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SVTC Bits & Grits: September 18, 2012

SVTC Field Trip/Lunch: Small Wind Training & Testing Facility Tour: September 19, 2012

You are Invited: SVTC's Fall Tech Mixer...September 26, 2012

Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP)

Are you Interested in Joining us for a Performance at the Shenandoah University Conservatory? .... Let us Know!

Welcome Back Level III Member: Serco Inc.

Job Posting: Assistant Director 4-VA, James Madison University

Welcome Back Level II Member: Blue Ridge Community College

Job Posting: Information Systems Network Security Engineer, Serco

CIT GAP Funds Invests in Speek Inc.

Apps4VA High School Competition Opens Today

Innovate NOVA 2012: October 5, 2012

Virginia Conference on World Trade: October 17-19, 2012

Harrisonburg Clean Energy Odyssey Day: October 18, 2012

Startup Weekend, Charlottesville: October 26 & 27, 2012

Bits & Grits

Tuesday, September 18, 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 "Field Trip" Luncheon to: 
Small Wind Training & Testing Facility 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 11:30am - 1:15pm

- Register early - attendance is capped at 30 due to space -


FIELD TRIP: let's get some fresh air!  Join the SVTC for a tour of the Small Wind Training and Testing Facility (SWTTF) at JMU.

The SWTTF at JMU was announced at the 2010 Virginia Statewide Wind Symposium  to design and construct the facility at JMU - it will serve a variety of purposes and address a range of needs associated with the development of a small wind workforce in Virginia. Besides workforce training, the facility will also educate kids and youth in grades K - 16 to advance the development and deployment of wind power in the Commonwealth.  Groundbreaking took place in October 2011, construction finished April of this year and  the official ribbon-cutting happened at the 2012 Wind Symposium.

Dr. Jonathan Miles, Director of the Virginia Center for Wind Energy (VCWE) and ISAT professor, and VCWE colleagues will give a tour and educate us on its purpose and goals, including facility equipment and hardware, curriculum development, and activities to be conducted on-site.

After the tour, we're off to lunch and will walk over to the Festival Center (a 3 minute walk) to get lunch from the food court. (Dutch treat, and yes -you can pay with a credit card).  We'll take our lunch downstairs to the Highlands Room and have a quiet corner to ourselves for networking.


It's important to register for this luncheon because:

  • We will bring you a pre-printed nametag
  • We want to be able to send you a note in case there is a change of plans (e.g. weather related)
  • there is limited space: only 30 can attend


Register for the SVTC September 19th Tour of the SWTTF



you'll need to use designated parking at JMU. Parking will be enforced in all JMU lots except lot D3 (across from the Festival).

After parking in lot D3 (a special pass will not be needed) walk 3-4 minutes to and around Rose Library - the SWTTF is located across the street from Rose Library (formerly the East Campus Library). While you are walking at the beginning of the field trip, you will be real close to your car at the end, by the way, when you leave the Festival.


General JMU parking map of the area (called Skyline) (html)



SVTC's Fall Tech Mixer:  Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 5:30-7:30pm 

Taste of Thai, Harrisonburg, VA


Registration is going well for this mixer and we are looking forward to seeing everyone.  It's shaping up to be a great evening of networking with marvellous food and good company.


If you haven't put this on your schedule yet, please plan to join us on September 26th for our annual Fall Tech Mixer.  Hosted by the SVTC's Board of Directors, this is a premier networking event.  Come out and join current members and potential members 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.

Come and find out what we're doing as an organization, what our members are doing individually.

Let us know you're coming so that we'll have plenty of appetizers. Feel free to bring a buddy, a customer, a co-worker, or your spouse (please register each).  See you there!


Register for the Fall Tech Mixer on September 26th


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Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP)


The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is a partner in a new industry internship initiative that can directly address your science, technology and engineering workforce needs and help to enhance your future STEM workforce. 


The program is the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) -  a service provided by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Using a centralized web-based system, this free program connects companies and their available internships with students by offering:

  • companies the opportunity to enter company and internship information for summer 2013, and
  • students from all accredited Virginia universities, colleges and community colleges the opportunity to submit their application packages  

Participating companies are given access to a searchable applicant pool that they can use in making selections for direct hire.  There is no charge for companies or students.  Students will be able to start submitting applications on November 1st, and companies should get started listing internships in September and October.

You are encouraged to visit the CSIIP website to learn more and to become a company partner:   After you register and enter your internship opportunities, click on the "Internship Search" icon on your company's CSIIP portal to see how your internship opportunities will be displayed to students searching for internships in various technology council-mapped geographic areas.

We will be monitoring the CSIIP website for company registrations and internship postings for our tech council region.  We hope you will seriously consider this outstanding opportunity and participate such that the Shenandoah Valley and the SVTC are well represented as a program partner.

Summary of CSIIP program and it's benefit for companies (pdf)


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Are you Interested in Joining us for a Performance at the Shenandoah University Conservatory? .... Let us Know!


