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July 21st, 2017
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Contribute suggestions for luncheon topics, site visits, workshops, events
Hold the Date: Valley Business Summit (8/14)
GENEDGE Webinars (7/26, 8/9, 8/23)
HR Chamber of Commerce President's Address (8/8)
Virginia Partners with SANS Institute to Offer Cyber Challenge for Student
MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Opens
Job Opening: IT Support Specialist (Eagle Express Lines, Inc.)
Job Opening: Software Engineer (Jenzabar)
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Contribute suggestions for luncheon topics, site visits, workshops, events for Sept 2017-June 2018

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Registration Open: Valley Business Summit

Virginia's New Comprehensive Approach to Economic Competitiveness
Stephen Moret, the new CEO of the state's leading economic development organization --the Virginia Economic Development Partnership-- will talk about their enhanced focus on statewide growth for businesses of all sizes.  

Mr. Moret's keynote remarks will be followed by a session from local business owners with successful case studies on business transitions throughout the business cycle:  opening a new business, transitioning their business to new ownership, retirement, etc.  Our local legislative leadership will round out the afternoon with a feedback forum highlighting their efforts on our region's behalf, and a business resource fair will run the entire afternoon showcasing local, regional and state business assistance partners.

GENEDGE Webinars (7/26, 8/9, 8/23)

The Commonwealth of Virginia and GENEDGE  invite you to an upcoming webinar series. In this series, you will discover ways to improve your Cybersecurity posture and use a risk management approach to mitigate your total losses due to cyber attacks.

July 26th: Where to Get Help With Cybersecurity 
Register here:  Eventbrite

August 9th: Tips on What to Do Now to Increase Your Security Posture 
Register here:  Eventbrite

August 23rd: Risk Management Approach to Cybersecurity 
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For more information:  GENEDGE

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Partners with SANS Institute to Offer 
Cyber Challenge for Students

RICHMOND - Governor McAuliffe today announced a new cyber security training partnership between the Commonwealth and the SANS Institute. CyberStart, a free online game of discovery, provides Virginia 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. An introductory practice version of CyberStart will be available July 14-28, 2017 and the full-scale program will run from August 1-28, 2017.  

"I am pleased to announce this exciting partnership with the SANS Institute which gives students in the Commonwealth the ability to explore and excel in cyber, at no cost to them,"  said Governor McAuliffe.  "Growing Virginia's cyber workforce is foundational to maintaining our position as a national leader in cyber security. This is a great opportunity for us to expand our talent pipeline by engaging young people interested in learning more about cyber security and directing them to the appropriate training and career coaching."

Students from Virginia who excel in the CyberStart program will have the opportunity to share in $150,000 in scholarships for further cyber education, and ultimately an additional $500,000 in scholarships for college and graduate-level training and preparation for highly sought-after industry certifications. Virginia students will be competing with students from six other states for these scholarships.  The scholarships are sponsored by the SANS Institute. 

"The CyberStart program is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are interested in cyber security, but not currently engaged in formal cyber training, to test their cyber acumen and potentially earn scholarships for advanced industry-relevant training and certification,"  said Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson.  "We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with the SANS Institute on this extremely important initiative."   

"This initiative aligns perfectly with our efforts to expose students to careers in high-demand fields, and to allow them to explore jobs that may be a good match with their talents and interests,"  added Secretary of Education Dietra Trent. "By providing scholarships, the SANS Institute will also help ensure that students with the potential to succeed in cyber security can access the requisite training and education, regardless of their financial circumstances."

When asked why SANS is making this investment,  SANS Director of Research, Alan Paller said, "Because the nation desperately needs more highly-skilled cyber professionals, and we have new evidence that CyberStart will radically improve the quality and preparation of people entering the cybersecurity field.  SANS trains more than 30,000 advanced cybersecurity professionals each year for military and intelligence organizations and for large high-tech companies in the U.S. and its allies. We discovered that those who have mastered the topics taught and measured in the CyberStart program do far better than others in the advanced cybersecurity courses that prepare the critically needed people. By opening CyberStart to hundreds of thousands of students we may be able to help the nation identify the next generation of talented people who will excel in this critical field."

