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Tech Nite 12: Nominations Deadline is Next Friday, March 23rd

Tech Nite 12: Sponsorships Available

SVTC Bits & Grits: March 20, 2012

Welcome Back Member: Larion Hostetler

Welcome Back Member: Tom Lundquist

Virginia SBDC Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program

Trio of JMU Students From Different Disciplines Create a Virtual Field Trip

Ignite Harrisonburg to Host Kick-off Event: March 20, 2012

"Start Smart" Seminar for Prospective or New Small Business Owners: March 21, 2012

Second Annual NVTC University Technology Exhibition: March 23, 2012

Ready Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast: March 24, 2012

Virginia Cooperative Extension's speaking series "Cultivating Comparative Advantages for Agriculture and Farm-based Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century" - March 27-29, 2012

Business Symposium, Shenandoah University: March 28, 2012

FOSE Conference & Expo: April 3-5, 2012


Tech Nite 12 - Nominations


Some great nominations have been submitted so far but, guess what, we would like more  ... so keep 'em coming!  Who are the entrepreneurs, leaders, innovators, and educators in the Valley? The deadline to make a nomination is March 23rd, so don't delay.

Check on the nomination guidelines - and remember, you can nominate yourself or others. Membership in the SVTC NOT required.


We are seeking nominations in these 7 categories:  

  • High Tech Entrepreneur Award (sponsored by JMU College of Business & JMU College of Integrated Science & Technology)
  • High Tech Company Award (sponsored by Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC)
  • Dr. Noftsinger High Tech Leadership Award (sponsored by LeClairRyan)
  • Innovation in Higher Education Award (sponsored by Lumos Networks)
  • Innovation in K - 12 Education Award (sponsored by Verizon)
  • Innovative Technology Application Award (sponsored by the Center for Innovative Technology)
  • Green Award (sponsored by JMU Institute for Infrastructure & Information Assurance)

ALL the details for TN 12 nominations are online! Who and what are they honoring? Who were the past nominees (they are from all over the Valley!). The nomination form is short.


You can nominate yourself or your company / organization, or someone else! SVTC membership not required whatsoever.


While nominations are easy to make, it's appreciated when the facts and details are coordinated between nominee and nominator before pushing the 'submit' button. After we receive a nomination, we confirm with the nominee that a nomination was made. (No one likes surprises, we have found out. It seems that nominees like to contribute lots of facts to a good nomination.) So, please take a minute to communicate with the nominee. Also, nominees should only be nominated in ONE category. 


Why bother with a nomination? Well, because the best and brightest techies and non-techies deserve to be in the spotlight once a year. Tech Nite is a well attended event: approx. 250 people from around the Valley gather to honor the achievement. Don't be left out. 


Tech Nite 12 Links:


Tech Nite 12 award descriptions

Nomination Guidelines

Nomination Form


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Tech Nite 12: Sponsorships Available


Tech Nite is a great opportunity for you to get your name in front of the premier tech crowd!  This year, Tech Nite 12 will be held on May 2nd and we are expecting over 250 guests to attend the banquet.


If you're interested in bringing a table full of folks, getting your logo included on our Tech Nite pages, and also mentioned in print, give us a shout. 


Sponsorship opportunities include:


Table Sponsor   *   Media Sponsor     *   Reception Sponsor   *   Dessert Bar Sponsor 


All the details:
Tech Nite 2012 Sponsorship Opportunities (pdf)

SVTC Tech Nite 2012 pages 

Questions? Send us an email:


Thank you to our Tech Nite 12 Sponsors (to date!):


Tech Nite 12 Sponsors


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Bits & Grits

Tuesday, March 20, 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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Welcome Back Member: Larion Hostetler

Our thanks to Larion Hostetler for his membership renewal.

Larion is an individual member of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council.



Welcome Back Member: Tom Lundquist

Our thanks to Tom Lundquist for his individual membership renewal.

Tom Lundquist is the Supervisor of Technology Services at Staunton City Public Schools. Key responsibilities of this position include designing and managing the network infrastructure, servers and directory databases. He manages the IT staff, implements division direction on technological advances, procures division technology products and controls the Federal E-Rate program.