We're trying to gauge your interest in taking a trip to Shenandoah University for a performance, possibly with dinner. We're considering hiring a bus or van (eg 12 - 50 people) and have collected the costs for various service providers.  Many options abound - and we need to see what YOU are thinking before we continue planning.


Share your interest in taking a field trip with networking and performance at Shenandoah University - what day of the week is more interesting, which of the performances would be of interest, would you prefer us to arrange transportation, would you bring a spouse, etc.


Detailed information on performances at the SU Conservatory may be found at:



Welcome Back Level III Member: Serco Inc.


Please join us in thanking Serco for their Level III membership renewal.  We much appreciate their strong support of the SVTC.  A special thank you goes to Mike Goertzen who is serving on the SVTC Board.


Serco Inc. is the Americas division of Serco Group, plc, one of the world's leading and most admired service companies. We improve services by managing people, processes, technology and assets more effectively. Our broad array of real-time cost-effective service solutions ensure confidence and protection for our military, government and commercial customers. We work with our customers to understand exactly what they need and help to see their projects through the complete lifecycle. Whether the assignment is helping secure our borders, enhancing intelligence capabilities, helping federal agencies share critical data, or supporting personnel functions, Serco is there.

We advise, design, integrate and deliver innovative service solutions to all branches of the U.S. military, federal civilian agencies and the intelligence community. Serco offers clients a trusted provider to deliver solutions that achieve meaningful outcomes. We have the industry know-how to understand the demanding challenges our customers face and we have the domain expertise to solve them-with a passion for excellence.  Our presence in the Shenandoah Valley includes the PGPubs Classification Services contract with the USPTO as well as support and management services for numerous additional Serco Inc. contracts.


For more information visit or call (540) 236-5501.



Job Posting: Assistant Director 4-VA, James Madison University

James Madison University is accepting applications for an Assistant Director to support the 4-VA Director and activities of the 4-VA university collaborative efforts at JMU for increasing degree completion, shared courses, course redesign, collaborative research and technology. The Assistant Director will be responsible for project management, event planning, grant writing and other duties, as necessary, to further the above initiatives. This position is contingent on renewed funding each year.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists 4-VA Director with all aspects of project administration and implementation including fiscal and project reporting to key stakeholders.
  • Advances innovation and customer service orientation of 4-VA in all interactions and efforts.
  • Develops and maintains relationships across departments, colleges, universities and agencies to promote innovative uses for existing and new classroom technology.
  • Coordinates initiative implementation for JMU in collaboration with other 4-VA partners including courses, conferences, grant writing, marketing, assessment and evaluation.
  • Maintains database, electronic and paper files and records.
  • Supervises Graduate Assistant(s) for projects related to 4-VA.
  • Maintains a high level of confidentiality and reliability.

Specific knowledge:  STEM content area preparation; Grant writing: related research, request for proposal writing, interim reporting and summary report writing; Project and event planning, coordination and management; Bachelor's degree is required.

Specific skills and/or abilities: Ability to work independently, organize the work of self and others, meet deadlines and work with a high degree of accuracy; Exceptional problem-solving and organizational skills; Exceptional oral and written communication skills; Ability to interact with and build positive relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders; Ability to establish effective working relationships across the 4-VA related universities; Ability to effectively use standard office software on PC and Apple platforms.

Full job posting and application instructions available through JMU's Joblink.


Welcome Back Level II Member: Blue Ridge Community College


Our thanks to BRCC for their Level II membership renewal.  Their strong support of the SVTC is much appreciated.


Blue Ridge Community College, established in 1967, strives to anticipate the educational needs of the central Shenandoah Valley, providing comprehensive programs and services within an environment of academic excellence. BRCC offers:

  • associates degrees for the career-minded
  • transfer opportunities (including guaranteed admissions agreements with more than 20 Virginia colleges and universities through the college/university transfer program)
  • customized training for business/industry (on-site or at BRCC)
  • short-term career preparation and training
  • special interest and personal enrichment classes for all ages
  • art exhibits, musical and theatrical performances.

BRCC is located in Weyers Cave, Virginia, approximately halfway between the cities of Harrisonburg and Staunton, and has two off campus centers - one in Harrisonburg and one on the grounds of Augusta Health in Fishersville. The College offers day and evening classes, in the classroom and online, and affordable tuition with many financial aid options.


For more information visit: or call (540) 453-2400.



Job Posting:  Information Systems Network Security Engineer, Serco, Inc.

Serco in Harrisonburg, VA is seeking a Information Systems Network Security Engineer to work on a small team of dedicated IT professionals responsible to provide secure automation services to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 


The Network Security Engineer will assure that all systems are FISMA compliant.   Serco is seeking an individual  that can that can  apply, document, and enforce secure baseline configuration to assure compliance with government regulations; troubleshoot and resolve issues; and communicate effectively. 


