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March 27, 2015
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Build Your Own Website: Intro to HTML/CSS (4 sessions in Apr)
Tech Nite 15 Sponsors
City of Staunton Hiring Systems Engineer
American Society for Quality, April 16 meeting
SBIR/STTR Lunch and Learns (Apr 14-16)
SVTC's April Bits and Grits (Apr 21)
Cyber Intelligence Workshop (Apr 20)
JMU Outreach & Engagement Open House (Apr 24)
Innovate LIVE, Staunton (Apr 24-26)
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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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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American Society for Quality, April 16 meeting
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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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 DetailsThis 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.

Price: Virginia based university: $45 pp; Virginia based small tech firms: $85 pp; all others: $250 pp

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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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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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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Innovate LIVE
April 24-26, 2015; Staunton, VA

Update -- tech users and creators are participating in Innovate LIVE! What's better than tech savvy entrepreneurs who are bringing cutting edge technology and innovative energy to the Valley?

Maybe it's tech entrepreneurs who are doing all that while embracing collaboration and open access for all.

From launching the Open Source Staunton meetups (Tamara Funk) to leading Girl Develop It in Harrisonburg (Ann Lewis), to co-founding the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council (Ron Perry) --  our technology presenters are walking the walk when it comes to opening doors and building peer-to-peer networks of support and collaboration.


Sunday morning April 26th:

Tech in the Valley:  Networked, Open, and Growing Together
Technology entrepreneurs are occupying surprising and expanding corners of our Valley - serving clients from around the globe, yet connecting with each other locally to create networks of inspiration and peer support. Hear from a panel of regional technology developers and users on why they chose the Shenandoah Valley, the opportunities that lie at the intersection of technology and small rural cities, and how they are leading efforts to launch Open Source communities and diverse networks that welcome aspiring entrepreneurs into their fold.
Event details: 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. 

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. 


Visit or direct registration: Innovate LIVE registration (Early Bird $75; Early Bird Student $50; General Admission $99) [Volunteers also sought and might exchange for admission)


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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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