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Room for a Few More: SVTC Members-only Event, Tour of CEMSI & BRCC with Lunch: October 10, 2012.....Register Today

SVTC Bits & Grits: October 16, 2012

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

Welcome Member: College of Integrated Science & Engineering, JMU

Internships Of The 21st Century ... DNR Article

Member News: CIT Launches New Website

Member News: CIT Hires Sandie Terry for Broadband Services

College Knowledge Challenge: $2.5M Fund to Develop Innovative Apps on Facebook

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..Update...Keynote Presenter Announced

SVTC Members-only Event:

Tour of CEMSI & BRCC with Lunch

October 10 2012, 11:00am - 1:15pm


 << We have one spot left .... >>


Membership has its privileges ... on October 10th SVTC members will have the opportunity to tour ComSonics Electronic Manufacturing Services Incorporated (CEMSI) followed by a tour and lunch at the new Advanced Technology Center at Blue Ridge Community College. 


ComSonics Electronic Manufacturing Services Incorporated (CEMSI): formed in 1999, CEMSI provides complete electronics assembly and manufacturing services to customers worldwide. CEMSI's key processes are fully automated, maintaining the latest technology in electronics assembly and testing. Among other things, CEMSI is a manufacturer of high mix, high technology and high reliability electronic assemblies, PTH & Wave soldering, automated conformal coating, short run prototyping and pre-production prototyping. CEMSI is an ISO 9001:2008 registered company.
Their facility:

Blue Ridge Community College:  The new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center at Blue Ridge Community College will support program enhancements in Manufacturing, Computer & Electronics, Mechanical Design and Physics.  It will help address the workforce development needs of local employers. 
Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center:

At CEMSI we will tour the production floor before the lunch break starts (and the employees will still be  working).  At BRCC, President John Downey will provide participants with a tour of the new Advanced Manufacturing Center.  The Center is already playing a vital role in economic development in the region; it hosts the College's mechanical engineering, manufacturing technology, mechatronics, alternative energy and bioprocessing classes, to name a few. Come see how local businesses are benefitting from the state of the art equipment and training provided by Blue Ridge Community College.   This tour will be followed by lunch hosted by BRCC.


11:00am (prompt) - Meet at CEMSI for welcome and tour  (address for CEMSI is780 Keezletown Road, Weyers Cave)

11:45am - Drive over to Blue Ridge Community College (see map).  Please park in the lots near the South Entrance and walk to the Advanced Technology Building link to directions to the college/parking 


12:00 noon  -  Convene at the Advanced Technology Center at BRCC for tour followed by lunch
There is limited capacity for this members-only event and registration is required:  


Register: October 10, 2012 Member-only Tour of CEMSI & BRCC 

(various attendance options on the form)


(note: registration form will automatically stop accepting reservations when we reach full capacity)


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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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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:




Welcome Member: College of Integrated Science & Engineering, JMU


Our thanks to JMU's newly formed College of Integrated Science & Engineering for their membership in the SVTC.


The College of Integrated Science and Engineering is focused providing students the opportunity to apply science, math, technology and engineering to solve challenging human problems. Our Computer Science, Engineering, and Integrated Science and Technology departments bring faculty with a wide-range of background and experience (incl. business and industrial experience) together to teach and to research cutting-edge applications.  While the College is newly formed in 2012, our departments have decades of experience in interacting with partners in the Valley and beyond.  


More information is available at or call (540) 568-2752.


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Internships Of The 21st Century


[Reprinted with permission]

Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, VA) - Monday, October 1, 2012; Author: EMILY SHARRER


HARRISONBURG - The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is in the beginning stages of marketing a statewide tool that will link businesses with students in the fields of science, technology , engineering and math, or STEM, for paid summer internships.

The Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program, announced by the governor's office Thursday, is designed to prepare Virginia students for the "high-quality, high-paying jobs of the future," Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a press release.

The program, created with funding from the state, is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and the state's regional technology councils.

"Companies that have internships to offer in STEM fields are going to sign up hopefully over the course of September and October so that we're ready by the first of November," said Nicky Swayne, executive director of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council , based in Harrisonburg.

Swayne said she will now begin alerting local companies about the free tool, which will allow students to search internships by region or job, or post their application to the website for employer review.


The program is open to full-time undergraduate students majoring in a STEM field who have completed as least 30 credits and attend an accredited Virginia college, community college or university. Virginia students who attend an accredited out-of-state institution may also apply.

Employers can now list internships on the site,, and students can submit applications between Nov. 1 and Jan. 31 for summer 2013 internships. Companies can then view the application database in February.

"By providing quality opportunities for the next generation of Virginia leaders in the STEM industry, this program will make the critical connection between Virginia's exceptional STEM students and Virginia's growing high-tech business community," Laura Fornash, state secretary of education, said in a press release.

When told about the program, Krishna Kodukula, executive director of the nonprofit drug research institute SRI Shenandoah Valley , said that the free resource could be a welcome marketing tool for the business.

