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May 2, 2014 
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Valley SBDC "Big Small Business Event"
Virginia Wind Forum June 3rd at JMU
LFCC Workforce Solutions presents Leadercast 2014
VLDS Insights Conference "Bridging the Data Divide"
Meet your candidates for SVTC Board Elections
CIT GAP Funds for SRI off-shoot Riogin
MACH37 Seeks Security Start-ups for Fall Cohort
Tech Nite is this Wednesday, May 7
Job Posting: Advance Quality Engineer, Cadence Inc.
"BIG Small Business Event" 
Valley Small Business Development Center
May 22, 2014, 8:00 am - 4:00 PM | Plecker Center, BRCC 

This full-day conference provides professional development and networking opportunities to entrepreneurs, managers, and business owners.

"This conference offers a unique opportunity for the business community to meet and learn together," says Joyce Krech, SV SBDC Director. "The day includes such a range of workshop topics; there will be more than enough choices for everyone's needs. We use the theme of 'Learn. Act. Profit.' because we know attendees will leave with productive ideas and strategies."


Stan Phelps, founder of 9inch Marketing of Cary NC, will open the morning as keynote speaker. Phelps brings 20 years of marketing leadership experience and will share proven strategies for increasing customer retention and referrals. Attendees can then select from 16 workshops on topics ranging from alternative financing options to working in family-owned businesses to building and using mobile apps for their business.


Fees:  $49 early-bird registration is in effect until May 9.  Ask about discounts for 3+ attendees from the same business!  Registration fee covers morning coffee, lunch and breaks. 

Go to or use this link for schedule, information and registration 


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Virginia Wind Forum
Tuesday, J
une 3rd, All Day Event | James Madison University

Who should attend? Landowners, county officials, rural bankers, agricultural producers, policy makers, manufacturers, developers, educators, researchers, advocates, utilities, economic development specialists, energy specialists, government officials, analysts, legislative and regulatory personnel.


To explore wind energy and to facilitate public dialogue, the American Wind Energy Association AWEA will host a Virginia Wind Forum, in collaboration with partners and colleagues in the state. You'll learn about the benefits and challenges of Virginia's potential for land-based and off-shore wind industry from state policy, industry, government and other thought leaders, as well as experts on national, regional, and state wind markets; grid integration; wildlife impacts and mitigation; economics; local economic development benefits; and water and air impacts. You'll also hear from wind stakeholders, including private and public utilities, county commissioners, agricultural organizations, and landowners.
Don't miss the lunch session, which features a special twist: An expert at each table will lead a discussion on a hot topic, allowing attendees an opportunity for in-depth Q&A.

Event partners include:  The Sierra Club, Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition, The Virginia Center for Wind Energy (VCWE) at JMU, Department of Environmental Quality (Virginia).    


Additional information, event agendas and registration is available at:   

Early bird pricing until May 13.  Registration closes May 30th.  


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Leadercast--be a leader worth following
June 19, 2014 8:30am-4:30pm

Leadercast is a one-day innovative event broadcast from Atlanta to over 100,000 leaders around the globe.  Hosted locally by Lord Fairfax Community College's Workforce Solutions. It's a movement that is changing the way the world thinks about leadership by building leaders worth following.  



2014 Leadercast Speakers: 

Andy Stanley, Malcolm Gladwell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Randall Wallace, Bill McDermott, Laura Schroff, Dr. Henry Cloud, Simon Sinek, and Laura Bush.

3 Locations, 1 Day

LFCC Middletown Campus, Luray High School, or Stoneridge Event Center - Warrenton, VA.

For more information, links and registration go to  

$99/seat until June 1, 2014
On June 2, 2014 price will increase to $129/seat. 

Ticket purchase includes: catered breakfast and lunch and course materials.


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Insights Conference--"Bridging the Data Divide,"
June 24, 2014 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Conference Center.
9:00 AM until 4:00 PM with a break for lunch.

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The second annual Insights Conference, "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.

Speakers will include Aneesh Chopra, Virginia's former Secretary of Technology, who also was appointed by President Obama as the nation's first Chief Technology Officer, and Karen Jackson, the current Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth.

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

Who Should Attend?  Agency Staff  +  Data Providers  +  Education Professionals  +  Entrepreneurs  +  Researchers  +  Workforce Professionals
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SVTC Board Elections
How does it work?  How do I vote?


