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January 16, 2015  
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Become a sponsor for Tech Nite 2015!
Save the date: Members Only WVPT Tour
SVTC's Tech on the Wharf, Feb. 5 2015
Hburg Makers: Let's Design Board Games
Girls Develop It: Wordpress 101
LFCC: Workforce Solutions Open House
The SVTC's Green Award: back by popular demand and seeking a sponsor
SVTC's Bits and Grits
SourceLink Virginia
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Tech Nite Sponsorships now available 


We are setting things in motion for Tech Nite 2015 and currently, previous award sponsors have the opportunity to sign up for the same award they had in the past (deadline: Jan 15). Besides award sponsorships, there are many other options -- something for any wallet. Attendance is included of course.  Help us honor and highlight technology achievement and innovation in the Shenandoah Valley and position your organization in front of the technology users and creators of the Valley. Bring a few people, bring a whole table full, the choice is yours.  


SVTC Tech Nite 2015 Details  || Pictures from Tech Nite 2014 

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SVTC members-only: behind the scenes tour of WVPT (pre-registration required!!)

January 29, 5:30-7:30pm; WVPT, Harrisonburg, VA


SVTC Membership has its privileges: members are able to join us for an exclusive look behind the scenes at WVPT. This is not open to the public. Space is limited, so registration is required.


--> Not a member but would like to attend? See the various levels of SVTC Membership   (excellent visibility across three affordable levels!)

-->  Unsure if your organization is a member? Check on the SVTC membership rolls 

Schedule of the evening:

  • 5:30 - Event start time in the WVPT community room & administrative offices. Pizza and beer! We're serving Three Notch'd Brewing Company featuring their "40 Mile" IPA and their "Hyrdraulion" Red craft beers. Water and iced tea available as well.
  • 6:15 - Welcome & introductions
  • 6:30 - Tours of WVPT's administrative offices and the New Media Full Green Screen Insert "Virtual" Studio with mobile JVC HD Cameras, Control Room with TriCaster multi-ME switcher and multiple Final Cut or Avid Edit
  • 7:30 - End
Register for "SVTC Members Only" WVPT Tour ; space is limited and we will close the form once we have reached 35.

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SVTC's Tech on the Wharf

Thursday, February 5, 5:30-7:30

Shen. Valley Brewing Co., Staunton, VA


Come gather 'round, Staunton technology users and creators; Tech on the Wharf is back by popular demand!
Creating lots of technology? This is your crowd. Busily using technology? This is ALSO your crowd! Mark the date and location: downtown Staunton at the Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company, Thurs., Feb. 5, 2015. Modeled after our popular Tech on the Square in Harrisonburg, we'll network, drink some local craft beers, and perhaps consume some pizza as well. Members and non-members are welcome for this casual networking event. 

Meet us at the Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company's taproom (17 Middlebrook Ave.) from 5:30 until 7:30 pm. That's in the historic wharf district between the Amtrak depot and the Augusta court house.  You can enter SVBC either from Middlebrook Ave (street parking) or from Byers St. (Johnson Street surface parking lot).

Registration is appreciated! 

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Hburg Makers: Let's Design Board Games!

Friday, January 16, 6-9pm

Ice House 2nd Floor Maker Space, Harrisonburg, VA


Come to our kick off event to meet us and see our space. The main force behind makerspace projects will be there and are excited to work with you!

Have you always wanted to design your own board game, or have you already designed one? Let's get together and do it. The sky's the limit.

Depending on the number of people and ideas, we'll work on one concept, or break into groups.

For this first meeting, we'll probably only have time to conceptualize, but if people are interested, we could hold future events to generate a model in sketch up and then create a physical prototype using the equipment in our space.


 RSVP for Hburg Makers: Let's Design Board Games

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Girls Develop It: Wordpress 101

Saturday, January 17, 10am-2pm

Rosetta Stone, Harrisonburg, VA


This WordPress course runs on Saturday, Jan 17th from 10am-2pm and Saturday Jan 24th from 10am-2pm. The $90 fee covers both days. This class is for beginners wanting to learn about using WordPress as a framework and content management system for a blog or website. You can arrive knowing nothing about WordPress and will leave knowing how to start up, build and manage a site. (And remember, it's NOT JUST FOR GIRLS!)


If you are interested in attending this class, but live closer to Charlottesville, this class is also offered in Charlottesville on the same days/times:

The first hour of the first class will be a "Happiness Bar" dedicated to installing WordPress on students' hosting accounts. If you already have WordPress installed on a hosting account, or locally on your computer, feel free to arrive at 11am.

