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FIRST Lego League (FLL) Regional Competition: November 5, 2011

Harrisonburg Economic Development: Business Loan Program

Member News: Alex Phillips, Receives WISPA "Knights of the Black Tie" Award

Welcome Back Level III Member: Rockingham Memorial Hospital

Welcome Back Member: DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design

Welcome Back Member: Lenhart Obenshain PC

Valley SBDC Event - Keeping the Books: November 1, 2011

Make Your Art Your Business: November 4, 2011

Valley SBDC Event - QuickBooks I: November 8 & November 15, 2011

SVTC Bits & Grits: Tuesday, November 15, 2011


FIRST Lego League (FLL) Regional Competition: November 5, 2011, 9:30am-3:30pm

JMU's College of Integrate Science & Technology


The FLL regional competition is quickly approaching. 
Mark your calendars for November 5th and come out and see what all the fuss is about!  Twenty-one enthusiastic teams from the Valley will be competing, which means a BIG happy crowd of 9 - 14 year olds (with coaches and parents in tow) filling JMU's ISAT halls with excitement and chatter...complete with funky hats and blinking gear and noise makers.


The SVTC will be helping during the day, registering the teams first thing, and scorekeeping throughout the day.  A special thank you goes to our board member, Heather Watson -of JMU's School of Engineering- who will help keep a keen eye on the correctness of the scores. Thank you Heather!

Good luck to the BrickBusters and the Stone Spring Eagle Eyes -- both are teams sponsored by the SVTC...Go BrickBusters...Go Stone Spring Eagle Eyes!!!!


Volunteers are always needed, so if you have half a day to give on Nov. 5th or on Dec. 3rd or 4th (for the State competition) please send us a note (info@svtc-va,org) -Previous experience is NOT needed. 


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


T-shirt sponsors needed:


Here's another way to help:

Harrisonburg City Public Schools has 3 newly formed FLL teams this year (Thomas Harrison Middle School, Skyline Middle School and Stone Springs Elementary).  They could use your support in providing a sponsorship for team shirts. Each sponsor will be featured on the back of the shirt. If you are willing to donate to one or more of the schools please contact Amy Sabarre at or 276-340-1335. Please visit to learn more about FLL in Harrisonburg City Public Schools. 



Harrisonburg Economic Development: Business Loan Program

Helping Harrisonburg businesses grow! 


Harrisonburg Economic Development is pleased to announce the launch of our new Business Loan Program to encourage small business development and expansion in Harrisonburg.  We know that there are opportunities for small businesses to grow and thrive, even in challenging economic times - and it is our mission to help those businesses.  

Responding to feedback and requests from local businesses to help provide funding for start-ups and continuing business support, Harrisonburg Economic Development sought out a grant to develop a revolving loan fund.  Providing an alternative to traditional loans, the Business Loan Program makes it easier for small businesses to access necessary funds, as many may not meet traditional loan requirements in the current economic climate.

Application for a loan through the new program will be reviewed, evaluated, and approved by a loan selection committee, appointed by the Economic Development Director.  

For an application and more information on project participation, funding limits and loan structure & terms, please visit: 



Member News:  Alex Phillips, Receives WISPA "Knights of the Black Tie" Award

[Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) is a national organization that works to promote the development, advancement and unification of the wireless Internet service provider industry]


Join us in congratulating Alex Phillips on his receipt of the Knights of the Black Tie award at the 2011 WISPAPALOOZA conference in Las Vegas.


From WISPA's website......

The first annual "Knights of the Black Tie" were presented black ties or black scarfs (for the ladies) in a knighting ceremony led by Executive Director, Rick Harnish. This award presentation was made with Harnish telling the history of the award, which was adopted from the Mid-America Food Processor's Association. MAFPA annually awards the "Knights of the Red Tie" to members of that industry who always "Do More, Instead of Less". Harnish was a recipient of the Red Tie in 1986 and has always strived to carry on that legacy. He recognized early on, the WISP industry is made up of people who also "Do More, Instead of Less". These people work long hours in terrible weather to make sure their local communities are served with broadband. This year's 29 recipients were selected from a group of 80 volunteers who have worked on past or the current Board of Directors, committees or have been long time supporters of WISPA since it's inception.


