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SVTC Bits & Grits: September 18, 2012

SVTC Field Trip/Lunch: Small Wind Training & Testing Facility Tour: September 19, 2012

You are Invited: SVTC's Fall Tech Mixer...September 26, 2012

Are you Interested in Joining us for a Performance at the Shenandoah University Conservatory? .... Let us Know!

Welcome Back Level III Member: Rockingham Group

Welcome Back Member: Lefever Associates

Welcome Back Member: University Studies, JMU

Spotlight on a SVTC Board Member: Dr. Heather Watson

The Governor's Cyber Challenge to High School Students

CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards: There's Still time to Send in Your Nominations

SV-SBDC Event: QuickBooks I (2-part course): September 18 & 25, 2012

CIT - University Tech Transfer Funding Forums: September 24th or September 26th

CIT - SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshops: September 25th or September 27th

Harrisonburg Clean Energy Odyssey Day: October 18, 2012

Virginia Conference on World Trade: October 17-19, 2012

Startup Weekend, Charlottesville: October 26 & 27, 2012

Job Posting: Information Systems Network Security Engineer, Serco

Job Posting: Director of Manufacturing, Virginia Panel Corporation

Bits & Grits

Tuesday, September 18, 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 "Field Trip" Luncheon to: 
Small Wind Training & Testing Facility 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 11:30am - 1:15pm

- Register early - attendance is capped at 30 due to space -


FIELD TRIP: let's get some fresh air!  Join the SVTC for a tour of the Small Wind Training and Testing Facility (SWTTF) at JMU.

The SWTTF at JMU was announced at the 2010 Virginia Statewide Wind Symposium  to design and construct the facility at JMU - it will serve a variety of purposes and address a range of needs associated with the development of a small wind workforce in Virginia. Besides workforce training, the facility will also educate kids and youth in grades K - 16 to advance the development and deployment of wind power in the Commonwealth.  Groundbreaking took place in October 2011, construction finished April of this year and  the official ribbon-cutting happened at the 2012 Wind Symposium.

Dr. Jonathan Miles, Director of the Virginia Center for Wind Energy (VCWE) and ISAT professor, and VCWE colleagues will give a tour and educate us on its purpose and goals, including facility equipment and hardware, curriculum development, and activities to be conducted on-site.

After the tour, we're off to lunch and will walk over to the Festival Center (a 3 minute walk) to get lunch from the food court. (Dutch treat, and yes -you can pay with a credit card).  We'll take our lunch downstairs to the Highlands Room and have a quiet corner to ourselves for networking.


It's important to register for this luncheon because:

  • We will bring you a pre-printed nametag
  • We want to be able to send you a note in case there is a change of plans (e.g. weather related)
  • there is limited space: only 30 can attend


Register for the SVTC September 19th Tour of the SWTTF



you'll need to use designated parking at JMU. Parking will be enforced in all JMU lots except lot D3 (across from the Festival).

After parking in lot D3 (a special pass will not be needed) walk 3-4 minutes to and around Rose Library - the SWTTF is located across the street from Rose Library (formerly the East Campus Library). While you are walking at the beginning of the field trip, you will be real close to your car at the end, by the way, when you leave the Festival.


General JMU parking map of the area (called Skyline) (html)



SVTC's Fall Tech Mixer:  Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 5:30-7:30pm

Taste of Thai, Harrisonburg, VA


Join us on September 26th 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, 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, a co-worker, or your spouse (please register each).  See you there!


Click to Register for the Fall Tech Mixer on September 26th


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Are you Interested in Joining us for a Performance at the Shenandoah University Conservatory? .... Let us Know!


We're trying to gauge your interest in taking a trip to Shenandoah University for a performance, possibly with dinner. We're considering hiring a bus or van (eg 12 - 50 people) and have collected the costs for various service providers.  Many options abound - and we need to see what YOU are thinking before we continue planning.


Click here to tell us about vour interest in taking a field trip with networking and performance to Shenandoah University - what day of the week is more interesting, which of the performances would be of interest, would you prefer us to arrange transportation, would you bring a spouse, etc.


Detailed information on performances at the SU Conservatory may be found at:



Welcome Back Level III Member: Rockingham Group


Our sincere thanks to Rockingham Group for their Level III membership renewal.  We appreciate their strong support of the SVTC.


The Rockingham Group is a property & casualty insurance company that provides coverage for homes, farms, rental dwellings, autos, and businesses in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Since 1869, the Rockingham Group's continuing focus on personalized customer service and reliability has helped attract generations of customers that have looked to them for insurance to provide security and peace of mind. They are rated A (excellent) by the insurance industry rating organization A. M. Best Company.


