Harrisonburg FIRST Lego League (FLL) Team to Compete at World Championship, April 2015
Virginia's FIRST Lego League (FLL) VA-DC FLL (a non-profit organization) 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 VA-DC FLL hosted the state championship in Harrisonburg, VA (VA-DC FLL State Competition ) at Memorial Hall and Harrisonburg High School.
Besides two insanely busy days and many happy visitors and competitors, who came from all over Virginia to compete ( and filled up hotel rooms and shopped, too) the excellent news is: a Harrisonburg team, the Brick Dawgs, won and were offered a slot at the World Festival in April 2015! Congratulations to this Shenandoah Valley team!
(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.] http://www.brickdawgs.com/the-binaryville-blog.html
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|
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.
- 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.cit.org/initiatives/crcf/ for a complete list of awardees and to access CRCF Annual Reports.
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S.V. Tech Council's Community Outreach Committee (COC) update
The SVTC's Community Outreach Committee has been hard at work! The result of their work is a first-ever mission and vision for the committee paired with a micro-grant process to support the growth of Valley STEM, entrepreneurial, and innovation programs; foster stronger relationships with the SVTC; and provide more opportunities for the technology council to engage with the general tech community of the Valley.
Please take a moment to review the mission & vision, and grant program info [SVTC COC mission & vision]. Note that there is not an application process and no forms will be filled out, rather we are interested in strengthening our relationships with the tech / STEM / entrepreneur / innovation community in the Shenandoah Valley. The amount of funds available for SVTC micro-grants is small; the grants will be disbursed at the end of February 2015. After this pilot, we will review the process, evaluate the efficacy of the program, and review our budget to determine the future of this program.
If you would like to create or strengthen a relationship with the SVTC, please contact one of our board members or a member of the SVTC's Community Outreach Committee by January 15. [SVTC BoD]. Please note that we value relationships and that the board member you choose to contact will want to get to know the project / team / organization in order to present information about it to the SVTC COC.
What other committees are active with the SVTC and how can you get involved? More info on that on our SVTC Committees page, there are three committees to choose from.
Girls Develop It: Wordpress 101
Saturday, January 17, 10am-2pm
Rosetta Stone, Harrisonburg, VA
This WordPress course runs on Saturday, Jan 17th from 10am-2pm and Saturday Jan 24th from 10am-2pm. The $90 fee covers both days. This class is for beginners wanting to learn about using WordPress as a framework and content management system for a blog or website. You can arrive knowing nothing about WordPress and will leave knowing how to start up, build and manage a site. (And remember, it's NOT JUST FOR GIRLS!)
If you are interested in attending this class, but live closer to Charlottesville, this class is also offered in Charlottesville on the same days/times:
The first hour of the first class will be a "Happiness Bar" dedicated to installing WordPress on students' hosting accounts. If you already have WordPress installed on a hosting account, or locally on your computer, feel free to arrive at 11am.
We will cover the following:
- Intro to Wordpress, Installation, Security, Administration & Management: You'll learn how to install WordPress, gain an understanding of the admin interface and learn of how to manage site content.
- Widgets, Plugins, Themes & Customizing Themes: You'll learn how to install plugins and themes to add functionality and change the look of your site. You will also learn how to customize themes and theme frameworks.
The last 30 minutes of class will be one-on-one help for individual issues and any WP topics not covered in class.
Prep for class:
- All students MUST come to class with at least a WordPress compatible hosting account, preferably with WordPress already installed. If you do not already have WordPress up and running on your hosting account we will install it for you. We recommend Bluehost: http://www.bluehost.com/
- A basic understanding of HTML/CSS, and FTP is helpful, but it is NOT necessary.
Price: $90.00/per person
Register for Girl Develop It: Wordpress 101, Jan 17, 2015
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RichTech Annual Legislative Reception
February 5, 2015, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Join RichTech for the annual legislative reception that brings together over 200 business and elected leaders from all across the state to celebrate Virginia's robust technology industry during the Virginia General Assembly.
Learn more and register for the Legislative Reception.
- Members: $50; Non-Members: $75
- Where: Library of Virginia, 800 E Broad Street, Richmond, 23219
- When: 2/5/2015 ; 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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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 Physics! Questions ? Email email@example.com call 540/568-5532.
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Workforce Solutions: Open House
Come explore the incredible programs Workforce Solutions has to offer. Whether you want to just take one class to develop your skills or take a certification program to move ahead in the workforce we have it.
This is an open house, non-threatening atomsphere where you can ask instructors questions about upcoming classes and programs. We offer classes in business, healthcare, technology, and trades. Tours will also be given in our state of the art Trades labs. This is a free event and advanced registration is encouraged.
Please check the LFCC website and or listen to local radio stations in case of bad weather. If LFCC is closed due to weather we will hold the event from 3PM-7PM on January 22, 2014.
Registration for Workforce Solutions Open House
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org . 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
JMU ICE House
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 http://www.jmu.edu/outreach/programs/all/apics.
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April 24-26, 2015
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 innovatelive.org. In case you care to get involved, perhaps now already as a sponsor, please contact Meghan Williamson, email@example.com
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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 www.vawc.virginia.gov 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 www.PBMares.com.
