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Social Media for Professionals (SVTC Luncheon): October 13, 2011

Welcome Back Level II Member: Rockingham County Economic Development

Welcome Back Level II Member: Shenandoah Telecommunications

Upcoming SBIR Training & Webinars by CIT

SBDC Event - Advanced Quick Topics: October 4, 2011

Help Wanted? - Business Resource Fair: October 7, 2011

H/R Chamber Vision 2020 Leadership Board Announced

2011 Fall Community Career Fair at National College: October 13, 2011

SVTC Bits & Grits: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Member News: Lenhart Obenshain Attorneys Named in the 2012 Edition of Best Lawyers in America®


SVTC Luncheon: Social Media for Professionals

Thursday, October 13, 2011, 11:45am-1:15pm

The Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg 

(Networking begins at 11:45am)


Speaker:  Deb Van Horn, Rockingham Group.  During this presentation Deb Van Horn will cover:

  • The basics of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn - what they are, why you want to be there
  • Advertising options and measurements
  • Engagement strategies and measurement
  • Getting buying/support for your social media strategy

Lunch is Dutch treat.  Membership not required.

Register for SVTC's October 13, 2011 Luncheon 

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Welcome Back Level II Member: Rockingham County Economic Development


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


Rockingham County, located along the I-81 corridor in the center of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, is one of Virginia's fastest growing communities, where a diverse mix of business and agriculture provide a strong foundation for economic expansion.


The County encompasses the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metropolitan area, and firms in the area offer products for shipment nationwide and internationally. Major manufacturing centers serve clients along the East Coast and into the Mid-West - supplying food, auto parts, books, consumer goods and much more. Business leaders extol the high work ethic of the local workforce, that has a pride in quality workmanship.


A short two-hour drive to the Nation's Capital in a beautiful country setting, with year-round recreational opportunities and top-level colleges and universities, make Rockingham County, Virginia a great place to live, work and play!


For more information visit or call (540) 564-3030.



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Welcome Back Level II Member: Shenandoah Telecommunications


Our sincere thanks to Shentel for their Level II membership renewal.  We appreciate their support of the SVTC.


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. Chris Kyle, previously served on the SVTC Board of Directors.


For more information visit or call (540) 984-5187.


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Upcoming Dates for SBIR & Other Webinar Training by CIT


Here is a quick list of some of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant Training and other Webinar Training that CIT has coming up September - November.  Low rates are set up for Virginia based firms.

Live SBIR Training Events:

October 4-5 - NIH/NSF SBIR Proposal Prep, Herndon, VA

  • Includes one on ones with NIH, NSF, CIT GAP Fund, and SBIR Proposal Consultant
  • Just $100 for full two day session

October 6 - NIH/NSF SBIR Proposal Prep, Roanoke, VA

  • Pre-Forum training to the Southwest Virginia Life Science Forum
  • Just $50 for full day session

October 11 - SBIR Proposal Tips (All Agencies), Virginia Beach, VA  

  • 1/2 day Pre-Conference workshop to the MODSIM World Conference
  • Includes talk from NASA and Dept. of Energy reps
  • Just $25 for ½ day session


  • September 26 - Selling to DOD & Intel Agencies, A Just Getting Started Guide (1-2:30 PM Webinar, Just $10 for Virginia Firms)
  • November 15 - SBIR/STTR Commercialization Plan Basics (1-2:30PM, Just $25 for Virginia Firms)
  • November 22 - Market Research for R&D Grant Submissions (1-2:30PM, Just $25 for Virginia Firms)

For more information and to register, visit:


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SBDC Event - Advanced Quick Topics

October 4, 2011, 1:00-5:00pm

PBGH, LLP, 558 South Main, Harrisonburg, VA  


The SV-SBDC is partnering with PBGH, LLP to offer this class.


Special topics to help you become a more efficient and effective QuickBooks user.  

Some of the topics covered in this class:

  • Tricky Customer Transactions: Voiding a check in a prior period; Customer credits and refunds
  • Tricky Vendor Transactions: Vendor credits and pre-payments
  • Customizing Reports: Adding data fields; Using filters
  • Customizing Forms: Using layout designer; Adding data fields
  • Online Banking: Setup; Downloading and recording transactions
  • Classes: When to use Class Tracking; Setup and use of classes; Profit & Loss or Balance Sheet by Class
  • Budgeting: Setup of budgets by account, project/job or class; Budget vs. Actual Report
  • Loan Manager: Setup of loans; Use of Loan Manager to automatically record loan principal and interest

Fee: $59.  For more information and to register visit


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Help Wanted? - Business Resource Fair 

Friday, October 7, 2011, 9:00am-1:00pm

Blue Ridge Community College Augusta Center at

Augusta Health, Fishersville

You've heard the phrase: "We're From the Government and We're Here to Help" - On Friday, October 7, 9:00 am - 1 pm, FREE Help Arrives!

The 2011 Business Resource Fair event will connect you and your business to FREE or low-cost government and non-profit organization resources. Business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs are invited to attend seminars on marketing, selling, financing, and procurement.  Also, businesses can connect with representatives from federal, state, and local government agencies who will have displays and be available for informal conversations about free resources/services throughout the event.


See all the details, schedule and the list of participating resource providers at or call 540-568-3227.

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)on 2020 Leadership Board Organized


[Note: As we perused the listing of members appointed to this Board, we noticed how many are members of the SVTC ... our congratulations are extended to all who were appointed!)


