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SVTC Members Only Event - An Inside Look at SRI: May 30, 2012 - Limited Space

SVTC Luncheon: Bring Your IT Questions for a Panel Discussion: June 14, 2012

SVTC Bits & Grits: June 19, 2012

NOVA EDU Startup Weekend - Big Data Meets EDU: June 1-3, 2012

2012 State Wind Energy Symposium: June 20-June 22, 2012...See Updates

Welcome New Member: Joshua May

Member News from JMU's College of Business: Carol Hamilton Named Director for Center for Entrepreneurship

Startup Act's Economic Benefits


Inside Look: SVTC members-only at SRI

Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 5:30-7:30pm [only 50 seats]

140 Research Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22802


[SVTC membership and event pre-registration required; first come, first serve. LIMITED SPACE: 50 ATTENDEES ONLY.]

SRI International is one of the world's leading independent research and technology development organizations. Their new Shenandoah Valley facility in Harrisonburg opened in 2009 and they are the cornerstone of the  Rockingham Center for Research and Technology. 

Their facility features SRI's Center for Advanced Drug Research, which will advance the state-of-the-art in drug research to improve the productivity of the pharmaceutical industry, help our nation respond to biothreats, and develop life-saving treatments for neglected and orphan diseases. SRI plans to add other high-technology programs in areas such as homeland security, engineering, nanotechnology, energy, information technology, and education at this new site.
During this SVTC members-only visit we will be treated to a tour of their new laboratories.
Light refreshments, beer & wine will be served.


SVTC Luncheon: Bring Your IT Questions for a Panel Discussion

Thursday, June 14, 2012, 11:45am-1:15pm

The Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg 

(Networking begins at 11:45am)


The SVTC panel discussion will bring together top talent in the IT arena so that our group of experts can share each other's experiences and answer pertinent questions from the Valley's tech community concerning IT-type questions. Whether it is a true 'bits and bytes' question or possible visionary questions, send them our way.


This event offers you the ability to submit questions early to prepare the panel (see link below), or you may wait until the day of the event and put the panel to the "test" in fielding  your questions live. We hope to bring forth questions that all members may have or to introduce a new concept, disseminate facts, show different points of view, get people thinking in a new direction, or any one of a hundred other possibilities.


Panel members:


Joey Groah, DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design: Joey has been writing, directing, and producing video for 13 years for local, regional, national, and international clients in advertising, marketing, corporate communications, and broadcast design and branding.


Mike Lam, Premier Technical Services:  J. Michael Lam has over 35 years' experience in Information Technology Knowledge and Data Center Management. He retired from James Madison University in 2007 with over 33 years of Data Center Management, Design, and Leadership of the 13 full time engineers within his team. Mike is currently Vice President for Premier Technical Services and he oversees the Federal contracts and Engineering divisions. Mike was also awarded two patents on Data Center Multi-Purpose Design and Heat Transfer.


Ron Perry, grep Innovation: Ron's areas of expertise include:  Technology strategy, information security and forensics, web design and development, network architecture, server administration, telecommunications, manufacturing engineering, research and development, photography and creative services, entrepreneurship.


Kurt Plowman, City of Staunton IT Department:   Kurt has been a CTO for fourteen years, overseeing networks, servers, desktops, telephones, applications and the data center for the City of Staunton.    Kurt's focus is networking, security, and digital forensics.


REGISTER for the SVTC Luncheon and Panel Discussion on June 14, 2012


SUBMIT A QUESTION to the panel in advance...this will help them prepare


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Bits & Grits

Tuesday, June 19, 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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NOVA EDU Startup Weekend - Big Data Meets EDU

June 1-3, 2012

Microsoft, Reston VA

Sponsored by Apps4VA.


Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. The weekend events are centered on action, innovation, and education. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through testing, business model development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos to a panel of potential investors and local entrepreneurs.


Participants are challenged with building functional startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks.

