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December 1, 2017
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VA/DC FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournament (12/2 - 12/3)
SVTC & HRCC | Legislative Pre-Session Breakfast (12/6)
Congratulations to Governor McAuliffe and SecTech Jackson
BRCC Seeking STEM Mentors
Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (12/5)
Invest Local Meet & Greet (12/7)
Business Smarts: Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets, and Strategies (12/8)
D.I.G.I.T.A.L. - Computer Science Workshop for Middle and High School Girls - Free (12/9)
Virginia ICAP's Lean Launchpad Short Course...Shenandoah Valley Cohort (application due 12/15)
For High Schoolers | Saturday Morning Physics (1/13 - 2/10)
College for Kids | Grades 1st - 8th (1/13 - 2/17)
Highlighting Renewing Level II Member: Rockingham County Economic Development
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: May Supply Company
Job Opening | Software Engineer, Jenzabar
Job Opening | Web Developer, James Madison University IT
Job Opening | Director of Information Technology, Lexington City Schools
Job Opening | Senior Systems Developer - Remote (Anywhere in the US)
Job Opening | IT Manager...People Places | Staunton
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OPEN TO  THE PUBLIC | VA/DC FIRST LEGO League | State Championship Tournament (Harrisonburg,12/2 -12/3)

 Dec. 2, 2017 at JMU Memorial Hall | 7:45 am - 6 pm
Dec. 3, 2017 at Harrisonburg High School | 7:30 am - 6 pm
** Open to the Public ** 

Volunteer for FLL!
Volunteers are currently sought after for both Dec. 2nd and 3rd! For the safety of participants, volunteers are required to become familiar with the Youth Protection Program (YPP) and complete background screening through the FLL Volunteer Registration.
If you are unable to volunteer, you can still come to the gargantuan and very busy FIRST LEGO League (FLL) state tournament. Exc itement, robotics, and LEGOS! Most importantly, come support the students who have worked hard and see what they've accomplished! 

What does all this FLL stuff look like? Watch this team from S. Korea in last year's challenge, at "World Fest", spring 2017, which is where many of the state-level winners go to compete.)

Bring your kids to the Dec 3 (Sunday) competition at Harrisonburg High School to see them compete in this year's challenge: Hydrodynamics 

2017 Challenge: Hydrodynamics
Drink in the 2017/2018 HYDRO DYNAMICSSM season and learn all about water - how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it. In the 2017/18 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, students age 9 to 16 from 80 countries will make a splash with HYDRO DYNAMICS. What might become possible when we understand what happens to our water?

FIRST® LEGO® League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During the HYDRO DYNAMICSSM season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the FIRST LEGO League signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®

For more information and full schedule, visit


December 6, 2017 | 7:30 - 9:00 am
JMU Festival and Conference Center
$15 for Members | $20 for Non-Members

The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce together host the Annual Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast at JMU Festival and Conference Center. This is a time that we listen to and engage with our area legislators about issues affecting business in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

Governor McAuliffe and Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson Jointly Recognized as One of the SANS Institute's 2017 "Difference Makers" Award Winners
~ Award recognizes their work on cyber security  ~
RICHMOND - The SANS Institute has recognized Governor Terry McAuliffe and Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson jointly as one of their 2017 "Difference Makers" Award winners for their work on cyber security. The "Difference Maker" Awards have been presented annually since 2011 to those whose innovation, skill, and hard work have resulted in real successes in information security.
Since the beginning of his administration, Governor McAuliffe has been committed to improving cyber security across the Commonwealth. During his time in office, Virginia has expanded cyber security apprenticeships, created partnerships to strengthen cyber security employment, provided additional educational opportunities, and offered scholarships to Virginians across the Commonwealth. Additionally, under Governor McAuliffe's leadership, Virginia partnered with the SANS Institute to offer CyberStart, a free online game that provides high school juniors, seniors, community college, and college students interested in a cybersecurity career, with a tool to learn basic cyber security skills and test their cyber aptitude.
"I am honored to receive this award and I want to thank the SANS Institute for recognizing the success we have achieved to make the Commonwealth a global leader in cyber security," said Governor McAuliffe. "This sector is an essential component of the 21st century economy and Virginia is home to one of the highest concentrations of cyber professionals in the country. I am proud of my administration's work to implement educational programs which will provide a pipeline of highly trained, industry-ready cyber workers who will continue to expand our footprint in this industry."
"Since day one of the Administration, we've worked diligently to secure the Commonwealth'' networks and build a comprehensive cyber ecosystem. It is an honor to have our work recognized by SANS," said Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson.
"The leadership shown by Governor McAuliffe and Secretary Jackson was remarkable," said Alan Paller, National Program Manager, U.DS. CyberStart and Director of Research, SANS Institute. "They were the catalysts enabling CyberStart to make the transition from the United Kingdom to the United States.  And their public education program created opportunities for 2,000 Virginians, both urban and rural, to demonstrate often hidden talent for success as cybersecurity professionals." 
Learn more about the 2017 "Difference Makers" Award here.
About the SANS Institute :
The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Its programs now reach more than 165,000 security professionals around the world. A range of individuals from auditors and network administrators, to chief information security officers are sharing the lessons they learn and are jointly finding solutions to the challenges they face. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners in varied global organizations from corporations to universities working together to help the entire information security community.


