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SVTC's Fall Tech Mixer...September 26, 2012 ... Are you Coming?

SVTC Members-only Event, Tour of CEMSI & BRCC with Lunch: October 10, 2012

SVTC Bits & Grits: October 16, 2012

Did you Miss the Small Wind Training & Testing Facility Tour? Sharing Info from the Tour

Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP)

Job Posting: Assistant Director 4-VA, James Madison University

Job Posting: Information Systems Network Security Engineer, Serco

Useful link to the Virginia Venture Calendar

Innovate NOVA 2012: October 5, 2012

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

Harrisonburg Clean Energy Odyssey Day: October 18, 2012

Virginia Business Incubation Association Annual Conference: October 22-23, 2012

Startup Weekend, Charlottesville: October 26 & 27, 2012

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

Taste of Thai, Harrisonburg, VA


We're calling in the count on Monday morning. If you haven't registered yet, go ahead and register now, then come see us on Wednesday. Attendance is going to be great for this event and it's shaping up to be a wonderful evening of networking, with marvelous food and good company.


Hosted by the SVTC's Board of Directors, this is a premier networking event. Current and potential members mix and mingle and network. Find out what we're doing as an organization, what our members are doing individually.

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.


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!


Register for the Fall Tech Mixer on September 26th


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SVTC Members-only Event

Tour of CEMSI & BRCC with Lunch

October 10 2012, 11:00am - 1:15pm


Limited space, first come, first served.


Membership has its privileges ... on October 10th SVTC members will have the opportunity to tour ComSonics Electronic Manufacturing Services Incorporated (CEMSI) followed by a tour and lunch at the new Advanced Technology Center at Blue Ridge Community College.

At CEMSI we will tour the production floor before the lunch break starts (and the employees will still be working).  At BRCC, President John Downey will provide participants with a tour of the new Advanced Manufacturing Center.  The Center is already playing a vital role in economic development in the region; it hosts the College's mechanical engineering, manufacturing technology, mechatronics, alternative energy and bioprocessing classes, to name a few. Come see how local businesses are benefitting from the state of the art equipment and training provided by Blue Ridge Community College.  This tour will be followed by lunch hosted by BRCC.

About ComSonics Electronic Manufacturing Services Incorporated (CEMSI):  CEMSI's key processes are fully automated, maintaining the latest technology in electronics assembly and testing. Combining their professional project management and procurement staff, CEMSI's manufacturing expertise and customer oriented focus makes them a preferred source for consignment or turnkey electronics manufacturing.

About Blue Ridge Community College:  The new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center at Blue Ridge Community College will support program enhancements in Manufacturing, Computer & Electronics, Mechanical Design and Physics.  It will help address the workforce development needs of local employers.  


11:00am (prompt) - Meet at CEMSI for welcome and tour  (address for CEMSI is780 Keezletown Road, Weyers Cave)

11:45am - Drive over to Blue Ridge Community College (see map).  Please park in the lots near the South Entrance and walk to the Advanced Technology Building link to directions to the college/parking 


12:00 noon  -  Convene at the Advanced Technology Center at BRCC for tour followed by lunch
There is limited capacity for this members-only event and registration is required:  


Register for the October 10, 2012 Member-only Tour of CEMSI & BRCC (various attendance options on the form)


(note: registration form will automatically stop accepting reservations when we reach full capacity)


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Bits & Grits

Tuesday, October 16, 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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Did you Miss the Small Wind Training & Testing Facility Tour? Sharing Some Information from the Tour...


During this event, Dr. Jonathan Miles, Director of the Virginia Center for Wind Energy (VCWE) and ISAT professor, and VCWE colleagues gave a tour of the Small Wind Training & Testing Facility at JMU and educated us on its purpose and goals, including facility equipment and hardware, curriculum development, and activities to be conducted on-site. 


We had such a good time being outdoors, and we are very appreciative of the time and knowledge Dr. Miles and his team shared with us.




Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP)


The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is a partner in a new industry internship initiative that can directly address your science, technology and engineering workforce needs and help to enhance your future STEM workforce. 


The program is the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) -  a service provided by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Using a centralized web-based system, this free program connects companies and their available internships with students by offering:

  • companies the opportunity to enter company and internship information for summer 2013, and
  • students from all accredited Virginia universities, colleges and community colleges the opportunity to submit their application packages  

Participating companies are given access to a searchable applicant pool that they can use in making selections for direct hire.  There is no charge for companies or students.  Students will be able to start submitting applications on November 1st, and companies should get started listing internships in September and October.

