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January 17, 2014 


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SVTC January 23 Luncheon: Cleantech Inventions & Innovation

Business After Hours with HRCC, Augusta Regional Chamber & WVPT

CIT announces SBIR/STTR webinar & workshop

Invitiation to Lunch with Senator Mark Warner

Legislative Reception with new Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson

SV Startup Weekend -- Early Bird pricing expires Jan 22nd; Aaron Ludwig to open

CIT & MACH37 first Demo Day: 100 start-ups pitch to 10 investors

JMU Outreach & Engagement offers online Education Technology Program

Staunton "Bits & Grits" January 21

Augusta Regional Chamber's "Rockin'" Business & Technology Showcase 2014

Local Tech Job Posting: Web Developer

SVTC January 23 Luncheon:
Cleantech Inventions & Innovation -- Nationally and Close to Home,
Michael Bowman, Way Better Patents

January 23, 2012 11:45-1:00
Wood Grill 1711 Reservoir St. Harrisonburg

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Networking starts at 11:45 am. Dutch treat. Members and Non-members welcome. Registration appreciated but not required. Registration enables us to bring pre-printed name tags and anticipate our attendance.

Michael Bowman with Way Better Patents: 

Clean, green, sustainable technology is central to conserving resources, reducing pollution, meeting sustainable development goals, and using existing energy resources more efficiently while accessing new and alternative energy sources. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continues to release new clean tech inventions. This talk will give an overview of broad trends in innovations under USPTO's 'Green Technology Pilot Program', and will look at some of the innovations coming from Virginia's inventors.   


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Member News:  Greater Augusta County Regional  Chamber of Commerce & Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce team up with WVPT for "Business After Hours" event featuring community nonprofits
January 23rd, 5pm-7pm at WVPT

 "Nonprofit Roundtable" is an opportunity for Chamber members to learn about the non-profit organizations in our area that do so much to make our community a great place to live.

RSVP to attend

WVPT 298 Port Republic Road
Parking will be available in JMU's R2 lot, across Port Republic Road. A shuttle will run  to and from the parking lot and WVPT throughout the evening.
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CIT announces webinar & workshop to support the SBIR/ SRRT application process  

(SBIR = Small Business Innovation Research)

(SRRT = Small Business Technology Transfer)


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Jan. 30 -- "Essentials of Effective SBIR/STTR Commercialization Plans" Webinar

  • Commercialization planning is one of the biggest differentiators in SBIR/STTR grants.  Your commercialization plan can make up almost 1/3 of the score in your phase I, and half of your score in your Phase II proposal.
  • This session will discuss:
    • Varying expectations that agencies have for your commercialization plans in phase I and phase II SBIR/STTR;
    • How much content to devote to your commecialization plan sections;
    • How to find cost effective market research;
    • What quality "support & committment letters" are;
    • And common pitfalls.
  • TIME:  1PM-2:15PM Eastern
  • COST: 
    • Virgina Based Firms/Researchers:  $20
    • Non-Virginia Based Firms/Researchers:  $45



NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshop -- Richmond 

  • Feb. 19, Proposal Prep; 
  • Feb. 20, Budgeting, Online Submission, & Commercialization Plan Basics

While we recommend that you attend both days, one day options are available. Learn all the details on planning and writing an NIH SBIR/STTR grant proposal.   


  • Feb. 19, 2014: Full day National Institutes of Health Detailed Proposal Planning & Writing workshop from the leading NIH SBIR consultant in the US. 9AM-4:30PM  
  • Feb. 20, 2014: Budget Prep, Online Submission Tips & Commercialization Plan Basics.  9:00 AM -1:00 PM

Location: Biotech Research Park, Richmond, VA

More info and to REGISTER  


Questions:  Robert Brooke,, 703-689-3080 


Senator Mark Warner to present a legislative update at Harrisonburg Kiwanis Club's Luncheon on Tuesday January 21.

Registration encouraged by Jan. 17 (today)


Please join Senator Warner at the Harrisonburg Kiwanis Club's January Meeting. Senator Warner will offer an update on his legislative initiatives in Washington and take questions. Please register your interest below.


Tuesday, January 21st, 2014; 11:30 AM

Traditions Family Restaurant, 625 Mt Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg VA 22802


Space is limited, so please RSVP by Friday, January 17th, 2014.   RSVP form



Legislative Reception with new Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson. Contact us for the discount code to receive "member" price

February 6, 5:30-7:30 pm 

Library of Virginia, Broad Street,  Richmond 

For over a decade, RichTech has hosted a Legislative Reception in February while the state's legislature is in session. This reception attracts technology business leaders from the region and statewide as it is co-hosted with the Virginia Technology Alliance and VirginiaFIRST. In addition to over 200 technology leaders, we are joined by Delegates, Senators, Cabinet and Administration Officials, and General Assembly Staff for cocktails in the lobby of the Library of Virginia to network and discuss the state of technology in the Commonwealth. This year, we will be honored to have Virginia's newest Secretary of Technology, Karen Jackson, speak to us. As we welcome a new administration and continue to focus on innovation funding, entrepreneurship, STEM education, IP commercialization, and broadband expansion, this year will be a must attend event.

Reservation/ Tickets required. Rich Tech has offered discount tickets to SVTC members (same price as RichTech members). Contact Nicky for the discount code.


Startup Weekend: Local Entrepreneur Aaron Ludwig to open the session.

