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March 24, 2014 
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Nominations end today for Tech Nite 14
VA Secretary of Technology to keynote Tech Nite 14
Members--SVTC seeks Candidates for Board of Directors by 3/28/2014
Member News: Harrisonburg wins Virginia Main Street Milestone Award
CIT Workshop SBIR/STTR Funding Strategies April 22-23
Free Lecture by Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina
Job Posting: Network Engineer

Tech Nite 14 - Call for Nominations 
Nomination Deadline is TODAY!  Monday, March 24! 
Take the time to 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 today!. 
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 fairly simple and all online: 

PS: self-nominations are a good thing in our mind -- it means that a nomination is complete and well-crafted and we like them! (And who nominated whom is NEVER publicized, and we only ask for the nominator's info on the nomination form because we want to be able to get in  touch with follow-up questions in case we need to.) 

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

Virginia Secretary of Technology to Keynote Tech Nite 14 Awards
SVTC is happy to announce that Karen Jackson will be our speaker on May 7, 2014


Secretary of Technology, Karen Jackson previously served as the Deputy Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In this capacity, she served as a senior advisor to the Governor on technology matters including modeling and simulation, telecommunications, telework, and unmanned aerial systems. In these areas, she was responsible for policy and legislative initiatives as well as developing programs to facilitate innovation, collaborations, technology development and adoption. Ms. Jackson serves as the Virginia lead for the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership with New Jersey (MAAP). Prior to her current appointment, she served as Deputy Secretary of Technology and director of the Commonwealth's Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance for the Kaine Administration.


Ms. Jackson has been actively engaged in the federal policy initiatives including the development of the National Broadband Plan. She received a 2009 IP3 award from Public Knowledge for her work in information policy and was named to Government Technology's 2010 list of the top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers.


Ms. Jackson serves on a number of Boards including the Virginia Telehealth Network, the Information Technology Advisory Council, the Policy Committee of the National Modeling and Simulation Coalition, and the National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling and Simulation. She holds a bachelor's of science in business management from Christopher Newport University and a master's of business administration from The College of William and Mary.


Once a year, the SVTC highlights the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region and the entrepreneurs, innovators, leaders and educators behind those successesby hosting its Tech Nite Awards Gala. This is the council's biggest event of the year.  This year's Tech Nite is scheduled for Wednesday May 7, 2014 (JMU Festival Center).  Reservations will open in April.  

SVTC Board Elections
Seeking Candidates for SVTC Board of Directors Class II


SVTC members vote once a year on who will join its Board of Directors for a 2-year term.  Our board is divided into 2 groups, and this year the term for "Class II" expires on June 30th and a new group of directors will be elected.

To get started with this year's nomination and voting process, our members are asked to submit their suggestions for candidates to be considered for the slate.  Nominations should be made by  

SVTC members to the Organization and Governance Committee by sending an email to Board Secretary, Heather Watson by March 28, 2014. The SVTC Executive Committee will review the suggestions and then the whole Board of Directors will review the candidate slate at a meeting in April.  After the slate has been approved, our membership will vote online in May. Voting links and instructions will be shared with each SVTC member. Special arrangements can be made to vote via paper ballot at our annual meeting scheduled for May 21, 2014.

We appreciate our membership's active participation in this process.

 Link to list of current board members 

Member News:  City of Harrisonburg earns Main Street Milestone Award

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On March 19, the city of Harrisonburg and the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance were presented with a Virginia Main Street Milestone Achievement Award for the dedication of over 85,000 volunteer hours to the revitalization of the downtown and for creating an environment that has encouraged more than $55 million in private investment in the city's historic commercial district.  At the ceremony that focused on the results of Main Street efforts, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones said, "This year, you have been thinking outside of the box and using entrepreneurship as a keystone to successful downtown revitalization." 

"Entrepreneurship is key to revitalizing our communities. Given the proper support, anybody can pursue their dream of starting a business," said keynote speaker Toan Nguyen, co-Founder of Impact Investment Consulting, C'ville Central, Community Investment Collaborative and C'ville Coffee. "Communities that are participating in Virginia Main Street are in a unique position to leverage their organizational skills, contacts and methodology to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit in their communities."

Harrisonburg was one of 18 Virginia Main Street Communities honored including Staunton, Luray, Culpeper and Winchester. 

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2014 Mid-Atlantic SBIR/STTR Funding Strategies Symposium

CIT 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

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Use this link for more information including registration, pricing, and agenda.
Member News:  JMU Outreach & Engagement to host lecture by
Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard

Mainstage Theatre, Forbes Center for the Performing Art
Wednesday April 9, 2014  3:30-4:30 PM
Madison Institutes of JMU's department of Outreach and Engagement in conjunction with JMU's Office of the President, welcomes Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard and candidate for Senate from California and current JMU Board of Visitors member, for the Madison Vision Series: Contemporary Issues in an Engaged Society. The title of her talk is "Foundations of Ethical Reasoning."  Carly established Carly Fiorina Enterprises to focus on powerful levers for unlocking human potential. These include championing entrepreneurship and innovation; building leaders and organizational capacity; engaging women; and targeted philanthropy.

This event is free and open to the public.


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EN Computers is looking for a seasoned Network Engineer to lead our IT Infrastructure Projects Team. We sell IT Infrastructure projects to clients who operate 10 - 150 user networks. Our projects range in scope from installation applications and setting up e-mail to replacement of servers, networks, workstations, and applications. Typical projects impact 15 - 30 users, operate with a budget of $15,000 - $20,000, utilize three or more of our personnel, and last for about 45 days. Your responsibility will be to manage the project's scope of work, coordinating resources and information collection across our team and the customer's team, help manage the customer's expectation, and meeting our on-time and on-budget guarantees. When suitable, you may also take an active role in personally deploying the technologies promised in the project's scope of work, thus we are looking for someone with a working knowledge of Enterprise technologies. Knowledge of one or more of the following technologies is a must: Windows Servers and Desktops, Managed TCP/IP switching, SIP Voice over IP, Cisco Routers, and VMWare Virtualization.

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