SVTC's Fall Tech
Mixer: Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 5:30-7:30pm
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
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
REGISTER FOR THE SVTC 2012 FALL TECH MIXER
18, 2012, 8:00am
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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Lego League (FLL) Regional Competition - SVTC Will Sponsor a Team
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
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
Teams can be any group of kids (e.g. school, church,
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
To find out more
about the FIRST Lego League, as well as the programs available for
other age groups, please visit the following link: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/fll.
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 email@example.com or
call (540) 568-6288.
(By the way, he
also coordinates the sponsorships, so you may want to drop him a
Update: Governor McDonnell to Speak at COVITS 2012 (Sept.
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.
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 www.covits.org.
Workshop: Start Smart - For Those Thinking About New Businesses
5, 2012, 2:00-3:30pm (Staunton)
about starting a small business? Have you already started and
realize you may have missed a few things? This workshop is for
We review the steps to a successful start, the registrations and
regulations, and the components of sound business planning, including
Follow-up appointments are then available with SBDC business advisors
to focus on your business or marketing plan.
Event - Keeping the Books
11, 2012, 1:00-5:00pm
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
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
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.
Event: QuickBooks I (2-part course)
18 & 25, 2012, 1:00-5:00pm
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
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
Tech Transfer Funding Forums
24, Charlottesville, VA
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: www.cit.org/events.
Proposal Prep Workshops
Focused): September 25, Charlottesville, VA
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
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
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.
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
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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."
Harvill, VP Marketing
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Conference on World Trade: October 17-19, 2012
Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Roanoke, VA
to Growing Your Business Internationally ... Expand your
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.
Weekend, Charlottesville: October 26 & 27, 2012
100 5th Street Northeast, Charlottesville
Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?
professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures
and the success?
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.
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.
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.
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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