Applicant MUST be a U.S Citizen and will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Please refer to the Serco-NA Career webpage or contact Joyce Barranco ( for more information about the Security Network position.


CIT GAP Funds Invests in Speek Inc.

Company founders want to simplify and re-invent the conference call


September 13, 2012 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announces a $100,000 investment in Sterling, Va.-based Speek Inc., a simple and groundbreaking alternative to conference calls for both web and mobile users.


CIT President and CEO Pete Jobse said, "For businesses looking to cut travel costs, and small businesses whose budgets do not allow for travel, Speek offers an alternative solution to connecting people remotely in a more personal way than is currently on the market. Their innovative solution is changing this marketplace, and those are the types of companies in which we invest."


Conference calling is a $3.2 billion market, generating over 56 billion minutes of usage. Traditional conference call providers offer services that are expensive for small business users, rely on long phone numbers with PINs and lack easy-to-use web interfaces. Current popular web conferencing solutions are not user-friendly and often require software downloads.


The opportunities for Speek are endless. As a SaaS web-based product, Speek requires no downloads, and is more affordable than the competition. Speek offers a "conference table" visual experience that allows participants to see who is on the call and who is currently talking. Additional features include note taking, file sharing and muting certain speakers. The mobile experience offers the ability to seamlessly join a conference call with a "click" or a simple text message.


Speek CEO John Bracken said, "We intend to simplify and reinvent the user experience for conference calling by turning a complicated telephone-based service into one that is simple, free and in-tune with the latest generation of web and mobile experiences. The CIT GAP Funds team has been a difference-maker for our young company, allowing us to further raise capital, build out our product and accelerate our growth."


Tom Weithman, CIT Vice President and GAP Funds Managing Director, said, "Investing in companies like Speek is an investment in the emerging technology sector that will generate long-term economic growth and jobs for Virginia."


Since its 2005 launch, CIT GAP Funds has placed over 70 investments across the Commonwealth, deploying greater than $6 million of public funds and attracting over $80 million more in private funding. For a list of portfolio companies, please visit the GAP Funds website.


To learn more about Speek, please visit their website.


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"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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Apps4VA High School Competition Opens Today

CIT, VDOE create public competitions to tackle K-12 big data; hack-a-thons up next month

September 14, 2012 (Herndon, Va.) - As part of its partnership with the Virginia Department of Education to manage K-12 big data, the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced that its Apps4VA High School Competition opens today, September 14.

The unique competition will let Virginia high school students offer innovative ideas for K-12 data. It is part of joint effort by CIT, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the U.S. Department of Education called Apps4VA to use open competitions to find creative ways to use K-12 data in Virginia's Longitudinal Data System (VLDS).

VDOE Director of Education Information Management Bethann Canada said, "Government organizations struggle to find ways to be transparent and engage citizens. Apps4VA uses a new, student-involved model that we hope will help launch creativity and innovation."

Already, the Apps4VA program has used the NOVAEDU Startup Weekend in June to bring together educators, developers and entrepreneurs for 54 hours to develop applications for the VLDS data. Team Pigeon won Best Overall Idea and Team Edunomics won Best Use of the K-12 data. Last month, CIT announced the Apps4VA Open Competition for the general public, teachers and students.

Both the high school and open competitions close on November 15, 2012. For more details on the program, submitting an entry or for access to the data, please visit

Paul McGowan, VP for CIT Connect, which is managing the Apps4VA program, said, "These open competitions have been an effective way for large organizations to find innovative solutions to challenges they may face - and a fair way for people to bring great ideas forward."

McGowan said that next week, CIT will announce details about a day of hack-a-thons that will take place in Arlington, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Richmond and Roanoke/Blacksburg on October 19.

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Innovate NOVA 2012

October 5, 2012. 7:00am-3:30pm

Hilton McLean, Tysons Corner

A a one day conference welcoming the economic opportunities of change. 

  • Hear thought leaders from commerce, humanity, technology, environmental and government industries
  • See exhibits illustrating stories of innovation in Northern Virginia
  • Interact with serial entrepreneurs and business visionaries changing tomorrow
  • Feel the spark of enterprising imaginations
  • Embrace the essence of ingenuity

Leaders of this unique event come from every dynamic industry affecting our changing world. From the delivery systems and business processes that will recalibrate tomorrow's transactions to regulatory issues and public policies that will transform trade, this conference showcases ideas for the office of tomorrow. Discover the latest in social technology, personalized medicine, cybersecurity, nanotechnology, robotics and more. At Innovate, the future is on stage.


The conference includes a networking breakfast, a luncheon and awards, a large expo, numerous breakout sessions, and a closing dessert reception.   Major speakers including Dr. Angel Cabreras, the new President of George Mason University. Tickets are available for full-day, morning or afternoon.




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




Startup Weekend, Charlottesville: October 26 & 27, 2012

CitySpace, 100 5th Street Northeast, Charlottesville

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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