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January 31, 2014 
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One Week until Shenandoah Valley Startup Weekend
HCPS to host 2nd Annual STEM Day in February
Speech & discussion on Skills Gap hosted locally
New date for SVTC's February Luncheon--now Friday 2/21
Augusta Regional Chamber's Business & Technology Showcase is Feb. 13
One week until Shenandoah Valley Startup Weekend!
February 7-9, 2014, JMU's Showker Hall  
Did you know that the same weekend as Shenandoah Valley Startup Weekend there are also Startup Weekend events in Montreal, Milan, Chicago, San Diego, Ann Arbor, Honolulu and Portland among others?
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Top 8 reasons to attend a Startup Weekend from 

Education: Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating.  Don't just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.

Build your network:  This isn't just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community's best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.

Co-Founder Dating:  We all know it's not just about the idea - it's about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.

Learn a new skill: Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.

Actually launch a business:  Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months.  Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.

Get face time with thought leaders: Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.

Save money & get stuff:Startup Weekends typically cost between $75 and $150.  Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources from our sponsors, and of course, all the coffee you can drink.

Join a global community:  Join over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world. 

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.  Presented locally 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 is required: 
register online or on-site Friday evening.  
Member News:  Harrisonburg City Public Schools to Host STEM Day at Valley Mall 
Saturday, February 22, 10 am-4pm

HCPS invites the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County communities to come celebrate the exciting fields of Science, Math, Engineering and Technology. Students and parents will be able to find exciting demonstrations, hands on activities, and exhibits created by students and teachers of Harrisonburg City Schools.  


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Speech and panel discussion on"national ramifications of the skills gap" with CEO of SHRM & local leaders hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Society of Human Resource Professionals 

February 11, 2014, Bridgewater College


Henry G. (Hank) Jackson is the president and CEO for the Society for Human Resource Management,will discuss the national ramifications of the skills gap-an issue which continues to worsen. During the speech, and the subsequent panel discussion with Bridgewater College President, David Bushman, and Martin Lightsey, Director and former CEO of Cadence, the group will explore necessary changes needed in education, federal and state laws, and business practices to begin to seriously address the skills gap in the U.S. Mr. Jackson will stress the point that HR professionals are uniquely qualified to lead the national effort to tackle this growing dilemma. Vikki Ingram, HR Director of Bridgewater College and VA SHRM Military Liaison, will facilitate.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world's largest association devoted to the human resource profession with offices in the U.S., China, India and the Middle East. Hank came to SHRM from Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was executive vice president/chief financial officer and treasurer of the university. He held several senior level positions at Howard University in finance and technology before becoming executive vice president. For several years, he was also a consultant for the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers, where he provided general guidance and technical advice to educational institutions desiring to upgrade and computerize their management information systems.


 Those wishing to attend should RSVP through the SVSHRM website at by Thursday, February 6 at 5 PM. The cost will be $25 members and $30 non-members, which includes lunch, or they may attend the panel discussion at no charge. 

February SVTC Luncheon
(New Date!) Friday, February 21 at Ice House

Presentation about Business Analytics & Intelligence by Mike Mitri with JMU's Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics.
Tour of Collaborative Space at the Ice House.
Registration link in next week's newsletter
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Member News:  Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce's 2014 "Rockin" Business & Technology Showcase
February 13, 3 PM-7 PM 
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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CIT to host workshop to support the SBIR/ SRRT application process  
(SBIR = Small Business Innovation Research)
(SRRT = Small Business Technology Transfer)

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NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshop -- Richmond 

  • 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  

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.

Location: Biotech Research Park, Richmond, VA

More info and to REGISTER  


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