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September 5, 2014  
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SVTC's Fall Tech Mixer on September 18
"Women Etc" Conference Richmond, September 30
Shenandoah Drones: 9/27 at Meems Bottom Covered Bridge
JMU starts Engineers Without Borders Chapter
SBIR/STTR Workshops in Charlottesville
RCPS names new director of Innovation & Learning
Placements sought for Business & Information Technology Interns
CIT's Mach 37 Annouces Fall Cohort
JMU Celebration of Entrepreneurship: September 12
beCamp Unconference: Sept. 19 & 20
Highlighting Member: Shenandoah University
Highlighting Member: ComSonics
Highlighting Member: JMU University Programs

Register soon for SVTC's F
all Tech Mixer 2014
Thursday, September 18 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Beyond

Join the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council on September 18th for our annual Fall Tech Mixer. Hosted by the SVTC's Board of Directors, this is our fall networking event.  We're happy to be back at Beyond this year.  Not only is it just a few blocks from SVTC's office but they always provide us with delicious food and an ample bar selection. 


Join current and potential members of the SVTC 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.


Find out what we're doing as an organization and what our members are doing individually.This is our second biggest event of the year (only Tech Nite is bigger).  This is where the growing technology community goes in the fall to catch up.  Feel free to invite a co-worker, customer or spouse (please register each). 

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LOCATION: Beyond Restaurant, 50 Water Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801;  

TIME: 5:30pm-7:30pm.

PARKING: in the Water Street Parking garage across the street

REGISTRATION (required): online at or use the link on the left.  

Registration will close on Monday 9/15 at noon. 



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Registration still open for RichTech's "Women Etc." Conference
September 30, 2014, Carpenter Theatre Richmond

Women Etc. brings together technology professionals to learn, network and collaborate on issues and opportunities facing women in technology. WomenEtc., Virginia's premier conference on women in technology, is hosted by the Richmond Technology Council's WIT (Women In Technology) Forum.  The conference is not just for women, anyone can attend in support of women in technology.
 The full day event includes:
  • Keynote by Jeanette Horan, CIO of IBM
  • Keynote by Rebecca Jacoby, CIO of Cisco 
  • Serious Games with Founder of backCODE, Sofia Viklund 
  • Technology-enabled "Lessons Learned", Panel discussion
  • Gamification in the Classroom, Kate Fanelli
  • Made with Code: Miral Kotb of illuminate    
All Day Pass $100- Includes Breakfast, Keynotes, Lunch, Workshops, and Networking Reception.  Or purchase a session pass for $45.

If any of our SVTC members would like to attend, we have a discount code available; please contact Nicky at 



Women Etc is sponsored by SVTC members; Lumos Networks and ABS Technology Architects, among others.

For more information, schedule and registration go to

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Interested in drones? Check out Shenandoah Drones on Sat., Sept 27th
September 27, 2014, Meems Bottom Covered Bridge (Mt. Jackson)

Shenandoah Drones is an "organization that provides a place to share an interest in flying r/c controlled vehicles commonly called drones and (UAS) Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Our group of members covers an area from Winchester south on 81 to Lexington, running the entire length of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. We hold an interest and passion for flying our vehicles and also a responsibility to educate others on the safety of our hobby. We welcome all levels of users from those who are beginners and curious about the many different types of vehicles, to those who were UAV pilots in the military and r/c pilots who have more than 20 years of experience. As a community we will also provide great insight on how to purchase and build great vehicles."


Historic Meems Bottom Covered bridge in Mt. Jackson and Shenandoah River Fly-In. Come join the Shenandoah Drones for our first fly-in, held in a great flying environment. Huge open fields beside the Shenandoah River, just below the Blue Ridge Mountains. We will fly and discuss drones all day.  We will be right beside a huge pumpkin patch that offers the sale of pumpkins and fall food. Come out bring the whole family and pick pumpkins. 


