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.
for SVTC's October 13, 2011 Luncheon
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Welcome Back Member: grep Innovation LLC
Our sincere thanks to grep Innovation and its Mad Scientist -aka Ron Perry, a founding member of the SVTC- for their continued membership
and active participation. This is your 14th year?
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
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Member News: CIT Invests in Richmond, Virginia-based Marz Industries
Patent-pending hydrogen fuel cell-based technology improves fuel efficiency, cuts emissions for truckers.
September 29, 2011 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today that its CIT GAP Funds has placed an investment
in Marz Industries, Inc., of Richmond, Va., whose patent-pending hydrogen fuel cell-based technology is designed to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions for the trucking and other diesel-reliant industries.
Marz's Ranger Fuel Efficiency System converts water to pure hydrogen and uses the hydrogen to improve the efficiency of diesel combustion.
It is safe for the engine and the environment. Marz's initial target market is the 2.6 million tractor trailers, which use more than 28 billion gallons of fuel each year. Long-haul trucks routinely experience fuel costs of $80,000 or more per year. The company
expects its system to cut fuel usage by at least 10%. Marz executives see other opportunities with service buses, smaller trucks, and other diesel-consuming industries, including marine transportation, locomotive, mining, and agriculture.
Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO, said, "With this investment, we are recognizing the importance of advancing innovation in all aspects
of energy utilization while at the same time stimulating an opportunity for significant job creation, both of which are key national challenges."
Edward Miller, Marz Industries President, said, "CIT's assistance and co-investment will allow us to 'fleet validate' our system, which will
help Marz attract additional private investors, and enhance our sales operations."
Since its 2005 launch, CIT GAP Funds has placed over 40 investments across the Commonwealth, deploying more than $4M of public funds and
attracting $16 dollars of private funding for every $1 of public money invested. (For a list of portfolio companies, please visit the GAP Funds
Tom Weithman, CIT Vice President and GAP Funds Managing Director, said, "CIT GAP Funds seek to invest in entrepreneurs like Edward Miller,
who are able to leverage public and private investments to generate extraordinary economic returns for the Commonwealth of Virginia."
About the Center for Innovative Technology,
www.cit.org. CIT is a nonprofit corporation that accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies. CIT creates new technology companies through capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To facilitate
national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology startup companies and advanced technology consumers.
About Marz Industries,
Marz Industries, Inc. was incorporated in 2008 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Its mission is to drive significant reduction
in fuel consumption and emissions for the transportation industry by applying advanced PEM fuel cell and electrolyzer technologies with proprietary design features tailored to improve efficiency of existing transportation equipment. For more information, visit
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Electric Car Charging Station Comes to Harrisonburg
HARRISONBURG - In October, Harrisonburg will become the first city in the Shenandoah Valley and one of only a handful of cities in
the state with a public, Level II electric car charging station. Located behind Harrisonburg Electric Commission (HEC) in downtown Harrisonburg, the charging station will provide citizens with clean energy for their electric vehicles.
A ribbon-cutting event and unveiling of the charging station will be held on October 5 at 10:00 AM in the HEC parking lot and adjacent
municipal parking lot. There will be electric cars to test drive, including the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt, as well as demonstrations of how the charging station will operate. The public is invited and encouraged to attend to learn more about this valuable
new community resource.
The electric car charging station was brought to Harrisonburg through the dedication of a number of entities, including HEC, the City
of Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (HDR), David Miller on behalf of the Downtown Dining Alliance (DDA), Virginia Main Street (VMS), Eaton Corporation, Virginia Clean Cities, and Rexel. "It is a celebration of community collaboration," says
David Miller, owner of Dave's Downtown Taverna and Chair of the DDA. "After talking to all of these great partners, it became evident that there is nothing that Harrisonburg can't do if the community works together towards one common goal. All we have to do
is just roll up our sleeves and get to work."
Miller and Jeff Sadler of VMS are spearheading a pilot program to bring electric car chargers to VMS communities throughout the state,
with Harrisonburg leading the way as the first phase of the program. "We are excited about the addition of another creative asset in downtown Harrisonburg and are working to coordinate other Virginia Main Street communities in following Harrisonburg's lead,"
says Sadler, Program Manager of VMS. VMS is the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development's downtown revitalization program.
