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October 2, 2015
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SVTC Tech on the Wharf (Oct. 8)
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
SVTC's Oct. Bits and Grits (Oct 20)
Member News: Jennifer Shirkey elected chair of the Virginia State Bar Association's Trusts and Estate
CIT Announces Demo Day for EMERGE Wearable Technology Program (Sept 23)
Welcome new Level III member: Total Technology Management
Welcome back Level III member JMU Research and Scholarship
Welcome back Level II member Highspeed Link
Welcome back Level I member People Places
Welcome back Level I member Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board
SVTC Tech on the Wharf
Thu., Oct. 8, 5:30-7:30pm, Staunton, VA | Lightcastle, 9 Middlebrook Ave.

Creating lots of technology? This is your crowd. Busily using technology? This is ALSO your crowd! Tech on the Wharf in Staunton is back!
Modeled after our popular Tech on the Square in Harrisonburg, we'll network, have a beer or other beverage, snack on pizza, and talk tech & business. Members and non-members are welcome! 

Thank you, Tamara and crew at  Lightcastle Technical Consulting for being the beverage sponsor, and thanks to Craig et al at Lingo Networks for bringing some pizza to snack on.  

Registration is appreciated -- that way we know how much pizza to bring and we can pre-print nametags for everyone. 

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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

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.

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
For more information visit:

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 |SCCF 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.

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.

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Lenhart Pettit PC is pleased to announce that Jennifer E. Shirkey, of our Harrisonburg office, has begun her term as Chair of the Virginia State Bar's Trusts & Estates Section for 2015-16. ( Jennifer leads the Trusts and Estates Section of the State Bar which is comprised of over 1,800 estate planning attorneys and which promotes the statewide exchange of ideas among estate planners. The Section's activities include publishing regular newsletters and organizing a continuing legal education seminar in 3 locations across Virginia each fall. It
recently co-sponsored a free health care directive training webinar for over 80 lawyers. Attendees pledged to accept referrals from a nonprofit legal aid organization to prepare a health care directive for a client free of charge. Jennifer has been a member of the Section's board since 2012.

Jennifer concentrates her practice in estate planning, employee benefits, tax, and business law. She assists families and individuals with their trust and estate needs daily and serves as an Assistant Commissioner of Accounts for Harrisonburg & Rockingham County.

CIT Announces Demo Day for EMERGE Wearable Technology Program
CIT and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Demo Day to showcase companies that are creating innovative wearable technology for first responders
September 10, 2015 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today that this year's EMERGE Accelerator program will culminate with a Demo Day in San Francisco on September 23rd. The EMERGE program is a unique public-private partnership that was launched earlier this year to help speed the delivery of the latest innovative wearable technologies for first responders.
The Demo Day will showcase the entrepreneurs who have participated in the EMERGEprogram as they present their companies to a group of accredited investors and other government and industry stakeholders from across the county. Participating companies include several startups from the TechWildcatters Accelerator, along with a number of more mature early stage companies from the TechNexus Venture Collaborative. The event will showcase a wide range of innovative technologies such as mouth guards that use bone conduction technology for communication; devices for sensory impaired users that can help first responders locate people in challenging environments; a triage language translator for patients to communicate with first responders; and protective gloves with embedded equipment controls to remotely control devices.
The program, a partnership of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and CIT, is part of a larger DHS S&T initiative to engage entrepreneurs and their innovative ideas and technologies for the homeland security mission. CIT selected two business accelerators Tech Wildcatters, of Dallas, Tx. and TechNexus, of Chicago, Il. to discover and foster innovative individuals and companies with commercial wearable technology for first responder operations.  Both TechNexus and Tech Wildcatters held individual events in their respective cities over the past few weeks to showcase the participating companies.
Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO, said, "CIT's mission for 30 years has been to drive innovation and entrepreneurship to solve societal challenges and create new economic opportunities. This partnership with DHS S&T is a continuation of our efforts, and we are honored to be a part of their innovative procurement efforts, as they find the latest wearable technologies to help our first responders."
For more information on EMERGE go to and follow us on social media at #TechEMERGE.


