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November 1, 2014  
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FIRST Lego League (FLL) Harrisonburg regional competition. Sat., Nov. 8, 2014; all are welcome. FREE
Registration is open: Share Fair, Nov. 8, Bridgewater College; Sat., Nov. 8, 2014;
Tech on the Square: Mash Up! Ice House; Harrisonburg, Tue., Nov 11
Webinar: PBMares with an update on the Affordable Care Act; Nov. 13
Open Source Staunton: So you want to run a profitable tech business? Tue., Nov. 11
CIT's preview of: Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF)
FIRST Lego League (FLL) Harrisonburg regional competition
Sat., Nov. 8, 2014; JMU ISAT Bldg, 8:00 - 3:00 pm. Free. Everyone welcome to check it out!
JMU College of Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT/CS bldg)
(To compete, you must be part of a team, and be registered.) 
FIRST Lego League 2014
2014 theme: FLL World Class, Learning Unleashed



VA-DC FIRST Lego League (FLL) competition at JMU's ISAT bldg -- free and all are welcome to see what it's all about. Prepare for noise and excitement! And ROBOTICS!! And Legos!


Imagine a program so engaging that students across the globe can't wait to learn. Imagine kids solving problems that have a real, meaningful impact on the world today. Imagine students having fun, working together and practicing relevant science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills in a whole new way.

FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) brings these visions to life through an exciting alliance between two world-class organizations: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®) and The LEGO Group.


Interested in lending some elbow grease on Nov 8th at the Shenandoah Valley regional competition?? Here are the positions you can help with -- NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE OR TECHNICAL KNOW-HOW required! VA-DC FLL Volunteering info


Just want to see what it's all about? Come and walk in, and bring some potential new FLL-ers. The Nov 8th regional competition is a great place to get acquainted:


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Registration is open: Share Fair, Nov. 8, Bridgewater College
Sat., Nov. 8, 2014; Bridgewater College 
Intended for: The public. Teachers. Students. 
Registration -- choose between public, teacher, or volunteer

Some of the participants will include: Anatomy in Clay Centers; Augusta Health; Boy Scouts of America; Bridgewater College; Murder at Old Fields Forensic Science; Explore More Discovery Museum;                KEVA planks; Discovery Kids Puterbugs; STEM Tot Academy; the Jane Goodall Institute; The Nature Conservancy; Virginia FIRST Robotics. SPACE FOR THE PUBLIC WILL BE LIMITED.


More info about Share Fair:  or the site: (Choose between public, teacher, or volunteer)


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Tech on the Square: Mash Up!
Ice House, 127 W Bruce St., Harrisonburg; 6 pm 
Tue., Nov 11, 2014
Tech On The Square | Mash-Up

SVTC, ASQ-BlueRidge section, and ICE @ JMU are inviting their members, newsletter readers, collaborators, partners -and all who are interested in talking technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship- to the Ice House in Harrisonburg.


In the spirit of collaboration -perhaps paired with pizza, beer, and some nifty technology in a cool place- let's gather!


The plan:

Tour the ICE @ JMU space. Mix and mingle. Eat some munchies and pizza, drink some beer (and/or other libations from the cash bar). Ask the "Inventor In Residence" questions about the 3-D printers and other tech that is available. Folks from  4-VA will explain what they do and how 4-VA connects four Virginia universities. Mary Lou Bourne, JMU Tech Innovation, Carol Hamilton, JMU Center for Entrepreneurship, Nicky Swayne, SVTC, and Kevin Groth and Norval Johnston with ASQ BlueRidge Section will all be there.

AND -- let's not forget-- ENTREPRENEURS. Early stage eentrepreneurs well-on-their-way entrepreneurs. All of them are invited. | Let' mash it up and see what develops when these people meet!

Please register so that we can pre-print your nametag and order the right-size cash bar. (Bring cash and business cards!) 

Click to Register
Nov 11: Tech On The Square


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Webinar; register first; Thu., Nov 13, 2014
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Webinar, Nov 13

PBMares is hosting a webinar designed to help employers with 50 or more employees with latest regulations of Affordable Care Act, entitled: Affordable Care Act Update



The U.S. Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service continue to issue regulations that will govern this complex law. There are many decisions that small businesses need to make now to take advantage of the provisions of the new law. This webinar will provide the latest information and how it will impact small business. Attendees will also learn about ongoing court controversies over the ACA.


This webinar was designed for business owners, CEOs, CFOs and HR professionals.


During the webinar, the presenters will provide an introduction and overview of transition rules for 2015, new reporting requirements, required notices, pending non-discrimination rules, setting expectations for 2015 renewal rates, industry trends, and product innovation.


Registration required by 11/11: PBMares webinar registration


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Open Source Staunton: So you want to run a profitable tech business?
LightCastle Technology Complex, Staunton 
Tue., Nov 11, 2014, 6 pm

Open Source Staunton
Nov. 11 | Meet Up

Let's face it. The technology business landscape is pretty crowded, making it a challenge to make your tech business profitable. It can be done though! Join us for a talk from Johnnie Barr that will give you 5 specific, effective ideas and systems that will improve your bottom line.


Meet Up | Registration 



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CIT's preview of: Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF)

CIT Transparent  The Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) advances science- and technology-based research, development, and commercialization to drive economic growth in Virginia. In support of these goals, Governor McAuliffe and the General Assembly appropriated $2.8 million to the Fund for each year, FY2015 and FY2016. 


CIT is pleased to preview the CRCF FY2015 solicitation, which will be issued in mid-November. Governor McAuliffe and the General Assembly appropriated $2.8 million to the Fund for FY2015 for programs targeting Virginia's public and private colleges and universities, the private sector, nonprofit research institutions, and political subdivisions. Programs offered this round are: Commercialization, Eminent Researcher Recruitment, Facilities Enhancement Loan, Matching Funds, SBIR Matching Funds, and STTR Matching Funds. 


Visit for eligibility and other high-level program information. Complete criteria will be discussed in program-specific guidelines and other materials, available when the RFP is issued. CRCF staff will begin fielding questions at that time via


CRCF advances research and commercialization, drives economic growth, creates and fosters high-potential technology companies, and strengthens collaboration and partnerships between the public and private sectors. Technology sectors eligible for CRCF funding are drawn from the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap, which identifies research areas worthy of economic development and institutional focus in Virginia.


Interested in learning about previous solicitations? Visit for a complete list of awardees and to access CRCF Annual Reports.


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