Business Partners Newsletter
November 2017: Volume 17, No. 11
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 .
Roanoke County Businesses Win Big at Small Business Awards

At the 31st Annual Small Business Awards, Custom Tool & Machine was named Small Business of the Year. Additionally, Roanoke County organizations won in the categories of Small Business Advocate, Micro-Business, Manufacturing, Legacy, and Not-for-Profit Health and Human Services.

Congratulations to all of the Roanoke County businesses nominated for the Roanoke Regional Chamber Small Business Awards. These companies were recognized for their excellence at the 31th Annual Small Business of the Year Awards dinner on October 5, 2017 at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center.

About Us
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
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  

Small Business Advocate
Annette Patterson, The Advancement Foundation

Michael Shelton, Brambleton Area Business Association

Construction/Real Estate Acquisition Title & Settlement Agency, Inc.

Lodging Technology
(Five or fewer employees) Patriot Drug & DNA Testing, Inc.
Business-to-Business Services Innovative Insurance Group

Business-to-Consumer Services Cave Spring Auto Body
Lucas Therapies

Southern Trust Home Services

Support Systems, Inc.

Vinton/Brambleton Computer

Virginia Interventional Pain & Spine Center
Custom Tool & Machine
J&J Fashions
(50+ Years) Wood's Service Centers
Best New Business 
Dynamic Medical, LLC
(Operating 1-3 Years)
Glamhouse Day Spa
PA on Demand

Paw 2 Paw Pet Sitting

Twin Creeks Brewing Company
Not-for-Profit, Arts & Culture Vinton War Memorial 
Not-for-Profit, Health & Human  The Advancement Foundation
American Cancer Society

Blue Ridge Autism & Achievement Center
Creative Therapy Care
DePaul Community Resources

Join the STEP International Trade Program

Virginia has received $255,000 in grant funding to support the Commonwealth's State Trade and Expor t Promotion (STEP) Grant Program. The STEP program, funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, is designed to increase the number of small businesses that are exporting and to raise the value of exports for those small businesses that are currently exporting. This year's grant will be administered by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership's International Trade Division. 

The State Trade and Export Promotion Grant (STEP) is designed to increase the number of small businesses that are exporting and to increase export sales for those small businesses that are currently exporting. The program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
By providing export assistance, we help smaller businesses generate new export revenues and create new jobs for Virginia.

  • Funds may be granted for travel to international markets on trade missions, exhibiting at trade shows, or your own company's international sales trips.
  • Reimbursement: 75% of pre-approved airfare and hotel room fees up to $3,000 per company for travel to foreign markets.
  • Proof of performance (booth pictures, meeting schedules, sales meeting reports, etc.) will be required for reimbursement.
  • STEP grants are awarded to eligible small businesses that meet the U.S. SBA's definition of a small business and who self-certify their eligibility.
  • Applications are processed and awarded on a rolling basis until all funds are expended. Approved activities must be completed by September 28, 2018.
For more information, to determine eligibility or to request an application contact:
Roger Porter, International Trade Manager
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
220 Roanoke Boulevard, Salem, Virginia 24153
Tel 540-387-2562; Cell 540-588-6820

Become a Small Business Advocate with The Advancement Foundation
Become a Small Business Advocate!
Join our team of over 200 business and community leaders to help spread an entrepreneurial ecosystem!

Becoming a mentor for an entrepreneur is a great way to volunteer your time and expertise. Your commitment to join this network helps ensure the success of small business development in your community.

"Being a mentor has been a great experience for me! I like the organization of the Gauntlet process and I enjoy the enthusiasm exhibited both by the program organizers and the participants. As a mentor, I felt as though I was part of the team with my entrepreneur and it was fun seeing her progress. I look forward to participating again!"
Mentor Training:
November 7th, 7:30am - 9:00am
Vinton War Memorial
814 E Washington Ave, Vinton, VA 24179
Want more information? Contact Kathleen, Director of Small Business Development,

Events: Business Tools for Growth


Ready for the Holidays?

Business Basics 

Email Marketing Best Practices
November 1

November 7

November 21

Other Happenings

Artisan Saturdays
November 4
Explore Park

1960-70s Concert
Commemorating the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary
November 5
Salem Civic Center
Learn More Learn More

Intro to 3D Printing with Tinkercad
November 6
South County Library
Flag Retirement & Veterans 
Appreciation Celebration
November 9
Fire Station #3, Williamson Road

More Events at Roanoke County Libraries

Saluting Those Who Served
November 17
Vinton War Memorial

Brambleton Avenue Businesses Prepare for Second Christmas Parade

The Brambleton Area Business Association is starting to prepare for the 2017 Christmas Parade.

Thank you to Roanoke Valley Community Credit Union for taking Title Sponsor again.

If you would like to become a sponsor for the parade please contact BABA. All sponsorship levels also include your annual membership into BABA and a spot to participate in the parade. It's a great way to get your business in front of a lot of people.

More information is on the website at  under the "2017 Parade" tab. 


TJ Maxx & HomeGoods reopens at Tanglewood

The remodeled TJ Maxx & HomeGoods held a grand opening celebration on October 19, 2017. The new HomeGoods side features home decor, furniture, and kitchen items. The expansion of the store 
will add 15 new jobs. At their reopening, the store donated $10,000 to the West End Center for Youth.

