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May 15, 2015
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SVTC Annual Meeting and Luncheon
SVTC 2015 Class 1 Board Election
Beer and BioTech
City of Staunton Hiring Systems Engineer
SVTC's May Bits and Grits (May 19)
BlueHub Co-working space opened in Harrisonburg
SVTC Annual Meeting and Luncheon with Dave Ihrie, CTO, Center for Innovative Technology. Topic: The Internet of Things (IoT)
May 27, 11:30am - 1:30pm, Wood Grill Harrisonburg


The Internet of Things (IoT) - what is it, anyway? David Ihrie, CIT's CTO, will cover some of the technology trends underlying the IoT phenomena with some examples of where IoT is increasingly important some of the associated security/privacy issues, and some thoughts about the future as IoT evolves.


About Dave Ihrie:


Dave Ihrie has over 30 years experience in the fields of satellite and terrestrial communication, computing, and information science. A seasoned entrepreneur, he has been a principal in five startup companies in industries ranging from Nuclear Power to Digital Broadcast to analytic software for the Intelligence Community. As CTO for both CIT and the MACH37 Cybersecurity Accelerator, Ihrie has extensive experience envisioning the future of technology and building solutions to hasten that vision. As part of this activity he helps shape the innovation plans of numerous small companies spanning a wide range of technologies and industries. | David Ihrie has an M.S. in Business from MIT, specializing in the Management of Technological Innovation, and a B.S. from MIT in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science.


>> More on Dave Ihrie

[Note from Nicky, the resident "technology user" -aka lay person- in the group. If you care to read ahead a bit, take a look at this article at WhatIs - Tech Target, on: Internet of Things] 


To get a pre-printed nametag (and to help us anticipate space needs), please do register to attend.




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SVTC MEMBERS: 2015 Class I Board Election


To read about our candidates please visit our website. 


Please check your inbox to vote electronically. Anyone who does not vote via the link that is sent to you (active until May 25, 11:59pm) can vote with a paper ballot at our luncheon and annual meeting on May 27, 11:30 - 1:30. You can register for the luncheon here.


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Beer and BioTech

4:30-6:30, Thurs. May 21


Educators of Virginia:

As you may know, last October, the Virginia BIO Foundation collaborated with the Virginia Department of Education and Virginia's Director of STEM to host the first-ever Beer and BioTeach event as part of the Virginia Science Festival.


Beer and BioTeach was conceived by the Virginia Bio Foundation to connect companies with teachers interested in learning more about how the bioscience industry puts science to work by creating products and services that improve human health. Through Beer and BioTeach, we hope to help educate teachers on what it means to work in the biosciences in Virginia so that they can better inform their students about where their passion in science and technology can lead them!

We are thrilled to announce that due to its previous success, a second Beer and BioTeach is being held on May 21st! Each company will host a complimentary open house for K-12 and community college teachers from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on Thursday, May 21st, during which food and drinks will be served, a presentation will be given on the company's technology, and a tour will be conducted of the facility and operations.

We encourage you to learn more about the biosciences by visiting one of the participating companies:

Afton Scientific - Charlottesville
Cadence - Staunton
Engineered BioPharmaceuticals - Danville
Eastern Virginia Medical School - Norfolk
Virginia BioTechnology Research Park - Richmond

Please RSVP for this event!

If you have any further questions, we encourage you to contact any of the event organizers:

Michelle Richter, 2015 Beer and BioTeach Coordinator,
Susan Moore, Virginia BIO,
Eric Rhoades, Department of Education,


We look forward to seeing you on May 21st and encourage you to look into the other programs developed and promoted by the Virginia Bio Foundation! 


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Instructor Positions open at Massanutten Technical Center (MTC)
Harrisonburg, VA


Instructor - Part-Time Computer Repair and Networking Instructor, MTC

Licensed - High School - Career and Technical Education - Technology Education

Job Number 3700065084

- 8:15 a.m.-11:45a.m. daily schedule 
-10 month contract 
-Should have A+/Net+ Experience 
-Cisco Experience Preferred 
-Work experience in the field preferred


Instructor - Visual Effects and Computer 3-D Animation, MTC

Licensed - High School - Career and Technical Education - Technology Education

Job Number 3700065099

High School Visual Effects and Computer 3D Animation Instructor: 
- Full-time, 11 month position 
- Preferred experience in computer animation, storyboards, digital visualization, graphics, computer modeling, and interactive animation.


