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November 21, 2014  
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Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast
CIT's preview of: Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF)
Girls Develop It: Code and Coffee Study Group
ASQ Presentation: Keys to Time Management
Growing Together: Business Growth Through Innovation
CS4Va: Hour of Code, Dec 6 @ JMU and state-wide (for middle & high schoolers, adults)
ASQ Presentation: Keys to Time Management
Valley SBDC Business Smarts
Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast
Thursday, December 11th, 7:30am - 9:00am
Holiday Inn, Harrisonburg

Come listen to our area legislators on the issues affecting business in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and have the opportunity to ask your own questions. 


This event is brought to you by the HR Chamber in partnership with the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council.


Chamber & SVTC Members: $10


Non-Member: $15


Registration: December 11 Legislative Breakfast



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CIT's preview of: Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF)

The Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) advances science- and technology-based research, development, and commercialization to drive economic growth in Virginia. In support of these goals, Governor McAuliffe and the General Assembly appropriated $2.8 million to the Fund for each year, FY2015 and FY2016. 


CIT is pleased to preview the CRCF FY2015 solicitation, which will be issued in mid-November. Governor McAuliffe and the General Assembly appropriated $2.8 million to the Fund for FY2015 for programs targeting Virginia's public and private colleges and universities, the private sector, nonprofit research institutions, and political subdivisions. Programs offered this round are: Commercialization, Eminent Researcher Recruitment, Facilities Enhancement Loan, Matching Funds, SBIR Matching Funds, and STTR Matching Funds. 


Visit for eligibility and other high-level program information. Complete criteria will be discussed in program-specific guidelines and other materials, available when the RFP is issued. CRCF staff will begin fielding questions at that time via


CRCF advances research and commercialization, drives economic growth, creates and fosters high-potential technology companies, and strengthens collaboration and partnerships between the public and private sectors. Technology sectors eligible for CRCF funding are drawn from the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap, which identifies research areas worthy of economic development and institutional focus in Virginia.


Interested in learning about previous solicitations? Visit for a complete list of awardees and to access CRCF Annual Reports.


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Girls Develop It: Code and Coffee Study Group
Thursday, December 4th, 5:30-7:30pm
Greenberry's, Harrisonburg 
This is an informal event where members can meet each other and collaborate. Have a project idea and some skills, but haven't attended a GDI event yet? Want to focus on helping others with their projects?
You're welcome too!


This is also a great event for first time attendees who just want to socialize. We're very friendly and would love to have you join us. :)


As a group, we'll hold each other accountable for completing our projects, and provide on-going support and feedback. Bring a laptop and something to work on. It's okay if you don't have a project! Feel free to come by for the whole thing or drop in when you have time.


A note to TAs: If you are interested in helping out with this event or a future study group, please let us know!

Want to sponsor or host our next study group? Get in touch!





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SourceLink Virginia
This resource is a one-stop-shop for business owners. (Yes, the SVTC and other area resources are listed, among many others. Also an extensive state-wide calendar is included!)

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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Growing Together: Business Growth Through Innovation
Wednesday, December 3rd, 8:15am - 11:30am
Augusta County Government Center



Develop an innovative culture in your business allowing new ideas to improve processes and efficiency, bring new or improved products or services to market and increase your overall profitability.


Learn what processes other businesses have used to capture ideas, identify opportunities and reduce risk.


This is the 3rd part of the series, "Growing Together." This event it brought to you by the Valley Small Business Development Center.





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CS4Va: Hour of Code. For middle and high school students and adults
Saturday, December 6th, 10:00am - 4:00pm
JMU CS/ISAT Building


CS4Va is a precursor to the nationwide Hour of Code held during CSEd Week. JMU Computer Science (in collaboration with 4 other institutions from Virginia -Virginia Tech, UVA, and GMU-) is organizing a one-day state-wide Computer Science outreach program during this year's CS Education Week. We are calling this state-wide Virginia initiative CS4Va Day.


CS4Va promotes and supports a community of learning and engagement in computer science for K-12 students throughout every corner of Virginia. 


Launched in 2013, Code.orgĀ® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. 


This event is open to all middle & high school students, as well as adults. There is a new session every hour. Parking is FREE for everyone in all the parking lots of East Campus of JMU for the entire day (D2, C10, C12). Parking details: JMU Parking, detailed map ("Skyline")


Please contact for more information.


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ASQ Presentation: Keys to Time Management
Tuesday, December 9th, 5:30-8:00pm
Panera Break, Waynesboro

Learn how to identify your distractions and delusions, and increase the amount of time that you focus on your high value tasks, where you are in demand, and working on what's important.  Identify the best practices to increase your productivity and reduce your stress.  Plan to participate in an evening of fun and learning with speaker Johnnie Barr.


About the Speaker:  Johnnie Barr has been a Business Coach in the Valley for seven years.  He is a native of this area and passionate about working with businesses to get greater results and growing jobs in the Valley.  He works with business owners and their teams by mentoring one-on-one, and by facilitating planning sessions, and conducting workshops.  Results are measured in greater profitability and improved teams.  Prior, he had 20+ years as a corporate officer for four different contracting and technology companies.  His key to success is to create an environment of teamwork, productivity, quality, and pride.

Johnnie lives in Augusta County and is a graduate of the University of Virginia, with further education at Penn State, and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  He serves as a board member of several business, civic, and church organizations, including the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council and the Augusta Home Builders Association.


RSVP to Norval Johnston at by 3:00 PM on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. 


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Valley SBDC Business Smarts
Friday, December 12th, 7:30am - 9:00am
American National University

Join the Valley Small Business Development Center for business over breakfast! Each month we co-host a morning filled with business education and networking. The 2014 Business Smarts Series' focus is Telling Your Business Story. Every small business has a story to tell. This year will explore the methods and media you can use to tell your unique story. 


The Business Smarts Breakfast sessions are held on the 2nd Friday of every month at American National University (SVTC member)(formerly National College) with networking opportunities and guest presentations on a variety of topics.


The series is sponsored by your Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center (SVTC member), the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE).  Breakfast is provided by The HoneyBaked Ham Company.


$10 HR Chamber Members, $10 non-members.


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