TJ Maxx & HomeGoods
4208 Electric Road
Roanoke, VA 24014

The Retreat opens 252 new apartment units

Edward Rose & Sons celebrated the grand opening & ribbon cutting of their newest luxury apartment community, The Retreat Apartments. This 252 unit community is located near the intersection of Electric Road & Cove Road in North Roanoke County, Virginia. 

6500 Grand Retreat Drive
Roanoke, VA 24019

Roanoke County's broadband network has been lit

The Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority and Roanoke County Board of Supervisors held a system lighting ceremony for the expanded broadband network in Roanoke County. This new infrastructure provides increased speed and connectivity to businesses and citizens.

Downtown Vinton has a new shop: Twice Treasured

Twice Treasured hosted a ribbon cutting at their location in downtown Vinton with the Vinton Chamber of Commerce on October 24, 2017. Owner Heather Oltmanns received a certificate of appreciation from the Town of Vinton. Twice Treasured was a winner in The Gauntlet business plan competition.

301 South Pollard Street
Vinton, VA 24179

Cave Spring Tap House adds to Roanoke County restaurant scene

Cave Spring Tap House hosted a ribbon cutting at their location on Brambleton Avenue with the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce on October 27, 2017. They feature a variety of beers and have live music on select nights.

4301 Brambleton Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24018

Workforce Development
Register Here
Registered Apprenticeship and Workforce Summit

It was jam packed at Hotel Roanokle on October 20th for the Summit where area businesses and organizations learned how they can participate in the Commonwealth of Virginia Registered Apprenticeship Program and workforce resources offered through Virginia's Blue Ridge Works.

For information on workforce resources, please contact:

Morgan Romeo
Business and Outreach Coordinator
Virginia's Blue Ridge Works
(540) 562-8442
 See the Summit on Facebook!

Business leaders tour Burton Center for Arts and Technology

The career and technical education programs available through Roanoke County Public Schools are a huge asset to the business community. The Economic Development Department is proud to partner with our schools to show business leaders the talent and skill development that is happening at the Burton Center for Arts and Technology.

If your business would like to learn more about Roanoke County Public Schools Career and Technical Education programs and how your business can benefit from this great program contact:

Jay Brenchick
Roanoke County Economic Development

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Cave Spring High School hosts Career Fair

Roanoke County Economic Development thanks the 70-plus businesses and organizations that provided career guidance at the Cave Spring High School Career Fair on October 17th.
Faculty and staff at Cave Spring High School put on a herculean effort for a second year in a row to plan and organize the event which helped students learn how their classroom studies have real world applications.

Roanoke County receives VML Innovation Award for Explore Park Adventure Plan

The Virginia Municipal League (VML) has awarded Roanoke County with a 2017 Innovation Award in the Economic Development Category for the Explore Park Adventure Plan. A panel of judges felt the plan represented the best in the category by addressing challenges, using local resources efficiently and achieving measurable results. The award was accepted by Parks, Recreation, & Tourism department director Doug Blount at the VML annual conference in Williamsburg on October 2, 2017. 

Keep Virginia Beautiful and VDOT partner to grow the Adopt-a-Highway program

The Adopt-a-Highway program in Virginia has involved thousands of groups since it was first established in 1988 by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). It provides an opportunity for businesses, civic groups and even families to clean up litter and be recognized for their efforts with a sign featuring their name after two pickups have been documented. A new partnership between VDOT and Keep Virginia Beautiful will further increase the number of miles covered with regular litter cleanups and the recycling of collected waste, which will in turn translate into overall savings for the commonwealth. More information on the partnership is online. 

Virginia International Trade Events

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 me etings set up on your behalf, with your input, to save you time and maximize your results.

January 29 - February 2, 2018
March 12-16, 2018
Registration Deadline: November 29, 2017
Registration Deadline:  January 12, 2018
Top Opportunities:   Automotive Parts, Agricultural Products, Building Products, Computers & Peripherals, Electrical Power, Hotel & Restaurant Equipment, Medical Equipment, Safety & Security Equipment, and Telecommunications Equipment 
Top Opportunities: Transportation Infrastructure, Telecommunications, Energy, and Security and Aerospace
Learn More
Roanoke County Business Partners Show on RVTV

On this month's s how,  we will visit the Registered Apprenticeship and Workforce Summit, which was coordinated by Roanoke County Economic Development, Virginia's Blue Ridge Works, and the City of Roanoke Economic Development. We will meet Trish Morrison, Division Director for the Virginia Registered Apprenticeship Program and a Burton Center student who is currently working as an apprentice. Then, we will switch gears to see the recent developments at the Retreat luxury apartments.
Consult the RVTV website for the viewing schedule or click the link above to watch the show on Youtube!

ATTENTION: Calling All Entrepreneurs

The Advancement Foundation in partnership with the economic development offices of Alleghany Highlands, Botetourt and Roanoke Counties is  seeking entrepreneurs of  all ages and experience who want to start or expand a business. We are particularly interested in entrepreneurs who will join our efforts to create a critical mass of interconnected businesses that will maximize success through outdoors/tourism within our communities. 
Over the next 6 months we will meet with and select 75 businesses that will be eligible to participate in the GAUNTLET Business Development Program and Competition! 
Over $250,000 will be awarded in Virginia's Largest Business Competition!
ALL right here in the Alleghany Highlands, Botetourt and Roanoke Counties.  
In addition, participants have access to business training, mentors, shared resources, expertise, 0% interest loan funds, incubation programs and more!