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Please consider taking five minutes to complete a brief online survey regarding your current corporate travel needs.

Responses are anonymous, and information will be used in the Airport’s efforts to evaluate potential service options exclusively for regional business use.

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The Roanoke Regional Chamber presents Prague and Vienna

Join us for an amazing tour of Prague, Vienna and Budapest. A tour where history comes to life. Explore Central Europe’s centers of culture and arts under the guidance of your own tour manager who acts as your own personal concierge. These three riverside cities straddling mighty rivers promise centuries of tradition and culture. This tour has the perfect balance of structured tours and leisure time. Spend three nights in the Old Town of Prague, three nights in Vienna’s city center and (optional) two nights in the amazing city of Budapest. The cost of the trip is $2,999 per person/double occupancy. Click here to view the full trip agenda.

Highlights include: Vienna City Tour, Schoennbrun Palace, Old Town Prague, Cesky-Krumlove, Prague Castle/City Tour, Royal Palace, St. Vitus Cathedral, Strahov Library, Kutna Hora (optional).

Also includes: Round trip airfare from Dulles, Airline fuel surcharges, taxes, and fees, 6 nights in first class hotels, 8 meals (6 breakfasts/2 dinners), sightseeing per itinerary, admissions per itinerary, professional tour manager, baggage handling, hotel transfers.

Optional 2 Day post tour to Budapest ($599) includes Fisherman’s Bastion, the Church of St. Mathias in Buda, Heroes’ Square in Pest, the elegant Chain Bridge (with breakfast daily and one dinner)

The registration deadline for this excursion is July 2, 2018. Please contact Michele Peppers at MPeppers@RoanokeChamber.org or 540.983.0700 x107 to let us know of your interest or of any questions you may have.


Chamber News June 2018

Chamber NewsNew members, upcoming events and more! Check out your Chamber’s latest newsletter to see what your #ChamberSquad is up to. For information about sponsoring this newsletter in 2018, please contact Starr Anderson at SAnderson@RoanokeChamber.org.


Office space available for rent at Roanoke Regional Chamber

The Roanoke Regional Chamber has two spaces available for rent in its Roanoke Regional Entrepreneur Center. The center’s mission is to assist the creation and growth of nascent, startup and first stage growth businesses. Each full-time tenant will be evaluated and approved by a committee that allows tenants that meet the goals of the Entrepreneur Center and provides synergy between the other tenants. This process includes the completion of an application and approval by the center’s approval committee. The Roanoke Regional Chamber is located at 210 S. Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA 24011. For more information about renting one of these spaces, please contact Tom Tanner at TTanner@RoanokeChamber.org or 540.983.0700 x103.

Office one: 

  • 200-square-feet
  • $275/month
  • One year lease required
  • Parking not included

Office two: 

  • Around 200-square-feet
  • $300/month
  • One year lease required
  • Parking not included

Rent includes:

  • Access to facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Use of conference room
  • Use of copier
  • Use of wireless internet service
  • Free use of Chamber boardroom on first floor
  • Downtown street address for shipping and mail
  • Office equipment
  • Direct access to the staff of the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center

Each full-time tenant: 

  • Will complete an application process and submit to the approval committee
  • Will agree to provide assistance to other small businesses by offering each month at least one free hour of consulting or counseling services to clients of the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center
  • Agree to a one year lease that can be terminated by either party at the end of the lease
  • Tenants will be evaluated each year by a review committee to determine if tenant is suitable to the current goals or needs of the center
  • Agrees to become a member of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce and remain a member for as long as a tenant
  • Agrees to abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the center’s administration


The Social Entrepreneurship team presents MissionsB4Margins

LOVEYear on Youtube: https://bit.ly/2xFtcX4

Program Summary:

This was more than a leadership program, it was a journey!  The journey began with the questions “What the heck is social entrepreneurship, and who are these people?”  We spent the next few months addressing these question from different angles and building friendships that we didn’t realize would become so strong.  We gathered so much information in the first few weeks that we realized the presentation needed to be focused and we needed to get serious.  This realization came when we calculated how many speaker gifts we would have to give, and we had way too many speakers!  The pinnacle moment came when the team decided we could be far more effective if we split into smaller groups.  The program would be broken into three sections; “Define it”, “Experience it”, and “Build it”.  Our group worked the best in a “leader by committee” structure, and this is truly when the meat of the work began.  We chose to highlight social entrepreneurs in the valley from the small local business to the large established organization as well as the facilitators and advocates of social entrepreneurship.

From the feedback received and what we already knew, we feel like we were definitely the group that had the most fun this year, and definitely the most photogenic!  Our cohesiveness through the year lead to us being very relaxed in our program. We were truly able to enjoy the day and be impacted by it just as others were.  We are thankful to all of our sponsors, speakers, advisors and everyone that helped bring our day together!

Program Day:

  • Define It – Vinton War Memorial
    • Call to Action:  Go home and fill out the B-Corp assessment for your organization.
    • Speakers: Peter Klemz (VCC), Annette Patterson (The Gauntlet), Tyler Godsey (5 Points Music Sanctuary), Mike Rigney (Orvis), Jen Brothers (House of Bread), Brent Cocharan (Cityspace LLC)
  • Experience It – Goodwill Tour
    • Call to Action:  Incorporate/adopt a Social Entrepreneurship in your everyday life.
    • Speakers: Goodwill Staff
  • Build It – Twin Creeks Brewery
    • Call to Action:  Volunteer your skill set at a local organization  (i.e. Hive or Gauntlet, RAMP, SBDC)
    • Speakers: Pete Peters (Town of Vinton), Andy Bishop (twin Creeks Brewery)

Team Participants:

  • Chasity “From the Streets” Barbour – Vinton War Memorial/ Town
  • “#Mike4Life” Chittum – Foot Levelers
  • Jeff “Twin 1” Collignon –  United Way of Roanoke Valley
  • Donald “Double-D” Deeds – Cherry Bekaert
  • Jamie “Task Master” Ellis – Power School
  • Jessica “Mom” Fintel – Roanoke County
  • Seth “Say Something Wise” McGuire – Hughes Associates
  • Tim “Twin 2” Pohlad-Thomas – RIDE Solutions

Thank you to our Advisors:

  • Frank Giannini – Member One Federal Credit Union
  • Courtney Campbell – Freedom First Credit Union
  • John Gardner – Branch & Associates
  • Shamaill Ross – Allstate

Thank you to our Sponsors:

  • Chasity Barbour
  • Cherry Bekaert
  • Hughes Associates
  • Branch & Associates
  • Vinton War Memorial
  • Pumpernickel Pickle Catering Co.
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Kroger
  • Jerry’s Restaurant
  • Twin Creek Brewery
  • Land of Thousand Hills
  • Western Va Water Authority
  • Walkabout
  • Blue Cow Ice Cream
  • Dogwood
  • Vinton Chamber
  • Town of Vinton
  • Pepsi
  • Goodwill Industries of the Valley
  • Delish Treats

Roanoke Regional Chamber

210 S. Jefferson St.
Roanoke, VA 24011-1702