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SVTC Luncheon: Introducing the 4-VA Consortium and the TelePresence Room at JMU, April 19, 2012 (limited space, registration required)

Tech Nite 12: May 2, 2012

SVTC Bits & Grits: April 17, 20, 2012

Welcome Back Level III Member: National College

Job Opening: Systems Engineer II - Information Technology, City of Staunton

Startup VA Looking for Successful Entrepreneur Leaders in our Region

DoD SBIR Proposal Workshops (Hosted by CIT): May 2nd & May 17th

National College Offering One-Day Instructional Workshops on Microsoft Excel: May 7th, 8th & 21st

2012 State Wind Energy Symposium: June 20-June 22, 2012


SVTC Luncheon:  Thursday, April 19, 2012 

Introducing the 4-VA Consortium and the TelePresence Room at JMU - SEATING IS LIMITED ... less than 10 spots left!

JMU Festival Center, downstairs 

11:45am to 1:15pm (networking begins at 11:45am)   


Speaker: Nick Swayne, James Madison University, College of Education, will introduce the 4-VA consortium and the TelePresence room at JMU to the Shenandoah Valley tech community. He will be joined by George Mason University's counterpart, Amy Brener, so that we can experience the wow-effect when the "other side" is present and the system is operational.  


About 4-VA:  A new statewide initiative called 4-VA is making significant headway on improving access and efficiency in Virginia's public universities.

The collaboration among James Madison University, George Mason University, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech is advancing several initiatives to increase the number of college graduates, especially in fields important to the state's economic development. Initiated by Gov. Bob McDonnell, 4-VA is charged with increasing access to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses for Virginia students.

One idea under discussion is to have each school offer upper-level undergraduate or graduate-level courses to other institutions in a specific area of expertise, providing students with access to courses not available at their home institutions. The Cisco Systems Inc.'s TelePresence technology available at all the 4-VA schools will facilitate this course sharing.

Sharing resources among the universities is a major thrust of 4-VA, and TelePresence is currently being used to teach two advanced Chinese classes. Mason instructor Xi Chen conducts the classes in one of Mason's TelePresence rooms on the Fairfax Campus. Six students at James Madison University are enrolled in Chinese 305 Advanced Business Chinese.  This summer, JMU will host an Intelligence Analysis course using simulations to study Iran's nuclear program.  The course will be shared with UVA using TelePresence which adds a level of complexity that the students will have to address in their simulations.

This summer, James Madison University is also hosting a conference for biology faculty to address the new Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), developing online library resources, and redesigning courses to meet the needs of the 21st Century.

George Mason and James Madison also have been working together to design programs for adult students who have a two-year (associate's) degree but were unable to attend a four-year university. The plan is to deliver the upper two years of a four-year degree via distance education. The academic focus is on the needs of rural Virginia, particularly the need for economic and workforce development. Faculty from several academic departments have participated in the design of the program, and details about the programs will be available soon.


Cost:  $12 - includes lunch



* Pre-registration and pre-payment is required *   (We will order a lunch for each registered person)  Max capacity: 30 FIRST COME FIRST SERVE 

Payment: Upon registering, we will email you an invoice which will include a credit card payment link. (Pre-payment is required.) [Cancellations must be received by Monday, April 16th, noon].

Important parking info:  Please plan for a 3-5 mins walk. (The Festival will be very busy that day and we are asked NOT to park in the lot across from the Festival.) Hence, we will park in lot R4 and walk a bit. The lot is accessible from ** University Boulevard ** and normally serves Blue Ridge Hall (next to Tuesday Mornings and across from Costco). Parking tags not required. From there, walk to the Festival via the staircase in the northwest (back left) corner of the R4 Lot, adjacent to Blue Ridge Hall. Please take a look at the online parking map (located a 


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Tech Nite 12

May 2, 2012

JMU's Festival & Conference Center


Check your mail...Invitations have been mailed and we are taking reservations!


5:30 pm Reception

7:00 pm Dinner

7:30 pm Awards presentation


This is the evening when we highlight the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region and the entrepreneurs, innovators, leaders and educators behind those successes. We received a record-breaking 33 nominations for the seven awards that will presented at Tech Nite 12.  Join us on May 2nd when we will announce the deserving winners and present the awards.