Hosted by Rob Thompson, JMU Alumni and founder of Shenandoah Drones 


More info and directions: Shenandoah Drones (MeetUp)


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Member News:  JMU starts Engineering Without Borders chapter

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JMU's Department of Engineering (College of Integrated Science & Engineering) has recently announced their new chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USA), an international non-profit organization established to create community-based development programs around the globe. Engineers Without Borders is an organization that provides engineering services to partners in developing nations around the world. By giving students the opportunity to work with different cultures and build both sustainable projects and relationships, EWB-USA shows the diverse side of the engineer while providing meaningful contributions to the world.

With more than 13,800 members worldwide participating in the hundreds of professional and student chapters, EWB-USA partners with communities to solve specific problems in a collaborative way.


Despite EWB falling within the Engineering Department, its leaders want to welcome students from other majors.

"This club is not just for engineers; we need education majors, we need health sciences, we need business, people who speak the native languages, people of all aspects. A multidisciplinary effort will be the most successful effort." said engineering student and president of JMU's EWB chapter Lauren Distler.


More at:  

Article about EWB at JMU  


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Member News:  CIT schedules NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshops 

September 16-18, 2014 Charlottesville, VA
Three, Low-Cost, Half-Day Sessions To Fit your Schedule.  Attend only the sessions you need!


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The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs at the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health provide over $700M each year to hundreds of small technology companies for early stage, high risk R&D.  Especially ideal for university PosDocs, graduate students, entrepreneurial researchers and open to small tech firms as well.  

The unique nature of NSF and NIH is that they have very open ended topic areas in their solicitations that allow the researcher to propose their own topics based on defined market opportunities and the missions at each agency. The commercial market focus of NSF and NIH SBIR/STTR makes them  very similar to the types of projects that early stage Angel Investors and Venture Capital firms tend to fund -- except SBIR/STTR projects are typically a bit earlier in development and the funding is non-dilutive to your business.


This special NIH SBIR/STTR workshop is delivered in three half-day sessions, with each session delivered twice each day to accommodate busy schedules.   Morning Session from 8:30AM-noon, and Afternoon Session from 1-5PM.  There will be a networking lunch from noon-1PM for all.  


  • Sept. 16, Day 1: SBIR/STTR Intro & Proposal Planning
  • Sept. 17, Day 2: NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep
  • Sept. 18, Day 3: Commercialization Plans & Budgeting


Pricing: Varies by industry and session from $20 -$150

Location:  Omni Hotel, 212 Ridge McIntire Rd., Charlottesville, VA. Discount room rates available

More information and registration at

There will also be a one day NSF SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshop on October 7, 2014 in Arlington, VA.

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Member News:  RCPS names new director of Innovation and Learning
The Rockingham County Public School Board recently announced Dr. Larry Shifflett as the new Director of Innovation and Learning for the school division. Dr. Shifflett will provide visionary leadership to the instructional programs in Rockingham County Public Schools, helping to implement and enhance innovative ideas that will prepare students for life and careers in the 21st century.  Heis a 1990 graduate of Spotswood High School and a 1995 graduate of James Madison University.  He returned to JMU to earn his Master's in Education in 1999 and recently completed his Doctorate of Education degree from The Curry School of Education at The University of Virginia.  While a student at UVA, he was honored with the William H. Seawell Memorial Award in 2012.  Dr. Shifflett has also held various instructional and administrative positions in Rockingham County Schools.

More at the RCPS website
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Student Interns in Business & Information Technology Available


Woodrow Wilson Center for Employment in Fishersville has student interns available from their Business and Information Technology program.  These students have learned skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, QuickBooks and Filing.  There are also student interns available for Computer Repair work.  These students have all earned customer service certifications. The Woodrow Wilson Center is looking for internships in any type of office environment, retail store or computer repair shop.  Student internships normally last four to six weeks and are free of charge. 

If you are interested, please contact Renee McChesney, business instructor at, Tracey Lisi, computer repair instructor at or Donna Hawkins, student internship coordinator at  You can also call 540-332-7244. 


