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February 17, 2017
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Nominations are Open | Tech Nite 17 | May 3, 2017
Harrisonburg City Public Schools STEM Day (2/18)
Bits & Grits | Staunton (2/21)
Express - A Javascript Framework for node.js | Staunton (2/21)
SVTC Luncheon | Alex Phillips | Update on WISPA (2/23)
MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Opens Applications for Spring 2017 Session
Job Opening: Associate Instructor of Technical Studies
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Feb. 18 th , 2017  at the Valley Mall, 10am-3pm

Harrisonburg and Rockingham County communities are invited to join in at STEM Day 2017 at Valley Mall. STEM = Science, Math, Engineering and Technology, and students and parents will be able to find exciting demonstrations, hands on activities, and exhibits created by students and teachers of Harrisonburg City Schools. 

This is a free, family-friendly event. No registration required.
Bits and Grits
Feb. 21, 2017 | 8:00am-9:00am 
Mrs. Rowes | Staunton

Come get together for great breakfast and to talk some tech. Dutch treat. No reservations required. 

This is where our technology users and creators get together to connect about various topics (while eating some good food!). This occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Look for Kurt Plowman.  

Express - A Javascript Framework for node.js
Feb. 21, 2017 | 6:00pm | LightCastle Technical Consulting| Staunton

Join LightCastle Technical Consulting for an introduction to Express.js, a web application framework for Node.js. Matt Walters, a JavaScript web developer for a local company will talk about Express.js, Node.js, and demo an example application.

Node.js ia an event driven JavaScript runtime environment. (

Express.js, a minimalist Javascript framework that provides useful tools such as routing and param parsing when writing a web application using Node.js. It is the 'E' in the MEAN stack. (

As always, LightCastle will provide food and drinks. 

Join in: Open Source Staunton Meet-Up, Feb 21


Feb. 23, 2017 | 11:45am-1:00pm | Wood Grill Buffet |Harrisonburg

Speaker: Alex Phillips, CEO, GM,

Phillips serves as President of WISPA and has been on the board of directors for 6 years. Phillips will speak about WISPA; who they are, what they do, why they exist, and share about what WISPA has been doing to help support broadband proliferation throughout Rural America. He also has some good news about the future of broadband and the technology in general.

WISPA Wireless Internet Service Providers Association. WISPA is a 501.c6 advocacy organization representing its membership and other companies who are part of the industry ecosystem. The association promotes the development, advancement and unification of the wireless Internet service provider industry. 

WISPA has over 800 members consisting of wireless Internet service providers, municipal wireless Internet providers, electric and telephone cooperative wireless Internet providers, equipment manufacturers, service vendors and other interested parties. These members support the industry which delivers broadband Internet to over 3 million users via 3000+ Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that serve both residential and business customers, often in exclusively rural areas.

WISPA is a membership-driven trade association that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the fixed wireless internet service provider industry. For more information, visit

We look forward to hearing from our luncheon sponsors
about their plans for fall 2017:

Dutch Treat | Pre-registration encouraged | Membership not required

Member News: Harrisonburg Business Perspective
Harrisonburg Economic Development

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Harrisonburg Economic Development is excited to launch Harrisonburg Business Perspectives, a new interview series featuring business owners and employees sharing their perspective on why Harrisonburg is THE place to live, work and play. First up, they spoke with 3 recent hires from the growing technology company  AXON AI, Inc (a SVTC member, btw, as well).  Hear their thoughts on working in Harrisonburg, what they like to do and even their favorite restaurants.

Highlighting Renewing Level III Member: 
PB Mares

PBMares is a leading regional accounting and business consulting firm serving the Mid Atlantic as well as specialty areas nationwide and internationally. They offer a full range of financial and business advisory services, including management consulting, pension plan design and administration, investment management, accounting and auditing, and comprehensive taxation and tax planning. It's not just the services they provide, but how they provide them that makes the difference for you.


