Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘Business’

Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day brings out hundreds for lunch

by Valerie Garner Virginia State Senator Ralph Smith sent out a rallying message to join him at both the Chick-Fil-A at Valley View Mall on Wednesday for lunch and the Salem Chick-Fil-A for dinner. The eatery is making headlines for their views on same-sex marriage. Roanoke’s Valley View franchise owner Bob Childress said, “Chick-Fil-A has […]

We Built This

We Built This

 On the campaign trail in Roanoke, Virginia, Barack Obama gave a speech that laid out his view of American small businesses. One line in particular has gotten most of the press. “If you’ve got a business,” the President said, “you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” It was a shocking assertion for an […]

Ice Cream Article Brings Back Memories

Ice Cream Article Brings Back Memories

Mr Marrano, I was dumbfounded when I read your article. My Dad & Uncle started Millstream (bought the old paper mill in 1934) serving out the window. Shortly after WWII my Uncle had to leave the business and my Dad and Mom became sole owners. Dad made all the ice cream and Mom did all the short […]

Ownership Transition at Martin Brothers Contracting Completed

Ownership Transition at Martin Brothers Contracting Completed

 The ownership transition of MB Contractors, Inc. that began six years ago is officially complete as President Todd Morgan and Executive Vice President Mike Cagle acquired the remaining shares from CEO Jed Hammer on July 17. Employees, clients, and business partners will see no change in day-to-day operations and dealings. “When Morgan and Cagle bought […]

It’s Always “Ssunny” In Roanoke For Hotelier

It’s Always “Ssunny” In Roanoke For Hotelier

When he first came to America in 1990, Ssunny Shah (yes, he spells his first name with two S’s) had only $400 in his pocket.  Born in Bombay, India, Shah’s father owned a successful textile business and family tradition directed that the son continue in that business.  Shah had other ambitions. “Instead, I decided to […]

Obama Campaigns in Roanoke

Obama Campaigns in Roanoke

by Valerie Garner The lines began forming by 1:00 p.m. Friday afternoon for the people holding tickets to see President Barack Obama at historic Fire Station No. 1 in downtown Roanoke. The weather was threatening and some light rain fell followed by smothering humidity. That combined with over 3000 people pressing up against each other […]

Gov. George Allen Hits Roanoke Streets Before Obama Visit

Gov. George Allen Hits Roanoke Streets Before Obama Visit

by Valerie Garner Republican U.S. Senate candidate George Allen made the rounds in Roanoke Thursday morning. His first stop was a tour of Lloyd Electric Company on 3rd street. The company is 100 years old having been passed down through three generations. The owner Rick Lloyd says his small business employs less than 50 people. […]

Studio Roanoke Can’t Overcome Debt; Closes Doors

Studio Roanoke Can’t Overcome Debt; Closes Doors

by Gene Marrano Studio Roanoke opened its doors in April 2009, a small theater space on Campbell Avenue that would cater to new plays, readings and emerging playwrights. One thought was that very new works could work out the kinks there before going on to venues like Mill Mountain Theatre just down the block. Of […]

Is California A Window Into Our Future? I Hope Not

Is California A Window Into Our Future? I Hope Not

by Dick Baynton Governor Jerry Brown received news that California is #50 in a business magazine that ranks business climates of the states. The good news is that the state can’t be lowered in future rankings! Governor Brown (D) estimated the Golden State’s budget deficit at $9.2 Billion in January. The recently revised estimate of […]

Bob Goodlatte’s Response to President Obama’s Roanoke Address

Bob Goodlatte’s Response to President Obama’s Roanoke Address

What Built America At an event in Roanoke last week, President Obama made a telling statement. “If you’ve got a business,” he said to a crowd of cheering supporters, “you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” It’s an admission that serves as a window into President Obama’s impression of America, and it explains […]



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