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March 6, 2015
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SVTC Tech on the Square, March 12
Build Your Own Website: Intro to HTML/CSS
Tech Nite 15 Sponsors
New Meetup: Harrisonburg WordPress
Job Opening: Beam Bros. Trucking Company is seeking an experienced Programmer Analyst
SVTC's Bits and Grits
SV Innovation Coalition's BizBlitz 2015: registration now open
Innovate Live, April 24-26, Staunton, VA
ASQ Upcoming Events
SVTC Tech on the Square
March 12, 5pm-7pm, 3 Notch'd Brewing


SVTC's Tech on the Square is Thursday March 12, from 5pm-7pm. Come and catch up with fellow technology users and creators at this casual networking event. We'll support our downtown neighbors Three Notch'd Brewing, Harrisonburg Taproom at 241 East Market St (Urban Exchange Building).


Come, hang out and tell us about your snow day adventures and projects for the spring.


Beverages are Dutch treat, we will be bringing some pizza from Benny Sorrentinos. Membership in SVTC is not required. All users and creators of technology are welcome.


Pre-registering will enable us to bring you a pre-printed name tag for networking and will help Three Notch'd anticipate attendance.  Pre-registration will close Thursday, March 12, after lunch but isn't required.   




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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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New Meetup: Harrisonburg WordPress
First Meetup: Wednesday March 11, 6pm
Massanutten Regional Library


About the Group:

We are a group of WordPress users, bloggers, developers and designers. We are committed to building a positive, supportive and enthusiastic 'can-do' community for all WordPress and web users in the Shenandoah Valley, and to especially encourage those just getting started. 


We focus on teaching how to use WordPress for an audience of entry-level users, bloggers and small business owners. Professional developers, designers and content managers are encouraged to attend (and speak!), however the content will be geared towards educating beginners. Of course, this content strategy may shift depending on how the audience develops. 

The WWW and WordPress encompasses many industries and technologies. Our technology stack focuses on WordPress and related open source web technologies. However, other topics might include: hosting, security, design, SEO, content strategy and more. 


We meet every SECOND WEDNESDAY of the month in the Massanutten Regional Library in downtown Harrisonburg.


About the Organizer: Harrisonburg WordPress, Casey Patrick Driscoll, Organizer


Join the first Meetup: March 11, 6pm at the Massanutten Regional Library!


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Job Opening: BEAM BROS. Trucking Inc. is seeking an experienced Programmer Analyst


(posted 2/2/15)

BEAM  BROS. Trucking Inc. is seeking an experienced Programmer Analyst to design, develop, and evaluate programs for internal functional areas at our headquarters in Mt. Crawford, VA. BA degree in related field or equivalent experience in Computer Science or Engineering required. Must be detail-oriented and work well independently.
To be considered as a potential applicant you must complete an application available at Instructions are posted on our website.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.


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SVTC's Bits and Grits
March 17, 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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SV Innovation Coalition's BizBlitz 2015
March 20-22, 2015; JMU, Zane Showker Hall

SVIC BizBlitz 2015Aspiring entrepreneurs, designers, programmers, developers, marketers, and dreamers:
BizBlitz is for you.

During this 54-hour high-energy weekend, attendees
bring their ideas and join efforts in a fast-paced workshop.
We will build prototypes, form teams & start companies. Mentors will provide valuable feedback.  Cash prizes will be awarded!


BizBlitz starts with open-to-all pitches on Friday evening, and everyone presents their ideas. All attendees then come together and vote for the ideas they'd like to pursue for the weekend. Together with MENTORS the weekend is spent in market research and product development. Sunday evening ends with a final presentation in front of the judges, and everyone wins valuable feedback. Cash prizes are awarded! (Biz Blitz Schedule, pdf


BizBlitz is hosted by the  Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition (SVIC). BizBlitz is the continuation of our previous events in 2013 and 2014 which were called S.V. Startup Weekend. SV Startup Weekend 2014 team line-up/recap. We're making it ours this year!