About the Center for Innovative Technology,
Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been Virginia's primary driver of innovation and entrepreneurship. CIT accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies through commercialization, capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology start-up companies and advanced technology consumers. 
About Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate,
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) conducts basic and applied research, development, demonstration, testing and evaluation activities, and serves as the scientific and analytical core of DHS. S&T supports the Homeland Security Enterprise in six core areas borders and maritime security, cybersecurity, chemical and biological defense, countering explosives, enhancing resilience, and first responder safety and security. S&T is changing the way the federal government conducts research and development through novel approaches. 
About Tech Wildcatters,
Located in Dallas, Tx., Tech Wildcatters is the world's only B2B seed accelerator on the Forbes Top 10 and ranked #8 in the U.S., according to Inc. and TechCrunch. This mentor-driven program focuses on high-growth, technology startups. Tech Wildcatters is committed to growing the innovation community by connecting entrepreneurs with the resources they need. What makes Tech Wildcatters unique is the focus on customer and market development, and not just funding. We turn people into entrepreneurs and startups into companies. In 2015, Tech Wildcatters will have funded 68 companies, helped create over 250 jobs and has 4 exits. 
About TechNexus Venture Collaborative,
TechNexus, of Chicago, Il., is redefining venture development and investing, because we believe incumbent companies and industry leaders are facing challenges like never before. We host, mentor and invest in growth-stage startups that are willing to work with larger businesses to reach customers and markets faster, better and more profitably. We engage with corporations to identify, source and manage ventures as first customers, partners, licensees, and or investors.
This material is based on research sponsored by the U.S. Air Force Academy under agreement
number FA7000-14-2-0002. The U.S. Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for
Governmental purposes notwithstanding any copyright notation thereon.

Highlighting New Level III Member
Total Technology Management

Total Technology Management (TTM) has been providing communications services in the Shenandoah Valley since 1993. TTM has built a diversified corporation with customers in Education, Healthcare, Industrial, Commercial, and Business in the Valley and surrounding areas.  

Some of the services we provide are:

* Telephone systems (We are authorized NEC distributors, and direct 8x8 partners; we also service a number of other phone system brands.)
* Data solutions including wiring for voice, data, video, and audio
* Wifi solutions for business, education, healthcare, etc.
* Nurse call
* Wander Management
* Situational Awareness
* Access Control
* Audio and Video Surveillance
* Mass communication
* IT Support 24x7
* Data backup and recovery
* Data network engineering and installation
* Network Monitoring
* Environmental Monitoring
* Paging
* Indoor and outdoor cable plant (Copper, Fiber and Coax)
* GPS Tracking for Fleet and Offenders


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JMU Research and Scholarship

The mission of Research and Scholarship is to develop and advance academic and scholarly endeavors by leveraging resources through research, public service and engagement to foster innovative discovery and advancement for the university, local, regional, state, national and global communities. The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is one of the many regional economic development activities facilitated by Research and Scholarship.

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Rural Broadband Network Services LLC t/a highspeedLINK is an IP-based communications provider with headquarters located in Harrisonburg, VA. We provide products and services to customers in Rockingham, Page, Augusta and Shenandoah Counties, including local and long distance telephone services, IP video services, data services for Internet access and wide-area networking. Our focus is on providing communications to under served areas in rural communities. We also offer alternatives to wire-line telecommunications with our advanced microwave technologies. Our micro-data center can hold thousands of terabytes of data and is connected to a major fiber backbone and is located in close proximity to our customers for on-site access.

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People Places

People Places is a nonprofit therapeutic foster care agency in Staunton, Harrisonburg and Charlottesville.

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Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board

The Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board is the designated Regional Workforce Convener of business, economic development, education, and human services agencies to focus on community workforce issues and the development of solutions for a skilled labor force at the regional level. The SVWDB is the federal recipient of federal job training funds for 16 localities in Northwestern Virginia operating job training programs in five Valley Workforce Centers. The SVWDB actively seeks additional funding to support numerous workforce initiatives to advance the region/s workforce. Valley OJT is one such innovative workforce solution that has provided over $2.4 million in federal grant funding to employers as wage subsidies for on-the-job training of new hires. The SVWDB has just received a $4 million federal grant to support registered apprenticeships to include providing funding to manufacturing businesses who create new apprenticeship programs.

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