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August 7, 2015
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Valley Business Summit (August 26)
For new FLL teams in the Shen Valley: Sponsorship Application has been posted
Gov. McAuliffe Announces Cybersecurity Boot Camp for Virginia Educators
SVTC's August Bits and Grits (August 18)
2015 ASQ Conference, Sept. 18-20
What is Means to Raise Money from Investors Seminar (September 10)
"What's All the Fuss about ISO 9001:2015?" (Sept 15)
(SVTC Members eligible for discounted tickets!) 2015 ASQ Conference (9/18-20)
Improving the Problem Solution Generation Process. October 14
Job Opening: GIS Coordinator - Information Technology - City of Staunton
Job Opening: Computer Technician - Highland Telephone Cooperative

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The SVTC's FIRST Lego League (FLL) team sponsorship application has been posted (--> reimbursement for half of the start-up cost of a new team)

As you probably know, we care about STEM activities and projects that lead to STEM-field careers -- and for that reason we will again support three new Shen. Valley FIRST 
Lego League (FLL) teams with a sponsorship that reimburses approx. half of their start-up cost. Last year, one of them fared so well at the regional, and then the state competition, that they went on to compete at the world festival in St. Louis in April. We are very proud of these guys and their coaches and mentors. (They are the Brick Dawgs



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.

FLL Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.


Elementary and middle-school students get to:

  •   Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS┬« technology
  •   Apply real-world math and science concepts
  •   Research challenges facing today's scientists
  •   Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills 
  •   Participate in tournaments and celebrations

Considering starting a team? Technical or technology experience or background NOT REQUIRED! (And team members can come from any setting, not just school-based.)


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Governor McAuliffe Announces Cybersecurity Boot Camp for Virginia Educators


RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that 20 high school teachers from around Virginia will receive hands-on instruction in cutting-edge cybersecurity education tools and methods on July 27-31, 2015 at James Madison University (JMU).


This boot camp is being conducted by the JMU Department of Computer Science with support from Palo Alto Networks through the Palo Alto Networks Academy program, which works with colleges and universities around the world to further the development of acybersecurity curriculum for higher education. The instructors for the boot camp will be comprised of four JMU faculty members and three students from the College of Integrated Science and Engineering. The sessions will cover subjects such as cryptography, vulnerability scanning, web and database hacking, intrusions detection systems and malware defense. The focus of the boot camp is to give the teachers the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Cyber Defense and provide them with a complete set of course material (lecture slides, lab projects and tools) to take to their home institutions.


"Cybersecurity is a key component of the new Virginia economy," said Governor McAuliffe. "In order to build the Commonwealth's leadership in cybersecurity, we must be able to provide a cyber-capable workforce.   This cybersecurity boot camp is a prime example of the types of training opportunities we need to provide to our teachers so they can expand their knowledge base and encourage students to consider cybersecurity as a career option. Creating a connection between Virginia's higher education and public education institutions will also help in this development."


The boot camp keynote address will be given by Rick Howard, chief security officer at Palo Alto Networks and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Howard is responsible for Palo Alto Networks' internal security program, oversight of the company's Unit 42 threat intelligence team and participation in cyber security thought leadership initiatives. He has previously held senior roles in both the military and the private sector.


"This boot camp showcases JMU's vision to be the engaged university and, by educating high school teachers, ensures hundreds of Virginia students are exposed to one of the most in-demand career fields," said Dr. Yvonne Harris, vice provost of research and scholarship at JMU and part of the boot camp planning team.


After the boot camp, teachers will be encouraged to explore the information technology field further and give these resources to their students. JMU will also provide resources to interested teachers and students. "Programs such as the cybersecurity boot camp are essential to helping prepare our students to succeed in the new Virginia economy," Secretary of Education Anne Holton said. "These 20 educators will be able to bring what they learn back to their schools, share it with their classes and help inspire students to pursue the kinds of careers that will form the cornerstone of the 21st century."


"Building a pipeline of cybersecurity workers is imperative for the Commonwealth," said Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson.  "There is a substantial unmet need for cyber professionals, not just in Virginia, but also across the nation, and it is incumbent on us to provide every opportunity to promote cybersecurity careers to students."



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SVTC's Bits and Grits
August 18, 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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Upcoming SBIR/STTR Events


WEBINARS on Aug. 14 & 18

CIT is pleased to announce a 5 part NIH SBIR/STTR Webinar series to help those who

are planning a submission to NIH for Sept. 7 (2015) or January 5 (2016) omnibus solicitations.  Low cost for each session, and discounts if registered for all five. All sessions to be recorded in case you register after the series starts.

  • August 14 - Tips on Preparing the Biosketches and Facilities SectionsThis session will help you identify who comprises your key personnel, what to include in a personal statement, who needs to provide letters of support and what the letters should include, and more. In addition, we will review key aspects of the Facilities and Resources section (not just a cut and paste list!).
  • August 18 - Formidable Forms, Pushing the Button and Tracking Your Submission
    This webinar provides important information about identifying and completing the 
    required forms for an SBIR/STTR submission to the National Institutes of Health as well as how to navigate the electronic submission process.  You will learn how to avoid common mistakes and make corrections, formatting pointers, and how to track your submission.

All sessions presented by BBC ETC.


Questions, contact or 703-689-3080.

Cost:  $15 for Virginia firms for each session. Higher for all others.




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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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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


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.

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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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Job Opening: 

GIS Coordinator; IT; City of Staunton

News from our member:
Do you like a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple projects and making things happen?  The City of Staunton is seeking applicants for GIS Coordinator.  The selected candidate will join a dynamic team and be responsible for the coordination, development, implementation, operation, and maintenance of the City's GIS; establishing and coordinating GIS databases; collaborating with departments, vendors and management on GIS needs, requirements and issues; and serving as an information source for the user community, relaying information based on analysis of data and applications systems coding.  Applicants should possess the ability to analyze, troubleshoot and resolve complex problems, work well in a team environment, utilize strong customer service skills, and communicate effectively. 


A Bachelor's degree in an appropriate discipline or equivalent amount of experience is required.  Experience with related technology, including ESRI ArcGIS Desktop, Server ArcSDE & SQL Server is preferred

Hiring range is $41,055-$49,000 DOQ/E (+) excellent benefits package, including health insurance and retirement.

Candidates may apply online at  Position is open until filled with first review of applications occurring on July 27, 2015.  EOE.


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Job Opening: 

Computer Technician; Highland Telephone Cooperative

Highland Telephone Cooperative (HTC)  is looking for a qualified computer technician looking for work, including someone willing to relocate to Highland County. They are looking for someone who has at least 3 years of working experience plus either an associate's degree or technical certificate in computer technology/repairs/etc. An ad for the job opening will appear in The Recorder (Local newspaper for Highland and Bath County)

Call Ruth Newman if you are interested in this position: 540-468-2131


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