Business Partners Online Videos

Previous videos include:

  • On this month’s show, we visit Bank of Botetourt at their new location in downtown Vinton to celebrate the grand opening of their newest branch. Then we head down the street to hear from a few local leaders involved in the Vinyard Station redevelopment project. Finally, we speak with Whitney Pugh, CEO and Owner of Agenacare Housecalls in Cave Spring and a 2021 Gauntlet winner, to hear how her business is doing since graduating from the business development program. September 2021
  • On this month’s show, we visit Vistar Eye Center in the Hollins area where they broke ground for their new facility coming to Airport Road. Then we check out the Catawba Valley Farmers Market to see what delicious and crafty things the Market has to offer for the month of August. Finally, we catch up with a 2021 Gauntlet winner, Roanoke Teach (part of Fit Learning Roanoke), to learn how they are helping make education attainable for more children in our community. August 2021
  • On the July 2021 show, we visit Richfield Living at their Salem campus in Glenvar for their second ribbon-cutting in two months to celebrate their new Health Center. Then we speak with the team at Pavement Stencil Company to hear how the National Economic Gardening Program helped them grow their business this past year. Finally, we visit Total Youth Health, a Red Light Therapy provider in Roanoke County that recently celebrated three years of doing business and the opening of their new location on Starkey Road. July 2021
  • On the June 2021 show, we visit Richfield Living on their Salem campus in Catawba to celebrate the grand opening of their new Town Center. Then we speak with a 2020 GAUNTLET winner, Roanoke Disc Golf Club, to hear how the Club has been doing since graduating from the business development competition. Finally, we speak with Shannon Dominguez (The Advancement Foundation), 2020 Platinum GAUNTLET winner, GermZAPP, and the 2021 Platinum GAUNTLET winner, Beaver Dam Farm Sunflowers, to learn more about the program after completing their 7th annual cohort. June 2021
  • On the May 2021 show, we visit Old Virginia Outpost, a new business in the Hollins area that specializes in upfitting vehicles for any outdoor adventure. Then we head to the Bonsack area to break ground with LewisGale Regional Health System for their new freestanding Emergency Room coming to the Route 460 corridor. Finally, we speak with Chris Proctor, Head of School at North Cross School to celebrate the Institution’s 75th year of service, as well as congratulate Chris as he finishes his last few semesters with the School. May 2021
  • On the April 2021 show, we recap Join the Momentum: Investing in the Future of Tanglewood - a virtual forum diving into the investment opportunity at Tanglewood and the future 419 Town Center. Then we visit El mezcal, a new Mexican restaurant near Tanglewood to speak with co-owner Daniel Sanchez and celebrate their grand opening. Finally we speak with Clay Skelton, CEO of Origo Safe Driver, to learn about his new partnership and product designed to keep drivers of fleet services safe. April 2021
  • On the March 2021 show, we visit Brad Hall, vice president of external affairs with Appalachian Power, to learn about his involvement in the Roanoke County Economic Development strategic plan and what the plan means for our community. We then head to Vinton to speak with Grace Murtagh, the manager of the fourth and newest Our Daily Bread location to hear how the bakery and bistro is doing in their new spot. And finally, we speak with Roanoke County Director of Economic Development, Jill Loope, to learn about exciting business activity coming to Tanglewood. March 2021
  • On this month’s show, we visit Cardinal Glass Industries in Vinton to learn about their $8 million, 26,000 sq. ft. expansion creating 60 new jobs in the County. We then head to Cast Plates & Pints in the Shoppes at West Village to celebrate their official ribbon-cutting and talk with a few of the owners. Finally, we speak with the Executive Director of Virginia Career Works - Blue Ridge, Morgan Romeo, to get a briefing on the newly completed Regional Career and Technical Education (CTE) study. February 2021
  • On the January 2021 show, we visit the Catawba Sustainability Center to see Governor Northam announce the Center's Agricultural and Forestry Industries Development Grant award. We then visit a newer business in Roanoke County, Mathnasium, to speak with Owner Cory Applegate about how Mathnasium is helping students overcome mathematic obstacles during the pandemic. And finally, we hear from Economic Development Director, Jill Loope, for a 2020 Year in Review. January 2021
