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March 20, 2015
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Make your Tech Nite 15 Nomination
Build Your Own Website: Intro to HTML/CSS
Tech Nite 15 Sponsors
Cyber Intelligence Workshop
New Meetup: Harrisonburg WordPress
Build Your Own Website: Intro to HTML/CSS
Innovate Live, April 24-26, Staunton, VA
ASQ Upcoming Events
SVTC's Bits and Grits
Make a Tech Nite 15 Nomination in one of six categories by Fri, 3/20

Who is your "nomination-worthy" leader, entrepreneur, educator, or company / organization? Please tell us!  

Ready to make a nomination?


Identify the Valley's outstanding technology firms and organizations, as well as the innovators, leaders, educators, and entrepreneurs behind the successes. Nominations of self or others are accepted. (But please don't surprise a nominee by submitting a nomination, rather, coordinate the information and content so that it's complete and accurate. Please and thank you.)



  • Center for Innovative Technology's - Innovative Technology Application
  • JMU College of Integrated Science & Engineering and JMU CoB Center for Entrepreneurship's - High Tech Entrepreneur
  • Lumos Networks' - Innovation In Higher Education
  • LeClairRyan's - Dr. Noftsinger Leadership
  • Verizon's - Innovation In K-12 Education
  • Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC's - High Tech Company

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AND AWARDS PRESENTED AT TECH NITE 15 ON MAY 6TH at JMU Festival Conference & Student Center (reservations open in early April)



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Build Your Own Website: Intro to HTML/CSS

April 7 - April 28 (4 Session Course), Rosetta Stone, Harrisonburg VA


This class is a 4-day series running on Tuesday evenings April 7, 14, 21, 28, from 6pm to 8pm each day. The cost covers all 4 nights. 

This class is for anyone who...  

  • wants to learn how to build their own website from scratch
  • already has their own website, and wants to be able to style it exactly how they want (even if it's a WordPress site)
  • is interested in learning to program but wants to start small

This class is not a good fit for someone who...  

  • is not interested in programming
  • is mainly interested in learning about WordPress (if you fall into this category, we will have future classes that you will love!)

We will guide you through the basics of HTML and CSS, give you some readily applicable skills, and answer any questions you may have along the way. No prior web-development experience is necessary to benefit from this course.


This class is split into four required sessions. 


Register for Build Your Own Website: Intro to HTML/CSS


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Here are our Tech Nite 15 Sponsors to date!

It's not too late to sign up to be a sponsor! Here is a list of our opportunities. Contact Nicky for more info. 








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Cyber Intelligence: Trends in Education, Training, and Workforce Gaps
April 20, 8am-4:30pm, JMU Festival Conference and Student Center


Cyber intelligence is the acquisition, monitoring, and analysis of information about cyber threat actors' capabilities and activities so as to inform decision making (Software Engineering Institute, CMU, 2013). It is strategic and proactive perspectives applied to cybersecurity challenges.


Workshop Objectives

  • Discuss Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Cyber Intelligence TaskForce's white pa- per on status of cyber intelligence (Intel) education, training, and workforce gaps.
  • Share experience and insight about education, train- ing, workforce gaps, and curriculum development such as interdisciplinary undergraduate courses, graduate education, certificates, and training pro- grams.
  • Identify opportunities for academic collaboration with industry, non-profit organizations, and govern- ment (e.g., National Defense University (NDU), MAR- FORCYBERCOM, and DHS).
  • Expand outreach to academic, student, industry, and government (federal, state, and local) communities about cyber intelligence, an emerging specialty. 



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Meetup: Harrisonburg WordPress
Happy Hack Hour
Thursday, March 26, 3-5pm, Artful Dodger, Harrisonburg


One or more times a month, let's meet up to informally talk shop and work on projects at different downtown cafes. No presentations, just happy hacking!

Bring your laptop and your latest list of burning questions for WordPress and websites. We will do what I can to answer them, or point you in the right direction.


RSVP not required but helpful.


RSVP for the Happy Hack Hour


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FIRST Robotics Competition Virginia Regional 2015
VCU, Siegel Center, Richmond, March 20-21




Our FIRST Stop guest program helps you be part of the action and learn about the FIRST family of programs from our ambassadors. Meet teams, visit the pits and see the action up close, plus enjoy the opportunity to learn more about FIRST programs and how to get involved. Check with the VIP table to learn more about tour schedules and how to get involved in FIRST programs.


