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Tech Nite 12: Nomination Deadline is TODAY, Friday, March 23rd
Tech Nite 12: Sponsorships Available
SVTC Bits & Grits: April 17, 20, 2012
SVTC Board Extends Warm Welcome to Dr. Michel Mitri
Welcome Back Level III Member: LeClairRyan
Vision2020 Update from Harrisonburg - Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
Virginia SBDC Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program
Green Innovations Tour (Downtown Harrisonburg): 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
Making Business-University Connections: April 3, 2012
FOSE Conference & Expo: April 3-5, 2012

Tech Nite 12 - Nominations... Deadline is TODAY (March 23rd)


If you have been waiting to send in your nomination, please act now ... we will no longer be accepting nominations after close of business today.  Thanks to everyone who has submitted a nomination so far, this is shaping up to be a very exciting nomination season!

Here are 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 

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, April 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 Board Extends Warm Welcome to Dr. Michel Mitri

At the SVTC board meeting on March 21, 2012, the Board discussed the open seat on our Class I of officers (term running from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013).  The Board voted to fill the vacancy with Dr. Michel Mitri from JMU's College of Business.


Our sincere thanks go to Mike for his willing to serve on the Board and we look forward to working with him .... please make sure you say hello when you see him at our next networking event.


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Welcome Back Level III Member: LeClairRyan

Our sincere thanks to LeClairRyan for their strong support of the SVTC.  We appreciate their level III membership renewal.

LeClairRyan is a law firm that has deep entrepreneurial roots, having originally been founded as a venture capital boutique.  With more than 350 attorneys and offices from Virginia to New York to California, the firm provides business counsel and client representation in matters of corporate law and high-stakes litigation.  Its mission is to achieve excellence for its clients by providing integrated, responsive and timely services. 


LeClairRyan has numerous attorneys and professional support staff focused on intellectual property, venture capital and the other legal needs that are often required by emerging businesses.  Our intellectual property team is nationally recognized in patent prosecution, interferences, reissues and reexaminations, and in patent litigation in the biotech, pharmaceutical, software, chemical, electrical and physical science fields.  This suite of services, coupled with expertise in venture capital and other types of equity financing, strengthens the firm's ability to serve entrepreneurial, knowledge-based companies.


For more information visit or call (540) 443-3910. 



Vision2020 Update from Harrisonburg - Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
Harrisonburg, VA (March 16, 2012) - The Vision2020 initiative, started by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce two years ago and endorsed by all local governments as a method to cooperatively plan for the community's well being in the future, continues to move forward. The Vision 2020 Leadership Board, a twenty eight member steering committee made up of community leaders to turn the community Vision ideas into actions and results, held its second official meeting on Thursday (yesterday) at BRCC.

Since the last communitywide meeting and adoption of four "cornerstones of a vibrant economy", four Working Groups have been prioritizing their work and planning programs that directly answer community needs for the long-term. The Leadership Board meeting brought the full group back together to hear reports on the status of the community and on the progress of Vision2020. Topics of discussion included: education, healthcare and senior living; agriculture and the poultry industry; construction, economic development through technology development and SRI; real estate; and non-profits and philanthropy. The four Cornerstone Working Groups that reported on their work included: Comprehensive Community Planning; Business Vitality and Entrepreneurship; World Class Education and Workforce; and Community Leadership Development.  Click for full story.
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.

Green Innovations Tour...Downtown Harrisonburg Renaissance
Saturday, March 24, 2012, 1:00-5:00 pm

Preserving Downtown's Past. Creating a Sustainable Future.

Tour downtown: Behind-the-scenes tour of over 15 sites featuring downtown's energy efficient buildings, ongoing historic preservation, local food, and open green spaces. Demonstrations and presentations at select locations.

Self-guided tours of over 15 sites featuring:
  • HEC's electric car charging station with demonstrations
  • Historic Preservation of the Harrison House
  • Rain garden and stream walk at Liberty Park and Black's Run Stream
  • Dedication of Black's Run Stream Walk at Liberty Park - 2 pm
  • Energy-Efficient solar panels and radiant heat at the Kite Building- Matchbox Realty
  • Urban Exchange's green roof and its selection of eco-friendly materials
  • Relocation and Adaptive Reuse at the Smith House- Arts Council of the Valley
Guided Tours at 1:30 and 3:30:  Starting at the Turner Pavilion (Harrisonburg Farmers Market) and led by the Shenandoah Valley Builders Associations'  Green Building Committee.

Displays:  Learn about green products and services from locally-owned businesses. Turner Pavilion (Harrisonburg Farmers Market).

Children's Activities: Turner Pavilion and at select venues downtown. Build, create, and explore! Construct projects, make art from recycled materials, tour Harrisonburg Fire Dept. Engine 23.

Visit for full information.


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.

"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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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.

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Making Business-University Connections 
April 3, 3:30-5:00pm.  
SV SBDC offices, 1598 S. Main St., Harrisonburg
Do you know how to find a student intern from James Madison University? Or where to connect with student projects or faculty expertise that could help your business?

Join us for an overview of all the ways you can connect with JMU students for internships, volunteer work, or jobs, and with faculty for class projects or consultations at this free workshop.

The workshop is hosted by your SV SBDC and will be conducted by JMU School of Communications students. It is free and open to all, but they'd appreciate knowing of your interest, so visit or call 568-3227 to reserve your seat.
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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