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April 17, 2015
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BlueHub Co-working space opened in Harrisonburg, Wed., Apr. 15
Preparing for our Spring 2015 election of SVTC Directors
Announcing the Tech Nite 15 nominees
Madison Engineering XChange| 75 projects on display (April 18)
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)
Mental Health and the Workplace Seminar (May 6)
City of Staunton Hiring Systems Engineer
News from Nicky: The Harrisonburg Printers Museum
BlueHub Co-working space opened in Harrisonburg, Wed., Apr. 15

Location: 128 W. Bruce Street, across the street from the Ice House. The space is ready to go: various options are configured. Their website is open! Questions?

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

Virginia Robotics - 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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Madison Engineering XChange: Open to the Public
April 18, 2015 at JMU ISAT/HHS Bldgs

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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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Mental Health and the Workplace
May 6, 11:30-1:30pm, Fishersville, VA

People are the most important asset for any organization and human resources (HR) costs are often the biggest single budget item.  Mental illness and substance abuse annually cost employers an estimated $80 to $100 billion in indirect costs.  Helping staff members deliver their best efforts and ensuring that appropriate support is available when needed are key to a positive work culture that leads to engaged, inspired and healthy employees who contribute more effectively.


Investing in a mentally healthy workforce is good for business.  When employees receive effective treatment for mental illnesses, the result is lower total medical costs, increased productivity, lower absenteeism, and decreased disability costs.


The goal of this seminar is to provide you the tools to:            

  • Understand how mental health conditions can impact your employees and your business
  • Recognize mental health conditions in a timely manner
  • Communicate with your employees about mental health conditions
  • Help your employees find appropriate care and support at critical junctures 

This seminar fulfills 1.5 recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.


Instructor: Kim Montgomery LPC, LMFT, CSAC of Botetourt Counseling Center

Date: May 6, 2015

Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Location: Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences

100 Baldwin Boulevard  Fishersville, VA 22939

Cost: Early Bird $10  Late Registration $15


 RSVP for Mental Health and the Workplace


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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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Member News: Cadence, Inc. Announces New LaserSwiss Capability


Staunton, VA (April 13, 2015) - Cadence has built its business on creating new-to-the-world manufacturing technologies to make complex products the world has never seen.  The latest addition of innovative technologies includes a new LaserSwiss machining capability.  This novel technology combines 6-axis Swiss machining and laser cutting into one process.


Tube fabrication technologies have emerged as significant total cost drivers for critical components.  This combination of key tube fabrication technologies provides endless possibilities for complex tubing that were once deemed impossible through conventional Swiss machining alone.  


LaserSwiss enables:

  • New product designs that were not able to be manufactured using prior technologies
  • Higher precision with less variation
  • Lower costs


"Cadence is committed to investing in highly technical solutions for our customers" stated CEO, Alan Connor. "LaserSwiss provides our customers with new product design possibilities in a way that yields lowest total cost.  That's a 'win-win' for everyone involved."


About Cadence, Inc. - Cadence imagines things others cannot, builds things others will not and delivers outcomes that simply make the world work better. We bring together people and solutions in ways no other company can. Hand to hand with our customers, employees, and shareholders, we are inventing new things using science and innovation to make an impact that matters. Cadence employs nearly 500 people worldwide with headquarters in Staunton, VA and other locations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and the Dominican Republic.


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Member News: Eight Lenhart Pettit Attorneys Honored

Lenhart Pettit is pleased to announce that eight of its attorneys have been honored by designations from 2015 Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business. Five of Lenhart Pettit's attorneys have been recognized for inclusion in the "Virginia Super Lawyers" list and three of its attorneys have been named to the "Virginia Rising Stars" list. The designation process is a multi-phased selection process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Many of Lenhart Pettit's attorneys have also received recognition from Best Lawyers in America® (Copyright 2010 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, SC) and Virginia Business magazine's "Legal Elite."

The selected lawyers and the expertise for which they were recognized are:

PATRICK C. ASPLIN (BUSINESS/CORPORATE) - Patrick Asplin has a diverse business and commercial litigation practice with a particular emphasis on technology, e-commerce, intellectual property issues, and business disputes. Mr. Asplin both counsels clients on strategic business matters and represents them in litigation before federal and state courts, including the Virginia Supreme Court and dispute resolution proceedings.

MICHAEL E. DERDEYN (GENERAL LITIGATION) - Mike Derdeyn's practice focuses on the areas of litigation, general business law, and employment law. He also serves as general counsel to a number of local businesses. Mike's litigation experience includes litigating claims for individuals and for businesses in state and federal courts in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate, construction, employment, and landlord-tenant law.

JEFFREY G. LENHART (BUSINESS/CORPORATE) - Jeffrey Lenhart serves as general counsel to numerous closely held businesses and professional associations (including medical and dental practices, accounting firms and architectural practices). His practice also specializes in estate planning (with particular emphasis in representing family-owned businesses) and employee benefits, including creation of leveraged ESOPs. Mr. Lenhart also holds a master of laws degree in taxation.

BILL SHMIDHEISER (BUSINESS LITIGATION) - Bill Shmidheiser is a litigator who specializes in complicated financial messes, including disputes among shareholders and partners in businesses, divorces, real estate disputes, and representation of creditors in foreclosures, difficult collections, bankruptcies and workouts. Mr. Shmidheiser has substantial trial experience as lead counsel in scores of commercial cases, both jury and non-jury trials.