We will cover the following:  

  • Intro to Wordpress, Installation, Security, Administration & Management: You'll learn how to install WordPress, gain an understanding of the admin interface and learn of how to manage site content.
  • Widgets, Plugins, Themes & Customizing Themes: You'll learn how to install plugins and themes to add functionality and change the look of your site. You will also learn how to customize themes and theme frameworks.

The last 30 minutes of class will be one-on-one help for individual issues and any WP topics not covered in class.

Prep for class:

  • All students MUST come to class with at least a WordPress compatible hosting account, preferably with WordPress already installed. If you do not already have WordPress up and running on your hosting account we will install it for you.  We recommend Bluehost:
  • A basic understanding of HTML/CSS, and FTP is helpful, but it is NOT necessary.

Price: $90.00/per person


Register for Girl Develop It: Wordpress 101, Jan 17, 2015


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Lord Fairfax Community College:
Workforce Solutions: Open House

January 20, 3 - 7 PM, LFCC Middletown


Come explore the incredible programs Workforce Solutions has to offer. Whether you want to just take one class to develop your skills or take a certification program to move ahead in the workforce we have it.


This is an open house, non-threatening atomsphere where you can ask instructors questions about upcoming classes and programs.  We offer classes in business, healthcare, technology, and trades.  Tours will also be given in our state of the art Trades labs.  This is a free event and advanced registration is encouraged.


Please check the LFCC website and or listen to local radio stations in case of bad weather. If LFCC is closed due to weather we will hold the event from 3PM-7PM on January 22, 2014.


Registration for Workforce Solutions Open House


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Back by popular demand, an opportunity to sponsor the SVTC's Green Award [Tech Nite 2015, May 6, 2015]


On May 6, 2015 the SVTC  will hold its 15th annual TECH NITE technology awards gala which is our premier event drawing between 250 and 275 technology users and creators from around the Valley. The award categories (there are 7 of them)  cover a wide range, from focusing on high tech entrepreneurs and leaders to high tech businesses, as well as education (both K-12 and higher ed).


If you're considering getting your organization's information, and name and logo places in front of the Shenandoah Valley's tech users and creators, take a moment and read about the sponsorship details: 

What is the Green Award about?  


This award honors an area technology company, university, individual or organization, who is making an impact on our region through top-notch green practices.  Being green is about more than just recycling paper waste and office equipment. It's exercising sound business stewardship, improving the way we use our power and computing assets, or better managing workforce productivity through telecommuting and videoconferencing. It's taking meaningful steps to ensure the health and safety of our employees and customers through energy efficient measures and support of renewable power generation.  It's being a technology or business model innovator or providing a service that will drive large-scale adoption of leading green solutions.

  • CONTRIBUTION DESCRIPTIONProvide a brief description of the nominee's outstanding technical and scientific contributions to advancing solutions in the fields of energy and environmental sustainability.
  • BENEFITS/IMPACTBriefly describe the benefits of the nominee's contribution.  This award's criteria include:  job creation in the region;  carbon footprint abatement;  energy efficiencies gained; renewable power and products used;  dollars leveraged (ROI vs. amount invested); waste management/reduction; telework, "green computing" and other environmentally friendly HR practices; facilities management; research, development, or implementation of a sustainable or efficient technology.  Cite any quantitative measures of benefit. 
  • PROFILE OF THE ORGANIZATION OR INDIVIDUALFor organizations, provide a brief description including type, size, mission, and distinguishing characteristics.  For individuals, provide a brief bio and describe the activities and efforts culminating in the cited contribution.  Mention any other organizations that have assisted in the achievement.

Our award sponsors enjoy:

  • Naming right of the award, e.g. [company name] + [award name].
  • 4 ads in the daily paper
  • name and logo on the SVTC website, and in our Tech Nite communications (reminders, etc)
  • names and logo on the overheard show in  the ballroom on the evening of the event, and on the large-format posters
  • engraved name on the awards' plaques 
  • name and logo in the printed program 

Other sponsorship levels are available as well!! Please take a look at this overview: 
Tech Nite 2015 sponsorship opportunities overview, pdf


Questions? Email Nicky at 


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SVTC's Bits and Grits
January 20, 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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RichTech Annual Legislative Reception
February 5, 2015, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Richmond, VA


Join RichTech for the annual legislative reception that brings together over 200 business and elected leaders from all across the state to celebrate Virginia's robust technology industry during the Virginia General Assembly. 