SRI, a local division of California-based SRI International, currently contacts college administrators and students directly to let them know about internships, or posts opportunities on its website, Kodukula said. 

The company typically takes between four and seven interns for a 12-week program in the summer.

"I think this is a very timely and excellent way to attract quality students into an internship program," he said.

Lee Ward, director of career services at James Madison University, said that although he had not heard about the program, targeted resources are always helpful for students searching for jobs or internships.

Most internships at James Madison University are coordinated through individual colleges and academic departments, Ward said.

"There's so much out there for students and other people to look at right now," he said. "Sites that focus on certain types of industries and certain locations or are intended for students in certain states are better than the kind of worldwide sites that we see a lot of."

Contact Emily Sharrer at 574-6286 or


Visit SVTC's Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program webpage for detailed information on how you can participate in CSIIP.



Member News: CIT Launches New Website

New, cleaner website more customer-focused, easier to navigate

October 1, 2012 (Herndon, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today the launch of its redesigned website that enhances customer experience with easier navigability and an updated interface.  

Pete Jobse, President and CEO of CIT, said, "Our new website makes it easier for clients, stakeholders and visitors to find the CIT services they need. In addition, the site is more interactive for entrepreneurs, researchers and others who are currently doing business with CIT and prospective customers. We know that people are busy these days, and we want our new website help them get the information and services from CIT they need - fast." 

Some of the CIT website enhancements include:

  • Cleaner, faster homepage - allows visitors, clients and partners to quickly download the site and find the information they need.
  • Easier navigation - intuitive navigation tabs and architecture, and easy-to-navigate pages allow users to quickly find and understand the CIT mission, services, experts, partners and news and events.  
  • Spotlight section - a new section on the homepage highlights events, and CIT and CIT client success stories.
  • Partner focus - the new site highlights and makes it easier to link to CIT partners and other Commonwealth programs.

In addition to the above enhancements, Jobse said that the site incorporates social media tools and allows for faster updates with a better content management system.

CIT Chairman David Lucien said, "Since 1985, CIT has continued to provide the business and technology community with the critical resources it needs to foster new and innovative technologies. In this 'Year of the Entrepreneur,' the new site helps our young startup companies navigate both public and private resources that will assist them throughout company formation and funding."

To check out the new website visit



Member News:  CIT Hires Sandie Terry for Broadband Services


30-year IT veteran joins team providing tools and assisting others to plan and build new infrastructure for Virginia's innovation economy


October 3, 2012 (Herndon, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology announced today that it has hired Sandie Terry as the Broadband Program Manager of its CIT Broadband service line, created to accelerate the socio-economic growth of Virginia's rural and un-/underserved areas through the application and use of broadband telecommunications.


Karen Jackson, VP, CIT Broadband and Virginia's Deputy Secretary of Technology, said, "Sandie Terry has over 30 years of Information Technology experience in both the private and public sectors. We are fortunate to have her on our team as we continue to build the new infrastructure for the new innovation economy."


Terry comes to CIT from Franklin County, where she served as IT Director and led the successful public-private partnership initiative to deliver broadband services to County government and the public. The network is the backbone of Franklin County government's wide-area network that allowed for the deployment of technology that reduced county telecom expenditures. As a result of Terry's leadership, Franklin County maintained a position in the Top Ten Digital Counties nationally for four consecutive years, competing with counties three times Franklin County's size - with larger resources and staff.


Prior to her tenure in Franklin County, Terry was an executive in several industries including textiles, insurance, software and transportation where she led a team that developed the first business-to-business Internet application sharing shipping information online for the railroad industry.


Terry was a member of Virginia's Broadband Roundtable in 2008. In 2011, she was appointed as a member of Virginia's Broadband Advisory Council. She majored in computer science, at Virginia Tech, and was awarded a national certification as a Government Chief Information Officer from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government.


In addition to assisting localities with broadband deployment planning and other duties, Terry will manage Virginia's state broadband initiative projects which include broadband mapping, health IT and e-commerce assessments. For more information on CIT Broadband and its programs, go to




College Knowledge Challenge

College Summit and the King Center Charter School join the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to launch the College Knowledge Challenge, a $2.5 million fund to develop innovative apps on Facebook that will help students apply to, attend, and stay in college.


The College Knowledge Challenge is a competitive grant initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to award $2.5 million for Facebook applications that make the college-going process more transparent, collaborative, and easy to navigate for low-income and first generation students.  By linking with Facebook, the Challenge seeks to drive creative apps that utilize the unique capabilities of and student interest in the world's largest social network.The Challenge is open to for-profit and non-profit organizations from any field of expertise. 


Successful applicants will be granted $50,000 - $100,000 depending on the size and scope of their project.  Once a project is admitted to the program and begins development, applicants will receive 40% of the funds; subsequent funding will be dependent upon adequate progress toward the product described in the proposal. The College Knowledge Challenge will not take equity, ownership of intellectual property rights, or require revenue share from the funded projects.


For more information on proposal requirements and judging criteria etc., please 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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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.

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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.

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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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