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May 16, 2014 
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May 21st SVTC Lunch with GroMobi presentation on "Mobile Apps in Business"
Valley SBDC "Big Small Business Event"
Bits and Grits Staunton, May 20th
Open Source Staunton "Scalability" May 21, 6 pm
Virginia Wind Forum June 3rd at JMU
VLDS Insights Conference "Bridging the Data Divide"
JMU Team places at National Wind Energy Competition
Valley SBDC awarded grants to continue outreach
Member News: Wildlife Center of Virginia Working with Black Bear Cubs
Manufacturing Sector Job Posting CFP Weyers Cave
SVTC May Luncheon presentation "Mobile Apps in Business" with GroMobi
and Annual Meeting

Wednesday May 21, 11:45 am- 1:00 pm  | Wood Grill Buffet

Topic: Mobile Apps in Business, Ben Kilmer & Chad Kiernan, GroMobi. The 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.


Blue Ridge Community College also hopes to bring their welding simulator for some hands-on tech fun after lunch. (This apparently is worn on the head; should be fun!)


This event will also serve as the tech council's Annual Meeting -- giving members a last chance to file a ballot for Board Elections.  Official Business will only take a few minutes.  Non-members are encouraged to attend.


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Networking begins at 11:45am. Lunch is Dutch treat. Membership is not required. Registering will enable us to bring you a pre-printed nametag and to anticipate seating.




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"BIG Small Business Event" 
Valley Small Business Development Center
Thursday May 22, 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.


Registration fee covers morning coffee, lunch and breaks.  Ask about discounts for 3+ attendees from the same business! 

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


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Bits & Grits Staunton,
May 20th, 8am
On the third Tuesday of each month at 8am, Mrs. Rowes Restaurant, Staunton. There's no registration, no speaker, no topic. There's good techie discussion, sometimes questions and opinions, sometimes a good rant or two.  Discussion depends on who's there and what someone wants or needs to talk about or get input on. Always good networking and always lots of food.

Hosted by SVTC board member Kurt Plowman   

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Open Source Staunton
Wednesday, May 21st at 6pm

LightCastle Technical Consulting, 21 Middlebrook Ave, Suite 200 Staunton 

"Scalability: Sometimes You Have To Scale Down" with Ron DuPlain, CTO and Co-founder of Maternity Neighborhood at Private Practice Inc in Charlottesville VA  "Our disk IO has been trending upward for months. It has hit the point where our application is crashing during peak load. We need to do something, and we need to do it fast. Increase resources? Add more nodes? Hurry!  This was our situation, with an application built on Python and PostgreSQL. To find the answer, we had to ask the right question. In the end, we scaled down our load with a one-line configuration change. I'll tell our story."  Ron DuPlain was the organizer for the BeCamp conference for several years and has a real knack with technology AND speaking.  

This month's event is sure to be informative and helpful, so please come on out!




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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), Virginia Farm Bureau.    


Additional information, event agendas and registration is available at:   

Registration closes May 30th.  


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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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  Cross Disciplinary JMU Team Places in National Wind Energy Competition

A wind turbine designed and built by JMU students finished second in the Collegiate Wind Competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.  The JMU team also finished third in the market topic presentation category and fifth overall. JMU submitted one of 10 winning proposals to get into the interdisciplinary competition held May 6-7 as part of Windpower 2014, the annual conference of the American Wind Energy Association in Las Vegas.  In addition to being judged on their process for designing and prototyping a small wind turbine and on how well the turbine performed in a wind tunnel, the teams were judged on an accompanying business plan for their turbine. The JMU team chose to focus on providing electricity to energy-impoverished communities in Kenya. They designed a generator to charge batteries in small electronic devices. The fourth and final element of the competition was a presentation on a market topic relevant to the geographic region of each participating university. The JMU team discussed how the coal and wind industries could combine forces to provide more environmentally sustainable electric power while also enhancing economic benefits for each sector.

"The Collegiate Wind Competition is a forum for undergraduate college students of multiple disciplines to investigate innovative wind energy concepts; gain experience designing, building and testing a wind turbine to perform according to a customized market data-derived business plan; and increase their knowledge of wind industry barriers," the DOE stated.

Schools in the competition received $25,000 from the DOE to cover some of the costs to compete. The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and the Center for Entrepreneurship at JMU provided additional support for students to travel to the competition. Thirteen students majoring in engineering, finance, integrated science and technology, industrial design, management and political science, as well as JMU faculty and staff, traveled to the competition.  ISAT Professor Jonathan Miles said nearly 30 students from various majors across campus participated in the yearlong effort to prepare for the contest, which is just what the DOE had in mind when it announced the competition last summer. Nearly a dozen JMU faculty members,  representing four colleges within the University have supported the activities.

See Full JMU Press Release at
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Member News:  Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center receives grants to further outreach 

Elizabeth A. Hoge ,Business Adviser with SBDC received a Building Entrepreneurial Economics Planning grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. The grant will help to develop a regional conference focused on businesses, provide access to technical assistance to business owners and host a "pitch" session for entrepreneurs and regional tradeshow focusing on "Made in Virginia" food items.

Joyce H. Krech , Director of Shenandoah SBDC, received a grant from the City of Buena Vista for support of the Central Region Small Business Development Center for fiscal year 2014.

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Member News:  Wildlife Center of Virginia in the News
Wildlife Center is trying to re-home Black Bear Cubs
The Wildlife Center of Virginia is now searching for a facility that will take two healthy young Virginia black bear who face a lifetime of confinement because they have become habituated to humans. These bears have lost their natural distrust of people, likely because they were illegally kept as pets when they were small cubs. 

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is working with the Wildlife Center to find a suitable facility that can house the bears in an appropriate, natural and enriching environment for the duration of a life that can exceed 30 years. There are relatively few qualified facilities with room for additional bears, and no shortage of black bears in North America.

"We just started looking," said Ed Clark, president of the Wildlife Center. "We have just gotten authorization to start looking from the Department of Game. We tried every retraining technique that is ethical and possible, but it didn't work."

"Wild animals have an innate reaction to threats," said Clark  "Whether it's an animal they don't recognize, a foreign object, or anything else that can prove a threat. This is a natural, instinctive response. Unfortunately, for these two bears, they have been taught humans don't fall in this category."

Link to Full Article from Daily Progress 

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Job Posting:  Manufacturing Sector
Cerro Fabricators, Weyers Cave 
Cerro Fabricated Products (CFP) is a quality supplier of forged and machined brass, bronze, copper and aluminum forgings.  Providing a wide range of products to custom specifications and designs as well as a series of custom proprietary products. Facilities are integrated CAD/CAM capable, with in-house tool and die facilities.
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