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Member News:  CIT's Mach 37 Announces Fall 2014 Cohort

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The MACH37™ Cyber Accelerator announced on September 2nd the launch of its Fall 2014 session for cybersecurity startups. The six companies were selected to participate in the Fall Cohort based upon their innovative approach to solving real world security issues, unique technology, and disruptive market solutions.  Those six companies were; BiJoTi,  CypherChat, iAspire,  SecureDBSyncurity Networks, &

Virgil Security.    


"Our Fall class of companies brings an impressive, innovative collection of solutions to vexing security and business issues," said Rick Gordon, Managing Partner of MACH37™.  "We actively engage security innovators globally who bring fresh approaches to thwarting an increasingly aggressive worldwide cyber threat."

MACH37™ is the premier accelerator for cybersecurity entrepreneurs and startups.  MACH37™ was launched in 2013 by the Center for Innovative Technology.  CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been Virginia's primary driver of innovation and entrepreneurship. CIT accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies through commercialization, capital formation, market development and revenue generation services.  


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JMU ICCE Event -- September 12, 2014
ICCE= Innovation, Collaboration, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

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JMU's Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting its first ever ICCE event on September 12 at JMU's Festival Center.  The event hopes to bring together the JMU entrepreneurial community by gathering alumni, student, faculty and staff for a full evening of events.  ICCE will showcase work by successful JMU alumni and provide a forum for entrepreneurs to share ideas to and learn from others.

 "If you're interested in new ideas, new business plans, the uses of new technology, or are simply curious about the creative energy generated by JMU students, faculty, and alumni, you'll not want to miss this event."


C'ville beCamp Unconference September 19-20, 2014


beCamp is Charlottesville's version of the BarCamp unconference movement - a conference organized on the fly by attendees, for attendees.    


On Friday evening, anyone in attendance can suggest topics for sessions held the following day. The suggestions that have the most votes are chosen as part of the conference schedule for the following day.  Topics that are not chosen for the main scheduling blocks can still be presented as a five minute "Lightning Talk" where presenters can share their message with the other conference attendees during lunch on Saturday.

Software developers, system administrators, quality assurance, devops, designers, business developers and anyone interested in technology are encouraged to register.  beCamp will be held at CitySpace on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville and is free to participants.

Use  for more information and registration.   

Sponsored in part by SVTC member Lightcastle Technical Consulting   

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Highlighting Renewing Level 1 Member: Shenandoah University  

Shenandoah University is a comprehensive private university with an enrollment of about 4,000 students in six schools: College of Arts & Sciences, Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business, Shenandoah Conservatory, Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy, Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing, School of Health Professions (Athletic Training, Respiratory Care, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies and Physical Therapy). The university offers over 100 programs of study at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.


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Highlighting Renewing Level 1 Member: ComSonics  

ComSonics is an electronic telecommunications firm headquartered locally in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The company, incorporated in 1972, today is 100% owned by its 200+ employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). ComSonics is involved in three distinct business units - Repair Services, Electronic Product Engineering and Development, and Electronic Equipment Manufacturing Services. As a leader in high quality Cable Telecommunications repair services and the largest provider in the United States, ComSonics presently offers nationwide coverage from three strategically located facilities in Harrisonburg, VA; Indianapolis, IN; and Sacramento, CA, servicing Distribution, Headend, Test, Power Supply and Fiber Optic equipment. The company offers a related Mobile Calibration business that positions on-site mobile calibration labs at the customer's location for validating performance of all types of test instrumentation. ComSonics began manufacturing Cable Telecommunications Test & Measurement instruments in 1975. ComSonics first major product, the Sniffer®, has since been followed by a full line of RF detection products and today is the de facto standard for cable delivered signal leakage detection in the industry. In 2001 to deal with product manufacturing growth, a new wholly owned subsidiary of ComSonics became incorporated as CEMSI - ComSonics Electronic Manufacturing Services Incorporated that in December 2003 relocated to a new state of the art facility in Weyers Cave, Virginia. The move enabled an opportunity for CEMSI to grow a new contract manufacturing business unit by offering contract manufacturing services to non-ComSonics entities.


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Highlighting Renewing Level 1 Member: JMU University Programs

University Programs (formerly 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 Programs 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 Programs, 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. 

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