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Members-Only Inside Look at Friendship Industries: NEW DATE: March 14, 2013

SVTC Bits & Grits: March 19, 2013

SVTC Seeking Nominations for its Class I of Directors

Tech Nite 13 (May 1, 2013) ... Who will you Nominate?

Tech Nite 13 Sponsorships ... Showcase Your Company

Robin Sullenberger, SVP, Named One of the 50 Most Influential Leaders in Virginia

Free Workshops Target Local Business Renewal & Expansion

Presidential Innovation Fellows Program Accepting Applications

THE CARTISEAN SPACE ... Soliciting Digital Imagery

Valley SBDC Start Smart Workshop: March 12, 2013

CIT Hosts 2013 Mid-Atlantic Advanced SBIR/STTR Workshop: March 13, 2013

Presentation on Innovation by SRI President, Dr. Curtis Carlson: March 14, 2013

Adult Lego Competition: March 23, 2013

Harrisonburg Startup Weekend: April 5-7, 2013

SVTC Members-Only Inside Look at Friendship Industries

RESCHEDULED: Thursday, March 14, 2013, 11:45am-1:00pm

801 Friendship Drive, Harrisonburg VA


Due to inclement weather we will be taking this tour a week later than originally planned.

There are a few spots left - good opportunity for the ones who could not make it on 3/7.  SVTC membership and pre-registration is required.  Space is limited so sign up today.

Friendship Industries has invited SVTC members to see how technology can coexist with hand assembly in a not-
for-profit social enterprise environment.  Friendship Industries is a state-of-the-art 40,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Harrisonburg which includes a production floor, learning center, computer room and community meeting room.  Friendship Industries is a social enterprise with a mission to serve persons with disabilities in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County by providing opportunities and choices through integrated work experience, training, and support services. 


Nicky has visited there and says that it's just amazing to see. No kidding. -- Come see how a social enterprise can utilize technology so well!!!

Lunch will be courtesy of Friendship Industries 

PRE-REGISTRATION AND SVTC MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED: Register for the March 14, 2013 Visit to Friendship Industries


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Bits & Grits

Tuesday, March 19, 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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SVTC Seeking Nominations for its Class I of Directors


SVTC members vote once a year on who will join its Board of Directors for a 2-year term.  Our board is divided into 2 groups, and this year the term for "Class I" expires on June 30th and a new group of directors needs to be elected.

To get us started with this year's nomination and voting process, members are asked to submit their suggestions for who should be considered for the slate. The SVTC Executive Committee will review the suggestions and then the whole Board of Directors will review the candidate slate at their meeting in March.

Nominations should be made by SVTC members to the Organization and Governance Committee by sending an email to Heather Watson by March 15, 2013.

After the slate has been agreed upon our membership will vote in May, either online, or in person at the Annual Meeting. Members will receive information on the voting process nearer the time.

We appreciate your active participation in this process.


Tech Nite 13 

Mark Your Calendars! Tech Nite 13 will be on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 5:30pm at JMU Festival Conference & Student Ctr.  We will start taking reservations in early April.

Nomination Season is Underway ... Who Will You Nominate This Year?

(deadline is March 20th)

Help us figure out who should be honored this year. There are 7 awards and they honor and highlight leaders, companies, educators, innovators, entrepreneurs, and organizations. This is our 13th awards gala. Let's make it the best one yet, submit your nomination(s) today!

Nominations are easy to make.  Visit our Nominations Guidelines page to find out more about what the awards are honoring and how to make an online nomination.  You may nominate yourself as well as others, so don't be bashful!


Take a peek at the list of past award nominees & recipients and help ensure additional noteworthy individuals and contributions are honored in this distinguished tradition.


Make a Tech Nite 11 nomination 



Tech Nite 13 Sponsorships


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 ♦ Serco, Inc ♦ Verizon ♦ Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver



Robin Sullenberger, SVP, Named One of the 50 Most Influential Leaders in Virginia

Congratulations to Robin Sullenberger, CEO of the Shenandoah Valley Partnership (who happens to be an SVTC Board Member), on being named as one the 50 most influential leaders in Virginia by Virginia Business magazine.

Here's what they had to say about Robin, and we couldn't be prouder! 


Don "Robin" Sullenberger III CEO, Shenandoah Valley Partnership, Harrisonburg.

Sullenberger was a key player in attracting SRI International to the Shenandoah Valley.  The Silicon Valley nonprofit established the Center for Advanced Drug Research in Harrisonburg, which focuses on improving the productivity of the pharmaceutical industry, helping the nation respond to biothreats and developing life-saving treatments for neglected and orphan diseases.  Sullenberger lists the project as a "signature moment" that helped promote a technology business climate in the Shenandoah Valley.  Currently, Sullenberger serves on the State Board for Community Colleges and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council board, among others.  He also is a past member of the governor's Higher Education Commission and the Virginia Broadband Roundtable.