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


Information about each candidate is posted online on the SVTC's election page: Candidate paragraphs 


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Member News:  SRI off-shoot Riogin awarded CIT GAP Funding

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The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) GAP Funds closed an investment in Riogin, a Charlottesville-based company that has solved many issues related to peptide therapeutics.  Riogin is one of two spin out companies from SRI Shenandoah Valley.

CIT President and CEO Pete Jobse said, "Riogin provides an elegant solution to many pressing issues in peptide therapeutics. Innovative solutions like these are what we look for when making CIT GAP Funds investments."

Riogin developed a technology platform that overcomes many of the problems connected to peptide therapeutics, which represents a growing portion of the market opportunity for big biopharma. 

Tom Weithman, CIT Vice President and GAP Funds Managing Director, said, "With an investment from CIT GAP Funds, Riogin is able to immediately expand translational research in an area of growing interest to biopharma, thus generating significant economic return within the Commonwealth of Virginia."

Link to Article at VirginiaBio 

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MACH37 Seeks Security Start-ups for Fall Cohort



May 1 - The MACH37 Cyber Accelerator has officially opened the application period for its "F14" Fall Cohort, which will begin September 2, 2014 in its Herndon headquarters.  The program consists of an intense 90-day program in which the selected startups are coached in all aspects of creating a sustainable and successful business.  Participants receive a $50,000 investment to develop and launch their ideas into the market.


Meeting the challenges of the global cybersecurity threat requires continuous innovation and the skills to bring fresh products into the mainstream.  MACH37 looks for entrepreneurs with solutions that address the drivers of this demand for innovation, including:


  • New mainstream demand for advanced capabilities;
  • Porous network perimeters that are making traditional solutions less relevant;
  • Opportunities created from software defined networking; and
  • Challenges of a hyper-connected world with an Internet-of-everything.


MACH37 encourages entrepreneurs with emerging products and companies to apply for the F14 Cohort, which will be limited to 8 companies.  The program is open to startups from any geography whose founders are ready to immerse themselves in a mentorship program designed to produce the next generation of leading security product companies.


To apply, visit and fill-out the online application.  Evaluation of applications will begin in June, with final selections announced in August.


MACH37 is the only business accelerator focused exclusively on information security innovations and startups. It brings together domain experts, successful cybersecurity entrepreneurs, and investors to create a platform for innovators and their startups to rapidly develop themselves into promising companies prepared for financing.


MACH37 is the premier accelerator for information security entrepreneurs and startupsMACH37 is the premier accelerator for information security entrepreneurs and startupsCIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been Virginia's primary driver of innovation and entrepreneurship. To learn more, please visit
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Tech Nite 14 this Wednesday, May 7th
JMU's Festival Conference & Student Center
Tech Nite is the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council's annual gathering highlighting Valley technology achievement and innovation in 6 categories. On  May 7, 2014 attendees will gather  to recognize and highlight the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region and the entrepreneurs and innovators behind those successes.  This year's keynote speaker in the Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Karen Jackson.  We will also announce the winners of this year's awards live at the event.  We look forward to a fun evening.

Tech Nite Attendees:  If you have questions about the event, parking or other details use or contact us at or (540)568-7882.  The window for new reservations has closed. 

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Job Posting:  Advanced Quality Engineer
Cadence Inc., Staunton
Cadence, Inc is ranked among the top life science companies providing outsourced design and manufacturing solutions for surgical devices and scientific applications. Due to the company's growth we are looking for an Advanced Quality Engineer to join the team at our Staunton, VA facility.  The Advanced QE provides quality engineering direction, analysis and recommendations for product development to successfully launch new products into active production in a timely and cost effective manner.

. Duties include:

  • Serving as an active member on new program teams.
  • Leading, participating in, and/or providing guidance on GD&T, gage analysis, OQP, PQ protocols, validation activities, PFMEA, control plans, sampling plans, test methods, and product acceptance criteria.
  • Communicating with customer quality/technical contacts.
  • Developing and conducting internal training sessions on quality control activities.
  • Actively participating in internal audits, management review and other activities.
  • Providing customer related quality and regulatory inquiries support.
  • Actively participating in the development of the Manufacturing Supply Base including surveillance audits and Corrective Action closure.
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