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August 21, 2015
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Valley Business Summit (August 26)
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 luncheon at JMU's Lakeview Hall w/tour of the 4-Va facilities (Sept 16)
(SVTC Members eligible for discounted tickets!) 2015 ASQ Conference (9/18-20)
SVTC Fall Tech Mixer (Sept 22)
Improving the Problem Solution Generation Process. October 14
SVTC's September Bits and Grits (September 15)
Job Opening: Programmer/Analyst (System 13)
Welcome back member: City of Harrisonburg
Welcome back member: Rockingham Group
Welcome back member: Blue Ridge Community College
Welcome back member: JMU's College of Integrated Science and Engineering
Welcome back member: Friendship Industries
Welcome back member: grep Innovation
Welcome back member: Vision Technology Group

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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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SVTC Luncheon at JMU Lakeview Hall & tour of the 4-Va facilities (brown-bag)
September 16, 11:15am-1:15pm, Harrisonburg, VA

Tour of Lakeview Hall and its 4-VA facilities is from 11:30-12:00pm. Networking will be at noon. Speaker details are tba. Please read about the brown-bag / lunch options, below.

Membership not required. Registering will enable us to bring you a pre-printed nametag.

About Lakeview Hall and 4-Va:
Lakeview Hall (298 Port Republic Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22807) is the new home for several JMU centers: the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (CARS), the School of Strategic Leadership (SSLS), and 4-Virginia (4-VA).  Aside from serving as the home to some of JMU's premier centers, Lakeview Hall offers a variety of unique academic, collaborative, and conferencing facilities with one of the best views of the newly restored Newman Lake.  Located just inside campus next to exit 245, Lakeview Hall promises to be a busy place.

The north-facing conference room has floor-to-ceiling and picturesque glass walls overlooking the lake. The new TelePresence room was custom built to enhance 4-Va's global access to participate in large shared courses as well as providing a professional studio with the latest video conferencing technology to help connect local groups with regional, national, or international stakeholders.

Finally, Lakeview Hall is home to 4-Va's first shared STEM Lab.  This space is designed as a place where professors and students from different academic disciplines can come together, create and teach new courses, and share those courses with other 4-VA schools.  A whole suite of new instructional technology was integrated so that students and faculty can participate wirelessly, remotely, in-person, on any device.

With 3d printers, laser cutters, CNC, MIG/TIG welding, a 3d modeling suite, a vinyl cutter, and an assortment of hand tools, imagination should be the only limitation.  This space will also serve as the newest X-Lab and home to the community-focused RocktownRockit projects.

  • Parking will be tight and we recommend the lot across Port Republic Rd. ARRIVE EARLY TO ALLOW TIME FOR 2-3 MINUTES OF WALKING AND A FEW MINUTES TO PURCHASE FOOD. Ticketing will be suspended during the time of the luncheon in lots L, AND R2; AND (located across the interstate next to Exxon) in lots R10 & R11. If you are attending with someone you know, we suggest a carpool! 
  • Food: Bring your own or purchase some after you park, e.g. from Starbucks, Jimmy Johns, Tutti Gusti, or Asian City Chinese. We will eat together after the tour of Lakeview Hall.

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.

SVTC Fall Tech Mixer
September 22, 5:30-7:30, Harrisonburg, VA

Join us on September 22nd for our annual Fall Tech Mixer. Hosted by the SVTC's Board of Directors, this is a premier networking event. Come out and join current members and potential members as they mingle and network.

It's our treat - appetizers are 'on us' ... the food is fabulous and coconut shrimp will definitely be on the menu again! Drinks are Dutch treat.

Come and find out what we're doing as an organization, what our members are doing individually.

Let us know you're coming so that we'll have plenty of appetizers. Feel free to bring a buddy, a customer, a co-worker, or your spouse (please register each).

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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SVTC's Bits and Grits
September 15, 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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Job Opening: Programmer/Analyst - System13, Inc.

