Business Partners Newsletter
September 2017: Volume 17, No. 9
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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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  

Economic Development By the Numbers


Picture Your Company Here
Modern Manufacturing Facility with quick access to I-81 for Sale

Located in an upscale business park with
quick access to I-81 in Roanoke, County, VA
$8,400,000 / $29.90 Per SF
280,899 +/- sf on 134 acres

12,000+/- sf of windowed office space
Pad-ready for more than 500,000 sf expansion
Zoned Industrial   

This modern manufacturing building was originally constructed in 1997 by R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company as a book printing manufacturing facility. The building has 12,000+/- square feet of windowed office space along with several break areas and a cafeteria. The manufacturing facility has 18' -21' foot ceilings, 11 dock high doors with two drive up ramps for a total of 280,899 +/- square feet. The building is situated on 134 acres and provides pad-ready facility expansion to more than 500,000 square feet. This is a fantastic building priced well below new construction cost and ready for immediate occupancy.

Matt Huff, CCIM
Thomas Hubard, CCIM, CPM

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. 

Vote for the People's Choice Award

Over 20 Roanoke County businesses were nominated for the Ro anoke Regional Small Business Awards this year! Voting is now open for the People's Choice Award presented by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.

This award is open to all companies that were nominated in the following categories: Construction/Real Estate, Micro-Business, Business-to-Business Services, Business-to-Consumer Services, Manufacturing, Wholesale/Retail, Technology and Legacy. The winner will be announced at the Small Business Awards program on October 5.

Events: Business Tools for Growth


Exit Strategy with Sunbelt Business Brokers

Business Basics

Access to Capital Open House
September 12

September 12

September 20

Internet of Things: What Is It and What Is New?

Elements of Cybersecurity/Information Security Plan: How and Why You Need One
September 13

September 27

Hospitality Training Workshops
September 14

OSHA Standards for General Industry Sept 25 - 28

Other Happenings

Intro to 3D Printing with Tinkercad
September 11
South County Library
RAMP Demo Day
September 11
Virginia Western Community College
Whitman Theater
More Events at Roanoke County Libraries Learn More

Art Exhibition Gallery Talk and Closing Reception: "Annette Polan: Covert Autobiography"
September 14
Wetherill V isual Arts Center,  Niederer Auditorium
Regional Career Fair
September 25
Hyatt Place, Blacksburg
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More Hollins University Events

KATZ Roadshow Carpentry Clinic
October 11
Salem Civic Center
Profiles of Honor Tour
October 28
South County Library

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Feed Virginia Day of Action
September 29
9:00 AM

The Acornucopia Project - A culture gone completely NUTS!
September 30
Community organizations, public agencies, and volunteers all play an important role in our efforts to increase access to healthy foods and promote healthy communities. Join First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe during the Feed VA Day of Action to bridge the nutritional divide in Virginia by participating in a winter squash harvest at the Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center. All squash harvested will be donated to a local food bank. Volunteers need to dress for outdoor labor. Closed toed shoes are required. Other clothing considerations are a hat for sun protection, and gloves. For more information on the First Lady's Day of Action, visit
Join folks foraging for fine fare falling from the sky and turning it into delicious foods like hickory oil, acorn flour, black walnut coffee, and much more! Learn to work with nature to harness the regenerative resources of the native nut trees in our backyards, commons and woodlands. Hear from the project leader and tree expert Bill Whipple as he explains the project, and how the Roanoake/New River Valley areas can get involved.

To register email Adam Taylor: 
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Vendors have beef & pork products, eggs, vegetables, jellies, granola, baked goods including breads, cookies, cakes, muffins & scones. Fried pies are made on site. Many handmade arts & crafts, bath & beauty products, potted flowers, flower & vegetable bedding plants & hanging baskets. There are cooking demonstrations and special events each week - check out Facebook to see what you will find.

Market welcomes SNAP/EBT clients!
SNAP customers may purchase tokens to use for fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, breads, baked goods, dairy, honey, processed foods such as jams and pickles, and plants to grow consumable foods. Each dollar spent through the program, up to $30, is doubled for purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables.