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MACH37 Launches New Cyber Security Startups; spring cohort application period has opened
MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Launches 17 New Cyber Security Startups
New accelerator countering cyber attacks by growing new companies, creating new innovation ecosystem
December 23, 2014 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology announced today that after 16 months in operation, its MACH37™ Cyber Accelerator has launched 17 new cyber security companies. MACH37™ opened its doors in September 2013, has hosted three separate cohort sessions and attracted over 300 investors to its Demo Days.
Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO and MACH37™ Executive Chairman, said, "MACH37 has created a unique public-private program that brings together domain experts, successful cybersecurity entrepreneurs, and investors familiar to the security market to create a platform that enables next generation technology to be deployed more rapidly. By leveraging these assets, we have helped launch the next generation of cybersecurity companies that will be on the frontlines of emerging cyber attacks."
The MACH37™ program consists of an intense 90-day program in which the selected startups are mentored in all aspects of creating a sustainable and successful business. Participants receive a $50,000 investment to develop and launch their ideas into emerging, investable companies. By drawing on MACH37's large network of experts and entrepreneurs, startups are guided toward creating successful companies that can take a strategic market position. MACH37 helps companies test their ideas and products before taking them to market.
Virginia Delegate Tag Greason, who sponsored legislation creating the new accelerator, said, "The MACH37 program is a perfect example of a public-private partnership that is addressing an enormous challenge by providing assistance to startups looking to compete in today's markets. This program is creating and grooming the promising new companies that will help successfully transition the Commonwealth towards the new Virginia economy."
Following the completion of each of the 90-day sessions, MACH37 hosts a Demo Day where participating companies pitch to audiences of accredited investors from top-tier venture capital firms, leading edge technology companies and angel groups from the Washington, D.C. region, as well as California, Massachusetts and Georgia. The most recent Demo Day earlier this month drew 186 investors.
"At MACH37, we look for companies who are developing innovative approaches to thwart some of the most prevalent problems in cybersecurity," commented Rick Gordon, Managing Partner of MACH37™. "The 17 companies who have graduated our program in the past year are an exceptional representation of the diverse range of talent that is nationally attracted to MACH37."
The application period for the upcoming MACH37™ Spring 2015 (S15) Cohort is now open. Entrepreneurs with emerging products and companies are encouraged to apply by visiting www.mach37.com 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.
For the online version of this release, visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/MACH37/17/prweb12413553.htm
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 www.mach37.com and follow @MACH37 cyber 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 www.cit.org. Follow CIT on Twitter @CITorg and add the Center for Innovative Technology on LinkedIn and Facebook.
Hap Connors | (703) 689-3048 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Schafer | Merritt Group for MACH37™ | (703) 403-6377 | Schafer@merrittgrp.com
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Highlighting Renewing Member:
Rockingham County Economic Development
Rockingham County, located along the I-81 corridor in the center of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, is one of Virginia's fastest growing communities, where a diverse mix of business and agriculture provide a strong foundation for economic expansion. The County encompasses the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metropolitan area, and firms in the area offer products for shipment nationwide and internationally. Major manufacturing centers serve clients along the East Coast and into the Mid-West - supplying food, auto parts, books, consumer goods and much more. Business leaders extol the high work ethic of the local workforce, that has a pride in quality workmanship. A short two-hour drive to the Nation's Capital in a beautiful country setting, with year-round recreational opportunities and top-level colleges and universities, make Rockingham County, Virginia a great place to live, work and play!
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Highlighting Renewing Member:
Augusta County Economic Development
Augusta County strives to provide a diverse and vibrant economy that offers a broad range of job opportunities in manufacturing, services, tourism and agriculture while supporting the delivery of high quality government services to its citizens. We endeavor to maximize economic opportunities for the area in a cost-effective manner and to provide the necessary resources to support the growth of existing and prospective businesses. Another goal is to create an environment that encourages, values and supports entrepreneurship. We strive to provide a level of awareness amongst students and young adults of the availability of local career and economic opportunities.
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Highlighting Level I Renewing Member:
Rockingham County Public Schools
Rockingham County Public Schools is committed to educating today's learner, and developing tomorrow's future. Our division has approximately 11,400 students that are supported by over 1,850 full-time employees. Dr. Carol Fenn is Superintendent. Rockingham County students attend 15 elementary, 4 middle, 4 high, a regional governor's school, a technical center, and an alternative education center. Our four high schools offer students a variety of opportunities to earn college credit while in high school, including dual enrollment classes, Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and virtual learning courses in all major content areas. We have outstanding fine arts, technical, and vocational programs. We are blessed to have a supportive local community where our parents, businesses, and leaders all value the importance of educating children and providing them the experiences and resources needed to be successful learners.
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Would like to increase its resource directory!
Normally only not-for-profits, including the SVTC, are listed at SourceLink. To gauge whether for-profit companies exist --who are truly serving entrepreneurs and driving economic development outcomes-- that also could/should be listed, SourceLink has indicated that they will take applications from for-profit companies on a trial basis for evaluation. So, anyone who might qualify, please 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
- Product Development
- Training Classes
- Government Contracts
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Benefits & Prices
>> How have you benefited from participating in our activities and / or from membership? Tell us .... Info@svtc-va.org
Shenandoah Valley Technology Council
800 S. Main Street MSC 4901
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807