For more information and to register visit:



2012 State Wind Energy Symposium
June 20 - June 22, 2012
East Campus of James Madison University


Update as of May 15th:  We have now locked in the majority of our speakers! Check out the recently updated schedule:

We are also happy to announce that Kris Ohleth will be our keynote speaker on Friday, June 22! Kris is the Director of Permitting for the Atlantic Wind Connection backbone transmission project. To read more please visit the symposium page at:

Be sure to check out our exhibitors and sponsors! There's still plenty of room for exhibitors and we are happy to continue to accept sponsorship. 


The goal of the symposium is to inform stakeholders and other interested parties about the progress that wind power made in the region over the past few years and opportunities for the future.  The Symposium will address timely issues pertaining to wind power development in Virginia and throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, through a series of workshops and panel discussions. 


This year the Symposium will be held June 20-22, 2012 on the East Campus of James Madison University.  We will be featuring:

  • Tours of our new Small Wind Training and Testing Facility
  • More exhibitors
  • A full 1.5 days of concurrent tracks and panel discussions
  • More time for Q&A in each panel discussion
  • A wind farm tour on the 22nd (limited availability) (TBD)

Visit for full information and to register


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Welcome New Individual Member:  Joshua May


Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Joshua. 


Joshua May is an Account Manager with Aerotek CE, based in Winchester, VA.  He partners with local organizations to help attract & identify, hire, and retain top engineers and technical candidates.  He is a lifelong Virginian with strong family ties.  When he is not at work supporting his clients you will more than likely find him outdoors with his amazing wife and 2 young sons.  Together they like to fish, camp, play sports and visit with friends and family.



Member News from JMU's College of Business: Carol Hamilton Named Director for Center for Entrepreneurship 


[May 24, 2012]  Carol Hamilton was recently named director for the JMU Center for Entrepreneurship. The CFE, founded in July 1985 as an interdisciplinary unit of the College of Business, focuses on venture creation and entrepreneurship. 

CoB Interim Dean Dr. Bud Clarke says, "We are pleased that Carol Hamilton has accepted the position of director of the Center for Entrepreneurship.  Carol's knowledge and passion for entrepreneurship have already resulted in the creation of several innovative CFE programs. We are confident that Carol will further develop the JMU entrepreneurial culture to the benefit of our students, faculty, and community."

Carol has worked at JMU since 2002, when she was a management lecturer, and taught the management portion of COB 300. In 2005, she co-developed a Venture Creation course with serial entrepreneur, John Rothenberger. It is the first course in the College of Business open to all majors and the first to routinely assign alums/entrepreneurs to anchor venture teams.  Carol was named interim director of the CFE in 2009.

Carol earned her MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship at JMU in 1997. She then worked as a management analyst for the JMU Small Business Development Center. In 1999, she co-founded Valley Microenterprise Alliance, a local non-profit, microlending program.

She began her career with IBM following graduation from Clemson University with a B.S. degree in Administrative Management in 1980.

"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, SV 

  Small Business Development



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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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Startup Act's Economic Benefits


>> sharing some bipartisan legislation news with you, it will be introduced on Tuesday >>

[From May 21, 2012]


By: Sen. Jerry Moran, Sen. Mark Warner, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Sen. Chris Coons


Inside the Beltway, conventional wisdom says that Congress does little during an election year. But Americans are eager to see Congress address our country's challenges - most important, the economy and job creation.

We  are introducing bipartisan legislation, Startup Act 2.0 on Tuesday - to help jump-start the economy through the creation and growth of new businesses. We want to prove the critics wrong: Congress can get something done in an election year when we work together to strengthen the economy and create jobs.

Companies less than five years old have created nearly all net new U.S. jobs for almost three decades, according to Kauffman Foundation research, averaging roughly 3 million each year. Passing the JOBS Act in March was good news for the young companies now creating jobs. But entrepreneurs face additional challenges beyond access to capital. Startup Act 2.0 picks up where the JOBS Act left off - by helping entrepreneurs to succeed. [ ... ]

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