To view the full announcement visit


Welcome Back Level III Member: Rockingham Memorial Hospital


Our sincere thanks to RMH for their Level III membership renewal.  Their continued strong support of the SVTC is much appreciated.


Rockingham Memorial Hospital is located Harrisonburg, Virginia and has been an integral part of the Shenandoah Valley since 1912. An innovative community-oriented health care provider committed to offering accessible, personalized, and high-quality services in a cost-effective manner, they work in partnership with the local medical community and other local and regional health care resources to ensure that necessary health services are available to all, regardless of their financial status.


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



Welcome Back Member:
DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design


Please join us thanking DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design for their membership renewal.  A special thank you goes to Joey Groah who is currently serving as Vice President of the SVTC -- Thanks Joey! 


DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design is a full service film, video and motion design company focusing on marketing, advertising, branding, corporate communication, and original content creation.


Services include concept generation and planning, scriptwriting, field production, post production, live event production, branding, motion graphic design, and consulting.


Clients range include Fortune 500 companies, internationally known brands, federal, state and local governmental agencies, non-profits, and small businesses. DIGICO works with clients to assess needs and goals, and then formulate concepts to best communicate their story.


For more information visit or call (540) 433-6529.



Welcome Back Member: Lenhart Obenshain PC


Our sincere thanks to Lenhart Obenshain for their recent 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


"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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Valley SBDC Event - Keeping the Books

November 1, 2011, 1:00-5:00pm

PBGH, LLP, 558 South Main, Harrisonburg, VA 

The SV-SBDC is partnering with PBGH, LLP to offer this class.


Do you know what your financial records tell about your business? As a responsible owner or manager, you need to learn the "language of business."

Your business records allow you to monitor cash flow, track deductible expenses, prepare financial statements, and support your tax returns.

In this workshop, you'll learn the fundamentals of basic bookkeeping tasks and how to use your chart of accounts.

You'll learn to record and match revenues & expenses, record receipts & disbursements, handle end-of-period closings, and read financial reports.

This seminar is not software-specific and will apply to any manual or computerized accounting system. It is an excellent foundation course for QuickBooks training.


Fee:  $35


Register here or call 540-568-3227.



Make Your Art Your Business

November 4, 2011, 9:00am-3:30pm
BRCC Fine Arts Center

This is part of The Artist-Entrepreneur Series, co-sponsored by the SV-SBDC and Blue Ridge Community College.

A day of workshops, conversation, and inspiration for artists and crafters seeking to mesh their creative talents with entrepreneurial skills.
Featured Speaker: Barb Polin, Artist/Owner, Solace Studios 



  • Creating A Business Plan, Betty Hoge, SV-SBDC Business Advisor
  • Public Relations/Marketing for Artists, Chris Graham, Augusta Free Press
  • Community Networking, Phil Ungar, Ceramicist, Cedar Hill Pottery
  • Art on the Internet, Deb Booth, Photographer, Different Light Studio

Roundtable Discussions and Lunch included. 

Fee: $35 includes lunch.

Visit SV-SBDC or call BRCC at 540-453-2215 to register.


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Valley SBDC Event - QuickBooks I (2 part course): November 8 & November 15, 2011, 1:00-5:00pm

PBGH, LLP, 558 South Main, Harrisonburg, VA 

The SV-SBDC is partnering with PBGH, LLP to offer this class.


This hands-on course will teach you to set up and use a financial system for your business. Class concludes on 11/15.

You'll work with customer and vendor lists, forms, registers, and bank and credit card accounts; enter sales and payments; enter and pay bills; report and analyze financial data.


This course is taught assuming participants have a basic

understanding of bookkeeping terms and practices. See Keeping the Books workshops for fundamentals. This is an 8-hour course conducted 4 hours each on 11/8 and 11/15.


Fee: $95


Register here or call 540-568-3227.



Bits & Grits

Tuesday, November 15, 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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