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Roanoke: Top Market for Starting a Business

Roanoke was ranked among the top markets for starting a new business by the site nerdwallet.com. Ranked 22nd out of 183 metro markets considered, Roanoke was the top market in the state of Virginia.

The ranking was based on performance in several business and economic metrics. Approximately 60 percent of the score was based on the business environment including average business revenue. Around 40 percent of the score was based on overall economic conditions and included median income, median annual housing cost and the unemployment rate.

 
Roanoke Named Top 10 US Mountain Biking Destination

Roanoke was featured as one of the ten best destinations for a weekend mountain bike getaway by SingleTracks.com. Ranking the Roanoke Region third on the list of weekend mountain biking getaways, the site mentions that only a truly dedicated rider could ever hit all the trails Roanoke has to offer on a 3-day trip.

The article features Carvins Cove with over 60 miles of trails, Dragon's Back and Mill Mountain's system of trails. Roanoke is once again making a name for itself in the outdoor industry. Click here to learn more about Roanoke's mountain bike offerings.

 
Roanoke Named One of Top Job Markets in Virginia

Roanoke ranks #7 according to ZipRecruiter's recent ranking of the 100 largest job markets in the Southern US. Three other Virginia cities appeared among the top 20: Richmond #4, Winchester #14 and Danville #17. ZipRecruiter analyzed the hiring demand trends and determined what cities have emerged as the leaders in terms of hiring demand in the first quarter of 2015.

According to ZipRecruiter, "Roanoke's location promotes a thriving transportation industry and allows the capability for overnight deliveries to most markets in the southeast, northeast and mid-atlantic. Its economy is also strongly supported by its manufacturing industry and healthcare sector."

 
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