  • Members: $50; Non-Members: $75 
  • Where: Library of Virginia, 800 E Broad Street, Richmond, 23219
  • When: 2/5/2015 ; 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Learn more and register for the Legislative Reception.


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UP Conference
"Unlock your Unlimited Possibilities" 
February 12, 2015, 8am-5pm
Best Western Inn & Suites Conference Center, Waynesboro, VA 


Presented by the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce, this all day conference is an evolution from The Annual Business Showcase. It includes interactive speakers, in multiple breakouts with topics such as "Building Leadership in your Business," A Panel Discussion on "Social Media Networking VS Face to Face Networking" and "Keeping It Simple and Being Successful in Business." The national known speaker, author and consultant, Charles Weathers, Founder & Owner of The Weathers Group, will be the Keynote Speaker.  The day will include over 30 Chamber Businesses in the Exhibit Hall, the ever popular Speed Networking Session, and the announcement of the "Generation Y Leadership" Award. Also, the day will conclude with a Business After Hours from 5:30 pm. -7:30 pm. Help showcase your company by being a sponsor, speaker or an exhibitor that day and allow everyone to see your Unlimited Possibilities!" LIMITED SEATS! Continental Breakfast & Lunch included in registration fee. Reserve your seat online at:


Exhibit Spaces:

$300 Member / $125 Non-Profit Member

$400 Non-Member

Spaces are 8ft. X 8ft.and includes meals for (2) people, a 6 ft. rec-table and 2 chairs. *The purchase of multiple spaces is available. Contact Melissa for Sponsorship Opportunities and Multiple Ticket discounts 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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Meet the Scientist: Saturday Morning Physics

Saturdays, January 24-February 28, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

JMU - Miller Hall


For the fifth year, the Physics and Astronomy Department in collaboration with JMU's Outreach & Engagement, invite high-school students and science teachers to take part in an engaging enrichment program developed in a sequence of six easy-to-follow scientific exploration events.


Register online ! (pre-registration required)


Saturdays; January 24-February 28

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m; James Madison University - Miller Hall; $50/student


For detailed program information, please visit the JMU Outreach and Engagement website for Saturday Morning PhysicsQuestions ? Email  lapirakm@jmu.eduor call 540/568-5532.


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Member News: PBMares Names Three New Partners


NEWPORT NEWS, VA (1/6/15) - PBMares, LLP - a regional consulting firm serving clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic - has elected three new partners.


David J. Damiani, J.D., CPA, a Senior Tax Manager in the firm's Williamsburg, VA office, Harvey L. Johnson, CPA, CGMA, a Senior Assurance Manager based in PBMares' Norfolk office, and Nicholas Perrine, CPA, a Senior Tax Manager in the firm's Harrisonburg, VA office, will become partners, effective January 1, 2015.


"We are excited to add these three outstanding professionals to the ranks of our partners, and look forward to their continued contributions to the firm and to our clients," said Alan Witt, CPA, CEO of PBMares, LLP.  


Damiani has more than 11 years of public accounting experience, specializing in complex individual tax returns, tax planning, tax research, IRS correspondence and working with high net worth individuals.  His practice addresses estate and trust tax issues as well.  Damiani also assists small business owners with tax planning, preparation and entity advising. He served as the editor-in-chief of the Texas Review of Law & Politics and is currently a member of its Board of Directors.  At the community level, he is the Tidewater Chapter Coordinator for the PKD Foundation. He graduated from Washington & Lee University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in History.  He received his Juris Doctorate, with a focus on tax law, from the University of Texas School of Law.


Johnson has been providing internal and external assurance services to the firm's financial institution, not-for-profit, SEC registrant and government clients for more than a decade and serves as the financial institution niche team leader.  He uses his skills and industry knowledge to focus on reporting issues that will have a substantial impact on his clients.  Johnson is a recognized authority in the financial institutions industry and is a frequent presenter at conferences and seminars on topics related to internal controls and risk assessment. Johnson graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a Bachelor Science in Accounting.  He also holds a Master of Science in Accounting from Old Dominion University.


Perrine has more than 11 years of public accounting experience and specializes in the areas of real estate, healthcare, manufacturing, and construction.  He provides clients with an in-depth knowledge of tax laws and interpretations.  Perrine is a frequent presenter at professional seminars and webinars and is PBMares' resident expert on the Affordable Care Act.  An active member of his community, Perrine participated in the inaugural class of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Fredericksburg program.  He also completed the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce's Community Leadership Program and is currently in their BOLD program.  He is a member and current treasurer of the Harrisonburg-Massanutten Rotary Club.  In addition, he has completed the McGladrey Network's two-year Leadership Academy. Perrine graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.