Virginia SBDC Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program


An Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP) to assist Virginians who are commercializing innovations in [Clean Technologies/Modeling & Simulation] is being offered by the Virginia Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Network at George Mason University. ICAP, funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, seeks to grow Virginia companies and jobs in these emerging industry sectors.

ICAP will provide participants (Virginia businesses, entrepreneurs, universities or other research centers commercializing Clean Tech or M&S innovations) with a FREE Client Market Assessment on their innovation, developed by subject matter experts in their industry. The assessment will include:

  • A SWOT analysis
  • Summary
  • Grade
  • Recommended next steps

Based on the assessment, selected participants will also receive additional customized counseling and assistance to help them get their innovation to market!

An ICAP Program Description and Client Application package are available at (uses Adobe Reader).

Registration as a client of the Virginia SBDC Network is required for participation in the Program. Applicants that are not already Virginia SBDC Network clients will be directed by the Client Application form to an online SBDC client registration site. The Virginia SBDC Network respects the confidentiality and sensitivity of client information and intellectual property.

For additional information contact

or call (434) 987-8066.



A Cross-disciplinary Collaboration Makes Art Accessible:  A Trio of JMU Students From Different Disciplines Create a Virtual Field Trip


...Sharing this story from with you all. It sounds just like what sometimes happens in our membership .. cross pollination, so to say....


Technological advances in today's competitive global market increasingly require individuals from different disciplines to work together. It's a chief element of the Madison Experience. For instance, a JMU art major curating the university's newest art collection wanted to enhance visitors' experience to the museum. He turned to an engineering major interested in robotics and a physics major headed for graduate school to develop an iPad application to solve the problem. The result? Just weeks after its launch the app has had downloads from all over the world. Read the whole story


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Ignite Harrisonburg to host kick-off event: March 20, 2012, 6:30pm

Ruby's Lounge (basement of Clementine, Harrisonburg)


...we're thinking your techie projects could be shared... ??


HARRISONBURG - On Tuesday, March 20, creatives, entrepreneurs, and community members will gather for the first Ignite Harrisonburg event. In a series of five-minute talks, presenters will share about their projects, ideas, and personal or professional passions. The event will begin at 6:30 pm at Ruby's Lounge in the basement of Clementine at 153 South Main Street in downtown Harrisonburg. Attendees are invited to come at 6:00 pm for social conversation before the event begins.


Ignite first started in Seattle, Washington and has since spread to over 100 cities throughout the world. As stated on the global website, Ignite is "a force for raising the collective IQ and building connections in each city." Ignite Harrisonburg will continue with this mission by creating a supportive forum for community inspiration and enhancement.


Pursuing this unique form of social entrepreneurship, Ignite Harrisonburg will host an initial series of three events on the third Tuesday of the next three months - March 20, April 17, and May 15. All events are free and open to the public.


Event attendees will vote on a People's Choice Award and each night's winner will receive a downtown gift basket. After each event, videos of the presentations will be made available on


For more information, please visit or email



"Start Smart" Seminar for Prospective or New Small Business Owners

Wednesday, March 21, 6:30-8:00pm

Elkton Area Community Center, 20593 Blue & Gold Dr., Elkton 22827


Sponsored by the  Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center


Want to Start a Business?  Get answers to your questions:
Is my business idea viable?
Do I have an "entrepreneurial" personality?
How do I legitimize my business, i.e. license, taxes, registration etc?
What are some "Do's and Don'ts"? "Mistakes to Avoid"? and "Tips for Start-ups"?
How do I create a business and/or marketing plan?

If you are thinking about starting a small business or if you have already started and realize you may have missed a few things, this workshop is for you. We'll review the steps to a successful start and the components of sound business planning. Follow-up appointments are then available with SBDC business advisors.

Cost:  $25


Register:  on-line at SVSBDC website or call (540) 568-3227.