For eligibility and CyberStart information, please visit

MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Opens 
Applications for 
Fall 2017 Session

Fall 2017 Cohort Session to Begin on September 5th
July 11, 2017 (HERNDON, Va.) - The MACH37 Cyber Accelerator has officially announced it will begin accepting applications from information security product startups and security entrepreneurs for its Fall 2017 (F17) Cohort that begins on September 5 th. The MACH37 program consists of an intense 90-day program in which the selected startups are coached in all aspects of creating a successful and sustainable business.
MACH37 encourages entrepreneurs with emerging products and companies to apply for the F17 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 Mentors Network and will have the support of our network throughout the life of their enterprise.
On June 6 th, the Spring 2017 (S17) Cohort session concluded at the S17 Demo Day where graduating companies presented to a crowd of over 180 external mentors, investors and industry experts. With the graduation of the S17 Cohort, MACH37 has helped launch 46 cyber companies since inception.
"At MACH37, we have created an ecosystem that helps to support and facilitate the growth of cyber product startups at a critical time in their development process. Companies that are accepted into our program are provided with the tools, resources and connections to an ecosystem that will help refine their products and accelerate their businesses to reach the critical funding milestones that will allow for rapid growth," said Tom Weithman, MACH37's President and Chief Investment Officer. "In today's digital environment, cybersecurity is an ever evolving industry and we are looking to create companies that stay ahead of the curve by developing tomorrow's information security products today."
MACH37 is looking for candidates who:
  • Are building a disruptive information security technology product
  • Are delivering foundational security capabilities that enable entirely new products or 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 accepts rolling submissions but participants are highly encouraged to apply by August 18 th to be considered for the Fall 2017 Cohort.
About MACH37™,
MACH37™ is the premier accelerator for information security entrepreneurs and startups.  We go beyond the traditional model of typical business accelerators by bringing our innovators focused mentorship and support from our extensive network of visionaries, practitioners, and successful entrepreneurs in security.  Our Spring and Fall sessions are designed to propel graduating companies into the marketplace, equipped with the skills to grow and compete for funding and market share. MACH37™ was launched in 2013 by the Center for Innovative Technology, in Herndon, Virginia.  To learn more, please visit and follow @MACH37cyber on Twitter.
About the Center for Innovative Technology,
Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been Virginia's primary driver of innovation and entrepreneurship. CIT accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies through commercialization, capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology startup companies and advanced technology consumers. CIT's CAGE Code is 1UP71. To learn more, please visit  Follow CIT on Twitter @CITorg and add the Center for Innovative Technology on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Job Opening: IT Support Specialist
Eagle Express Lines, Inc. | Mt. Crawford

Eagle Express Lines, Inc. is a service-oriented transportation company that takes great pride in its role as an industry leader. As one of the nation's largest US Mail Contractors, we offer our corporate employees competitive compensation and an outstanding benefits package.
Position Overview:
Eagle Express Lines, Inc. is looking for a motivated and responsible IT Support Specialist. The position is responsible for resolving technical issues, both deskside as well as remotely, for the Eagle Express Lines staff. The IT Support Specialist installs, troubleshoots, and maintains an extensive variety of hardware and software. This includes, but is not limited to, desktops, laptops, printers, VoIP (Asterisk) phones, and third party/internal software.

To be considered as a potential candidate, please send a resume and salary requirements to

Job Opening: Software Engineer
Jenzabar | Harrisonburg

Jenzabar (Harrisonburg) is looking for a talented and experienced Software Engineer to join our team of passionate people in designing and developing a high quality, user focused administrative software for higher education. This individual should be highly proficient with PowerBuilder and MSSQLServer and have a passion for software development as well as a keen eye for well-designed software solutions. The Software Engineer should have solid experience with programming techniques that will facilitate the use of our application. Solid experience and troubleshooting skills working with PowerBuilder applications in a production environment 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.


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