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SVTC Bits & Grits: February 19, 2013

SVTC Luncheon ... SQL Injection/OWASP: February 21, 2013

Valley SBDC Start Smart Workshop: February 11, 2013

Harrisonburg City Public Schools Announce 1st Annual STEM Day: February 23, 2013

The Shenandoah Valley Partnership Announces Comprehensive Training Database

Aux Send Premiers On PBS in March

Bits & Grits

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 8:00am


This 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 Luncheon:  SQL Injection/Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP)

February 21, 2013, 11:45am-1:15pm

The Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg

(Networking begins at 11:45am)

Speaker:  Dr. Mike Mitri, JMU Professor of Computer Information Systems and Interim Department Head, CIS & BSAN

IT technicians and managers need to understand SQL Injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), and other web-originating information security vulnerabilities. These can have severe negative impacts, and minimizing these threats is an important consideration for application developers! The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) includes a robust amount of information on this subject as well as an extensive set of software tools. These resources can be used to train and support IT professionals as they seek to strengthen security at their installations. In this presentation, Dr. Mitri will give an overview of OWASP, and show how to apply best programming practices for thwarting common web security threats.

Lunch will be Dutch treat.  All are welcome. Membership not required. Reservations are encouraged so that we can bring each attendee a pre-printed nametag.


Valley SBDC Start Smart Workshop February 11, 2013, 6:00-8:00pm
SBDC Offices, 1598 South Main Street, Harrisonburg


Offered by the SBDC

Thinking about starting a small business? Have you already started and realize you may have missed a few things? This workshop is for you. We review the steps to a successful start, the registrations and regulations, and the components of sound business planning, including financial projections. Follow-up appointments are then available with SBDC business advisors to focus on your business or marketing plan. Start Smart workshops are held in various locations and at various times to meet your needs.

Fee: $ 25.00




Harrisonburg City Public Schools Announce First Annual STEM Day: February 23, 2013

Harrisonburg City Public Schools announced that they would be having their first STEM Day on February 23rd from 10 am-4 pm at the Harrisonburg Valley Mall.  They will be inviting all Harrisonburg and Rockingham County communities to celebrate the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). There will be many exciting demonstrations, hands on activities, and exhibits created by students and teachers of Harrisonburg City Schools for kids of all ages to enjoy.  Their largest exhibit will be an indoor planetarium, where students and their parents can learn all about our solar system! Another large exhibit will be the STEM Mobile Learning Lab, which is a trailer where students and parents can participant in hands-on learning experiences.

According to the Census Bureau,  "STEM workers earn 26% more than their non-STEM counterparts; STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17% from 2008-2018, compared to 9.8% growth in non-STEM occupations; and, STEM degree holders enjoy higher earnings, whether they work in STEM or non-STEM occupations."

HCPS strongly believe that their STEM Academy program educates a diverse group of students by engaging them in these experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics that inspire and motivate them.   Their program encourages students to further develop skills in time-management, teamwork, and problem solving.  The program does all this while students prepare to become a part of the 21st century community, that uses technology confidently, effectively communicates, and embraces problem-solving skills.  This program will definitely be an asset to the student's futures.   

For more information on Harrisonburg City Public Schools and their first annual STEM Day, please visit  [note: check out the cool promotional video at this link!] 



The Shenandoah Valley Partnership Announces Comprehensive Training Database

Database to provide listings of all educational and training programs in Valley.

[HARRISONBURG, January 25, 2013] -The Shenandoah Valley Partnership is excited to announce the unveiling of a new training database, the Shenandoah Valley Education and Training Database.  The database, hosted on the Partnership's web site, will list training and educational programs available from Valley colleges, universities and technical schools.


A result of the Partnership's Education and Workforce Committee and spearheaded in development by Dr. Bob Young of Blue Ridge Community College, this database will function as a tool for education and business in the Valley to collaboratively produce results.

"Employers consistently report frustration that they are not aware of the wide range of education and training available at the many technical centers, schools and institutions of higher education in the Valley.  This initiative provides employers with a single website for easy access to an interactive, searchable database which provides them with information about training programs in high demand fields," commented John Downey, President of Blue Ridge Community College and Chairman of the Partnership's Education and Workforce Committee.

Not only will employers benefit from the comprehensive database, Valley citizens looking to broaden their skills and colleges looking to share their program availability will be able to use the database to their advantage as well.
Robin Sullenberger, CEO of the Partnership, said "In today's highly automated and technology driven business climate, access to a skilled workforce often determines success or failure.  Valley businesses and citizens will be able to access valuable, relevant information in a timely manner from a user friendly format."

Valley business R.R. Donnelly sees the potential.  "This new database has tremendous potential to significantly help employers address workforce training needs in the Shenandoah Valley.  Employers are often unaware of what specific training programs are offered by education providers.  Now, employers can go to one web based resource to find which training providers offer specific programs in particular workforce training skill areas," said Gary Calleo, Plant Manager of R.R. Donnelley.

"Our employees are really the only sustainable competitive advantage we have.  That means it is critical for us to maintain their skillsets at high contemporary levels.  Doing so requires us to seek new training and education programs on a frequent basis.  Having a means to access well-structured information on the types of programs that are available to us throughout the region is invaluable.  We are very pleased that the Shenandoah Valley Partnership and Blue Ridge Community College have worked in a collaborative fashion with a wide array of resource providers to develop the Education and Training Database that was recently introduced," noted Neal Menefee, President and CEO of Rockingham Group.

The Shenandoah Valley Partnership provides marketing services, site location assistance and support to existing businesses in the Central Shenandoah Valley.  The Partnership serves the counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham and Shenandoah, and the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro.


You may visit the database at


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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


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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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Aux Send Premiers On PBS in March

This show was developed in conjunction with SVTC member DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design.

HARRISONBURG, Va.- Aux Send, a live, independent music performance and interview TV show premiers on WVPT, a Virginia-based PBS station, this March 23rd, airing before Austin City Limits. Aux Send features performances and interviews from artists such as Nelly Kate, Wes Swing, Bryan Elijah Smith, Nick Coward & The Last Battle, and more.

Aux Send began as a Web show, and is currently distributed on a mobile content provider in the United
Kingdom. The initial PBS broadcast run consists of thirteen one-hour episodes, including material from theWeb show, as well as unreleased performances. Aux Send can be seen on WVPT in the Shenandoah Valley, Central and Northern Virginia, Eastern and Panhandle West Virginia, Western Maryland, Southern Pennsylvania, and Washington DC areas. The first episode of Aux Send premiers March 23rd, 2013, at 10pm.

For full press release and more Information, including a preview of the first episode, visit



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