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

Welcome Back Member: grep Innovation LLC

Member News: CIT Invests in Richmond, Virginia-based Marz Industries

Electric Car Charging Station Comes to Harrisonburg

Upcoming SBIR Training & Webinars by CIT

SBDC Event - Advanced Quick Topics: October 4, 2011

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

SVTC Members on SVTC Membership

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

Nine WAW attorneys selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2012

SVTC Bits & Grits: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Seminar for Non-Profit Leaders: October 20, 2011

SEAC Augusta County Schools Seeking Two Desktop Computers


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 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 website.)


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,   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."


For more information, please contact Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance at (540) 432-8922 or visit



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 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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- 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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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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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



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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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.


Fee:  $25.00


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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 find two.


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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