For more information about PBMares and its new partners, visit


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MACH37 Launches New Cyber Security Startups; spring cohort application period has opened
Herndon, VA


MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Launches 17 New Cyber Security Startups

New accelerator countering cyber attacks by growing new companies, creating new innovation ecosystem


December 23, 2014 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology announced today that after 16 months in operation, its MACH37™ Cyber Accelerator has launched 17 new cyber security companies. MACH37™ opened its doors in September 2013, has hosted three separate cohort sessions and attracted over 300 investors to its Demo Days.


Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO and MACH37™ Executive Chairman, said, "MACH37 has created a unique public-private program that brings together domain experts, successful cybersecurity entrepreneurs, and investors familiar to the security market to create a platform that enables next generation technology to be deployed more rapidly. By leveraging these assets, we have helped launch the next generation of cybersecurity companies that will be on the frontlines of emerging cyber attacks."


The MACH37™ program consists of an intense 90-day program in which the selected startups are mentored in all aspects of creating a sustainable and successful business. Participants receive a $50,000 investment to develop and launch their ideas into emerging, investable companies. By drawing on MACH37's large network of experts and entrepreneurs, startups are guided toward creating successful companies that can take a strategic market position. MACH37 helps companies test their ideas and products before taking them to market. 


Virginia Delegate Tag Greason, who sponsored legislation creating the new accelerator, said, "The MACH37 program is a perfect example of a public-private partnership that is addressing an enormous challenge by providing assistance to startups looking to compete in today's markets. This program is creating and grooming the promising new companies that will help successfully transition the Commonwealth towards the new Virginia economy."


Following the completion of each of the 90-day sessions, MACH37 hosts a Demo Day where participating companies pitch to audiences of accredited investors from top-tier venture capital firms, leading edge technology companies and angel groups from the Washington, D.C. region, as well as California, Massachusetts and Georgia. The most recent Demo Day earlier this month drew 186 investors.


"At MACH37, we look for companies who are developing innovative approaches to thwart some of the most prevalent problems in cybersecurity," commented Rick Gordon, Managing Partner of MACH37™.  "The 17 companies who have graduated our program in the past year are an exceptional representation of the diverse range of talent that is nationally attracted to MACH37."


The application period for the upcoming MACH37™ Spring 2015 (S15) Cohort is now open.  Entrepreneurs with emerging products and companies are encouraged to apply by visiting and filling out the online application.  The program is open to startups from any geography whose founders are ready to engage in a rigorous mentorship program designed to produce the next generation of leading security product companies. 


For the online version of this release, visit:


About MACH37™

MACH37™ is the premier accelerator for information security entrepreneurs and startups.  We go beyond the traditional model of typical business accelerators by bringing our innovators focused mentorship and support from our extensive network of visionaries, practitioners, and successful entrepreneurs in security.  Our Spring and Fall sessions are designed to propel graduating companies into the marketplace, equipped with the skills to grow and compete for funding and market share. MACH37™ was launched in 2013 by the Center for Innovative Technology, in Herndon, Virginia.  To learn more, please visit and follow  @MACH37 cyber on Twitter.


About the Center for Innovative Technology

Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been Virginia's primary driver of innovation and entrepreneurship.  To learn more, please visit  Follow CIT on Twitter @CITorg and add the Center for Innovative Technology on LinkedIn and Facebook.



Hap Connors | (703) 689-3048 |

Michelle Schafer | Merritt Group for MACH37™ | (703) 403-6377 |


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Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Blue Key, Inc. 


BlueKey is a team of digital creators and thinkers passionate about crafting brand experiences, websites, and apps that produce measurable results. We serve a wide range of clients throughout Virginia, South Carolina, and the Southeast.




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Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport 

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD), located in Weyers Cave, offers commercial airline service via Silver Airways/United Express to Washington-Dulles International Airport. These fast and convenient flights connect the Valley to approximately 80 domestic and 43 international destinations around the world. Ticket prices from SHD are competitive and in some cases even less expensive than a larger airport. Couple this with FREE parking plus less money spent on gas and the cost savings can really add up. Ground transportation options include the SHD Airport Shuttle (by reservation) or car rental from Avis, Budget or Hertz. For more information on traveling from SHD, call (540) 234-8304, visit or find them on Facebook and Twitter.




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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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