Business Partners Newsletter
November 2016: Volume 16, 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 Shine at 
Chamber's 30th Annual Small Business Awards
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 30th Annual Small Business of the Year Awards dinner on October 6, 2016 at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center.

Cave Spring Auto Body

Securitec Screening Solutions, Inc.

Blue Ridge Wildlife & Pest Management, LLC
(Five or fewer employees) Crystal's Healing Hands Massage, LLC
Business-to-Business Services Neely's Accounting Services, Inc. 
Business-to-Consumer Services Blue Ridge Endodontics
Cave Spring Auto Body
Wholesale/Retail J and J Fashions, Inc.
Pavement Stencil Company
Technology Lodging Technology
Securitec Screening Solutions, Inc.
Ardell Stone School of Dancing, Inc.
(50+ Years)

Best New Business
Counter Response Tactical LLC 
(Operating 1-3 Years) Play FIT Stay FIT
Stone Mountain Advisers, LLC
Not-for-Profit, Arts & Culture Vinton War Memorial 
Not-for-Profit, Health & Human  Back on the Path
Services Blue Ridge Autism & Achievement Center
New Vision
Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke 

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

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  





Don't Miss the 419 Planning Study 3-Day Design Workshop - Nov 14-16
The most popular words used to describe the 419 study area are "congested," "busy" and "dated."

That's what participants said in our latest survey, when asked to express the way they see the  study area now. In the future, they wanted the study area to become "exciting," "fun" and "modern."
How do we get from here to there?

Join us for a three-day-long workshop on November 14, 15 and 16. The Design Workshop is the most intensive community engagement event planned for the study! The planning team will present their research, brainstorm broad strategies and refine their proposals at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood.

You are encouraged to attend no m atter how much or little you've participated so far!
  • Community Workshop | Monday, November 14, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    • Learn what the planning team has heard so far
    • Share your reactions and ideas with other community members
  • Drop-in Work Day | Tuesday, November 15, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Stop by any time to speak personally with the planning team and/or watch their progress
  • Community Presentation | We dnesday, November 16, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    • Learn the broad strategies for the study area
    • Comment on proposals and help refine the results of the workshop

CORTRAN and STAR service will be extended until 9 p.m. for Monday and Wednesday night's meetings.

Engagement Efforts

Over the past two months, the planning team met with more than 300 residents and members of the business community, and conducted interviews with over 100 stakeholders from around the Valley.

A short survey of participants taken at two October events found that 69 percent of participants would be interested in living in a more urban, town-center environment where they could safely walk/bike to stores, restaurants, entertainment, and green spaces. Survey participants also indicated that they would most support improved pedestrian crossing access and sidewalks in the study area.

Surveys and interactive learning materials are available online.

Roanoke County Business On RVTV

The Roanoke County Business Partners November show highlights the unique partnership between Magnets USA and The Advancement Foundation, Barrel Chest Wine and Beer and how they are participating in the 419 Town Center Study, and the role of the Western Virginia Regional Industrial Facility Authority in providing new opportunities for development.

The show will air in November featuring a new format with shorter shows and a new show each month. Consult the RVTV website for the viewing schedule.
Dine IN Vinton - Vinton's Restaurant Week continues through Nov. 6
Entrepreneur Express Workshop - November 14
Generation Solutions Launches Contractor's Alliance
Generation Solutions launched a new program called Contractor's Alliance at a luncheon and ribbon-cutting on October 25, 2016. This free referral program aims to offer safe, qualified home maintenance contractors to seniors, their families, and the community.

Investment Opportunities Abound at Explore Park

The Advancement Foundation Wins $70,000 Grant!
The Gauntlet: Bigger & Better This Year
The Advancement Foundation has won a $70,000  Building Collaborative Communities Grant to help local entrepreneurship flourish. They intend on using this grant as an additional resource to make the Gauntlet even bigger and better than it was last year. Last year there were over 20 participants and over $100,000 in prizes were awarded to local businesses. According to representatives from the Community Business Launch Program, last year the Gauntlet was the largest business plan contest of its kind in Virginia.  
In previous years, the Gauntlet was limited to businesses in Vinton. This year, thanks to partnerships between Roanoke County, The Town of Vinton, Botetourt County, and The Advancement Foundation; the contest is a regional effort. 
Announcements about the NEW Gauntlet are expected soon!

