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April 24, 2015
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Innovate LIVE, Staunton (Apr 24-26)
Virginia Cyber Security Commission Town Hall, open to the public (Apr 24)
BlueHub Co-working space opened in Harrisonburg
Mental Health and the Workplace Seminar (May 6)
City of Staunton Hiring Systems Engineer
SVTC's May Bits and Grits (May 19)
Innovate LIVE: 
Today through Sunday!
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)


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Harrisonburg FLL team set to conquer them all:
Brick Dawgs at World Festival in St. Louis


The BRICK DAWGS --our local Harrisonburg FIRST Lego League team who won the state championship in Dec-- is now at the World Festival in St. Louis competing with the rest of the world's teams. Yikes.

Yes, we are PROUD sponsors and are keeping our fingers crossed! In the practice rounds yesterday, they were in the middle of the pack. Let's keep rooting them on. Yeah, Brick Dawgs!


What is the World Festival .... why, it's a giant deal and happening in St. Louis: FIRST Championship



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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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Virginia News: Governor McAuliffe Announces State Action to Protect Against Cybersecurity Threats

RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Commonwealth of Virginia is establishing the Nation's first state-level Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO).


"Virginia's ISAO is our logical next step in building on the outstanding work of the Virginia Cyber Security Commission, Virginia Cyber Security Partnership, Virginia Information Technologies Agency, and the cybersecurity efforts of so many other public- and private-sector partners throughout the Commonwealth,"Governor McAuliffe said.


On February 13, 2015, President Obama issued Executive Order 13691-Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing, directing the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to encourage the creation of ISAOs across the United States.


Describing Virginia's initiative at the 2015 RSA Conference in San Francisco today, Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson stated, "With Governor McAuliffe's leadership of both the National Governors Association (NGA) Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, and the NGA Resource Center for State Cybersecurity, it just makes sense for Virginia to leverage our existing and future information sharing efforts by creating the first state-level ISAO."


ISAOs are intended to complement existing structures and systems that are used to share critical cybersecurity threat information across levels of government and industry sectors.


"As Governor McAuliffe's homeland security advisor, I'm excited that Virginia is leading the ISAO movement and look forward to working alongside our DHS, state, and other cybersecurity partners to help develop standards and best practices for information sharing with the private sector," said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran.


The Virginia Cyber Security Commission and "Cyber Virginia" were launched by Governor McAuliffe with his Executive Order Number Eight on February 25, 2014.


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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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ASQ - May Section Meeting
Tuesday, May 12, 5:30pm, Staunton, VA


Agenda of the Meeting:

5:30 PM-6:00 PM - Arrival & Networking at Hometown Grill & Buffet
6:00 PM-7:00 PM - Dinner (at Attendee Expense) - Order from Menu or Buffet

7:00 PM-7:10 PM - Announcements
7:10 PM-8:00 PM - Presentation, "Holistic Manufacturing Performance Metrics from the Shop Floor to the Enterprise", by Ed Van Rens


An RSVP is requested (not required) - please email your RSVP to before 3:00 PM on Tuesday, May 12.  Thank you.


Presentation Synopsis:

Holistic Manufacturing Performance Metrics from the Shop Floor to the Enterprise

No manufacturing facility is an island. Each produced manufacturing good brings with it an intricate DNA woven from a complex ecosystem of raw materials, suppliers, co-packers, distributors and ultimately..the consumer. With so many variables in play, how do companies begin to make decisions on how to make the highest quality products for the lowest cost with the fastest possible time-to-market? For most best-in-class manufacturers, the answers lie in manufacturing performance metrics.

Join this discussion to gain a better understanding of how top performing manufacturers are using quality metrics to optimize output from the process level out to engineering, operations, regulatory and executive teams.

About the presenter: As the Demand Generation Manager at InfinityQS, Ed Van Rens channels his passion for innovative manufacturing practices by having open conversations with Quality, Operations, IT and Executive members of the manufacturing community. At his post for 8 years, Mr. Van Rens has witnessed the evolution of traditional Statistical Process Control (SPC) technology from sets of mostly stand-alone process improvement tools to fully integrated global manufacturing quality platforms that deliver actionable manufacturing metrics and KPIs.



September 18-20 (Friday-Sunday), 2015:  ASQ Innovation Conference; click here for more information:


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Virginia SPQA Workshop at BRCC
June 9-10, Weyers Cave, VA


If you are interested in the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award, Virginia SPQA is offering a 2-day workshop at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave on June 9 and June 10 - "An Inquirer's Guide to the Baldrige Framework".

Virginia SPQA offers Baldrige Excellence Framework training events publically and on-site at organizations. 

Public Offerings occur, subject to demand, regionally at various locations across Virginia.

The standard public offering is "An Inquirer's Guide to the Baldrige Excellence Framework." This two-day course offers an in-depth review of the Framework, which includes the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and is a pre-requisite for new Examiners and highly recommended for individuals who wish to be proficient in the Framework. Registration fees include lunch. 

To learn more about Virginia SPQA Training Programs, visit their site, contact or call 571.215.8881. 


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SVTC's Bits and Grits
May 19, 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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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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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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