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SVTC Luncheon, Holistic Solutions: Green Technology...February 16, 2012

SVTC Bits & Grits: February 21, 2012

Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund -- Winter 2012 Request for Proposals

Gathering STEM Article / Harrisonburg City Public Schools

Seeking Keynote Speaker Suggestions for Tech Nite 12...Participate in our Poll!

Tech Nite 12.....Sponsorship Opportunities

Welcome New Member: Drawbridge Technologies

Member in the News: Wildlife Center of Virginia

Increase your Sales through Exporting: February 14, 2012 (Free)

RichTech 2012 Legislative Reception Celebrating Virginia Technology: February 16, 2012

Poultry Litter-to-Energy Public Panel Discussion: February 28, 2012

Second Annual NVTC University Technology Exhibition: March 23, 2012

FOSE Conference & Expo: April 3-5, 2012


SVTC Luncheon-- Holistic Solutions: Green Technology

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 11:45am-1:15pm

The Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg 

(Networking begins at 11:45am)


Speaker: Charles Hendricks, The Gaines Group, PLC 


This session will focus on proven technologies that save money and resources for building owners, and emerging technologies that are changing how we think about buildings.


Over the last ten years the building industry has gone through a transformation. Innovative technology has become mainstream and energy efficiency has emerged as a focus. In an industry that remained largely unchanged for the last 40 years this progress was unthinkable. Measuring and evaluating systems has become a career path for many and is one of the fastest growing segments of the market today. Keeping up with best practices has become the challenge that all those in the industry face. This session will look at proven technologies that allow for reduced energy payback over a short term, some advanced technologies that are entering the market now, and the emerging technologies that are poised to change the way we all live and work.


Networking begins at 11:45am.  Lunch is Dutch treat.  All are welcome....membership not required. Reservations encouraged.


Click Here to Register for February 16, 2012 Luncheon


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Bits & Grits

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 8:00am

Mrs. Rowe's, Staunton


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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Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund --Winter 2012 Request for Proposals


Are you interested in receiving Commonwealth funding to support your Virginia-based research and commercialization? If so, the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) wants to hear from you!


CIT is now accepting proposals for the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Winter 2012 Solicitation! 

This is the second of two FY2012 CRCF solicitations; $2.2 million is available for award. Of this, $1 million is designated for the SBIR Matching Funds Program based on the FY2012 appropriation; the Commercialization, Eminent Researcher Recruitment, Facilities Enhancement Loan, and Matching Funds Programs will draw from $1.2 million. If program-specific funds are unspent at fiscal year-end, it is anticipated that monies will be reallocated to other programs.

Technology sectors eligible for CRCF funding are identified in the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap, which establishes priorities for industry and research areas worthy of economic development and institutional focus. 

Visit to learn more and apply. Applicants must first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI); LOIs will be accepted from February 3 through February 17, 2012. Proposals will be accepted through March 8, 2012, with award announcements planned for mid-June 2012.

For more information on CRCF, including webinar information and the December 2011 press release announcing award recipients, please visit

If you know others who may be interested in Commonwealth support for research and commercialization, please forward this announcement to them. Questions? Contact us at




Gathering STEM Article from Daily News-Record


Sharing an article about the new STEM program at Harrisonburg City Public Schools -- HCPS is a new member of the tech council, by the way. Two links for more information and how students can apply, are at the end.


Reprinted with permission, Daily News-Record, 2/9/2012, article by Emily Sharrer: 574-6286 or 


HARRISONBURG - Aspiring engineers in Harrisonburg City Schools now have a curriculum plan tailored to their interests.

The Harrisonburg City School Board approved two new academies for science, technology, engineering and math, referred to as STEM, during its regular meeting Tuesday.


Housed at Harrisonburg High School and Skyline Middle School, the half-day academies will provide selected students with a tailored course load that emphasizes problem-solving and applying classroom concepts to real life.


The goal of the "schools within schools," according to school administrators, is to prepare  students for careers in STEM fields. 


"We've had strong programs in the past [in math and science]," said Patrick Lintner, executive director of instruction for Harrisonburg City Schools. "I think this is really

going to be an attraction for kids on the engineering track."


Harrisonburg Superintendent Scott Kizner said the HHS STEM Academy and STEM Explorations Academy at Skyline sprouted from a conversation 18 months ago about strengthening math and science standards in the schools.


"STEM and integrated learning where children see relevance and real-life applications to what they are learning is critical for academic success," Kizner said.


Lintner said $35,000 has been budgeted for technology for the two schools.



The division will apply next year for the two schools to become official Governor's STEM Academies. To receive approval, the schools must partner with local businesses and colleges.


An advisory committee of college faculty, Harrisonburg alumni and business leaders will be formed between March and June.


According to the Virginia Department of Education website, nine academies have been established in Virginia that prepare students for jobs in such areas as forestry management, electrical and mechanical engineering, automotive and digital media.


The governor-approved academies are part of Gov. Bob McDonnell's statewide push to turn out more college graduates in STEM fields.


The new academies will use middle and high school teachers and combine courses already offered.


In Harrisonburg, seventh- and eighth-grade students during the 2012-13 school year will begin coursework for the STEM Explorations Academy at Skyline Middle School.


Twenty seventh-graders and 20 eighth-graders - 10 from each grade at each middle school - will be admitted. Students must apply to be part of the academy.


Any Thomas Harrison Middle School students admitted will transfer to Skyline, Lintner said.


The HHS academy will start next year with ninth-grade students, who will take algebra 2, honors physics, introduction to engineering and English as part of the academy. Members of the Harrisonburg High School class of 2016 are the first ones who will fully graduate from the four-year academy.


