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SVTC Bits & Grits: April 16, 2013

Tech Nite 13 Sponsorships ... Showcase Your Company

Member News: Serco Processes 2 Millionth Patent Application

Member News: SRI International Licenses Bed Bug Detection Technology to Redcoat

Job Posting: Staunton City Schools, Part Time Technology Support Technician

Virginia SBDC 2013 Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program

Adult Lego Competition: March 23, 2013

Valley SBDC Start Smart Workshop: March 27, 2013

Selling to Government Workshop: March 28, 2013

Harrisonburg Startup Weekend: April 5-7, 2013

CIT to Host Technology Funding Workshops: April 16 & 17, 2013

Blue Ridge Community College Annual Career Expo: April 18, 2013

Digital Evidence: Collection, Preservation, and Analysis: April 19, 2013

Bits & Grits

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 8:00am


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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



Member News: Serco Processes 2 Millionth Patent Application

This Monday the SVTC joined others at Serco's Harrisonburg facility to congratulate them as they announced that their Pre-Grant Publication Classification Services team recently processed their 2 millionth patent application for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO).

From the official press release:

In a single day, Serco's PGPubs Patent Classifiers process approximately 1,450 patent applications by analyzing more than 21,800 patent claims and assigning more than 7,900 U.S. and international classifications while exceeding quality goals with a better than 97% accuracy rate.  The Serco team has received multiple awards from the government for greatly exceeding quality standards.


In honor of the 2 millionth patent being processed, U.S. Congressman Bob Goodlatte personally visited the facility and congratulated Serco's PGPubs team for their support.  "America is the world leader in innovation and creativity," said Congressman Goodlatte.  "The strength of our economy and American jobs rely on our ability to protect new inventions through the patent system and build on innovation in the 21st century.  Congratulations to Serco's PGPubs team on achieving this milestone and helping to make America more competitive."


"The work that our team does at USPTO directly helps build the U.S. economy's strength and vitality by protecting new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity," said Mike Plymack, Senior Vice President of Serco's Federal Civilian Services Group.  "Serco's PGPubs team has done an outstanding job supporting USPTO.  This is a great example of how Serco has been able to help our clients improve outcomes and reduce costs through smart application of technology and process improvements."


Congratulations Serco!

Click here to  view the full official press release


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Pictured from left to right:  Bob Goodlatte, U.S. Congressman, Virginia 6th District, Chris Price, Patent Classifier (classified patent application 2,000,001), Doug Sawin, Program Manager and Mike Plymack, SVP, Federal Civilian Services




Member News:  SRI International Licenses Bed Bug Detection Technology to Redcoat


Congratulations to SRI!


SRI International Licenses Bed Bug Detection Technology to Redcoat, a Virginia-Based Start-Up Company.


[MENLO PARK, Calif.-March 19, 2013] SRI International has licensed its proprietary bed bug detection technology to Redcoat Solutions, Inc., a new company focused on developing products to detect and treat insect infestations. Redcoat is located in Harrisonburg, VA, where SRI has a research center.


Scientists at SRI developed a rapid, sensitive test that recognizes molecules specific to bed bugs. Redcoat intends to market the device under the brand name RAPID PURSUIT™. Based on preliminary testing, RAPID PURSUIT presents a number of advantages: unlike other detection devices, the test requires no sophisticated equipment and registers a response in minutes, and RAPID PURSUIT is designed to detect only bed bugs, avoiding confusion that could be caused by the presence of other pests.


Current bed bug detection methods and products do not have the effectiveness, ease of use, affordability, and stealth of RAPID PURSUIT. Glue traps and devices that use attractants such as carbon dioxide require that a bed bug actually come into contact with the device. Visual inspection is estimated to be only 30 percent accurate. Canine inspection, while often accurate, can be expensive and indiscreet.


RAPID PURSUIT eliminates the need to see or handle actual bed bugs, because it detects the residue - or "footprints" - that the bugs leave behind. It will be a powerful tool for pest control companies, hotel operators, and international travelers, among many other types of users.


"Solving the bed bug infestation problem is a critical need for the hospitality industry and is a real battle for people living in cities in America and throughout the world," said Krishna Kodukula, Ph.D., executive director for strategic development, SRI Biosciences. "We are proud that research from SRI Shenandoah Valley has led to the development of a new product to help curb pest infestations. We have the ideal partner in Redcoat."


Redcoat Solutions, Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer, John Hall, has drawn upon his knowledge of the bed bug detection and treatment industry in guiding the company toward the upcoming launch of RAPID PURSUIT. "We have assembled an excellent management team, and we have worked closely with SRI to develop a great product that will revolutionize bed bug detection in several industries," said Hall. "We look forward to taking RAPID PURSUIT to market very soon, and we already are at work on new products that we will introduce over the next several months. Redcoat has a great business opportunity, and one of the best things is that it will be based right here in the Shenandoah Valley."




