Showcasing the investments and achievements of Roanoke County's existing business partners.
Business Partners Newsletter
If these words describe you....
  then you are exactly who we are looking for! 

47,950 sf office building for sale at 5400 Fallowater Lane.
The former 419 Library at 3131 Electric Road for sale. 
The former Vinton Library at 800 Washington Avenue for sale. 
Tons Of Fun Event at Tanglewood Mall
T he Roanoke County Department of Economic Development is proud to have been one of the sponsors of the Tons of Fun event held on February 6th at the Tanglewood Mall.

Roanoke County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism organized the event that got rave reviews by all those in attendance.

                                                  Click on above image to view video.
Save the Dates!
  • Spring Career, Lifestyle, and Financial Fitness Fair at the Berglund Center, April 27, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • iMarketing at the South County Library, April 28, 9 a.m. - 11a.m.
  • Entrepreneur Express at the South County Library, June 9, 8 a.m. - 12 noon.
  More information to come.
Events sponsored by Roanoke County Department of Economic Development and the City of Roanoke Department of Economic Development


Do you want to accelerate the growth of your company?


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.

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?

    How can GENEDGE help your business?   Click here to find out! 
Thank you Area Realtors┬« and Business Leaders
The Roanoke County Department of Economic Development wants to thank Roanoke Area Realtors┬« and business leaders who participated in the Site Selector presentation on January 14.
David Wray of the Department of Communications and Information Technology demonstrates the new app.

Small Business Development Center Workshops

Marketing Basics 2016    Register 
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance

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.
Pre-Registration is required.
Speaker: Bart Smith
Location: Small Business Development Center to 210 S. Jefferson Street, Roanoke VA 24011 
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, March 08, 2016 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance

Are you considering starting a new business? Not sure what you need to do and what steps to take? Then this is the class for you!   .

For questions please call Tom Tanner at 983-0717 ext 103.

Speaker: Tom Tanner
Location: Small Business Development Center to 210 S. Jefferson Street, Roanoke VA 24011
Fee: $ 20.00 

April 11 - 15, 2016
Meet with Virginia's Trade Representatives from Around the World!
These experts provide valuable in-country market research specific to your product or service.


Join us as we welcome our trade representatives from Southern Africa, Costa Rica, Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, and Peru to Virginia! These experts provide valuable in-country market research specific to your product or service.

  • Gain local knowledge fast
  • Realize competitive advantages
  • Understand country regulations
  • Identify distributors, partners, in country
  • Open new doors to export success
April 11, 2016 - Norfolk, Virginia
April 12 - 13, 2016 - Staunton, Virginia
April 14 - 15, 2016 - Tysons Corner, Virginia

Come and meet face-to-face with our international representatives and learn how they can assist your company in increasing its international sales.
Space is limited in each location - register NOW!

For more information or to request a meeting contact:
Roger Porter, International Trade Manager
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
220 Roanoke Boulevard, Salem, Virginia 24153

Board of Supervisors Retreat Kicks off Community Strategic Planning Process

On Saturday, January 30, the Board of Supervisors held a Retreat at the Vinton Library, along with many County Department Directors and key staff, to officially begin the Community Strategic Planning process. The Community Strategic Plan will guide the direction of the County for the next five years. At the Retreat, the Board reviewed the results of the Roanoke County Citizen Survey, a telephone survey prepared by the Roanoke College Institute of Policy and Opinion Research in November, 2015. Dr. Harry L. Wilson, Director of the Institute, explained that the statistically valid survey shows that although Roanoke County citizens enjoy an extremely favorable quality of life and are generally pleased with County services there are some areas of concern that they share. The Survey Report is available on the   Community Strategic Plan webpage.

The Board of Supervisors also worked with Facilitator Christy Dooley to develop a Vision Statement:

Roanoke County is a vibrant, innovative, and scenic community
that values our citizens, heritage and quality of life.
The Vision Statement was informed by the Board's community and personal values and it will guide the strategic planning process as well as future policy decisions.

The Board also confirmed the Focus Group areas and hosts:

Focus Group 
Meeting Hosts 
Community Health and Well-Being  Supervisor Martha Hooker 
Economic Development  Chairman Jason Peters and Supervisor Al Bedrosian
Education Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gregory Killough
Public Safety  Chairman Jason Peters 
Quality of Life  Supervisor Joe McNamara and Supervisor Al Bedrosian 
Transportation  Supervisor George Assaid 
Over 340 people signed up to participate in Focus Groups. The Focus Groups will collaborate on topics, goals and objectives for the Strategic Plan. Focus Group meetings will be held between February 29 and April 28 at locations around the County. The schedule of times, dates and locations for the Focus Group meetings is available online. These meetings will be open public meetings and citizens are invited to attend.

To learn more about the Community Strategic Planning process and how citizens may participate, visit the Community Strategic Plan webpage.

For additional information please contact Assistant County Administrator Dan O'Donnell by phone at (540) 772-2017 or by email

Click here to register

The Roanoke Region is a great place to:
Work Hard; Play Hard; and Live Easy! 


This program will air from the first week of January until the last week of March in 2016.
The show features three business expansions, a non-profit grant announcement and a real estate opportunity. 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.

Pete Eshelman of Roanoke Outside , was named Blue Ridge Outdoors' 2016 Most Inspiring Outdoor Person.
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