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December 19, 2014  
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CIT's preview of: Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF)
Harrisonburg FLL Team to Compete at World Festival, April 2015, St. Louis
Innovate Live, April 24-26, Staunton, VA
Meet the Scientist: Saturday Morning Physics
Business Owners: Want to move into the global marketplace? (JMU CoB students seeking "clients")
APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional Training
Gov. McAuliffe Announces 45 New Jobs in Augusta County
PBMares Named to Inside Public Accounting's Top 200 Firms
Demo Day for Cyber Startups
SourceLink Virginia
Deadline TODAY: CIT's preview of: Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF)

The Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) advances science and technology-based research, development, and commercialization to drive economic growth in Virginia. In support of these goals, Governor McAuliffe and the General Assembly appropriated $2.8 million to the Fund for each year, FY2015 and FY2016.

CIT is extending the Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline to TODAY, at noon for applicants submitting LOIs intended for the Commercialization and/or SBIR and STTR Matching Funds Programs. This is due to unanticipated application difficulties. Complete information regarding the solicitation, is available at; the link to submit an LOI can be found on program-specific pages linked from this URL.


Commercialization Program - applicants designating their LOI for the Commercialization Program must select "Tech comp w/ VA as prncpl place of bus" as the Organization Type.


SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Programs - applicants designating their LOI for the SBIR or STTR Matching Funds Programs must select "VA-based technology company" as the Organization Type.

If you have questions or difficulty submitting your LOI, please contact CRCF staff at

To aid applicants in the CRCF process, a series of live webinars will be offered. Register below or from the link above for one (or more!) of the sessions.


The Application Process: Tuesday, January 13, 11:00 a.m. | REGISTER (select date) 

Completing the Budget/Budget Narrative: Thursday, January 15, 11:00 a.m. | REGISTER (select date)


Recordings of the webinars will be available at the link above following each session. Additional resources, such as FAQs, are also available to assist those interested in applying. CRCF staff will answer questions via

CRCF advances research and commercialization, drives economic growth, creates and fosters high-potential technology companies, and strengthens collaboration and partnerships between the public and private sectors. Technology sectors eligible for CRCF funding are drawn from the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap, which identifies research areas worthy of economic development and institutional focus in Virginia.


Interested in learning about previous solicitations? Visit for a complete list of awardees and to access CRCF Annual Reports.

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Harrisonburg FLL Team to Compete at World Championship, April 2015

St. Louis, Missouri


Virginia's FIRST Lego League (FLL) VA-DC FLL is the largest FLL group in the world with over 600 teams and more than 20 regional qualifying tournaments and events in Virginia and Washington D.C. On December 6 & 7 Harrisonburg, VA hosted the VA-DC FLL State Competition at Memorial Hall and Harrisonburg High School. And the excellent news is: A Harrisonburg team, the Brick Dawgs, won! Congratulations!

(You might want to check out the Brick Dawgs site,  they have some excellent videos  -- home made stop motion animation --on GATE logic! ) [I enjoyed every minute of it.] 


The two FLL teams from Virginia going to the World Festival in St. Louis are:

  • Brick Dawgs, Team 3142 from Harrisonburg
  • Geared Up, Team 168 from Ashburn

There are also 3 teams that have been invited to the North American Open at LEGOLand, California, one team has been invited to the Razorback Invitational in Arkansas and another team has been invited to the South Pacific Invitational in Sydney Australia.


We are so proud of our Virginia FLL teams!! [But especially proud of the Valley teams, of course :-) ]

About the FIRST Championship

The FIRST Championship is the culmination of the season's FIRST programs, bringing together three separate robotics competitions for the ultimate Sport for the Mind™. The event includes the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Championship, the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championship, and the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) World Festival. Also featured is the JuniorFIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL) World Festival Expo. | Our high-tech spectator events combine the excitement of sport with science and technology.

 The Brick Dawgs will join FLL teams from around the world, and teams from the other 2 FIRST options (FRC, FTC, with older students).
 Here is a peek in to what that looks like.

2014 FIRST Championship Wrap Video
2014 FIRST Championship Wrap Video


Innovate LIVE
April 24-26, 2015
Staunton, VA

Innovate LIVE is a crowd-sourced, energy-packed, festive convergence of Local Innovators, Visionaries, and Entrepreneurs.

Over two days, social enterprises, community organizers, and artistic creators will converge in coffee shops, patios, and classrooms to explore the next wave of innovative ideas that are transforming our local communities. Sustainability, cooperation, the new economy, and arts and music will be the lenses through which we explore local opportunities for change and evolution. Together, we will develop and share the tools to build more vibrant communities, more creative lives, and more meaningful entrepreneurial opportunities.

