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May 22, 2015
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SVTC Annual Meeting and Luncheon (May 27)
SVTC 2015 Class 1 Board Election (VOTE BY MAY 25)
City of Staunton Hiring Systems Engineer
SVTC's May Bits and Grits (June 16)
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] 

 

Get a pre-printed nametag: REGISTER FOR MAY 27 LUNCHEON

 

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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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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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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 executive.director@spqa-va.org or call 571.215.8881. 

 

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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 www.staunton.va.us. Position is open until filled with first review of applications occurring on April 12, 2015. EOE. 

 

APPLY FOR THE CITY OF STAUNTON SYSTEMS ENGINEER

 

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SVTC's Bits and Grits
June 16, 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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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, Highspeedlink.net, 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." 

About WISPA
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 www.wispa.org

 

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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 www.mach37.com/apply 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 ledger.west@mach37.com or visit  https://www.mach37.com.

 

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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Member news:

KEVIN REILLY OF PBMARES BECOMES TREASURER OF 

NATIONAL CLUB ASSOCIATION


 

BALTIMORE, MD (5/18/15) - Kevin Reilly, J.D., CPA, CGMA, Partner at PBMares, LLP, has been elected as the Treasurer of the National Club Association (NCA). He will serve as Treasurer for a three-year term.

 

The NCA recently held its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., where it elected new board members and officers. For many years the NCA has served as the primary advocate for private clubs, representing their interests on Capitol Hill, regulatory agencies, statehouses and courthouses.

 

Reilly is recognized as a leading club tax expert in the United States. He is a senior tax authority for PBMares and serves as a technical resource to the firm in interpreting and applying tax law. He is active in club organizations and brings more than 25 years of experience identifying and interpreting trends, consulting on issues at the management level, and assisting clubs to run more efficiently.

 

Reilly is a regular columnist for industry publications and is a contributing author to The Legal Reference Guide for Private Clubs published by the National Club Association, as well as the Fourth Edition of Club Management Operations published by the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) and the First Edition of Accounting for Club Operations. He is also a contributing author for Federal Taxes and the Private Clubs, as well as editor of Clubs in Town & Country. He was on the committee to update the Uniform System of Financial Reporting for Clubs published by the CMAA.

 

Reilly received a Juris Doctorate from the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island.

 

Previously, Reilly served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the NCA Foundation, which is the NCA's charitable arm.

 

About PBMares, LLP

PBMares, LLP, a Mid-Atlantic-based accounting and business consulting firm, provides clients a broad range of business services in the areas of audit and accounting, tax planning and preparation, pension plan design/administration, merger and acquisition consulting and investment management. Within the hospitality and medical claims audit practices, PBMares serves clients throughout the U.S. With offices in Baltimore, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Warrenton and Williamsburg, the firm provides additional services through its two affiliates, Artifice Forensic Financial Services, LLC, a financial consulting division specializing in fraud investigations and forensic accounting, and PBMares Wealth Management, LLC, a registered investment advisor.  More information is available online at www.pbmares.com

 

About NCA

For more than 50 years, the National Club Association (NCA), a Washington, D.C.-based trade association, has served as the primary advocate for private clubs, representing their interests on Capitol Hill, in the regulatory agencies, in the statehouses and in the courthouses. In addition, NCA serves as an invaluable resource for professional and volunteer club leaders, providing resources on industry trends, legislative and regulatory issues, governance best practices, operational issues, and ways to strengthen club leadership through its publications and educational programs. For more information on NCA, visit www.nationalclub.org.

 

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Member news: 

Cadence, Inc. to Host JMU's 4-Week Quality Management Summer Course
 

Staunton, VA (May 19, 2015) -- James Madison University (JMU) students enrolled in the Quality Management course this summer will receive first-hand industrial experience with their class being held at Cadence's Virginia facility over the next four weeks.  Students will examine the industrial work cell, as well as value stream mapping, line sequencing, and economic order quantity calculations -- all in an effort to help optimize the industrial work cell flow project.

 

"This is a terrific opportunity for these students," stated Tom Nelli, VP of Manufacturing for Cadence's Virginia facility. "They will walk away with a better understanding of work cell management by experiencing it first-hand with actual scenarios in our facility, combined with getting to work directly with Cadence's engineering and operations staff."

 

This course is another great way for Cadence, Inc. to give back to its community and plans to continue to do so in the future. 

 

About Cadence, Inc. - Cadence imagines things others cannot, builds things others will not and delivers outcomes that simply make the world work better. We bring together people and solutions in ways no other company can. Hand to hand with our customers, employees, and shareholders, we are inventing new things using science and innovation to make an impact that matters. Cadence employs nearly 500 people worldwide with headquarters in Staunton, VA and other locations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and the Dominican Republic.

 

 

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Member news: 

Cadence, Inc. to Host JMU's 4-Week Quality Management Summer Course
 

Staunton, VA (May 19, 2015) -- James Madison University (JMU) students enrolled in the Quality Management course this summer will receive first-hand industrial experience with their class being held at Cadence's Virginia facility over the next four weeks.  Students will examine the industrial work cell, as well as value stream mapping, line sequencing, and economic order quantity calculations -- all in an effort to help optimize the industrial work cell flow project.

 

"This is a terrific opportunity for these students," stated Tom Nelli, VP of Manufacturing for Cadence's Virginia facility. "They will walk away with a better understanding of work cell management by experiencing it first-hand with actual scenarios in our facility, combined with getting to work directly with Cadence's engineering and operations staff."

 

This course is another great way for Cadence, Inc. to give back to its community and plans to continue to do so in the future. 

 

About Cadence, Inc. - Cadence imagines things others cannot, builds things others will not and delivers outcomes that simply make the world work better. We bring together people and solutions in ways no other company can. Hand to hand with our customers, employees, and shareholders, we are inventing new things using science and innovation to make an impact that matters. Cadence employs nearly 500 people worldwide with headquarters in Staunton, VA and other locations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and the Dominican Republic.

 

 

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Member news: 

Cadence, Inc. Announces Major Expansion of Wisconsin Facility
 

 

Sturgeon Bay, WI (May 21, 2015) -- Cadence, Inc., broke ground today on a new 62,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility located in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park at 1425 S. Neenah Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI.  Cadence is a leading supplier of advanced products, technologies and services to medical, life science, automotive, and industrial companies worldwide.  The new facility, nearly three times the size of the existing space, will position the company to expand production capacity and add new technologies to support an expanding customer base.

 

"Our Sturgeon Bay operation is one of the leading providers in the U.S. of precision metal stamping for the most complex components used in medical, automotive and industrial applications," said Alan Connor, President and CEO of Cadence. "We continue to expand our unique multi-slide forming, microstamping, insert molding, and assembly capabilities, and this new facility will allow us to continue to grow and better serve our customers."

 

Sandy Sekadlo, VP of Manufacturing stated, "I am pleased not only for our customers and employees, but also for the community of Sturgeon Bay.  We fully expect that this expansion will create many job opportunities over the next several years."

 

About Cadence, Inc. - Cadence imagines things others cannot, builds things others will not and delivers outcomes that simply make the world work better. We bring together people and solutions in ways no other company can. Hand to hand with our customers, employees, and shareholders, we are inventing new things using science and innovation to make an impact that matters. Cadence employs nearly 500 people worldwide with headquarters in Staunton, VA and other locations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and the Dominican Republic.

 

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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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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 http://sourcelinkvirginia.org/

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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 www.bluehubcoworking.com is open! Questions? kmoore@blueridgearchitects.com


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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