For more information visit or call (540) 434-5344.



Welcome Back Member: Lefever Associates


Our thanks to Lefever Associates for their membership renewal.  A special thank you goes to Allon Lefever for his continued service on the SVTC Board...much appreciated!


Lefever Associates is a consulting firm with a few dozen active clients, specializing in strategic planning, entrepreneurial start-up coaching, merger and acquisition guidance, financing assistance, Board development, and direct Board service.


Allon Lefever, the primary principal, has an MA in Economics from Penn State University, and has been a senior executive in a number of companies, ranging from agriculture to the internet. He also directed the MBA Program at EMU for 5 years. Allon and his son raised $215,000,000 in an extremely successful IPO for their Internet company in 1999, and Allon later served as the VP of Acquisitions and Mergers for Earthlink. He has over 30 years of senior management experience, has served on over 45 Boards, for both profit and non-for-profit organizatoins. He has been directly in involved in the start-up of 24 businesses, including taking 6 companines public (IPO's). He is an active entrepreneur, which makes him a very practical consultant. Allon brings his management know-how and his contacts from his career involvement in raising over $4 Billion dollars in capital for numerous companies, (including contacts on Wall Street and SEC firms in Washington), to his clients for their benefit as part of his consulting. Lefever Associates also has arrangements/alliances with 8 other specialists ranging from Human Resources to Hospitality to International work, which are utilized as specialized expertise as required. All inquiries and work are kept strictly confidential, given the sensitive nature of Board and acquisition consulting.


Call Allon at 540-421-6888 for a free no obligation confidential introductory meeting. 



Welcome Back Member:  JMU University Studies


Our thanks to JMU's University Studies for their membership renewal.


University Studies at James Madison University is the central location for students, faculty and the university community to receive services and support regarding the Center for Assessment and Research Studies,  General Education Program, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IdLS), the Honors Program and University Advising.


University Studies is the Dean's office for undeclared students, and coordinates some university-wide academic projects, including the Honor Code Test and the registration of new freshmen and transfer students into appropriate first-semester courses. Within University Studies, the Center for Assessment and Research Studies provides quality assessment service to the university while providing applied graduate training in both assessment and measurement. The General Education Program is the core academic program required of all students, regardless of their major, educating students in ways that have been fundamental to higher education and to thinking people for centuries. IdLS is a liberal arts and sciences major that is cooperatively produced by three different colleges (Arts and Letters, Integrated Science and Engineering, and Education). The IdLS major provides content-area education for future teachers, and is designed to prepare students to meet subject area competencies required for teacher licensure in Virginia. The Honors Program seeks to meet the educational needs of talented, highly motivated students by offering increased opportunities for an enriched and demanding curriculum. University Advising focuses on the implementation of advising practices across the majors.


For more information visit or call (540) 568-7770.



Spotlight on a SVTC Board Member: Dr. Heather Watson .... a woman working in a STEM field - apparently no big deal to her!


Our thanks to Eric Gorton, Public Affairs Coordinator at JMU, for allowing us to share this article.


Dr. Watson serves as Secretary on the SVTC's board of directors. This article was originally published on JMU's Department of Engineering's website to celebrate the first graduating class of the JMU Department of Engineering.  As a woman with a successful career in STEM, we felt you would enjoy reading about part of her story.

Dr. Heather Watson learned to solder when she was about six years old and how to read blueprints when she was about 10. Her father, an engineer, also taught her and her brother and sisters how to mix concrete at a young age and they helped him build the family stereo from parts he ordered.  Watson was never told that math and science weren't for girls and she always had a passion for them. "At the time when I grew up in Jamaica, sciences were the big thing for students," she said. "It was very different when I came to the U.S. to attend university, where it didn't seem to be the 'in' thing. It was only after arriving here that I heard phrases such as 'girls don't know math' or 'girls are bad at math.'" ... Full article ...



The Governor's Cyber Challenge to High School Students


Governor McDonnell invites students with an interest in computers, information technology and cyber security to compete in the first annual Governor's Cyber Challenge.  Students enrolled in a public or private high school (including homeschooled students) in the Commonwealth of Virginia are eligible to participate.

The Challenge is free and consists of 3 online challenges, culminating in an in person finals competition. The students who score the highest on the 3 online challenges will be invited to compete in an in person final challenge on March 2, 2013 at George Mason University. The winners of the final challenge will receive scholarship funds.



CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards: There's Still time to Send in Your Nominations


Call for Nominations to Recognize Most Ground Breaking Entrepreneurs ... Deadline is September 20th.


