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  • Celebrating a decade of making a difference

    Crossroads Institute held its 10-year anniversary celebration Aug. 25 with a video presentation, words from new director Brenda Sutherland and refreshments. The event started at 10 a.m. and lasted about 90 minutes.

    The video focused on “success stories” from those who have been helped by the institution’s business incubator at Crossroads, including Steve Winesett of Candor Construction, Travis Belton and Joanie Newman of Moog-Galax and Leigh Ann Richardson of Vital Supply in Wytheville.

  • Kaine tours CCHS lab, Vaughan-Bassett plant

    U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) made two Twin Counties stops on his way through Southwest Virginia last Thursday, visiting the STEM lab at Carroll County High School and the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture plant in Galax.

    The stops were part of Kaine’s swing through Virginia on U.S. 58.

    At the CCHS lab, Kaine saw several students demonstrate projects they’re working on. The STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) lab at CCHS had a strong agricultural focus, and a farm for its use.

  • Construction firm based at Crossroads lands $6.5M contract

    On April 30, the few at Crossroads Institute who knew exhibited quiet satisfaction.

    Candor Construction Inc., a general contractor that three years ago entered the Crossroads incubator in Galax, had just landed a $6.5 million shopping center construction project in Morgantown, W.Va. “You don’t hear numbers that big in this building very often,” quipped one Crossroads board member.

  • Crossroads celebrates successful decade

    Ten years ago, when the Crossroads Institute opened its doors, the goal was to bolster opportunities for education and economic development in the region.

    But what took place was something beyond what anyone expected. Not only did the facility succeed in giving local individuals a step up to higher education, and a wide range of employment opportunities, it also played a key role in uniting Galax, Carroll County and Grayson County in their shared goals of economic development.

  • Richardson: Crossroads a 'lifesaver' for business

    Some who know Leigh Ann Richardson would say her ability to succeed comes naturally.

    But when it comes to business and education, Richardson credits Crossroads Institute for much of her achievement.

    “I’m thankful there’s a place people can come and get constructive feedback about starting a business – about a plan and making that plan come true,” said Richardson, who also teaches nursing for Wytheville Community College at Crossroads.

  • Grayson doubles money to assist local entrepreneurs

    INDEPENDENCE — The Mount Rogers Business Challenge, a contest for entrepreneurs, was pitched to the Grayson Board of Supervisors last week, after which the board immediately agreed to back it with a $10,000 match.

    The match will double the number of participants and expand the contest to other areas of the county.

  • Crossroads helps Moog expand, train managers

    When Moog-Galax managers Travis Belton and Joanie Newman wanted to earn their master’s degrees in business administration, they approached Crossroads Institute.

    Both earned MBAs from Averett University in 2013, yet neither set foot on the Danville campus until graduation.

    And when Moog Components Group, the world’s leading slip ring manufacturer, needed additional space for electronic circuit board assembly, again Crossroads was the solution.

  • State sales tax holiday is Aug. 7-9

    Virginia’s sales tax holiday begins Friday.

    The holiday runs through the weekend and exempts certain school supplies, clothes and shoes from sales tax.

    The holiday also exempts hurricane and emergency preparedness items along with certain energy efficient appliances.

    School supplies must be $20 or less per item and clothes or shoes must be $100 or less per item. To learn more and get lists of qualifying items for all three categories, see www.tax.virginia.gov.

  • Oak Hall to hold job fair

    INDEPENDENCE — Oak Hall Cap and Gown will hold a job fair on July 17, as it works to fill positions at a new operation in town.

    The event will be held from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Independence Volunteer Fire Department.

    “This is a very reputable company, a leader in their industry, all made in America labels and materials, so this is a very exciting opportunity for us,” said Grayson County Administrator Jonathon Sweet at a July 9 meeting of the Grayson Board of Supervisors.

  • Commerce park receives $1.75M grant

    The Virginia Tobacco Commission has awarded a fifth “megasite” grant for the Wildwood Commerce Park in the amount of $1.75 million.

    This grant award follows earlier tobacco commission grants totaling $12.3 million for the purchase and development of Wildwood, a regional commerce park at Interstate 77’s Exit 19 in Carroll County that has been under development for several years.

    Megasite projects are defined as those that should generate at least 400 jobs and $250 million in private investment.