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Nomination Season for Tech Nite 12 Has Begun...Send In Your Nominations

Tech Nite 12.....Sponsorship Opportunities

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

SVTC Bits & Grits: February 21, 2012

Welcome New Member: Harrisonburg City Public Schools

Welcome Back Member: SRI

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

Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chamber to Host Regional Job Fair: March 15, 2012

Second Annual NVTC University Technology Exhibition: March 23, 2012

FOSE Conference & Expo: April 3-5, 2012

Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund -- Winter 2012 Request for Proposals


Now Accepting Nominations for Tech Nite 12


We are excited to announce that Tech Nite 12 nomination season has begun.  Nominations of self and others are EASY to make.  The deadline to make a nomination is March 23rd, so don't delay.  Link to nomination guidelines.


We are seeking nominations for the following 7 awards:  

  • High Tech Entrepreneur Award (sponsored by JMU College of Business & JMU College of Integrated Science & Technology)
  • High Tech Company Award (sponsored by Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC)
  • Dr. Noftsinger High Tech Leadership Award (sponsored by LeClairRyan)
  • Innovation in Higher Education Award (sponsored by Lumos Networks)
  • Innovation in K - 12 Education Award (sponsored by Verizon)
  • Innovative Technology Application Award (sponsored by the Center for Innovative Technology)
  • Green Award (sponsored by JMU Institute for Infrastructure & Information Assurance)

Click here to learn about this year's awards- who and what are they honoring? Who were the past nominees (they are from all over the Valley), and how you can highlight these innovators, entrepreneurs, educators and companies by making a nomination.


While nominations are easy to make, it's appreciated when the facts are coordinated with the nominee before pushing the 'submit' button; and also that each nominee is nominated in only ONE category. In other words, when we contact the nominee after the nomination season ends, we don't want to surprise him/her with the news and the nominee wishes s/he had had an opportunity to contribute before. So, please take a minute to communicate with the nominee.


Tech Nite 12 Links:


Tech Nite 12 award descriptions

Nomination Guidelines

Nomination Form


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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).






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 



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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Welcome New Member: Harrisonburg City Public Schools


Please join us in welcoming Harrisonburg City Public Schools to our membership.


Harrisonburg City Public Schools is a school system of excellence educating nearly 5000 students in grades PK-12. Our strength comes from our diverse student population where over 50 languages are spoken by our students.


Our school system takes pride in providing a rigorous curriculum that includes many advanced placement, dual enrollment and honors level courses, a regional Governor's school for science, STEM Academies at middle school and high school, and outstanding foreign language, arts, music, journalism, and sports programs. HCPS has outstanding vocational, business and technical education programs including advanced computer labs, and a wide range of computer application opportunities for all students. We are also proud of our fine arts departments from bands to theater productions and everything in between.


We are fortunate to have a supportive local community that values the importance of educating children and providing them the experiences and resources needed to be successful learners.


For more information visit or call (540) 437-3303.



Welcome Back Member: SRI


Our thanks to SRI for their membership renewal.  A special thank you goes to Ian Ray who is serving on the SVTC Board of Directors.  Thanks Ian!


SRI International is one of the world's leading independent research and technology development organizations. Founded as Stanford Research Institute in 1946, SRI has been meeting the strategic needs of clients for more than 60 years.


The nonprofit research institute performs client-sponsored research and development for government agencies, commercial businesses, and private foundations in areas such as information technology, engineering, pharmaceuticals, physical sciences, and public policy. In addition to conducting contract R&D, SRI licenses its technologies, forms strategic partnerships, and creates spin-off companies.


SRI's new Shenandoah Valley facility in Harrisonburg, Virginia features SRI's Center for Advanced Drug Research, which will advance the state-of-the-art in drug research to improve the productivity of the pharmaceutical industry, help our nation respond to biothreats, and develop life-saving treatments for neglected and orphan diseases.


SRI plans to add other high-technology programs in areas such as homeland security, engineering, nanotechnology, energy, information technology, and education at this new site.


For more information visit or call (540) 438-6600.



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


Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chamber to Host Regional Job Fair on March 15, 2012

Harrisonburg, VA (February 16, 2012 )- The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Daily News-Record, will host its Regional Job Fair on Thursday, March 15, 2012, Noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene, 1871 Boyers Road, on the corner of Port Republic Road, in Harrisonburg.

"We have a diverse representation of area employers, as we have in past years. Our local economy remains strong and vibrant, and companies have been hiring this year," says Frank Tamberrino, President of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. Employers already committed to attend include Truck Enterprises, Dynamic Aviation, Home Instead Senior Care, Adecco, Kelly Services and a dozen others. "There were thirty-five employers and seven support services represented last year, and we expect to equal or exceed that number this year," remarked Tamberrino.

The event is just a few weeks away and booth space is filling up quickly. Last year's job fair had more than 1000 job seekers so if your company is looking to fill positions, this is the place to be! Back this year is the "Coaching Corner", a free coaching session that will help job seekers step up their game prior to visiting with potential employers! Career coaches will also be available to provide guidance that will help attendees make a great personal impression and job connection. And new this year will be on-the-spot résumé assistance and computer availability for printing résumés or filling out online applications.

A free shuttle service, sponsored by The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and National College, will also be available, making it even more convenient for jobseekers to attend. Stops will include National College, 1515 Country Club Road, and the Virginia Employment Commission (located behind Valley Mall). The first shuttle will depart National College at 11:00 a.m., and the last will depart from the Job Fair at 6:00 p.m.

For more information, or to view a complete list of exhibitors, visit our website at or call 540-434-3862.

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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:


"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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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




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