Connecting People in the RNR – The Online Business Guidebook

Handshake 2.0 brings you edition #27 of Connecting People in the RNR with Stuart Mease.

Stuart Mease interviews Alan Abrahams, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Business Information Technology of the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business, Faculty Advisor to The Online Business Guidebook.  The Online Business Guidebook will be distributed by the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service and Virginia Tech through entrepreneur development seminars hosted by the Virginia Department of Business Assistance during 2009-2010.

Added 5/25/09:  Va. Tech students craft online biz guide – story from, 5/24/09.


"RNR" refers to the Roanoke Valley and the New River Valley of Virginia.

Stuart Mease was a finalist for the NCTC NewVa Leadership Award 2009.

Stuart Mease writes the blog Connecting People.  On Stuart Mease's About page, you can find myriad ways to connect with him online and offline, including on Twitter @stuartmease.  Stuart Mease is an organizer of the Roanoke Creative Communities Leadership Project (CCLP) in Virginia.  You can follow the program on Twitter @roanokecreative.  You're invited to read more about Stuart Mease on Handshake 2.0.   

Connecting People in the RNR
a video show by Stuart Mease

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  1. Anne, Stuart,
    Thanks for bringing word of the Online Business Guidebook to folks who want to start or grow an internet business ! Latest news is that, in addition to the 3,500 free hardcopies that’ll be distributed by the Virginia Cooperative Extension at Entrepreneur Express seminars across Virginia, an additional +- 2,000 free copies will be distributed by the Virginia SBDC network via their 29 Small Business Development Center offices in Virginia ! Prospective sponsors can contact the Online Business Guidebook via

  2. Wally Newton says:

    Saw the article in the Roanoke Times about the VT student Online Business Guidebook. Also got the copy handed out at NCTC Technite. Saw the VT KnowledgeWorks notice in the back. Perhaps in future editions some BTC and VT KnowledgeWorks and CRC and VT nearby companies and services could be listed for local entrepreneurs to access. Many VT students have little awareness as to what companies and services are available nearby until I mention organizations like BTC, VT KnowledgeWorks, and CRC in class. Likewise, many VT faculty and staff have only passing knowledge of these resources to help entrepreneurs. Looks like a very useful guide to someone not knowing where to get started.

    Wally Newton

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