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March 10, 2014 


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Nominations Open for Tech Nite 14

March 12th Open Source Staunton Meetup at LightCastle: Hubot

Shenandoah Valley Leadership Pinnacle, March 19, space is limited

March SVTC Luncheon Topic Announcement

Greater Augusta Chamber Business & Tech Shocase rescheduled for March 18

CIT Announces 2 day workshop for April

Technical Education Scholarship deadline March 19

"Bridging the Data Divide," Insights Conference June 2014

Solutions Place to host supply chain workshop March 18

Tech Nite 14 - Awards Gala Nomination Season is Under-way

6 prestigious awards - whom will you nominate?


You may have seen our ad in the Shenandoah Valley Business Journal and pondering some candidates in the 6 categories. Take the next step and identify the Valley's outstanding technology firms and organizations - as well as the innovators, leaders, educators and entrepreneurs behind the successes by submitting a nomination by March 24th. 


Nominate others (or yourself) in these categories: 

  • High Tech Entrepreneur Award (sponsored by JMU College of Integrated Science & Engineering and JMU CoB Center for Entrepreneurship)
  • High Tech Company Award (sponsored by Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC)
  • Dr. John Noftsinger Leadership Award (sponsored by LeClairRyan)
  • Innovation in Higher Education Award (sponsored by Lumos Networks)
  • Innovation in K - 12 Education Award (sponsored by Verizon)
  • Innovative Technology Application Award (sponsored by the Center for Innovative Technology)

If you wonder who has been nominated in previous years, who has won, what the guidelines for each award are, or where to make a nomination -- hesitate no more, it's all online: 


Tech Nite 14 is scheduled for May 7th (Festival Center, JMU, Harrisonburg) - and we'll start taking reservations in April 

Any questions, contact Nicky Swayne at or 540-568-7882


Open Source Staunton Meetup at LightCastle-- Wednesday March 12th

21 Middlebrook Ave., Staunton, 6 PM

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Automation, Transparency, and Other Coolness with Hubot

Owen Zanzal shares his experience in setting up Hubot to automate deployments, system administration tasks, and facilitate transparency.  



Food and drinks provided: Pizza from Byers Street Bistro and delectable brewed beverages from Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company.


Sign up to attend here:  




Shenandoah Valley Leadership Pinnacle, space is limited 

Hosted by Senator Mark Warner

Holiday Inn Golf & Conference Center, Staunton 

March 19, 1 - 5 pm, reception to follow




Representing the pinnacle of success, the Shenandoah Valley has long enjoyed a healthy and vibrant economy. 

You're invited to join Valley leaders to explore areas of opportunity for the Shenandoah Valley that incorporate innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship.


  •  Keynote remarks by Senator Mark R. Warner
  • Regional Industry Leadership Panel Discussion facilitated by Martin Briley, President of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. 
  • Regional Education Leadership Panel Discussion facilitated by Dr. John Downey, President of Blue Ridge Community College. 



March SVTC Luncheon--Managing Mobile Devices across an Enterprise
Thursday, March 20, Wood Grill Harrisonburg
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Come join us on March 20 for our monthly luncheon.  This month's talk will be on "Managing Mobile Devices Across an Enterprise" presented by Mike Rozmus and team members from Sentara RMH Healthcare.  Networking will begin at 11:45 with lunch and presentation to follow.  Members and non-members welcome.  Lunch is Dutch-treat.  Registration is much appreciated.
Sponsored by:
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3rd Time's The Charm For "The Rockin' Business & Technology Showcase"- Now Tuesday,  March 18th, 3-7pm--rescheduled (again) due to winter weather

Best Western Plus Waynesboro Inn & Suites Conference Center

Be a Rockstar at the 2014 Greater Augusta County Chamber of Commerce "Rockin' Business & Technolgy Showcase!" This event is attended by 300+ people and features over 35 Chamber Businesses and includes a Business After Hours from 5pm-7pm for addditional networking opportunities. Help showcase your company by being an exhibitor that day and allow everyone to see what a ROCKSTAR you are!

*Spaces are just $275. 

*We HIGHLY encourage all participants to get into the ROCKSTAR spirit and decorate your booths accordingly. A prize for the most "rockin" booth will be given out that night.

More information & vendor registration 

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2014 Mid-Atlantic SBIR/STTR Funding Strategies Symposium

CIT announces two day workshop--April 22-23, Herndon, VA


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This low cost, two day event features introductory and advanced discussions of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. One and two day regstration options available. Just $95 per person for two full days!

Learn how to apply for the $2.5B in funding from 11 federal agencies to perform early stage R&D. SBIR/STTR veterans can learn about recent important program changes and how to improve phase II and phase III success rates.


