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October 11, 2015
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SVTC Luncheon, Wood Grill with guest Anthony Fung (Oct. 15)
Cyber Security Awareness: A Workshop for Businesses (Oct 30)
JMU & Shenandoah Valley Biotech Showcase (Oct 12)
Share Fair Nation, Bridgewater College (Oct 10)
Improving the Problem Solution Generation Process (Oct. 14)
October Invest Local Meet & Greet
Information Technology/eCorp Hiring Event at BRCC
SVTC's Oct. Bits and Grits (Oct 20)
Highlighting Renewing Level III Member: JMU College of Business
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: JMU University Programs
SVTC Luncheon: Value Creation in the Commonwealth Through the Use of Data Analytics 
[Deputy SecTech Anthony Fung]
October 15, 11:45am-1:15pm, Wood Grill, Harrisonburg, VA

Topic summary: Data is a huge asset to the Commonwealth. How do we turn data into value? What are the challenges that have been encountered to get to there? Find out what programs and initiatives the Secretary of Technology has been developing and has underway to help the cause.
Special guest: Dr. Chris Mayfield, JMU (CISE / CS) will update on Apps4Va (
Apps4Va: Education data is used in so many ways-from analyzing enrollment trends to finding ways to improve post secondary and career readiness. Apps4VA is a program that engaged the public in developing fresh and innovative ideas on how to use education data and to develop the tools to do just that! 
Networking begins at 11:45am. Dutch treat. Membership not required. Registering will enable us to bring you a pre-printed nametag.

Our luncheon sponsors: 
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SVTC Offers Mini-Grants Again | Connect with a Board Member by Oct 23

The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is again offering mini-grants in order to grow the Valley's tech community. In order to be considered, interested non-profit teams, projects, or organizations need to connect with a SVTC board member before Oct 23.
As a non-profit, the Shenandoah Valley Tech Council works through its board of directors and three committees to connect with the Valley's tech community. In particular, it is the mission of the Community Outreach Committee (COC) to create and coordinate outreach  programs in the community that develop and highlight the Shenandoah Valley's technology sector, as a career field for students (K16), as a destination for technology businesses, and as place where technology innovation and entrepreneurship happens.

From now until Fri., Oct 23 our board of directors is looking to connect with non-profit teams, projects, and organizations. Board members will want to know all there is to know about the project, team or organization in order to gather sufficient information for members of the COC, who will make the decision on funding. Note: There isn't a form for a grant seeker to fill out; there is not a minimum or maximum Dollar amount we will grant; and we don't know if after this funding round whether there will ever be another one. We have modest funds set aside for the fall 2015 distribution.

Goals: We are looking to develop the local tech sector as 1) a career field for students (K16), 2) as a destination for technology businesses, and 3) as place where technology innovation and entrepreneurship happens. 

Connect with a SVTC board member asap, tell her/him how your non-profit project, team, or organization does those things now, and how funds from us would enhance and further develop these things. Invite that board member to meet with you, show him or her what you do. Get connected: find a SVTC Board member and tell your story; or ask Nicky to connect you with your favorite one. Time is of the essence as all info needs to be gathered, pictures taken, questions answered, etc by Oct 23. (Funds will be disbursed in early Dec.) 

In the spring of 2015, we funded several local non-profit projects, teams and organizations. This summer, we asked them how our funds made a difference. Here is Chris Martin / Shen Valley Governor's School with how our funds made a difference for robotics and the FIRST Lego League (FLL) at the school.  

SVTC mini-grant to SVGC spring 2015
SVTC mini-grant to SVGC spring 2015

CyberSecurity Workshop Oct 30
October 30, 2015 | Ice House | Harrisonburg | $30 | Pre-registration required

This workshop is especially designed for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore practical tools and techniques that can help them assess, enhance, and maintain the security of their systems and information.
This special event is made available through a collaboration between JMU's ISAT & Computer Science Dept. in the College of Integrated Science and Engineering, the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council.
On Fri., Oct 30, 2015 (8am-12pm) we will welcome Pat Toth from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for a keynote talk, and attendees will participate in an interactive session, hear from university panelists, and connect with resources.
  • How to protect your business from intentional attacks or unintentional damage by well-meaning employees
  • How to guard against the embarrassment, legal liability or decreased productivity of security breaches
  • How to evaluate security tools and techniques based on your needs
Speaker: Patricia (Pat) Toth, is the Project Leader for the Security Outreach and Integration Computer Security Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
This workshop is a part of NIST's outreach program. It is designed to make NIST resources more accessible to the small business owner, arming small businesses with specific techniques to improve their Information Security practices.  For additional information about NIST and small business community see

JMU and Shenandoah Valley Biotech Showcase
Monday, October 12, 10:30am, JMU

Hosted by VirginiaBIO, James Madison University, the Shenandoah Valley Partnership and public and private, together they highlight education and industry innovations in the biotech arena in the Shenandoah Valley.
This event will bring together businesses engaged in the bio sector, regional research assets and academic partners, marketing and economic development professionals to highlight exciting bio innovations in the Shenandoah Valley and the surrounding region.  Attendees will discuss current research and academic offerings related to bio at JMU, Blue Ridge Community College, and other workforce partners, and identify opportunities for networking, collaboration and business development.  The day will end with a casual Beer & Biotech event in downtown Harrisonburg.
JMU offers the state's only undergraduate biotechnology degree, and the Valley is home to leading bio companies making advancements in human and animal health, agricultural and industrial bio, health care delivery and manufacturing.  Join us as we learn more about public and private university-based bio assets in this region.

