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SVTC Bits & Grits: December 18, 2012

SVTC Luncheon: January 24, 2013

FIRST LEGO League's (FLL) State Competition Concludes

Welcome Back Level III Member: Lumos Networks

Welcome Back Level II Member: Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance

Member News: PBGH & Witt Mares Announce Plans to Merge

Member News: Lenhart Obenshain Lawyers Named "Legal Elite"

CIT Announces Winners of CIT's GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards

Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Request for Proposals

Recruiters...Eastern Mennonite University has New Online Jobs Board

Job Posting: City of Staunton, Systems Engineer II - Information Technology

Virginia Startups Encouraged to Join Startup VA

Bits & Grits

Tuesday, December 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 Luncheon: January 24, 2013


Mark the date .... our first luncheon of 2013 will be on January 24th at the Wood Grill in Harrisonburg (11:45am - 1:15pm).


Speaker:  Craig Drinkhall, Lumos Networks


We're finalizing the verbiage, and will post the details (calendar page and registration form) on the SVTC website before Christmas:


In the meantime, we wish everyone a safe and happy Holiday



FIRST LEGO League's (FLL) State Competition Concludes

The Virginia / DC FLL robotics competition reached it's conclusion last weekend with 100 teams of enthusiastic 9 to 14-year-olds and their coaches etc., descending on Harrisonburg.  What a weekend it was!

Everyone had a blast .... kids, their families and volunteers alike! 

A sincere and heartfelt thank you to all (and there were many) volunteers who came out and made the competition a rip roaring success.   Can't wait to do it all again next year! 


A  recap is posted on the VA/DC FLL's Facebook page


A sea of happy competitors from around the state of Virginia at the 2012 FLL state competition

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Welcome Back Level III Member: Lumos Networks

We thank Lumos Networks for renewing their Level III membership.  Their strong support of the SVTC is much appreciated.  A special thank you goes to Kevin Walsh for his continued service on our board.
Lumos Networks is a telecommunications service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region. We provide leading-edge data, broadband, voice and IP services to carrier, business and residential customers over a dense 5,800 route-mile fiber network. We follow a strategy of being first to our regional markets with technology and services first introduced in metropolitan areas by national service providers. Lumos Networks serves Virginia, West Virginia, and portions of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Ohio.


Our product offerings include high-speed transport, wavelengths and Metro Ethernet. We use an on-network service strategy that ensures redundancy and reliability. High-quality SONET, IP and Ethernet network architectures satisfy the most complex communication needs. Our diversified portfolio is attractive to carriers with needs for transport and fiber to the cell site, and to regional enterprise customers seeking high-quality data and IP services and interconnection to data centers.

Detailed information about Lumos Networks is available at or call (412) 558-4013.




Welcome Back Level II Member: Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance

Our thanks to IIIA for their Level II membership renewal.  We are very appreciative of IIIA's strong support of the SVTC.  We especially would like to thank Ken Newbold for his service as our President....he has been doing such a fine job, this is his third year as our illustrious leader!

The Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance (IIIA) facilitates development, coordination, integration and funding of homeland security activities and capabilities of the James Madison University academic community to enhance information and critical infrastructure assurance at the federal, state and local levels.


For more information visit or call (540) 568-1739.



Member News:  PBGH & Witt Mares Announce Plans to Merge

We extend our congratulations to PBGH on the upcoming merger.  PBGH is one of our level III members and a strong supporter of the SVTC.

PBGH, LLP and Witt Mares, PLC plan to merge on January 1, 2013.  The new firm will create the largest group of CPAs practicing in a Virginia headquartered firm.

The two firms have long been friends and over time developed best practices together as non-competing firms. Because of this, they share a common business approach, vision and philosophy, which includes a strong and consistent commitment to client service, quality, professionalism, and dedication to the accounting profession and our community.  Together, they will increase their ability to deliver insight and foresight as clients face the challenges of the new economy.  The synergy of the alliance will enable them to meet all of their clients financial service needs in the coming years. 

For those not familiar with Witt Mares, the firm was founded in 1979 and is a regional accounting and business consulting firm headquartered in Newport News, VA.  The firm also has offices in Fairfax, Richmond, Norfolk and Williamsburg.  Witt Mares provides its clients a broad range of business services in the areas of audit and accounting, tax planning and preparation, pension plan design/administration, merger and acquisition consulting and investment management. 
The new name of the organization will be announced in January.


Member News:  Lenhart Obenshain Lawyers Named "Legal Elite"

Congratulations to the Lenhart Obenshain team on this achievement.

Lenhart Obenshain announces that nine of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2012 "Legal Elite" survey conducted annually by Virginia Business magazine.  Statewide, only approximately 870 of the 30,834 active Virginia State Bar members were named this year.  "The best reward for our hard work is helping clients achieve their goals, but we appreciate this honor and recognition which is directly attributable to the exceptional team of staff and lawyers we have brought together," said Lynn Suter, managing partner of Lenhart Obenshain.