Virginia is known for its robust entrepreneurial community that heralds innovation and ingenuity from all corners of the state.  CIT GAP Funds will honor 50 entrepreneurs - recognized by peer entrepreneurs - as most likely to build Virginia's next generation life science, technology, and energy companies.

They are seeking nominations from all corners of the Commonwealth, CIT wants to honor innovative business entrepreneurs creating high-growth companies.

Nominating criteria includes: 

  • Individuals who are most likely to found a high-growth tech, life science or energy venture in the next 5 years

        Individuals both with or without current involvement in a start-up

        Individuals with strong ties to Virginia (but not required to be Virginia residents)

        Individuals must exhibit substantive involvement in Virginia's technology or entrepreneurial ecosystem

        In order to qualify for final voting individuals must be nominated by 3 people

  • CIT Board members and employees are not eligible  

CIT GAP Funds is the driving force behind the entrepreneur awards. They provide seed-stage equity investments in Virginia's top life science, technology and energy enterprises, propelling economic development and bolstering innovation statewide. Please see for more information.  

Nominations for the GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards can be submitted through the website

Final GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards recipients will be determined through a peer voting process. CIT will send an electronic ballot to nominees to vote. The final 2012 GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards recipients will be honored at an award banquet in McLean, Va. on October 18th. 

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SV-SBDC Event: QuickBooks I (2-part course), Sept.18 & 25, 2012, 1:00-5:00pm

PBGH LLP, 558 South Main, Harrisonburg, VA

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

This hands-on course will teach you to set up and use a QuickBooks financial system for your business.

You'll work with customer and vendor lists, forms, registers, and bank and credit card accounts; enter sales and payments; enter and pay bills; report and analyze financial data. You'll also recieve a 2012 Learning Guide that you can use after the class ends.  It includes a sample data file on CD and a 140-day trial of QuickBooks 2012.

This is an 8-hour class and concludes on Tuesday, Sept 25.
The course is taught assuming participants have a basic understanding of bookkeeping terms and practices. See Keeping the Books workshops for fundamentals.



University Tech Transfer Funding Forums

September 24, Charlottesville, VA

September 26, Blacksburg, VA

Hosted by the Center for Innovative Technology.

These sessions will provide insights into various funding sources available to university researchers to facilitate tech transfer and company start-up efforts. Companies that have used these funding sources will be featured in the discussion. 
Ideal for University researchers, university personnel, entrepreneurial university researchers, and postdoctoral researchers looking for funding to further develop their technology.

For complete information and to register visit:


SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshops

(NIH Focused): September 25, Charlottesville, VA

(NSF Focused): September 27, Blacksburg, VA

Hosted by the Center for Innovative Technology

SBIR grants (Small Business Innovation Research) and it's sister STTR grant program (Small Business Technology Transfer) provide $150K - $1M in early stage R&D funding. 11 participating federal agencies use this program to fund early stage technology development that will help them solve their problems and meet their missions. $2.5B is available in this program, with the main purpose to commercialize the funded technology.

The Sept. 25 session in Charlottesville will provide detailed instruction on strategy and technical proposal preparation, with a focus on the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

The Sept. 27 session in Blacksburg will provide detailed instruction on strategy and technical proposal preparation, with an emphasis on the National Science Foundation (NSF). 


For full information and to register visit:



"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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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 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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Startup Weekend, Charlottesville: October 26 & 27, 2012

CitySpace, 100 5th Street Northeast, Charlottesville

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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Job Posting:  Information Systems Network Security Engineer, Serco

Serco in Harrisonburg, VA is seeking a Information Systems Network Security Engineer to work on a small team of dedicated IT professionals responsible to provide secure automation services to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 


The Network Security Engineer will assure that all systems are FISMA compliant.   Serco is seeking an individual  that can that can  apply, document, and enforce secure baseline configuration to assure compliance with government regulations; troubleshoot and resolve issues; and communicate effectively. 


Applicant MUST be a U.S Citizen and will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Please refer to the Serco-NA Career webpage or contact Joyce Barranco ( for more information about the Security Network position.


Job Posting:  Director of Manufacturing, Virginia Panel Corporation

Director of Manufacturing to oversee the manufacturing and materials operations through the planning and execution of company objectives to satisfy safety, quality, cost, and delivery requirements.

General Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from a 4-year college or university in a Manufacturing or Engineering related field.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in high-precision manufacturing or related environment.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and problem solving skills.
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Office programs with strong analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing principles.

For full information visit




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