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August 14, 2015
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Valley Business Summit (August 26)
SVTC's August Bits and Grits (August 18)
Open Collaboration Night (September 1)
What is Means to Raise Money from Investors Seminar (September 10)
"What's All the Fuss about ISO 9001:2015?" (Sept 15)
(SVTC Members eligible for discounted tickets!) 2015 ASQ Conference (9/18-20)
Improving the Problem Solution Generation Process. October 14
Job Opening: Computer Technician - Highland Telephone Cooperative

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SVTC's Bits and Grits
August 18, 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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Open Collaboration Night
September 1, 6pm, Staunton, VA

Join the Open Source Initiative on Tuesday, September 1st, 6pm at Lightcastle Technology Complex 
We've been enjoying the Open Coding nights, but want to open them up to a wider audience. To that end, we present "Open Collaboration Night". Developers, system and network administrators, and tech enthusiasts bring your interesting project or problem with you to work on and share. Whether its a tricky network issue, a thorn in your code, or the cool thing you just configured on your servers, there are people here who are interested in what you are working on. (Really!) We'll have food and drink to help keep you fueled while you work.

Friends, Family, Angels, & Demons:
What it Means to Raise Money from Investors
September 10, 6-7pm, BlueHub Coworking, Harrisonburg, VA


Presenter: Jared Burden, a Harrisonburg-based business attorney with a background in limited offerings of securities. The aim is to de-mystify the subject of raising equity capital and to give entrepreneurs and owners of growth-oriented companies a better sense of what may lie ahead.

There are many ways for a growing company to tap people for money - like Kickstarter campaigns and loans from well-heeled relatives. Another way to fuel your business is to bring on investors. If you're considering selling a part of your company to fund your launch or fuel your growth, there are more ways than ever to do it - and more ways than ever to do it wrong. This is true whether you're thinking of selling a few shares to your favorite uncle, getting serious with an Angel investor, or preparing to seek venture capital.



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"What's All the Fuss about ISO 9001:2015?" presented by Terry Burns
Tuesday, September 15, 5-8pm, Staunton, VA


Terry Burns will review the significant changes in the newly revised ISO 9001:2015 QMS standard that will be issued in September of this year. He will also provide insights into the following questions regarding this new revision: 

  • What is Annex SL?
  • What does "risk-based thinking" actually mean?
  • Who are the "interested parties" mentioned in the new revision?
  • What are the significant changes in documentation and record requirements?
  • What impact will ISO 9001:2015 have on auditors?
  • Why has the requirement for a "management representative" been eliminated?
These questions (and others you may have) will be answered during this enlightening talk. Terrance A. Burns is the Founder and Principal Consultant for Burns & Associates, Inc., a full-service quality consulting firm located in Richmond, Virginia since 1986. Beginning in 1992, Burns & Associates has been helping both large, multi-national firms and small businesses achieve registration to ISO 9001, 13485, 14001, 17025, OHSAS 18001, FDA cGMP's, HACCP, CE Mark and other international and national standards and product certifications. Terry has over 23 years of experience training management system auditors and conducting audits to ISO, AAMI, FDA and other standards and regulatory requirements in both manufacturing and service organizations. Mr. Burns is an ASQ Fellow, CQE, CQA and IRCA QMS Principal Auditor. He is a Past Chair for ASQ Section 1104 and current Section 1104 Audit Resource Network Chair. At the ASQ national level, Terry has served on the ASQ CQA Exam Review Committee and as an ASQ Subject Matter Expert and CQE on-line course reviewer. Since 2008 he has also served as Examiner, Director and the Executive Director for the U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Awards for Virginia and the District of Columbia (SPQA). Mr. Burns' ASQ Fellow citation reads: "For outstanding leadership in the promotion of quality management system certification, improving the professionalism of auditors through training and mentoring, and long term contributions to ASQ and the state quality awards process."
  • When: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
  • Where: Cadence, Inc., 9 Technology Drive, Staunton, VA (Meet in the Lightsey Building Training Room)
  • Cost: $10.00 per person to cover dinner (Dinner provided by Subway Catering); you may also attend the presentation only at no charge

Registration [Registration deadline: Monday, September 14, 2015 at 5:00pm]

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2015 ASQ Innovation Conference
(SVTC Members eligible for discounted tickets!)
September 18-20, Charlottesville, VA