"[Admission] is going to be a lot about interest and motivation," Lintner said.


The academies will begin in certain grades with a fixed number of students, but will be expanded in the coming years based on need and interest, he said.


Info Session

A parent and community information session about the Harrisonburg High School STEM Academy is planned for 7 p.m. Feb. 29 at HHS. A session will also be held about STEM Explorations Academy at Skyline Middle School at 7 p.m. March 1.


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Seeking Keynote Speaker Suggestions for Tech Nite 12


We're wondering who our membership would like to hear speak at the gala this year? We welcome your suggestions for a keynote speaker that would excite the technology community.  Let Nicky know your ideas


Click Here to Participate in our LinkedIn Poll 



Tech Nite 12: Sponsorship Opportunities AVAILABLE


*** Sponsorships Are Available for Tech Nite 12 ***


The corner stones for Tech Nite 12 (May 2, 2012) have been set and all the previous award sponsors have signed on again. Sponsoring and naming an award however is not the only option if you're looking to get your name in front of the premier tech crowd!  In 2011 over 250 guests attended the banquet and we expect that many or more this year.  If you're interested in bringing a table full of folks, getting your logo included on our Tech Nite pages, and also mentioned in print, give us a shout. 


Sponsorship opportunities include:


Table Sponsor  

Media Sponsor 

Reception Sponsor

Dessert Bar Sponsor 


All the details:
Tech Nite 2012 Sponsorship Opportunities (pdf)

SVTC Tech Nite 2012 pages 

Questions? Send us an email:


Our thanks to our Tech Nite 12 Award Sponsors.  Visit our Tech Nite Details page to learn more about this year's award categories (nominations will begin later this month).






Welcome New Member: Drawbridge Technologies


Please join us in welcoming Drawbridge Technologies to our membership.


Drawbridge Technologies is a small consultancy, based in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, dedicated to helping small businesses. We have expertise in business analytics, business continuity (disaster recovery), and information security (INFOSEC).  We can perform risk assessments in each of these areas, as well.


For more information visit or call (443) 812-4093.



Member in the News: Wildlife Center of Virginia


JMU's February 6th issue of The Breeze had a nice article on their alumni working at the Wildlife Center.


Click here to view the "Where the Wild Things Are" Article.



Increase your Sales through Exporting

February 14 2012, 9:00-11:00am

SV SBDC Offices, Harrisonburg

Do you know that more than 90% of the world's customers live outside the United States?

Look beyond the border for opportunities that will keep your business growing!

Topics to be presented:

  • The benefits of exporting
  • Assessing your company's export readiness
  • Developing an export strategy and marketing plan
  • Evaluating target markets
  • Free online resources available to exporters

Join Jeff Geiger, International Trade Specialist for the Virginia SBDC Network, to learn all about your possibilities.
Jeff will remain available throughout the day for confidential conversations about your specific business; first-come first-serve, so request your appointment when you register for the workshop.

The workshop and appointments are free, but you must attend the workshop to benefit from your one-on-one meeting.

Visit for full information & to register.



RichTech 2012 Legislative Reception Celebrating Virginia Technology

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 6:00-8:00pm

Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA


General Assembly Legislative Reception @ the Library of Virginia.


RichTech will be hosting our state legislators, administration & cabinet members, the Secretary of Technology and business leaders for an evening reception to celebrate Virginia's strong technology community


Member rates are extended to SVTC members @ $50 (non-members are $75). Contact us to get your code to register with the reduced rate: or (540) 568-7882

"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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Poultry Litter-to-Energy Public Panel Discussion

February 28, 2012, 3:00-6:00pm

JMU, Memorial Hall


Please save the date and make plans to attend the Poultry Litter-to-Energy Panel Discussion to be held on Feb. 28 at James Madison University.  The purpose of this event to continue a public dialogue around the major issues, opportunities, and challenges that the utilization of poultry litter materials for energy solutions entails. 
Ernie Shea, 25x'25 Project Coordinator, will open the event with a discussion on opportunities to stimulate new markets for, and accelerate investment in, innovative technologies that create marketable products that will help reduce nutrient loadings from poultry and livestock operations.  Poultry litter is a valuable resource that supports crop production, but in certain instances alternative litter management systems may be warranted.  Technologies that produce energy from poultry litter feedstocks is a potentially valuable management pathway.
Following Mr. Shea, several litter-to-energy technology developers and providers will discuss various systems that utilize litter as the raw material feedstock for energy production.  Following those presentations, a panel of technical and program specialists will provide comments and questions to the presenters.  In addition, comments and  questions will be taken from audience members.

For more information, contact Craig Honeycutt


Second Annual NVTC University Technology Exhibition

March 23, 2012, 7:30am-2:00pm

Hilton, McLean, VA

Join Northern Virginia Technology Council and the region's top universities on March 23 at the second annual NVTC University Technology Exhibition for a sneak peek at the hot technologies currently being developed in academic labs. With exhibits from the region's top universities and breakout presentations on topics such as cybersecurity, health IT and energy, this event will explore how research and development, commercialization and licensing can generate new businesses, create industries and open unexplored markets.

Participating Universities/Labs:
George Mason University
The George Washington University
James Madison University
Naval Research Laboratory
University of Maryland
University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about cutting-edge inventions and innovations ready for commercial applications.

Cost: $100.00

Visit for full information & to register.



FOSE Conference & Expo

April 3-5, 2012 

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC 


The top government IT event in the country returns to Washington, D.C., April 3-5. FOSE Conference & Expo offers 5 all-new conferences and a FREE Expo with educational sessions, workshops, training and Camps. Register today:



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