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June 20, 2014 
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"Bridging the Data Divide" Insights Conference, June 24
Original Tuesdays Networking June 24
Export University, June 26
Thank you Dynamic Aviation
What can the SVTC do for you?
CIT / Mach 37 Hosts Cyber Showcase
Valley Business Keynote, July 24
Welcoming New Member: Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP)
Highlighting Renewing Member: Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport
Highlighting Renewing Member: Applied Knowledge Sciences
Highlighting Renewing Member: Tom Lunquist
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.

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 

Brought to you by: The Virginia Department of Education, The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, The Virginia Community College System, The Virginia Employment Commission, Center for Innovative Technology.
Registration is available until June 23 for $100. Day-of tickets will be offered on a space-available basis for $125.

 "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


Export University: Expanding Your Business Around the World
Thu., June 26, 2014, Lord Fairfax Community College

Export University is a series of courses on exporting designed by the District Export Council, a volunteer non-profit organization associated with the U.S. Commercial Service. The objective is to help U.S. companies begin an export initiative and gain new skills and innovation in expanding their international sales
In addition, learn:
  • How to gain entry into new markets and increase your international sales
  • How to extend open account terms to overseas customers while protecting yourself
  • How to clear overseas customs
  • Government resources for international expansion

Thursday June 26, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown VA, Science & Health Professionals Building. Fee: $65 (includes lunch). More information and registration. I  PDF of event flyer

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Thank you to Dynamic Aviation - we loved our tour and lunch!!  
Dynamic Aviation website
Membership has its privileges -- and this one ranked right up there at the top! (As witnessed by the fact that 3/4 of the available slots were signed up for within 24 hours)    
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. 
Would you like to become a member and be a part of members-only event opportunities in the future?  It's easy and afforable to become a member!

SVTC membership: levels for all wallet sizes and all types of companies, organizations, and individuals 


We'd like your suggestions for luncheon topics, speakers, and "field trips".
What Interests You?
  • 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 or evening 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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Member News:  CIT's Mach 37 hosts Cyber Showcase
Participants included Harrisonburg based business

 The MACH37 Cyber Accelerator and CIT GAP Funds hosted investors at the June 17th Cyber Showcase.  Invited guests included investors representing top-tier venture capital firms, leading edge technology companies and angel groups from the east coast.  Twelve companies presented, including six later stage companies and six from the MACH37 Spring Cohort.  The MACH37 Spring Cohort included innovations in several critical areas of security, including encapsulated expertise, zero-trust security models, Software Defined Networking (SDN) enabled solutions, and lightweight distributed systems.  One of the Spring Cohort companies involved was Harrisonburg based Axon Ghost Sentinel.

"These entrepreneurs have just completed an intensive 14 week program that is structured to accelerate them on the path to making their companies investment grade, and preparing them to win customers in the open market," commented Rick Gordon, Managing Partner of MACH37.

In 2013, a record-high $1.4 Billion were invested by venture capital firms in 239 cybersecurity companies according to research by CB Insights.  "The appetite for new ideas and investment opportunities in cybersecurity has never been greater," commented Pete Jobse, President and CEO of the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) and MACH37 Executive Chairman.

Link to full press release

The application period for the 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.
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Valley Business Keynote:  "Leadership & Your Future World Of Work, " Mark Fernandes
Thu., July 24, 2014; JMU Festival Center; 11 am - 1 pm  

Incorporating Values Into Your Business, Mark Fernandes
Incorporating Values Into Your Business, Mark Fernandes
The mission of the Valley Business Keynote is to facilitate engaging ideas for local leaders and help fulfill the Valley's vast potential by bringing excellent speakers to our area. The second annual Valley Business Keynote is scheduled for July 24, 2014.  The keynote speaker will be Mark Fernandes, Chief Leadership Officer with the Luck Companies in Goochland, VA.  Though he will tailor his speech for our audience, most of his work centers on the idea of Values Based Leadership.  This is a popular new leadership model and Mark does as good of a job as anyone in describing what this means from a practical application. Mark has spoken to business leaders around the world, and was recently named as a "Top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business" for 2014.


More information, sponsorship and registration: Valley Business Keynote. There are a limited number of (free & otherwise) tickets available.


Sponsored by SVTC members Wharton, Aldhiser & Weaver, Immerge Technologies, Rockingham Group and Dynamic Aviation, among others.  

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Welcome New Level 1 Member:  Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP)
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, a marketing organization, was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1995 to encourage, stimulate, and support the development and expansion of the economy of the Commonwealth. The Partnership is a state authority, which is governed by a 24-member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor and the Virginia General Assembly. To accomplish its objectives of promoting economic expansion within the Commonwealth, the Partnership focuses its efforts on business recruitment, expansion and international trade. VEDP has offices in Virginia, China, Germany, Japan, India and the United Kingdom

For more information use their website or contact Laura Leigh Savage.

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Welcome Back Level 1 Member:  Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD), located in Weyers Cave, offers low-cost commercial airline service via Frontier Airlines with direct flights to Orlando International Airport. In addition, they have daily flights on United Express to Washington-Dulles International Airport. These fast and convenient flights connect the Valley to approximately 80 domestic and 43 international destinations around the world. Ticket prices from SHD are competitive and in some cases even less expensive than a larger airport. Couple this with FREE parking plus less money spent on gas and the cost savings can really add up. Ground transportation options include the SHD Airport Shuttle (by reservation) or car rental from Avis, Budget or Hertz. For more information on traveling from SHD, call (540) 234-8304, visit or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information use use or contact Greg Campbell.

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Welcome Back Level 1 Member: Applied Knowledge Sciences Inc.

Applied Knowledge Sciences (AKS), "Our complex world keeps changing at a high rate of speed. How fast is your organization changing - are you leading the charge, keeping pace, or falling behind? For nearly 20 years, AKS has been helping organizations transform themselves into fast-learning enterprises. We do this by "unclogging the knowledge pipeline." This means breaking down barriers and helping your organization capture, share and apply knowledge critical to success. The result: fewer repeated mistakes and more effective use of your intellectual capital so you can keep up with, even lead, the changes in your market."
For more information use their website  or contact Art Murray.

Welcome Back Individual Member:  Tom Lundquist

Tom Lundquist is the Supervisor of Technology Services at Staunton City Public Schools. Key responsibilities of this position include designing and managing the network infrastructure, servers and directory databases. He manages the IT staff, implements division direction on technological advances, procures division technology products and controls the Federal E-Rate program.

Contact Tom Lunquist via email


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