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August 26, 2011 newsletter - click headlines for quick navigation


SVTC Fall Tech Mixer: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

SVTC Bits & Grits: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Virginia Biodiesel Conference 2011: Friday, September 9, 2011

Welcome Back Level II Member: Blue Ridge Community College

Member News: CIT Announces Research & Technology Investment Advisory Committee

SBDC Event: Keeping the Books, September 7, 2011

SBDC Event: QuickBooks I (2-part course) September 14 & 21, 2011


SVTC's Fall Tech Mixer:  Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 5:30-7:30pm

Taste of Thai, Harrisonburg, VA

Join us on September 20th for our annual Fall Tech Mixer.  Hosted by the SVTC's Board of Directors, this is the second biggest event we host during the year.  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!  Dutch treat.


Come and find out what we're doing as an organization, what our members are doing individually....this is a premier networking event. 


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!


REGISTER for the Fall Tech Mixer 



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Bits & Grits

Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 8:00am

Mrs. Rowe's, Staunton


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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Virginia Biodiesel Conference 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011, 10:30am-3:30pm 

JMU, Festival Conference & Student Center


Virginia Clean Cities, Greater Washington Clean Cities, and James Madison University will host a regional biodiesel conference.


Fleets, fuel producers and distributers, policy makers, media, VCC stakeholders, manufacturers, and interested citizens from all around the Commonwealth are invited to join us at James Madison University to learn about biodiesel, bioheat, bio-based lubricants, handling and use, blending and storage, the federal Renewable Fuels Standard, fuel quality programs, engine warranties, legislative efforts and more!


This will be a great opportunity to network and learn how you can be part of the growing market for biofuels and bio-based products.

Click here to learn more and to register


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Welcome Back Level II Member: Blue Ridge Community College


We appreciate Blue Ridge Community College's support of the SVTC through their Level II membership.  A special thank you goes to Kim Blosser from BRCC, who is serving on the SVTC Board. 


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. 


For more information visit or call (540) 234-9261.


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Member News: CIT Announces Research & Technology Investment Advisory Committee


[Our congratulations to our own Dr. John Noftsinger on his appointment to this committee]


CIT Announces New Research & Technology Investment Advisory Committee Appointments: Provides advice on the establishment of the Commonwealth Research & Technology Strategic Roadmap and evaluates Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund investments

August 24, 2011 (HERNDON, Va.) -The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today the appointment of the Research and Technology Investment Advisory Committee (RTIAC). As part of Governor McDonnell's economic development package and in conjunction with General Assembly action, the RTIAC will support the establishment of a statewide strategic planning roadmap and guide $6 million of investments in research and technology aligned with the roadmap.

CIT, under direction from the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority (IEIA), disclosed that the RTIAC is comprised of individuals representing higher education, economic development, research institutes, venture capitalists, and technology corporations. Working with community technology leaders, nominations were solicited and finalists were selected by officials from the Departments of Commerce and Trade, Technology, and Education; CIT; and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP). Members of the RTIAC are: 

  • Jeffrey Anderson, President and CEO, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
  • Daniel Gonzalez, Principal, Avison Young
  • Robert Kahn, Chairman, CEO & President, Corporation for National Research Initiatives
  • Mohammad A. Karim, Vice President for Research, Old Dominion University
  • Thomas Kirchmaier, Division Senior Vice President and General Manager, Intelligence Solutions, General Dynamics IT
  • Dennis Manos, Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Professional Studies, College of William and Mary
  • John Noftsinger, Jr., Vice Provost for Research and Public Service, James Madison University
  • Robert Ocampo, Associate, Grotech Ventures
  • Robert Patzig, Senior Managing Director and CIO, Third Security
  • Thomas Skalak, Vice President for Research, University of Virginia

Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO, said, "We are fortunate to have such a distinguished group of business and academic leaders to advise IEIA/CIT on planning and investment decisions. These initiatives are at the point of creation for the next generation of technology companies, which is an integral component of our continued economic leadership."

Key to the RTIAC's work are findings from the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap - a comprehensive planning tool to identify research areas worthy of economic development and institutional focus. The Roadmap will provide the RTIAC and other officials with priorities in key industry sectors that have commercial promise and which will be eligible for new Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) awards.

In April 2011, with the passage of HB2324, the General Assembly allocated $6 million to the CRCF for the purpose of funding targeted areas of research with commercial promise. Of that amount, $2 million is designated specifically for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) matching program for National Institutes of Health (NIH) Phase I award winners.

Programs outlined in legislation, in addition to SBIR, include:

  • A matching funds program to leverage federal and private funds for research commercialization;
  • A facilities enhancement loan program to assist with capital needs for facilities with commercialization activities of qualified research or technologies;
  • A commercialization program to incentivize Virginia-based organizations commercializing products or services with a qualifying technology; and
  • An eminent research recruitment program to enhance research capabilities at state universities and colleges. 

To learn more about the Center for Innovative Technology visit



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SBDC Event - Keeping the Books

September 07 2011, 8:30am - 12:30pm
PBGH LLP, 558 South Main, Harrisonburg, VA

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

Do you know what your financial records tell 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:  $35

Click here for more information or to register



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SBDC Event - QuickBooks I (2-part course)

September 14 & September 21, 2011, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

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. Class concludes on 9/21.

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.

This course is taught assuming participants have a basic understanding of bookkeeping terms and practices. See Keeping the Books workshops for fundamentals. This is an 8-hour course conducted 4 hours each on 9/14 and 9/21.

Fee: $95

Click here for more information or to register


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