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April 10, 2015
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BlueHub Co-working space to open in Harrisonburg, Wed., Apr. 15
SVTC Board Composition Survey
Announcing the Tech Nite 15 nominees
Open Coding Night, Staunton VA (April 7)
SBIR/STTR Lunch and Learns (Apr 14-16)
American Society for Quality (April 16)
Cyber Intelligence Workshop (Apr 20)
SVTC's April Bits and Grits (Apr 21)
JMU Outreach & Engagement Open House (Apr 24)
Virginia Cyber Security Commission Town Hall, open to the public (Apr 24)
Innovate LIVE, Staunton (Apr 24-26)
City of Staunton Hiring Systems Engineer
Hatch3D; Printing the Future
Governor McAuliffe Announces Expansion of Organic Herb Growing Facility in Rockingham County
BlueHub Co-working space to open in Harrisonburg, Wed., Apr. 15

I'm happy too share that a coworking space is set to open next week at 128 W. Bruce Street, across the street from the Ice House. The space is ready to go: various options are configured. Their website will "open" on Monday, Apr. 13. (If you are eager to find out more before Monday, you can certainly give them a call now, or email )

We are looking forward to seeing this develop into a bustling and busy entrepreneurial zone!!

Print the information: BlueHub Pricing (pdf)


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Preparing for our spring 2015 election of SVTC directors:
SVTC Board Composition Survey


The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council (SVTC) is a non-profit membership organization serving the greater Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Its members are creators and users of technology who gather together for education, networking and business development. By helping technology businesses in the area succeed and grow, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is an integral component of the region, helping to bring high-paying technology jobs to the Valley.


As the SVTC's Org and Governance committee prepares a slate of candidates for the spring 2015 election of "Class 1" of SVTC directors please share your feedback and thoughts concerning the composition and demographics of the current board of directors (BoD); and suggestions for demographic categories to be considered by the committee as it prepares a slate of candidates for the upcoming election.  


What's the process? This survey is step 1 in our election process. The committee will meet in April; we will seek suggestions for candidates (the notice will be posted in the newsletter); followed by the recommendation of the proposed slate of candidates to the SVTC board. After approval, we will publish the slate and the bios of the candidates (on our website). In May, SVTC members will vote in the same fashion as in previous years, that is, electronically. At the end of May (May 27) we will have the Annual Meeting / May luncheon (Wood Grill, 11:30 am) to allow for any in-person voting (for any member who did not vote electronically). The board then meets to review the election in June.


Care to give some feedback on future composition and demographics?
SVTC Board Composition Survey [This survey is meant to be anonymous]


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And the Tech Nite 15 Nominees are....


LeClairRyan's - Dr. John Noftsinger Leadership Award
Honors a high-tech organization or individual whose leadership serves as a catalyst for positive technology-related activity.

  • Dr. John Downey, Blue Ridge Community College
  • Mike Murphy, Blue Ridge Community College

JMU College of Integrated Science and Engineering & JMU College of Business Center for Entrepreneurship's - High Tech Entrepreneur Award

Honors an individual who has successfully organized, developed, or managed a technology concept into a commercial product or service.

  • Dan Funk & Jim Rutt, Staunton Maker Space
  • Chiedo John, Chiedo Labs
  • Anthony Smith, Secure Futures

Wharton Aldhizer and Weaver PLC's - High Tech Company Award

Honors a company whose growth, accomplishments, or prospects represented a significant technological contribution to the Valley.

  • DASCOM Americas
  • Eastern BioPlastics

Lumos Networks - Innovation In Higher Education Award
Honors innovative use and/or development of technology in higher education and training.

  • JMU Department of Nursing
  • Dr. Gabriel Niculescu & Dr. Ioana Niculescu, JMU Physics
  • William Oliver, Blue Ridge Community College
  • Diane Painter, Shenandoah University

Verizon's - Innovation In K-12 Education Award
Honors innovative use and/or development of technology in K-12 education and training.

