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Small Business and Entrepreneurial Resources

DRI is a supporter of entrepreneurial ventures and small businesses.  By compiling comprehensive economic data about the downtown district and region we are able to fill request for information and assist our small businesses with market analysis.  DRI can connect the dots of various resources including incubation spaces, accelerator options, capital needs, real estate, permitting, and tax/grant availability.  There are various sources of capital in downtown Roanoke that include basic commercial loans, SBA programs, USDA and other.  Taking an economic gardening approach, DRI is here to support all business endeavors; your success is our success!

Business Links about Entrepreneurial Resources

Capital/Loan information

  • Valley Bank SB Lender Steve Smith
  • Home Town VP Commercial Lender Robert Mangus
  • Freedom First SB Lender Matt Zimmerman
  • First Citizen SB Lender Barry Buchanan
  • BB&T Todd Nester Member President
  • VSBFA Linda Gilbert Regional Lending Manager
  • TAP Lender VP Curtis Thompson
  • People Inc. Micro-Lender
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