Second Annual NVTC University Technology Exhibition

March 23, 2012, 7:30am-2:00pm

Hilton, McLean, VA

Join Northern Virginia Technology Council and the region's top universities on March 23 at the second annual NVTC University Technology Exhibition for a sneak peek at the hot technologies currently being developed in academic labs. With exhibits from the region's top universities and breakout presentations on topics such as cybersecurity, health IT and energy, this event will explore how research and development, commercialization and licensing can generate new businesses, create industries and open unexplored markets.

Participating Universities/Labs:
George Mason University
The George Washington University
James Madison University
Naval Research Laboratory
University of Maryland
University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about cutting-edge inventions and innovations ready for commercial applications.

Cost: $100.00

Visit for full information & to register.



Ready Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast

Saturday, March 24, 2012, 9:00am-12:00pm

JMU, East Campus Montpelier Room

Presented by JMU College of Business MBA program.

This half-day seminar will feature a talk given by Jim Carroll, author of "Ready Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast." Jim is widely recognized for his deep research and analysis of how innovative organizations are achieving market or transformational growth despite deep economic challenges. He is the first external speaker to have ever been invited to the Annual General Meeting of the PGA. Jim has been featured in "Business week" as one of four leading sources for insight into future trends and innovation and was a featured expert on the CNBC Series "The Business of Innovation."

Continental breakfast and buffet lunch included. Participants will receive a copy of Mr. Carroll's book. This event is open to the public.  $50 Registration closes 3/16.

For more information contact Dr. Michael E. Busing  Or click here to register.


"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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Virginia Cooperative Extension's speaking series "Cultivating Comparative Advantages for Agriculture and Farm-based Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century"

March 27 to March 29, 2012

March 27: 4:00pm & 7:00pm in Lexington

March 28: 10:00am in Verona; 1:30pm in Harrisonburg & 6:00pm in Luray

March 29: 9:00am in Strasburg

The series will feature:

Scott Sheely, Executive Director of the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board, will discuss how to optimize comparative advantages of agriculture and farm-based entrepreneurship with manufacturing, educational, tourism, alternative energy, natural resources conservation and farmland protection sectors. Scott assisted with the development of the Lancaster Prospers strategic plan, which plans for many local entities in Lancaster County to be involved, clustered and networked to better coordinate their efforts toward a set of county-wide agricultural and community economic development goals.

George Hurst and his family own and operate Oregon Dairy Farm in Lititz, PA. Oregon Dairy is a real multi-generation working 500-cow dairy farm in Lancaster County that includes a family friendly supermarket, restaurant, gift shop, bakery, ice cream shop and agritourism attractions, but also innovations in manure handling and alternative energy such as anaerobic digestion, methane recovery and composting of food waste. George and his family have been leaders in environmental stewardship and farmland protection in Lancaster County for more than 50 years.

If you are interested in attending any of the speaking sessions, please RSVP to the Northern District Office at (540) 432-6029 Ext. 106 or 107.



Business Symposium, March 28, 2012

Shenandoah University, Winchester


This is the Fourth Annual Business Symposium at Shenandoah University's Harry F. Byrd, Jr.School of Business.


This year's theme is Choosing Your Direction: The Power is Yours and is designed to educate and inspire large and small businesses, service and non-profit organizations as well as business minded students and educators.


The day long Symposium features successful business leaders and nationally recognized keynote speakers who will share valuable insight and first hand experiences. In addition, breakout panel discussions and presentations will be held to further expand on today's ever changing business climate and provide valuable information, tools and techniques for attendees to use.


Over the past several years, hundreds of business people have converged on Shenandoah University to meet fellow business leaders, to network and cultivate new relationships while also learning how to better manage in today's challenging economy.


Taking place at Halpin-Harrison Hall, which houses the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business, the Symposium has become a signature "must attend" event.


Visit for more information.




FOSE Conference & Expo

April 3-5, 2012 

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC 


The top government IT event in the country returns to Washington, D.C., April 3-5. FOSE Conference & Expo offers 5 all-new conferences and a FREE Expo with educational sessions, workshops, training and Camps. Register today:



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