  • Ralph Irons, Shenandoah Valley Governor's School
  • JMU NETS-T Certification Program
  • Chandler Sansing & Wayne Zink, Shelburne Middle School
  • Denise Southwick, Robert E Lee High School


Center for Innovative Technology's - Innovative Technology Application Award

Honors innovative use of technology in more traditional industries, such as agriculture or manufacturing.

  • Linda Alger, Blue Ridge Community College
  • Sven Brueckner, Axon AI
  • ComSonics, Inc.
  • Mike Heatwole, May Supply
  • Christopher Runion & Jennifer Runion, Eddie Edward Signs

 Reservations for Tech Nite 15 are open! Reserve your spot for this premier event today.


Keynote:  Joseph Rogers, PhD., Executive Director, Brain Sciences, SRI International, will be our keynote speaker for Tech Nite.  His keynote will be about Alzheimer's Disease: What Is it, Who Gets It, and What's Being Done About It. 


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Open Coding Night

6 pm, April 7, LightCastle Technology Complex, Staunton, VA


Open Source Staunton is hosting coding nights open to beginners, experienced developers and everyone in between! You can bring your own project to share or join another. This is a great time to bounce ideas around, troubleshoot problems, build your github resume, or just work on your programming chops. 




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NSF SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshop

April 14-16, 9am-5pm, Inn at Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center


CIT is proud to partner with Virginia Tech to present this special SBIR/STTR workshop designed with the busy researcher in mind. Attend all or part of this low cost, two and a half day session. The first two days are presented in morning and afternoon sessions - attend the morning or afternoon session each day that fits your schedule best. The third day presents a half day commercialization planning workshop (morning session only).

  • April 14: SBIR/STTR Program DetailsThis session will be delivered as a morning session and afternoon session - attend the session that fits your schedule. Topics covered include: A basic intro to SBIR/STTR; compare/contrast various agencies, including NSF, DOD and NIH; A look at what is new in SBIR/STTR; tips to compete more effectively; resources available to Virginia based firms to support your SBIR and STTR submissions
  • April 15: NSF Proposal Preparation: This session will be delivered as a morning session and afternoon session - attend the session that fits your schedule. The NSF SBIR and STTR programs provide over $160M each year in SBIR/STTR funding. 9 broad topic areas provide a breadth of opportunities for early stage researchers who need funding to show proof of concept and funding to build out the technology for commercial use. Topics covered at this session include: Details of putting together an NSF proposal; Doing your homework; A section by section look at writing your proposal; NSF SBIR/STTR budget preparation
  • April 16: SBIR/STTR Commercialization Planning: This session is offered as a morning session only. Topics covered include: SBIR/STTR Commercialization - what this means at various agencies, including NSF, NIH and DOD; Tips for credible commercialization plans; An in-depth look at the NSF Commercialization plan.

Price: Virginia based university: $45 pp; Virginia based small tech firms: $85 pp; all others: $250 pp

NOTE: Registrants will be contacted by the event organizer to determine which sessions you plan to attend.
QUESTIONS:, 703-689-3080 | REGISTER: NSF SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshop


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American Society for Quality, April 16 meeting
April 16, Hometown Grill and Buffet, Staunton

ASQ membership is NOT required to attend section events, so please feel free to bring a colleague with you!


April 2015 Section Meeting - Staunton
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 5:30-8:00pm
  • 5:30 PM-6:00 PM - Arrival & Networking
  • 6:00 PM-7:00 PM -  Dinner (at Attendee Expense)
  • 7:00 PM-9:00 PM - Presentation, "Selling Quality to the Shop Floor: A View from the Front Lines", by Norval Johnston
An RSVP is requested (not required) - please email your RSVP to before noon on Wednesday, April 16. 



ASQ Conference Call for Papers:

The call for papers is now open for the 3rd Annual ASQ Innovation Conference. 


This conference will be held in Charlottesville, Virginia on September 19th.  As in previous years there will be a reception on Friday evening and an innovation workshop on Sunday morning.  If you are interested in presenting, you are invited to submit a paper to provide a presentation on that day.  The submission form is attached to this email.


