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Tech Nite 12: Only 2 weeks left to make your Tech Nite nomination

Tech Nite 12: Sponsorships Available

March 14th is Deadline to Suggest Candidates for SVTC's Class II of Directors

Welcome New Member: Lightcastle Technical Consulting

Welcome New Member: Valley Automation

Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chamber to Host Regional Job Fair: March 15, 2012

Tech Playground for Parents (Harrisonburg City Schools): March 17, 2012

SVTC Bits & Grits: March 20, 2012

Ignite Harrisonburg to Host Kick-off Event: March 20, 2012

Second Annual NVTC University Technology Exhibition: March 23, 2012

Ready Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast: 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

FOSE Conference & Expo: April 3-5, 2012


Tech Nite 12 - Nominations


Some great nominations have been submitted so far but, guess what, we would like more  ... so keep 'em coming! Who are the entrepreneurs, leaders, innovators, and educators in the Valley? The deadline to make a nomination is March 23rd, so don't delay.

Check on 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


We're preparing the invitation which will be mailed to 1100 people in the Valley - if you're thinking of a sponsorship, get on board now so you get the full span of all our printed materials.


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 


All the details:
Tech Nite 2012 Sponsorship Opportunities (pdf)

SVTC Tech Nite 2012 pages 

Questions? Send us an email:


Thank you to our Tech Nite 12 Sponsors (to date!):


Tech Nite 12 Sponsors


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Deadline Approaches to Nominate SVTC Class II 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 II" 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 14, 2012.

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.


Welcome New Member: Lightcastle Technical Consulting


A warm welcome is extended to Lightcastle Technical Consulting.


We provide custom web development coupled with long term support, monitoring and administration.  We specialize in full-text search functionality, and the development of rich interactive interfaces. We can usher your existing applications onto mobile platforms and assist in creating your online communities. We offer comprehensive support for your Linux/Unix systems: software installation, steadfast system monitoring, security patching, and clustered, high-availability hardware and accompanying software. We build cost-efficient, high-availability systems so that you can focus on your business and technical goals.

For more information visit or call (540) 324-5111.



Welcome New Member: Valley Automation


Please join us in welcoming Valley Automation to our membership.


Valley Automation's services include:


Business IT & Backup Solutions, Cloud Services, Hardware & Software Sales, Industrial Automation.


For more information visit: or call (540) 433-3555.



Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber to Host Regional Job Fair on March 15, 2012

The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Daily News-Record, will host its Regional Job Fair on Thursday, March 15, 2012, Noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene, 1871 Boyers Road, on the corner of Port Republic Road, in Harrisonburg.

"We have a diverse representation of area employers, as we have in past years. Our local economy remains strong and vibrant, and companies have been hiring this year," says Frank Tamberrino, President of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. Employers already committed to attend include Truck Enterprises, Dynamic Aviation, Home Instead Senior Care, Adecco, Kelly Services and a dozen others. "There were thirty-five employers and seven support services represented last year, and we expect to equal or exceed that number this year," remarked Tamberrino.

The event is just a few weeks away and booth space is filling up quickly. Last year's job fair had more than 1000 job seekers so if your company is looking to fill positions, this is the place to be! Back this year is the "Coaching Corner", a free coaching session that will help job seekers step up their game prior to visiting with potential employers! Career coaches will also be available to provide guidance that will help attendees make a great personal impression and job connection. And new this year will be on-the-spot résumé assistance and computer availability for printing résumés or filling out online applications.

A free shuttle service, sponsored by The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and National College, will also be available, making it even more convenient for jobseekers to attend. Stops will include National College, 1515 Country Club Road, and the Virginia Employment Commission (located behind Valley Mall). The first shuttle will depart National College at 11:00 a.m., and the last will depart from the Job Fair at 6:00 p.m.

For more information, or to view a complete list of exhibitors, visit our website at or call 540-434-3862.