Cost:  $75 per person 

Click here to make your reservations 


Visit our Tech Nite Details page to find out who has been nominated this year and to learn more about Tech Nite 12.


Sponsorships: Don't forget we still have some open sponsorship opportunities.  This is an excellent way to get your name out to the tech crowd on May 2nd. Take a look at our Tech Nite page for more information.  Sponsorships range from $300 to $1,500 (includes tickets).  Contact to discuss.


Thank you to our Tech Nite 12 Sponsors (to date!):


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Bits & Grits

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 8:00am

Mrs. Rowe's, Staunton


Our regularly scheduled breakfast event is held on the third Tuesday of every month. See you there! Reservations or membership not required.


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Welcome Back Level III Member: National College


We thank National College for their Level III membership renewal.  Their strong support of the SVTC is much appreciated.


The fundamental purpose of National College is to educate men and women for the duties and responsibilities of professional life and to help place them in positions which hold ample opportunities for career advancement.


National College instills in its graduates the desire to take initiative in directing their professional lives and the ability to adapt effectively to the challenges and demands of the 21st Century workplace. Our aim is to have the resources, curriculum, staff, and faculty that motivate and prepare students for success in well-defined fields of employment. The curriculum at National College trains each student to take advantage of these opportunities, concentrating on essential professional skills that will lead toward employment in specific career fields, including business, legal, medical, and information technology at the baccalaureate, associate, and diploma levels.


For more information visit or call (540) 432-0943.


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Job Opening: Systems Engineer II - Information Technology, City of Staunton

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, Microsoft SQL server, Enterasys networks and Nortel telephony.  Experience in these areas is highly desired.

Hiring range: $37,930 - $50,000 (+) excellent benefits package.
Candidates may apply at on or before April 22, 2012. The City of Staunton is an equal opportunity employer. 



Startup VA Looking for Successful Entrepreneur Leaders in our Region

Are you a successful entrepreneur that would be interested in getting involved with the Startup Virginia initiative.


Entrepreneurs are at the heart of the Startup America Partnership. We're bringing together a coalition of mentors, advisors, funders, major corporations and service providers to deliver strategic and substantive resources to help entrepreneurs start and scale companies.

The Startup America Partnership is:

  • A movement by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs - launched January 31, 2011, at the White House to help inspire and celebrate entrepreneurs, their firms and the people that join them.
  • An independent, private-sector entity - leveraging the work of our close partners in the U.S. government, but with the fierce freedom, independence and agility that define American startups themselves.
  • Focused on bringing the private sector together to maximize the success of America's entrepreneurs - and maximize America's competitiveness in an increasingly global world.
  • A tool to showcase a wide range of entrepreneurs, elevating them as innovators and job creators, while celebrating entrepreneurship as a core American value. We aspire to make starting or joining an American startup the most desirable job in the world.

Our "customers" are the entrepreneurs themselves. We will take steps to encourage the creation of new startups, however, our principal focus will be on supporting the entrepreneurs who are leading existing firms with high-growth potential (what we call "speedups"). We will do this by assembling commitments from a wide range of companies and organizations to provide assistance to entrepreneurs in the following areas:

  • Expertise: Connect entrepreneurs with training, mentors, advisors and accelerators
  • Services: Provide entrepreneurs access to critical services at reduced costs
  • Talent: Assist entrepreneurs in recruiting and training the people that can help them grow
  • Customers: Help to scale startups through new and existing markets
  • Capital: Highlight sources of capital available to entrepreneurs in various regions and sectors
  • Through quality resources provided by our partners, we're going to help more startups accelerate their growth and become speedups. We're gathering a suite of resources to help them smartly grow their organizations, expanding from dozens of employees to hundreds and someday thousands.

