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May 9, 2014 
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Announcing our Tech Nite 14 Award Winners
Richmond Crowdfunding Symposium
SVTC May Luncheon "Mobile Apps for Business"
Meet your candidates for SVTC Board Elections
SourceLink Virginia Economic & Community Development Conference

Announcing Tech Nite 14 Award Winners

Join us in congratulating this year's award winners. We had 33 nominees for these six prestigious awards. What makes a Tech Nite winner?  What cool stuff did the 33 nominees and 7 winners do?? Read the nomination summaries (Tech Nite 14 programpdf) for all the details!!


    Award Sponsor
Award Category
  High Tech Entrepreneur
  Andy Harbick, Pickarious
    High Tech Company   Immerge Technologies
    Dr. John Noftsinger
  Leadership Award

  Dr. Chris Bachmann, JMU CISE
  Dr. Krishna Kodukula, SRI Shenandoah Valley
Lumos Logo   Innovation in Higher
  ICPM--The Institute of Certified Professional
  Managers (JMU)
CIT Logo   Innovative Technology
  A&J Development & Excavating

  Innovation in K-12
  Kelly Lawton, Luray Middle School,
  Page County Public Schools



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

SVTC May Luncheon and Annual Meeting.  "Mobile Apps in Business" presentation by GroMobi co-founders Ben Kilmer & Chad Kiernan  Wednesday, May 21, Wood Grill Harrisonburg

Presented by JMU Alumni and Co-founders of GroMobi, this talk will cover trends in mobility, popular apps in the workplace, how apps can help you grow your business, and considerations to make when building a mobile app. There will be open Q&A for collaborative discussions on the importance of good user experience, finding the right vendor, is mobile right for your business, and more!


Based in Harrisonburg, GroMobi is an end to end mobile app development firm, focused on bringing software solutions to market for Tech Startups, SMB & Enterprise, and Education.

This event will also be our Annual Meeting--giving members a final chance to file a paper ballot for Board Elections.  See below.

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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 this month 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. Members should expect this email from SurveyMonkey next week.  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 for each candidate is posted online on the SVTC's election page: Informational paragraphs for each candidate 


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SourceLink Virginia: Putting the Pieces Together for Entrepreneurial & Community Development
Monday, June 2 at 5:00 PM  until Wednesday, June 4 at 12:00 PM
Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

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.  


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


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