You are encouraged to visit the CSIIP website to learn more and to become a company partner:   After you register and enter your internship opportunities, click on the "Internship Search" icon on your company's CSIIP portal to see how your internship opportunities will be displayed to students searching for internships in various technology council-mapped geographic areas.

We will be monitoring the CSIIP website for company registrations and internship postings for our tech council region.  We hope you will seriously consider this outstanding opportunity and participate such that the Shenandoah Valley and the SVTC are well represented as a program partner.

Summary of CSIIP program and it's benefit for companies (pdf)


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Job Posting: Assistant Director 4-VA, James Madison University

James Madison University is accepting applications for an Assistant Director to support the 4-VA Director and activities of the 4-VA university collaborative efforts at JMU for increasing degree completion, shared courses, course redesign, collaborative research and technology. The Assistant Director will be responsible for project management, event planning, grant writing and other duties, as necessary, to further the above initiatives. This position is contingent on renewed funding each year.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists 4-VA Director with all aspects of project administration and implementation including fiscal and project reporting to key stakeholders.
  • Advances innovation and customer service orientation of 4-VA in all interactions and efforts.
  • Develops and maintains relationships across departments, colleges, universities and agencies to promote innovative uses for existing and new classroom technology.
  • Coordinates initiative implementation for JMU in collaboration with other 4-VA partners including courses, conferences, grant writing, marketing, assessment and evaluation.
  • Maintains database, electronic and paper files and records.
  • Supervises Graduate Assistant(s) for projects related to 4-VA.
  • Maintains a high level of confidentiality and reliability.

Specific knowledge:  STEM content area preparation; Grant writing: related research, request for proposal writing, interim reporting and summary report writing; Project and event planning, coordination and management; Bachelor's degree is required.

Specific skills and/or abilities: Ability to work independently, organize the work of self and others, meet deadlines and work with a high degree of accuracy; Exceptional problem-solving and organizational skills; Exceptional oral and written communication skills; Ability to interact with and build positive relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders; Ability to establish effective working relationships across the 4-VA related universities; Ability to effectively use standard office software on PC and Apple platforms.

Full job posting and application instructions available through JMU's Joblink.


Job Posting:  Information Systems Network Security Engineer, Serco, Inc.

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.


Useful link to the Virginia Venture Calendar


Thought some of our newsletter subscribers might be interested in this calendar with techology and entrepreneurial events through the state of Virginia and DC.




Innovate NOVA 2012

October 5, 2012. 7:00am-3:30pm

Hilton McLean, Tysons Corner

A a one day conference welcoming the economic opportunities of change. 

  • Hear thought leaders from commerce, humanity, technology, environmental and government industries
  • See exhibits illustrating stories of innovation in Northern Virginia
  • Interact with serial entrepreneurs and business visionaries changing tomorrow
  • Feel the spark of enterprising imaginations
  • Embrace the essence of ingenuity

Leaders of this unique event come from every dynamic industry affecting our changing world. From the delivery systems and business processes that will recalibrate tomorrow's transactions to regulatory issues and public policies that will transform trade, this conference showcases ideas for the office of tomorrow. Discover the latest in social technology, personalized medicine, cybersecurity, nanotechnology, robotics and more. At Innovate, the future is on stage.


The conference includes a networking breakfast, a luncheon and awards, a large expo, numerous breakout sessions, and a closing dessert reception.   Major speakers including Dr. Angel Cabreras, the new President of George Mason University. Tickets are available for full-day, morning or afternoon.



"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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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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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 Business Incubation Association Annual Conference:  October 22-23, 2012

Double Tree Hotel, Charlottesville

Growing Your Own - Nurturing Entrepreneurial Skills & Small Business Potential.

Repeated studies have shown that the majority of a region's economic growth comes from within and from new or expanding businesses. While business relocations are satisfying, they are not the driving force for success. Learn how to identify and develop the foundations for entrepreneurial success at the 2012 VBIA conference to be held at the Double Tree Hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia, on October 22-23, 2012.

Come and explore leading ideas to increase entrepreneurial and small business vitality in your community. Attendees will be exposed to innovative concepts and best practices from leading practitioners who will provide you with a framework on how to encourage economic growth from within.

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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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