  • On the December 2020 show, we visited Roanoke’s first and longest operating Italian restaurant, Luigi’s on Brambleton Avenue . We spoke with co-owner Maristane Marques to congratulate her and her family on their 50 year anniversary of doing business in Roanoke County. And in the spirit of the holidays, we caught up with three local retailers – Oliveto, Windsor Gifts, and Pacaberry Farm – to hear from each owner about the creative gift ideas they have for us this season. December 2020
  • November's show features a virtual tour of the new Mack Trucks RVO facility; interviews with Mike Ruth the Shoe Doctor, a local business owner and Small Business Recovery Grant recipient; Mohammad Hassanzada, owner of Tribal Rugs Gallery, which has recently relocated to Roanoke County; and a segment on Tacos Rojas and their third location opening in Roanoke County. November 2020
  • October's show highlights TMEIC and its participation in VEDP's Virginia Leaders in Export Trade program; an exciting announcement from Professional Network Services (now known as Responsive Technology Partners); and an interview with Greg Feldmann, CEO of Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council and Valleys Innovation Council on grants, strategic alliances and more. October 2020
  • This month’s show features interviews with Roanoke Outside Foundation Director Pete Eshelman sharing about the Foundation’s new project to protect the region’s natural and recreational assets; Sandy Workman from Virginia Western Community College’s School of Career and Corporate Training discussing new training options; and Karmen George, Owner of Giardino Pizza Restaurant in downtown Vinton.  September 2020 
  • The August 2020 show highlights investment opportunities and tax incentives in Roanoke County's federally designated Opportunity Zone and presents highlights of the County's Economic Development Town Hall with updates on efforts to assist businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  August 2020
  • In July 2020, we highlight three Roanoke County businesses that won awards in the 2020 Gauntlet Program of the Advancement Foundation: Linda Bailey of Total You Health; Denise Membreno with New Moon Creative Media; and Noel Anderson from Anderson Music Therapy Services.  July 2020
  • The June 2020 show begins by speaking with Debbie Melvin, assistant vice president of Talent Solutions with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, who shared details about VEDP’s workforce program. Next, we connect with Ramain Gohar, business service manager with the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity. He shares business insight for recovery strategies and steps for reopening. Lastly, we hear from Cecile Newcomb from the Roanoke County Planning Department, who shares updates on the Hollins Plan and what to expect next. June 2020
  • The May 2020 show starts out by speaking with Annette Patterson, president of The Advancement Foundation, who will share details about how the annual Gauntlet competition has gone virtual. Next, we connect with Bob Archer, chairman and CEO of Blue Ridge Beverage, who sheds light on the pandemic’s impact on the food and beverage industry and how his company has pivoted accordingly. Lastly, we’ll hear from Amanda Forrester, director of the SBDC, about the resources and programming they are developing for small businesses as we approach recovery. May 2020
  • On the April 2020 show, we start out at the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority as president, Frank Smith, announces Fiber to the Home, a new initiative to bring broadband to lesser served areas of the Valley. He tells us more about what RVBA can do for residents and businesses and how new technology will transform internet access across the region. Then, we connect with Amy Fulton, the HR Director at Medeco, who speaks with us about how the apprenticeship continues to support their business through talent acquisition and the process they used to find the best apprentices for their company. April 2020
  • On the March 2020 show, we start out at P1 Technologies where Sales Manager, Drew Bratton, tells us about P1’s recent name change and its participation in the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s VALET program, which supports businesses in expanding to an international market. Next, we meet with Nate Day, International Trade Manager with VEDP, who explains how the organization helps companies find international opportunities, as well as its work with P1 in the VALET program. Lastly, we attend the Roanoke County Public Schools Apprenticeship Showcase to speak with Jason Suhr, Director of Career and Technical Education. He shares more about the efforts made by RCPS to prepare students for the workforce through apprenticeship opportunities with local businesses. March 2020
