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SVTC Luncheon: Social Media for Professionals: Thu., Oct. 13, 2011

Welcome New Level III Member: Cadence, Inc.

Virginia's Department of Business Assistance: Governor's Small Business Seminar: October 13, 2011

SVTC Bits & Grits: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Seminar for Non-Profit Leaders: October 20, 2011

2011 Fall Community Career Fair at National College: October 13, 2011

CIT Invests in Servehawk LLC

SEAC Augusta County Schools Seeking Two Desktop Computers

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SVTC Luncheon: Social Media for Professionals

Thursday, October 13, 2011, 11:45am-1:15pm

The Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg 

(Networking begins at 11:45am)


Speaker:  Deb Van Horn, Rockingham Group.  During this presentation Deb Van Horn will cover:

  • The basics of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn - what they are, why you want to be there
  • Advertising options and measurements
  • Engagement strategies and measurement
  • Getting buy-in and support for your social media strategy

Lunch is Dutch treat.  Membership not required.

Register for SVTC's October 13, 2011 Luncheon 

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Welcome New Level III Member: Cadence, Inc.


A sincere thank you goes to Cadence, Inc. for upgrading their membership to Level III.  We invite you to click their logo (in the right hand column of this newsletter) to find out more about their organization.  A special thank you also goes to Chip Harvill who is serving on the SVTC Board of Directors.  Thanks Chip!


Cadence is a premier metals manufacturing company focused on new medical technologies, such as minimally invasive surgical devices. Headquartered in the Green Hills Technology Center in Staunton, Virginia, Cadence has over 200 shareholders and nearly $40 million in annual revenue.


Cadence created the world's only IncisionLab to enable better performance using the Define. Do. Measure. approach to new product design and development. Proprietary "sharps" and tube fabrication technologies allow Cadence to supply the most critical components and sub-assemblies for medical devices and scientific applications.


For more information visit or call 800-252-3371.



Virginia's Department of Business Assistance: Governor's Small Business Seminar

October 13, 2011, 12 noon - 6 pm
Hilton Hotel & Spa Richmond/Short Pump




12:00 - 1:30pm:
Keynote: The Honorable Robert F. McDonnell Governor


1:30 - 4:15:
Panel Discussions

Panel I: Doing Business with State and Federal Government 

Panel II: Key Issues for Small Business Owners

Panel III: Small Business Financing


4:15 - 5:00pm: Closing

The Honorable James S. Cheng, Secretary of Commerce and Trade


5:00 - 6:00pm:

Networking Reception  



Hilton Hotel & Spa Richmond/Short Pump

12042 West Broad Street

Tel: 1-804-364-3600; Fax: 1-804-364-2002 



Bits & Grits

Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 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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Seminar for Non-Profit Leaders

October 20, 2011, 8:30am-12:30pm

National College, Harrisonburg, VA

Seminar on Friend-Building and Fundraising for Non-Profits - Strategies for Harnessing the Power of Social Media results in the ability to reach, communicate with, and engage more people. 


Ms. Leslie Coty, president of Coty Connections, Inc. will be the seminar leader.  Coty Connections is a Social Media strategy and consulting company.  Leslie is an award-winning speaker who uses her passion and knowledge of Social Media to help organizations harness the power of Social Media.


As an example, 93% of adults in the U.S. use Facebook.  Collectively they spend a century of time on Facebook in any given month.  Facebook is but one of many Social Media Communication Channels that serve as powerful tools to reach, communicate with, and engage people.


Ms. Coty earned her BS and MBA degrees from the University of Buffalo and is a Certified Digital Marketing Consultant.  During the seminar she will share tips and best practices on how to correctly set up an organizational presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube, as well as other Social Media Communication Channels.


Fee:  $25.00


For more information visit



2011 Fall Community Career Fair at National College

Thursday, October 13, 2011, 4:00pm-7:00pm

1515 Country Club Road, Harrisonburg, VA 


National College invites your organization to join them at their 2011 Fall Community Career Fair.  The career fair affords you the chance to recruit students and the outside public for career, volunteer and internship opportunities within your organization.


This is a free event for exhibitors and attendees.


Contact Stephanie Bell, Career Center Director, for registration information.  Registration is required by October 7th.


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CIT Invests in Servehawk LLC


Proprietary software helps cut energy usage, costs in growing data center market



October 6, 2011 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today that its Commonwealth Energy Fund (CEF) has invested $200,000 in Servhawk™ LLC of Great Falls, Virginia, whose proprietary software solution takes server inventory and utilization data and quickly turns it into better energy usage, efficiency, and productivity information in the growing data center marketplace.


Energy consumption is the fastest growing component of data center spending (servers are the biggest culprits). However, addressing energy performance has been largely manual and conducted in an ad hoc and inconsistent manner. Alternatives are generally expensive and intrusive.


Servhawk provides a proprietary, non-disruptive, easy-to-deploy solution that delivers server energy analytics for identifying actionable steps to reduce consumption and also provides tools to examine and quantify alternatives to achieve those reductions. It tracks progress and demonstrates results with steps taken to reduce energy consumption and costs. Servhawk is targeting opportunities in federal and state agencies, where energy efficiency mandates in general and data center consolidation in particular focus the need for this solution.


Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO, said, "CIT likes to invest in entrepreneurs with innovative ideas that tackle real challenges. With the explosive growth of new computing tools and Internet traffic, energy needs at data centers keep mounting. Servhawk's solutions address this growing need with new software that improves efficiencies and reduces costs."


Denis Yaro, Servhawk CEO, said, "CIT's investment is an important milestone for Servhawk as we grow our company. In addition to attracting other private investors, the CIT relationship helps us expand our marketing efforts and reach our target customers."


The CIT GAP Funds make seed-stage equity investments in Virginia-based technology and life sciences companies with high potential for achieving rapid growth and generating significant economic return. Drawing on the CIT GAP Funds model, CIT developed the CEF in partnership with the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) to identify and fund commercially ready, innovative green technology companies located in Virginia. The CEF is capitalized by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding provided by the Department of Energy (DOE). For a list of portfolio companies, please visit the GAP Funds website.


Tom Weithman, CIT Vice President and CIT GAP Funds Managing Director, said of the GAP Funds, "We offer entrepreneurs like Denis Yaro access to scarce early-stage capital, while leveraging public and private investments with the potential to generate extraordinary economic returns for Virginia."


The CIT investment coincides with Governor McDonnell's proclamation naming October as Energy Month in Virginia. As part of the designation, the Governor will host three national energy events in Richmond.


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2 desktop computers sought for a Parent Resource Center for Augusta County Schools 

Got 2 desktop computers floating around that could have a 2nd life? 

Robert Bloom of the Special Education Advisory Committee for Augusta County Schools (Parent Resource Center Committee) is looking to find two.


Details from Mr. Bloom:
Our goal is to provide a clearing house of information for parents, educators, and the general public covering as many issues as possible facing those experiencing the challenges of special needs children about to enter, in, and departing the education stream, public or private. The SEAC would appreciate any available assistance in acquiring a pair of desktop computers capable of internet access/searching, cd-rom access, and dvd playback. By no means would the computers need to be new, but we would like them to be identical operating systems, presentable, and benefited from a virus scan/purge. They would be the focal point of a building the Augusta County School Board would provide to house the Parent Resource Center.




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"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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