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SVTC Bits & Grits: January 15, 2013

SVTC Luncheon, Security in the Cloud: January 24, 2013

Welcome Back Member: Barnes Technologies International LLC

Welcome Back Member BlueKey, Inc.

Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program Deadlines Approach

Valley SBDC Start Smart Workshop: January 23, 2013

How to Win SBIR/STTR Awards: January 29, 2013

Member News: Lenhart Obenshain Announces New Shareholder and New Managing Partner

Bits & Grits

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 8:00am


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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SVTC Luncheon:  Security in the Cloud
January 24, 2013, 11:45am-1:15pm
The Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg
(Networking begins at 11:45am)


Craig Drinkhall, Lumos Networks VP of Product Management and Engineering, will offer insights into how organizations can maximize their security in the cloud. His networking security considerations will include:

  • private network vs. public internet to reach your cloud applications
  • access and encryption technologies for protecting data in transit
  • network capacity and resiliency in your path to the cloud

Lunch is Dutch treat.  All are welcome....membership not required. Reservations encouraged



Welcome Back Member:  Barnes Technologies International LLC


Our thanks go to Barnes Technologies for their membership renewal.


Originally established as the International Institute for the Study of Technology in 1985, Barnes Technologies International LLC (BTILLC), a woman-owned technology small business, is an internationally recognized leader in assessment and measurement, needs assessment, feasibility studies, program and performance evaluations, and third party/independent evaluations. The staff is comprised of a cadre of worldwide associates with a plethora of expertise and experience. BTILLC integrates its highly capable and technically competent staff to tailor its services specifically to suit each client's needs.


BTILLC has successfully conducted projects in the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Canada, and United States for universities, Ministries of Education, State Departments, school districts, agencies, non-profits, and corporations. BTILLC's staff has also conducted numerous research projects, nationally and internationally, on problem solving and a framework for the study of technology. The leaders have testified before state and national technology, science, and educational hearings.


For more information visit or call (540) 246-6313/6314.



Welcome Back Member BlueKey, Inc.


Our thanks to BlueKey for their membership renewal.  A special thank you goes to Ben Cash for his service on the SVTC Board of Directors.


BlueKey, Inc. is a web solutions firm serving clients throughout Virginia, South Carolina, and the Southeast. We build user-centric web solutions with a focus on innovative design, usability, search engine optimization, and extensibility. We provide web design, mobile web/application development, ecommerce, custom application development, and internet marketing consulting for organizations, individuals, and corporations large and small. Contact us for a free consultation.


For more information visit or call (540) 908-4812.



Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program Deadlines Approach

In addition to the obvious benefits of company participation in the CSIIP, which includes finding the best student candidates to fill a company's paid summer internship positions, this program also offers companies some great, free PR.  Since the program is funded by the Commonwealth, the Governor's Office and Virginia legislators are always interested in participating companies.  In addition, each participating company is provided a link on our website such that companies' profiles can be viewed by college/university students across Virginia (to see the latest list of participating companies, which is now at 70 companies and growing daily, please visit:   
[January 8, 2012] - Deadline Drawing Near for Virginia College Students to Participate in Free Service Linking Them to Summer Industry Internships


CSIIP is a way for Virginia's undergraduate students and Virginia companies to find each other for paid science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) summer internships, but they need to act quickly. The online application process for students for summer 2013 internships closes on January 31, 2013.
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), a nonprofit organization based in Hampton, Va., recently launched the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP). This free, online program lets students provide one application that can be considered by many companies throughout Virginia. Companies can register to post internships and access CSIIP's extensive and highly searchable database of STEM students for summer 2013 internship placements. More than 70 Virginia companies are currently participating in CSIIP and the list is growing daily. A complete list of participating companies can be found at This website has additional information about the program and a links for students to apply and companies to register. CSIIP is also on Facebook® and LinkedIn®.
CSIIP is open to Virginia full-time undergraduate college students and to Virginia residents attending out-of-state colleges/universities who are majoring in a STEM-related field, and have completed at least 30 hours of classwork. Applicants must be at least a rising sophomore by summer 2013, and have a GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. The program is also open to seniors graduating in spring semester 2013.
Students are required to complete applications by January 31, 2013, and companies will begin their selection processes on February 11. Companies may register at any time but are encouraged to do so prior to February 11.

Online applications contain all the information companies need to make placement decisions including:  contact information, undergraduate level status, GPA, major/minor, resume, transcripts, and letters of reference. Companies interview and hire interns directly.
VSGC is working with all accredited Virginia universities, colleges, and community colleges to recruit qualified students. VSGC has partnered with all ten regional technology councils in Virginia [including the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council], the Virginia Manufacturers Association, Virginia's Society for Human Resource Management, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and sySTEMic Solutions. CSIIP is funded by the Virginia General Assembly and was announced by the Virginia Governor's Office last September. The ultimate goal of CSIIP is to enhance Virginia's STEM workforce and to keep STEM talent in Virginia.
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Valley SBDC Start Smart Workshop January 23, 2013, 10:00am-12:00pm
SBDC Offices, 1598 South Main Street, Harrisonburg


Offered by the SBDC

Thinking about starting a small business? Have you already started and realize you may have missed a few things? This workshop is for you. We review the steps to a successful start, the registrations and regulations, and the components of sound business planning, including financial projections. Follow-up appointments are then available with SBDC business advisors to focus on your business or marketing plan. Start Smart workshops are held in various locations and at various times to meet your needs.

