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Send in your Tech Nite 13 Nominations...Deadline is next Wednesday, March 20th

SVTC Bits & Grits: March 19, 2013

Today is Last Day to Make your Suggestions for the SVTC Class I of Directors

Tech Nite 13 Sponsorships ... Showcase Your Company

Welcome Back Individual Member: Galen Barefoot

Thanks to Friendship Industries for a Wonderful Tour

Virginia Wind Festival and KidWind Challenge: March 16, 2013

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Terminal Servers: March 20, 2013

Adult Lego Competition: March 23, 2013

Valley SBDC Start Smart Workshop: March 27, 2013

CIT Supports Startup Weekend Events in Virginia

Harrisonburg Startup Weekend: April 5-7, 2013

Free Workshops Target Local Business Renewal & Expansion

Last weekend to get a nomination ready: Tech Nite 13 Nominations deadline is March 20


Some great nominations have been submitted so far but, guess what, we would like more  ... so keep 'em coming! Not all categories have one yet. Who are the entrepreneurs, leaders, innovators, and educators in the Valley? The deadline to make a nomination is next Wednesday March 20th, so don't delay.


Nominations are easy to make.  Visit our Nominations Guidelines page to find out more about what the awards are honoring and how to make an online nomination.  You may nominate yourself as well as others, so don't be bashful!


Take a peek at the list of past award nominees & recipients and help ensure additional noteworthy individuals and contributions are honored in this distinguished tradition.  Thanks for your participation.


Make a Tech Nite 11 nomination 



Bits & Grits

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 8:00am


This 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 Seeking Nominations for its Class I of Directors...Today is the Deadline


SVTC members vote once a year on who will join its Board of Directors for a 2-year term.  Our board is divided into 2 groups, and this year the term for "Class I" expires on June 30th and a new group of directors needs to be elected.

To get us started with this year's nomination and voting process, members are asked to submit their suggestions for who should be considered for the slate. The SVTC Executive Committee will review the suggestions and then the whole Board of Directors will review the candidate slate at their meeting in March.

Nominations should be made by SVTC members to the Organization and Governance Committee by sending an email to Heather Watson by March 15, 2013.

After the slate has been agreed upon our membership will vote in May, either online, or in person at the Annual Meeting. Members will receive information on the voting process nearer the time.

We appreciate your active participation in this process.


Tech Nite 13 Sponsorships


Thank you to our newest table sponsor: Rockingham County. 


It's not too late for you to sign up for a sponsorship.  Don't miss out on this opportunity to showcase your company. 


There are many options for participating - from $300 to $1,200.Summary of SVTC Tech Nite 2013 sponsorship levels (pdf), or contact Nicky at

We thank all our sponsors to date: 

Blue Ridge Community College   ♦  Cadence, Inc.  ♦ 

Center for Innovative Technology  ♦  City of Harrisonburg  ♦ 

Daily News-Record ♦  DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design  ♦ 

Dynamic Aviation   ♦  E-N Computers, Inc.  ♦  

JMU College of Integrated Science & Engineering & JMU CoB Center for Entrepreneurship ♦ JMU College of Education  ♦ 

JMU CoB Computer Information Systems & Business Analytics  ♦  JMU Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance  ♦  JMU Outreach & Engagement  ♦  JMU Research and Public Service & SRI  ♦  LeClairRyan  ♦ 

Lumos Networks ♦ Rockingham County ♦ 

Serco, Inc. ♦ Verizon ♦ Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver



Welcome Back Individual Member: Galen Barefoot

Our thanks to Galen Barefoot for his membership renewal.

Galen Barefoot is a Registered Patent Agent with the US Patent Office, and a local resident of the Shenandoah Valley. Galen has provided high quality technology research to inventors, companies and attorneys worldwide. His mission is to provide inventor/entrepreneur support through research, prior art searches, analysis and assistance in submitting and processing patent applications through the US Patent and Trademark Office.