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Tech Playground for Parents


For those who are parents of kids in the Harrisonburg City Schools ....

When:  Saturday, March 17, 2012

Time:    9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where: Stone Spring Elementary School

Ever hear your child talk about using technology at school and wonder what they are doing?  Here's your chance to find out.  HCPS teachers use a variety of technologies, such as the SMARTBoard, iPads, iPods, document cameras, clickers, and interactive websites to help students understand the concepts that they are teaching.  We want to give you the opportunity to explore and play (yes, play is a way of learning!) with some of these technologies.  Join us on Saturday, March 17 from 9:00-12:00 and explore!

Sessions include:
* Making Music with iPads
* Interactive Art Museum
* Gallery Walk. 
* Secrets of the Internet
* My Digital Life
* Get SMART!
* There's an App for That
* Treasure Hunt - Weather Permitting
* The Playground

More information and session descriptions are available at



Bits & Grits

Tuesday, March 20, 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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Ignite Harrisonburg to host kick-off event: March 20, 2012, 6:30pm

Ruby's Lounge (basement of Clementine, Harrisonburg)


...we're thinking your techie projects could be shared... ??


HARRISONBURG - On Tuesday, March 20, creatives, entrepreneurs, and community members will gather for the first Ignite Harrisonburg event. In a series of five-minute talks, presenters will share about their projects, ideas, and personal or professional passions. The event will begin at 6:30 pm at Ruby's Lounge in the basement of Clementine at 153 South Main Street in downtown Harrisonburg. Attendees are invited to come at 6:00 pm for social conversation before the event begins.


Ignite first started in Seattle, Washington and has since spread to over 100 cities throughout the world. As stated on the global website, Ignite is "a force for raising the collective IQ and building connections in each city." Ignite Harrisonburg will continue with this mission by creating a supportive forum for community inspiration and enhancement.


Pursuing this unique form of social entrepreneurship, Ignite Harrisonburg will host an initial series of three events on the third Tuesday of the next three months - March 20, April 17, and May 15. All events are free and open to the public.


Event attendees will vote on a People's Choice Award and each night's winner will receive a downtown gift basket. After each event, videos of the presentations will be made available on


For more information, please visit or email



Second Annual NVTC University Technology Exhibition

March 23, 2012, 7:30am-2:00pm

Hilton, McLean, VA

Join Northern Virginia Technology Council and the region's top universities on March 23 at the second annual NVTC University Technology Exhibition for a sneak peek at the hot technologies currently being developed in academic labs. With exhibits from the region's top universities and breakout presentations on topics such as cybersecurity, health IT and energy, this event will explore how research and development, commercialization and licensing can generate new businesses, create industries and open unexplored markets.

Participating Universities/Labs:
George Mason University
The George Washington University
James Madison University
Naval Research Laboratory
University of Maryland
University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about cutting-edge inventions and innovations ready for commercial applications.

Cost: $100.00

Visit for full information & to register.



Ready Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast

Saturday, March 24, 2012, 9:00am-12:00pm

JMU, East Campus Montpelier Room

Presented by JMU College of Business MBA program.

This half-day seminar will feature a talk given by Jim Carroll, author of "Ready Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast." Jim is widely recognized for his deep research and analysis of how innovative organizations are achieving market or transformational growth despite deep economic challenges. He is the first external speaker to have ever been invited to the Annual General Meeting of the PGA. Jim has been featured in "Business week" as one of four leading sources for insight into future trends and innovation and was a featured expert on the CNBC Series "The Business of Innovation."

Continental breakfast and buffet lunch included. Participants will receive a copy of Mr. Carroll's book. This event is open to the public.  $50 Registration closes 3/16.

For more information contact Dr. Michael E. Busing  Or click here to register.


"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."

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  Community College, SV 

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 - Chip Harvill, VP Marketing
   Cadence, Inc.


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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.



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.


Visit for more information.




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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