The open-air format includes interactive workshops hosted by successful entrepreneurs, keynotes from leading change-makers, funding forums for new projects, and laid-back evenings for odd minds and young ideas to mingle.

Conceived as a small city interpretation of the wave of "Start-Up weekends" being held around the state and country, this weekend will connect entrepreneurs with the peers, tools, and resources needed to spark new innovation, while maintaining a creative and community-centered celebratory design that mirrors the character of the City of Staunton and our commitment to placed-based and small-city community development. 


To find out more, visit In case you care to get involved, perhaps now already as a sponsor, please contact Meghan Williamson, 


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Meet the Scientist: Saturday Morning Physics

Saturdays, January 24-February 28, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

JMU - Miller Hall


For the fifth year, the Physics and Astronomy Department in collaboration with JMU's Outreach & Engagement, invite high-school students and science teachers to take part in an engaging enrichment program developed in a sequence of six easy-to-follow scientific exploration events.


Register online ! (pre-registration required)


Saturdays; January 24-February 28

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m; James Madison University - Miller Hall; $50/student


For detailed program information, please visit the JMU Outreach and Engagement website for Saturday Morning PhysicsQuestions ? Email  lapirakm@jmu.eduor call 540/568-5532.


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Business Owners: Want to move into the global marketplace? (JMU College of Business students seeking "clients".)

Dr. Marion White of JMU's College of Business is seeking a business founder/owner who wants to move into the global marketplace.  She is the International Business department chair and teaches a course in which the students develop a plan for entering the global market.  If interested please contact Carol Hamilton, . The plan will be developed during the spring 2015 semester, beginning in January and ending in April.


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Member News: APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional
Tuesdays/Thursdays starting January 20th, 6pm - 9pm

James Madison University Outreach & Engagement is proud to announce our partnership with The Blue Ridge APICS, Inc., Chapter of APICS The Association for Operations Management! We have teamed up to offer the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) Preparation Course to expand your supply chain knowledge and prepare you for the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional certification exam.


The APICS CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) program is the most widely recognized educational program designed for supply chain and operations management professionals. The program will equip you with the knowledge and skills demanded of supply chain leaders in all sectors of the worldwide economy, including service, manufacturing, and government. Individuals will review designing a successful supply chain strategy; effectively managing supplier and customer relationships; recognizing how logistics, technology, and data can enhance performance; and how to seamlessly incorporate all processes to increase customer satisfaction and improve the organization's bottom line.


Courses will be held at the JMU Ice House in convenient downtown Harrisonburg. For businesses registering 2 or more employees for our open enrollment courses, corporate discounts are available.  On-site corporate training is also available; please contact our office for further details.


The first class will be held on January 20 - March 5, 2015. For more information about the APICS CSCP Learning System, visit our website at



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Governor McAuliffe Announces 45 New Jobs in Augusta County
Provides Metalmeccanica to invest $6.1 million in first U.S. manufacturing operation

RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Dec.11 that Italy-based Provides Metalmeccanica Srl, a leader in the heat exchanger sector, will invest $6.1 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation, Provides US, Inc., in Augusta County. The company will co-locate with Daikin Applied in Verona in a 40,000-square-foot space. Provides manufactures evaporators and condensers and supplies those components to major HVAC companies worldwide.  The new location in the United States will enable Provides to further grow its business and reduce product time to market for North and South American customers. The project will create 45 new jobs paying more than the average prevailing wage in the region.

Speaking about the Dec. 11 announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, "This project is a great example of what is possible when companies work to create opportunities for international suppliers in the U.S. market and receive mutual benefit. Daikin Applied's invaluable assistance offering Provides with space to launch its first U.S. manufacturing operation made this announcement possible. Continuing to strengthen the Commonwealth's advanced manufacturing industry cluster and create jobs of the 21st century is key to building a new Virginia economy."


"We welcome Provides to Augusta County, to the Commonwealth, and to the U.S. market," said Maurice Jones, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. "The fact that international companies continue to choose the Commonwealth when deciding to establish operations in the United States is a great testament to our strong global presence. We thank Provides for its investment in the U.S. and celebrate the addition of 45 new, good-paying jobs."


Provides was established in 1968 as a company that specialized in the production of metallic office furniture. Between 1973 and 1980, it also specialized in the construction of racks, aluminum telephone booths and step ladders, and, finally, in the production of pressurized gas tanks, both for LPG automotive and domestic use. In 1991, it started working in the air conditioning sector and, in 1996, it designed and manufactured the first series of heat exchangers. Since then, Provides has grown and has become a leader in the heat exchanger sector.


Franco Provenziani, Provides CEO, stated, "With great support from state and local economic development agencies, Provides selected Virginia for this opportunity based on its geographic position, providing great interstate access for product distribution; a stable and competitive workforce environment; competitive energy costs; and the availability of technical staffing supported by multiple college curricula. We also found the local supply base to be capable of supporting all facets of our new operation. The ability to co-locate with Daikin gave us a significant business incentive to make this investment."


