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Tech Nite 12: May 2, 2012

SVTC Bits & Grits: April 17, 20, 2012

Welcome Back Level III Member: PBGH, LLP

Welcome Back Member: Delegate Steve Landes

Member News: CIT Connect Partners with Virginia Department of Education on Apps4VA Competition

BRCC Careers Expo: April 10, 2012

DoD SBIR Proposal Workshops (Hosted by CIT): May 2nd & May 17th

National College Offering One-Day Instructional Workshops on Microsoft Excel: May 7th, 8th & 21st

2012 State Wind Energy Symposium: June 20-June 22, 2012

Job Posting: Teacher Needed, Shenandoah Valley Governor's School


Tech Nite 12

May 2, 2012

JMU's Festival & Conference Center


Check your mail...Invitations have been mailed and we are taking reservations!


5:30 pm Reception

7:00 pm Dinner

7:30 pm Awards presentation


This is the evening when we highlight the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region and the entrepreneurs, innovators, leaders and educators behind those successes. We received a record-breaking 33 nominations for the seven awards that will presented at Tech Nite 12.  Join us on May 2nd when we will announce the deserving winners and present the awards.


Cost:  $75 per person 

Click here to make your reservations 


Visit our Tech Nite Details page to find out who has been nominated this year and to learn more about Tech Nite 12.


Sponsorships: Don't forget we still have some open sponsorship opportunities.  This is an excellent way to get your name out to the tech crowd on May 2nd. Take a look at our Tech Nite page for more information.  Sponsorships range from $300 to $1,500 (includes tickets).  Contact to discuss.


Thank you to our Tech Nite 12 Sponsors (to date!):


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Bits & Grits

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 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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Welcome Back Level III Member: PBGH, LLP


A sincere thank you to PBGH for their Level III membership renewal.  A special thank you is extended to Daniel Martin for his service as SVTC's Treasurer.

PBGH was organized in Harrisonburg, Virginia in September 1963. PBGH has three additional offices which are located in Fredericksburg, Warrenton and Fairfax, Virginia.  PBGH's mission is to alert clients to the opportunities that exist in the world of business, tax planning, and financial management and to provide personalized guidance to assure that those opportunities are realized.


Beyond prompt response to immediate needs in auditing, accounting and tax matters, PBGH acts as our clients' financial consultants.  Our goal is to help each client attain a better bottom line.  To that end, PBGH has a sister organization, PBGH Financial Advisors, a fee only investment advisory firm (no transaction commissions).   In addition to investment services, PBGH FA provides financial and retirement planning services.


For more information visit or call (540) 434-5975.



Welcome Back Member: Delegate Steve Landes


The SVTC thanks Steve Landes for his membership renewal.


Delegate Steve Landes represents the 25th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, which includes portions of Albemarle, Augusta, and Rockingham Counties. Steve was elected to the House in 1995 and is now serving his ninth term. He serves on the Appropriations, Rules, Education and Privileges & Elections Committees. He is Vice Chairman of Education.


For more information visit or call (540) 245-5540.



Member News: CIT Connect Partners with Virginia Department of Education on Apps4VA Competition

Apps4VA challenges the public to develop applications using public data to improve education

April 5, 2012 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) jointly announced a software application development program known as "Apps4VA."  The program stems from a federal grant to create a Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS) to provide educators and policymakers aggregate data on Virginia public school students' progress toward college and career readiness. The Apps4VA program will encourage the development of new and innovative applications (apps) to improve education using VLDS data.

In recent years, the availability of vast information technology resources and the proliferation of social media outlets have produced a culture of mass collaboration, resulting in the availability of novel technologies.  Many organizations, both in the public and private sectors, have turned to the public for ideas on how their data might be used and for the development of new applications to analyze them.  One vehicle being used to accomplish these goals is a competition that encourages the design of apps that converts data into useful formats.

CIT President and CEO Pete Jobse said, "Apps4VA is an innovative way to engage the citizens of the Commonwealth and beyond, using publicly available datasets to create revolutionary software that will provide a unique social value proposition for Virginia.  CIT supports this initiative and is eager to join with members of the community to nurture the growth of such valuable technology."

The Apps4VA mission includes encouraging the design of applications that will convert the educational data into meaningful or useful formats and a unique program to provide high school students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning to a real-world solution. 

Apps4VA will sponsor two competitions and an applications development event.  In partnership with Startup Weekend, Apps4VA will sponsor a 54-hour long event in June 2012 where teachers, developers, designers and others will come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups.  The focus of this weekend event will be to generate applications and ideas related to K-12 education data.

Beginning in late summer 2012, Apps4VA will conduct two open competitions - one for the general public and one for Virginia public high school students.  The Apps4VA Open Competition will ask participants to build a software application using the VLDS data.  The Apps4VA High School Competition will ask high school students to outline an application that would use VLDS data in a presentation.  All competitors may apply other publicly available data sets to create their apps.  Stakeholders will gain numerous benefits through the creativity and ingenuity of the community; while participants will have an opportunity to capitalize on the success of the apps they have developed with cash prizes, public recognition and exposure to the venture capital community. 

"The Virginia Longitudinal Data System provides educators and policy makers with information that is critical to the development of sound policies and effective instruction," Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said. "I am excited about the potential of the Apps4VA program to broaden access to data in the system through the development of applications that meet the needs of the entire spectrum of data users, including educators, parents and researchers."

To learn more about the Apps4VA program, please visit


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BRCC Careers Expo

April 10, 2012, 10:00am-3:00pm

BRCC Advanced Technology Center 


Blue Ridge Community College will host its 5th annual Careers Expo called "Let's Connect" on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Center.