Free Workshops Target Local Business Renewal & Expansion

"Growing Together: Pathways to business renewal & expansion," a series of 4  seminars designed to strengthen the region's economic vitality, are being through a collaboration of public and private firms in the central Shenandoah Valley. With an eye toward revitalizing our industrial base, will feature technical and practical advice to help firms re-gain sales and profit and/or to expand to new levels of success. 

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

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


These seminars are free to all attendees thanks to the generous support of sponsoring organizations. 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. You may attend one or all four; pre-register to ensure a seat by calling 540-568-3227 or visiting



Presidential Innovation Fellows Program Accepting Applications

The Presidential Innovation Fellows is a federal government sponsored program that pairs top innovators from the private sector, non-profits, and academia with top innovators in government. The program's objective is to develop solutions that can save lives, save taxpayer money, and fuel job creation.

The first round of projects launched in August 2012 and the next round is set to launch in April 2013.  The Presidential Innovation Fellows is seeking to recruit a dynamic, diverse, and innovative second round class. The program is accepting applications to become a Round 2 Fellow until the March 17th deadline.

For more information about the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, visit their website.



THE CARTISEAN SPACE ... Soliciting Digital Imagery

A Gallery of the College of Integrated Science and Engineering (JMU)


The Space will hold its Grand Opening in the SPRING (2013) and is soliciting digital imagery from JMU students, faculty and friends for its first exhibition: "The Socio-Technical Nexus"
Submission Rules: Digital images on the general theme of the social context of science and technology are eligible for the exhibition. Digital files will be printed and framed for the exhibition, and prizes will be awarded. One-of-a kind physical objects will not be accepted for this first exhibition, due to the lack of gallery security. The deadline for submissions is March 17, 2013.

Send your reproduction-friendly file (of around 2 MB if possible), by the deadline of March 17, 2013 to: Dr. Ming Ivory, (, THE CARTISEAN SPACE by March 1, 2013. Your e-mail should include: The image file, your full name as you'd want it to appear on the label, the title of your image, and a paragraph of explanation of what the image is, how you made it, where it was made, or how it illustrates the theme. Contributors whose images are selected for the exhibition will be notified by March 30.


Valley SBDC Start Smart Workshop

March 12, 2013, 6:00-8:00pm
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




CIT Hosts 2013 Mid-Atlantic Advanced SBIR/STTR Workshop

More than $2.5.billion in funding available for small businesses

[February 28, 2013] (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today an advanced workshop on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant programs on March 13, 2013.

These grants provide $150,000 - $1.5 million in early stage non-dilutive research and development funding for high-risk innovations in information technology, hardware, software, cyber security, modeling & simulation, energy, training, education, STEM, manufacturing, drugs, medical devices, sensors, materials and more. Eleven federal agencies use SBIR/STTR programs to fund early stage technology development that will help them meet their missions. More than $2.5 billion of SBIR/STTR funding is available annually.  
This advanced workshop presents strategic advice to current and prospective Phase I and Phase II SBIR/STTR award recipients on how to better position themselves for successful Phase II and Phase III opportunities.

Key workshop features and topics include:

  • Implications of the new SBIR/STTR rules
  • Patent strategy decisions
  • Using the SBIR/STTR sole source advantage to secure large federal awards
  • Securing collaborative partners for phase II and III
  • Managing projects to improve your follow-on chances
  • Effective federal cost proposal development
  • Technology commercialization challenges in the federal marketplace
  • Phase II and phase III planning advice from ten SBIR Program Managers from the Navy, Office of Secretary of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Education (ED), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Army and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • Opportunity to meet with representatives from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, GenEdge Alliance, The Office of International Trade, CIT GAP Funds and the ten federal agencies listed above.

What:  2013 Mid-Atlantic Advanced SBIR/STTR Workshop

When:  Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Where: Center for Innovative Technology, 2214 Rock Hill Road, Herndon, Virginia

Workshop fees are: 

$75 per person for Virginia technology firms

$125 per person for out-of-state firms

$200 for all others

These and other workshops are managed by the CIT Entrepreneur service line, which provides valuable funding opportunities for Virginia's emerging entrepreneurs through the CIT GAP Funds and the CIT Federal Funding Assistance Program. In FY2012, CIT assisted over 200 companies pursuing federal funding contributing to Virginia small businesses, securing 429 SBIR/STTR awards totaling $124 million. Also in FY2012, the CIT GAP Funds invested in 28 new companies. 

For questions on the upcoming workshops, please contact To register, go to

"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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Presentation on Innovation by SRI President, Dr. Curtis Carlson

March 14, 2013, 2:30-4:00pm

JMU Festival Center, Highlands Room

SRI President Dr. Curtis Carlson, will present on the 
"Spirit of Innovation:  The SRI Model"


This event is open to the public. 


Off-campus guests may park in the D3 lot (opposite the Festival Ctr.), which can be found on the JMU campus map.



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  



Harrisonburg Startup Weekend

April 5 - 7, 2013

JMU, Showker Hall


Early Bird pricing of $75 available until the end of Fri., 3/8. Regular pricing after that.

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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