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Member News: Cadence, Inc. Celebrates 35 Years in Business
Virginia Cybersecurity Education Conference | Free to VA State & Federal Employees (7/27 - 7/28)
Local Discovery Museums Will Hold In-Person Camps | Harrisonburg & Winchester (June - August)
BRCC's Learning Can Be Fun - All Classes Online (June - August)
COVID-19 Business Resources, Local Open/Closed Businesses, & Other Information
Shenandoah Valley Open Tech Jobs
Rocktown Tech Slack Channel Link
Member News: 
Cadence, Inc. Celebrates 35 Years in Business
 
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Staunton, VA (July 20, 2020)

Cadence, Inc. is celebrating its 35th anniversary as a leading contract manufacturer of advanced products, technologies, and services to medical device, diagnostics, aerospace, and commercial companies worldwide. Originally founded as Specialty Blades in July 1985 by engineer Martin Lightsey, the company developed a proprietary Computer Numeric Control (CNC) sharpening process that featured precisely controlled, multiple step grinding and honing sequences to address the needs of companies requiring high performance custom-made blades.

Over the past 35 years, Cadence  has continued the tradition of sharpening excellence by providing its customers with superior blades and needles, as well as rapidly expanding our technologies and services to include machining, tube fabrication, laser processing, metal stamping, finished device manufacturing and assembly, and much more.

Cadence now employs approximately 500 people with headquarters in Staunton, VA and other locations in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.

About Cadence, Inc. - Cadence, Inc. is a contract manufacturing partner providing advanced products, technologies, and services to medical device, diagnostics, aerospace, and commercial companies. Cadence employs approximately 500 people with its corporate headquarters in Staunton, Virginia and additional locations in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.  For more information on Cadence, please visit our website at   cadenceinc.com .    

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The 2020 Virginia Cybersecurity Education Conference will be held virtually on July 27-28th and will include two partial days of workshops, breakout sessions, and short talks focused on cybersecurity education and associated resources for educators and security professionals.

There will be a conference capture-the-flag competition, as well as birds-of-a-feather networking sessions and a late-afternoon happy hour. All registered participants will have access to the session recordings after the event.

Conference registration to Virginia high school and college faculty, as well as other Virginia state and federal employees, will be provided free of charge, and to others at a significantly reduced rate. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will also still be provided. The new virtual registration fees are:

VA State/Fed Employee Non-VA/Private Educator Industry Partner College Student
FREE $50 $75 $25

You must register to participate in the conference, even if the cost to you is free. 

Register for July 27-28 VA Cybersecurity Education Conference
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Local Discovery Museums Will Hold In-Person Camps Harrisonburg & Winchester (June - August)

       

Both the Explore More Discovery Museum and  Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum are  holding summer camps in-person while taking health and safety precautions, beginning June 29.  There are various camps, some with STEM topics, ranging from from Pre-K through Grade 8. Camps will run through the summer and end in August.

Explore More Discovery Museum Summer Camps (Harrisonburg)
Half Day Camps: $135.00 (Members: $105.00)
Full Day Camps:  $270.00 (Members: $210.00)


Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum Summer Camps (Winchester)

Discovery Museum members : $125 half-day
Non-members: $145 half-day
Discount for attending 3+ camps!


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BRCC's Learning Can Be Fun - All Classes Online (June - August)


Blue Ridge Community College's popular Learning Can Be Fun (LCBF) summer youth program offers 85 classes, providing rising 3-12 grade students plenty of opportunities for virtual learning.  Due to COVID-19 concerns, all classes meet online, with real-time learning taking place live with an instructor and other students for a virtual bonding experience over a one-week period.  Each class is grouped by appropriate age levels, with class size kept to a minimum to allow for individual attention.

Classes include the following subjects:
  • Black Rocket Productions- 60 classes
    • Design
    • Coding
    • Video Game Creation
    • Sports Challenges
    • Minecraft
    • JavaScript & Python
    • YouTube Content Creators
  • Science and Technology - 2 classes
  • Culture, History, Language, and Literature - 10 classes
  • Art, Music, and Theatre - 7 classes

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COVID-19 Resources & Local Open/Closed Businesses
 
During this uncertain time, we feel the need to share information that will help our readers monitor the current situation. Below we have linked several resources. 

We also recommend you take a look at the following article providing additional COVID-19 resources for economic development planning and recovery https://restoreyoureconomy.org/

Resources to monitor COVID-19 updates:
Open/closed businesses (& altered hours of operations) in the Shenandoah Valley:
Broadband Resources
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Virginian's ability to work, access healthcare and education, and has magnified the digital divide more than ever before. The Commonwealth Connect team has launched a webpage to provide information about what both the federal government and Virginia's ISPs are doing in response to the crisis. Please see: https://www.commonwealthconnect.virginia.gov/COVID-19

Local City & County Recovery Funding
  • Rockingham County Small Business Grant Program: This program can assist a small business with cash needed for working capital to support rent or mortgage payments, utility, payroll, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business through the pandemic. 
  • Staunton Downtown Development Association "Better Together" Grants: "Better Together" grants will be awarded to Downtown Service District (DSD) businesses who join forces to develop new products and services in the wake of COVID-19. Grant dollars will aid businesses in covering the costs of advertising, marketing, or promotions of their newly created products and combined services. This is a rolling grant with multiple periods of availability.
Business Resources
  • SBA's Disaster Loan is a program designed to help small businesses and non-profit organizations meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot otherwise be met as a direct result of COVID-19. The SV SBDC provides information and assistance in the loan preparation documents. To learn how to apply for the SBA EIDL: Economic Injury Disaster Loan. For assistance from the SVSBDC to apply see here: valleysbdc.org/covid-19.
  • Status of Building Officials' offices across the Commonwealth on VBCOA website
  • Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational RegulationCOVID-19 Update Page outlines regulated non-essential businesses that most close 
  • FEMA has a page on HOW TO HELP that gives contact information producing COVID-19 related products.  *Contact the SBDC office if you want more detail on the challenges of creating/manufacturing personal protective products, and we'll put you in touch with our International Trade Manager and other subject matter experts.
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  • Systems Analyst/Developer, Augusta County Service Authority | Verona
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