Galen has over 40 years of experience in the patent field and has a MS Degree in Aerospace Engineering. He has provided up to date technology research in the areas of aerospace, energy/bio-fuels, and general engineering. Galen provides high quality and timely services ranging from filing patent applications to all types of searches and detailed technical research and analysis that can make sure you are not wasting valuable time and resources "reinventing the wheel" or developing a "square wheel."


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Thanks to Friendship Industries for a Wonderful Tour

This Thursday we visited Friendship Industries.  It was a fascinating tour and we thank Friendship Industries for their hospitality.



Don Wallinger, Friendship Industries Director of Sales & Marketing, Demonstrates During Tour



Virginia Wind Festival and KidWind Challenge

March 16, 2013, 9:00am-4:00pm

Thomas Harrison Middle School, Harrisonburg


Presented by the Virginia Center for Wind Energy at JMU

The Virginia Wind Festival is a free event, open to the public. It will be a day filled with fun activities for kids and plenty of opportunities for the community to learn more about wind energy in Virginia.


There will be a "Kids' Korner" with activities like face painting, make your own kites and pinwheels, design wind turbine blades, guess the wind speed, etc.


For the adults there will be presentations on wind energy (on-land and offshore) in Virginia, how wind can work for you, and how you can help advance wind energy in the state. They will also raise a meteorological tower at the school and you can check out Thomas Harrison Middle School's brand new wind turbine!
In addition they will be holding the 2nd annual Virginia KidWind Challenge. This is a wind turbine design competition for middle and high school students, where students compete to generate the most electricity. 
For more information about the Virginia Center for Wind Energy please visit their website:
And here's the Facebook event link.



How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love Terminal Servers

March 20, 2013, 6:00pm

LightCastle Technology & Research, Staunton, VA

Say goodbye to your hard drives, and say hello to Michael Blinn.

Blinn will present at the Wednesday, March 20 Open Source Staunton meeting about the Linux Terminal Server Project, an open-source project that aims to operate several workstations through a single server, eliminating the need for multiple software licenses and clunky desktop machines.


As a Linux-based project, machines running LTSP also cut down on the need for costly antivirus products.  As a Linux-enthusiast, Blinn has implemented the LTSP at several locations in the region, running as many as 20 workstations off a single

Open Source Staunton meets at the LightCastle Technology and Research Installation, located at 21 Middlebrook Ave., Suite 200, in downtown Staunton (above Byers St. Bistro). The meeting will kick off with booze and grub at 6 p.m., followed by Blinn's presentation shortly after. For more information, visit  or


Adult Lego Competition

March 23, 2013, 10:00am-3:00pm

Prospect Heights Middle School, Orange VA

The first Adult Lego Competition!  If you're interested in testing out your programming skills, here is your chance to see what you can do!

Teams must be between 1-10 people (ages 18 and older) and they will only be accepting the first 25 teams to register and submit payment.


The judges will be kids from FLL, FTC and/or FRC. The robot design presentation will be public so that other teams and kids can ask questions about how the robot was designed.  It will help the kids see what all you can do with a robot and it has potential to get new coaches involved in FLL which means more teams. The idea is not about the adults but more focused on possibly producing more teams and coaches, giving the kids a chance to judge and see the judges perspective and let the kids see what else the robot can do. Everything else will be set up like an FLL competition and based on 2012 Senior Solutions rules.

HURRY!!!! And claim your spot in the first ever Adult Lego League competition!

Cost: $100 per team

For more Information please contact:
* Nick Swayne at  or
* Dustin Skelton at  or
* Ralph Guilder at  



Valley SBDC Start Smart Workshop

March 27, 2013, 1:00-2:30pm
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




CIT Supports Startup Weekend Events in Virginia


Weekend events link developers, entrepreneurs, educators, designers, marketers, others to team up, pitch ideas, start companies in just 54 hours.


March 14, 2013 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology announced today that it is sponsoring Startup Weekend events this spring in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Roanoke and Fredericksburg.