  • On February’s Roanoke County Business Partners, we start with the exciting announcement that Mack Trucks will be opening a facility in Salem. We speak with Mack’s president, Martin Weissburg, who shares background about the investment and what to expect from this move. We also visit with Annette Patterson, president of The Advancement Foundation, about the Foundation’s GAUNTLET program-Virginia’s largest business competition, which starts February 4. Lastly, we meet with Bill Hunter, Director of Communications & IT for Roanoke County, who explains Roanoke County’s efforts to increase broadband accessibility and shares details about the broadband survey for businesses and residents. February 2020
  • On January’s Roanoke County Business Partners, we speak with Mayor Bradley Grose of Town of Vinton after his State of the Town Address. He shares some exciting developments of 2019 and what to expect for Vinton in 2020. We also visit with Ryan Schirmer and Laura Warren as they celebrate the ribbon cutting and grand opening of their new store, Your CBD Store Roanoke. In this segment, Ryan and Laura tell about some of the benefits of CBD, and the products available in their store. Lastly, we hear from Debbie Custer of Coeus Research, who serves as the hemp industry expert for the Innovation Mill. Debbie shares insight into the hemp industry as a whole, as well as how the region can tap into this burgeoning industry.  January 2020
  • On the December Roanoke County Business Partners show, we start by visiting with Dr. Terry Kahn, owner of Roanoke Neuromuscular and runner-up of Virginia’s largest business competition, The Gauntlet. Terry shares about her experience competing and how her company has grown since The Gauntlet. Then, we speak with Dr. Michael Friedlander, executive director of Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, who tells us more about the upcoming plans for the Reimagine 419 project and how VTC will play into the future of our community. Lastly, we meet with Beth Doughty, executive director of the Western Virginia Regional Industrial Facility Authority, who will shed light on the future of development on Wood Haven Road. December 2019
  • On the November Roanoke County Business Partners show, we start by celebrating the grand reopening of Bricks 4 Kidz in Oak Grove Plaza with owner Shelly Whitaker, who tells us more about her business and its role in the neighborhood. Then, we’ll learn more about the new Billy Byrd redevelopment in the Town of Vinton where we’ll speak with David McCormack, president of Waukeshaw Development, Inc., about his company’s efforts to revitalize the historic William Byrd High School and how it will transform Vinton. Lastly, we’re showing off Virginia Western’s latest addition, the new STEM building, at the facility’s grand opening. Dean of STEM, Amy White, tells us about the development project and how the new state-of-the-art building is already playing an instrumental role in students’ education. November 2019
  • On the October Roanoke County Business Partners show, we take you to Career Quest where we speak to Brad Stephens of Virginia Career Works - Blue Ridge. He shares more about the event and how it plays a role in the future of our region’s workforce and economic development. Then, we learn more about the new project bringing Carilion Children’s to Tanglewood Mall. We speak with Dr. Kim Dunsmore, Chair of Pediatrics with Carilion Clinic, who shares the details about the project and what we can expect from the new Carilion Children’s center. We also check in with John Abernathy, president of Blackwater Resources which owns Tanglewood Mall. He discusses Tanglewood Mall’s role in the new Carilion Children’s project and how it plays into the future vision for the mall and the 419 Corridor as a whole. October 2019
  • On the September Roanoke County Business Partners show, we start by visiting with Pete Peters, Assistant Town Manager of Vinton, to learn about the latest developments in town and what we can expect in Vinton’s future. We then check in with Erin Burcham of the Roanoke Regional Partnership who speaks to us about the organization’s focus on talent solutions, along with some new projects and events aimed at increasing job recruitment in the area.  Lastly, we meet with Frank Smith, president of the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority who shares his insight into Bent Mountain’s new internet provider, MtnNet, and sheds light on the future of broadband in Roanoke County. September 2019