February 7-9, 2014, JMU's Showker Hall

Early bird pricing ends Jan. 22

Local entrepreneur Aaron Ludwig will be the opening speaker for Startup Weekend.  Aaron got started out of college opening a ski shop in Harrisonburg. After 14 years and with a desire for something else, he teamed up with his bud and opened Jack Browns and  then Billy Jacks. They've now started franchising Jack Browns. He  also co-organizes the Rocktown Beer & Music Festival for the past 3 years.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active & empowered entrepreneurs having hosted over 400 events in 100 countries around the world.


Startup Weekend is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization with funding and support provided by groups such as The Kauffman Foundation and Google for entrepreneurs.  Shenandoah Valley Startup Weekend is presented by the Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition (SVIC) as part of their mission to work across business, local government and academia to accelerate the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem in the Shenandoah Valley. 


Registration required: 


PS: Not just for people in their early 20s, or "techies"! 


Member News:  CIT's MACH37 holds first Cybersecurity Accelerator Demo Day

100 startups pitch to 10 investors

Four startups were graduates of MACH37, the Nation's first public-private information security accelerator.  A second track showcased later stage cybersecurity companies from the CIT GAP Funds portfolio.  MACH37 is an operating entity of the CIT that was created to accelerate the development of the next generation of information security product companies. The accelerator takes entrepreneurs through an intensive 90-day program to validate their ideas, technologies and markets, and ultimately launch companies that secure private investment for growth.  

Rick Gordon, MACH37 Managing Partner, said, "We are proud of the success of these first graduates. They are experienced entrepreneurs building innovative startups that represent the most contemporary thinking in cybersecurity solutions."    


 MACH37 is accepting applications from information security startups and entrepreneurs for its Spring Cohort beginning March 17th.  Applications may be submitted online at: .  The deadline to submit is January 31.  


For more information about CIT Gap funds or Mach 37's programs  


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Member News: JMU's Outreach & Engagement offers Education Technology Program Online  


The graduate program in Educational Technology serves students who work in, or who intend to pursue careers in, K12, higher education, business and industry, and consulting. The program provides candidates with opportunities to explore and research emerging technologies for learning. Candidates in the program will discover effective ways to integrate these technologies in their chosen professional settings.  Graduates will possess a broad and deep understanding of the practice of educational design and technology and will be well-prepared to be leaders in this field.


The Educational Technology program is entirely online with options to pursue a Master's of Education or three graduate certificates.

For more information visit:, or email, or call 540-568-4253


Bits & Grits Staunton
Tuesday, January 21, 8-9am

Breakfast gathering for tech users and creators in the greater Staunton area. On the third Tuesday of each month at 8am, Mrs. Rowes Restaurant, Staunton. There's no registration, no speaker, no topic. There's good techie discussion, sometimes questions and opinions, sometimes a good rant or two.  Discussion depends on who's there and what someone wants or needs to talk about or get input on. Always good networking and always lots of food.
Hosted by SVTC board member Kurt Plowman  



Member News:  Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce's 2014 "Rockin" Business & Technology Showcase

February 13, 3pm-7pm 

Best Western Waynesboro

"Rockin" Business & Technology Showcase will feature a vendor showcase, speed networking, and Business After Hours reception. Use the link below for more information and to see vendor or sponsorship opportunities.



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Welcome returning  Level III member: JMU's College of Business

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The College of Business is committed to preparing students to be active and engaged citizens who are exceptionally well qualified leaders for success in a globally competitive marketplace. All undergraduate and graduate programs are fully accredited by the AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. BusinessWeek magazine ranked JMU's College of Business in the top 5 percent for the past two years out of more than 1,200 undergraduate business schools in the nation. The College of Business at JMU takes a different approach to learning than most business schools. We attempt to emulate the business world, where business disciplines such as accounting, marketing, and computer information systems are integrated. This synthesis prepares students to understand the interrelationships among business systems and gives them an advantage when entering the business job market. We embrace entrepreneurship and innovation. And our faculty use research and expertise in their fields to enhance classroom learning.




Welcome New Level 1 Member--
Rockingham County Public Schools  


Rockingham County Public Schools is committed to educating today's learner, and developing tomorrow's future. Our division has approximately 11,400 students that are supported by over 1,850 full-time employees. Dr. Carol Fenn is Superintendent. Rockingham County students attend 15 elementary, 4 middle, 4 high, a regional governor's school, a technical center, and an alternative education center. Our four high schools offer students a variety of opportunities to earn college credit while in high school, including dual enrollment classes, Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and virtual learning courses in all major content areas. We have outstanding fine arts, technical, and vocational programs. We are blessed to have a supportive local community where our parents, businesses, and leaders all value the importance of educating children and providing them the experiences and resources needed to be successful learners.



Welcome back returning individual members:

Patrick Barker is the Executive Director of the Winchester-Frederick County Economic Development Commission located in Winchester.

Phone:  (540)665-0973 


Dan Wright is an advertising account executive for the Daily News-Record and the Shenandoah Valley Business Journal. Before joining the advertising department, he was the business reporter at the DN-R. A Shenandoah Valley native, he is a graduate of James Madison University. Dan and his wife, Beverly, live in Harrisonburg.

Phone:  (540) 574-6223


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Job Opening:
REO Distribution / Allied Logistics Seeks Web Developer

The Web Developer will work closely with IT Management to deliver top of the line web applications to satisfy customer requirements as well as internal tools and applications. This is a full time position that includes developing public and private applications as well as maintaining and updating legacy applications. Some of the requirement are:

  • 2+ years of rapid web development, using HTML, JavaScript, CSS, ASP.Net, C#, and T-SQL preferred.
  • Candidates should have proven .NET or LAMP experience as well as a solid understanding of Object Oriented Design and Programming
  • Experience with Photoshop and Illustrator are required.

 Link to full job posting and information about applying.   

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