The Roanoker - July/August 2019 - V10

WORK IN VINTON
WRITTEN BY DAN SMITH

ANNETTE
PATTERSON OF THE
ADVANCEMENT
FOUNDATION

THE FEEL OF VINTON these days is quite different from the small, sleepy, Mayberry-like town of 10
years ago, says Annette Patterson.
"The levels [of energy] in Vinton have just exploded," says the founder and director of The Advancement Foundation, which has had a lot to do with
that change in attitude, direction, energy and vision
since about 2007. That's when the foundation was
jump-started with a lot of cooperation from the town.
The Advancement Foundation is as much a symbol
of the new Vinton as the City Hall clock is reminiscent
of the old. Patterson says the nonprofit "engineers
assets" and that has meant a strong push to develop
business. "That is the great equalizer," she says.

In 12 years, the Advancement Foundation has
helped "well over 400 entrepreneurs" with 200
mentors find varying levels of success in their new
business ventures. Patterson says those cumulative
numbers will edge up to 1,000 in the near future. The
foundation has expanded its reach into Roanoke,
Botetourt and Alleghany Counties and the City of
Roanoke, where there is a new business incubator.
The Advancement Foundation is responsible for
the wildly successful "Gauntlet," which has become
the largest entrepreneur competition in Virginia,
drawing 122 entries this past year. "They ranged from
a drone company to new businesses in service industries," says Patterson.

ROSIE'S
GAMING
EMPORIUM

PRECISION
FABRIC
GROUP

TWIN
CREEKS
BREWERY

ROSIE'S: JESSICA SORENSEN (BONE AND SOL PHOTOGRAPHY) / ANNETTE
PATTERSON: PHOTO BY DAN SMITH / TWIN CREEKS: NOAH MAGNIFICO

Once slow and mostly ignored, the Roanoke Valley's only town
is turning heads with its new business acumen.



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