Sponsored by the Alpha Beta Gamma business honor society, the Expo features over 30 employers, a résumé writing clinic, job tips and strategies and two career-building seminars. Participants may also register for gas card giveaways.

At 11 a.m. in Room D102, BRCC President John Downey will moderate a panel discussion called "Connecting Pieces of the Economic Puzzle: Employment Forecasts for the Valley." The panel members include Sharon Johnson, CEO Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board and director of  Shenandoah Valley Energy Partnership; Robin Sullenberger, CEO of the Shenandoah Valley Partnership; and Billy Vaughn, director of Community Development for Rockingham County.

Beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Room D102, a seminar called "Connecting with Employer Expectations: How to Get and Keep Your Job" will be moderated by Dr. Bob Young, Vice President of Instruction and Student Services. Featured speakers are Ms. Marcy Engle, HR director at Eastern Mennonite University; Andrew Deitz, Sr. Human Resources Manager at nTelos; and Tim Nicely, HR director at BRCC.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jenny Harvey, BRCC Career Services, at (540) 453-2237.

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DoD SBIR Proposal Workshops

May 2, McLean, VA

May 17, Virginia Beach, VA

Planning a DoD SBIR Submission? 
DoD 2012.2 SBIR Solicitation -- Pre-release April 24, Opens May 24, Closes June 27:

The Dept.of Defense Small Business Innovation Research Grant program provides $150K - $1M in early stage funding to help them solve technology problems that are aligned with their mission.  The next SBIR Solicitation will open in Pre-Release on about April 24, will open on about May 24, and will close on about June 27. 

CIT is hosting two DoD focused SBIR workshops during the pre-solicitation period to help those new to the program and for those who may want to be more competitive in their grant submissions. 

These one day workshops provide in depth guidance on the DOD SBIR / STTR programs and are ideal for those new to the program as well as those who have participated in SBIR or STTR previously.  We'll have a special discussion on the recent SBIR program reauthorization and how that will specifically impact current and future SBIR/STTR awards. 
The DOD SBIR and STTR grant programs have over $1.3B available to fund early stage R&D projects based on the needs of each agency.  DOD is different than all other agencies who have SBIR/STTR grants, and each DOD component is different.  Learn how to tap into this valuable funding mechanism! 
Event will be taught by Mr. John Davis of the SBIR Resource Center.  With over 17 years experience in teaching SBIR, Mr. Davis brings a unique perspective into the program and provides detailed content that is sure to make a difference your approach to writing winning SBIR/STTR for the Dept. of Defense.  
Agenda includes: 

  • SBIR / STTR overview
  • Agency differences
  • Doing your Homework
  • How to approach the agency
  • Step by step proposal preparation guidance and tips to stand out above other DOD SBIR/STTR proposals
  • Using SBIR to open doors to multi-million dollar opportunities
  • What the recent SBIR re-authorization means to you 
  • Insights from a DoD SBIR Award Winner!

-Virginia Based Technology Firms:  $90 per person
-Non-Virginia Based Technology Firms:  $175 per person
For full information & to register visit:

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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
   Cadence, Inc.


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National College Offering One-Day Instructional Workshops on Microsoft Excel: May 7th, 8th & 21st, 9:00am-4:30pm

1515 Country Club Road, Harrisonburg


Essentials: May 7th
Creating an Excel worksheet, editing spreadsheets, preforming calculations, modifying, formatting, printing and managing.


Intermediate: May 8th
Calculating data with advanced formulas, organizing worksheets and table data, inserting graphic, objects and customizing and enhancing workbooks and the excel environment.


Advanced: May 21st
Streamlining workflow collaborating with others, auditing worksheets, analyzing data working with multiple workbooks, importing and exporting data, presenting data using pivot tables, slicers, and pivot charts.


Three Day Package (Essentials, Intermediate, Advanced) $349.00
Two Day Package: $249.00
One Day Pacckage: $149.00


For more information contact Jennifere Clayton, Corporated Training Director

(540) 444-4164.



2012 State Wind Energy Symposium
June 20 - June 22, 2012
East Campus of James Madison University


The goal of the symposium is to inform stakeholders and other interested parties about the progress that wind power made in the region over the past few years and opportunities for the future.  The Symposium will address timely issues pertaining to wind power development in Virginia and throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, through a series of workshops and panel discussions. 

This year the Symposium will be held June 20-22, 2012 on the East Campus of James Madison University.

New this year we will be featuring:

  • Tours of our new Small Wind Training and Testing Facility
  • More exhibitors
  • A full 1.5 days of concurrent tracks and panel discussions
  • More time for Q&A in each panel discussion
  • A wind farm tour on the 22nd (limited availability) (TBD)


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Job Posting: Teacher Needed, Shenandoah Valley Governor's School

The Shenandoah Valley Governor's School will need one experienced teacher beginning July 30, 2012.  Anticipated teaching assignments include introduction to engineering, physics and/or computer science.  Most courses are dual-enrollment and require a Master's or Doctorate with 18 graduate hours in the subject area is required. 

Applicants should qualify for a Virginia Teaching License. More information about SVGS and the position(s) may be found on the school's web site (    Interviews will be offered beginning in April to qualified candidates who have submitted required materials.  Applicants must have completed the on-line application for Augusta County Schools ( and have sent a cover letter expressing interest, professional résumé, and statement of teaching philosophy to Program Director, SVGS, 49 Hornet Road, Fishersville, VA 22939 or via e-mail to

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