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SVTC Bits & Grits: Tuesday, January 17, 2012

SVTC Luncheon: Raising Capital/Fundraising Toolbox: January 18, 2012

QuickBooks I (part 1 of 2 part class) January 24, 2012

Wind Power for the Valley? Benefits and Issues: January 24, 2012

Center for Innovative Technology SBIR/STTR Intro and Program Updates, Free Webinar: January 24, 2012

Welcome Back Level II Member: Institute for Infrastructure & Information Assurance

Job Posting: Database Administrator, Serco

Member News: Two New Partners Named at Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC


Bits & Grits

Tuesday, January 17, 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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SVTC Luncheon: Raising Capital/Fundraising Toolbox

Wednesday, January 18 2012


The Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg 

(Networking begins at 11:45am)


Speaker: Michael Drzal, LeClairRyan


Much has been written and said about fundraising for emerging companies, but staying focused on the fundamentals is essential to success.  One of the fundamentals is an "investor toolbox," consisting of an executive summary, a business plan and a focused, compelling slide deck.  Come learn what needs to be in every entrepreneur's toolbox before embarking on an outside capital raise.


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


Click Here to Register for January 18, 2012 Luncheon

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QuickBooks I

(part 1 of a 2 part class)

January 24, 2012, 1:00-5:00 pm

PBGH, 558 S. Main St., Harrisonburg


Offered by SV Small Business Development Center & PBGH

This hands-on course will teach you to set up and use a QuickBooks financial system for your business. Workshop concludes on January 31st.

You'll work with customer and vendor lists, forms, registers, and bank and credit card accounts; enter sales and payments; enter and pay bills; report and analyze financial data.

This course is taught assuming participants have a basic understanding of bookkeeping terms and practices.



Wind Power for the Valley? Benefits and Issues

January 24, 2012, 6:00 pm

Massanutten Regional Library

If we're running out of fossil fuels, what are our alternatives? In the first of a series of programs addressing this issue, the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley will present "Wind Power for the Valley? Benefits and Issues," on January 24th at 6pm at the Massanutten Regional Library.

The program will begin with the short film "Islands in the Wind," about a small Maine island community which chooses to install wind energy to power their houses and businesses. The film explores the "pitfalls and promises of the post-fossil fuel economy."

After the film, a panel of three speakers will briefly explore different facets of wind energy possibilities for the Shenandoah Valley. The first speaker, Dr. Jon Miles, will speak to "Wind Turbines: Site Selection Process and Criteria." Miles is Director of the Virginia Center for Wind Energy at JMU.


The second speaker, Lynn Cameron, will discuss "Industrial Wind on Shenandoah Mountain?" Cameron is co-director of Friends of Shenandoah Mountain, which is currently seeking National Scenic Area designation for much of the mountain.


The final speaker of the evening event will be Jon Devier-Scott, speaking on "Winds of Change: Educating Tomorrow's Energy Users." Scott teaches 6th grade science at Thomas Harrison Middle School, and is leading the effort to erect a wind turbine at the school.


A short question and answer period will follow the speakers. For more information email



Center for Innovative Technology SBIR/STTR Intro and Program Updates, Free Webinar:  January 24, 2012, 1:00-2:30pm
The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) is hosting several SBIR / STTR workshops in the next three months that may be of interest to our members.  SBIR/STTR grants provide early stage funding for small businesses performing high risk, high pay off research. 

The free SBIR overview webinar on January 24th will help you decide if SBIR/STTR is a fit for you. If it is, you can then decide to register for one of the upcoming SBIR Proposal Prep classes in February. There is also Virginia's 2012 Advanced SBIR Conference in March.  See info below.

CIT also provides mentoring and one on one consultant training support to companies who plan to submit. 

