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September 4, 2015
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SVTC Fall Tech Mixer (Sept 22)
Congratulations to New Harrisonburg Start-up: Blue Vigil
What is Means to Raise Money from Investors Seminar (September 10)
SVTC luncheon at JMU's Lakeview Hall w/tour of the 4-Va facilities, and guest Debbie Murray, CSIIP (9/16)
(SVTC Members eligible for discounted tickets!) 2015 ASQ Conference (9/18-20)
JMU and Shenandoah Valley Biotech Showcase (Oct 12)
Improving the Problem Solution Generation Process. October 14
SVTC's September Bits and Grits (September 15)
Job Opening: Programmer/Analyst (System 13)
Administrators of the JMU Intelligence Analysis major seek to connect with local businesses
SVTC Fall Tech Mixer
September 22, 5:30-7:30, Beyond Restaurant
Harrisonburg, VA

Join us on September 22nd 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, and 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, or a co-worker!
Please register each

Congratulations to New Harrisonburg Start-up:
Blue Vigil 

Harrisonburg, Sept. 2, 2015:
Harrisonburg Startup Company Blue Vigil has closed the $250,000 seed round, which was funded by private investors from the local community. Blue Vigil is in the process of commercializing a tethered hovering observation platform technology. This aerial platform is designed to provide a low altitude vantage point and can carry a wide variety of cameras, sensors, or radio equipment. It is mobile, lightweight and easy to deploy. Training and additional manpower is not necessary to use the platform. The tether provides the power supply, allowing the platform to stay aloft for a virtually unlimited time.

The startup was developed through an innovative economic development program managed by Herndon based InnovateTech Ventures. Working in partnership with Mary Lou Bourne, Executive Director of James Madison University's Office of Technology Innovation and Economic Development and a small group of private investors in Harrisonburg, InnovateTech identified the technology along with this promising startup. They recruited experienced entrepreneur, Todd Stave, to run Blue Vigil.

Read more >>>> (PRN press release)

Friends, Family, Angels, & Demons:
What it Means to Raise Money from Investors
September 10, 6-7pm, BlueHub Coworking, Harrisonburg, VA


Presenter: Jared Burden, a Harrisonburg-based business attorney with a background in limited offerings of securities. The aim is to de-mystify the subject of raising equity capital and to give entrepreneurs and owners of growth-oriented companies a better sense of what may lie ahead.

There are many ways for a growing company to tap people for money - like Kickstarter campaigns and loans from well-heeled relatives. Another way to fuel your business is to bring on investors. If you're considering selling a part of your company to fund your launch or fuel your growth, there are more ways than ever to do it - and more ways than ever to do it wrong. This is true whether you're thinking of selling a few shares to your favorite uncle, getting serious with an Angel investor, or preparing to seek venture capital.



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SVTC Luncheon at JMU Lakeview Hall | Tour of the 4-Va facilities | Brown-Bag | Guest: Debbie Murray, Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) 
September 16, 11:15am-1:15pm, Harrisonburg, VA

Tour of Lakeview Hall and its 4-VA facilities is from 11:30-12:00pm. Networking will be at noon. Please read about the brown-bag / lunch options, below.  | Membership not required. | Registering will enable us to bring you a pre-printed nametag.

About Debbie Murray, Virginia Space Grant Consortium Program Manager, Internships and Research Experiences: Debbie will talk about the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP), the program that is sponsored by the Commonwealth of Virginia connecting Virginia companies offering paid STEM internship opportunities with undergraduate students pursuing STEM majors at a Virginia college or university with the hope of ultimately keeping this STEM talent employed in the state of Virginia. 

About Lakeview Hall and 4-Va:
Lakeview Hall (298 Port Republic Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22807) is the new home for several JMU centers: the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (CARS), the School of Strategic Leadership (SSLS), and 4-Virginia (4-VA).  Aside from serving as the home to some of JMU's premier centers, Lakeview Hall offers a variety of unique academic, collaborative, and conferencing facilities with one of the best views of the newly restored Newman Lake.  Located just inside campus next to exit 245, Lakeview Hall promises to be a busy place.

The north-facing conference room has floor-to-ceiling and picturesque glass walls overlooking the lake. The new TelePresence room was custom built to enhance 4-Va's global access to participate in large shared courses as well as providing a professional studio with the latest video conferencing technology to help connect local groups with regional, national, or international stakeholders.

Finally, Lakeview Hall is home to 4-Va's first shared STEM Lab.  This space is designed as a place where professors and students from different academic disciplines can come together, create and teach new courses, and share those courses with other 4-VA schools.  A whole suite of new instructional technology was integrated so that students and faculty can participate wirelessly, remotely, in-person, on any device.

With 3d printers, laser cutters, CNC, MIG/TIG welding, a 3d modeling suite, a vinyl cutter, and an assortment of hand tools, imagination should be the only limitation.  This space will also serve as the newest X-Lab and home to the community-focused RocktownRockit projects.

  • Parking will be tight and we recommend the lot across Port Republic Rd. ARRIVE EARLY TO ALLOW TIME FOR 2-3 MINUTES OF WALKING AND A FEW MINUTES TO PURCHASE FOOD. Ticketing will be suspended during the time of the luncheon in lots L, AND R2; AND (located across the interstate next to Exxon) in lots R10 & R11. If you are attending with someone you know, we suggest a carpool! 
  • Food: Bring your own or purchase some after you park, e.g. from Starbucks, Jimmy Johns, Tutti Gusti, or Asian City Chinese. We will eat together after the tour of Lakeview Hall.

Price reduction: 2015 ASQ Innovation Conference
(SVTC Members eligible for discounted tickets!)
September 18-20, Charlottesville, VA

Due to our sponsorship of this ASQ event we are able to extend an opportunity to 10 SVTC members to receive discounted conference tickets ($50 off)! We're collecting the info for those interested, and will pass them on to the ASQ folks. Reservations for this reduced SVTC-member price close September 8!