Blue Ridge Community College is looking for STEM professionals to be mentors to STEM students, by providing encouragement and moral support, and being a positive role model.  For more information please  email Jamie, BRCC's Mentoring Coordinator, at jtudor0001@email.vccs.eduIf you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the form in the link below. 

Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program
Business Symposium (12/5)

 December 5, 2017 | 9 - 11 am
Peninsula Workforce Development Center 

At the Business Symposium, you will hear about how the program links undergraduate science, technology, engineering & math (STEM) students to industry and employers.
Register for Dec. 5, 2017 symposium


Do you have a passion for a project that needs funding? Are you looking for a way to get more local dollars into the community? Are you interested in changing the way money flows into our neighborhoods?  Join us for an evening for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and new friendships as the Staunton Creative Community Fund (SCCF) brings together the faces of the Invest Local Project: makers, entrepreneurs, investors and supporters.

SCCF is building the networks for a thriving local economy and opening opportunities for local investing.


Developing content for advertising and social media on a regular basis can be challenging. Using frameworks developed by the SV SBDC and tools from GrowthWheel®, you will create a simple yet comprehensive Marketing Plan ready to implement in the New Year.
This workshop will cover:
  • Essential Elements for Content Marketing
  • Budget, Strategy and Editorial calendar
  • Measuring for Success
Presenter Allison Dugan has more than 25 years' experience in Marketing and is a GrowthWheel Certified Business Advisor with the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center.  GrowthWheel is a dynamic toolbox for decision making used in both start-ups and companies in growth mode.  SV SBDC Advisors help entrepreneurs get focused, set agendas, make decisions, and take action.

December 9, 2017 | 8:30 am- 2:30 pm | JMU ISAT/CS Building

Hosted by JMU Outreach and Engagement, come join us this year for this free one-day event. It will be offered for middle school AND high school-aged girls interested in technology. DIGITAL is designed to inspire girls to break limits and explore technology through hands-on activities led by female JMU students.

Registration is free, and will be updated and open soon! Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Questions? Contact Melissa Heatwole at or (540) 568-4226

Register for Dec. 9, 2017 workshop

Virginia ICAP's Lean Launchpad Short Course
Shenandoah Valley Cohort (apps. due by 12/15)
Business Model Development for Technology Start-Ups

ICAP is a statewide technology-commercialization program offered by the Virginia Network of Small Business Development Centers, George Mason University, and local sponsors.

Based on the National Science Foundation's I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP 2.0 helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

During this FREE 3-week program, you will work with ICAP instructors and your teammates to learn techniques that will help you identify potential customers, learn their needs and how you can build a successful business model from that knowledge.

The Short Course is the beginning of an ICAP process that guides companies through the Five Steps to Startup Success:
  • Validate your business model
  • Build the right team of three or more members
  • Develop a minimum viable product (MVP)
  • Create early sales traction
  • Establish distribution channels and key partnerships
Who is Eligible?
All Virginia early-stage technology innovators and entrepreneurs (faculty, students, or the community at large) who are seeking to explore the commercial prospects for their innovations are encouraged to participate in this regional cohort.  

Important Dates
December 15, 2017 - Applications due by midnight
December 22, 2017 - Acceptance notifications and communication from Bob Smith, a seasoned advisor, with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session. 
January 26, 2018, 9:00am-3:00pm - Kick-off Classroom Introductory Session.  We meet in JMU's Lakeview Hall, Harrisonburg. ( Location | Google Maps)
February 2, 2018 - Each team participates in a pre-scheduled telephone review of the team's Customer Discovery Progress over the first week
February 9, 2018, 9:00am-Noon - Final Team Presentations at JMU's Lakeview Hall
  • During this 3-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the two class meetings, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments.
  • At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP trainers and SBDC Business Advisors to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success.
The program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration, and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement. 

Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF's full National Seven-week I-Corps Program in which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIRs and CRCF grants from Virginia's Center for Innovative Technologies. 

