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Tech Nite 12 - Nominees Announced & Reservations Now Open

Tech Nite 12: Sponsorships Available

SVTC Bits & Grits: April 17, 20, 2012

Election of SVTC's Class II Board of Directors ... Slate Announced

Making Business-University Connections: April 3, 2012

FOSE Conference & Expo: April 3-5, 2012

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

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

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


Tech Nite 12 - Nominees Announced & Reservations Now Open


We received a record breaking 33 nominations for the seven awards to be presented at Tech Nite on May 2nd. 


Visit our website Tech Nite Details page to see who has been nominated. 


Our sincere thanks to everyone who took the time to make a really went all out this year and we have an exceptional group of deserving nominees.


On May 2nd we will be honoring the nominees and announcing the award winners.  Please join us:


Tech Nite 12
May 2, 2012

JMU's Festival & Conference Center
5:30 pm Reception
7:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Awards presentation

Cost:  $75 per person


Make a Tech Nite 12 reservation


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 3rd. Take a look at our website for sponsorships ranging from $300 to $1,500 (includes tickets), or contact  to discuss.


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Tech Nite 12: Sponsorships Available


Our thanks to Hollister Incorporated for signing up to be a Dessert Bar sponsor for Tech Nite 12.


Tech Nite is a great opportunity for you to get your name in front of the premier tech crowd!  This year, Tech Nite 12 will be held on May 2nd and we are expecting over 250 guests to attend the banquet.


If you're interested in bringing a table full of folks, getting your logo included on our Tech Nite pages, and also mentioned in print, give us a shout. 


Sponsorship opportunities include:


Table Sponsor   *   Media Sponsor     *   Reception Sponsor   *   Dessert Bar Sponsor 


All the details:
Tech Nite 2012 Sponsorship Opportunities (pdf)

SVTC Tech Nite 2012 pages 

Questions? Send us an email:


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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Election of SVTC's Class II Board of Directors ... Here is the Slate

Once a year the members of the SVTC elect one of the two classes that comprise the SVTC board of directors. This year, members will elect class II (their term will be from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014).

Elections will be conducted electronically from May 1 to May 18, 2012.  Any member wishing to vote in person may do so at our annual meeting on May 24th.  The Process is as follows:

We will identify our members who are eligible to vote as of May 1, 2012 (If you are not a member but would like to be, and would like to vote in the upcoming election, you will need to become one by May 1, 2012). Click Here to Become a Member of the SVTC.

The list of list of candidates and their biographies will be listed on our website in April.

Each member of the SVTC will receive an email containing a link for voting (each email and link is individually generated for each member and can only be used once).  We are using a company called SurveyMonkey to do this. Look for this email to arrive around May 1st. 

Each member, whether an individual or a company, receives one vote per membership.

On May 24, 2012, we will have our annual meeting and anyone who did not vote electronically can then vote in person, if desired.

We proudly announce our slate for the Class II Board of Directors as follows:

* Returning Board Member


Please contact Nicky if you have any questions.


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Making Business-University Connections 

April 3, 3:30-5:00pm.  

SV SBDC offices, 1598 S. Main St., Harrisonburg

Do you know how to find a student intern from James Madison University? Or where to connect with student projects or faculty expertise that could help your business?

Join us for an overview of all the ways you can connect with JMU students for internships, volunteer work, or jobs, and with faculty for class projects or consultations at this free workshop.

The workshop is hosted by your SV SBDC and will be conducted by JMU School of Communications students. It is free and open to all, but they'd appreciate knowing of your interest, so visit or call 568-3227 to reserve your seat.


FOSE Conference & Expo

April 3-5, 2012 

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC 


The top government IT event in the country returns to Washington, D.C., April 3-5. FOSE Conference & Expo offers 5 all-new conferences and a FREE Expo with educational sessions, workshops, training and Camps. Register today:



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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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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