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December 8, 2017
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Virginia ICAP's Lean Launchpad Short Course | Shenandoah Valley Cohort (application due 12/15)
Chiedo John Launches FounderBy30
BRCC Seeking STEM Mentors
D.I.G.I.T.A.L. - Computer Science Workshop for Middle and High School Girls - Free (12/9)
Google Apps - Personal, Professional and Business Productivity | LFCC Course
For High Schoolers | Saturday Morning Physics (1/13 - 2/10)
College for Kids | Grades 1st - 8th (1/13 - 2/17)
EngineerGirl Writing Contest | Open to all students grades 3rd - 12th (deadline 2/1)
Highlighting Renewing Level II Member: JMU Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics
Highlighting Renewing Level II Member: Lord Fairfax Community College
Job Opening | Software Engineer, Jenzabar in Harrisonburg
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 in Staunton
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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:  


December, 5, 2017 (Harrisonburg, VA)   
This fall, Chiedo John, a small business owner and entrepreneur, started recording a new podcast for as piring business leaders called FounderBy30. In the show, Chiedo interviews other founders abou t how they found success in the business world. Each episode is built around a conversation that focuses on the guest's personal story as well as the values and id eas that have guided  them. 

Chiedo himself is a self-described serial entrepreneur. From running a home recording studio in high school to founding and owning 3 businesses in downtown Harrisonburg, VA today, his experience, opportunities, and faith have cause him to feel "a calling to do more in the world." 

The FounderBy30 podcast is the latest development in Chiedo's growth as a professional. He hopes the podcast is "a wave of inspiration from people who have been there and taken action" and connects with people in their 20's and 30's who "know they have the potential to do more with their lives but have trouble making the first step." 

FounderBy30 is just the first phase of Chiedo's plan to reach and inspire. His next step is to start booking paid speaking appearances after overcoming his fear of public speaking earlier this year. His goal? "Motivate my peers to give their best to the world." 

About Chiedo: Chiedo is an entrepreneur, founder, husband, father, and owner of three companies based in Harrisonburg, VA. To hire Chiedo for speaking engagements or speak on the FounderBy30 podcast, contact him at

Listen to the podcast by visiting


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. 


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

Google Apps - Personal, Professional and Business Productivity | LFCC Course (12/16)

December 16, 2017 |  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | $105
 LFCC Middletown Campus, Room: MC-Corron CDC Training Rm 205

Lord Fairfax Community College brings you a course presenting the benefits of different Google
Apps! 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.


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

EngineerGirl Writing Contest
| Open to all students grades 3rd - 12th  (deadline 2/1)

Deadline February 1st at 11:59 pm| Online submission

Every year, the EngineerGirl website sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world. This year's contest asks students to investigate an infrastructure system in their own community and suggest an improvement in the form of a persuasive letter, essay or summary report (based on grade level) for their city or county council. 

The contest is open to individual girls and boys enrolled in grades 3 - 12. 

For more information, view the contest rules and requirements

The essay will be submitted online via an online registration form

Highlighting Renewing Level II Member:
JMU Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics

The Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics programs at JMU combine cutting edge technology with 21st century business practices into a hands-on active-learning environment. Our faculty are dedicated to providing the best possible education and career preparation for students who have the talent and work ethic to succeed in the challenging and rewarding IT marketplace. Students graduating from our programs gain significant analytical, technical, organizational and interpersonal skills so that they can hit the ground running when they begin their careers. It's no wonder that employers and recruiters keep coming back for more!

Highlighting Renewing Level II Member:
Lord Fairfax Community College

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is a comprehensive, multi-campus public institution of higher education. Through its four locations - the Fauquier and Middletown Campuses and the Luray-Page County and Vint Hill Centers - the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 credit students and nearly 10,000 individuals in professional development and workforce courses annually.



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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