At this event you'll learn:

  • Special tips and strategies to apply to SBIR/STTR funding at all participating agencies;
  • If SBIR/STTR is a possible fit with your technology development goals - many firms should, but don't, consider SBIR/STTR;
  • Step by step proposal planning instructions:
  • How to determine if the National SBIR Conference is a fit with your technology.

Meet with several Federal Agencies to discuss your technology and possible fit with their mission.   Confirmed Agencies Include:

  • Dept. of Defense
  • National Science Foundation
  • NASA
  • Dept. of Homeland Security
  • USDA
  • National Institutes of Health

Meet with multiple prime contractors and key strategic business services & state support for early stage entrepreneurs - key contacts to help your proposal development. Confirmed Include:

  • Northrop Grumman
  • BASF
  • NeoSystems -- Accounting Support for early stage companies
  • CSC Leasing -- Equipment leasing for early stage companies
  • GenEdge Alliance -- Manufacturing, business process and commercialization support
  • Small Business Development Center network


Center for Innovative Technology, 2214 Rock Hill Rd., Herndon, VA 20170


Use this link for more information including registration, pricing, and agenda.



Martin Lightsey Scholarship for Technical Education application deadline March 19
For students in Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County
The Martin Lightsey Scholarship for Technical Education was established in honor of former CEO of Specialty Blades/ Cadence Inc. to provide funds for college scholarships to outstanding seniors residing in Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County, who intend to pursue or are currently pursuing technical education at a two-year or four-year college. Examples of technical education include but are not limited to degrees in engineering, math, chemistry, physics, computer sciences, statistics, and architecture and associate studies in things like quality control, process technology, manufacturing technology, machining, electrical and mechanical operations, and information technology.
Please contact the Community Foundation of Central Blue Ridge at 540-213-2150 for additional information or use this link to apply.  All applications are due March 19, 2014. Applications are electronic and must be completed online.

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Insights Conference--"Bridging the Data Divide,"
Who Should Attend?  Agency Staff  +  Data Providers  +  Education Professionals  +  Entrepreneurs  +  Researchers  +  Workforce Professionals

The second annual Insights Conference will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2012 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Conference Center. The conference theme, "Bridging the Data Divide," will emphasize how the Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS) is bridging the data divide among citizens, researchers, and policymakers by providing a single point of access for educational and workforce information. The conference will open at 8:00 AM with registration, networking, and a demonstration of VLDS. Sessions will run from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM with a break for lunch.

Speakers will include Aneesh Chopra, Virginia's former Secretary of Technology, who also was apponted by President Obama as the nation's first Chief Technology Officer, and Karen Jackson, the newly appointed Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth. Registration for participants and speakers is now open.

The conference will offer an exciting agenda covering a wide variety of interesting topics, including Adult Ed-PluggedIn VA Research Project, Bridging the Data Divide, CCR Project Update, CTE Research Project, Data Needs Assessment Project, Dynamic Data Divisions, Early Childhood Advances, HB 886: Making Student Progression and Outcomes Data Part of the Advising Process, Long-term Outcomes of Graduate Wate Data, Peer Schools Project, The Power of VLDS, Rethink Education: an Entrepreneurial Perspective, Return on Investment in the Workforce, SIG Schools Project, Teacher Preparation in Virginia and Workforce Data Update.

Register now for the Early Bird price of $75.  Space is limited and rates will increase. 

Use this link for more information and to register

Brought to you by: The Virginia Department of Education, The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, The Virginia Community College System, The Virginia Employment Commission, Center for Innovative Technology.

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Member News:  Solutions Place to host S4 Lean Workshop for Supply Chain

March 18, 2014 8am-4:30 pm







Solutions Place/Allied Logistics of Waynesboro has an upcoming S4Lean Workshop with Live Simulation, presented by Volvo.  This Supply Chain Logistic Optimization workshop will take place at One Solutions Way, Waynesboro, VA 22980.  $249 pp includes continental breakfast,lunch, course materials, and certificate of completion.    

This will be an invaluable workshop and is ideal for Operations/Supply Chain Managers in addition to Financial Managers in regard to competitiveness, profitability, and performance. Attendees come away from the workshop better prepared to understand how Lean Enterprises succeed in today's global economy.


S4Lean™ is a hands-on workshop focusing on Supply Chain Logistic Optimization using a live simulation model centered on Volvo Truck's innovative I-Shift automated mechanical transmission.Attendees can easily observe the interactions of a working supply chain from a functional perspective. The simulation itself provides a hands-on learning experience that dramatically impacts their perceptions about the concepts of Supply Chain, Lean Enterprise, and Just-In-Time Management.S4Lean™reinforces supply chain logistics theories, concepts, and methods assisting organizations to improve their competitiveness, profitability, and performance.


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