Startup Weekend was founded as a global grassroots organization to encourage teams of entrepreneurs and others to form innovative new startup companies. Sponsored by industry leaders like the Kauffman Foundation, Microsoft and Google, these 54-hour events promote partnerships among developers, graphic artists, business managers, entrepreneurs, marketing experts, and others to work together to develop business concepts into businesses ready to launch. According to Startup Weekend, "Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend." 

Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO said, "Startup Weekends are tremendous opportunities to promote entrepreneurism and, ultimately, to develop products and services that will positively affect communities, both in terms of economic growth and to address the challenges and needs that we all face. These events leverage the creativity, energy and passion of dedicated people across industries to launch ideas that can very well turn into high growth companies." 

Details and registration links for the four upcoming events follow:

Startup Weekend EDU Charlottesville
April 5-7, 2013
Albemarle County Office's Conference Center, Charlottesville

Startup Weekend Harrisonburg
April 5-7, 2013
Showker Hall, James Madison University, Harrisonburg

Startup Weekend Roanoke
May 3-5, 2013
Meridium's Headquarters, Roanoke

Startup Weekend Fredericksburg
Germanna Community College's Spotsylvania Campus
June 7-9, 2013

Last year, CIT partnered with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to host NOVA EDU Startup Weekend, the first Startup Weekend focused specifically on K-12 education using K-12 data. Education and government officials, as well as a number of industry leaders, mentored more than 100 participants as they developed education-related products and services. CIT experts will serve as organizers and coaches to guide participants in this year's events. Specific prizes will be announced soon.

Coaches from the Apps4VA team and the VDOE will attend the April 5-7 Startup Weekend EDU Charlottesville, the only event focused on education startups and applications. The Apps4VA program will offer prizes at each location to teams that develop winning apps using data from the Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS).  


"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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Harrisonburg Startup Weekend

April 5 - 7, 2013

JMU, Showker Hall

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.


Who is invited?  Seasoned, as well as first-time, entrepreneurs, artists/designers, programmers / coders, and others! If you have these skill-sets, or you just have a great idea for a new business, don't miss this weekend! Ideas will be presented on Friday evening and teams will form to explore the most exciting ideas in more detail.  Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Attendance is limited to 114 people.


All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it's a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. Curious? Here's a Startup Weekend Video:

Harrisonburg Startup Weekend is being organized by a coalition of organizations and local governments, including: City of Harrisonburg, Cottonwood Commercial, Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, JMU's Center for Entrepreneurship, JMU's Office of Technology Transfer, JMU's Research and Public Service, Rockingham County, SCORE, Shenandoah Valley Partnership, Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, SRI Shenandoah Valley, and other volunteers and project managers.


The non-profit organization Startup Weekend is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.Including Harrisonburg!


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Free Workshops Target Local Business Renewal & Expansion

"Growing Together: Pathways to business renewal & expansion," a series of 4  seminars designed to strengthen the region's economic vitality, are being through a collaboration of public and private firms in the central Shenandoah Valley. With an eye toward revitalizing our industrial base, will feature technical and practical advice to help firms re-gain sales and profit and/or to expand to new levels of success. 

Mar 28: Selling to the Government (federal, state, and/or local) How to develop and fulfill government orders (contracts) of products and services.

Apr 25: Expansion to Global Markets Why, when and how a firm might choose to make international sales part of its business growth strategy.

May 30: From Idea to Market The steps to Innovation Excellence, from encouraging product and process creation to commercialization.

Apr 25 will be at Solutions Place, 1 Solutions Way, Waynesboro, VA

Mar 28 and May 30 will be at the Augusta County Government Center, Verona, VA


These seminars are free to all attendees thanks to the generous support of sponsoring organizations. All sessions will run from 8:30 - 11:30am, and will include presentations by topic experts, panels of practitioners, and time for Q&A.  Opportunities for brief one-on-one meetings between interested attendees and an expert on the day's topic will be available in the afternoon. You may attend one or all four; pre-register to ensure a seat by calling 540-568-3227 or visiting



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