See the job openings for MTC


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ASQ - May Section Meeting
Tuesday, May 12, 5:30pm, Staunton, VA


Agenda of the Meeting:

5:30 PM-6:00 PM - Arrival & Networking at Hometown Grill & Buffet
6:00 PM-7:00 PM - Dinner (at Attendee Expense) - Order from Menu or Buffet

7:00 PM-7:10 PM - Announcements
7:10 PM-8:00 PM - Presentation, "Holistic Manufacturing Performance Metrics from the Shop Floor to the Enterprise", by Ed Van Rens


An RSVP is requested (not required) - please email your RSVP to before 3:00 PM on Tuesday, May 12.  Thank you.


Presentation Synopsis:

Holistic Manufacturing Performance Metrics from the Shop Floor to the Enterprise

No manufacturing facility is an island. Each produced manufacturing good brings with it an intricate DNA woven from a complex ecosystem of raw materials, suppliers, co-packers, distributors and ultimately..the consumer. With so many variables in play, how do companies begin to make decisions on how to make the highest quality products for the lowest cost with the fastest possible time-to-market? For most best-in-class manufacturers, the answers lie in manufacturing performance metrics.

Join this discussion to gain a better understanding of how top performing manufacturers are using quality metrics to optimize output from the process level out to engineering, operations, regulatory and executive teams.

About the presenter: As the Demand Generation Manager at InfinityQS, Ed Van Rens channels his passion for innovative manufacturing practices by having open conversations with Quality, Operations, IT and Executive members of the manufacturing community. At his post for 8 years, Mr. Van Rens has witnessed the evolution of traditional Statistical Process Control (SPC) technology from sets of mostly stand-alone process improvement tools to fully integrated global manufacturing quality platforms that deliver actionable manufacturing metrics and KPIs.



September 18-20 (Friday-Sunday), 2015:  ASQ Innovation Conference; click here for more information:


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Virginia SPQA Workshop at BRCC
June 9-10, Weyers Cave, VA


If you are interested in the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award, Virginia SPQA is offering a 2-day workshop at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave on June 9 and June 10 - "An Inquirer's Guide to the Baldrige Framework".

Virginia SPQA offers Baldrige Excellence Framework training events publically and on-site at organizations. 

Public Offerings occur, subject to demand, regionally at various locations across Virginia.

The standard public offering is "An Inquirer's Guide to the Baldrige Excellence Framework." This two-day course offers an in-depth review of the Framework, which includes the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and is a pre-requisite for new Examiners and highly recommended for individuals who wish to be proficient in the Framework. Registration fees include lunch. 

To learn more about Virginia SPQA Training Programs, visit their site, contact or call 571.215.8881. 


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SVTC's Bits and Grits
May 19, 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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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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WISPA Board Member Appointed to FCC Consumer Advisory Committee
Commission reaps the voice of the fixed wireless Internet industry


Redding, CA (May 5, 2015) - The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), a membership organization that promotes the development, advancement, and unity of the fixed wireless Internet service provider (WISP) industry, today announced that WISPA Vice President, Alex Phillips, has been appointed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to serve on its Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC). 

The purpose of the CAC is to make recommendations regarding consumer issues within the jurisdiction of the Commission and to facilitate the participation of all consumers in proceedings before the Commission. Meetings are open to the public and are broadcast live with open captioning over the Internet from the FCC Live web page.

Alex Phillips has been in the Internet industry since 1995, working from the downtown area of Harrisonburg Virginia. In 2001 he started a fixed wireless Internet Service Provider (ISP) business,, which was the first to bring broadband to rural areas of the Shenandoah Valley. The company deployed in unserved and under-served markets of the Shenandoah Valley spanning three counties. In addition to broadband proliferation, Phillips demonstrated at the National Defense University STAR-TIDES events in the past as well as AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association) to show the benefits of TV white space systems as a way to restore communications after a disaster, anywhere in the world.

Phillips has been a member of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) since 2009 and a Board member since 2011. He is also the current Vice President of WISPA and the FCC Committee Chairman of the Association. He primarily works with WISPA staff and other committee members to file comments and adopt change at the FCC regarding regulatory issues that affect the challenges of deploying broadband Internet in rural America.

"WISPA is very pleased to have one of our Board members serve on the FCC's Consumer Advisory Committee. The ability to communicate FCC intentions will provide a better understanding for both the Commission and the consumer," said Chuck Hogg, President of WISPA. "On behalf of the entire organization, we would like to congratulate Alex on this very important committee. He will be a great liaison for the CAC, the fixed wireless Internet industry and the customers that it serves." 

WISPA is a membership-driven trade association that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the fixed Wireless Internet Service Providers industry. WISPA has over 800 members that support WISPA's advocacy, education and other collaborative industry initiatives. For more information, visit


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MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Accepting Applications for Fall 2015 Session

Fall 15 Cohort to Begin on September 8th



May 12, 2015 (HERNDON, Va.) - The MACH37™ Cyber Accelerator has officially announced it will begin accepting applications from information security startups and security entrepreneurs for its Fall 2015 (F15) Cohort beginning September 8th. The MACH37™ program consists of an intense 90-day program in which the selected startups are coached in all aspects of creating a sustainable and successful business. 