[Pre-registration required] [Meals included]
  • Student: $75 
  • Regular registration: $99
  • Spectators: Free [Sunday evening only, pre-registration required] 


In case you'd like to help promote this event, please print this .pdf and hang it up publicly: BizBlitz flyer (.pdf)


About SVIC:  it is the coalition's mission is to accelerate innovation, creativity, and economic development across the Shenandoah Valley through the active collaboration of business, government, community, and academic organizations. Strategic plan and other details are shared at:  


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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
March 20-22, 2015; JMU, Zane Showker Hall

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


March 2015 Section Meetings - "Doubleheader"
First Event: Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 11:30-1:00, Dynamic Aviation 

  • 11:30 AM-12:00 Noon - Arrival, Light Lunch & Networking 
  • 12:00 Noon-1:00 PM - Facility Tour, Dynamic Aviation
  • RSVP required - please email your RSVP to by noon on Monday, March 2.  All attendee names will need to be put through a security check.  Last-minute RSVP's may be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.
  • No cameras or photography allowed on the site.
  • Government-issued photo ID is required for entry into the site. 


Second Event: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 5:45-8:00, Carded Graphics
  • 5:45PM-6:00 PM - Arrival & Networking
  • 6:00 PM-7:00 PM - Facility Tour, Carded Graphics, 
  • 7:00 PM-8:00 PM - Dinner (Pizza, salad, nonalcoholic beverages, and dessert) - $10.00 per person (cash or check only)
  • RSVP required - please email your RSVP to by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 6.  Last-minute RSVP's may be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.


April 2015 Section Meeting - Crozet
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 5-9pm

  • 5:30 PM-6:00 PM - Arrival & Networking
  • 6:00 PM-7:00 PM - Presentation, "The Evolution of a Quality Management System", by Dana Baird
  • 7:00 PM-9:00 PM - Dinner at a Nearby Location (TBD)

An RSVP is requested (not required) - please email your RSVP to before noon on Wednesday, April 22.  Thank you.


Visit the ASQ website for all this information and more.


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CIT to Host Innovation Funding Seminars


Events provide an overview of the CIT funding sources and programs for researchers, entrepreneurs

February 4, 2015 HERNDON, Va. - As part of its ongoing partnership with the Small Business Administration, the Center for Innovative Technology announced today a series of funding seminars to stimulate innovation and research in Virginia.

The seminars focus on federal funding opportunities available through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs as sources to facilitate technology transfer out of Virginia's research universities, increase the number of SBIR/STTRs in underserved (rural and minority participation) communities of Virginia, and increase the use of SBIR and STTR among Virginia's cybersecurity small business community.  With some exceptions, training programs are open to all Virginia-based small technology firms, and university researchers and students. 

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) SBIR Proposal Prep WorkshopMar. 16, 9AM-5PM, Manassas, VA (More information below)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep WorkshopMar. 17, 9AM-5PM, Fairfax, VA (GMU)
  • NSF SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep WorkshopAp. 14-16, 8AM-noon or 1-5PM each day, Blacksburg, VA
  • SBIR Lunch & Learn for Cybersecurity FirmsAp. 17, noon-2PM, MACH37 Cyber Accelerator at CIT offices, Herndon, VA
For complete information and to register, visit  Questions may be forwarded to Robert Brooke, Director, Federal Funding Programs, CIT, 703-689-3080, or
About the Center for Innovative Technology,
Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been Virginia's primary driver of innovation and entrepreneurship. CIT accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies through commercialization, capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology start-up companies and advanced technology consumers. CIT's CAGE Code is 1UP71. To learn more, please visit  Follow CIT on Twitter @CITorg and add the Center for Innovative Technology on LinkedIn and Facebook.


How to win NIH SBIR/STTR Funding

March 16, 9am-5pm, GMU Beacon Hall


In partnership with George Mason University, this SBIR/STTR proposal prep workshop discusses a "How to Win" approach to the process. We'll cover the background and basics in the morning, and detailed proposal development techniques focused on the National Institutes of Health SBIR/STTR programs. Registrants may attend a ½ day Commercialization Planning & Budgeting session on March 18 in Fairfax VA at no additional charge.  

