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September 12, 2014  
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SVTC's Fall Tech Mixer on September 18
SVTC's Tech on the Wharf in Staunton October 2nd
Bits & Grits--Techie Breakfast Gathering--Sept. 16
beCamp Unconference: Sept. 19 & 20
"Good Times, Tastes & Traditions" Sept 20-21
Shenandoah Drones: 9/27 at Meems Bottom Covered Bridge
"Women Etc" Conference Richmond, September 30
"Implementing an Intern Program" Seminar October 14
ASQ & BRCC present Auditor Training
Highlighting Member: Shentel
Highlighting Member: SUNRNR of Virginia
Highlighting Member: Patrick Barker

Register soon for SVTC's F
all Tech Mixer 2014
Thursday, September 18 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Beyond


Join the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council on September 18th for our annual Fall Tech Mixer. Hosted by the SVTC's Board of Directors, this is our fall networking event.  We're happy to be back at Beyond this year.  Not only is it just a few blocks from SVTC's office but they always provide us with delicious food and an ample bar selection. 


Join current and potential members of the SVTC as they mingle and network. It's our treat - appetizers are 'on us' ... the food is fabulous and coconut shrimp will definitely be on the menu again! Drinks are Dutch treat.


Find out what we're doing as an organization and what our members are doing individually.This is our second biggest event of the year (only Tech Nite is bigger).  This is where the growing technology community goes in the fall to catch up.  Feel free to invite a co-worker, customer or spouse (please register each). 

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LOCATION: Beyond Restaurant, 50 Water Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801;  

TIME: 5:30pm-7:30pm.

PARKING: in the Water Street Parking garage across the street

REGISTRATION (required): online at or use the link on the left.  

Registration will close on Tuesday 9/16 at noon. 



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Tech on the Wharf: Tech Users & Tech Creators 
in Staunton
Thursday October 2nd, 5-7pm at
Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company

Come gather 'round, Staunton technology users and creators! Creating lots of technology? This is your crowd. Busily using technology? This is ALSO your crowd! Let's see how many "users and creators" there are in Staunton and Augusta?   Mark the date and location: downtown Staunton at the Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company, Thurs., Oct. 2, 2014.  


This is SVTC's inaugural Tech on the Wharf, modeled after our popular Tech on the Square in Harrisonburg.  We'll network, drink some local craft beers, and perhaps consume some pizza as well. Members and non-members are welcome for this casual networking event.  Invite fellow techies, clients and co-workers--just register each.  


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Meet us at the Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company's taproom (17 Middlebrook Ave.) from 5 until 7 pm. That's in the historic wharf district between the Amtrak depot and the Augusta court house. You can enter SVBC either from Middlebrook Ave (street parking) or from Byers St. (Johnson Street surface parking lot).


Goggle map to 17 Middlebrook Ave 


Registration is appreciated so that we may bring you a name tag for networking and also to let SV Brewing Company know how many to expect.


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Bits & Grits Staunton,
September 16th at 8am, Mrs. Rowes Staunton

  • Third Tuesday of each month,  8 am, Mrs. Rowes Restaurant, Staunton. No registration, no speaker, no topic. There's good techie discussion, sometimes questions and opinions, sometimes a good rant or two.  Discussion depends on who's there and what someone wants or needs to talk about or get input on.
  • Casual breakfast gathering of Staunton area tech folks; always good networking and always lots of food.

Hosted by SVTC board member Kurt Plowman

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C'ville beCamp Unconference September 19-20, 2014


beCamp is Charlottesville's version of the BarCamp unconference movement - a conference organized on the fly by attendees, for attendees.    


On Friday evening, anyone in attendance can suggest topics for sessions held the following day. The suggestions that have the most votes are chosen as part of the conference schedule for the following day.  Topics that are not chosen for the main scheduling blocks can still be presented as a five minute "Lightning Talk" where presenters can share their message with the other conference attendees during lunch on Saturday.

Software developers, system administrators, quality assurance, devops, designers, business developers and anyone interested in technology are encouraged to register.  beCamp will be held at CitySpace on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville and is free to participants.

Use  for more information and registration.   

Sponsored in part by SVTC member Lightcastle Technical Consulting   

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Member News:  GARCC presents annual "Good Times, Tastes & Traditions"

The Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton, VA

Saturday and Sunday, September 20th and 21st, 2014


Good Times, Tastes & Traditions; featuring Farming in the Valley.  Dabble in the 5 featured countries culture (America, England, Germany, Ireland and West Africa) with your passport as you sample a little of their unique entertainment, arts, crafts, ethnic food & a showcase of wineries & breweries.  Farming in the Valley recognizes the importance of our
Agriculture Community with educational activities, a Children's Barn & Buy
Local products
Voted Top Food Festival in the Shenandoah Valley by Virginia Living Magazine