MACH37™ encourages entrepreneurs with emerging products and companies to apply for the F15 Cohort. The program is open to startups from any geography whose founders are ready to immerse themselves in a mentorship program designed to produce the next generation of leading security product companies.


Upon acceptance into the program, participants receive a $50,000 investment to develop and launch their ideas into the market.  Following completion of the program and a successful Demo Day presentation, the CIT GAP Fund will match up to $100,000 of outside investment for companies located in Virginia.  MACH37 companies will benefit from ongoing access to the MACH37 Stars Mentor Network and will receive support throughout the life of their enterprise.


Since MACH37™ was launched in 2013, the accelerator has accepted four classes of startups to participate in the program. The Spring 2015 Cohort is currently in session and will culminate with a Demo Day on June 2nd, 2015. Following the graduation of the S15 class, MACH37™ will have helped create 22 new cybersecurity companies.


Rick Gordon, MACH37™ Managing Partner, said, "MACH37 provides a unique program that allows entrepreneurs to validate their disruptive cybersecurity concepts and prepare their companies for investment. The program brings together domain experts, successful cybersecurity entrepreneurs, and investors familiar to the security market to create a platform that enables next generation technology to be deployed more rapidly. For the upcoming Fall 2015 Cohort, we are looking for companies who are developing innovative approaches to the evolving issues we are facing in cybersecurity."


MACH37™ is looking for candidates that:


·        Are building a disruptive information security technology product

·        Have the will and endurance to turn their labor into commercial success

·        Need help with startup capital, introductions, and navigating pitfalls

·        Are seeking rapid growth through venture capital

·        Are willing to be in VA for the entire 90 day program and commit to the venture full time

·        Are ideally comprised of a team of 2-4


To apply, visit and fill-out the online application.  Participants are highly encouraged to apply by June 1st. The team will begin reviewing applications in early June and will begin extending offers to interview.  For more information, please direct inquiries to or visit


MACH37™ is the leading business accelerator focused exclusively on information security innovations and startups. It brings together domain experts, successful cybersecurity entrepreneurs, and investors to create a platform for innovators and their startups to rapidly develop themselves into promising companies prepared for financing.


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Local Chamber of Commerce Headed to United Arab Emirates
September 2015


Experience the most unique & exquisite destination in the world! The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Indus Travel for an eight-day, seven-night trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), September 22-29, 2015.  It is available to Chamber members as well as the general public at a great price.  Embark on this journey to experience your once in a lifetime Arabian adventure where expectations are beyond your wildest dreams!


These luxury cities combine old-world souks, Bedouin villages and ski slopes in modern shopping malls with camel rides in the desert to climbing the tallest buildings in the world, to visiting elaborate mosques and picturesque palaces. You will even have the opportunity to visit Saadiyat Island Cultural District where you will view the soon to open, Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Art & Culture Center.  Both cities are very safe and completely Westernized as everyone speaks English and all signage is in English. 


Learn more about this once in a lifetime trip.


Limited to twenty (20) reservations.

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Highlighting Renewing Level III Member:
American National University


The fundamental purpose of Americal National University is to educate men and women for the duties and responsibilities of professional life and to help place them in positions which hold ample opportunities for career advancement. ANU instills in its graduates the desire to take initiative in directing their professional lives and the ability to adapt effectively to the challenges and demands of the 21st Century workplace. Our aim is to have the resources, curriculum, staff, and faculty that motivate and prepare students for success in well-defined fields of employment. The curriculum at ANU trains each student to take advantage of these opportunities, concentrating on essential professional skills that will lead toward employment in specific career fields, including business, medical, and information technology at the baccalaureate, associate, and diploma levels.

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Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Drawbridge Technologies

Drawbridge Technologies is a small consultancy dedicated to providing small and mid-sized businesses with IT support. We have expertise in business analytics, business continuity (disaster recovery), information security (INFOSEC), and computer forensics.


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Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Immerge Technologies


Immerge Technologies is the web development arm of McClung Printing. Immerge's design and development team is entirely based in Harrisonburg, Virginia. McClung's primary offices are in Waynesboro, VA. Immerge services clients throughout the Shenandoah Valley from Winchester to Roanoke and over the mountain to Charlottesville as well as around the country.


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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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BlueHub Co-working space opened in Harrisonburg, Wed., Apr. 15

Location: 128 W. Bruce Street, across the street from the Ice House. The space is ready to go: various options are configured. Their website is open! Questions?

We are looking forward to seeing this develop into a bustling and busy entrepreneurial zone!!

Print the information: BlueHub Pricing (pdf)


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