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Business Matters strives to explore that subject from a variety of viewpoints and scenarios - the big players, the up-and-coming, the look ahead; featuring interviews with the people helping to grow jobs, the economy, and the Blue Ridge region.  Series host Gene Marrano is an award-winning radio and print journalist, and the editor of Valley Business FRONT magazine.

Contact us at BusinessMatters@BlueRidgePBS.org

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Coming Up:

April 2 - Guests are Landon Howard and Catherine Fox of Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge, and Pete Eshelman and Julia Boas with Roanoke Outside, and the Roanoke Regional Partnership. The discussion focuses on how to bring tourists, and the locals, back to the outdoor amenities, cultural attractions, shops, and eateries, during Covid-19 restrictions.  

April 9 – Guests Brian Ball, Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Joyce Waugh share insights on the state government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. How did the state economy respond, and is economic growth still on track?

April 16 – Guests are Mary Miller with RAMP, John Phillips with Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council, and Glenn Feit, with QuickTech Medical. This episode focuses on local mentoring programs for high-tech startups to launch, and grow, their business enterprises. 

April 23 - An important conversation with several area working mothers, on the challenges they’ve faced during the Covid-19 pandemic. Guests are Shannon Dominguez with the Advancement Foundation; Abby Hamilton, President and CEO of United Way of Roanoke Valley; Kim Whiter, CEO of Elder Care Solutions; Karen Pillis, Director of Mental Health Services with Family Service of Roanoke Valley; and Shanna Ferguson, insurance agent with Holley Insurance.

MORE TO COME!

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Episode 103 - April 16, 2021

Guests are Mary Miller with RAMP, John Phillips with Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council, and Glenn Feit, with QuickTech Medical. This episode focuses on local mentoring programs for high-tech startups to launch, and grow, their business enterprises. 

Episode 102 - April 9, 2021

Guests Brian Ball, Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Joyce Waugh share insights on the state government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. How did the state economy respond, and is economic growth still on track?

Episode 101 - April 2, 2021

Guests are Landon Howard and Catherine Fox of Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge, and Pete Eshelman and Julia Boas with Roanoke Outside, and the Roanoke Regional Partnership. The discussion focuses on how to bring tourists, and the locals, back to the outdoor amenities, cultural attractions, shops, and eateries, during Covid-19 restrictions.  

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