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April 13,  2018
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Tech Nite 18: Reserve by April 27th | Sponsoring Info | Voting for People's Choice Award | Keynote Speaker
Staunton Innovation Hub Ribbon Cutting
JMU X-Labs Innovation Summit (4/27)
Google Apps: Personal, Professional and Business Productivity (4/28)
Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition Meeting (RSVP by 5/4)
Call for Proposals: Virginia Cybersecurity Education Conference (deadline 5/11)
Business Smarts: Marketing that Matters (5/11)
LGBT Tech: A Night Out (5/12)
Satellite Bootcamp for Students (application deadline 5/12)
Highlighting Renewing Individual Member: Steve Landes (VA House of Delegates)
Job Opening | Software Engineer, Jenzabar in Harrisonburg
Job Opening | Director of Information Technology, Lexington City Schools
Job Opening | Application Developer, Shen Valley Electric Coop
Tech Nite 18 | Reservations Close TODAY (4-27) 
Keynote: "Outpacing Our Adversaries in Cyberspace"
Voting for People's Choice

Tech Nite is the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council's annual premier gathering, highlighting the Valley's technology achievement and innovation in 8 award categories. On May 2nd attendees will gather at JMU's Festival Center for Tech Nite 18 to recognize and highlight the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region and the entrepreneurs and innovators behind those successes. 

2018 Keynote Speaker
COL Steven Rehn
TRADOC Capability Manager (TCM) for Cyber
U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon
"Outpacing Our Adversaries in Cyberspace"

How to Vote for the People's Choice Award
Public social media posts  that use hashtag  #SVTCPC18 AND the name of the nominee (or company name or organization name). Use the following: Twitter or Instagram (set to public), or a private Facebook Messenger note to "Walter" ( see details). We'll accumulate the votes all thru April, and on May 2, we will display a social wall with all the votes on a big screen.



Staunton Innovation Hub Ribbon Cutting

On April 20, 2018 the  Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting of phase 1 of the Staunton Innovation Hub at 32 N. Augusta Street. The Staunton Innovation Hub will be a catalyst to establish and grow leading-edge businesses in the Valley. By aligning a core group of investors, tenants, and resources together in one place, they aim to create an entrepreneur ecosystem. This ecosystem will provide a home for businesses, incubate a culture of innovation, and redefine our workforce to match the needs of future enterprise. The IHub values are led by entrepreneurs through an atmosphere of trust and authenticity to engage the community, challenge them to think big and do well by doing good toward everyone.

Here is what the IHub is all about:
  • Building a home for innovative thinkers and risk-takers
  • Our values of trust, collaboration and authenticity are baked into to everything we do
  • Flexible coworking space for startups and freelance workers
  • Private office space
  • Shared facilities such as conference rooms, phone booths, and break room
  • Gig WIFI and support staff
  • Custom built office space for larger anchor partners
  • Work in conjunction with tenants to provide a wide variety seminars and events
  • Internal and external community space that will be used to create a supportive and collaborative entrepreneurial culture
"Well, I'd like to say that part of my mission in life is to let the world know how cool S taunton is. We want to keep expanding that, and I think the Staunton Innovation Hub really adds some wow factor!" Mayor Carolyn Dull.

" The Staunton Innovation Hub is not just another place, it's a community of brilliant minds, innovative thinkers and inspiring ideas. When I was looking for a permanent home for LGBT Tech I knew I wanted it to be in a rural community like Staunton but I did not want to take on the expense of a traditional capital campaign to open an office. The Staunton Innovation Hub allowed LGBT Tech to have the right amount of space with all the amenities of a traditional office at a fraction of the startup cost. For any business or non- profit, that is priceless", Christopher Wood, Executive Director of LGBT Tech.