Due to our sponsorship of this ASQ event we are able to extend an opportunity to 10 SVTC members to receive discounted conference tickets! We're collecting the info for those interested, and will pass them on to the ASQ folks. Reservations close August 31!
Conference details: Innovation is Quality for Tomorrow (pdf)
Innovation is today where quality management was 25 years ago. It is often confined to a small group of people in your organization- these great ideas and useful approaches are not always well publicized and do not always engage all of your people. Innovation can also mean different things to different people. To be successful, innovation- like quality-needs to engage everyone. To consolidate the Innovation Body of Knowledge, the ASQ Innovation Division is tapping a wide range of innovation thought leaders and practice leaders to find what works well, how success has been generated, and how successful approaches can be employed more widely. Not every method will work well for everybody, but there will be tools and techniques that you can use in your own work environment.
Featuring an Exciting Slate of Speakers Who's Range of Innovation Topics Includes:  
  • Culture 
  • Managing Innovation
  • Process
  • Quality to Innovation Pathway
  • Stats and Innovation
  • Innovation in an Established Organization
Morning Keynote Speaker
John F. Elder IV, Ph.D.
President of Elder Research, Inc.
Afternoon Keynote Speaker 
Mark Moyer
Administrative Director of CAMLS Innovation Center
Sunday Workshop
Shizuka Modica " Smart Creatives" for Innovation, Thus Quality

September 18-20, 2015
Holiday Inn University Area and Conference Center | 1901 Emmet Street | Charlottesville, VA 22901
SVTC Members Only: The first 10 SVTC members to fill out the form will receive $50 off their conference ticket.

Improving the Problem Solution Generation Process
October 14 2015, 8:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Plecker Center at Blue Ridge Community College


Organizations and individuals are always trying to solve analytical and/or creative problems. Far too often, the process of brainstorming is relied on as the primary method to help identify potential solutions. However, there are more powerful options available that are more rigorous and typically generate a greater number of possibilities that are likely to be more potent and reliable.

This 1-day workshop will present several additional options that can provide triggers to improve the solution generation process by thinking about a system from different perspectives.

About the Workshop Leader: Duke Okes has worked in the quality profession for more than 35 years, first as a quality engineer with TRW Automotive, and since 1985 as an independent consultant, trainer, speaker and author. He is an ASQ Fellow, is ASQ CMQ/OE, CQE and CQA certified, and holds degrees in technology, business and education. He is the author of two books covering some of the core skills for process management, "Root Cause Analysis: The Core of Problem Solving and Corrective Action" and "Performance Metrics: The Levers for Process Management," as well as dozens of articles on these and other quality management topics. 

Cost: ASQ Members - $275 | Early-Bird: ASQ Members - $225 | Non-Members - $375 Non-Members - $350

Registration deadline: Early-Bird: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 (Midnight)
Final: Friday, October 9, 2015 (Noon)




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Job Opening: 

Computer Technician; Highland Telephone Cooperative

Highland Telephone Cooperative (HTC)  is looking for a qualified computer technician looking for work, including someone willing to relocate to Highland County. They are looking for someone who has at least 3 years of working experience plus either an associate's degree or technical certificate in computer technology/repairs/etc. An ad for the job opening will appear in The Recorder (Local newspaper for Highland and Bath County)

Call Ruth Newman if you are interested in this position: 540-468-2131


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Member News: 
Full Time Recruiter Signals Additional Growth and Expansion

RICHMOND, VA (8/11/15) -
PBMares, LLP, a leading accounting and business consulting firm, has announced that Janna Haley has been hired as Senior Recruiter.
In her new role, Haley will post and source for all internal positions, conduct pre-hire interviews and screening, and will be the lead on Campus Recruitment Strategies.  Haley is also heading up the firm's summer internship program, including the social activity and engagement initiatives for the program.
"Given the firm's significant growth and expansion over the past two years, both within specific industry niches as well as geographic markets, it made sense to bring an in-house recruiter on board who can focus exclusively on ensuring we are deeply engaging with new graduates, as well as experienced accountants and auditors," said Mary Aldrich, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, AAAPM, Chief Operating Officer and Partner at PBMares, LLP.
Prior to joining PBMares, Haley worked at Profiles where she recruited creative talent, as well as Dietitians on Demand where she placed registered dietitians in clinical roles.
Haley is a 2006 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts She currently resides in Richmond, VA.
About PBMares, LLP
PBMares, LLP is an accounting and business consulting firm serving U.S. and international clients, with offices in the Mid-Atlantic.  The firm unlocks opportunity for clients using the right balance of industry, specialty and general business services in the areas of audit and accounting, tax planning and preparation, pension plan design/administration, and owner-managed/corporate financial consulting.  In addition, the firm provides additional services through its affiliates: Artifice Forensic Financial Services, LLC, a financial consulting division specializing in fraud investigations and forensic accounting; PBMares Wealth Management, LLC, a registered investment advisor; and TMDG, LLC, a national healthcare consulting firm specializing in medical claims audits.  More information is available online at

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