If you have any questions regarding the submission please contact Peter Merrill at or Jane Keathley at


Find out more about past Innovation Conferences at the ASQ Innovation Division website: 


More details, including registration information will be available in the near future.  


Visit the ASQ website for all this information and more.


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Cyber Intelligence: Trends in Education, Training, and Workforce Gaps
April 20, 8am-4:30pm, JMU Festival Conference and Student Center


Cyber intelligence is the acquisition, monitoring, and analysis of information about cyber threat actors' capabilities and activities so as to inform decision making (Software Engineering Institute, CMU, 2013). It is strategic and proactive perspectives applied to cybersecurity challenges.


Workshop Objectives

  • Discuss Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Cyber Intelligence TaskForce's white pa- per on status of cyber intelligence (Intel) education, training, and workforce gaps.
  • Share experience and insight about education, train- ing, workforce gaps, and curriculum development such as interdisciplinary undergraduate courses, graduate education, certificates, and training pro- grams.
  • Identify opportunities for academic collaboration with industry, non-profit organizations, and govern- ment (e.g., National Defense University (NDU), MAR- FORCYBERCOM, and DHS).
  • Expand outreach to academic, student, industry, and government (federal, state, and local) communities about cyber intelligence, an emerging specialty. 



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SVTC's Bits and Grits
April 21, 8-9am; Mrs. Rowes, Staunton, VA


Come get together for great breakfast and to talk some tech. Dutch treat. No reservations required. 


This is where our technology users and creators get together to connect about various topics (while eating some good food!). This occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Look for Kurt Plowman. No reservations required.


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Innovate LIVE
April 24-26, 2015; Staunton, VA

Update -- tech users and creators are participating in Innovate LIVE! What's better than tech savvy entrepreneurs who are bringing cutting edge technology and innovative energy to the Valley?

Maybe it's tech entrepreneurs who are doing all that while embracing collaboration and open access for all.

From launching the Open Source Staunton meetups (Tamara Funk) to leading Girl Develop It in Harrisonburg (Ann Lewis), to co-founding the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council (Ron Perry) --  our technology presenters are walking the walk when it comes to opening doors and building peer-to-peer networks of support and collaboration.


Sunday morning April 26th:

Tech in the Valley:  Networked, Open, and Growing Together
Technology entrepreneurs are occupying surprising and expanding corners of our Valley - serving clients from around the globe, yet connecting with each other locally to create networks of inspiration and peer support. Hear from a panel of regional technology developers and users on why they chose the Shenandoah Valley, the opportunities that lie at the intersection of technology and small rural cities, and how they are leading efforts to launch Open Source communities and diverse networks that welcome aspiring entrepreneurs into their fold.
Event details: Over two days, social enterprises, community organizers, and artistic creators will converge in coffee shops, patios, and classrooms to explore the next wave of innovative ideas that are transforming our local communities. Sustainability, cooperation, the new economy, and arts and music will be the lenses through which we explore local opportunities for change and evolution. 

The open-air format includes interactive workshops hosted by successful entrepreneurs, keynotes from leading change-makers, funding forums for new projects, and laid-back evenings for odd minds and young ideas to mingle.

Conceived as a small city interpretation of the wave of "Start-Up weekends" being held around the state and country, this weekend will connect entrepreneurs with the peers, tools, and resources needed to spark new innovation, while maintaining a creative and community-centered celebratory design that mirrors the character of the City of Staunton and our commitment to placed-based and small-city community development. 


Visit or direct registration: Innovate LIVE registration (Early Bird $75; Early Bird Student $50; General Admission $99) [Volunteers also sought and might exchange for admission)


Innovate LIVE Facebook: 

Innovate LIVE Twitter 


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City of Staunton Hiring Systems Engineer

Now Open, Staunton, VA


Do you like a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple projects and making things happen? 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 and Microsoft SQL server. Experience in these areas is highly desired. 

Hiring range is DOQ/E (+) 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 April 12, 2015. EOE. 