The honored lawyers and the expertise for which they were recognized are: Patrick C. Asplin (Intellectual Property); Brian K. Brake (Construction); John W. Flora (Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law), Lisa Anne Hawkins (Real Estate/Land Use), Jeffrey G. Lenhart (Business Law), Mark D. Obenshain (Civil Litigation), Bill Shmidheiser (Bankruptcy), Lynn K. Suter (Legislative/Regulatory/ Administrative) and Cathleen P. Welsh (Labor/Employment).


CIT Announces Winners of CIT's GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards
Virginia's most innovative entrepreneurs honored at "Year of Entrepreneur" event
December 13, 2012 - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today the winners of the GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards, a statewide award program designed to identify and celebrate Virginia's next generation of entrepreneurs who are creating high-growth companies.
Part of Governor Bob McDonnell's "Year of the Entrepreneur" initiative, the GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards luncheon recognized over 50 awardees out of 272 finalists that were nominated from various regions throughout the Commonwealth. Initially, over 800 entrepreneurs were nominated. A peer voting process selected the winners.
CIT President and CEO Pete Jobse said, "We are honored to recognize these entrepreneurs today as part of the Year of the Entrepreneur and the CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards. They represent Virginia's thriving community of innovative entrepreneurs who are laying the foundation for a bright economic future."
Lt. Governor Bill Bolling and Steve Case, co-founder of America Online (AOL) and current Chairman of Revolution LLC, a venture capital firm, presented the awards and spoke to the audience about the importance of encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship within the community.

[Click here to view list of award winners]

The awards program is part of Governor Bob McDonnell's "Year of the Entrepreneur," which highlights the role of entrepreneurs in growing Virginia's economy. The "Year of the Entrepreneur" program promotes Virginia as the ideal business climate for innovators to turn their ideas into job-creating businesses. To learn more about the "Year of the Entrepreneur," visit; for the GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards, visit:
CIT GAP Funds is the driving force behind the entrepreneur awards. CIT GAP Funds places seed-stage equity investments in Virginia's top life science, technology and energy enterprises, driving economic development and innovation statewide. For more information on CIT GAP Funds, please see:


Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF)

FY2013 Request for Proposals (RFP)


Are you interested in commercializing high-potential, Virginia-based research?


If so, CIT wants to hear from you!

In FY2013, $4.8 million was appropriated to CRCF to advance research and commercialization; drive economic growth; create and foster high-potential technology companies; and strengthen collaboration and partnerships among academia, business, and industry. Opportunities are available for the following programs: Commercialization, Facilities Enhancement Loan, Matching Funds, SBIR Matching Funds, and STTR Matching Funds. CRCF funding is available to public and private institutions of higher education, private sector businesses, research institutes, federal labs, and political subdivisions in the Commonwealth. Technology sectors eligible for CRCF funding are identified in program-specific guidelines and are drawn from the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap, which establishes priorities for industry and research areas worthy of economic development and institutional focus in Virginia. Detailed eligibility requirements are also provided in program-specific guidelines.


  • December 17, 2012 Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline
  • January 18, 2013 Application Deadline
  • Late-April 2013  Award Announcements

To learn more, view guidelines and resources, and apply for funding, visit

Questions? Contact  



Recruiters..Note, Eastern Mennonite University has New Online Jobs Board

Important Information for Recruiters of EMU students & graduates:

EMU is discontinuing service with College Central Network, provider of their former online jobs board - it will be inaccessible as of December 17, 2012.

Their NEW ONLINE JOBS BOARD is housed within CareerBeam ( They welcome you to create your account if you have not done so already. EMU students and alumni will be adding profiles and resumes throughout the year so check in regularly to search for top quality candidates! Additional information for employers can be found at

Their Career & Service Day Fair is February 20,2013 ( Online registration is open - this year they're inviting Bridgewater & Mary Baldwin Colleges so you'll have access to students from three schools!

"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 

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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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Job Posting: City of Staunton, Systems Engineer II - Information Technology

The City of Staunton is seeking applicants for Systems Engineer II. The selected candidate will join a dynamic team responsible for the "care and feeding" of servers, desktops, networks and telephony; providing quality customer support, systems maintenance, implementation, and coordination with vendors and the rest of the IT team. Applicants should possess the ability to analyze, troubleshoot and resolve complex problems, excel in a team environment, and communicate effectively.

Education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in computer science or related discipline. The City's infrastructure is primarily Microsoft Windows Server, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL server, Enterasys networks and Nortel telephony. Experience in these areas is highly desired.
For more information and to apply visit Position is open until filled.


Virginia Startups Encouraged to Join Startup VA to Access Network and Benefits

Membership for Startup Companies is Free!  Your for-profit startup company qualifies for a free Startup America Membership if:  (a) it was founded since 2007 and has at least two founders/employees OR (b) it was founded since 2002 and has at least six founders/employees. Click here for more details and to join.

Startup Virginia, which launched January 2012,  is a statewide initiative that seeks to connect entrepreneurs around the Commonwealth, promote avenues to connect startups with larger local companies, and encourage the development and propagation of mentorship programs and activities that cut across regions and focus on entrepreneurial development. Startup Virginia works with financial market participants to identify innovative approaches to accessing capital, and works with our large and established infrastructure of supporters to provide them with insight into what entrepreneurs are looking for in their communities and support structures. For more information, visit,




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