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July 18, 2014  
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Tech on the Square at 3 Notch'd on July 31
"Original Tuesdays" Networking July 22
Valley Business Summit August 4
BRCC's GEMS2 camp
LeClairRyan wins CFO Award
Non-Profit Instiute offered at JMU for 2014/2015
LightCastle partners with Tech-Girls
Job Posting: City of Staunton seeks Systems Engineer II
Tech on the Square
July 31, 2014 at 3 Notch'd Brewing Co. Harrisonburg Taproom from 5-7PM
Come and catch up with fellow technology users and creators at this casual summer networking event.  We'll support our new downtown neighbors 3 Notch'd Brewing  at 241 East Market St (Urban Exchange Building).  While we can't pick up the beer tab (twelve brews on tap), we will bring in some pizza from Benny Sorrentinos around the corner.  The "Thrill of the Grill" food truck may also be there.  And there will be live music after 7pm.
Come, hang out and tell us about your summer adventures and projects for the fall.

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Registration is appreciated to help planning.
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"Original Tuesday's" Networking
July 22, 2014 5pm-8pm, Holiday Inn, 1400 East Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801

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

Hosted by Johnnie Barr of ActionCOACH and a SVTC Board Member 


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Valley Business Summit
August 04 2014, 7:30 am - 12:00 pm | Plecker Center, BRCC


Valley Business Summit "Navigating the pathways to business success"
Includes; keynote by Kay Dunkley, Director of Virginia Tech Roanoke Center, panel discussion on "Growing Your Business", specialized breakout sessions, business & resource fair, business feedback forum with State legislators.  
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 Register for the Valley Business Summit
Please register by July 28,2014.  This event is free but space is limited.

Partnered by the Shenandoah Valley Partnership, Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chamber of Commerce,  James Madison University, Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce, Blue Ridge Community College & Valley Workforce


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Member News:  BRCC hosts GEMS2 summer camp
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BRCC's first-ever Girls Embracing Mechatronics Systems (GEMS2) science camp was June 23-27 at their Weyers Cave campus. Twenty-two middle school aged girls were invited to learn a variety of mechanical, electrical, and aerodynamic concepts to get them thinking about STEM careers.  GEMS2 was fully funded by the BRCC Educational Foundation's Engineering Technologies Fund, making the entire week-long camp free.  Participants learned about wind power, generating energy, built and presented their own wind turbines.

"Girls need to find interests in engineering and sciences at their age especially," said Lisa Birchler, parent of a camper. "The program gives them a way to explore as girls and find what their true science field may be in the future."

Instructors Bob Zickefoose and Matt Goss enjoyed the classroom dynamic created by this age group of students. "The group was very energetic as a whole," said Goss. "Females bring a different approach to problem solving to the table.  I noticed that many ideas were put on the table, and each one was discussed till the best plan was revealed."

BRCC and many other colleges are doing more outreach to younger populations of students to spark their interest in higher education. "It is never too early to start thinking about college and careers," said Dr. Bob Young, BRCC Vice President of Instruction and Student Services.  Mechatronics is a fairly new Associate Degree program offered at BRCC that blends mechanical systems, instrumentation, electronics, robotics, automation, computers, and control systems used in highly automated manufacturing processes.   


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Member News:  LeClairRyan receives a "CFO Award" by Virginia Business
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Virginia Business Magazine named winners in five categories in its annual CFO awards banquet in June in Richmond.  The awards honor chief financial officers whose ingenuity and dedication have contributed their companies' growth and profitability. LeClairRyan's Joseph D. Cheely, CPA won in the category of Large Private Company for boosting  the law firm's revenue by more than 50 percent in the past four years.   


Link to announcement in VA Business Magazine including winners in other categories.  

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Member News:  JMU Outreach Opens Non-Profit Institute Registration

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The Non-Profit Institute (NPI) offers a professional development non-credit certificate program for leaders and managers in non-profit organizations throughout the Shenandoah Valley. The Institute offers practical skills for effective leadership in your organization and includes 40+ hours of professional development instruction. Participants must complete at least 20 sessions, not including the Opening Session and Graduation, to receive the certificate in Nonprofit Management.  This course is only offered every other year.  Registration is open only until August 15, 2014 with the first session scheduled for October.


 This program is supported/sponsored by H/R Chamber of Commerce, H/R United Way, H/R Community Foundation, JMU's School of Strategic Leadership Studies, Madison Center for Community Development, Shenandoah Valley SBDC, Outreach & Engagement. 


Each course in the program is designed to:

  • Promote the effectiveness of non-profit leaders, including executive directors, CEOs, managers, and Board members
  • Refine the skills of experienced directors as well as help prepare entry level managers for new roles in the organization
  • Enhance current job performance by providing a "tool box" of practical skills and knowledge for day-to-day operations
  • Promote excellence in non-profit management

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Member News:  LightCastle to partner with TechGirls

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LightCastle is partnering with Tech-Girls, a to help provide opportunities for girls to get involved in STEM activities. Tech-Girls is a Charlottesville area group whose goal is to
"help girls get connected to tech programs/mentors, part online community learning tech together and part local program working directly with girls through workshops and events to inspire them to share their vision with the globally connected community."

Lightcastle is sponsoring the Tech-Girls Bio-Med UVA Exploratory Experience.
UVA Department of Biomedical Engineering in collaboration with the Coulter Translational Research Partnership and Tech-Girls are working to provide an opportunity for high school students to get a hands-on, behind-the-scenes peek at biomedical research happening right now at UVA. The program will offer students the chance to see advanced projects in cancer, cardiovascular, diabetes, and neurology. Special emphasis will be placed on sharing projects and meeting researchers, faculty & students that help incorporate technology & engineering into the field. Less than 20% of technology & engineering-related graduates are women, while the biomedical field will be relying on people with these skills more than ever.  Students will spend three afternoons getting a behind-the-scenes look at biomedical engineering research at UVA. Each day the girls will have lunch with researchers who will share about their current research, tour several biomedical engineering labs and get hands-on with their own research project.  Bio-Med Tech-Girls was born out of a connection made at the TomTom Festival's Genius Hour - Student Innovators Expo.  It also draws inspiration from the Women's Health Science Program
Job Posting:  City of Staunton seeks Systems Engineer II

The City of Staunton is seeking applicants for Systems Engineer II. The selected candidate will join a dynamic team responsible for the "care and feeding" of servers, desktops, networks and telephony; providing quality customer support, systems maintenance, implementation, and coordination with vendors and the rest of the IT team. Applicants should possess the ability to analyze, troubleshoot and resolve complex problems, excel in a team environment, and communicate effectively.

Education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in computer science or related discipline. The City's infrastructure is primarily Microsoft Windows Server, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL server, Enterasys networks and Nortel telephony. Experience in these areas is highly desired.

Hiring range is dependent on qualification/experience. Excellent benefits package, including health insurance and retirement.

Candidates may apply online at . Position is open until filled with first review of applications occurring on August 17, 2014. EOE.

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