The NIH SBIR/STTR programs provide over $600M each year for early stage research. Find out how the NIH program works, how to plan your approach, and how to write a winning NIH SBIR/STTR proposal to the upcoming April and September NIH deadlines.

Cost: Virginia based university: $40 per person
Virginia based small tech firms: $75 per person
All Others $250 per person


QUESTIONS:, 703-689-3080


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MACH37™ Launches the Spring 2015 Class of Cybersecurity Startups

New Class Offers Innovative Ideas & Technologies to Help Solve the Most Vexing Cybersecurity Threats Enterprises and Consumers Face Today


March 4, 2015 (HERNDON, Va.) - The MACH37 Cybersecurity Accelerator announced today the launch of its Spring 2015 (S-15) session for cybersecurity startups.  With the five companies selected for S-15, MACH37 will have invested in 22 cybersecurity start-ups in the past 18 months. The companies selected for S-15 were based on their unique technology, innovative approach to solving real world security problems and disruptive market solutions.


As a focused business accelerator, MACH37™ brings together domain experts, successful cybersecurity entrepreneurs, and investors familiar to the security market to create a platform for success for innovators and their startups. The MACH37™ program consists of an intense 90-day program in which the selected startups are mentored in all aspects of creating a sustainable and successful business.


Participants receive a $50,000 investment to develop and launch their ideas into emerging, investable companies. By drawing on MACH37™'s large network of successful security professionals, business experts and entrepreneurs, companies involved in the program are guided toward creating successful cybersecurity companies that can establish market leadership positions.


"Our Spring class of companies brings an impressive, innovative collection of technologies to solve vexing security and business issues," said Rick Gordon, Managing Partner of MACH37™. "We actively engage security innovators globally who bring fresh approaches to thwarting increasingly aggressive worldwide cyber threats. We're excited to welcome our five startups and look forward to introducing them to our network of successful security business leaders, investors, and to a market looking for security solutions that can reduce cyber threats."


The five companies that were selected for the S-15 Cohort of MACH37™ are:


·         Anatrope - Teague Newman, Co-Founder

·         Atomicorp - (  - Michael Shinn and Scott Shinn, Co-Founders

·         JeKuDo - Elissa Shevnsky - Founder and CEO

·         Nelson- Harris - John Nelson and Jim Harris - Co-Founders

·         Shevirah - ( - Georgia Weidman, Founder and CEO


Investors, customers, partners, and future applicants are encouraged to visit MACH37™ and meet the Spring Class to experience the energy and breadth of ideas that we are honored to nurture and host.




About MACH37™,

MACH37™ is the premier accelerator for information security entrepreneurs and startups.  We go beyond the traditional model of typical business accelerators by bringing our innovators focused mentorship and support from our extensive network of visionaries, practitioners, and successful entrepreneurs in security.  Our Spring and Fall sessions are designed to propel graduating companies into the marketplace, equipped with the skills to grow and compete for funding and market share. MACH37™ was launched in 2013 by the Center for Innovative Technology, in Herndon, Virginia.  To learn more, please visit and follow  @MACH37cyber on Twitter.


About the Center for Innovative Technology,

Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been Virginia's primary driver of innovation and entrepreneurship. CIT accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies through commercialization, capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology start-up companies and advanced technology consumers. CIT's CAGE Code is 1UP71. To learn more, please visit  Follow CIT on Twitter @CITorg and add the Center for Innovative Technology on LinkedIn and Facebook.



Hap Connors

(703) 689-3048


Michelle Schafer

Merritt Group for MACH37™

(703) 403-6377


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CIT Releases Virginia's 2014 Libraries Broadband Assessment

Report assesses broadband speeds, costs and uses across Virginia libraries


March 5, 2015 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today the results of its 2014 Virginia Libraries Broadband Assessment, which assesses the speeds, costs and uses of broadband in libraries across the Commonwealth.  Funded by the American Reconstruction and Recovery Act State Broadband Initiative, this is the first survey that captures a baseline assessment of library broadband service in Virginia. 


