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April 25, 2014 
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Make a reservation for Tech Nite
Madison Engineering Xchange, April 26
Original Tuesday Business Networking--April 29
Richmond Crowdfunding Symposium
Member New: Digico Launches Kickstarter Campaign for "Beardo"
SourceLink Virginia Economic & Community Development Conference
Meet your candidates for SVTC Board Elections
Job Posting: Experienced Programmer Analyst


Tech Nite 14, Wednesday May 7th at 5:30 PM
Reservations close May 1st

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On May 7th attendees will gather at the JMU's Festival Center for Tech Nite 14 to recognize and highlight the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region and the entrepreneurs and innovators behind those successes.
Tech Nite is the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council's annual gathering highlighting Valley technology achievement and innovation in 6 categories. We have 33 nominees for these prestigious awards.  We will announce the winners live at Tech Nite.

The evening will start with a cocktail reception and appetizers.  Followed by served dinner and keynote address by Virginia Secretary of Technology, Karen Jackson.  Her topic will be "Technology Priorities In the Commonwealth."  With dessert, we will recognize the nominees and announce the award winners.
This is SVTC's biggest event of the year.  

Tickets are $75 per person and registration will be open only until May1st.  Make plans to attend today. 
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Madison Engineering xChange -- open to the public
Saturday April 26, JMU's ISAT/CS/HHS building starting at 10 am  

The annual event (formerly the Engineering Symposium) has been redesigned and now includes a full day of student presentations, posters, and prototypes from capstone and research projects.  Wide range of topics like: Modular Living Structure,Sustainable Streets of Harrisonburg, Microbial Fuel Cell
Mr. Zack Murter, JMU Inaugural Class of 2012, Performance Engineer at Volvo will be the  special guest and keynote speaker!

Stop by to learn about the research and projects our students are working on, talk to alumni, chat with faculty and staff. Also meet the new Engineering Department Head, Dr. Kurt Paterson .   


Business Networking Opportunity "The Original Tuesdays"
April 29, 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 an 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.

Richmond Crowdfunding Symposium
May 13, 11:30-2:30 Richmond Omni
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Enjoy lunch and listen to two panel discussions about crowdfunding, the SEC's proposed rule to regulate it, and the legal and business ramifications for entrepreneurs, investors, securities professionals, and advisors.

Panel members include Ed Kitch, University of Virginia Law School; Daniel Gorfine, the Milken Institute; Brian Knight, CrowdCheck, Inc.; Mat Dellorso, WealthForge, Inc., Jean Peters, Golden Seeds Angel Network and Angel Capital Association; and Jim Omer, Pick Factor, Inc. The panels will be moderated by attorneys from LeClairRyan and Murphy & McGonigle.

Co-hosted by LeClairRyan and Murphy & McGonigle


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$15.00 early-bird registration fee before May 10, 2014

$20.00 registration fee after May 10, 2014

Member News:  Digico launches Kickstarter campaign for "Beardo"
Crowd funding effort to get locally produced documentary film digitally distributed 
Beardo The Movie - Official Trailer
Beardo The Movie - Official Trailer


Local creative production company DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design 

is currently running a crowd funding campaign through Kickstarter for digital distribution of "Beardo."   The documentary, filmed and produced by Digico, follows the best of the bearded best through the biennial competition held in Anchorage, Alaska. The cast includes Jack Passion from IFC's "Whisker Wars," USA beard team captain Phil Olsen and many more fierce competitors, as they vie for the title of "Best Facial Hair in the World."  


The movie will premier in Chicago at this year's Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo Sunday April 27th. "Beardo"has also appeared at film festivals such as the Virginia Film Festival and the Virginia Indie Fest. The "Beardo" teaser trailer has more than 25,000 views on YouTube .  Footage from "Beardo" appeared in the pilot episode of IFC's "Whisker Wars," and "The Oprah Winfrey Show" requested "Beardo" footage for a segment, which was later cut.