$15 - Advanced Tasting Tickets / $10 - Non - Tasting Tickets / $6 - Children's Tickets
Purchase tickets Online (www.GoodTimesAugusta.comor at the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce office (30 Ladd Rd. Fishersville)

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Interested in drones? Check out Shenandoah Drones on Sat., Sept 27th 
September 27, 2014, Meems Bottom Covered Bridge (Mt. Jackson) 

Shenandoah Drones is an "organization that provides a place to share an interest in flying r/c controlled vehicles commonly called drones and (UAS) Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Our group of members covers an area from Winchester south on 81 to Lexington, running the entire length of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. We hold an interest and passion for flying our vehicles and also a responsibility to educate others on the safety of our hobby. We welcome all levels of users from those who are beginners and curious about the many different types of vehicles, to those who were UAV pilots in the military and r/c pilots who have more than 20 years of experience. As a community we will also provide great insight on how to purchase and build great vehicles."


Historic Meems Bottom Covered bridge in Mt. Jackson and Shenandoah River Fly-In. Come join the Shenandoah Drones for our first fly-in, held in a great flying environment. Huge open fields beside the Shenandoah River, just below the Blue Ridge Mountains. We will fly and discuss drones all day.  We will be right beside a huge pumpkin patch that offers the sale of pumpkins and fall food. Come out bring the whole family and pick pumpkins. 


Hosted by Rob Thompson, JMU Alumni and founder of Shenandoah Drones 


More info and directions: Shenandoah Drones (MeetUp) 


PS: heads-up: Rob will also be our speaker on Oct 15th for a SVTC luncheon (at the Ice House, Hbg). Go ahead and ear mark that in your calendar. (Registration link will be published late Sept.)


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Registration still open for RichTech's "Women Etc." Conference
September 30, 2014, Carpenter Theatre Richmond

Women Etc. brings together technology professionals to learn, network and collaborate on issues and opportunities facing women in technology. WomenEtc., Virginia's premier conference on women in technology, is hosted by the Richmond Technology Council's WIT (Women In Technology) Forum.  The conference is not just for women, anyone can attend in support of women in technology.

All Day Pass $100- Includes Breakfast, Keynotes, Lunch, Workshops, and Networking Reception.  Or purchase a session pass for $45.

If any of our SVTC members would like to attend, we have a discount code available; please contact Nicky at 


Women Etc is sponsored by SVTC members; Lumos Networks and ABS Technology Architects, among others.

For more information, schedule and registration go to

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"Implementing An Intern Program for Your Business" seminar with Valley AMA
October 14, 2014, 3-5 PM, Capital Ale House, Harrisonburg


Join area marketers, internship providers, college internship coordinators and local interns for a forum on how to have a successful internship program in your company. We'll discuss aspects like managing expectations for both the business and intern.


Meet area college internship coordinators. Hear from interns who have worked with local companies and their experiences. This discussion will include time for questions and answers as well as networking. The main program will run 3:30-4:30pm.


This is a free program hosted by Valley American Marketing Association.   Several SVTC members that are active in the newly formed Valley AMA and welcome further participation.   

Register at  Registration is appreciated. 


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Management Systems Auditor Training Course
October 27 & 28 2014, All Day Event | Plecker Center, BRCC
click for website

Today's management systems are made up of more than just quality requirements. Additional requirements are integrated into the system including environmental, safety, customer agreements, etc. Today's management system auditors need to be able to audit integrated management systems. 2 days--Oct 27 & 28  

Presented by ASQ Blue Ridge in partnership with Blue Ridge Community College



Course agenda:

  • Audit fundamentals
  • Auditor competencies
  • Making sense of integrated management systems
  • The 6 stages of a professional audit
  • Auditor communication and conflict resolution
  • Quality tools & techniques

Course fee:  $385 for ASQ members and $485 for non-members

Class is limited to first 14 paid registrants

To register contact BRCC Continuing Education at (540)453-2215 or


 View PDF of Course Flyer 

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Highlighting Renewing Level 2 Member: Shentel 
Shentel (Shenandoah Telecommunications Company) (NASDAQ: SHEN) is a diversified telecommunications company providing both regulated and unregulated telecommunications services through its wholly owned subsidiaries. These subsidiaries provide local exchange telephone services and wireless personal communications services (as a Sprint PCS affiliate of Sprint Nextel), as well as cable television, video, Internet and data services, fiber optics facilities and leased tower facilities.


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Highlighting Renewing Level 1 Member: SUNRNR of Virginia 

SUNRNR "Sun Runner" of Virginia locally manufactures and sells clean, silent, portable solar generator power systems which store renewable energy in a rechargeable battery for off grid electricity or emergency backup power.

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Highlighting Renewing Individual Member: Patrick Barker

Patrick Barker is the Executive Director of the Winchester-Frederick County Economic Development Commission located in Winchester, Virginia.

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