Harrisonburg, VA ( September 20, 2011) - Creating a shared, unified vision for the future of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County has been an on-going process for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce and hundreds of community leaders. Since 2009, three leadership workshops or forums have been held every six months, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce members have been surveyed to collect the business community's opinions on our community and the general public has participated through an open survey process last year. A Vision statement, four cornerstones and accompanying strategies were drafted and Vision 2020 representatives shared the plan with every local government in the area.

Last Thursday, the process took a more formal step by bringing together twenty-four community leaders to serve as the Vision2020 Leadership Board. This group began working on specific actions that will help fulfill the Vision - A community of unparallel quality of life, where natural beauty, friendly interdependent relationships and diverse cultural, economic and educational opportunities exist.

The Vision 2020 Leadership Board met for the first time, breaking into four "Cornerstone Working Groups" - Comprehensive Community Planning; Business Vitality and Entrepreneurship; World Class Education and Workforce; and Community Leadership and Mentorship Development. Each working group will be doing resource assessment, establishing short-range action steps, developing long-range benchmarks for success and integrating the body of work into the goals of Vision 2020. For example, one of the well recognized strengths of our economy is the diversity of the business base, but that makes the educators' and trainers' jobs of identifying common job skills and projecting workforce needs somewhat elusive. One immediate action step may be to create a stronger link between businesses and education, which may also lead to a more efficient allocation of resources in the future.

"Whatever develops from the Leadership Board will include input from many others" according to Chairman, Tom Mendez. "The plan has always been to develop and adopt a community-wide Vision that everyone can embrace and recognize as the future we want for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County". An interim report is expected in December from the working groups and a community event is being scheduled for the Spring.


Members of the Vision 2020 Leadership Board include:

Community Planning Cornerstone Focus: Mensel Dean, Principal - PBGH; Joe Paxton, Rockingham County Administrator; Kurt Hodgen, Harrisonburg City Manager; Daniel Michael, Principal - Valley Engineering; Austin Garber, Town Manager -Timberville; Jim Mason, President - Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative; Frank Tamberrino, President/CEO HR Chamber;


Business Vitality & Entrepreneur Focus:

John Hall, CEO - Camp Horizons/Horizons Youth; Tony Biller, CEO -Nielsen Builders; Ron Yoder, CEO - Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community; Keith May, CEO - Cottonwood Realty; Dr. Krishna Kodukula, Executive Director - SRI International/CADRE; Tim Heydon, CEO Shenandoah Growers; Frank Tamberrino, President/CEO HR Chamber


World-Class Education & Workforce Focus:

Dr. John Downey, President - Blue Ridge Community College; Dr. Loren Swartzendruber, President - Eastern Mennonite University; Dr. Mark Warner, Vice President - James Madison University; Dr. Carol Fenn , Superintendent - Rockingham County Schools; Alysia Davis, Executive Director - Smart Beginnings; Dr. Scott Kizner, Superintendent - Harrisonburg City Public Schools; Tom Mendez, Vice President - BB&T


Community Leadership Development Focus:

John Neff - Community Champion; Chairman -Nielsen Builders; Dennis Zimmerman, CEO - Comsonics; Cathy Welsh, Attorney -Lenhart Obenshain; Tracey Jones, General Manager -WHSV; Laurie Deavers, Executive Director - Generations Crossing; Dixie Garber, United Bank; Tom Mendez, Vice President - BB&T 


Full press release may be found at the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chamber of Commerce website.


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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 of the Year" at the annual Tech Nite awards event." 


 - Chip Harvill, VP Marketing
   Cadence, Inc.


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2011 Fall Community Career Fair at National College

Thursday, October 13, 2011, 4:00pm-7:00pm

1515 Country Club Road, Harrisonburg, VA 


National College invites your organization to join them at their 2011 Fall Community Career Fair.  The career fair affords you the chance to recruit students and the outside public for career, volunteer and internship opportunities within your organization.


This is a free event for exhibitors and attendees.


Contact Stephanie Bell, Career Center Director, for registration information.  Registration is required by October 7th.


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Bits & Grits

Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 8:00am

Mrs. Rowe's, Staunton


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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Member News: Lenhart Obenshain Attorneys Named in the 2012 Edition of Best Lawyers in America®

Lenhart Obenshain announces that seven of its lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America®.  (Copyright 2010 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, SC). 


The attorneys listed include John W. Flora, Jeffrey G. Lenhart, Mark D. Obenshain, Jennifer E. Shirkey, Bill Shmidheiser, Lynn K. Suter, and Cathleen P. Welsh.  Mr. Flora was selected in the practice area of Trusts and Estates; Mr. Lenhart was selected in the practice areas of Corporate Law, Health Care Law, and Tax Law; Mr. Obenshain was selected in the practice area of Commercial Litigation; Ms. Shirkey was selected in the practice area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Mr. Shmidheiser was selected in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Bankruptcy Litigation; Ms. Suter was selected in the practice area of Corporate Governance Law; and Ms. Welsh was selected in the practice areas of Employment Law Management, Labor & Employment Litigation, and Employers Workers' Compensation Law.


Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 41,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.9 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas and Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice." 


Lynn Suter, managing partner of Lenhart Obenshain said, "We appreciate this recognition and count ourselves fortunate that all of our attorneys and staff are exceptionally committed to our profession, our clients and our communities.  Our firm has a saying that, 'A law firm is at its best when its people are at theirs,' and we are very proud that our people give their best to clients day in and day out."

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