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February 20, 2015  
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3rd Annual HCPS STEM Day
CAPWIC 2015: "Computing Connects Us"
Build Your Own Website: Intro to HTML/CSS
Job Opening: Beam Bros. Trucking Company is seeking an experienced Programmer Analyst
Job Opening with Premier Technical Services
SVTC's Bits and Grits
SV Innovation Coalition's BizBlitz 2015: registration now open
Innovate Live, April 24-26, Staunton, VA
SourceLink Virginia
Everyone is invited: 3rd Annual HCPS STEM Day

Sat. February 21, 2015, 10 am - 3 pm; Valley Mall, Harrisonburg 

Rain or Shine!


Harrisonburg, Rockingham County and surrounding areas: join HCPS students on Sat., Feb. 21, 10 am - 3 pm at the Harrisonburg Valley Mall to  explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities and projects that are being done by HCPS students, -- they are eager to share what they've been doing. This is HANDS-ON, and all ages are invited.  

Students and parents will be able to find exciting demonstrations and exhibits and interact with students, teachers and volunteers. Something for all age groups.


More info and a video: HCPS STEM Day Webpage

The Hbg Mall's info page


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CAPWIC 2015: "Computing Connects Us"

Fri. February 27, 2015 through Sat. February 28, 2015

James Madison University


CAPWIC 2015 is a regional Celebration of Women in Computing. Our aim is to bring together women in computing from all stages of their careers. We invite high school students, college students (including graduate students), and professionals to attend.

Registration Fee: $50. 
Have Questions? Nancy Harris, Phone: (540) 568-8771, Email:


Top 10 Reasons to Attend
  1. Practice public speaking by presenting a poster or flash talk.
  2. Share your work and ideas with your peers and experts during the poster session, during a flash talk, or during a Birds of a Feather discussion.
  3. Get valuable feedback about your work and ideas via your poster presentation or in a Birds of a Feather discussion.
  4. Win a prize by competing in the Poster Competition. Top prize for both undergraduates and graduates is a trip to the 2015 National Grace Hopper Conference.
  5. Be inspired. Meet technical women like you and celebrate your accomplishments together.
  6. Hear success stories of technical women who made it this far!
  7. Broaden your skills by attending a workshop.
  8. Meet recruiters from business, industry, and academia for internships, jobs, or graduate programs.
  9. Find a new job or internship. Bring your resume to our career fair to apply for job and internship opportunities.
  10. Free Stuff! Pay ONLY for travel and registration ($50) to experience being a part of CAPWIC 2015! If you register by midnight on February 13, 2015 then a hotel room for Friday night is included for free! All hotel rooms are double occupancy. Friday night dinner and Saturday lunch are included. Also, you get conference bag, a t-shirt and other cool swag!



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2015 Virginia Cyber Security Commission's Town Hall Series

Join in person to watch a webex with us, or join the webex yourself
Tues. Feb. 24, 2015; 1:30 pm 


Virginia Cyber security Commission TOWN HALL Feb 24, 2015

The first Town Hall Event will start on Feb. 24, 2015 in Blacksburg and continue each month in different localities throughout the Commonwealth until June 9, 2015. (Harrisonburg on April 24). The purpose of this Town Hall Series, co-lead by Virginia Cyber Security Partnership and the Virginia tech councils, is to introduce the public to the mission of the Virginia Cyber Security Commission. Established by Governor Terry McAuliffe in 2014, the Virginia Cyber Security Commission brings together experts from the public and private sectors to develop recommendations that will help to position Virginia as a leader in cyber security. |

Each location will feature keynote and panel presentations, as well as the opportunity for question-and-answer sessions with commission members. The talks will focus on a variety of cyber security topics, including recent hacks, best practices, federal and state programs, cyber education, and cyber crime to name a few.

Online registration is requested:
Virginia Cyber Security Commission town hall meetings spring 2015

(Registration is requested even for the webex)

[If anyone would like to "gather'round" and watch/attend the 2/24/2015 webex with us here in Harrisonburg, in person, from a big screen, please join us at 1:15 pm at 127 W. Bruce Street, rm #336; and send me an email to let me know. Limited space.]  


(More reading on the topic: WVTF's Cyber Attack Battle Plan)


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Build Your Own Website: Intro to HTML/CSS

April 7 - April 28 (4 Session Course), Rosetta Stone, Harrisonburg VA


This class is a 4-day series running on Tuesday evenings April 7, 14, 21, 28, from 6pm to 8pm each day. The cost covers all 4 nights. 

This class is for anyone who...  