Friday, March 20   |  8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Free and Open to the Public

8:30 - 9:00 am  Opening Ceremonies

9:00 am - 4:00 pm FIRST Program Corner

9:00 am - 6:00 pm  Robot Matches and Invited Guest Tours 


Saturday, March 21  |  8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Free and Open to the Public

8:30 - 9:00 am  Opening Ceremonies

9:00 am - 4:00 pm  Robot Matches and Invited Guest Tours

9:00 am - 4:00 pm  FIRST Program Corner

2:00 - 5:00 pm  Championship Matches and Awards Ceremony 


Learn more about the FIRST Robotics Virginia Regional


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City of Staunton Hiring Systems Engineer

Now Open, Staunton, VA


Do you like a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple projects and making things happen? The City of Staunton is seeking applicants for Systems Engineer II. The selected candidate will join a dynamic team responsible for the "care and feeding" of servers, desktops, networks and telephony; providing quality customer support, systems maintenance, implementation, and coordination with vendors and the rest of the IT team. Applicants should possess the ability to analyze, troubleshoot and resolve complex problems, excel in a team environment, and communicate effectively. 


Education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in computer science or related discipline. The City's infrastructure is primarily Microsoft Windows Server, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL server. Experience in these areas is highly desired. 

Hiring range is DOQ/E (+) excellent benefits package, including health insurance and retirement.
Candidates may apply online at Position is open until filled with first review of applications occurring on April 12, 2015. EOE. 




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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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Upcoming Events with ASQ
April 16, Hometown Grill and Buffet, Staunton

ASQ membership is NOT required to attend section events, so please feel free to bring a colleague with you!


April 2015 Section Meeting - Staunton
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 5:30-8:00pm
  • 5:30 PM-6:00 PM - Arrival & Networking
  • 6:00 PM-7:00 PM -  Dinner (at Attendee Expense)
  • 7:00 PM-9:00 PM - Presentation, "Selling Quality to the Shop Floor: A View from the Front Lines", by Norval Johnston
An RSVP is requested (not required) - please email your RSVP to before noon on Wednesday, April 16. 



ASQ Conference Call for Papers:

The call for papers is now open for the 3rd Annual ASQ Innovation Conference. 


This conference will be held in Charlottesville, Virginia on September 19th.  As in previous years there will be a reception on Friday evening and an innovation workshop on Sunday morning.  If you are interested in presenting, you are invited to submit a paper to provide a presentation on that day.  The submission form is attached to this email.


If you have any questions regarding the submission please contact Peter Merrill at or Jane Keathley at


Find out more about past Innovation Conferences at the ASQ Innovation Division website: 


More details, including registration information will be available in the near future.  


Visit the ASQ website for all this information and more.


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SVTC's Bits and Grits
April 21, 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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NSF SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshop

April 14-16, 9am-5pm, Inn at Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center


CIT is proud to partner with Virginia Tech to present this special SBIR/STTR workshop designed with the busy researcher in mind. Attend all or part of this low cost, two and a half day session. The first two days are presented in morning and afternoon sessions - attend the morning or afternoon session each day that fits your schedule best. The third day presents a half day commercialization planning workshop (morning session only).


April 14: SBIR/STTR Program Details
This session will be delivered as a morning session and afternoon session - attend the session that fits your schedule. Topics covered include: A basic intro to SBIR/STTR; compare/contrast various agencies, including NSF, DOD and NIH; A look at what is new in SBIR/STTR; tips to compete more effectively; resources available to Virginia based firms to support your SBIR and STTR submissions.
April 15: NSF Proposal Preparation
This session will be delivered as a morning session and afternoon session - attend the session that fits your schedule. The NSF SBIR and STTR programs provide over $160M each year in SBIR/STTR funding. 9 broad topic areas provide a breadth of opportunities for early stage researchers who need funding to show proof of concept and funding to build out the technology for commercial use. Topics covered at this session include: Details of putting together an NSF proposal; Doing your homework; A section by section look at writing your proposal; NSF SBIR/STTR budget preparation.
April 16: SBIR/STTR Commercialization Planning
This session is offered as a morning session only. Topics covered include: SBIR/STTR Commercialization - what this means at various agencies, including NSF, NIH and DOD; Tips for credible commercialization plans; An in depth look at the NSF Commercialization plan.

Virginia based university: $45 per person
Virginia based small tech firms: $85 per person
All others: $250 per person

NOTE: Registrants will be contacted by the event organizer to determine which sessions you plan to attend.
QUESTIONS:, 703-689-3080


REGISTER: NSF SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshop


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Highlighting Renewing Level III Member

PBMares is a leading regional accounting and business consulting firm serving the Mid Atlantic as well as specialty areas nationwide and internationally.  PBMares, LLP is the result of a merger between PBGH, LLP and Witt Mares, PLC.  This merger created the largest Virginia-based CPA firm, based on number of CPAs. They offer a full range of financial and business advisory services, including management consulting, pension plan design and administration, investment management, accounting and auditing, and comprehensive taxation and tax planning. It's not just the services they provide, but how they provide them that makes the difference for you.


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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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