  • On the August Roanoke County Business Partners show, we celebrate the grand opening of VFP Inc.’s new corporate headquarters on Fallowater Lane, and learn how this 50 year old company is growing their footprint in Roanoke County. We interview Scott Fife, Vice President of VFP, and learn how they have successfully transformed their 50,000 sf. facility into multi-tenant office space in the 419 Plan area.  This redeveloped property will also remain the home of Cox Communication’s operations. Next, we speak with Jeff Merritt, Roanoke Market Vice President for Cox Communications who will tell us how the company has successfully transitioned from being building owner to tenant, and how Cox has proudly served the Roanoke market for 43 years, providing robust services to their customers. August 2019
  • On the July Roanoke County Business Partners, we interview Chris Carey, President of Metis Holdings at the grand opening of Metis Plaza - the redevelopment of the former Allstate building into a multi-tenant office complex that includes a fitness facility and restaurant. Next, we speak with Philip Thompson, Deputy Director of Planning for Roanoke County, to learn about the latest on the draft plan for Oak Grove Center and how Metis Plaza serves as a catalyst for redevelopment in Oak Grove. Lastly, we participate in the grand opening of the Bank of Botetourt standalone full-service office located at Cave Spring Corner, which includes an ATM with deposit capabilities and will house the Bank’s mortgage company, Virginia Mountain Mortgage.  July 2019
  • In the June edition, we interview George Child, President and CEO of Richfield Living, so he can tell us about their expansion. We also reveal three Roanoke County Businesses that were Gold Division Winners in the Gauntlet Business Plan Competition. - June 2019
  • Business Appreciation Month is the topic of the May episode. - May 2019
  • The April episode shows how business is thriving throughout Roanoke County. - April 2019
  • On the March show, we learn about the new Institute for Entrepreneurial Learning at Hollins University. Next we find out what the Career Development Department at Hollins University is doing to address the needs of students and employers of the 21st century. Lastly, we get an update on how the Gauntlet Business Program and Competition is going now that it is well underway. - March 2019
  • In the February 2019 Roanoke County Business Partners, we participate in the ribbon cutting for a new wireless internet service that will deliver quality internet access for residents and businesses located in the Bent Mountain area of the County. Next, we talk with Meredith Hundley, Program Director for the Valleys Innovation Council, and learn what the council’s mission is and their new involvement with the Star Tank Summit. Finally, we meet with Thomas Osha, Keynote speaker for the Star Tank Summit and learn his perspective on how community stakeholders can work together to support an innovative entrepreneurial ecosystem. - February 2019
  • On January 2019 show, we celebrate the grand opening of Macado’s in Vinton and learn what makes this Macado’s unique. Next, Shari Henry, Director of Library Services for Roanoke County, tells us about a free online tool offered through the libraries and explains how it can be used by businesses large and small to train staff, develop managers and leaders, and much more. Finally, we are off to the races for a ground breaking ceremony to kick off the renovation a former off track betting facility in Vinton that will become Rosie’s Gaming Emporium, and will offer satellite wagering and feature a new restaurant and bar. - January 2019
  • Welcome to Roanoke County Business Partners. On December’s show, we celebrate the grand opening of the Tru by Hilton, a new hotel brand for the area and a new development in the Hollins study area. Next, Annette Patterson tells us about what is new for the 2019 Gauntlet business plan competition. Finally, we visit with the Director of Talent Acquisition for Carilion Clinic and a student in the new Certified Nursing Assistant program at Roanoke County Public Schools. - December 2018
  • On November’s show, we learn about the 50 year history of Medeco Security Locks. Next, we celebrate the progress that has been made on the improvements on Plantation Road by attending a ribbon cutting. Then, we talk with Kevin Meade of American National Bank and Trust to learn how their recent acquisition of HomeTown Bank will leverage the strengths of each community bank. - November 2018
  • On October’s show, we learn about a Couture Unicorn, which is a mobile boutique specializing in women’s fashions and a 2018 Gauntlet. Next, we talk with Keith Hartman, Director of the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center to learn about the various business assistance programs available in the Roanoke Region. Then, we learn how Glenvar High School students are making and marketing G-BEES 100% natural products from the student garden and bee hives. - October 2018