  • wants to learn how to build their own website from scratch
  • already has their own website, and wants to be able to style it exactly how they want (even if it's a WordPress site)
  • is interested in learning to program but wants to start small

This class is not a good fit for someone who...  

  • is not interested in programming
  • is mainly interested in learning about WordPress (if you fall into this category, we will have future classes that you will love!)

We will guide you through the basics of HTML and CSS, give you some readily applicable skills, and answer any questions you may have along the way. No prior web-development experience is necessary to benefit from this course.


This class is split into four required sessions: 

  • Tuesday, April 7 - 6PM-8:00PM - Intro to HTML 
  • Tuesday, April 14 - 6PM-8:00PM - Intro to CSS 
  • Tuesday, April 21 - 6PM-8:00PM - HTML, Beyond the Basics 
  • Tuesday, April 28 - 6PM-8:00PM - CSS, Layouts, and Formatting

Please bring/install the following on your computer prior to class: 

  • Your laptop and charger. Note: A netbook or tablet is NOT a substitute. 
  • A code editor installed. (We recommend Notepad++ for Windows and SublimeText 2 for Windows or Mac. Both are free.)
  • The web browser Google Chrome with the "Web Developer" extension, or the Firefox browser with the Firebug plugin installed.


You can park in the Water Street lot in front of the Water Street entrance to Rosetta Stone


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Job Opening: BEAM BROS. Trucking Inc. is seeking an experienced Programmer Analyst


(posted 2/2/15)

BEAM  BROS. Trucking Inc. is seeking an experienced Programmer Analyst to design, develop, and evaluate programs for internal functional areas at our headquarters in Mt. Crawford, VA. BA degree in related field or equivalent experience in Computer Science or Engineering required. Must be detail-oriented and work well independently.
To be considered as a potential applicant you must complete an application available at Instructions are posted on our website.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.


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Premier Technical Services Offers Great Opportunities for Recent College Grads trying to Start a Career Harrisonburg, VA. (note deadline)

Are you starting your career? Are you a U.S. Citizen? Do you enjoy research and technology? Have you recently completed your Bachelors of Science?


PTS plans to have two hiring classes during the next couple of months (March, May 2015) 

The first hiring class in March will be specifically for TC2100, 2600 and 2800. We are looking to hire multiple classifiers in these subject areas.  This recruitment will be a very quick process so we are most interested in local candidates. 

  •  Patent Classifier Positions (TC2100, 2600 and 2800): TC2100 Computer Architecture, Software, Information Security, Data Processing Business Methods, Electronic Commerce - Computer memory systems, processors, networks, databases, cryptography, control systems, computer science, management information systems, computer architecture. 
  • TC2600 Telecommunications Arts - Cellular communications, networking, general pulse or digital communication, telephony, multiplex communication, wireless communication systems, or military communication experience. 
  • TC2800 Semiconductors, Electrical & Optical Systems/Components - Semiconductor devices & manufacturing processes, electronic circuitry, optics, power generation, solid state memory devices, radiant energy, and electrophotography.

We would like to collect BOTH resumes AND transcripts for all candidates up front to assist Team Leads in evaluating candidates for interviews.  Please send resumes and transcripts ASAP to Patti Bottcher, Senior Recruiter @ Please send all TC2100, TC2600 and TC2800 resumes/transcripts by Friday, February 20.

March Hire Tentative Schedule:
*           Feb. 17 - Mar. 6        Interviews
*           Mar. 9 - 10                 Extend Offers
*           Mar. 11 - 12               Security Packages*
*           March 16                    Tentative Start Date
*(Onsite completion of security packages is highly recommended in order to meet short timeframe)

We will provide you additional details about the May hiring class as soon as possible, but presently anticipate hiring across all TC areas for this class.  You may submit candidates for the May class but these candidates will not be evaluated until after we have completed the selection process for the March class.

Interviews to occur July 7-August 8 - Resume Search closed June 20th with anticipated hire date of September 2, 2014.

Premier Technical Services Corporation is seeking Patent Classifier (s) to review Patent Applications received from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in the general fields of Chemical and Industrial Arts , Computer Architecture, Software, Telecommunications, Semiconductors, Electrical, Chemical and Industrial Arts, Mechanical / Civil Engineering, Chemical and Industrial Arts, Mechanical Engineering, Medical / Surgical Arts.

The classifier will be expected to determine appropriate application classifications in accordance with the US Patent Classification and International Patent Classification structures through technical knowledge, research and automated tools. The successful candidate will have technical knowledge in one or more of the major classification categories and must be motivated to exceed the contractual  productivity and quality targets.

Desired Skills and Experience

Education: A Bachelor of Science required in the field of study or in a closely related field. 0-2 years of work
experience in a professional environment.

