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SVTC Members-only Event, Tour of CEMSI & BRCC with Lunch: October 10, 2012

SVTC Bits & Grits: October 16, 2012

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

Welcome Back Member: City of Staunton IT Department

Welcome Back Member: grep Innovation

Welcome Back Member: Shenandoah Valley Partnership

Welcome Back Member: Vision Technology Group

Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP)

Innovate NOVA 2012: October 5, 2012

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


Limited space, first come, first served.


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.




Welcome Back Member:  City of Staunton IT Department (Kurt Plowman)


Please join us in thanking the City of Staunton for their membership renewal.  A special thank you goes to Kurt Plowman for his continued service on the SVTC Board.


Kurt Plowman is the Chief Technology Officer for the city of Staunton, Virginia. As CTO, Kurt is responsible for setting strategic direction, overseeing security, and managing the IT team. He maintains servers, local area network (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN), telecommunications systems and software applications that connect departments in over thirty locations around the City. 


For more information visit: or call (540) 332-3823.



Welcome Back Member:  grep Innovation


Our thanks goes to grep Innovation for their membership renewal.  A special note of appreciation is extended to Ron Perry for his continued service on the SVTC Board.


grep Innovation LLC provides a variety of technology services including interactive media and software development, information security and forensics, UNIX wrangling, data telecommunications consulting and photography.


A valley native, James Madison University alumnus and confessed serial entrepreneur, principal Ron Perry has a broad background in the research, development and implementation of technology, in the realms of engineering, media production, robotics, education, telecommunications, and entrepreneurship. He serves as a volunteer and advisor for a variety of organizations including Blue Ridge Community College, the Wildlife Center of Virginia and Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center and is a founding board member of SVTC.


For more information visit



Welcome Back Member: Shenandoah Valley Partnership


Our thanks to the SVP for their membership renewal and for their strong support of SVTC's activities throughout the year.  A special thank you goes to Robin Sullenberger for his continued service on the SVTC Board.


The Shenandoah Valley Partnership is a public/private economic development organization providing marketing and business assistance for the Shenandoah Valley.


Through regional cooperation the SVP brings together business, government, and education leaders to promote new investment, strengthen existing business, and guide labor force development to ensure a healthy economic future for the region. The SVP region encompasses the counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, and Shenandoah; and cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, and Waynesboro.


For more information visit or call (540) 568-3100.



Welcome Back Member: Vision Technology Group


Our thanks to the Vision Technology Group for their membership renewal.  Welcome back.


Vision Technology Group (VTG) provides consulting services to the Shenandoah Valley focused on improving business communications through effective design, integration, management, and life-cycle support of networked communication systems. 


For more information visit or call (540) 437-0112.



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 its benefit for companies (pdf)


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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.



"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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