For more information email:  


January 13 - February 10, 2018
9 am - 12 pm | JMU Physics/Chem Building

Check out Saturday Morning Physics, a fun and informative way to start your weekend!

Come and explore the fascinating properties of waves as scientists use them in music, nanotechnology, astronomy, and nuclear physics. JMU Physics and Astronomy presents this educational event series designed for high school students and teachers! Juniors and seniors who participate are eligible for one JMU Physics credit. Held over the Saturdays on the JMU campus, we invite you to explore, learn, and have fun!

Note that only 50 seats are available! For more information, contact Melissa Heatwole at or (540) 568-4226.

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   | Grades 1st - 8th (1/13 - 2/17)

January 13 - February 17, 2018 | 9 am - 12 pm
$135.00 covers all 6 Saturdays

College for Kids is an enrichment program for children in grades 1-8. Children will work with James Madison University faculty and graduate students, as well as experts from the community and surrounding area, to try new things, explore and discover talents they never knew they had! College for Kids is being held this year on Saturday, January 13 - February 17, 2018 from 9-12pm. 

Registration fee of $135.00 covers all 6 Saturdays
For more information, please contact Melissa Heatwole at or (540) 568-4226

Highlighting Renewing Level II Member:

Rockingham County, located along the I-81 corridor in the center of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, is one
of Virginia's fastest growing communities, where a diverse mix of business and agriculture provide a strong foundation for economic expansion. The County encompasses the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metropolitan area, and firms in the area offer products for shipment nationwide and internationally. Major manufacturing centers serve clients along the East Coast and into the Mid-West - supplying food, auto parts, books, consumer goods and much more. Business leaders extol the high work ethic of the local workforce, that has a pride in quality workmanship. A short two-hour drive to the Nation's Capital in a beautiful country setting, with year-round recreational opportunities and top-level colleges and universities, make Rockingham County, Virginia a great place to live, work and play!

Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:

The SV SBDC is where business comes to talk business in the Shenandoah Valley. We offer no-fee, confidential consultation and mentoring for inspired entrepreneurs and established businesses. We can discuss your concerns about business planning, financing options, marketing strategies, financial analysis, strategic planning, operations, human resources, and more. We offer an active calendar of workshops and events for the business owner and manager, and we provide connections to the many local, state, and federal resources for small and medium-sized businesses. The SV SBDC is a grant-funded, not-for-profit agency hosted by James Madison University and serving the Cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, Lexington, and Buena Vista, and the Counties of Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Rockbridge, Bath, and Highland. We are a Resource Partner to the U.S. Small Business Administration and a member of the Virginia SBDC Network and the National Association of SBDCs.

Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
May Supply Company

May Supply sells plumbing and water treatment supplies as well as solar and radiant hydronic equipment and wastewater systems. With a knowledgeable sales staff and a kitchen and bath showroom at their Harrisonburg location. Second location in Ruckersville, VA.


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: Web Developer
James Madison University IT| Harrisonburg

James Madison University ( JMU ) is currently recruiting for a creative, self-motivated Web Developer to help support JMU's current web infrastructure. This position will support end user publishing to university web servers using the  JMU  Content Management System (Cascade Server) and also some development of miscellaneous web applications that support the main university website.

More information at JMU Joblink

Job Opening: Assistant or Associate Professor of Data Science
JMU Co llege of Integrated Science and Engineering| Harrisonburg

The Department of Integrated Science and Technology ( ISAT ) at James Madison University ( JMU ) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor beginning August, 2018. The Department of Integrated Science and Technology (soon to become the School of Integrated Sciences) is a dynamic, highly interdisciplinary academic unit of 50 faculty with terminal degrees in 39 different fields. Our graduates are innovative problem solvers with strong analytical and teaming skills that enable them to work on complex socio-technical problems facing organizations, communities, and society. Additional information on the department and its individual programs can be found at

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: 
Senior Systems Developer
Remote (Anywhere in the US)

The Systems team at Treehouse helps plan, build, document, and maintain the services and underlying technical infrastructure of the Treehouse website. They run on OpenStack and codify their infrastructure with Ruby and Chef. Additionally, they run applications on all major operating systems.

In addition to performing the duties of a Systems Developer, the Senior Systems Developer provides the team with technical support and leadership.
More information at

Job Opening: 
IT Manager
People Places | Staunton

People Places, a 40+ year 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is looking for a difference-maker to join their team! This is an immediate opening. They are hiring an Information Technology ("IT") Manager who will ensure the streamlined operation of the IT department in alignment with the business objectives of the organization.
More information at

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