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June 13, 2014 
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SVTC Members-only Tour of Dynamic Aviation Almost Full
News about Staunton Makerspace
Member News: Mach 37 expands Star Mentor Network Globally
Member News: JMU Launches Madison Center for Community Development
Bits & Grits June 17
Original Tuesdays Networking June 24
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"Blueprint Virginia" Breakfast with the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber, June 18
Highlighting Renewing Member: PBMares, LLP
Highlighting Renewing Member: Barnes Technologies International LLC
Highlighting Renewing Member: the Wildlife Center of Virginia
Highlighting Renewing Member: Blue Key Inc.
Great Response to the SVTC Members-Only Tour & Lunch: Dynamic Aviation
Thursday, June 19, 2014 
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Dynamic Aviation is the leading provider of innovative aviation solutions for government and commercial organizations worldwide, with more than 150 aircraft and a seventy-five-year legacy of aviation excellence.  At our headquarters in Bridgewater, Virginia, Dynamic Aviation operates a heavy maintenance and modification center, engine shop, and a privately owned airport.  Dynamic Aviation's Bridgewater Airpark is a dedicated, private facility that is ideal for research, development, test, and evaluation. An Aviation Technology Zone with hundreds of acres of property and multiple layers of security, Bridgewater Airpark is an invaluable resource that allows our customers to test equipment, strategies, and techniques before placing them in service.

We've nearly reached our capacity for this event.  (Only 2 seats left as of 6/13, 12 PM). Please contact us directly to see if there's still a (members-only) seat available.

Thank you to Dynamic Aviation for welcoming SVTC members to their facility for tours and lunch.

We will email a confirmation prior to the event with directions etc
Staunton Makerspace in the News
From Staunton News Leader, June 5, 2014

Dan Funk has been working for more than a year to establish a makerspace in Staunton. He and retired entrepreneur Jim Rutt have found 222 Washington Street, a large open space full of potential. A makerspace is a community space that facilitates sharing ideas and tools to bring projects to fruition and spark new ideas.


"This has the potential for being a huge resource for the community," Funk said. "Imagine a young person with an idea for a start-up company, but he doesn't have the tools to create what he needs," Rutt said. "He can come here and use the tools and at the same time transfer the knowledge that he has."  


Funk and Rutt have been working on getting the space function with an eye toward adaptability.  Access to the makerspace will likely be based on a membership structure. They are currently in the process of establishing tax and incorporation documents as well as liability and insurance. They also plan to host events and classes for the larger community.
Link to full article including pictures.  Thanks to the Staunton News Leader for permission to quote their article

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Member News:  CIT's MACH37 launches Global Expansion of its Stars Mentor Network

Growing cyber accelerator network attracts interest from Canada, Europe and Australia

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Center for Innovative Technology's (CIT) MACH37 Cyber Accelerator announced the expansion of its Stars Network with a global call for new members.  The Stars Network includes successful cybersecurity entrepreneurs, domain experts, and industry thought leaders from throughout the United States.  These mentors have committed to helping MACH37 entrepreneurs validate their disruptive cybersecurity concepts and prepare their companies for investment.  Members of the Network regularly meet and work with MACH37 program's energetic innovators.  Being part of this network offers mentors a unique opportunity to stay plugged into the disruptive edge of security startups.  As they become familiar with the companies, mentors have the opportunity to engage in more formal involvement as advisors or investors.  In addition, mentors participate in MACH37 Security Leaders Dinner series, events and Cohort Demo Days.  Interest in the Cyber Accelerator program has now grown to a global scale with applications coming from Canada, Europe, and Australia.  In response, MACH37 is now expanding its call for mentors worldwide. 
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The application period for MACH37 Fall 2014 (F14) Cohort is now open.  Entrepreneurs with emerging products and companies are encouraged to apply for the F14 Cohort by visiting and filling out the online application.  The program is open to startups from any geography whose founders are ready to engage in a rigorous mentorship program designed to produce the next generation of leading security product companies


Member News:  JMU Launches Madison Center for Community Development

The Madison Center for Community Development is a partnership among JMU's School of Public and International Affairs, the Office of Outreach and Engagement, and the Office of Research and Scholarship. The Center is to be a resource for local governments and community organizations and will draw on the expertise of JMU faculty and students to provide assistance with strategic planning, economic development, needs assessment, grants management, training and monitoring, program development and evaluation, and more. The center will build on the Master of Public Administration (MPA )program's successful Partners in Community Leadership initiative. As part of that program, JMU students and faculty have assisted the towns of Elkton and Dayton with their economic development plans and led program evaluations community organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mercy House, Rockingham County Schools, Shenandoah Valley Partnership, Climate Action Alliance of the Valley.


As a graduate assistant in the MPA program, Courtland Robinson conducted a program evaluation for the Shenandoah Valley Partnership (SVP), he said. "We're here to study empirical problems in real communities and work alongside practitioners to help them achieve solutions." Robinson, a May graduate, is now the assistant economic development director for the city of Staunton. "There's a lot of need out there for assistance, and I think this new center is a great resource for nonprofits and local governments," Robinson said. "It takes a lot to step outside of the box and ask a group to assess your performance."  


Dr. Nick J. Swartz, the center's director & associate professor of public policy and administration said,"This new center will facilitate the continued and expanded development of community-based research and learning and mutually beneficial partnerships to forge even stronger relationships between JMU and the broader community."


