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The Hive Offers Startups Chance “To Play In This World”

The Hive Offers Startups Chance “To Play In This World”

Annette Patterson, president of the Vinton-based Advancement Foundation, realized a dream several weeks ago: the opening of a business incubator on South Pollard Street in Vinton. Located adjacent to her Charity Cottage, a thrift store that provides funding for her operations (and five other local no-profits) plus skills training for those seeking employment, “The HIVE,” […]

First Job Fair a Success For Grass Roots Organization

First Job Fair a Success For Grass Roots Organization

Khaid Jones, the president and CEO for Community Cultivators Inc. calls his organization a grass roots effort “that cares about its community.”  The first big initiative for Community Cultivators was a late July street rally and job fair in northwest Roanoke, when around a dozen companies screened applicants and talked to local residents about job […]

Blue Ridge Land Conservancy Elects New Trustees and Officers

Blue Ridge Land Conservancy Elects New Trustees and Officers

The Blue Ridge Land Conservancy (BRLC), a regional organization working to preserve open space throughout Southwest Virginia, has named four new trustees and elected officers for 2015-2016. Linda Pharis will be president. Pharis has served as the chairwoman of the Public Relations and Education committee for a number of years. She is retired from Blue […]

Firefli Makes The Move To Downtown

Firefli Makes The Move To Downtown

Founder and CEO Greg Brock jokes about “going broke” as he gets ready to sample the lunchtime options in downtown Roanoke – but that’s where his digital strategy boutique firm is now located as of August 1. Firefli moved from the Grandin CoLab building on Grandin Avenue (they were not a CoLab tenant however) to […]

Roanoke County Names Fire & Rescue Chief

Roanoke County Names Fire & Rescue Chief

Roanoke County Administrator Thomas Gates today announced the appointment of Stephen G. Simon as Fire & Rescue Chief. Simon will assume his new position July 29th. “We are fortunate to be able to appoint a Chief that comes from our own ranks,” said Gates. Steve has professionally grown and developed throughout his career with the […]

Study: Even Fraud-Savvy Investors Often Look for the Wrong Red Flags

Study: Even Fraud-Savvy Investors Often Look for the Wrong Red Flags

New research identifies the types of investors who are vigilant about corporate fraud, but finds that most of those investors are tracking the wrong red flags – meaning the warning signs they look for are clear only after it’s too late to protect their investment. The work was performed by researchers at North Carolina State […]

Small Business Development Center Names New Director

Small Business Development Center Names New Director

Bart Smith has joined the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center (RRSBDC) as director of the agency. As director of the Roanoke Regional SBDC, Smith counsels new and existing small businesses, offers training to small business owners, and works to secure local funding partners for the RRSBDC. Smith, a University of Tennessee graduate with a […]

Regional Chamber Beginning Next 125 Years

Regional Chamber Beginning Next 125 Years

The Roanoke Regional Chamber has been around for a long time – 125 years to be exact – but the organization cut the ribbon recently at a “grand opening,” when it also vowed to add 125 new members in 125 days. President and CEO Joyce Waugh joined other Chamber staffers in greeting visitors at an […]

“Friends of The Blue Ridge Parkway” Wins Cox Heroes Award

“Friends of The Blue Ridge Parkway” Wins Cox Heroes Award

Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway Roanoke Chapter chair Heidi Ketler (at center) has won the 2015 Virginia Cox Conserves Heroes Award, besting two other nominees in online voting. Cox Communications will donate $10,000 to Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway-Roanoke Valley Chapter (the conservation organization of her choice). “We will put the funds to […]

Jim Wade, Bruce Farrell Named to Regional Business Hall of Fame

Jim Wade, Bruce Farrell Named to Regional Business Hall of Fame

Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia has announced the addition of two regional business leaders into the Southwest Virginia Business Hall of Fame – Jim Wade, former president of Advance Auto Parts, and Bruce Farrell, CEO of Berglund Management Group. Their many contributions to business and community – and in this year’s case to the automotive […]



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