September Entertainment and Features at the Farmers Market
Sept. 7 Music by Jim Robinson from Salem, with his hammered dulcimer
Sept. 14 Music by Marya Karz from Blacksburg.  Hammered dulcimer.
VA Cooperative Extension Family Nutrition Program cooking demo with samples & recipes
Sept. 21 VA Cooperative Extension Family Nutrition Program cooking demo with samples & recipes
Sept. 28  Music by members of local chapter of Guitars 4 Vets, sponsored by the Salem VA Medical Center.

for the the latest updates each week!


Roanoke County recognizes Hollins University and Roanoke College

The Board of Supervisors recognized Hollins University and Roanoke College which both celebrated their 175th anniversaries this year. These institutions contribute to the vitality of the Roanoke Region in countless ways including partnerships, continuing education, and cultural offerings. 

President Lawrence of Hollins University and President Maxey of Roanoke College each accepted a resolution from Chairman McNamara and County Administrator Tom Gates.

President Lawrence, Hollins University (Left) and President Maxey, Roanoke College (Right) accepted resolutions recognizing and celebrating their 175th anniversaries.

Contractor Appreciation Program recognizes its second project

Roanoke County's department of Community Development has selected Christ the King Presbyterian Church, which is being constructed at 2335 Electric Road, to receive the second Stormwater Clean Award.

"In addition to meeting all of the requirements in the program's selection criteria, Hubbard Excavating and Price Buildings together have shown a willingness to keep the site in compliance with the state erosion and sediment control and stormwater management regulations," said Cindy Linkenhoker, Roanoke County's Stormwater Program Manager. "

RAMP business accelerator receives $40,000 grant
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the awarding of a second $40,000 state grant to support the development of entrepreneurial classes at the RAMP business accelerator in downtown Roanoke. 

The goal of the state's Building Entrepreneurial Economies (BEE) grant program is to encourage micro/small business development and job creation. Virginia Western Community College, one of the public/private partners behind the accelerator initiative, will use the funds in part to develop educational programming to benefit independent contractors, freelancers and other entrepreneurs with part-time work arrangements - those who are classified as members of the "gig economy."

Airport economic impact summary released

The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport had a total economic impact of $480 million as of 2016, more than double the estimate from the 2010 analysis. In total, the airport supported over 3,000 jobs with earnings approaching $140 million.

Although a significant amount of the total economic impact flows from visitor spending, the airport's operations by itself - including multiplier impacts - account for over 1,800 jobs, nearly $100 million in earnings, and $373 million in total economic output.

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.

Southeast Asia
November 6-10, 2017
December 4-8, 2017
Registration Deadline:  September 8, 2017
Registration Deadline:  October 6, 2017
Top Opportunities:  Medical Products & Services, Defense Equipment, Advanced Manufacturing, ICT, Hardwoods, Environmental Products & Services
Top Opportunities: Automotive parts and accessories, Defense and security, Education, Food processing and packaging equipment, Information and Communications Technology, Infrastructure, Oil and gas equipment and services, Renewable energy, Plastics, and Medicalquipment
Learn More
Trade Shows

Join Virginia's booth to exhibit your company's products and services at one of these international trade shows.
Düsseldorf, Germany
November 13-16
Registration Deadline:   September 15
Roanoke County Business on RVTV

On this month's s how,  Hollins University's new president shares her vision for the future of the 175 year old institution. We learn how recent Roanoke County high school graduates spent their summer interning with the County's GIS team. Finally, we visit Pavement Stencil Company, to hear what young professionals love about this small family-owned company. 
Consult the RVTV website for the viewing schedule or click the link above to watch the show on Youtube!

Did you Know?

There's a new beer-centered eatery in town!  After several months of work, Cave Spring Tap House  is now open at 4301 Brambleton Ave.  More than 20 taps feature a variety of craft beers. There are also two wines on tap and a Stubborn Soda machine with craft sodas that don't contain high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners, in flavors such as root beer, agave vanilla cream and pineapple cream. Patrons can order flights of soda and beer.