The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Augusta County to secure the project for Virginia. Funding and services to support the company's employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program and will be matched by Augusta County. Individuals interested in learning more about the positions for which Provides will be hiring should visit the Virginia Workforce Connection at and search for Provides US, Inc. Interested applicants may also visit any Virginia Employment Commission office for assistance.


"We are excited to welcome Provides US, Inc. into the Augusta County family," said Larry Wills, Chairman of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors. "Daikin Applied and Augusta County have worked hard to provide a smooth landing for Provides, and we look forward to supporting the company's growth in the years to come. We're especially proud to be announcing these 45 new jobs, which will help Augusta County families."


"The location of Provides US, Inc. in Augusta County illustrates our continual efforts to build a supply chain for our existing industry clusters," said David Karaffa, Board of Supervisors representative for the Beverley Manor District, where the company is locating. "This new location in Virginia will allow Provides US to grow its North and South American business while supporting major HVAC employers in Augusta County and the Shenandoah Valley. This is a win-win for everyone."   


Since the beginning of the McAuliffe Administration, 238 economic development deals have been closed in Virginia with more than $5.17 billion in capital investment, more than twice the amount of capital investment brought to the Commonwealth in any Governor's first 11 months in office.


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Member News: PBMares Named to Inside Public Accounting's Top 200 Firms


PBMares, LLP - a Virginia-based accounting and business consulting firm - has been named to Inside Public Accounting's (IPA) 2014 Top 200 Firms. This is Inside Public Accounting's fifth annual ranking of the 200 largest accounting firms in the nation.


Ranked by U.S. net revenue, PBMares is the 110 largest accounting firm in the U.S. and grew 1.6% to $28, 964, 442 in the past year.


"We are proud that our firm has been named to Inside Public Accounting's prestigious Top 200 Firms," said Alan Witt, CPA, CEO of PBMares. "Most importantly, inclusion in this ranking demonstrates our commitment to understanding the needs of our clients and then following through with innovative strategies to meet their goals."


The IPA Top 200 looked at the financial and operations health of the profession. The rankings were compiled by net revenues, using data gathered from IPA's survey and analysis of firms, which attracted 540 entries, a record number for IPA.


IPA 200 firms range in size from $14 million to $31 million and between 60 to 235 employees. IPA 200 firms have been in business for an average of 50 years, account for more than 12,000 staff across 300 offices, generate $2.1 billion in revenue, and serve more than 250 publicly traded companies.



About PBMares, LLP 

PBMares, LLP, a Virginia-based accounting and business consulting firm, provides 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. With offices in Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Warrenton and Williamsburg, the firm provides additional services through its two affiliates, Artifice Forensic Financial Services, LLC, a financial consulting division specializing in fraud investigations and forensic accounting, and PBMares Wealth Management, LLC, a registered investment advisory firm.  


More information is available online at


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Demo Day for Cyber Startups
Herndon, VA

CIT and MACH37™ Cyber Accelerator Hold 3rd Demo Day for Cyber Startups: 
12 entrepreneurs of cybersecurity startups presented to investors, industry leaders 


December 2, 2014 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology and the MACH37™ Cyber Accelerator hosted over 100 investors today at its third Demo Day to hear pitches from entrepreneurs of 12 cybersecurity startups. Guests included accredited investors representing top-tier venture capital firms, leading edge technology companies and angel groups from the Washington, D.C. region and east coast.


Rick Gordon, Managing Partner of MACH37™, said, "The Fall 2014 cohort is an outstanding representation of the creativity and deep domain expertise that is nationally attracted to participate in MACH37. This is a testimony to not only the strong mentor support assets we have in this area, but also to the excellent program we have developed by leveraging those assets to rapidly create new companies that deliver disruptive innovations to this growing market."


Today's presenters included seven startups that graduated from the MACH37™ Fall Cohort. They are creating innovations in several critical areas of security, including messaging cryptography, cloud-based security, encryption, incident response and simulation. Below are the companies that comprise the Fall Cohort:

  • Joshua Marpet, Co-Founder/CEO, BiJoTi
  • Ryan Lester, Co-Founder/CEO, and Josh Boehm, Co-Founder, Cyph
  • Eric Whittleton, Co-Founder/CEO, iAspire
  • Karthik Bhat, Founder/CEO, SecureDB
  • P Bourget, Co-Founder/CEO, Syncurity Networks
  • Michael W. Wellman, Co-Founder/CEO, Virgil Security
  • Marcus Carey, Founder/CEO, vThreat


Others presenting at today's Demo Day graduated from earlier MACH37™ Cyber Accelerator programs:

  • Joe Klein, CEO, Disrupt6
  • Nick Duan, CEO, IDentia, Inc.
  • Shawn Key, CEO, Key Cybersecurity
  • Roy Stephan, CEO, PierceGTI
  • Ethan Allen, CEO, and Roderick Flores, Founder, Sikernes


For more information on the presenting companies, please visit:


Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO and MACH37™ Executive Chairman, said, "MACH37™ reduces barriers to cyber security product company formation by delivering customer, investor and management relationships and guidance that enable next generation technology to be more rapidly deployed while reducing investor risk. MACH37 has created an ecosystem that is globally unique and will serve as the creative center for cyber security products."