From System 13:
System13, Inc. is searching for a Programmer/Analyst to join our development team.  Our programmer/analysts work closely with our project manager and our clients to support and continuously refine our web-based health information systems application.  Programming, database interaction, troubleshooting, and customer service are all elements of this position.  We are interested in hiring an individual who wants to be a part of a team and who wants to establish a long-term career with a stable company.

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City of Harrisonburg

The Harrisonburg MSA is a hub for technology development. Employers are quickly discovering the tremendous assets available in the Harrisonburg area. Ideally situated two hours from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, the Shenandoah Valley offers a great quality of life, a highly skilled workforce, and a robust technology infrastructure. Harrisonburg specializes in growing information technology businesses for health and security solutions. James Madison University, with its emphasis on information security and information assurance, offers a competitive advantage as Harrisonburg seeks to attract technology developers and to foster the development of homegrown technology businesses. Come see why industry leaders Rosetta Stone, SRI International, AXON Ghost Sentinel, Merck, and Serco are investing hundreds of millions of dollars in this thriving market.

Highlighting Renewing Level III Member:
Rockingham Group

The Rockingham Group is a property & casualty insurance company that provides coverage for homes, farms, rental dwellings, autos, and businesses in more than thirty states and the international community. Since 1869, the Rockingham Group's continuing focus on personalized customer service and reliability has helped attract generations of customers that have looked to them for insurance to provide security and peace of mind. They are rated A (excellent) by the insurance industry rating organization A. M. Best Company.

Highlighting Renewing Level II Member:
Blue Ridge Community College

Blue Ridge Community College, established in 1967, strives to anticipate the educational needs of the central Shenandoah Valley, providing comprehensive programs and services within an environment of academic excellence. BRCC offers: **associates degrees for the career-minded **transfer opportunities (including guaranteed admissions agreements more than 20 Virginia colleges and universities through the college/university transfer program) **customized training for business/industry (on-site or at BRCC) **short-term career preparation and training **special interest and personal enrichment classes for all ages **art exhibits, musical and theatrical performances. BRCC is located in Weyers Cave, Virginia, approximately halfway between the cities of Harrisonburg and Staunton, and has two off campus centers - one in Harrisonburg and one on the grounds of Augusta Health in Fishersville. The College offers day and evening classes, in the classroom and online, and affordable tuition with many financial aid options.

Highlighting Renewing Level II Member:
James Madison University College of Integrated Science and Engineering

The College of Integrated Science and Engineering provides students the opportunity to apply science, math, technology and engineering concepts, along with a consideration of socio-technical issues, to solve challenging human problems. Our Computer Science, Engineering, and Integrated Science and Technology departments bring faculty with a wide-range of background and experience (incl. business and industrial experience) together to teach and to research cutting-edge applications. While the College was formed in 2012, our departments have decades of experience in interacting with partners in the Valley and beyond. More information is available at:

Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Friendship Industries

Friendship Industries is a business with a social mission focusing on Contract Packaging and Contract Manufacturing. Our other enterprises include Secure Document Destruction, Government Contracting, Refrigerated Packaging, and Mail Management. With 50 years experience and our flexible workforce, Friendship Industries sources, assembles, and re-packs products for many companies-from nationally known manufacturers with large production demands to emerging entrepreneurs with start-up projects. 

Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
grep Innovation

grep Innovation LLC provides a variety of technology services including web application and software development, information security and forensics, UNIX wrangling, data telecommunications consulting and photography. A valley native, James Madison University alumnus and confessed serial entrepreneur, principal Ron Perry has a broad background in the research, development and implementation of technology, in the realms of engineering, media production, robotics, education, telecommunications, and entrepreneurship. He serves as a volunteer and adviser for a variety of organizations including Blue Ridge Community College, the Wildlife Center of Virginia and Wilson Workforce & Rehabilitation Center and is a founding board member of SVTC.

Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Vision Technology Group, LLC

Vision Technology Group (VTG) provides consulting services to the Shenandoah Valley focused on improving business communications through effective design, integration, management, and life-cycle support of networked communication systems.

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