Update: Conference attendance was reduced to $225
Conference details: Innovation is Quality for Tomorrow (pdf)
Innovation is today where quality management was 25 years ago. It is often confined to a small group of people in your organization- these great ideas and useful approaches are not always well publicized and do not always engage all of your people. Innovation can also mean different things to different people. To be successful, innovation- like quality-needs to engage everyone. To consolidate the Innovation Body of Knowledge, the ASQ Innovation Division is tapping a wide range of innovation thought leaders and practice leaders to find what works well, how success has been generated, and how successful approaches can be employed more widely. Not every method will work well for everybody, but there will be tools and techniques that you can use in your own work environment.
Featuring an Exciting Slate of Speakers Who's Range of Innovation Topics Includes:  
  • Culture 
  • Managing Innovation
  • Process
  • Quality to Innovation Pathway
  • Stats and Innovation
  • Innovation in an Established Organization

Morning Keynote Speaker: John F. Elder IV, Ph.D. | President of Elder Research, Inc.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker : Mark Moyer | Administrative Director of CAMLS Innovation Cente

Sunday Workshop: Shizuka Modica " Smart Creatives" for Innovation, Thus Quality

September 18-20, 2015
Holiday Inn University Area and Conference Center | 1901 Emmet Street | Charlottesville, VA 22901
SVTC Members Only: The first 10 SVTC members to fill out the form will receive $50 off their conference ticket.

JMU and Shenandoah Valley Biotech Showcase
Monday, October 12, 10:30am, JMU

Hosted by VirginiaBIO, James Madison University, the Shenandoah Valley Partnership and public and private, together they highlight education and industry innovations in the biotech arena in the Shenandoah Valley.
This event will bring together businesses engaged in the bio sector, regional research assets and academic partners, marketing and economic development professionals to highlight exciting bio innovations in the Shenandoah Valley and the surrounding region.  Attendees will discuss current research and academic offerings related to bio at JMU, Blue Ridge Community College, and other workforce partners, and identify opportunities for networking, collaboration and business development.  The day will end with a casual Beer & Biotech event in downtown Harrisonburg.
JMU offers the state's only undergraduate biotechnology degree, and the Valley is home to leading bio companies making advancements in human and animal health, agricultural and industrial bio, health care delivery and manufacturing.  Join us as we learn more about public and private university-based bio assets in this region.

Improving the Problem Solution Generation Process
October 14 2015, 8:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Plecker Center at Blue Ridge Community College


Organizations and individuals are always trying to solve analytical and/or creative problems. Far too often, the process of brainstorming is relied on as the primary method to help identify potential solutions. However, there are more powerful options available that are more rigorous and typically generate a greater number of possibilities that are likely to be more potent and reliable.

This 1-day workshop will present several additional options that can provide triggers to improve the solution generation process by thinking about a system from different perspectives.

About the Workshop Leader: Duke Okes has worked in the quality profession for more than 35 years, first as a quality engineer with TRW Automotive, and since 1985 as an independent consultant, trainer, speaker and author. He is an ASQ Fellow, is ASQ CMQ/OE, CQE and CQA certified, and holds degrees in technology, business and education. He is the author of two books covering some of the core skills for process management, "Root Cause Analysis: The Core of Problem Solving and Corrective Action" and "Performance Metrics: The Levers for Process Management," as well as dozens of articles on these and other quality management topics. 

Cost: ASQ Members - $275 | Early-Bird: ASQ Members - $225 | Non-Members - $375 Non-Members - $350

Registration deadline: Early-Bird: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 (Midnight)
Final: Friday, October 9, 2015 (Noon)




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SVTC's Bits and Grits
September 15, 8-9am; Mrs. Rowes, Staunton, VA

Come get together for great breakfast and to talk some tech. Dutch treat. No reservations required. 


This is where our technology users and creators get together to connect about various topics (while eating some good food!). This occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Look for Kurt Plowman.

No reservations required.


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Job Opening: Programmer/Analyst - System13, Inc.

From System 13:
System13, Inc. is searching for a Programmer/Analyst to join our development team.  Our programmer/analysts work closely with our project manager and our clients to support and continuously refine our web-based health information systems application.  Programming, database interaction, troubleshooting, and customer service are all elements of this position.  We are interested in hiring an individual who wants to be a part of a team and who wants to establish a long-term career with a stable company.

Connections sought with local businesses by administrators of the JMU Intelligence Analysis major 

The Intelligence Analysis program at James Madison University (part of JMU's College of Integrated Science and Engineering's ISAT Dept.) would like to connect with the local business community to collaborate, among other things, on capstone projects for the seniors in the intelligence analysis program.

The purpose of the IA program is to educate prospective future intelligence analysts by teaching them critical thinking, analytic methodology, and technological applications, all within broader contexts. On the whole the students tend to be more interested in security topics, though interests do vary widely. There are 200 students in the major, with about 60 seniors doing their capstone projects this academic year. (The academic year starts Aug. 31, 2015, ends May 2016).  

Concerning the capstone project(s): The administrators of the major are looking to connect with businesses and individuals who would provide the students with an interesting topic to focus on (or questions to answer) throughout the academic year. As these projects serve a couple of different purposes, the topics should be large enough to give the students broad scope to do research/thinking, but focused enough to give them the opportunity to come up with useful / interesting analysis. The students will then deliver / brief the results of the project in the April / May 2016 time frame. 

If you have strategic topics for analysis that you'd like to "outsource" to students in an academic context and would like to talk about specific aspects of this, please contact Stephen Marrin at or 540-568-2746.

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