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Insider Look: SVTC Members-Only Lunch at Serco, Inc., January 11, 2012

SVTC Bits & Grits: Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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

Welcome Individual Member: Galen Barefoot

Member News: CIT Announces Fall 2011 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Awards

Member News: Rockingham County Board of Supervisors Paves the Way for an Aggressive Approach to Economic and Community Development


Insider Look: SVTC Members-Only Lunch at Serco, Inc.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 11:30am

1450 Technology Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 

***Going, going, almost gone: there are a scant few seats left.  Registration closes at 12:00 noon on Monday Jan. 9th***


It's not often that Serco sheds a light on what they do at their Mum's-The-Word facility at Mt. Clinton Pike in Harrisonburg - however, they've agreed to let a limited number of SVTC members get a foot in the door in January to take a peek.

Approximately 7,300 patent applications for new inventions are submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark office every week, and 92% of these find their way to Harrisonburg to be processed and classified by Serco's highly educated and technical workforce. Join us for a Serco-sponsored SVTC members-only luncheon where you will be introduced to the "Wonderful World of Patents" and how these are treated right here in Harrisonburg.

Space is limited and only 35 can be accommodated. First come, first serve (advanced) registration.

A light lunch will be provided (thank you, Serco).

Online registration required - attendance confirmations will be sent via email a few days before event and include additional details.

In-processing begins at 11:30 am.  Attendees are asked not to bring laptops or anything else with Ethernet ports.


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 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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Welcome Individual Member: Galen Barefoot

Our thanks to Galen for joining the SVTC as an individual member.

Galen Barefoot has been working in Patents for almost 40 years and has developed a very broad knowledge of many different technologies and a very detailed understanding of the aerospace and alternate energy areas.  There is a wealth of information in the US and foreign patent files of 10's of millions of inventions where over 90% of them are free to be exploited and further developed.  It is a much overlooked data base that has the benefit of $100's of billions of dollars of research invested in cutting edge technology.


Welcome Back Member: Billo Communications, Inc.


Our sincere thanks to Billo Communications for their membership renewal.


Billo Communications, Inc., provides multimedia communications services and products that are community driven, culturally appropriate, and user-friendly. The company combines a passion for healthy children, families, and communities with expertise in interactive, multimedia technology to creatively disseminate significant social messages. Services and products include websites, DVDs, film, social media apps, and video.


The company's mission is to bring information alive with engaging, entertaining formats so that audiences are informed, inspired, and empowered. Founded in 1997 by President/CEO Billo Harper, Billo Communications partners with foundations, government agencies, community organizations, businesses, and others, and works with clients to make a positive impact in communities and organizations across the U.S. and around the world. Billo Harper, a researcher, producer, consultant, and interactive multimedia communications specialist, has 30 years of experience in both the public and private sector. This wide range of expertise is the key to the company's success in designing tools to enhance life for families and kids.


For more information visit: or call (301) 877-6722



Welcome Back Member: Cottonwood Commercial


Please join us in thanking Cottonwood Commercial for their membership renewal.


Cottonwood Commercial is one of western Virginia's most comprehensive commercial real estate resources. From its founding in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1970, Cottonwood Commercial has been guided by the belief that it is not successful unless its clients are successful. Our goal is to build value for our customers by approaching our work with integrity, knowledge, and lots of good ideas.


Over the years, our focus has broadened from being the predominant commercial real estate brokerage in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County area to the broader Shenandoah Valley and beyond.   Cottonwood Commercial's agents bring a diverse set of backgrounds and skills to their work. We are able to provide services across the board in commercial real estate. Our areas of assistance include: Shopping center leasing; Property management;  Site finding and brokering, Leasing of and brokering of office properties; Site selection for national retailers; Landlord and tenant representation; Investment real estate, including Triple net leases and 1031 exchanges; Multi-family brokering; Sale and purchases of farm acreage; Sale and purchase of convenience stores and gas stations; Leasing and sale of warehouse and industrial facilities.


We at Cottonwood Commercial Realty welcome your interest and your inquiries as you consider buying, selling, or leasing commercial property along Virginia's growing I-81 corridor or into Central Virginia. 


For more information visit or call (540) 437-3560.



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:



Job Posting:  Product Planner III, Lumos Networks

The incumbent will assist in the development and launch of new products and product enhancements, as well as ongoing support of existing products. The Product Planner III will provide planning, project management, and assist in product management functions required to maintain and grow revenue, market share, and profit margin.


The incumbent will provide product knowledge and expertise, help manage product ARPU and profitability, help manage product communications to the company, help negotiate pricing, and influence decisions that will drive product success in a highly competitive marketplace. The Product Planner III will interface with vendors, customers, and employees in the evaluation of new offerings, and in the support of existing offerings; and, will assist in identifying company impacts as well as assist in developing financial models to validate profitability. The Product Planner III also provides input for the development of revenue projections for new and existing service offerings in support of capital requirements for budget cycles. Excellent leadership, project management, and product management skills are a must, to allow infusion of new products into Lumos' portfolio and ensure the ongoing success of products throughout the product life cycle. In addition, the ability to influence others and strong presentation skills are required in this position.  


Must have knowledge and experience in multiple functions (e.g. Network, Product, Pricing, Regulatory, Sales Support, Billing, etc.) to support development, launch, and ongoing management of complex products.

Visit our Job Openings Page for full job posting and information on applying.


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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, 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: CIT Announces Fall 2011 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Awards


The CRCF issues 29 awards to 22 organizations with grants totaling $3.6 million to spark innovation, company formation in the Commonwealth.


[December 21, 2011 - Herndon, VA] - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today 29 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) awards totaling $3.6 million made to 22 organizations from academia, the research community, and industry in the Commonwealth for the purpose of funding targeted areas of research with commercial promise aligned with the Commonwealth Research and Technology (R&T) Strategic Roadmap.


This solicitation brought in more than 90 eligible proposals from throughout Virginia, totaling nearly $21 million, and spanning the breadth of industries identified in the Roadmap as priorities areas for the Commonwealth, including: advanced manufacturing, aerospace, communications, energy, environment, information technology, life sciences, modeling and simulation, nuclear physics, and transportation; awarded projects represent the areas of life sciences, energy, advanced manufacturing, and nuclear physics.


Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO, said, "CIT is pleased to have the opportunity to conduct the CRCF process on behalf of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority, these awards will advance crucial technology research and commercialization initiatives that will result in company growth, research expenditure growth and new company formation opportunities throughout the Commonwealth."


Click Here for Full Press Release, including a listing of the CRCF proposals that will be awarded contingent upon acceptance of the programs terms and conditions.



Member News:  Rockingham County Board of Supervisors Paves the Way for an Aggressive Approach to Economic and Community Development

[HARRISONBURG, December 19, 2011] - In three separate votes, the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors approved a new and more aggressive approach to the county's economic and community development.  On Dec. 14, the board voted unanimously to move forward with a proposed master plan for the Rockingham Center for Research and Technology, endorse a joint marketing initiative with the City of Harrisonburg, and appoint a former college president as the county's economic adviser.

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