Highlighting Renewing Level II Member: 

Shentel (Shenandoah Telecommunications Company) (NASDAQ: SHEN) is a diversified telecommunications company providing both regulated and unregulated telecommunications services through its wholly owned subsidiaries. These subsidiaries provide local exchange telephone services and wireless personal communications services (as a Sprint PCS affiliate of Sprint Nextel), as well as cable television, video, Internet and data services, fiber optics facilities and leased tower facilities. Chris Kyle, previously served on the SVTC Board of Directors.


GENEDGE Workshops
March 21st | March 23rd | April 11th

  • ISO 9001:2015 Transition * March 21 * Waynesboro, Va.This workshop is intended for companies who have ISO 9001:2008 registration and need a strategy for migrating to ISO 9001:2015. This course is valuable for any individuals directly involved in the planning, implementing, maintaining or auditing of an ISO 9001 QMS. Participants will receive: ISO 9001:2015 Guidebook (not the standard itself), Revised quality manual template, and a Certificate of Completion.For more information, click here.
  • Enterprise Development Growth Engine (EDGE) Program Introductory Workshop * March 23 * HarrisonburgLearn more about the Enterprise Development Growth Engine (EDGE) Program.
    For more information, click here .
  • Introduction to Lean Manufacturing * April 11 * BRCC / Weyers CaveLearn the Principles of Lean Manufacturing and how to apply them. During the simulation exercises - as a member of the production team of Buzz Electronics - you will apply Lean concepts such as standardized work, visual signals, batch-size reduction, pull systems, and more. Experience first hand how Lean improves quality, reduces cycle time, improves delivery performance, reduces Work-in-Process, and creates higher profits. For more information, click here
MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Opens Applications for Spring 2017 Session
Spring '17 Cohort to Begin on March 14 th

December 14, 2016 (HERNDON, Va.) - The MACH37 Cyber Accelerator has officially announced it will begin accepting applications from information security product startups and security entrepreneurs for its Spring 2017 (S17) Cohort that begins on March 14 th. The MACH37 program consists of an intense 90-day program in which the selected startups are coached in all aspects of creating a sustainable and successful business.  
MACH37 encourages entrepreneurs with emerging products and companies to apply for the S17 Cohort, which will be limited to 8 companies. The program is open to startups from any geography whose founders are ready to immerse themselves in a mentorship program designed to produce the next generation of leading security product companies. The program brings together domain experts, successful security entrepreneurs, buyers, and investors familiar with the security market into a platform that supports the rapid launch of next generation security technologies.
Upon acceptance into the program, participants receive a $50,000 investment to develop and launch their ideas into the market. MACH37 companies receive ongoing access to the   MACH37 Stars Mentor Network and will have support of our network throughout the life of their enterprise.
MACH37 is looking for candidates who:
  • Are building a disruptive information security technology product
  • Are delivering foundational security capabilities that enable entirely new products & markets
  • Have the will and endurance to turn their labor into commercial success
  • Have ideally built a team of 2-4 co-founders
  • Need help with startup capital, introductions, and navigating pitfalls
  • Are seeking rapid growth through venture capital
  • Are willing to be in Virginia for the entire 90 day program and commit to the venture full-time
To apply, visit and fill-out the online application.  MACH37 will be accepting rolling submissions but participants are highly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

To learn more, please visit and follow @MACH37cyber on Twitter.
Job Openings: 
Associate Instructor of Technical Studies
From: Lord Fairfax Community College

This position will provide leadership for the applied trades and manufacturing certificates and programs in the Division of Business, Education, and Technology. Specific duties include coordinating various existing trades programs such as Electrical, HVAC, and Welding.  The position, in collaboration with engineering faculty, will also lead the development of new courses and programs relevant to a multi-craft/manufacturing technician program.   This instructor will coordinate high school "Trades Academy" programs and will lead the development of a trades academy for the Luray-Page County center location. This position may teach at off-site locations within the LFCC service region.  Fostering relationships with business and industry leaders, secondary partners, and the offices of Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education (WSCE) is important for the position.  

Link to the job posting and application process is:

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