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Hatch3D; Printing the Future

Downtown Harrisonburg


3D printing is revolutionizing industries, from education and medicine to military training. It's a game changing technology so we couldn't be more excited to have a company downtown that specializes in this unique field. Hatch3D is a brand new 3D printing, scanning, and design business located on West Market St. in the Wetsel Seed Building. 

What is 3D printing, you ask? It's the process of creating a unique object by layering a material, which can be anything from wood, plastic, metal, biological matter such as cells, and food, onto itself in successive layers until a 3D object is formed. It's used to lower the cost of mass production and create objects faster. 3D printers are being manufactured for home use - some starting at around four hundred dollars. But, why shell out the money when you have Hatch3D in your own backyard.  




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Governor McAuliffe Announces Expansion of Organic Herb Growing Facility in Rockingham County

Shenandoah Growers, Inc. to Invest $8.7 Million to Expand Operations, Create Jobs, Relocate Headquarters, Grow Sales


RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Shenandoah Growers, Inc. will expand its existing organic herb nursery greenhouse and production facility in Rockingham County.  The company will invest $6.7 million in its existing facility, significantly increasing production and growing sales by an estimated $15 million over the next three years, and create 15 new jobs.  In addition, Shenandoah Growers will invest $2 million to relocate its headquarters and create a finishing system at the new site.  The Commonwealth is partnering with Rockingham County and Shenandoah Growers on this project through the Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund.


Speaking about the announcement, Governor McAuliffe stated, "The strength of the Commonwealth's agricultural economy and its entrepreneurs is on full display at Shenandoah Growers.  This expansion, with its investment in innovative technology and new jobs being created, represent another economic win for the Shenandoah Valley.  My administration is committed to utilizing fully our diverse agriculture industry, one of the Commonwealth's greatest assets, to help build the new Virginia economy."


Founded in Virginia in 1989, Shenandoah Growers has built a national reputation for its high-quality organic, fresh-cut herbs, and the company's now signature Living Organic Herbs brand. As it looks to future growth and business opportunities, Shenandoah Growers will install a new 78,000 square foot nursery greenhouse and other state-of-the-art technology in its current facility to meet increased demand for its products from major grocery chains.  In addition, the company will purchase an existing warehouse and office facility in Rockingham County, which it will renovate into its new headquarters.  That facility will also feature a new finishing system for its plants.  Shenandoah Growers' Living Organic Herbs products are 100% Virginia-grown.


"Shenandoah Growers' entrepreneurial spirit makes it a model for the role that agribusiness will play in building the new Virginia economy," said Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore,who represented Governor McAuliffe at the announcement.  "The company has established itself as a significant player in Virginia agriculture through a reputation for technology, sustainability, and an innovative product line.  That reputation will be enhanced in this expansion as Shenandoah Growers implements a series of proprietary technologies to increase greenhouse production and improve the quality and yield of each plant produced.  These investments will fuel the company's expansion into major markets across the Southern and Midwestern United States, bringing high-quality, Virginia-grown products to millions of Americans."


"Shenandoah Growers' commitment to producing 100% natural, organic, and sustainably-farmed fresh herbs benefits not only the Commonwealth, but consumers across the country as well," added First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, who also attended the announcement.  "Virginia is blessed to have a diversified agricultural economy that provides many wholesome commodities and food products, in addition to thousands of jobs.  Innovative companies like Shenandoah Growers are part of that diverse mix and help to add more flavor and taste options to the foods that feed and sustain us."


Shenandoah Growers is already a significant player in Virginia agriculture with its 25-year history.  Through this expansion, the company's Rockingham County facilities alone will generate an additional $15 million in sales over the next three years.  The increased sales will have a significant impact on the companies that supply Shenandoah Growers, the benefits of which will be felt throughout the Shenandoah Valley region.


"We are very proud to be agriculture entrepreneurs in Virginia and Rockingham County," said Tim Heydon, Owner of Shenandoah Growers, Inc.  "Our AFID partnership exemplifies the commitment among agribusiness, Virginia and Rockingham County to secure and create jobs and ensure that the Commonwealth is at the forefront of agricultural innovation.  Rockingham County and the Commonwealth of Virginia have been fundamental to facilitating a business environment that inspires growth and job development and we are very thankful for the continued support."


