Work Talk

Work Talk is a podcast about happenings in the region’s businesses. Businesses that participate in the podcast have the opportunity to tell their story; who are they, what do they do and what do they need to be competitive? Job seekers, through listening to the podcast, have the opportunity to learn about business needs and expectations and how they might prepare to go to work for a particular business and/or in a particular industry. We recognize that the more we understand about what businesses want/need, the more likely we are to meet that need.

For more information about Work Talk, contact Marty Holliday at or 540-357-0651

E33: Community Awareness Podcast 5 – Upcoming Virtual Job Fair

In this community awareness podcast, designed to provide crucial information during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ll hear about an upcoming virtual job fair. Discover some of the employers who are participating and the range of jobs that are available.

E32: Community Awareness Podcast 4 – Preparing for Job Opportunities During COVID-19

In this community awareness podcast, designed to bring you crucial information during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ll discover how you can prepare for job opportunities while staying at home.


E31: Tips for Working From Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As many employees transition from working in an office to working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this episode explores tips for successfully adjusting to working from home. Discover how to create a work/life balance, what to consider when choosing a workspace, and how to maintain a sense of connection when working virtually.


E30: Community Awareness Podcast 3- Virtual Job Seeker Workshops

In this community awareness podcast dedicated to providing crucial information during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ll learn about virtual job seeker workshops and how to access them.

E29: Preparing the IT Talent Pipeline

This episode features another episode with 1901 Group and their recent expansion in Virginia. Discover how 1901 Group is recruiting candidates and preparing the talent pipeline, and why the IT sector will be even more crucial then ever as more people work virtually.


E28: Community Awareness Podcast 2- The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

In this special community awareness podcast designed to provide crucial information during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ll learn about the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Discover eligibility requirements, loan details and how to apply


E27: Community Awareness Podcast 1- How To File Unemployment Insurance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this special community awareness podcast, you’ll discover how to file unemployment insurance when offices are closed. You’ll learn how to determine if you are eligible for unemployment insurance, what’s next, and the changes that have been made due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

E26: Wytheville Community College- A Powerful Workforce Partner

In this episode, you’ll learn about Wytheville Community College, and the various programs that are available to help students start a meaningful career in a high demand occupation. Discover the options available for students, including transfer and concurrent enrollment opportunities.

E25: Supporting and Strengthening Manufacturers in the Region

This episode features an interview with Lennie Gail Mitcham, Executive Director of SVAM, The Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing. You’ll discover how SVAM supports and strengthens manufacturers in the region, and hear industry success stories.

E24: Spotlight on Business Services

In this episode you’ll hear from two (2) members of the team at the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board as they discuss the business services provided in the region. Discover real-world success stories across various industries.