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SVTC Bits & Grits: August 21, 2012

Welcome Back Member: Cottonwood Commercial

Welcome Back Member: E-N Computers, Inc.

Member News: Lumos Networks Becomes Newest Member of Equinix Ethernet Exchange

SV-SBDC Workshop - Start Smart - For Those Thinking About New Businesses: August 23, 2012

CIT - University Tech Transfer Funding Forums: September 24th or September 26th

CIT - SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshops: September 25th or September 27th

CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards: Call for Nominations

Bits & Grits

Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 8:00am


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 Member:  Cottonwood Commercial


Please join us in thanking Cottonwood Commercial for their membership renewal.


Cottonwood Commercial is one of western Virginia's most comprehensive commercial real estate resources. From its founding in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1970, Cottonwood Commercial has been guided by the belief that it is not successful unless its clients are successful. Our goal is to build value for our customers by approaching our work with integrity, knowledge, and lots of good ideas. Over the years, our focus has broadened from being the predominant commercial real estate brokerage in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County area to the broader Shenandoah Valley and beyond.


Cottonwood Commercial's agents bring a diverse set of backgrounds and skills to their work. We are able to provide services across the board in commercial real estate. Our areas of assistance include: Shopping center leasing; Property Management; Site finding and brokering, Leasing of and brokering of office properties; Site selection for national retailers; Landlord and tenant representation; Investment real estate, including Triple net leases and 1031 exchanges; Multi-family brokering; Sale and purchases of farm acreage; Sale and purchase of convenience stores and gas stations; Leasing and sale of warehouse and industrial facilities.


We at Cottonwood Commercial Realty welcome your interest and your inquiries as you consider buying, selling, or leasing commercial property along Virginia's growing I-81 corridor or into Central Virginia.


For more information visit or call (540) 437-3560.



Welcome Back Member:  E-N Computers, Inc.


Our thanks to E-N Computers for their membership renewal.  Welcome back!


E-N Computers is an Information Technology support company with twelve years of growth, and based in Fishersville, Virginia.


E-N Computers provides businesses with comprehensive computer and network technology support through remote and on-site service of their client-server based networks through service contracts, monitoring, management, maintenance, system upgrades and new system installations. Our work environment is friendly and is designed for the self-motivated and resourceful individual dedicated to best practices centered on the uptime, security, and efficiency of our clients' technology. Our service areas include locations throughout Virginia.


For more information visit or call (540) 885-3129.



Member News: Lumos Networks Becomes Newest Member of Equinix Ethernet Exchange

[August 1, 2012] Waynesboro, VA - Lumos Networks today announced its membership in the Equinix Ethernet Exchange allowing its customers to seamlessly connect to locations around the world. The announcement comes just weeks after Lumos Networks earned certification as a Carrier Class Metro Ethernet Service provider from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF).  Equinix requires the same high standards as the MEF and is a valued partner in bringing connections to customers from around the globe.

Ethernet Exchange provides a new way to connect Lumos Networks with other Ethernet Service Providers outside the Lumos Networks footprint. Carriers have the opportunity to connect to Lumos Networks sites, at the same time as Lumos customers can connect outside the company's Mid-Atlantic footprint more effectively and efficiently.

"A big focus of the Ethernet technical community has become interconnectivity between Service providers.  Lumos Networks' participation in both Metro Ethernet Forum Certification and the Equinix Ethernet Exchange provides value to our current customers, and it also provides value to prospective customers who are looking for standards based, high quality Ethernet Services in our service footprint," says Vice President of Product Management and Engineering Craig M. Drinkhall. 

"The unique nature of our regional footprint is appealing to other service providers who may currently have limited connectivity to sites within our service area. Now with Certified Ethernet services and an easy way to connect via Ethernet Exchange, we'll have significant new wholesale sales opportunities," says Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Vice President Joe McCourt.  "Ethernet Exchange expands our ability to connect our customers across the Mid-Atlantic to the world."

