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
A one-one-one conversation with Dr. Robert Sandel, President of Virginia Western Community College regarding the role that community colleges play in workforce development.
A unique organization, Building Beloved Communities, is helping small businesses grow and thrive. Guests are Bonnie Chavez, Founder of “Building Beloved Communities”, and Director of Operations, Shannon Dominguez.
How long-time local journalists have covered business trends in the region. Guests are Tom Field, Publisher and Co-Founder of Valley Business Front Magazine, and Dan Smith, Journalist, and Co-Founder of Valley Business Front.
A conversation with Erin Burcham, Executive Director of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council, and Jeff Graffeo, Managing Partner of Clarkston Technology Solutions.
How Goodwill Industries of the Valleys helps people from underserved communities find jobs. Guest is President and CEO, Richmond Vincent, Jr.
Dr. Michael Friedlander, Vice-President for Health Sciences and Technology at Virginia Tech, the Executive Director of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, and the Senior Dean for Research for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. We’ll explore how all the entities work together to promote medical research.
A conversation with Blue Ridge PBS President & CEO, William Anderson, about the number of multimedia initiatives the station is undertaking.
Our guest is Lance Jones, Market President of the Lewis-Gale Regional Health System, a part of the HCA Healthcare group. We’ll discuss expansion and new technology initiatives, and how the system has dealt with the Covid crisis.
Certified Management Consultant, Jennifer Leake, discusses her “Best Job Ever” program and how employers may have to do more to retain employees during the Covid crisis.
A topic we've discussed several times and in various ways - let’s just call it "jobs, jobs, jobs." Guests are Taylor Johnson, Director of Talent Attraction for the Roanoke Regional Partnership and Morgan Romeo, Executive Director at Virginia Career Works - Blue Ridge.
How local organizations are lifting families out of poverty and connecting people to the services they need in Southwest Virginia. Guests are Abby Hamilton of United Way of Roanoke Valley, and Annette Lewis with Total Action for Progress.
Roanoke City Manager, Bob Cowell, talks about federal funding that has helped small local businesses survive the pandemic, and how “shared equity” is a positive for everyone involved.