Photo credit The News Virginian

April 27, 2018 | JMU Lakeview Hall 

Join us at the JMU X-Labs Innovation Summit, featuring over 180 students from six courses and 35 different majors who will display and present their final projects to administrators, industry client partners, family and friends. You are invited to join us to connect with extraordinary students, watch key presentations and explore an open symposium of demonstrations and displays of student solutions.

Additionally FarmBot will be on display at 5pm. If you missed the Fueled Feast event on April 18th, here's your chance to see  JMU X-Labs' newly automated farming system!

April 28, 2018 | 9 LFCC Fauquier Campus

Most people are familiar with the popular search engine Google. However, there is so much more Google has to offer for personal productivity and business professionals to take advantage of with a Google Apps account. This course looks thoroughly at many of the most productive Google Apps and how tried and true best practices can make a major positive change for you and/or your business.
To stay up to date with current events and find credible information via the Web, you'll review Advanced Google Searching, Google News, Alerts, Plus, and Chrome.  For improved efficiency and communication you'll closely examine Google Mail and Google Calendar.  Online productivity and collaboration for word processing, presentations, spreadsheets and more will be fully covered via Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and Apps.  Come learn how Google can improve your personal, professional, and business productivity!
In order to access many of the features discussed in this class, participants are encouraged to set up a free Gmail account ( before coming to class.


May 15, 2018 @ 3 pm | RSVP by May 4th
Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center

Come experience the latest on Innovation and New Ventures in the Valley!

1. Welcome - Mary Lou Bourne 
2. SVIC Goals and updates on the following: Shenandoah Valley Angel Investors Virginia is for Entrepreneurs GO Virginia Region 8
3. CUED-IN Founder - Seth Marsh 
4. Mentor/Coach Network and new SVIC website - Mark Siciliano 
5. Tour Hotel Madison and SV Conference Center - Eddie Bumbaugh 

Invite anyone interested in promoting an innovation ecosystem in the region! Parking is available in the Hotel Madison garage on MLK Way.

RSVP by Friday, May 4 to

About the Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition (SVIC)
SVIC's mission is to accelerate innovation, creativity, and economic development across the Shenandoah Valley through the active collaboration of business, government, community, and academic organizations. To learn more about SVIC, please visit

Submit proposal information by May 11, 2018

The Virginia Cyber Range is calling for proposals for the  1st Annual Virginia Cybersecurity Education Conference to be held at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA on August 14-15, 2018. Please submit your proposal information below no later than May 11, 2018.


Virginia Cyber Range is specifically seeking proposals that address innovative and practical ways (tips, tools, approaches, or best practices) to increase classroom effectiveness and improve student outcomes in cybersecurity education in high schools, colleges, and universities.

Additionally, they welcome presentations or workshops on how to more effectively teach cybersecurity topics such as:
  • Cyber ethics & law
  • Cyber threat hunting
  • Cyber threat intelligence
  • Digital forensics
  • Experiential learning with Capture-The-Flag (CTF)
  • Mobile device protection
  • Introductory cybersecurity concepts
  • Computer networking 
  • Penetration testing
  • Secure programming 
  • Protecting critical infrastructure
  • Dealing with or preventing cyber bullying
  • Safe computing (cyber hygiene)
  • Social engineering awareness
Presentation formats include 2- or 3- hour interactive workshops or a 45-minute presentation. Rooms will include a screen and projector and wireless networking. Presenters may present from in-room computers connected to the A/V system, or from their own laptops or other devices. If presenting from in-room systems, presenters should provide their slides in PowerPoint format before the conference (details will be provided) and bring a backup copy on removable media. If presenting from their own devices, presenters will have access to HDMI and VGA inputs to the A/V systems. Presenters must provide their own adapters for systems without HDMI or VGA outputs.

Co-Presenter (if applicable): If more than one co-presenter is required for a workshop or presentation, please send an email to with details.

Submit a proposal for the Virginia Cybersecurity Education Conference (by May 11th)

May 11, 2018 | 8:00 am - 9:30 am JMU Ice House, Harrisonburg

Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said, "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help others get what they want."

