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SVTC Luncheon November 15, 2012: If You Can Get to The Internet The Internet Can Get to You

SVTC Bits & Grits: November 20, 2012

Welcome Back Member: Premier Technical Services

Welcome Back Member: Shenandoah County Economic Development

Welcome Back Member: Tom Lundquist

SV-SBDC's Start Smart Sessions

CIT Announces that Deadline for Apps4VA High School and Open Competitions Extended to January 31, 2013

Governor McDonnell Announces CIT Gap 50 Entrepreneur Awards Net 282 Finalists

SVTC Luncheon:  If You Can Get to The Internet The Internet Can Get to You
November 15, 2012, 11:45am-1:15pm

The Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg

(Networking begins at 11:45am)


Well aware that entire textbooks are written on the topic of network security and this is only a 20 minute talk, Dr. Tom Richardson (of Drawbridge Technologies, LLC) will spend a few minutes outlining important considerations for handling and protecting sensitive data on network-connected ("online") computers.


Spoiler alert: The bad guys are getting smarter, and they have better tools than ever.


However, you can't just throw in the towel and go back to stone tablets. There are simple, common sense things you can do to protect yourself and your networked data. And if you are in the financial services or medical field (or merely accept credit cards for payment), there are things that you MUST do (by law, as a minimum) to protect client data.


Tom will suggest a holistic approach to the issues you must consider for data protection, some resources for further research, and then entertain questions from the audience that will (hopefully) lead to a group discussion of 'best practices' from other folks present at this event.


Tom worked as a contractor at NSA's National Threat Operations Center (NTOC) at Fort Meade, Maryland, before moving to this area to support the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) facility in Charlottesville.


Lunch is Dutch treat.  All are welcome....membership not required. Reservations encouraged.

 

 

Bits & Grits

Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 8:00am

 

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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Welcome Back Member:  Premier Technical Services


Our thanks go to Premier Technical Services for their membership renewal.  A special thank you is extended to Mike Lam for his service on the SVTC Board of Directors.  Thanks Mike!


Premier Technical Services provides a distinctive array of services and products supporting both short and long term information technology initiatives. We have earned an excellent reputation by serving a diverse customer base that includes Federal, State and Local Governments, commercial enterprises, trade associations and nonprofit groups. Premier provides a customer-centric workforce and proven business & staffing solutions for our customers meeting and/or exceeding their current and future business requirements. Premier' Engineering Team supports Windows, Unix, Linux, HP-UX, Solaris and AIX platforms. Services include the support of legacy systems, client server environments, storage sub-systems, and web development. Premier can offer a wide range of Disaster Recovery Planning and Business Continuity reviews and plans. Premier Technical Services was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia on July 21, 1989. Premier is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business and a HUBZone Certified Small Business Concern located in Luray Virginia.


For more information visit  http://www.PTS-USA.com or call (540) 743-5700.

 

Welcome Back Member: Shenandoah County Economic Development

 

Our thanks to Shenandoah County for their membership renewal.


There's Only One Shenandoah County in the Shenandoah Valley. Located in the northern Shenandoah Valley, Shenandoah County is set against a backdrop of the beautiful Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains. Our small towns are like a string of pearls along the Old Valley Pike, Route 11. These friendly towns, each one with its own historic flavor, are great places to live.

 

Shenandoah County has everything for your business needs....ready-to-go sites and building for industrial, research, and technology activities; excellent distribution system (I-81 and I-66); family-friendly communities and access to a wide range of outstanding recreational and cultural events. We are ready to assist you. Give us a call!


For more information visit http://www.shenandoah-ed.org/ or call (540) 459-6227.

 

Welcome Back Member:  Tom Lundquist

 

Our thanks to Tom Lundquist for his individual membership renewal, much appreciated.

 

Tom Lundquist is the Supervisor of Technology Services at Staunton City Public Schools. Key responsibilities of this position include designing and managing the network infrastructure, servers and directory databases. He manages the IT staff, implements division direction on technological advances, procures division technology products and controls the Federal E-Rate program.

 

 

SV-SBDC's Start Smart

Various dates & locations (see below)

 

Thinking about starting a small business? Have you already started and realize you may have missed a few things?  This workshop is for you.
We review the steps to a successful start, the registrations and regulations, and the components of sound business planning, including financial projections.


Follow-up appointments are then available with SBDC business advisors to focus on your business or marketing plan.


November 13, 6:30-8:00pm, Staunton
November 28, 10:00-11:30am, Harrisonburg
December 6, 6:30-8:00pm, Harrisonburg
December 17, 10:00-11:30am, Harrisonburg


Fee: $25


For more information & to register visit www.valleysbdc.org.

 

 

CIT Announces that Deadline for Apps4VA High School and Open Competitions Extended to January 31, 2013
 

Application competition to improve education, cut through K-12 big data.

