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January 23, 2015  
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Become a sponsor for Tech Nite 2015!
Members Only WVPT Tour
SVTC's Tech on the Wharf, Feb. 5 2015
The SVTC's Green Award: back by popular demand and seeking a sponsor
CAPWIC 2015: "Computing Connects Us"
SVTC's Bits and Grits
SourceLink Virginia
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 to only 30 attendees and 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 30.

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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 have 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).

Please pre-register to get a printed nametag, and also so that we know how much pizza to order! 



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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: 

Sponsors enjoy:
  • Naming rights, eg [company name] + [award name]
  • 4 ads in the paper
  • Names/ logos in prominent places (Tech Nite website, email communications, overhead show in the ballroom on the evening of the event, on the large-format posters, and in the in the printed program, example from 2014)
  • engraved name on the awards' plaques. (By the way, our awards a heavy crystal (engraved) things with a wooden box)
  • assigned seating for eight attendees around a table

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.


Questions? Email Nicky at 


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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 or comments? Nancy Harris, Phone: (540) 568-8771, Email:


Looking for more reasons to sign up?

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!

Learn more at


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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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SVTC's Bits and Grits
February 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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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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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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Highlighting Renewing Level III Member:

ComSonics is an electronic telecommunications firm headquartered locally in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The company was incorporated in 1972 and today is 100% owned by its 200+ employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). ComSonics operates three distinct business units - Equipment Repair Services, Product Development and Sales, and Electronic Manufacturing Services.  As a leader in providing high quality Cable Television (CATV) repair services, ComSonics markets nationwide coverage from three strategically located facilities in Harrisonburg, VA; Indianapolis, IN; and Sacramento, CA, that pickup and repair Distribution, Headend, Test, Power Supply and Fiber Optic CATV equipment.  The company also offers a related Mobile Calibration business that positions on-site mobile calibration labs at customer locations for validating performance of all types of test instrumentation. ComSonics began manufacturing Cable Telecommunications Test & Measurement instruments in 1975.  Their first major product, the Sniffer®, has since been followed by a full line of RF leakage detection devices and today ComSonics is the technology leader for CATV signal leakage detection in the industry.  In order to develop advanced manufacturing capabilities, a new wholly owned subsidiary of ComSonics was incorporated in 2001 as CEMSI - "ComSonics Electronic Manufacturing Services Incorporated" that in December 2003 relocated to a state of the art facility in Weyers Cave, Virginia. This action included a decision for CEMSI to enter the contract manufacturing business by providing electronic manufacturing services to other customers besides just building ComSonics products.




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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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