The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services partnered with Rockingham County to secure this expansion for Virginia.  Governor McAuliffe approved a $100,000 grant from the AFID Fund to assist with the project and Rockingham County will provide a $100,000 cash match. Additional funding and services to support the companies employee training will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, administered by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.


"I am very proud that Rockingham County and Shenandoah Growers have been selected to receive this AFID facility grant," said Michael Breeden, Rockingham County Board of Supervisor's Chairman.  "This grant further demonstrates the Commonwealth's on-going commitment to supporting our local businesses and farms, which is essential to our agricultural community.  Shenandoah Growers has been an integral part of the agricultural landscape in Rockingham County for over 20 years and is truly an innovative small business story.  The company has grown to become one of the nation's leading providers of fresh herbs to retail grocers and we are proud they call our community home."


Speaking about the announcement, Senator Mark Obenshain, R - Harrisonburg said, "Thanks to Shenandoah Growers working in partnership with the Commonwealth and Rockingham County, we have another expanding business creating Virginia-grown products and providing more opportunities for our farmers.  As a strong supporter of the AFID program, I am pleased to be a part of this new expansion."


Delegate Todd Gilbert, R - Woodstock added,"Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley are home to many thriving agriculture based businesses, and I'm happy to be a part of Shenandoah Growers' continued growth.   Agriculture is Virginia's largest private industry and we should do all we can to encourage more development in this vital economic sector, especially in the Shenandoah Valley." 


According to a 2013 economic impact study conducted by the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, agriculture and forestry are two of Virginia's largest private industries with a combined economic impact of $70 billion annually.  Agriculture generates more than $52 billion per annum, while forestry generates more than $17 billion.  The industries also provide more than 400,000 jobs in the Commonwealth.  More information about the Weldon Cooper Center's study can be found at


About the Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund

The AFID Fund was created during the 2012 session of the General Assembly and is being embraced by the McAuliffe Administration as an important tool in growing the Commonwealth's agriculture and forestry sector and helping to make Virginia the leading exporter of agricultural and forest products on the East Coast.  More information about the AFID grant, which has the flexibility to assist projects large and small throughout Virginia, can be found at



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SourceLink Virginia
Would like to increase its resource directory!

Normally only not-for-profits, including the SVTC, are listed at SourceLink. To gauge whether for-profit companies exist --who are truly serving entrepreneurs and driving economic development outcomes--  that also could/should be listed, SourceLink has indicated that they will take applications from for-profit companies on a trial basis for evaluation. So, anyone who might qualify, please use this link: SourceLinkVirginia Resource Partner Survey.

The key features of this new program are the searchable resource directory, a centralized (and localized) events and workshops calendar, and a blog with news and updates from around the Virginia entrepreneurial development universe. They have also built-in connectivity to the Virginia Business One-Stop. Thanks to the support of the initial state agency and private-sector sponsors, access to SourceLink Virginia is provided free of charge to both service providers and entrepreneurs. This is an EXCELLENT resource. FREE. 

About SourceLink Virginia

SourceLink Virginia is a project of the Virginia Community Economic Network. This online portal It is designed to connect aspiring, emerging, and established entrepreneurs to business assistance providers who can help them grow and succeed. SourceLink Virginia provides entrepreneurs with free and easy access to the resources they need- when they need it. 

How do we accomplish this?

SourceLink Virginia connects a large network of business assistance organizations who offer a wide variety of business-building services for small businesses and entrepreneurs. We facilitate the linking of these resource providers to one another and to established, emerging and start-up enterprises throughout the Commonwealth.
Our network's resource partners provide a wide range of business-related services, including:

  • Business Planning
  • Loans/Financing
  • Marketing/Sales
  • Licenses/Permits
  • Startups
  • Product Development
  • Training Classes
  • Government Contracts
  • Operations
Check out SourceLink at

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