We'll keep you posted via Facebook, Twitter, newsletters and various media outlets!
Precision Fabrics Group Creates 1st Sheets to Prevent Bed Sores

Photo Credit: Stephanie Klein-Davis, The Roanoke Times

Precision Fabrics Group has created a new fabric engineered at its Vinton plant that is used in bed sheets that are certified by the FDA as a medical device. DermaTherapy┬« bedding technology was specifically developed to create a new generation of healthcare bedding that reduces the overall occurrence of pressure ulcers. Its silk-like fibers help regulate the patient's "microclimate"-a combination of heat, moisture, pressure, friction, and shear.

Visit Explore Park for Artisan Saturday, November 5th

Upcoming Events
November 10, 2016 
8:00 a.m.

Tecton Products
Salem, Virginia
December 1, 2016
7:30 a.m.
Brambleton Area Business Association Christmas Parade Brambleton Avenue between Knights of Columbus and Garst Mill Road December 10. 2016
10:00 a.m.
Roanoke College December 14, 2016
Williamson Road Business Association Veteran's Appreciation - Nov. 10
Celebrate the Holidays: Roanoke County Christmas Tree Lighting
Virginia Trade Missions to India and UAE - Registration Open

Be part of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership's Trade Missions to India and the United Arab Emirates 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.

India 2017

When:  February 6-10, 2017

Registration Cutoff Friday, December 9, 2016

Registration Fee:  $2,500* (per company)
*Does not include airfare, lodging, and meals.

Top Opportunities: Agribusiness, Civil Aviation, Corrosion Control, Defense, Education Services, Environment and Water, Healthcare and Medical Equipment, Infrastructure/ Smart Cities, Mining and Mineral Processing Equipment, Supply Chain Management, Power and Renewable Energy
For more information, please contact:  Jordan Watkins, International Trade Manager, at  or  (757) 314-2129

Visit the Website                Event Flyer

United Arab Emirates 2017

When:  February 12-16, 2017

Registration Cutoff Friday, December 16, 2016

Registration Fee:  $2,500* (per company)
*Does not include airfare, lodging, and meals.

Top Opportunities:  Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Cosmetics, Education, Franchising, Healthcare Services,  Oil and Gas Field Machinery and Services, and Renewable Energy
For more information, please contact: Diane Thomas, International Trade Manager, at  or (276) 623-1536

Visit the Website                 Event Flyer

Accelerate your Company's Growth with the EDGE Program
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.
If something is holding you back from growing your business, would you be interested in support to:
* Develop a strategy to effectively and efficiently boost your company in meeting future challenges and opportunities?
* Discover new sales opportunities through new business models, processes, partnerships, brands, channels, and / or customer experiences?
* Identify opportunities to develop or commercialize new or existing technologies?
* Develop a supply chain strategy to be more competitive and minimize risks in sourcing?
* Identify external solutions to unmet technology needs?
* Qualify to supply new customers through certification to regulatory standards such as ISO, FDA and UL?
* Improve operational efficiencies to increase profit?

Cave Spring High School Career Expo - November 30th
  Help Build Our Future: Share Your Career with Students!

Cave Spring High School invites local business to participate in their first Annual Career Expo.  
The purpose of this career fair is to educate students on the wide array of career opportunities available to them, so students can make better choices when planning for academic coursework and programs.
This is also a great opportunity for businesses to meet Roanoke Region's future workforce and establish relationships that could lead to student internships and possible work-based partnerships.
Click here to see the  Career Expo Invitation.

To sign up or for more information contact
Chuck Parker, Assistant Principal
Brambleton Area Business Association Christmas Parade Marches Forward
Participate in BABA's First Parade Promoting Local Businesses
  • When: December 10th, 2016, 10:00 AM
  • Start: Parade will start at Knights of Columbus, 3136 Harris Street SW
  • End: Garst Mill Road at Brambleton Avenue
  • Sponsorship opportunities are available - Sponsorship information
  • Parade applications are available - Download application
Email with questions to turn in completed applications.

Roanoke Wins 2016 Top Towns Title


Roanoke in Virginia's Blue Ridge has earned another outstanding recognition as a winner in the 2016 Top Towns contest by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.

The magazine announced the winners of the contest with the release of its November issue, and Roanoke took home the title in the Large Towns category, edging out Knoxville, Tn., for the victory.
Did You Know?
Virginia's Blue Ridge (formerly the Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau) along with the region's tourism industry achieved record performance in 2015 with increased travel expenditures reaching $800 million, a 2.1 percent increase over 2014.
The investment by the Counties of Roanoke, Franklin and Botetourt as well as the Cities of Roanoke and Salem allowed Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge to aggressively market the region's tourism assets, maximizing economic impact.

View Economic Impact/Progress Report Here