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Tech Nite 13 - Keynote Speaker Announced

Tech Nite 13 Sponsorships ... Showcase Your Company

Harrisonburg Startup Weekend: April 5-7, 2013

Governor McDonnell Announces $29.6 Million Investment in Augusta County

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

Virginia SBDC 2013 Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program

Valley SBDC Start Smart Workshop: April 11, 2013 (Buena Vista)

SVTC Bits & Grits: April 16, 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

Announcing our Tech Nite 13 Keynote Speaker


Michael Stoltzfus


We are excited to announce that Michael Stoltzfus, President and CEO, Dynamic Aviation, will be our keynote speaker on May 1st.


Michael will speak on "Dynamic Aviation: how we got started, the phenomenal growth, and looking into the future."    


Dynamic Aviation is the leading provider of innovative special-mission aviation solutions designed to meet the unique requirements of government and commercial organizations worldwide. The company delivers customized aerial assets and services to support a wide range of customers including national defense, military intelligence, federal agencies, state and local governments, non-profit research organizations, and private companies. Dynamic Aviation has the flexibility and resources to deliver world-class aviation solutions that combine mission-modified aircraft, experienced flight crews and comprehensive maintenance services. The company operates a 130,000-square-foot heavy maintenance and modification center, engine shop and privately-owned airport at its headquarters in Bridgewater, Va. Dynamic Aviation employs approximately 750 aviation professionals, owns more than 150 aircraft and operates from 20 locations in 10 countries across four continents.


Hope you are planning on joining us at Tech Nite 13 on May 1st .... Tech Nite 2013 reservation form - open for business




Tech Nite 13 Sponsorships


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



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!


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Governor McDonnell Announces $29.6 Million Investment in Augusta County

~ Hollister Incorporated to expand and upgrade operation ~

 [March 25, 2013 - RICHMOND] - Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that Hollister Incorporated, a global company that develops, manufactures and markets medical devices, will invest $29.6 million to upgrade machinery and expand its manufacturing plant in Augusta County. The company will add 50,000 square feet of warehouse space and new equipment to automate processes with robotics and high-technology equipment, enhance products, and increase production volume. Virginia successfully competed against Ireland for the project.

Speaking about today's announcement, Governor McDonnell said, "Hollister Incorporated's major investment is another great stride in Augusta County's recent progress in expanding existing industry. Hollister manufactures important products for the healthcare industry and is a valued employer of hundreds of citizens in the region. This expansion and expenditure in new technology helps secure the plant's sustainability and 100 existing jobs into the future."

"Hollister's Augusta County operation is a prime location to reach North and South American customer markets," said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. "A significant investment of this nature allows increased production, proficiency and competitiveness in the healthcare industry. It is a great testament to the business climate in the Commonwealth that the company is choosing to reinvest in its Virginia operation."

Hollister Incorporated is an independently-owned global company that develops, manufactures and markets healthcare products, servicing over 90 countries. From the earliest days of the company, there has been a strong sense of community-a connection to people. That connection is embedded in the very fabric of the company, and as Hollister continues to develop new products and services, it is focused on meeting the healthcare needs of people throughout the global community.

"Hollister Incorporated has a long history in the valley and the reason Stuarts Draft was selected as a manufacturing site in the 70's still exists today," said Craig Hourigan, Director of Plant Operations. "The attributes that allow us to remain competitive globally are the quality of the people and the business environment in the valley."  

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Augusta County and the Shenandoah Valley Partnership to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McDonnell approved a $250,000 performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment Partnership program, an incentive available to existing Virginia companies. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide funding and services to support the company's retraining activities.

"Since 1979, Hollister has been an integral part of the community as both a premier employer and outstanding corporate citizen," said Jeffrey A. Moore, Chairman Augusta County Board of Supervisors. "The expansion of the Stuarts Draft facility represents a significant investment in our community and workforce. We are pleased that that such a highly regarded organization has chosen Stuarts Draft and we look forward to incorporating new technology and workforce training in Augusta County."  


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.


Valley SBDC Start Smart Workshop

April 11, 2013, 10:00-11:30am

Dabney Lancaster Community College, 1000 Dabney Drive, Clifton Forge, VA

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




Bits & Grits

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 8:00am


This 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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"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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