Job Posting: Staunton City Schools, Part Time Technology Support Technician

Human Resources Department

(up to 20/hours per week)


Job Summary:
Follow the Technology work-order system and perform the repairs required to maintain the computing equipment of Staunton City Public Schools at the State Operated Programs.
Responsibilities: Include the following: installing networked computers, printers, Smartboards, tablets, LCD projectors and related equipment. Tasks also include basic troubleshooting skills in a TCP/IP ethernet environment and solving problems related to the above listed equipment. This role also involves personal communication with staff and members of the IT Department.


Qualifications:  Candidate must have training and experience networking computers. Must have experience in repairing and troubleshooting of but not limited to, laptop and desktop computers, printers, scanners, mass storage devices, Microsoft software, etc. Must have a minimum of three years of experience in a related field and an A+ certification.


Virginia SBDC 2013 Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program

The Virginia Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Network is pleased to continue the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP) assisting Virginians who are commercializing innovations in Clean Technologies(CT), Modeling & Simulation(M&S), and Biometrics (BioM). ICAP seeks to grow Virginia companies and jobs in these emerging industry sectors. ICAP will provide participants (Virginia businesses, entrepreneurs commercializing Biometrics, CT 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!

We identified you as a source of possible participants in ICAP. An ICAP Program Description and Client Application package are available at

Interested?  Complete the Client Application (using Adobe Reader; free from and email the application to 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.


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




Free Workshop, Selling to the Government

March 28, 2013, 8:30-11:30am

Augusta County Government Center, Verona, VA


This workshop is part of"Growing Together: Pathways to Business Renewal & Expansion," a series of four seminars designed to strengthen the region's economic vitality.

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

These seminars are free . 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. Pre-register to ensure a seat by calling 540-568-3227 or visiting


Other workshops in this series:

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.



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!


More info and registration:


"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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CIT to Host Technology Funding Workshops: April 16 & 17, 2013

Norfolk & Hampton, VA

CIT is hosting two low-cost workshops to help early stage technology firms and university researchers learn about important funding sources that could be key to the successful development and commercialization of your technology. 
"SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep"
April 16, 2013, Norfolk, VA
SBIR and STTR Grants provide up to $150K for early stage feasibility testing of your technology ideas. If successful, the project can lead to a follow on $1M grant that will further develop and build out the technology. These are federal grants with no pay back required. This workshop provides in depth overview and guidance on how to plan your approach, how to speak with various agencies about your technology, and how to write your proposal. Just $50 for university researchers and $80 for small tech firms.  Complete details below.
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April 17, 2013
Hampton, VA (morning)
Norfolk, VA (afternoon)
These sessions will present introductions to various funding sources for technology development. Overviews include a two hour SBIR/STTR intro for university and small businesses, seed funding, venture capital, state grants, crowd-funding, incubator programs, and local resources to assist new companies. FREE to university researchers and just $35 for small tech firms. Complete details below.
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Blue Ridge Community College Annual Career Expo

April 18, 2013, 2:00-6:00pm 

In the age of progressive technology, how to connect with the best applicants to create the strongest, most talented workforce for your business?

This event enables you to connect with the BRCC students, faculty and staff as well as community members from the entire BRCC service region: Augusta County, Staunton, Waynesboro, Harrisonburg, Rockingham County and beyond.
There will be more than 50 local business and industry partners looking to raise awareness of their products - goods - services in conjunction with the job opportunities and internships available within each organization.  You don't want to miss this event!
In addition to the business exhibitors, BRCC will host a Conference on Social Media in the Workplace: Help or Hindrance? as well as the Kohl's Workplace Fashion Show followed by a Mock Interview Seminar all free and open to the public.  Plus, BRCC students and alumni can get assistance at the Resume Clinic and Professional Headshot Photo Booth. 

Please contact Latoya Garrison, Job Placement and Internship Coordinator at BRCC or 540-453-2596 to reserve a space today. This is a popular community event, so reply early for full availability.    

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Digital Evidence: Collection, Preservation, and Analysis

April 19, 2013, 9:00am-12:00pm

LFCC Middletown Campus

173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 

Do you have a digital evidence preservation plan in place? Is your company in jeopardy? In cases prosecuted around the country, the introduction of digital evidence into criminal proceedings is becoming more prevalent. It is critical to ensure that all personnel understand and are trained to secure and collect digital evidence which may include computers, cameras, cell phones, and a wide variety of digital media. These devices often contain valuable information that may be used in successful prosecutions leading to convictions. This class will show you how to recognize, identify, and preserve digital evidence including the variety of devices that contain or constitute digital evidence. Successful investigations and prosecutions involving digital evidence hinge on the actions taken at the inception of the case which frequently includes the collection of digital evidence by HR Managers, Business Owners, and Facility Managers.

This three hour seminar will be presented by A.J. Garretson, an electronic crime, digital evidence, criminal justice subject matter expert who has worked for over 20 years for both IBM and the FBI. Mr.Garretson is frequently called upon to investigate and provide digital evidence for Fortune 500 criminal cases.

To register click on the link below and type "Digital Evidence" in the key words search button.


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