 

November 6, 2012 (Herndon, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today the deadlines to submit software applications ("apps") for Apps4VA's High School and Open Competitions have been extended to January 31, 2013.

 

The joint Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and CIT apps development program, Apps4VA, aims to raise awareness of the availability of the Virginia's Longitudinal Data System (VLDS) and to develop new and innovative ways to use it. Currently, submissions are being accepted for both competitions.

 

Paul McGowan, VP of CIT Connect, the administrators of the program, said, "The successes of our Start Up Weekend and recent hackathons reinforced our confidence in the tremendous talent available in the community and their unique perspectives on big data and how it can be used to improve education. We have continued these relationships and, as a result of the feedback received from educators and developers, we decided to extend the deadline."

 

The Apps4VA High School Competition asks Virginia high school students to create an app or propose a concept of an app using at least one of the VLDS datasets. Whether they opt to create a working app or submit a theoretical concept, students may choose to use only the required data or may design a mashup that combines one or more of these datasets with any publicly available data. Students can win cash prizes for themselves and their schools, and a special prize will be awarded to the Virginia teacher who sponsors the most submissions. More information and submission guidelines can be found at www.apps4va.org.

 

The Apps4VA Open Competition is open to the general public and requires that applicants build an application using at least one dataset from the VLDS. Applicants must demonstrate a working prototype and submissions will be evaluated based on criteria that support the mission of the program. A number of prizes will be awarded, including a Public Choice Award, an Educator Choice Award and a Grand Prize of $5,000. More information and submission guidelines can be found at www.apps4va.org.

 

Questions about the Apps4VA program can be directed to Brooke Bell at brooke.bell@cit.org.

 

 

Governor McDonnell Announces CIT Gap 50 Entrepreneur Awards Net 282 Finalists

800 nominations submitted as part of Governor McDonnell's "Year of the Entrepreneur" to celebrate entrepreneurship and Virginia's leading entrepreneurs


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RICHMOND - Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that 272 finalists were selected out of the 800 entrepreneurs nominated for the CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards, a new statewide award program designed to identify and celebrate Virginia's next generation of innovative entrepreneurs who are creating high-growth companies.


The awards program is part of Governor McDonnell's "Year of the Entrepreneur" announced earlier this year to highlight the role of entrepreneurs in creating opportunity for other Virginians. Year of the Entrepreneur is focused on telling the Virginia story and explaining why Virginia is the best place to start and grow a business.


McDonnell said, "Research proves the success of our economy is linked to the success of small business, we need to recognize the work of innovative entrepreneurs and help them grow. That is why I announced the 'Year of the Entrepreneur' and why I am impressed with the level of entrepreneurship happening all across the Commonwealth, as evidenced by this long and strong list of finalists for the CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards. I commend CIT leaders for their work to assist entrepreneurs and this award program to celebrate their efforts."
 
Jim Duffey, Virginia Secretary of Technology, said, "Virginia's innovation ecosystem is alive and well. Virginia offers entrepreneurs a strong business climate, a supply of educated workers and the ability to take advantage of our strategic east coast location."   Duffey continued, "I take seriously our responsibility to better enhance and support a culture of entrepreneurship in the Commonwealth. We are privileged to celebrate and recognize the risk-takers and job creators at the heart of our free enterprise system."


Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO, said, "At CIT, we are focused on helping entrepreneurs create new high-growth companies and jobs. Our approach to public-private partnerships continues to deliver high private investment with limited public funding support. As we help them grow, so too must we raise the profile of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs and highlight their importance to the economic health of Virginia. That is why it's an honor for the CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards to be part of the Governor's 'Year of the Entrepreneur.'"


David Lucien, CIT Chairman, said "The importance of entrepreneurs and startups in growing economies is being increasingly recognized by policy makers throughout the U.S. and internationally."  Lucien cited Kauffman Foundation data used to draft federal legislation that stated, "Achieving a strong, sustained U.S. recovery will require more high-growth companies, a continuing stream of new ideas capable of being commercialized, fewer roadblocks to launch and grow startups, and low-cost capital available to finance them."


The GAP 50 finalists are now going through a peer voting process. The final 2012 GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards recipients will be honored at a luncheon on December 13 at the Dulles Westin Hotel.  For a list of the finalists, please see: http://www.cit.org/gap50finalists.

 

CIT GAP Funds is the driving force behind the CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards. They provide seed-stage equity investments in Virginia's top life science, technology and energy enterprises, propelling economic development and bolstering innovation statewide. Since 2005, CIT GAP Funds has helped create over 75 companies with a public-private model that has used about $7 million in public dollars to attract over $80 million in private equity - a leverage of 17 to 1.  For more information on CIT GAP Funds, please see: www.citgapfunds.org.

 

   

 

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- Mary Sullivan, Training 

  Coordinator, Blue Ridge

  Community College, SV 

  Small Business Development

  Center

 

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 - Chip Harvill, VP Marketing
   Cadence, Inc.

   

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