Share Fair Nation
October 10, 9:00am-4:30pm, Bridgewater College

Share Fair Nation is coming back to the Shenandoah Valley for the second year in a row!
Come to Bridgewater College on Saturday, October 10, for a transformative-and fun-learning adventure! We're helping teachers bring innovation and technology into their classrooms, and we're teaching kids to love STEAM-science, technology, engineering, the arts and math-with hands-on, interactive activities and experiments.

This event is for:
  • Elementary, high school, and higher ed educators and administrators from across the Shenandoah Valley who'd like a rare opportunity to learn from the nation's best in classroom technology integration and instruction. 
  • Students, Families, and Learners of All Ages: you can register for STEMosphere┬«, a FREE, interactive science and technology playground! Learners of all ages can explore, invent and experiment with engineers, scientists, chefs, educators, artists and other experts.
  • Exhibitors: This is your chance to share your hands-on, minds-on projects and activities with learners of all ages from all over the Shenandoah Valley! 
  • Also seeking: Volunteers
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Improving the Problem Solution Generation Process
October 14 2015, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm | Plecker Center at Blue Ridge Community College


Organizations and individuals are always trying to solve analytical and/or creative problems. Far too often, the process of brainstorming is relied on as the primary method to help identify potential solutions. However, there are more powerful options available that are more rigorous and typically generate a greater number of possibilities that are likely to be more potent and reliable.

This 1-day workshop will present several additional options that can provide triggers to improve the solution generation process by thinking about a system from different perspectives.

About the Workshop Leader: Duke Okes has worked in the quality profession for more than 35 years, first as a quality engineer with TRW Automotive, and since 1985 as an independent consultant, trainer, speaker and author. He is an ASQ Fellow, is ASQ CMQ/OE, CQE and CQA certified, and holds degrees in technology, business and education. He is the author of two books covering some of the core skills for process management, "Root Cause Analysis: The Core of Problem Solving and Corrective Action" and "Performance Metrics: The Levers for Process Management," as well as dozens of articles on these and other quality management topics. 

Cost: ASQ Members & Non-Members - $225

Registration deadline: Friday, October 9, 2015 (Noon)




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October Invest Local Meet & Greet
October 15 2015, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
@ Staunton Creative Fund Office: 10 Byers St. Second Floor, Staunton VA 24401

Do you have a passion for a project that needs funding? Are you looking for a way to get more local dollars into the community? Are you interested in changing the way money flows into our neighborhoods? do!!!
Join us for an evening for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and new friendships as we bring together the faces of the Invest Local Project: makers, entrepreneurs, investors and supporters.

We're building the networks for a thriving local economy and opening opportunities for local investing.
All are welcome!
Project presenters are encouraged to contact the Staunton Creative Community Fund at (540) 213-0333 prior to the event.  To RSVP or see who else is attending, also checkout our facebook event online here.

Sentara's Healthcare IT is Hiring | Event at BRCC (10/17)
Saturday, October 17, 9:00am-3:00pm, BRCC

There will be a Sentara Healthcare Information Technology/eCorp hiring event at Blue Ridge Community College
in the Robert E. Plecker Workforce Center.
Sentara Healthcare is seeking entry-level eCorp Analysts interested in Part Time/Full Time-Temporary work in an Information Technology project through 12/2016. These positions will be located in the areas of Harrisonburg and Charlottesville, VA. Candidates must be willing commit to at least 16 hours/week, up to 40+hours/week.
  • Customer Service and Basic Computer skills required
  • Flexible schedule
  • Earn $15.75/hour
  • Train from  home
  • Opportunity to gain experience in two of the nation's fastest growing fields, Healthcare and Information Technology
You will have the opportunity to meet with managers and recruiters on site, so bring your resume!

Apply online at | Keyword search: 67433BR

SVTC's Bits and Grits
October 20, 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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JMU College of Business

The JMU College of Business is a learning community committed to excellence in preparing students to be engaged, principled business professionals and leaders; advancing scholarship in business disciplines; and enhancing organizational performance through our outreach activities. The traditional business degrees in the college are fully accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, an honor achieved by fewer than 5% of business programs worldwide. Our undergraduate program is consistently ranked in the top 20 public undergraduate business programs in the U.S. and our Information Security MBA was recently ranked #12 overall and #3 for student engagement by U.S. News & World Report in their first ranking of online MBA programs. JMU business programs ensure students graduate with the knowledge, tools, and practice to become collaborative business partners, engaged with ideas and the world. Our graduates accelerate quickly in their careers building off of the interpersonal, team, and other skills they develop in the College. Students and the community engage in College of Business experiences through the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Center for Professional Sales, the Center for Economic Education, and consulting and community service projects. More information available at:

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JMU University Programs

University Programs at James Madison University is the central location for students, faculty and the university community to receive services and support regarding the Center for Assessment and Research Studies, General Education Program, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IdLS), the Honors Program and University Advising. University Programs is the Dean's office for Undeclared students, and coordinates some university-wide academic projects, including the Honor Code Test and the registration of new freshmen and transfer students into appropriate first-semester courses. Within University Programs, the Center for Assessment and Research Studies provides quality assessment service to the university while providing applied graduate training in both assessment and measurement. The General Education Program is the core academic program required of all students, regardless of their major, educating students in ways that have been fundamental to higher education and to thinking people for centuries. IdLS is a liberal arts and sciences major that is cooperatively produced by three different colleges (Arts and Letters, Integrated Science and Engineering, and Education). The IdLS major provides content-area education for future teachers, and is designed to prepare students to meet subject area competencies required for teacher licensure in Virginia. The Honors Program seeks to meet the educational needs of talented, highly motivated students by offering increased opportunities for an enriched and demanding curriculum. University Advising focuses on the implementation of advising practices across the majors.

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