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January 24, 2014 
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SV Startup Weekend -- For aspiring entrepreneurs (Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs) (Feb. 7 - 9, 2014)
Winners of the Fredricksburg Startup Weekend
LFCC Workforce Solutions to host Disney Institute
Job Posting in Fishersville: Web Developer
"Original Tuesdays" Business Networking Opportunity
January Lunch program & recap
Upcoming SVTC events
Shenadoah Valley Startup Weekend
 February 7-9, 2014, JMU's Showker Hall 



Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active & empowered entrepreneurs having hosted over 400 events in 100 countries around the world.
 "Startup weekend was an amazing platform and experience for us entrepreneurs. The coaching, mentoring, and networking truly permitted the birth of our company in an innovative way. Since the first start up weekend, we have successfully grown our business to 13 retailers and recently landed a deal with a major retailer, Kroger (all within 5 months)." - David Khoshpasand, Entrepreneur, Feed the Fire Candles & Second Place Winner of 2013 Harrisonburg Startup Weekend

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. 

"Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register soon for the best weekend of your life!"

Registration is required: 
Winners of the Startup Weekend Fredricksburg, Jan 17-19
Spotsylvania couple bridge gardening & social media

A social website that will allow gardeners and other plant enthusiasts to organize, map and share their collections with others won top honors at Startup Weekend Fredericksburg this past weekend.  Plants Map is the brainchild of Spotsylvania couple and avid gardeners Bill and Tracy Blevins.


Bill Blevins, who is vice president of business development for Spotsylvania-based Zebrareach, said he decided to pitch Plants Map at Startup Weekend after recently coming up with the idea. He worked with a team of volunteers throughout the weekend to hone the concept and plant the early seeds of the new company.


A panel of judges on Sunday  picked Plants Map as the top idea to emerge from dozens of concepts pitched at the weekend-long event at Germanna Community College in Spotsylvania County. It was the second Startup Weekend Fredricksburg event, and more are planned.


The other four Fredricksburg finalists were:

  • Collectidiv, which will offer virtual study groups for computer programmers.
  • Squash Cart, an online farmers market that will connect local gardeners with people interested in buying their produce.
  • Kitty Klimber, which calls itself "a fun, fast-paced game for cat lovers everywhere."
  • KicknCash, a website and app that will allow friends to easily split the costs of an event.
Member News: LFCC Workforce Solutions to host Disney Institute

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.    

Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown, VA

To change the way you do business, you have to change the way you think about business. Learn how Disney inspires business excellence.Built on the global success of the Disney organization, this Disney Institute experience will engage you in time-tested best practices, sound methodologies, and real life business lessons. Join the ranks of other leading organizations in the private, public, and social sectors that have been challenged to think and act differently. 

For more information
Link to event info or
email LFCC Workforce Solutions 
LFCC Workforce Solutions


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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.    

Link to Monster posting  

Information also available at our website


Business Networking Opportunity 

The Original Tuesdays Extravaganza

"The Fourth Tuesday" of each month
January 28, 2014; come anytime from 5 - 8 PM


Connect with great people to promote "word of mouth" for your business, increased sales, or fantastic strategic

partnerships!!  Hosted by Johnnie Barr of  ActionCOACH and SVTC Board Member.


Everyone is Welcome!!  No Charge to Attend.   

No Attendance Requirements.  No Membership Dues

No Nonsense Networking!!  Bring plenty of business cards.

Pay it forward and invite your friends.

Holiday Inn

1400 East Market St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
SVTC Lunch Recap and Program posting
Thanks to our attendees & presenter
A nice sized group braved the cold weather to attend our January luncheon on Thurssday the 23rd.  There was lively networking with a diverse group of members and nonmembers and across a few industries.  Michael Bowman of Waybetter Patents presented on "Clean tech innovations, nationally and close to home."  Mr. Bowman presented on a US Patent Office initiative bring clean tech innovations to market more quickly and the effort to make the program and it's results more transparent, using examples of local patents to illustrate the process. 

Mr. Bowman has offered to answer questions or to follow up on the discussion with anyone who's interested.

 Michael Bowman's email
Upcoming SVTC events:
(some require registration, some do not, please check each one) 
  • Friday-Sunday, February 7 - 9:  
  • Thursday, February 20 (hopefully)
  • Thursday, March 13: 
    • Pencil this in (and register for it in March): "SVTC Members-Only" -- Behind the scenes tour of JMU's Bridgeforth Stadium -- what technology goes into running the jumbo-tron and a state of the art press box.  
  • Thursday, March 20:
  • Wednesday, May 7: 
    •  Tech Nite 14. SVTC and the Valley's tech community's annual awards gala. Pencil the date in your calendar, and in the meantime:
      -- plan on making a nomination in one of the 7 award categories between 2/17 and 3/28. Forms will be posted online in Feb.
      -- consider becoming a sponsor and getting some publicity with the premier tech crowd in the Valley on May 7th.

For more information on these and other SVTC events use our calendar page on 


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