In startup mode ourselves, we are excited by the initial interest, enthusiasm and momentum from both the entrepreneurial community and private sector. We welcome the opportunity to work with you in our efforts to maximize the success of entrepreneurs and recognize them as the heroes they truly are.
For more information and to find out how to get involved visit

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DoD SBIR Proposal Workshops

May 2, McLean, VA

May 17, Virginia Beach, VA

Planning a DoD SBIR Submission? 
DoD 2012.2 SBIR Solicitation -- Pre-release April 24, Opens May 24, Closes June 27:

The Dept.of Defense Small Business Innovation Research Grant program provides $150K - $1M in early stage funding to help them solve technology problems that are aligned with their mission.  The next SBIR Solicitation will open in Pre-Release on about April 24, will open on about May 24, and will close on about June 27. 

CIT is hosting two DoD focused SBIR workshops during the pre-solicitation period to help those new to the program and for those who may want to be more competitive in their grant submissions. 

These one day workshops provide in depth guidance on the DOD SBIR / STTR programs and are ideal for those new to the program as well as those who have participated in SBIR or STTR previously.  We'll have a special discussion on the recent SBIR program reauthorization and how that will specifically impact current and future SBIR/STTR awards. 
The DOD SBIR and STTR grant programs have over $1.3B available to fund early stage R&D projects based on the needs of each agency.  DOD is different than all other agencies who have SBIR/STTR grants, and each DOD component is different.  Learn how to tap into this valuable funding mechanism! 
Event will be taught by Mr. John Davis of the SBIR Resource Center.  With over 17 years experience in teaching SBIR, Mr. Davis brings a unique perspective into the program and provides detailed content that is sure to make a difference your approach to writing winning SBIR/STTR for the Dept. of Defense.  
Agenda includes: 

  • SBIR / STTR overview
  • Agency differences
  • Doing your Homework
  • How to approach the agency
  • Step by step proposal preparation guidance and tips to stand out above other DOD SBIR/STTR proposals
  • Using SBIR to open doors to multi-million dollar opportunities
  • What the recent SBIR re-authorization means to you 
  • Insights from a DoD SBIR Award Winner!

-Virginia Based Technology Firms:  $90 per person
-Non-Virginia Based Technology Firms:  $175 per person
For full information & to register visit:

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"As a technology user and training coordinator, I find the SVTC luncheons a great source of information and networking.  I have developed contracts with businesses and trainers as a result of conversations at the meetings.  SVTC helps me to serve the needs of my customers and clients."

- Mary Sullivan, Training 

  Coordinator, Blue Ridge

  Community College, SV 

  Small Business Development



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"SVTC membership has been an invaluable asset to Cadence over the years.  As a growing company in this area, our ability to leverage the many available networking activities continues to be an integral part of our on-going success.  Cadence has also benefited from recognition by the SVTC as the High Tech Company at the annual Tech Nite awards event." 


 - Chip Harvill, VP Marketing
   Cadence, Inc.


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National College Offering One-Day Instructional Workshops on Microsoft Excel: May 7th, 8th & 21st, 9:00am-4:30pm

1515 Country Club Road, Harrisonburg


Essentials: May 7th
Creating an Excel worksheet, editing spreadsheets, preforming calculations, modifying, formatting, printing and managing.


Intermediate: May 8th
Calculating data with advanced formulas, organizing worksheets and table data, inserting graphic, objects and customizing and enhancing workbooks and the excel environment.


Advanced: May 21st
Streamlining workflow collaborating with others, auditing worksheets, analyzing data working with multiple workbooks, importing and exporting data, presenting data using pivot tables, slicers, and pivot charts.


Three Day Package (Essentials, Intermediate, Advanced) $349.00
Two Day Package: $249.00
One Day Pacckage: $149.00


For more information contact Jennifere Clayton, Corporated Training Director

(540) 444-4164.



2012 State Wind Energy Symposium
June 20 - June 22, 2012
East Campus of James Madison University


The goal of the symposium is to inform stakeholders and other interested parties about the progress that wind power made in the region over the past few years and opportunities for the future.  The Symposium will address timely issues pertaining to wind power development in Virginia and throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, through a series of workshops and panel discussions. 

This year the Symposium will be held June 20-22, 2012 on the East Campus of James Madison University.

New this year we will be featuring:

  • Tours of our new Small Wind Training and Testing Facility
  • More exhibitors
  • A full 1.5 days of concurrent tracks and panel discussions
  • More time for Q&A in each panel discussion
  • A wind farm tour on the 22nd (limited availability) (TBD)


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