This has never been more true than today. In an increasingly competitive marketplace filled with people willing to do whatever it takes to make a dollar, your business must find a way to break through the noise and make a difference people will remember.

In this workshop, attendees will learn how to build their brand and establish themselves as an authority by first finding ways to help others.

Presenter Evan Pettrey is the founder of  Valley Inbound Marketing. Evan is a serial entrepreneur whose passion for marketing was sparked out of necessity when he invented a baby product after the birth of his daughter. Having invested his savings in the product launch, he was faced with a harsh reality - he'd created an amazing product new parents loved...but nobody knew existed.

Flush out of cash after bringing the product to market, Evan had two choices: fail or learn everything he possibly could about digital marketing and grow this business himself.  Since then, he's founded a number of marketing companies in various industries with a single, unifying goal: helping businesses realize their growth and objectives, profitably, while learning and having fun in the process.
Business Smarts Breakfast sessions are held on the 2nd Friday of every month with networking opportunities and guest presentations on a variety of topics. 

The series is sponsored by your Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, and Shenandoah Valley Chapter of SCORE.   Refreshments provided by Black Sheep Coffee and Peace, Love, and Little Donuts.

Parking for Business Smarts:  You may park in the Ice House lot on Bruce Street without a JMU permit during Business Smarts sessions 7:30-9:45am.


May 12, 2018 | 6 pm | 32 N. Augusta St, Staunton

Come join this event presented by LGBT Tech as they officially open their global headquarters, discuss their work, and introduce the team. Drinks and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

RSVP online at


Remote/Online Program | Application Deadline May 12 @ 11:59pm

Satellite Bootcamp is a 12-week remote + online program that takes students through the basics of digital marketing, design, data science, web design, and software engineering. After learning the basics, you'll apply what you learned in a 5-week internship or venture building experience.
The bootcamp is 100% remote and a 10hr/week commitment which allows students to take on another summer job or take summer classes while also learning valuable skills.

More information and registration about Satellite Bootcamp program

Highlighting Renewing Individual Member:

Delegate Steve Landes represents the 25th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, which includes parts of Albemarle, Augusta, and Rockingham Counties. Steve was first elected in 1995 and is now serving his twelfth term. He serves as Chairman of the House Education Committee and is Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. He is a member of the Rules and Privileges and Elections Committees.


Job Opening: Software Engineer

Jenzabar is looking for a talented and experienced Software Engineer to join our team of passionate people in designing and developing a high quality, end user focused administrative web application for higher education. This individual should be highly proficient with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript/jQuery and have a passion for web development as well as a keen eye for well-designed UX and UI. The Software Engineer should have solid experience with Responsive Web Design techniques to build interfaces which will adapt to the many devices in which our end users will use to access our application. Solid experience with developing .Net MVC web applications and the .Net framework is highly preferred. If you enjoy working in a team environment to develop an application that will not just let users do their work but help them do their work, then please consider joining the Jenzabar team.

Job Opening: 
Director of Information Technology 

Lexington City Schools | Lexington

The Director of Information Technology is responsible for the design, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of all server, network, and computing technology for Lexington City Schools and the City of Lexington. This position also assists with networking and server support at the Rockbridge ECC. The position reports to the Superintendent of Lexington City Schools and the City Manager. Given oversight of the city's varied technology infrastructure, the Director of Information Technology must be self - driven, organized, and possess a keen attention to detail. As primary support for faculty, staff, and students, the Director of Information Technology must also be collaborative and committed to customer service. 

Job Opening: Application Developer
Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative | Mount Crawford

SVEC is looking for an Application Developer to design, develop, test, and implement software applications and interfaces to meet the needs of the Cooperative. Applicants should visit  (Your Cooperative > Employment) and print an application, which can then be mailed or delivered to an SVEC office (P.O. Box 236), or emailed to .  

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