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You are Invited: SVTC's Fall Tech Mixer...September 26, 2012

SVTC Bits & Grits: September 18, 2012

FIRST Lego League Regional Competition - SVTC Accepting Applications for Team Sponsorship

COVITS Update: Governor McDonnell to Speak at COVITS 2012

SV-SBDC Workshop - Start Smart - For Those Thinking About New Businesses: September 5 (Staunton)

SV-SBDC Event - Keeping the Books: September 11, 2012

SV-SBDC Event: QuickBooks I (2-part course): September 18 & 25, 2012

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

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

Virginia Conference on World Trade: October 17-19, 2012

Startup Weekend, Charlottesville: October 26 & 27, 2012

SVTC's Fall Tech Mixer:  Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 5:30-7:30pm

Taste of Thai, Harrisonburg, VA


Join us on September 26th 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).  See you there!


Click to Register for the Fall Tech Mixer on September 26th


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Bits & Grits

Tuesday, September 18, 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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FIRST Lego League (FLL) Regional Competition - SVTC Will Sponsor a Team Again

Let the excitement begin!  November 3, 2012 is the date for the Shenandoah Valley's FIRST Lego League (FLL) regional competition.  The SVTC is proud to offer sponsorships to three new Shenandoah Valley teams in 2012 and NOW is the time to apply for SVTC sponsorship.

What do we give? There are start-up costs for each team (equipment and registration) and we reimburse approximately half of the cost (up to $350).

If you are interested in an application for a start-up team, please visit our FIRST Lego League Page (under the Programs tab on our website) to learn more and to download the application form.

Teams can be any  group of kids (e.g. school, church, neighborhood, etc).  



FIRST Lego League (FLL), was created through a partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the LEGO company, and inspires future scientists and engineers.

The FIRST Lego League (FLL), considered the "little league" of the FIRST Robotics Competition, is the result of a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Company. FLL extends the FIRST concept of inspiring and celebrating science and technology to children aged 9 through 14, using real-world context and hands-on experimentation.

With the help of LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention System technology, young participants can build a robot and compete in a friendly, FIRST-style robotics event specially designed for their age group. Using LEGO bricks and other elements such as sensors, motors, and gears, teams gain hands-on experience in engineering and computer programming principles as they construct and program their unique robot inventions.


To find out more about the FIRST Lego League, as well as the programs available for other age groups, please visit the following link:


While we give 3 grants a year in support of new teams, the competition is put together by Dr. Ralph Grove at JMU's CISAT and he coordinates the teams as being the tournament director. For more information you may contact him at or call (540) 568-6288. 


(By the way, he also coordinates the sponsorships, so you may want to drop him a note.)


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COVITS Update:  Governor McDonnell to Speak at COVITS 2012 (Sept. 6-7, Richmond)

Lt. Governor Bolling to Host Governor's Technology Awards

COVITS 2012 is shaping up to be one of the best ever.  Nationally recognized humorist and speaker Tim Gard kicks off the two-day event with a motivational talk about finding humor and inspiration in your work.   Former NASA Johnson Space Center Director General "Beak" Howell discusses the leadership lessons he learned during the Columbia shuttle disaster, and Lt. Governor Bolling hosts the annual Governor's Technology Awards. Governor McDonnell closes the conference with a special message for attendees.  In between, there will be educational sessions on mobility, cloud, big data, health IT, social media, open government and more.


COVITS (the Commonwealth of Virginia's Innovative Technology Symposium) annually brings together a community of senior-level executives and technology decision makers from state and local government, business, and education to identify, discuss and propose solutions to Virginia's critical technology issues.

COVITS is a forum to discuss technology requirements, share valuable lessons from actual case studies, and glimpse the future of government interaction with its customers.

COVITS focuses on the next waves of innovation. COVITS 2012 will continue the tradition of providing outstanding speakers and offering invaluable networking opportunities for sponsors and attendees.


COVITS 2012 will take place in Richmond on Sept. 6-7 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel.  For more information on the agenda and to register, go to



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

September 5, 2012, 2:00-3:30pm (Staunton)


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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SV-SBDC Event - Keeping the Books

September 11, 2012, 1:00-5:00pm

PBGH LLP, 558 South Main, Harrisonburg, VA

The SV-SBDC is partnering with PBGH, LLP to offer this class.

Do you know what your books are telling about your business? As a responsible owner or manager, you need to learn the "language of business."

Your business records allow you to monitor cash flow, track deductible expenses, prepare financial statements, and support your tax returns. 

In this workshop, you'll learn the fundamentals of basic bookkeeping tasks and how to use your chart of accounts. You'll learn to record and match revenues & expenses, record receipts & disbursements, handle end-of-period closings, and read financial reports.

This seminar is not software-specific and will apply to any manual or computerized accounting system. It is an excellent foundation course for QuickBooks training.

Fee: $45.   Click here to register for this workshop.


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SV-SBDC Event: QuickBooks I (2-part course)

September 18 & 25, 2012, 1:00-5:00pm

PBGH LLP, 558 South Main, Harrisonburg, VA

The SV-SBDC is partnering with PBGH, LLP to offer this class.

This hands-on course will teach you to set up and use a QuickBooks financial system for your business.

You'll work with customer and vendor lists, forms, registers, and bank and credit card accounts; enter sales and payments; enter and pay bills; report and analyze financial data. You'll also recieve a 2012 Learning Guide that you can use after the class ends.  It includes a sample data file on CD and a 140-day trial of QuickBooks 2012.

This is an 8-hour class and concludes on Tuesday, Sept 25.
The course is taught assuming participants have a basic understanding of bookkeeping terms and practices. See Keeping the Books workshops for fundamentals.



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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Virginia Conference on World Trade: October 17-19, 2012

The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Roanoke, VA


The Key to Growing Your Business Internationally  ...  Expand your international network.

What if you could rub elbows with a strategic partner who can open doors for you in Brazil with a couple of emails? What if the person who asked you to pass the creamer could help you pass your competition in Germany? What if the woman who lent you a pen could help you cut your production costs in half?

Great connections that can take your international business to the next level are waiting to happen. You'll also attend informative workshops, hear compelling speakers, and walk away with new ideas on finding a world of opportunities. 

We've got the key to growing your business internationally at the 64th Virginia Conference on World Trade.

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Startup Weekend, Charlottesville: October 26 & 27, 2012

CitySpace, 100 5th Street Northeast, Charlottesville

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?


Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.


The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.


All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it's a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.


Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!


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