Experience: Demonstrated experience working on teams within a related technical field. Fast Paced Environment, Technical expertise in the stated field of  technologies, Exceptional analytical skills and attention to detail, Ability to use Microsoft Office Word and Excel, Ability to work on a computer workstation 8 hours per day.

Security Clearance: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements

Current Resume and UnOfficial Transcripts will be required 


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SVTC's Bits and Grits
March 17, 8-9am; Mrs. Rowes, Staunton, VA


Come get together for great breakfast and to talk some tech. Dutch treat. No reservations required. 


This is where our technology users and creators get together to connect about various topics (while eating some good food!). This occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Look for Kurt Plowman. No reservations required.


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SV Innovation Coalition's BizBlitz 2015
March 20-22, 2015; JMU, Zane Showker Hall

SVIC BizBlitz 2015Aspiring entrepreneurs, designers, programmers, developers, marketers, and dreamers:
BizBlitz is for you.

During this 54-hour high-energy weekend, attendees
bring their ideas and join efforts in a fast-paced workshop.
We will build prototypes, form teams & start companies. Mentors will provide valuable feedback.  Cash prizes will be awarded!


BizBlitz starts with open-to-all pitches on Friday evening, and everyone presents their ideas. All attendees then come together and vote for the ideas they'd like to pursue for the weekend. Together with MENTORS the weekend is spent in market research and product development. Sunday evening ends with a final presentation in front of the judges, and everyone wins valuable feedback. Cash prizes are awarded! (Biz Blitz Schedule, pdf


BizBlitz is hosted by the  Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition (SVIC) and will again be facilitated by  Nick Such, entrepreneur and engineer, who facilitated Startup Weekend 2014 for us last year. (BizBlitz is the continuation of our previous events in 2013 and 2014 which were called S.V. Startup Weekend. SV Startup Weekend 2014 team line-up/recap. We're making it ours this year!)

[Pre-registration required] [Meals included] [Early-bird pricing until 2.28.15]
  • Student or early bird rate: $75 
  • Regular registration: $99
  • Spectators: Free [Sunday evening only, pre-registration required]




In case you'd like to help promote this event, please print this .pdf and hang it up publicly: BizBlitz flyer (.pdf)


About SVIC:  it is the coalition's mission is to accelerate innovation, creativity, and economic development across the Shenandoah Valley through the active collaboration of business, government, community, and academic organizations. Strategic plan and other details are shared at:  


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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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Upcoming Events with ASQ
March 20-22, 2015; JMU, Zane Showker Hall

ASQ membership is NOT required to attend section events, so please feel free to bring a colleague with you!


March 2015 Section Meetings - "Doubleheader"
First Event: Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 11:30-1:00, Dynamic Aviation 

  • 11:30 AM-12:00 Noon - Arrival, Light Lunch & Networking 
  • 12:00 Noon-1:00 PM - Facility Tour, Dynamic Aviation
  • RSVP required - please email your RSVP to by noon on Monday, March 2.  All attendee names will need to be put through a security check.  Last-minute RSVP's may be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.
  • No cameras or photography allowed on the site.
  • Government-issued photo ID is required for entry into the site. 


Second Event: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 5:45-8:00, Carded Graphics
  • 5:45PM-6:00 PM - Arrival & Networking
  • 6:00 PM-7:00 PM - Facility Tour, Carded Graphics, 
  • 7:00 PM-8:00 PM - Dinner (Pizza, salad, nonalcoholic beverages, and dessert) - $10.00 per person (cash or check only)
  • RSVP required - please email your RSVP to by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 6.  Last-minute RSVP's may be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.


April 2015 Section Meeting - Crozet
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 5-9pm

  • 5:30 PM-6:00 PM - Arrival & Networking
  • 6:00 PM-7:00 PM - Presentation, "The Evolution of a Quality Management System", by Dana Baird
  • 7:00 PM-9:00 PM - Dinner at a Nearby Location (TBD)

An RSVP is requested (not required) - please email your RSVP to before noon on Wednesday, April 22.  Thank you.


Visit the ASQ website for all this information and more.


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SBIR/STTR Lunch and Learns

March 3, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

March 4, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA


These Lunch & Learns are for any Virginia based university researcher, postdoc, grad student or local small business interested in learning the benefits of the SBIR and STTR programs. SBIR grants (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR grant program (Small Business Technology Transfer) provide $150K - $1.5M in early stage R&D funding for high risk, new technology development. 11 participating federal agencies use this program to fund early stage technology development that will help them meet their missions. Over $2.3 Billion is available each year in this program.  


