Desimone: Reigniting the region, Star Tank pairs entrepreneurs and investors

There’s no doubt about it; it’s been a challenging year for business in Roanoke. It began only weeks into 2015 with Norfolk Southern’s intention to relocate and streamline its operations. By summer, we learned of Advance Auto Parts’ decision to eliminate more than 50 positions locally, and just last week a Roanoke Times article touted the opportunity of open commercial space such as Norfolk Southern’s downtown digs and Shenandoah Life’s historic office headquarters… there has never been a better time or opportunity for the entrepreneurial light bulb to illuminate Southwest Virginia.