendar

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership International Trade division  produces  the Beyond Virginia calendar each year to highlight Virginia companies and their exporting success story. If you  would like to be considered for the 2018 calendar, click here.

Roanoke County Business Partners On RVTV

In the Roanoke County Business Partners March show,  we will learn about the Violence in the Workplace workshop series being offered through a collaboration with the Roanoke County and Roanoke City Police departments. We visit the headquarters for Double Envelope, a manufacturer with strong ties to the area who is celebrating their 100th anniversary. Finally, Adam Taylor, the new director of the Catawba Sustainability Center, will tell us about the center and its programming this year.

The show is now about 15 minutes and there is a new show each month. Consult the RVTV website for the viewing schedule.
Events: Business Tools for Success

We want to help you prosper in 2017 so make learning a priority this year. There are a variety of workshops and events  designed to provide you with the knowledge  to take  your business and/or career to the next level.

VEC Hiring Event
March 2
Western Virginia Water Authority

Global Marketing Tips & Tricks
March 8
Access Advertising and Public Relations
Business Basics
March 14
Roanoke Small Business 
Development Center
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Social Media and the Law
March 21
Roanoke Small Business Development Center
International Trade Consultants
One-on-one Meetings
April 19
Staunton, Virginia
Learn More


Register for Part One - March 28, 2017

Other Happenings
LEAP Farmer Listening Sessions  
March 6, 2017
Montgomery County Government Center

Roanoke Valley Area Food Producers: Come, Speak, Share.
What ideas, concerns, needs, challenges do you have about farming? Input will be shared with stakeholders and will guide efforts to support local farmers.
Williamson Road Restaurant Week
March 6-12, 2017
Williamson Road

All are invited to join in celebrating Williamson Road's restaurants and explore the many diverse offerings and flavors available. While eating out, patrons are encouraged to discover the many other types of businesses on Williamson Road they may not have known about. The Restaurant Week button goes live on March 6th.


eXperience Young  Professionals Summit
March 10, 2017
Roanoke College, Colket Center

We are stronger together - collectively we can build a region of which we are proud. The 2017 eXperience will provide paths for YOU to become more informed and engaged in the Roanoke and New River Valleys.

Celebrate: Anniversaries and New Locations

DePaul Community Resources Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Congratulations to DePaul Community Resources which celebrates 40 years of service in Roanoke in 2017. At the heart of DePaul Community Resources is the belief that new things are possible when you belong. Since 1977, we have opened doors to hope and belonging for countless children, families, and individuals with disabilities across Central and Southwest Virginia. The work of hope and belonging is bigger than social work-it is work that builds communities, strengthens economies, supports health, and renews promise.

Transamerica Agency Network opens New Office

A ribbon cutting for Transamerica Agency Network was held on February 16, 2017 to mark the opening of their new office. Transamerica was previously located in the Hollins District of Roanoke County.

Transamerica Agency Network
5115 Bernard Drive, Ste 203
Roanoke, VA 24018

Double Envelope Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Congratulations for celebrating its 100th anniversary. Double Envelope opened in the Roanoke valley in 1917 making church tithing envelopes. As a part of BSC Ventures, Inc., Double Envelope is a custom envelope manufacturer and web offset printer producing envelopes, bind-in order forms, mailers, and specialty packaging for the catalog, direct mail, and statement processing industries.

Celebrate: Good News 
TMEIC signs contract with Konecranes for Port of Virginia

Roanoke County-based TMEIC  Corporation signed a contract with Konecranes
for drives and automation of the world's largest single Automated-Stacking Cranes order. TMEIC was selected to supply drive and automation solutions for the expansion project at The Port of Virginia.

Something is brewing at the Barrel Chest

Martin Keck, owner of the Barrel Chest Wine & Beer has begun brewing beer in a two-barrel system, which brews 60 gallons of beer. Martin's plan is to brew small batches and to continually focus on experimentation. His first batch is a stout going by the name "Entire Double Extra Imperial Stout."

While he posted to Facebook that he was making beer last week, he only began selling it this week, and as of today, he is almost out! What will be brewing next at the Barrel Chest?

4035-B Electric Road
Roanoke, VA 24018

Catawba Sustainability Center offering grants to faculty for research development

Outreach and International Affairs invites faculty members and researchers to submit proposals for small incentive grants to support innovative research and engagement projects at the Catawba Sustainability Center (CSC). Proposed projects should focus on sustainable land use for agricultural, recreational and research purposes.