The application period for the MACH37™ Spring 2015 (S15) Cohort is now open.  Entrepreneurs with emerging products and companies are encouraged to apply by visiting  and filling out the online application.  The program is open to startups from any geography whose founders are ready to engage in a rigorous mentorship program designed to produce the next generation of leading security product companies. 


About MACH37™

MACH37™ is the premier accelerator for information security entrepreneurs and startups.  We go beyond the traditional model of typical business accelerators by bringing our innovators focused mentorship and support from our extensive network of visionaries, practitioners, and successful entrepreneurs in security.  Our Spring and Fall sessions are designed to propel graduating companies into the marketplace, equipped with the skills to grow and compete for funding and market share. MACH37™ was launched in 2013 by the Center for Innovative Technology, in Herndon, Virginia.  To learn more, please visit and follow  @MACH37cyber on Twitter.


About the Center for Innovative Technology

Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been Virginia's primary driver of innovation and entrepreneurship.  To learn more, please visit  Follow CIT on Twitter @CITorg and add the Center for Innovative Technology on LinkedIn and Facebook.



Hap Connors | (703) 689-3048 |

Michelle Schafer | Merritt Group for MACH37™ | (703) 403-6377 |


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HighlightingLevel II Renewing Member:
Lord Fairfax Community College

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is a comprehensive, multi-campus public institution of higher education. Through its four locations - the Fauquier and Middletown Campuses and the Luray-Page County and Vint Hill Centers - the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 7,600 unduplicated credit students and more than 10,450 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.




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Highlighting Level I Renewing Member:

DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design is a full service film, video and motion design company focusing on marketing, advertising, branding, corporate communication, and original content creation. Services include concept generation and planning, scriptwriting, field production, post production, live event production, branding, motion graphic design, and consulting. Clients range include Fortune 500 companies, internationally known brands, federal, state and local governmental agencies, non-profits, and small businesses. DIGICO works with clients to assess needs and goals, and then formulate concepts to best communicate their story.   




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Highlighting Level I Renewing Member:
Staunton City Schools

We are a school division committed to our students and providing an excellent educational program. Our teachers value the uniqueness of each student and strive to challenge them daily. Teaching engaging lessons rooted in the Standards of Learning augmented by a variety of resources makes every day critical for the achievement for our students. Our division also benefits from a supportive community. Staunton citizens realize the importance of an effective school system and volunteer countless hours in our schools each year. I encourage you to peruse our website to learn more about our school division and each school. If you do not find the information you need, please contact us. Staunton is a wonderful place to live and our schools are an integral part of the rich heritage of our community. Join us in making a difference in the future, one student at a time.




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SourceLink Virginia
Would like to increase its resource directory!

The SVTC and other area resources are already listed. However, please check out who is listed and if you think someone is missing and should be added, please direct them to use this link: SourceLinkVirginia Resource Partner Survey.

The key features of this new program are the searchable resource directory, a centralized (and localized) events and workshops calendar, and a blog with news and updates from around the Virginia entrepreneurial development universe. They have also built-in connectivity to the Virginia Business One-Stop. Thanks to the support of the initial state agency and private-sector sponsors, access to SourceLink Virginia is provided free of charge to both service providers and entrepreneurs. This is an EXCELLENT resource. FREE. 

About SourceLink Virginia

SourceLink Virginia is a project of the Virginia Community Economic Network. This online portal It is designed to connect aspiring, emerging, and established entrepreneurs to business assistance providers who can help them grow and succeed. SourceLink Virginia provides entrepreneurs with free and easy access to the resources they need- when they need it. 

How do we accomplish this?

SourceLink Virginia connects a large network of business assistance organizations who offer a wide variety of business-building services for small businesses and entrepreneurs. We facilitate the linking of these resource providers to one another and to established, emerging and start-up enterprises throughout the Commonwealth.
Our network's resource partners provide a wide range of business-related services, including:

  • Business Planning
  • Loans/Financing
  • Marketing/Sales
  • Licenses/Permits
  • Startups
  • Product Development
  • Training Classes
  • Government Contracts
  • Operations
Check out SourceLink at

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