Where to find my stories, March 2014

This month you can find my work in two different but related publications.

Virginia Business published two of my stories as part of its annual “Big Book” issue. One story looks at Southwest Virginia’s 2013 in economic development — specifically the return of manufacturing and industry. The story includes a list of the region’s largest employers and the biggest economic deals of 2013 in terms of job creation. A second, related story examines the region’s “big deal” — in this case Roanoke County’s successful landing of Ardagh Group, a Luxembourg-based food packaging company that will invest $93.5 million to convert the former Hanover Direct building into a can-manufacturing plant.

Additionally, Roanoke Business published my story for businesses about how to prepare for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. What do you need to know? What’s the employment threshold for providing mandated health insurance? How to part-time workers figure in to that calculation? What can you do now to prepare for future years? I spoke to Roanoke-based attorneys who provided those answers, along with other advice for businesses coping with the law. Find it in the March issue of Roanoke Business, on stands or online here.