Fintel receives scholarship from the Virginia Economic Developers Association

Jessica Fintel, Economic Development Specialist for Roanoke County, received a scholarship from the Virginia Economic Developers Association to attend the Virginia Institute for Economic Development (VIED). VIED provides training in the economic development process, and outlines how this process is used to benefit Virginia's cities, counties and towns in furthering economic growth. During this 2-day course, industry professionals will focus on the fundamentals of economic development and set the stage for what the fundamentals mean to economic developers in Virginia.

Bike share coming to Roanoke

RIDE Solutions is working to bring bike sharing to the Roanoke Region. The program would be a lot like what you see in some larger metro areas where you can get short-term bike rentals from check out stations. You can grab a bike in one location, run errands or just cruise town and then check it back in at any other station.
Your input is needed! Complete the survey.

Roanokers featured the 2017 Most Influential Virginians list

The 2017 list of the Most Influential Virginians released by Virginia Business shows a flair for boldness, innovation and service. The Roanoke Region is well represented by the following nominees.
  • Nancy Howell Agee, President and CEO, Carilion Clinic
  • Robert A. Archer, President and CEO, Blue Ridge Beverage Co. Inc.
  • Dennis R. Cronk, President/CEO, Poe & Cronk Real Estate Group
  • Heywood Fralin, Chairman, Medical Facilities of America Inc.
  • Michael Friedlander, Executive Director, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
  • Susan Still, President and CEO, HomeTown Bank 
Explore Park Visitors Center opens April 15

As the hints of warm weather start to tease the Roanoke Valley, you can start planning an outdoor adventure and a visit to Roanoke County's Explore Park. The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitors Center at Explore Park, just off the parkway at milepost 115, will be opening for the season on Saturday, April 15. It will be open daily from 9:00am-5:00pm through Sunday, November 5. Within the center you can find a museum highlighting frontier culture in Southwest Virginia, an audiovisual presentation about the history of the Parkway as well as the welcoming Visitor Center staff to answer any questions about the Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding areas. The center's unique gift shop will carry a wide range of hand-crafted items from local and regional artisans including jewelry, pottery, art, quilted crafts, books from local authors, locally made jams, candies, home grown Virginia peanuts and much more. 

Mark your calendar as we kick off the 3 rd Annual Artisan Saturday series on June 10, August 12, and November 4. The Visitor's Center will come alive with demonstrations, music, food and crafts. Each Artisan Saturday is unique, informative and filled with creativity. Make a whole day of it and take advantage of Explore Park's hiking and biking trails, bring the fishing gear and license to spend some time on the Roanoke River. For more information please call 540-387-6078  or visit us on the web at .

2016 marks 7th consecutive year of record growth for tourism in Virginia's Blue Ridge

For the first time ever, Virginia's Blue Ridge lodging industry experienced record Room Revenue totaling over $101 million, a 1.8% increase over the previous year. Approximately 1.2 million hotel rooms were sold, resulting in an increase of 1.7% according to STR, INC. A record number of sports groups and events held in 2016 attributed to this growth.

Roanoke Business Accelerator Looking for Startups
Virginia Trade Missions and Shows - Chile, Israel, Mexico, UK
Trade Missions
Be part of one of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership's Trade Missions and enjoy private, one-on-one meetings with prospective customers and partners. These well-planned visits are business meetings set up on your behalf, with your input, to save you time and maximize your results.

Poland & Czech Republic
May 22-26, 2017
Registration Deadline: March 24, 2017
Top Opportunities:  Advanced technologies, Automotive, Chemicals, Construction, Defense and Military, Electronics, Energy Efficiency and Green Technologies, Food and Beverage, Healthcare, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Manufacturing, Medical Equipment, and Security
Learn More
Trade Shows

Join Virginia's booth to exhibit your company's products and services at one of these international trade shows.
Exponor: International Mining Show
May 15-19, 2017
Antofagasta, Chile
ISDEF: Defense & Security Show
June 6-8, 2017
Tel Aviv, Israel
Paris Air Show
June 19-25, 2017
Paris, France
Register by March 17, 2017
Register by April 7, 2017
Learn More

Save the Date
Spring 2017 Workshops

Spring will be a busy time with many events on the schedule so stay tuned 
for more  information on these events in the coming months.

Career and Lifestyle Fair May 9, 2017
iMarketing June 20, 2017

Check Out Our New Aerial Video!

Center for Research and Technology Aerial Video

See CRT from a Whole New Perspective!