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  • BigCharts - A comprehensive and easy-to-use investment research website providing access to professional-level research tools, including historical stock prices back to 1970.
  • Blue Ridge Business Journal - The Blue Ridge Business Journal is one of Virginia's oldest and most respected business publications.
  • IQS Directory - Informative digital marketing articles, industrial supply chain product and service related news, tradeshow and manufacturing company lists.
  • Minority Business Development Agency - This is the only federal agency created specifically to foster the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses.
  • National Women's Business Council - This bipartisan federal advisory council promotes policies and programs designed to support women's business enterprises.
  • North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) - The NAICS is the standard used by federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.
  • Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce - Established in 1890, the Roanoke Regional Chamber remains dedicated to serving members by working to create an environment that's good for business. 
  • The Roanoke Times - Roanoke.com is the online version of the Roanoke Times newspaper.
  • Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission - The commission promotes the orderly and efficient development of the physical, social, and economic elements of the district by planning and assisting localities to plan for the future.
  • Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitor's Bureau - The bureau provides links to many area businesses and includes planning guides, maps, calendar of events, and a discount card.
  • Roanoke Valley Economic Development Partnership (RVEDP) - Founded in 1983, the RVEDP markets the region to new and expanding companies worldwide. The website includes links to businesses, governments, and schools.
  • The Roanoker Magazine - The magazine's website and annual almanac includes dining guides, reviews, a wedding guide, arts, entertainment, health, fitness, a calendar of events, and a relocation guide.
  • Small Business Administration - The administration is an independent federal agency created to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small business concerns; preserve free enterprise; and strengthen the national economy.
  • Small Business Reference Center offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. It includes business videos, a help and advice section and details on how to create business plans. Free with your library card!
  • Thomasnet - The register helps industrial sellers target their marketing investment to reach to most qualified industrial buyers online and convert them into customers. Buyers use it to find suppliers.
  • Virginia Business Magazine - The magazine provides business intelligence for/about Virginia's business community.
  • Virginia Department of Business Assistance - The department is an organization that promotes economic growth by helping Virginia businesses prosper.
  • Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service - Part of the University of Virginia, the center's areas of expertise include: 
    • Business and Economic Policy
      • Demographics
      • Leadership
      • Minority Issues
      • The Virginia Statistical Abstract