Carol Adams, Assistant Director at the Library of Virginia, said, "The Library of Virginia appreciates the support of the Center for Innovative Technology in completing broadband assessment and mapping projects.  Public Libraries are often the only broadband access point for the public particularly in rural communities.  Without such access Virginians are at both an educational and an economic disadvantage."


The assessment includes analyses and recommendations for the four main areas:


1. Cost of access: The average monthly cost for Internet service at all libraries is $601.85 per month. It is higher in urban areas ($758.22 per month) than rural areas ($468.77 per month), as urban areas have access to greater bandwidth than rural areas.

2. Internet download speeds: Urban libraries reported higher download speeds on average (27Mbps) than rural libraries (15.44Mbps). 

3. Digital literacy training: About 50% of libraries offer training, which is a crucial component in the rate of adoption. The report recommends more free training opportunities.

4. Primary use of Internet service: Library patrons reported using the internet primarily for work, education and entertainment with more rural patrons using the access for entertainment.


The survey contains an interactive map that charts in greater detail the average download speeds in each region, monthly costs of Internet services and the libraries providing digital literacy training.  The full report can be viewed online at


Sandie Terry, CIT Broadband program manager, said, "Having better Internet access is crucial to building the new Virginia economy. Our libraries are a crucial link to these services, which is why our work with the Library of Virginia to assess their levels of service is so important. As we continue our work, we will build on the findings of our first assessment so that we can continue to help the libraries improve services to their customers."



About the Center for Innovative Technology,

Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been Virginia's primary driver of innovation and entrepreneurship. CIT accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies through commercialization, capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology start-up companies and advanced technology consumers. CIT's CAGE Code is 1UP71. To learn more, please visit  Follow CIT on Twitter @CITorg and add the Center for Innovative Technology on LinkedIn and Facebook.


Contact: Hap Connors, (703) 689-3048,


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Member News: PBMares, LLP and TMDG, LLC Announce Merger Enhancing Specialty Focus Practice Area


Baltimore, MD (March 4, 2015) - Two leading McGladrey Alliance member firms, PBMares, LLP and TMDG, LLC, are pleased to announce their merger effective January 1, 2015. 


"We saw a rare opportunity to affiliate with a premier McGladrey Alliance member firm that has a like-minded culture, shared business values and philosophies, and complementary practice areas.  This merger will enable us to expand our local and national healthcare consulting, employee benefit plan, and not-for-profit practice by enhancing both the depth and breadth of the services we are able to deliver to our clients," said Matt Dubnansky, Managing Director of TMDG.  "This is a great fit for our clients and staff and we are all excited to move forward." 


TMDG, LLC will be a subsidiary of PBMares, LLP lead by Matthew B. Dubnansky, CPA, CGMA as Managing Director of TMDG.  PBMares will be the parent company operated under the direction of Alan S. Witt, CPA as CEO of PBMares. 


"This combination significantly enriches our existing niche in employee benefits.  We're achieving our mission to be leaders in key specialty practices, growing strategically by anticipating clients' needs in our marketplace," said Alan Witt.  "It's one way we differentiate ourselves and ensure our quality reputation.  In addition to enhancing this specialty practice area, adding a Baltimore location will be a key piece in the expansion of our overall presence in the greater Baltimore/Washington market."



TMDG is an industry leading niche practice firm located in Baltimore, Maryland.  The firm provides assurance, tax compliance, and healthcare consulting services to plan sponsors of local and national employee benefit plans and not-for-profit organizations by utilizing cutting edge technology, proprietary software and strategic business alliances to provide services unmatched by their competition.  The firm is comprised of professionals with multi-disciplines who possess specialized knowledge and skills in the employee benefit practice area.  Clients of TMDG include some of the most prestigious companies in the United States.


About PBMares, LLP

PBMares is the largest Virginia based public accounting firm, providing assurance, tax planning and preparation, pension plan design/administration, and business consulting services to domestic and international businesses.  Specialty practice areas include employee benefit plans, hospitality, not-for-profit, and state and local governments.  The firm also provides consulting services through its two affiliates, Artifice Forensic Financial Services, LLC, which specializes in fraud investigations and forensic accounting, and PBMares Wealth Management, LLC, a registered investment advisory firm. 



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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