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SVTC Luncheon - Where Angels Fear to Tread: October 18, 2012

SVTC Bits & Grits: October 16, 2012

FIRST Lego League STAUNTON & HARRISONBURG: Looking for Volunteers

Thanks to CEMSI & BRCC for Providing a Special Inside Look to our Members

Welcome Back Member: Patrick Barker

Welcome New Member: Mark McCoy

Welcome Back Member: Frank Tamberrino

Launch of the Virginia Center of Cyber Excellence Web Site

CIT to Host Hackathons to Cut Through K-12 Big Data

Virginia Conference on World Trade: October 17-19, 2012

Harrisonburg Clean Energy Odyssey Day: October 18, 2012

Virginia Business Incubation Association Annual Conference: October 22-23, 2012

Startup Weekend, Charlottesville: October 26-28, 2012

SVTC Luncheon October:
Where Angels Fear to Tread

October 18, 2012, 11:45am-1:15pm

The Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg

(Networking begins at 11:45am)

Speaker:  Mike Drzal, Chair of Technology and Venture Capital Practice, LeClairRyan.

Crowdfunding and the JOBS Act.  Crowdfunding has been widely touted as the answer to every company's fundraising challenges. Not so fast. Crowdfunding may address some limited fundraising needs, but it may foreclose others, including angel and VC funding. Think ahead and look before you leap.


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



(For more info on the JOBS Act and crowdfunding, you could read more on Wikipedia:




Bits & Grits

Tuesday, October 16, 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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FIRST Lego League STAUNTON & HARRISONBURG:  Looking for Volunteers


Staunton's FLL competition is on November 17th and we have received a request for volunteers to help them with judging and refereeing.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Susan Jenny at


...A note on the Harrisonburg FLL competition scheduled for November 3rd.  The SVTC is a sponsor of this event and we are proud that members of our organization step up to help.  Volunteers are always needed, so if you have half a day to give on November 3rd or on December 8th or 9th (for the state-level competition) please send us a note  - -Previous experience is NOT needed   ...   Come out and experience a BIG happy crowd of 9 - 14 year olds (with coaches and parents in tow) filling JMU's ISAT halls with excitement and chatter.

For more information on the competition visit SVTC's FIRST Lego League Page.



The SVTC Thanks CEMSI & BRCC for Providing a Special Inside Look to our Members


On Wednesday, October 10th, SVTC members were treated to a tour of ComSonics Electronic Manufacturing Services Incorporated (CEMSI) followed by a tour of the new Advanced Manufacturing Center at Blue Ridge Community College.


Our thanks to our wonderful hosts from CEMSI and BRCC ... everyone truly appreciated the opportunity to tour your facilities and learn more about your organizations. 

BRCC Tour Dr. Downey Demo to Group

Dr. Downey, President, BRCC, demonstrating the manufacturing simulator at the BRCC technology center to  SVTC members


Welcome Back Member:  Patrick Barker 


A thank you is extended to Patrick Barker for his membership renewal.


Patrick Barker is the Executive Director of the Winchester-Frederick County Economic Development Commission located in Winchester, Virginia.



Welcome New Member: Mark McCoy


Please join us in welcoming Mark McCoy to our membership.


Mark McCoy is an experienced Energy Professional and Certified Energy Manager (CEM).   His background ranges from building controls, energy efficiency, renewables, T&D, and energy analytics.



Welcome Back Member:  Frank Tamberrino


Our thanks to Frank Tamberrino for his membership renewal.


Frank Tamberrino was named President of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce in December 2009. He has over 27 years experience in economic development and Chamber management in Florida and Tennessee before returning to Virginia. Frank earned a B.A. in Urban Affairs and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. He has served on regional and statewide economic development boards, regional planning and workforce development boards and helped create one of the first regional technology councils in Florida in the late 1990s.



Launch of the Virginia Center of Cyber Excellence Web Site

Governor McDonnell, recognizing the importance of cyber security to the Commonwealth and the nation, and the already robust cyber industry in Virginia, created a report showing off everything Virginia has to offer.  Click to view report.

To follow up on this report, the Virginia Center of Cyber Excellence has been launched.  This is a web site whose mission is to educate, engage, and promote all aspects of cyber security in the Commonwealth of Virginia:

The web site is set up to engage the cyber community, allowing them to populate the web site with blog posts, job listings, company listings, and education opportunities.



CIT to Host Hackathons to Cut Through K-12 Big Data

October 19-20, 2012 

Various Locations in Virginia

Events are part of Apps4VA year-long effort to bring creative solutions to solve big data challenge

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) will host a series of hackathons in various locations across Virginia Oct. 19-20.


This is the latest initiative in its Apps4VA partnership with the Virginia Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education to find creative ways to use K-12 data from Virginia's Longitudinal Data System (VLDS).  The hackathons, known as HAC4EDU (Hacking Across the Commonwealth for EDUcation), will be held simultaneously in Richmond, Arlington, Charlottesville, Hampton Roads and Roanoke/Blacksburg on Oct. 19-20.


CIT is inviting programmers and developers for 24 hours of coding using the VLDS data to build innovative applications.


There will be cash prizes in each location and a grand prize awarded. For more details on the hackathons and open competitions, submitting an entry or for access to the data, please visit



Virginia Conference on World Trade: October 17-19, 2012

The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Roanoke, VA


The Key to Growing Your Business Internationally  ...  Expand your international network.

What if you could rub elbows with a strategic partner who can open doors for you in Brazil with a couple of emails? What if the person who asked you to pass the creamer could help you pass your competition in Germany? What if the woman who lent you a pen could help you cut your production costs in half?

Great connections that can take your international business to the next level are waiting to happen. You'll also attend informative workshops, hear compelling speakers, and walk away with new ideas on finding a world of opportunities. 

We've got the key to growing your business internationally at the 64th Virginia Conference on World Trade.

For more information & to register visit


Harrisonburg Clean Energy Odyssey Day

October 18, 2012, 3:00-6:00pm

Turner Pavilion, Liberty St., Harrisonburg


Hosted by Virginia Clean Cities & James Madison University


Showcasing clean energy, transportation technologies and energy efficiency.


Free and open to the public




Virginia Business Incubation Association Annual Conference:  October 22-23, 2012

Double Tree Hotel, Charlottesville

Growing Your Own - Nurturing Entrepreneurial Skills & Small Business Potential.

Repeated studies have shown that the majority of a region's economic growth comes from within and from new or expanding businesses. While business relocations are satisfying, they are not the driving force for success. Learn how to identify and develop the foundations for entrepreneurial success at the 2012 VBIA conference to be held at the Double Tree Hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia, on October 22-23, 2012.

Come and explore leading ideas to increase entrepreneurial and small business vitality in your community. Attendees will be exposed to innovative concepts and best practices from leading practitioners who will provide you with a framework on how to encourage economic growth from within.

For more information and to register visit


"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 Weekend, Charlottesville: October 26-28, 2012

CitySpace, 100 5th Street Northeast, Charlottesville


Update....Keynote Presenter Announced:


Steph Hay, founder of FastCustomer, a 500 Startups Mentor, DC Lean Startup Circle Organizer, and an entrepreneurial rock star, will keynote the event! 


Learn more about Steph

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?


Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.


The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.


All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it's a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.


Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!


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