Thomas Fore of Eaton Corporation, the company that manufactured the charging station, echoed this spirit of collaboration. "This project
became a reality through the effort of numerous organizations, all of which want the best for the City of Harrisonburg," says Fore, the local Eaton Senior Sales Engineer, Residential Products. "We are excited to have the opportunity to work with so many organizations
that have the same mind set. It has been said that 'Team work will make the dream work' and Eaton is continuing to work towards creating a successful model of building an infrastructure to support electrical vehicle charging stations in Harrisonburg that
other Main Street Communities can duplicate." Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company and global technology leader in electrical components and systems.
"We felt it was a natural fit to be involved with a transportation initiative that relies on electricity as its source for fuel," says
Brian O'Dell, Assistant General Manager at HEC. "Considering our centralized location in downtown and proximity to the Harrisonburg Farmers Market, which was also considered as a location for the charger, it was an easy decision." According to O'Dell, while
HEC will be offering free public charges during the initial introduction of the charger to the community, it will be developing a fee structure in the near future to help cover costs. HEC will be monitoring usage of the station, charging time for vehicles,
and operating data to help develop this structure.
Eddie Bumbaugh, Executive Director of HDR, is glad the organization has had the opportunity to be involved in this project. "A key
aspect of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance's commitment to downtown revitalization is promoting strategies that make downtown a cool and desirable place to live, work, shop, dine, and visit," says Bumbaugh. "As an increasing number of people purchase electric
vehicles, having a convenient charging station will be a nice amenity and attraction for downtown residents, employees, consumers, and tourists. We are pleased to be the first Virginia Main Street community to offer the public an electric charging station."
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:
- 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
- NIH/NSF SBIR Proposal Prep, Roanoke, VA
- Pre-Forum training to the Southwest Virginia Life Science Forum
- Just $50 for full day session
- 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
- 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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"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
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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.
Career Center Director, for registration information. Registration is required by October 7th.
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Nine Aldhizer & Weaver attorneys selected to
The Best Lawyers in America 2012
Congratulations to our members at WAW!
Nine attorneys with 279 years of combined experience were named in The Best Lawyers in America 2012 addition.
Selected by their peers, the attorneys were recognized in the following categories:
- Daniel L. Fitch - personal injury litigation
- C. Frank Hilton - medical malpractice law, personal injury litigation, professional malpractice law
- Glenn M. Hodge - health care law, real estate law
- Stephan W. Milo - bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights
- George H. Roberts, Jr. - corporate law
- Marshall H. Ross - medical malpractice law, professional malpractice law
- Donald E. Showalter - corporate law, trusts and estates
- Gregory T. St. Ours - antitrust law
- Thomas E. Ullrich - commercial litigation, employment law, labor law, labor and employment litigation
Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 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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Seminar for Non-Profit Leaders
October 20, 2011, 8:30am-12:30pm
National College, Harrisonburg, VA
Seminar on Friend-Building and Fundraising for Non-Profits - Strategies for Harnessing the Power of Social Media results in the ability to reach, communicate with, and
engage more people.
Ms. Leslie Coty, president of Coty Connections, Inc. will be the seminar leader. Coty Connections is a Social Media strategy and consulting
company. Leslie is an award-winning speaker who uses her passion and knowledge of Social Media to help organizations harness the power of Social Media.
As an example, 93% of adults in the U.S. use Facebook. Collectively they spend a century of time on Facebook in any given month.
Facebook is but one of many Social Media Communication Channels that serve as powerful tools to reach, communicate with, and engage people.
Ms. Coty earned her BS and MBA degrees from the University of Buffalo and is a Certified Digital Marketing Consultant. During the
seminar she will share tips and best practices on how to correctly set up an organizational presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube, as well as other Social Media Communication Channels.
2 desktop computers sought for a Parent Resource Center for Augusta County Schools
Got 2 desktop computers floating around that could have a 2nd life?
Robert Bloom of the Special Education Advisory Committee for Augusta County Schools (Parent Resource Center Committee) is looking to
Details from Mr. Bloom:
Our goal is to provide a clearing house of information for parents, educators, and the general public covering as many issues as possible facing those experiencing the challenges
of special needs children about to enter, in, and departing the education stream, public or private. The SEAC would appreciate any available assistance in acquiring a pair of desktop computers capable of internet access/searching, cd-rom access, and dvd playback.
By no means would the computers need to be new, but we would like them to be identical operating systems, presentable, and benefited from a virus scan/purge. They would be the focal point of a building the Augusta County School Board would provide to house
the Parent Resource Center.
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800 S. Main Street MSC 4901
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807