CATHLEEN P. WELSH (EMPLOYMENT & LABOR) - Cathy Welsh has concentrated her practice in employment law throughout her legal career. She has assisted businesses of all sizes from small closely held family businesses to clients with thousands of employees. She both counsels clients on best practices to avoid employment law problems and advocates for them before state and federal administrative agencies and courts. She is a frequent public speaker to business and professional associations on labor and employment law topics.

ANDREW B. STOCKMENT (VIRGINIA RISING STAR-INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY) - Andrew Stockment focuses his practice on business law, intellectual property and technology, and securities and private equity, capitalizing on his background as a software engineer and owner of a web development business. He advises clients regarding the preparation and negotiation of contracts and the organization, operation, purchase, financing, and sale of businesses. He has published numerous articles on intellectual property law issues, and he serves on the Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law Section Council of the Virginia Bar Association as the Young Lawyers Division Representative.

KELLY B. LAPAR (VIRGINIA RISING STAR- BUSINESS LITIGATION) - Kelly LaPar concentrates her practice in the area of commercial litigation. Kelly's practice emphasizes construction law and the representation of developers, contractors, subcontractors and design professionals in construction related transactions and disputes. Kelly serves as general counsel to a local construction trade organization and is active in numerous other construction organizations. In addition to a dynamic construction law practice, Kelly represents clients in general commercial litigation including in the areas of creditor rights and real estate disputes. She also practices equine law and has been a public speaker on Virginia's Equine Liability Act.

ANDREW S. BAUGHER (VIRGINIA RISING STAR- BUSINESS LITIGATION) - Andrew Baugher focuses his practice on civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels. He has experience with a variety of matters, including intellectual property, breach of contract, business torts, and employment disputes. Andrew has handled multiple jury and bench trials as first- or second-chair in the circuit courts of Virginia and the district courts of the United States. His prior experience as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Virginia also gives him a unique perspective on appellate practice. He has participated in appellate litigation before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Supreme Court of Virginia, and the Court of Appeals of Virginia, and is adept at analyzing complex legal issues both before and after the need for an appeal arises. 



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LeClairRyan is a law firm with deep entrepreneurial roots, having originally been founded as a venture capital boutique. The firm has grown to over 380 lawyers with offices from Georgia to Massachusetts on the east coast, Texas to Michigan in the central U.S. Colorado and California in the western part of the country. The firm provides business counsel and client representation in matters of corporate law, employment law and business litigation. Its mission is to achieve excellence for its clients by providing integrated, responsive, and timely services. A number of the firm's attorneys serve as outside general counsel to emerging companies, including alternative energy, bioinformatics, diagnostics, digital media, high-tech research and development, information technology, internet, medical device, medical IT, pharmaceutical, SaaS, and traditional and high-tech manufacturing and distribution companies. The LeClairRyan intellectual property team is nationally recognized in patent prosecution, interferences, reissues and reexaminations, and in patent litigation in the biotech, pharmaceutical, software, chemical, electrical and physical science fields. This suite of services, coupled with expertise in angel and venture capital and other types of equity financing, underscores the firm's ability to serve entrepreneurial, knowledge-based companies. 




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Local Chamber of Commerce Headed to United Arab Emirates
September 2015


Experience the most unique & exquisite destination in the world! The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Indus Travel for an eight-day, seven-night trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), September 22-29, 2015.  It is available to Chamber members as well as the general public at a great price.  Embark on this journey to experience your once in a lifetime Arabian adventure where expectations are beyond your wildest dreams!


These luxury cities combine old-world souks, Bedouin villages and ski slopes in modern shopping malls with camel rides in the desert to climbing the tallest buildings in the world, to visiting elaborate mosques and picturesque palaces. You will even have the opportunity to visit Saadiyat Island Cultural District where you will view the soon to open, Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Art & Culture Center.  Both cities are very safe and completely Westernized as everyone speaks English and all signage is in English. 


Learn more about this once in a lifetime trip.


Limited to twenty (20) reservations.

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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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"News" from Nicky: Harrisonburg Printers Museum


[news from the "Good to Know" category]


Having made  the charming acquaintance of Tim Moore last night - a sophomore in the SMAD program at JMU, I want to share the fact that right here in our midst exists the Harrisonburg Finest Printers Museum. Yes, this is indeed, a thing. Who knew!?

Moore, "President and Chief Excavator", explained to me that the museum is open for tours every Friday from 5:00 - 5:30 pm, and I will head over there Fri, Apr. 17! And in case you care to know the precise number of printers on display, it's 64.5 (one fell off the roof.) 


To get an idea of the whole story, the truth and nothing but the truth,  I recommend enjoying the detailed information (incl. pictures) that was published in the monthly, high gloss, magazine Port and Main:  Modern Day Gutenbergs. The extensive coverage on their Facebook page is not to be missed: Harrisonburg Printers Museum -- I recommend attending a museum tour (incl. PB&J) soon, as the museum will cease to exist upon graduation of the principals.  I might consider joining them on  Apr 24 (10 PM) for their fundraiser to benefit Hungry For Music. 


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