The goal is to get "Beardo" on platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon and Hulu, as well as distribute physical DVDs in the future. Despite being completed for years, "Beardo" has never been commercially available. Kickstarter is a great opportunity to offer "Beardo" directly to viewers, as well as provide the budget to bring "Beardo" to a third-party distributor to get on the platforms mentioned above. Pledge tiers include digital downloads of "Beardo the Movie," a special-edition DVD, t-shirts, and more.



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SourceLink Virginia: Putting the Pieces Together for Entrepreneurial & Community Development
Monday, June 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM  until Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

SourceLink Virginia: Putting the Pieces Together for Entrepreneurial & Community Development - inaugural statewide conference.  The Conference will bring together a broad array of community economic development practitioners from Virginia's rural, suburban and urban areas who are committed to achieving the common goal of sharing best-practices and enhancing opportunities for professional networking and interactive learning. Topics will cover a cross-section of practices and programs designed to stimulate the creation of new ventures, expand existing companies, and generate sustainable job opportunities, thus creating more diverse, stable and distributed local economies. Representatives from small business development centers, tourism promotion agencies, community development financial institutions, Main Street programs, downtown developers, business incubators and more will be on hand to share their experiences and learn from each other. 

The collaborative spirit of the SourceLink Virginia Conference is reflected in the fact that two key VCEN Partners - the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network & Virginia Downtown Development Association - will support the VCEN SourceLink Virginia Conference as their official 2014 annual gathering.  


Registration & Information

or contact the Virginia Community Economic Network at (804)344-5484 x. 124

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SVTC Board Elections
How does it work?  Who's running?


The SVTC's Board of Directors has two groups for governance purposes, called classes. Each class serves a 2-year term ending with elections alternating so that there is always a mix of new and seasoned members on the board. The election of the class II of the SVTC Board of Directors is being conducted in May of this year, and again we are conducting the election electronically.  We will send each member of the SVTC an email containing a link for voting (please note that each email and link is individually generated and can only be used once), using a company called SurveyMonkey. We will identify our members who are eligible to vote as of May 1st. (If you are not a member but would like to be, and would like to vote in the upcoming election, you will need to become one by then). Members should expect this email from SurveyMonkey around May 8, 2014.  Each link will be active until May 21, 2014. Each member, whether individual or corporate, receives one vote per membership. On May 21st we will have our annual meeting and any SVTC member who did not vote electronically can then vote in person.


SVTC election 2014 -- all  the details


Our election slate for Class II is as follows: 

  • Dr. Kim Blosser, Lord Fairfax Community College
  • Karen Bowman, Rockingham Group
  • Dr. Sarah Cheverton, JMU Ctr for Instructional Tech.
  • Tamara Funk, LightCastle Technical Consulting
  • Mike Goertzen, Serco, Inc.
  • Dan Martin, PBMares, LLP
  • Kurt Plowman, City of Staunton, IT Dept.
  • Dr. Tom Richardson, Drawbridge Technologies, LLC
  • Michael Rozmus, Sentara RMH Medical Center
  • Dick Shimp, Comsonics, Inc.
  • Robert Stolle, Center for Innovative Technology
  • Robin Sullenberger, Consultant
  • Dr. Heather Watson, JMU Department of Engineering


Lots of details for each candidate are posted online on the SVTC's election page:
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Job Posting:  Programmer Analyst Beam Bros Trucking

Position Description:

Responsible for designing, developing, modifying, and evaluating programs for internal functional areas. Analyzes existing programs or formulates logic for new systems, devises logic procedures, prepares flowcharting, performs coding, and tests/debugs programs. Develops conversion and system implementation plans. Prepares and obtains approval of system and programming documentation.



Minimum Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) in Computer Science, or Engineering with emphasis on application development
  • Working knowledge (0-2 yrs experience) of object oriented application development with Microsoft products
  • Excellent communication & comprehension skills with technical & non-technical personnel, both written and verbal
  • Must have strong documentation skills
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Must be able to multi-task, manage time constraints, and meet deadlines
  • Sound troubleshooting skills and techniques are required
  • Strong attention to detail required


To be considered as a potential applicant you MUST complete a Non-Driver Application and attach a resume with salary requirements. Go to for application and details.   

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