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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 Level III Member: Rockingham Memorial Hospital

Welcome Back Member: JMU's Information Technology Department

Welcome Back Member: Lenhart Obenshain PC

In Case you Missed our October Luncheon on Crowdfunding & the JOBS Act ... Presentation Available

Remember to Register & Post your Internship Opportunites: Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP)

Governor McDonnell Announces Regulatory Reform Initiative

Year-End Tax Planning Opportunities: November 1, 2012

SV-SBDC's Start Smart Sessions

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 Level III Member:  Rockingham Memorial Hospital


Please join us in thanking RMH for their level III membership renewal.  RMH's strong support of the SVTC is much appreciated.  A special thank you goes to Mike Rozmus who serves on the SVTC Board of Directors.


Rockingham Memorial Hospital, located in Harrisonburg, VA, is a 238-bed community hospital providing the best in healthcare services since 1912. We serve a seven-county area with a population of close to 200,000, admitting more than 15,500 inpatients and delivering close to 1,750 babies per year. RMH is a member of Sentara Healthcare.


For more information visit or call (540) 689-1000.



Welcome Back Member:  JMU's Information Technology Department


Our thanks to JMU's Information Technology Department for their membership renewal.  Welcome back!

Information Technology at James Madison University is an essential element of academic life, enabling study, research and personal communication. As a means to excellence in achieving its education, research and service missions, the University provides and supports computing and electronic communication services for all its students, faculty and staff. The department is headed by AVP Dale Hulvey.


For more information visit or call (540) 568-7063.



Welcome Back Member:  Lenhart Obenshain PC


Our thanks to Lenhart Obenshain for their membership renewal.


Lenhart Obenshain offers superior legal representation and services to business and individual clients throughout Virginia and West Virginia. Whether as a legal counselor in business or financial matters or as an advocate in litigation, we partner with our clients to help them protect and transition their businesses, investments, intellectual property and resources. Lenhart


Obenshain attorneys have been named in a variety of publications including Virginia Business magazine's Legal Elite, Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America©. With offices in Charlottesville and Harrisonburg, the firm has big firm sophistication of practice with small firm responsiveness to client needs.


For more information visit or call (540) 437-3113.



In Case you Missed our October Luncheon on Crowdfunding & the JOBS Act ... Presentation Available

From time to time our speakers will provide a copy of their presentation so those who missed the event may view the program online.  Mike Drzal has kindly allowed us to post his presentation on our website luncheon presentations webpage.

October 18, 2012:  Mike Drzal, Chair of Technology and Venture Capital Practice at LeClairRyan, gave his presentation on Crowdfunding and the JOBS Act  "Where Angels Fear to Tread."  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. Click here to visit our luncheon presentations webpage.

Please remember these presentations are for information only, and we ask that you do not copy or use without permission.  Thank you.



Remember to register and post internship opportunities: Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP)

The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is a partner in the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) -  a service provided by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia.


We hope you will seriously consider taking advantage of this outstanding opportunity and participate such that the Shenandoah Valley and the SVTC are well represented as a program partner.


The CSIIP will be opened to students for application beginning November 1, 2012  ....  so now is the time to register and post your internship opportunities.

Using a centralized web-based system, this free program connects companies and their available internships with students by offering:

  • companies the opportunity to enter company and internship information for summer 2013, and
  • students from all accredited Virginia universities, colleges and community colleges the opportunity to submit their application packages  

Participating companies are given access to a searchable applicant pool that they can use in making selections for direct hire.  There is no charge for companies or students.  Students will be able to start submitting applications on November 1st, and companies should get started listing internships in September and October.


Visit the CSIIP website to learn more and to become a company partner:   After you register and enter your internship opportunities, click on the "Internship Search" icon on your company's CSIIP portal to see how your internship opportunities will be displayed to students searching for internships in various technology council-mapped geographic areas.




Governor McDonnell Announces Regulatory Reform Initiative


Citizens, stakeholders encouraged to submit regulations for elimination or modificationRegReform.Virginia.Gov will serve as one-stop portal for citizens to submit ideas 

RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell today announced the launch of the Governor's Regulatory Reform initiative and creation of a new portal for citizens to submit ideas for regulatory reform. Governor McDonnell has also charged regulatory agencies to conduct a comprehensive review of regulations currently in place and repeal regulations that are unnecessary or no longer in use, reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens on individuals, businesses, and other regulated groups, and identify statutes that require unnecessary or overly burdensome regulations. The initiative is an extension of Governor McDonnell's efforts as Attorney General to eliminate unnecessary and burdensome regulations through his Task Force on Regulatory and Government Reform. The task force made more than 300 recommendations to streamline Virginia's Administrative Code, and reduce burdensome government regulation.
Speaking about the launch, Governor McDonnell said, "While the regulations contained in the Virginia Administrative Code are important parts of ensuring the safety and well-being of Virginians, these regulations can sometimes also be unnecessarily burdensome on the people and job creators of the Commonwealth.  Unnecessary administrative burdens hamper job creation by Virginia employers. Smart regulatory reform will produce a freer and better environment for citizens and businesses.  The initiative launched today will result in a reduction in unnecessary regulations and regulatory burdens, and I look forward to receiving recommendations from citizens and business people who understand firsthand the intended and unintended consequences of regulations." Governor McDonnell continued, "All regulatory activity should be undertaken with the least possible intrusion in the lives of the citizens of the Commonwealth consistent with protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Virginia. Proposed and final regulations should make state government more efficient and should make Virginia a better place to live and work."
As part of this initiative, Governor McDonnell welcomes recommendations from citizens and stakeholders regarding regulations that are overly burdensome and where reform is appropriate. They may submit their recommendations, here: www.RegReform.Virginia.Gov.


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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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Year-End Tax Planning Opportunities: November 1 2012, 3:30-4:30pm 

SBDC Offices

This program is offered by the SV-SBDC.

What will 2013 look like for your business, employees, and individual tax planning?

With the fiscal cliff and major provisions of healthcare reform looming on the horizon, taxpayers and businesses are faced with uncertainty as well as many tax planning opportunities.
Join us for an overview of significant tax issues that will affect businesses and individuals, as well as an in-depth look at the Bush-era tax cuts and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Presented by Nick Perrine, CPA, PBGH, LLP.
Fee: $10

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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

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