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SVTC Tech on the Square: January 29, 2013

SVTC Bits & Grits: February 19, 2013

Sharing Craig Drinkhall's Presentation Slides from SVTC Luncheon "Security in the Cloud"

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

Valley SBDC Start Smart Workshop: February 11, 2013

Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program Deadlines

Apps4VA...Deadline Approaches

SVTC Tech on The Square

Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 5:30pm

Union Station, 128 West Market St., Harrisonburg

Let's catch up with the after-hours Tech On The Square crowd!  Please join us (and bring your customers and clients) for this informal gathering. We'll be at Union Station in Harrisonburg - we'll gather in the bar (upstairs). Look forward to seeing you.  We will just take over some of the tables next to the bar. Dutch treat.

Special note: one of our favorite board members, Kevin Walsh, is leaving the area for sunnier parts at the end of the month and we will farewell him, roast him, raise a glass to him, pat him on the back, .... you get the drift. JOIN US!

Membership or reservations not required but it would be helful to know you will be joining us. If you know you're coming, register for a pre-printed nametag.

Visit the Union Station website for a map & directions.



Bits & Grits

Tuesday, February 19, 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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Our Member VTG was recognized as participating in  the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP). Congratulations Hiram and crew!

Anyone, incl. businesses of course, can participate in this program and make small changes that together with others, make a significant impact. Start small: change out the ligh bulbs, caulk the windows.-- VEEP drives environmental excellence by encouraging facilities and organizations within the Commonwealth that have strong environmental records to go above and beyond their legal requirements. The program has been in place since 2000 and currently has over 450 members. More info on how to participate and get started

Congratulations Vision Technology Group. (Vision Technology Group, LLC is a network infrastructure company dedicated to providing technical expertise in data and telecommunication services for multi-platform, multi-vendor wired and wireless networks for educational and business environments.) 

VTG Jan 2013

VTG crew receiving the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program recognition, Jan 25, 2013.


Sharing Craig Drinkhall's Presentation Slides from SVTC Luncheon on "Security in the Cloud"


At Thursday's luncheon, Craig Drinkhall, Lumos Networks, offered insights into how organizations can maximize their security in the cloud. Craig has been kind enough to share the slides from his presentation. 


Please remember this is for information only, and we ask that you do not copy or use without permission.  Thank you. 



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




Valley SBDC Start Smart Workshop February 11, 2013, 6:00-8:00pm
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.

Fee: $ 25.00




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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"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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Apps4VA...Deadline Approaches

Reminder, the Apps4VA Competition closes January 31st!

Apps4VA is a program jointly sponsored by the Center for Innovative Technology and the Virginia Department of Education. This program challenges the public to design innovative uses for education data and will award more than $25K in cash and prizes. There are two opportunities for community involvement: the Apps4VA High School Competition and the Apps4VA Open Competition.
The Apps4VA High School Competition asks high school students either to outline a theoretical software application or to create an actual working application based on K-12 datasets. Apps may be for any platform and mashups are eligible. Participants may compete as individuals or as teams, and winners will earn cash prizes for themselves and for their schools. A special teacher award will be awarded to the teacher who sponsors the most student entries. 
The Apps4VA Open Competition is open to the general public and challenges applicants to build an app using at least one dataset from the required data catalog. As in the Apps4VA High School Competition, entries may be submitted by individuals or teams, apps may be for any platform and mashups are eligible. Participants may submit as many apps as they would like. 
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