Ethernet Exchange via Lumos Networks provides several key benefits to customers:

  • Gives customers new options for connectivity via Ethernet to locations outside the Lumos Networks Footprint.
  • Connectivity options up to 10G as a direct network to network interconnection.
  • Saves time in ordering and provisioning connectivity to external sites via high speed Ethernet.
  • Provides MEF Certified connectivity with a seamless network both within and beyond the Lumos Networks footprint.

For more information about Lumos Networks and its host of products and services, and for access to interactive network maps, please visit or call 800-262-2200.

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SV-SBDC Workshop:  Start Smart - For Those Thinking About New Businesses

August 23, 2012, 10:00-11:30am


Thinking about starting a small business?  Have you already started and realize you may have missed a few things?  This workshop is for you.

We review the steps to a successful start, the registrations and regulations, and the components of sound business planning, including financial projections.

Follow-up appointments are then available with SBDC business advisors to focus on your business or marketing plan.
Fee: $25

For more information visit


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University Tech Transfer Funding Forums

September 24, Charlottesville, VA

September 26, Blacksburg, VA

Hosted by the Center for Innovative Technology.

These sessions will provide insights into various funding sources available to university researchers to facilitate tech transfer and company start-up efforts. Companies that have used these funding sources will be featured in the discussion. 
Ideal for University researchers, university personnel, entrepreneurial university researchers, and postdoctoral researchers looking for funding to further develop their technology.

Attend all or part of this important forum!  Seats are limited to the first 50 registrants.

University personnel may attend at not cost, but must register.
For complete information and to register visit:


SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshops

(NIH Focused): September 25, Charlottesville, VA

(NSF Focused): September 27, Blacksburg, VA

Hosted by the Center for Innovative Technology

SBIR grants (Small Business Innovation Research) and it's sister STTR grant program (Small Business Technology Transfer) provide $150K - $1M in early stage R&D funding. 11 participating federal agencies use this program to fund early stage technology development that will help them solve their problems and meet their missions. $2.5B is available in this program, with the main purpose to commercialize the funded technology.

The Sept. 25 session in Charlottesville will provide detailed instruction on strategy and technical proposal preparation, with a focus on the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  With over $500M available in their SBIR/STTR programs, the NIH SBIR/STTR programs allow for investigator initiated topics to be proposed and funded.  From software development, training, IT, and new drugs, NIH funds a wide range of research with most topics proposed by the researcher.

The Sept. 27 session in Blacksburg will provide detailed instruction on strategy and technical proposal preparation, with an emphasis on the National Science Foundation (NSF).  With over $100M available in their SBIR/STTR programs, the NSF funds a lot of early stage, start-up, small tech firms, many of which had origins at a university. A large commercial opportunity is required in order to be considered for an NSF SBIR/STTR.   The NSF SBIR/STTR programs fund a wide array of technologies by way of four major technology categories: Biological & Chemical Technologies; Education Applications; Electronics, Information & Communications Technologies; Nanotech, Advanced Materials & Manufacturing.


For full information and to register visit:



"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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CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards: Call for Nominations to Recognize Most Ground Breaking Entrepreneurs

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) has announced the GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards, a new statewide entrepreneur award program, designed to identify and celebrate Virginia's next generation entrepreneurs in the areas of life sciences, technology and energy.

They are seeking nominations from all corners of the Commonwealth, CIT wants to honor innovative business entrepreneurs creating high-growth companies.

Nominating criteria includes: 

  • Individuals who are most likely to found a high-growth tech, life science or energy venture in the next 5 years

        Individuals both with or without current involvement in a start-up

        Individuals with strong ties to Virginia (but not required to be Virginia residents)

        Individuals must exhibit substantive involvement in Virginia's technology or entrepreneurial ecosystem

        In order to qualify for final voting individuals must be nominated by 3 people

  • CIT Board members and employees are not eligible  

CIT GAP Funds is the driving force behind the entrepreneur awards. They provide seed-stage equity investments in Virginia's top life science, technology and energy enterprises, propelling economic development and bolstering innovation statewide. Please see for more information.  

Nominations for the GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards can be submitted through the website

Final GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards recipients will be determined through a peer voting process. CIT will send an electronic ballot to nominees to vote. The final 2012 GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards recipients will be honored at an award banquet in McLean, Va. on October 18th. 

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