Speaker: Lee Simon, SBDC Business Advisor

Fee: $ 25.00




How to Win SBIR/STTR Awards

January 29, 2013, 8:00am-5:00pm
Arlington Economic Development Offices

CIT is pleased to collaborate with Arlington County Economic Development to present a full day workshop on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant programs.   Presented by one of the leading SBIR consulting firms in the country, with special presentations by National Science Foundation and DARPA SBIR program managers. 
SBIR/STTR grants provide $150K - $1.5M+ in early stage non-dilutive R&D funding and have been described as the most important source of early stage R&D funding in the US. 11 participating federal agencies use this program to fund early stage technology development that will help them meet their missions.  More than $2.5B is available annually to fund SBIR and STTR.
Participating agencies include DoD, NASA, National Science Foundation, NIH, Dept. of Energy, USDA, Transportation, Homeland Security,  EPA, Education, and Dept. of Commerce.  Each agency lists their topics of interest in one or more solicitations each year.  Each agency has its own rules, processes, and mission, meaning that SBIR is not a "one size fits all" program. 
To help you address your weaknesses, the programs allow for sub-contracting opportunities to other firms, including small businesses, large businesses, universities, and others.  STTR requires you to collaborate with a non-profit research institution. 
SBIR grants provide critical funding to start up and small technology companies developing a myriad of new products and services ranging from information technology, drugs, cyber security, modeling & simulation, training, materials, medical devices, and more.  If your technology has commercial merit, there will most likely a fit with at least one agency.
SBIR grants place an equally strong emphasis on the high risk nature of the technology hurdle in addition to a well defined market opportunity.  Those who receive funding are more attractive to follow on investors and customers.   Furthermore, special "sole source" provisions for SBIR recipients allow for large follow on contracts being available to those who have federal business development skills. 

Price:  $80 per person for Virginia technology firms

$50 per person for Virginia based University Researchers

$200 for all Others



"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


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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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Member News: Lenhart Obenshain Announces New Shareholder and New Managing Partner

Lenhart Obenshain PC, a business and litigation law firm with offices in Charlottesville and Harrisonburg, has announced that Richard C. Armstrong, first associated with the firm in 2008, has joined the firm as a shareholder effective January 1, 2013.  Armstrong has a wide-ranging practice that includes commercial litigation, employment discrimination defense, personal injury, wrongful death and white collar criminal defense.   He brings more than 25 years of trial practice experience in the courts of Virginia and New York.  In addition to a full range of personal injury and wrongful death suits, Armstrong's recent work has included copyright and trademark infringement cases, breach of contract suits, and False Claims Act work.  He is also the author of numerous publications about trial practice and procedure.

Armstrong tried cases in Manhattan for 13 years before returning to his native Virginia to practice law.  He was raised in Charlottesville and is a graduate of the University of Virginia with both an undergraduate and law degree.  Since returning to Virginia, Armstrong has argued cases in the Supreme Court of Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and well as the Circuit Courts of Virginia and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts. Armstrong was recently elected President of the Thomas Jefferson Inn of Court, an affiliate of the American Inns of Court dedicated to the promotion of professionalism, education, collegiality and fellowship among the litigation bar in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Cathleen P. Welsh, Managing Partner for the firm, stated, "We are very pleased to have Richard join us as a shareholder. We look forward to his leadership within our firm and the wider bar as a seasoned and accomplished trial attorney.  As with all our attorneys, we seek persons who are excellent at what they do and also strong contributors to our community.  Richard exemplifies both, and we are honored to welcome him as member of the firm."

Ms. Welsh makes these remarks from her new position as Managing Partner for the firm, which she assumed January 1, 2013.  Her duties will include managing the firm's finances, administrative staff, facilities, and vendor relationships, all while maintaining her active employment law practice, representing institutional, business and nonprofit clients. 
Welsh also earned her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, following completion of her undergraduate studies at the College of William and Mary.  Welsh has multiple listings in "Best Lawyers in America," "Legal Elite," and "Virginia Super Lawyers."  "Best Lawyers" also named her as "Best Lawyer of the Year" for 2013 in Employment Law for Charlottesville, Virginia.

Welsh has trained hundreds of supervisors across the Commonwealth on all aspects of employment law.  Referencing this experience, Lynn Suter, former Managing Partner for the firm, stated, "Cathy is unique in her ability to bring to the Managing Partner role over 20 years of experience in working with human resources. She is a consummate 'people person' who has both the technical knowledge and interpersonal skills to effectively manage the firm.  We are lucky to have her on our team, and we look forward to her skilled and energetic leadership."



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