Each session will discuss the purpose of the programs, basic qualifications, participating agencies, funding amounts, and how to start to plan your approach to writing a winning proposal. We'll also provide a brief discussion on how university PosDocs and Graduate students can participate in these programs. Lunch will be provided. Details on how CIT supports Virginia based applicants will also be discussed.  



March 3: Virginia Tech, ICTAS 310 (Kelly Hall), Room 310, Blacksburg, VA

March 4: University of Virginia, MR5 (Medical Research Building), Room 3005 (200 15th St.), Charlottesville, VA


Times: 12:00-1:30PM


Instructor: Lisa Kurek, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting


Virginia based University Researchers/PostDocs/Grad Students: FREE
Virginia based small tech firms: $15 per person
All others: $50 per person


Advance registration requested. Space is limited. 


QUESTIONS: , 703-689-3080 

Info and registration for March 3 Session in Blacksburg.
Info and registration for March 4 Session in Charlottesville.


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CIT to Host Innovation Funding Seminars


Events provide an overview of the CIT funding sources and programs for researchers, entrepreneurs

February 4, 2015 HERNDON, Va. - As part of its ongoing partnership with the Small Business Administration, the Center for Innovative Technology announced today a series of funding seminars to stimulate innovation and research in Virginia.

The seminars focus on federal funding opportunities available through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs as sources to facilitate technology transfer out of Virginia's research universities, increase the number of SBIR/STTRs in underserved (rural and minority participation) communities of Virginia, and increase the use of SBIR and STTR among Virginia's cybersecurity small business community.  With some exceptions, training programs are open to all Virginia-based small technology firms, and university researchers and students. 

  • QuickBooks and Compliance for SBIR/STTR Award Winners - WEBINARFeb. 27, 1:00 - 2:30PM
  • Best Practices to Increase University Participation in SBIR/STTRMar. 3, 9:00AM - 11:30PM, Blacksburg, VAMar. 4, 9:00AM - 11:30PM, Charlottesville, VA
  • SBIR/STTR Lunch & LearnMar. 3, 12:00 - 1:30PM, Blacksburg, VA
    Mar. 4, 12:00 - 1:30PM, Charlottesville, VA
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) SBIR Proposal Prep WorkshopMar. 16, 9AM-5PM, Manassas, VA
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep WorkshopMar. 17, 9AM-5PM, Fairfax, VA (GMU)
  • NSF SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep WorkshopAp. 14-16, 8AM-noon or 1-5PM each day, Blacksburg, VA
  • SBIR Lunch & Learn for Cybersecurity FirmsAp. 17, noon-2PM, MACH37 Cyber Accelerator at CIT offices, Herndon, VA
For complete information and to register, visit  Questions may be forwarded to Robert Brooke, Director, Federal Funding Programs, CIT, 703-689-3080, or
About the Center for Innovative Technology,
Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been Virginia's primary driver of innovation and entrepreneurship. CIT accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies through commercialization, capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology start-up companies and advanced technology consumers. CIT's CAGE Code is 1UP71. To learn more, please visit  Follow CIT on Twitter @CITorg and add the Center for Innovative Technology on LinkedIn and Facebook.


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Kevin Reilly, J.D., CPA, CGMA, Partner at PBMares, LLP, has been named Tax Consultant of the Year by The BoardRoommagazine's 2014 "Excellence in Achievement" awards.


The "Excellence in Achievement" awards are the only private club industry awards that recognize the clubs' business partners.  The BoardRoom is endorsed by the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) and is the official publication for the Association of Private Club Directors and the Distinguished Clubs of the World.


"We are thrilled Kevin was named Tax Consultant of the Year.  He is certainly deserving of this award," said Alan Witt, CEO of PBMares, LLP.  "What makes this award even more prestigious is that The BoardRoom magazine is distributed to clubs, organizations, and businesses throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia.  This is truly a global award."


Winners are selected by their industry peers based on overall excellence in their respective fields, achievements, innovation, vision for future growth, and continued impact on private club operations.  The categories cover everything from club design and construction to club management.


In addition to being honored in 2014, Reilly was the recipient of Tax Consultant of the Year from BoardRoom magazine's "Excellence in Achievement" awards in 2006 and 2007.


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


About BoardRoom "Excellence in Achievements" Award

The BoardRoom is endorsed by the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) and is the official publication for the Association of Private Club Directors and the Distinguished Clubs of the World.   The "Excellence in Achievement" awards are the only private club industry awards that recognize the clubs' business partners.


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Welcoming Back Level III Member: 
Comcast Business

Comcast Business provides advanced solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through a modern, company owned advanced network that is backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, TV, Ethernet and Voice services for cost effective, simplified communications management.

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

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