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SVTC Luncheon & Annual Membership Meeting: The Changing Nature of Cyber Security Regulation: May 23, 2013

SVTC Members: Election Class I Board of Directors, Please Vote by Tuesday May 21st

Bits & Grits: May 21, 2013

Welcome Back Level III Member: National College

Ever Wonder What Happened to the Rosetta Stone Alumni?

BIG Small Business Event: May 23, 2013

From Idea to Market Workshop: May 30, 2013

Virginia SBDC 2013 Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program

SVTC Luncheon & Annual Membership Meeting: The Changing Nature of Cyber Security Regulation; May 23, 2013, 11:45am-1:15pm

The Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg

(Networking begins at 11:45am)

Speaker:  Carlos Solari.  A conversation about the changing nature of cyber security regulation as it applies to small-medium businesses; what does it mean; why it now applies to them and why it is not going away.

About Carlos:

Born in Colombia, South America, Carlos Solari is the product of the American dream - the one of parents who aspire to more for their children. He was raised in Long Island, New York, and graduated from Washington and Lee University in Virginia. After graduating, he joined the US Army, where he served for thirteen years. During that time, he earned a master of science degree in systems technologies from the Naval Postgraduate School, and also graduated from the Army Ranger School. Solari later entered the FBI, where he served for more than six years, ultimately becoming one of the top IT senior executives in the Bureau. From 2002 to 2005, he was the chief information officer (CIO) for the White House in the Bush Administration. He has also held many jobs in the private sector in cyber-security, chief among them his position at Bell Labs. While there, he authored a collaborative work on a technology book called Security in a Web 2.0+ World, which was published by Wiley Publishers in 2009. Solari is considered an expert in cyber-security presently working in a startup company called WilkiTech and has recently published his first novel.

Networking begins at 11:45am.  Lunch is Dutch treat.  All are welcome....membership not required. Reservations encouraged. LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE on May 23rd. Register early.


Members: Election of SVTC Class I Board of Directors, Please Cast your Vote By Tuesday, May 21st

SVTC members:  Check your mailboxes for your election ballot for the Class I of the SVTC Board of Directors.


In order for us to have a valid election we need a quorum, so keep an eye out for your email. All members have already received their individual emails with their custom link.  We are using SurveyMonkey to generate individual links to the survey/ballot for each SVTC member - these links have an expiration date (May 21st) and can only be used once.


There are 12 slots and 12 candidates. The bios of the candidates are available on our website on our SVTC Board Elections page.


The slate is as follows:

  • Johnnie Barr, ActionCOACH
  • Rathnam Chaguturu, SV SRI
  • Joey Groah, DIGICO Shoot I Post I Design
  • Chip Harvill, Cadence, Inc.
  • Mike Lam, Premier Technical Services
  • Anne Marchant, Shenandoah University
  • Mike Mitri, JMU College of Business
  • Ken Newbold, JMU Research & Public Service
  • Mike Murphy, Blue Ridge Community College
  • Ron Perry, grep Innovation
  • Greg  St. Ours, Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC
  • Nick Swayne. JMU College of Education

If you'd like to vote in person instead of electronically, please plan on attending the annual membership meeting on May 23, 2013 (11:45 am) at the Wood Grill in Harrisonburg.


If you have any questions, please contact Nicky at


Thanks in advance for your active participation!



Bits & Grits

Tuesday, May 21, 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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Welcome Back Level III Member: National College


Please join us in thanking National College for their Level III membership renewal.


The fundamental purpose of National College 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.


National College 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 National College 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, legal, medical, and information technology at the baccalaureate, associate, and diploma levels.


For more information visit or call (540) 432-0943.



Update on the ex-Rosetta Stone employees ... they are available!

As most of us know, Rosetta Stone in Harrisonburg was hit by a tough round of layoffs earlier this year.  As a result, the region has a very talented and diverse group of creative professionals with skills that are not being utilized to their full extent.  

A couple of weeks ago, Nicky and others representing community organizations, educational institutions and businesses met with many of the "Rosetta Stone alumni" - and was blown away by the combined talents and capabilities assembled in the room. Since then, this diverse group of creative professionals has gotten  together and created a website that pools the information about them and their knowledge together so that it's available in one place for easy reference and potential of making connections and being hired / contracted. 


We are happy to share the website with our readers, and happy to report that it's well designed, easy to maneuver, and there are lots of editors, educators, entrepreneurs, graphic designers, information technology experts, linguists, marketers, project managers, software developers, technical communicators, photographers, translators, web designers, web developers, and writers to be found there:  


This talented medley of professionals --all of whom worked for Rosetta Stone Product Development-- specializes in producing educational and international materials, and in streamlining production processes. Not surprisingly, many languages are available in their tool kit! The wordpress website features short profiles, links to their individual LinkedIn pages, searching by categories, and of course their contact info.  



BIG Small Business Event

May 23, 2013, 8:00am-4:30pm

Blue Ridge Community College-Plecker Center

1 College Woods Drive, Weyers Cave, VA

For established and perspective business owners and managers.

Learn. Act. Profit.
This full-day conference provides professional development and networking opportunities to entrepreneurs, managers, and business owners.

Keynote speakers will motivate and inform us, and the day is filled with concurrent breakout sessions focusing on all the topics of interest and issues of importance to the business community.

Cost: $49 includes breaks and lunch.

For more information on the list of topics and speakers and to register visit


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From Idea to Market Workshop

May 30, 2013, 8:30-11:00am

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The steps to innovation excellence, from encouraging product and process creation to commercialization.

This is the final event in the SBDC series of Growing Together: Pathways to Business Renewal & Expansion workshops designed to strengthen the region's economic vitality

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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 you get your innovation to market!

For more information and online application, see


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