SBIR/STTR Program Overview - January 24th
Presented by Robert Brooke, Director, Federal Funding Programs, Center for Innovative Technology

This FREE webinar session provides an overview of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) federal grant programs. SBIR and STTR provide $150K - $1M in early stage R&D to test early stage, high risk but high pay off ideas. 11 Federal agencies use these programs to advance their missions - from the Dept. of Defense, the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Dept. of Energy, NASA, and others. This session will provide insights into the program, how it works, how it may fit your funding needs and timelines, and provides basic tips for more effective participation.
Recent SBIR/STTR Program Changes
Presented by John Davis, General Manager, the SBIR Resource Center

Also presented at this session will be an overview of the recent changes that will be adopted in the programs as a result of the recent reauthorization of the SBIR and STTR programs.  The new changes will impact the amount of funding in the programs, the size of awards, federal lab participation, how the programs are managed, participation by venture backed firms, and other important changes. We'll provide discussion about how these changes may be of impact on small businesses and how you can consider these changes moving forward.

Advance Registration Required. A log-in URL will be sent to registrants a few days prior to the webinar.  

For more information & to register visit:


Upcoming SBIR/STTR Training Sessions:

  • NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep & Commercialization Plan Development, Feb. 21-22, Richmond, VA
  • NSF SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep, Feb. 23, Herndon, VA
  • Virginia's 2012 Advanced SBIR/STTR Conference, March 14-15, Herndon, VA for more information.

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Welcome Back Level II Member: Institute for Infrastructure & Information Assurance


Our sincere thanks to IIIA for their Level II membership renewal and for their strong support of the SVTC.  A special thank you goes to Ken Newbold who is currently serving as SVTCs President.


The Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance (IIIA) facilitates development, coordination, integration and funding of homeland security activities and capabilities of the James Madison University academic community to enhance information and critical infrastructure assurance at the federal, state and local levels.


For more information visit or call (540) 568-1739.



Job Posting:  Database Administrator, Serco


Serco North America is seeking an experienced Database Administrator to work with a small team of dedicated IT professionals to develop software solutions and provide operational IT support in Harrisonburg VA.  The ideal candidate will have 5+ years of experience as both a development and production DBA supporting Microsoft SQL Server and the ability to develop and implement solutions for optimal application performance, load balancing, high-availability, and disaster recovery.  

Please apply to the Serco website Job # 313825
( or contact Joyce Barranco if interested:


"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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Member News: Two New Partners Named at Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC

[Harrisonburg] - Jeffrey R. Adams and Whitney Jackson Levin have been named as partners with the law firm of Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC. 

Mr. Adams joined the firm in 2008.  He advises businesses and individuals on a variety of matters, including business organizations, transactions, and succession planning; contracts and commercial law; estate planning and administration; and taxation, including matters related to tax-exempt organizations. He concentrates his practice on federal, state and local taxation and related matters.

Throughout his legal career, he has been a frequent and well received presenter at Continuing Legal Education and Continuing Professional Education seminars, speaking to fellow members of the bar and accountants on matters related to business law, estate planning, and taxation.

Mr. Adams was admitted to the New York bar in 1994 and the Virginia bar in 1999 and has practiced for large corporate law firms in New York and Virginia. He received his juris doctor from Duke University, his Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary and his Bachelor of Arts from King's College.

From 2004 until 2008, he  lived in Mukono, Uganda, where he served as general counsel and lecturer in law and theology at Uganda Christian University. The university, an institution of the Anglican Church of Uganda, is the first accredited private university in Uganda and home of the first private law school in Uganda whose students are qualified to join the bar. As general counsel, he advised the university on a wide range of matters, including labor and employment, construction law, litigation, taxation, joint ventures, and real estate. His most important legal accomplishment was his significant participation in the university's successful application for recognition as a tax-exempt organization, which represented a significant advance in Ugandan tax law.

Ms. Levin is a Waynesboro, VA native who joined Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver in 2006 after completing a two year clerkship with the Honorable Jerome B. Friedman in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk, VA.

She practices in the firm's corporate and business areas of law.  Her specialties include but are not limited to real estate matters including residential to multimillion dollar commercial transactions, commercial law, formation of business entities and wills and trusts.

Ms. Levin received her juris doctor from the University of Tennessee College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from Pennsylvania State University.


She is admitted to practice in Virginia and was named by the Virginia Business Magazine as one of Virginia's Legal Elite in 2007 in the Young Lawyer category. She was also recognized as one of Virginia's Legal Elite from 2008-2011 in the area of Real Estate/Land Use. In 2010,  she was named as a Virginia Rising Star.


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