  • On the September show, we hear from Dina Lyons, Registered Apprenticeship Consultant, to learn how employers and employees can participate in the Registered Apprenticeship Program. Next, we visit Garret Farms in Glenvar to learn the history of the farm, what they are doing today on the farm, and their future plans. Then, we get an overview of Economic Development projects in the Town of Vinton that Roanoke County and the Town of Vinton have been working on for the last few years. - September 2018
  • On the August show, we attend the ribbon cutting for the first new facility along the Plantation Road shared use path, Parkside Storage. We speak with Bob Archer to learn about Blue Ridge Beverage’s current expansion project. Finally, we celebrate the grand opening of Farmburguesa, which is a business that participated in the Gauntlet Business Plan Competition, to hear about their experience in the competition and their fresh take on burgers. - August 2018
  • On July’s show, we meet with Donnie Martin of Magnets USA to learn about their participation in the Virginia Leaders in Export Trade Program and the Virginia Jobs Investment Program. We also speak with Pete Peters Assistant Town Manager and Director of Economic Development for the Town of Vinton to learn about efforts to redevelop the former Gish Mill property. Finally, we will attend the Grand Opening of Total You Health, which is a business that participated in the Gauntlet Business Plan Competition, so we can learn about their health care service that is a first of its kind in the Roanoke Valley. - July 2018
  • On June’s show, we attend the "signing day" for 25 Roanoke County Public Schools students participating in the Student Registered Apprenticeship program and talk with Ted Puzio owner of Southern Trust Home Services which is employing three student apprentices. We also speak with a few of the competitors in the 4th annual Gauntlet business plan competition to hear about their new ventures and their experiences while competing over the last 4 months. - June 2018
  • On the May 2018 show, we attend the ribbon cutting of the first Zagster Bikeshare station in Vinton and discuss how companies can get involved in this new program. We get an update from one of the student apprentices at the Western Virginia Water Authority and hear from his father why it’s been beneficial for his son to participate in the program. Finally, Pete Eschelman with Roanoke Outside talks to us about what the opening of Gander Outdoors means for the region’s outdoor brand. - May 2018
  • On the April show, we attend the first community meeting for the Reimagine Oak Grove planning study and talk to businesses and residents about the future of the area. We meet Erin Burcham, the director of talent solutions for the Roanoke Regional Partnership, to learn what she has been doing and what she has planned for the future. Finally, we participate in the second meeting for the Reimagine Hollins plan and hear from the community about the importance of this effort in the Hollins area. - April 2018
  • On the March show, we attend the rededication of the renovated Dana Science Building at Hollins University to learn how it will improve the science education at the university. We explore an exciting new partnership between Roanoke County and Roanoke College for high school students to participate in a summer innovation and entrepreneurship camp. Finally, we visit Valley Cryotherapy, a new, hi-tech medical therapy business that uses nitrogen to lower skin surface temperature to stimulate natural regulatory functions of the human body. - March 2018
  • On the February show, Roanoke County’s Director of Economic Development, Jill Loope, gives us a snapshot of what happened in the county in 2017. We speak with the Pete Peters in the Town of Vinton to learn about what has been going on in the town and what is to come in 2018. Finally, we attend the grand opening of the LewisGale Cave Spring ER, a standalone ER which is the first of its kind in the Roanoke Valley. - February 2018
  • On the January show, we attend the lighting ceremony for the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority and learn why broadband is important to the Roanoke Valley. We speak with the president of ValleyStar Credit Union at the grand opening of their first Roanoke Valley location. Finally, the president of The Advancement Foundation, Annette Patterson, tells us about the 2018 Gauntlet business plan competition and how businesses and entrepreneurs can get involved. - January 2018
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