The Madison Center for Community Development --based in the Ice House Building along with JMU Outreach and Engagement, the Office of Technology Transfer, Small Business Development Center, Center for Entrepreneurship, Shenandoah Valley Partnership, Shenandoah Valley Technology Council and others. Read about the recent grand opening of the Ice House with Governor McAuliffe, and the JMU collaboration. 


For more information, contact Dr. Nick J. Swartz at (540) 568-5272 or  View full article at  


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Bits & Grits Staunton, Monthly Networking Breakfast
June 17, 8AM-9AM, Mrs. Rowes Restaurant

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. On the third Tuesday of each month at 8am, Mrs. Rowes Restaurant, Staunton. There's no registration, no speaker, no topic. There is however excellent breakfast and tech talk galore! Easy peasy.

Hosted by SVTC board member Kurt Plowman

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 "Original Tuesdays" Networking
 June 24, 2014, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Holiday Inn, Harrisonburg 


No-nonsense networking. Bring plenty of business cards. Pay it forward and invite your friends.

Connect with great people to promote "word of mouth" for your business, increased sales, or fantastic strategic partnerships!! Everyone is to attend, no charge, and no attendance requirements, no membership dues.  

Come anytime from 5 - 8 PM. Original Tuesdays Networking happens on the fourth Tuesday of every month. 

Hosted by Johnnie Barr of ActionCOACH and a SVTC Board Member

Holiday Inn, 1400 East Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801



We'd like your suggestions for luncheon topics, speakers, and "field trips".
What Interests You?  
  • Take a quick minute and tell us about topics, speakers or locations you want to hear about or visit in this coming year.
  • What are the trends?  What makes a techie's heart skip a beat?
  • What could we schedule to bring more users and creators in?
  • Is there something you'd like to present to the group (barring shameless self promotion)?
  • Is there a member group or local organization you'd like to hear from or to visit? 
  • What about social events -- would you make room on your calendar?

Link to SVTC interest / planning survey (Goggle doc)   

In case you wonder what topics we've had in the past, here is a pdf:
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"Blueprint Virginia" Breakfast hosted by Greater Augusta Regional Chamber
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 8-9:30 AM, Holiday Inn Staunton Conference Center

Blueprint Virginia--Local Forecasts for Business from a Global Perspective Breakfast
Blueprint Virginia is facilitated by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and is a comprehensive effort to provide business leadership, direction and long- range economic development planning for Virginia. This year-long initiative will bring together all sectors of economic development to craft a strategy that will present our elected officials a roadmap for economic competitiveness for the Commonwealth. Keynote speaker for the breakfast on June 18 will be Barry DuVal, president and CEO of Virginia Chamber of Commerce on "Blueprint Virginia Roll-out and Implementation."  There will also be presentations from area economic development officials and the presentation of the "Blueprint Excellence Awards."

Event including breakfast is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members.

More information about the Blueprint Virginia Initiative

Welcome Back Renewing Level 3 Member:  PBMares, LLP

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PBGH, LLP and Witt Mares, PLC merged on January 1, 2013 to create PBMares, LLP. The new firm has created the largest group of CPAs practicing in a Virginia headquartered firm. The two firms have long been friends and over time developed best practices together as non-competing firms. Because of this, they share a common business approach, vision and philosophy, which includes a strong and consistent commitment to client service, quality, professionalism, and dedication to the accounting profession and our community. Together, they will increase their ability to deliver insight and foresight as clients face the challenges of the new economy. The synergy of the alliance will enable them to meet all of their clients financial service needs in the coming years.

For more information use the PBMares website or contact Dan Martin

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Welcome Back Level 1 Member:  Barnes Technologies International
Originally established as the International Institute for the Study of Technology in 1985, Barnes Technologies International LLC (BTILLC), a woman-owned technology small business, is an internationally recognized leader in assessment and measurement, needs assessment, feasibility studies, program and performance evaluations, and third party/independent evaluations. The staff is comprised of a cadre of worldwide associates with a plethora of expertise and experience. BTILLC integrates its highly capable and technically competent staff to tailor its services specifically to suit each client's needs. BTILLC has successfully conducted projects in the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Canada, and United States for universities, Ministries of Education, State Departments, school districts, agencies, non-profits, and corporations. BTILLC's staff has also conducted numerous research projects, nationally and internationally, on problem solving and a framework for the study of technology. The leaders have testified before state and national technology, science, and educational hearings.

For more information use their website or contact Sarah Barnes.

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Welcome Back Level 1 Member: The Wildlife Center of Virginia

The Wildlife Center of Virginia, located in Waynesboro, is one of the world's leading teaching and research hospitals for wildlife and conservation medicine. The Center uses an impressive array of cutting edge technology and social media tools to provide state-of-the art veterinary care to injured wildlife, professional training to veterinary and conservation professionals from more than 40 countries, and environmental education to the audiences worldwide, all in pursuit of its mission, "teaching the world to care about and care for wildlife and the environment."

For more information call (540) 942-9453 or use their website which includes upcoming events and critter cams.

Welcome Back Level 1 Member:  Blue Key, Inc.

Blue Key, Inc. is a web solutions firm serving clients throughout Virginia, South Carolina, and the Southeast. We build user-centric web solutions with a focus on innovative design, usability, search engine optimization, and extensibility. We provide web design, mobile web/application development, e-commerce, custom application development, and internet marketing consulting for organizations, individuals, and corporations large and small.


For more information use Blue Key website or contact Ben Cash 


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