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SVTC Bits & Grits: September 18, 2012

SVTC Field Trip/Lunch: Small Wind Training & Testing Facility Tour: September 19, 2012

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

Are you Interested in Joining us for a Performance at the Shenandoah University Conservatory? .... Let us Know!

CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards: There's Still time to Send in Your Nominations

FIRST Lego League - SVTC Accepting Applications for Team Sponsorship

SV-SBDC Workshop - Start Smart: 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

Job Posting: Information Systems Network Security Engineer, Serco

Job Posting: Director of Manufacturing, Virginia Panel Corporation

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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SVTC "Field Trip" Luncheon to: 
Small Wind Training & Testing Facility 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 11:30am - 1:15pm

- Register early - attendance is capped at 30 due to space -


FIELD TRIP: let's get some fresh air!  Join the SVTC for a tour of the Small Wind Training and Testing Facility (SWTTF) at JMU.

The SWTTF at JMU was announced at the 2010 Virginia Statewide Wind Symposium  to design and construct the facility at JMU - it will serve a variety of purposes and address a range of needs associated with the development of a small wind workforce in Virginia. Besides workforce training, the facility will also educate kids and youth in grades K - 16 to advance the development and deployment of wind power in the Commonwealth.  Groundbreaking took place in October 2011, construction finished April of this year and  the official ribbon-cutting happened at the 2012 Wind Symposium.

Dr. Jonathan Miles, Director of the Virginia Center for Wind Energy (VCWE) and ISAT professor, and VCWE colleagues will give a tour and educate us on its purpose and goals, including facility equipment and hardware, curriculum development, and activities to be conducted on-site.

After the tour, we're off to lunch and will walk over to the Festival Center (a 3 minute walk) to get lunch from the food court. (Dutch treat, and yes -you can pay with a credit card).  We'll take our lunch downstairs to the Highlands Room and have a quiet corner to ourselves for networking.


It's important to register for this luncheon because:

  • We will bring you a pre-printed nametag
  • We want to be able to send you a note in case there is a change of plans (e.g. weather related)
  • there is limited space: only 30 can attend


Register for the SVTC September 19th Tour of the SWTTF



you'll need to use designated parking at JMU. Parking will be enforced in all JMU lots except lot D3 (across from the Festival).

After parking in lot D3 (a special pass will not be needed) walk 3-4 minutes to and around Rose Library - the SWTTF is located across the street from Rose Library (formerly the East Campus Library). While you are walking at the beginning of the field trip, you will be real close to your car at the end, by the way, when you leave the Festival.


General JMU parking map of the area (called Skyline) (html)



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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Are you Interested in Joining us for a Performance at the Shenandoah University Conservatory? .... Let us Know!


We're trying to gauge your interest in taking a trip to Shenandoah University for a performance, possibly with dinner. We're considering hiring a bus or van (eg 12 - 50 people) and have collected the costs for various service providers.  Many options abound - and we need to see what YOU are thinking before we continue planning.


Click here to tell us about vour interest in taking a field trip with networking and performance to Shenandoah University - what day of the week is more interesting, which of the performances would be of interest, would you prefer us to arrange transportation, would you bring a spouse, etc.


Detailed information on performances at the SU Conservatory may be found at:



CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards: There's Still time to Send in Your Nominations


Call for Nominations to Recognize Most Ground Breaking Entrepreneurs ... Deadline is September 20th.


Virginia is known for its robust entrepreneurial community that heralds innovation and ingenuity from all corners of the state.  CIT GAP Funds will honor 50 entrepreneurs - recognized by peer entrepreneurs - as most likely to build Virginia's next generation life science, technology, and energy companies.

They are seeking nominations from all corners of the Commonwealth, CIT wants to honor innovative business entrepreneurs creating high-growth companies.

Nominating criteria includes: 

  • Individuals who are most likely to found a high-growth tech, life science or energy venture in the next 5 years

        Individuals both with or without current involvement in a start-up

        Individuals with strong ties to Virginia (but not required to be Virginia residents)

        Individuals must exhibit substantive involvement in Virginia's technology or entrepreneurial ecosystem

        In order to qualify for final voting individuals must be nominated by 3 people

  • CIT Board members and employees are not eligible  

CIT GAP Funds is the driving force behind the entrepreneur awards. They provide seed-stage equity investments in Virginia's top life science, technology and energy enterprises, propelling economic development and bolstering innovation statewide. Please see for more information.  

Nominations for the GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards can be submitted through the website

Final GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards recipients will be determined through a peer voting process. CIT will send an electronic ballot to nominees to vote. The final 2012 GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards recipients will be honored at an award banquet in McLean, Va. on October 18th. 

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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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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), Sept.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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Job Posting:  Information Systems Network Security Engineer, Serco

Serco in Harrisonburg, VA is seeking a Information Systems Network Security Engineer to work on a small team of dedicated IT professionals responsible to provide secure automation services to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 


The Network Security Engineer will assure that all systems are FISMA compliant.   Serco is seeking an individual  that can that can  apply, document, and enforce secure baseline configuration to assure compliance with government regulations; troubleshoot and resolve issues; and communicate effectively. 


Applicant MUST be a U.S Citizen and will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Please refer to the Serco-NA Career webpage or contact Joyce Barranco ( for more information about the Security Network position.


Job Posting:  Director of Manufacturing, Virginia Panel Corporation

Director of Manufacturing to oversee the manufacturing and materials operations through the planning and execution of company objectives to satisfy safety, quality, cost, and delivery requirements.

General Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from a 4-year college or university in a Manufacturing or Engineering related field.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in high-precision manufacturing or related environment.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and problem solving skills.
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Office programs with strong analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing principles.

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