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July 28th, 2017
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First Tuesday Tech Meetup | Magnolia's (8/1)
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: Software Engineer (Jenzabar)
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Contribute suggestions for luncheon topics, site visits, workshops, events for Sept 2017-June 2018

Be an active member or reader!  What programming, topics, or site visits would you like to participate between 9/2017 and 6/2018? 
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What tech topics are on your mind? What makes a techie's heart skip a beat? Is there an organization, program, team, or business location you'd like to hear from or visit?
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First Tuesday Tech Meetup 

Join the FIrst Tuesday Tech Meetup at Magnolia's August 1st form 4:30-6:30p for tacos and tech! 

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Registration Open: Valley Business Summit
VBS 17 registration open

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.

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

August 23rd: Risk Management Approach to Cybersecurity 
Register here: Eventbrite

For more information:  GENEDGE

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
Cadence, Inc. Announces $2.00/Share Special Dividend and Results through Second Quarter 2017
Cadence, Inc. announced unaudited results through the second quarter of 2017 including a 6% increase in revenue from continuing operations to $45.6 million compared to first half of 2016.  Earnings per share from continuing operations decreased 10% over prior year results to $2.10 per share.  Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) from continuing operations was down 4% at $8.8 million.  Earnings per share from total operations increased 38% over prior year first half results.

"We continue to see good revenue growth in our continuing business." said Ken Cleveland, CFO.  "Compared to last year, earnings are being hampered by investments in growth opportunities."
At its July 24th meeting, the Cadence Board of Directors approved a special dividend of $2.00 per share payable to shareholders of record July 24, 2017 on or before August 23, 2017. The special dividend represents the desire to maintain an optimal capital structure based on the company's performance and opportunities and should not be seen as the beginning of a regular and predictable dividend policy.

Note: As a result of previously announced changes to its manufacturing footprint, the company's financial results include a Discontinued Operations section which include the results of the now-discontinued operations in the Dominican Republic and Massachusetts. 
About Cadence, Inc.
Cadence, Inc. is a leading supplier of advanced products, technologies and services to medical device, life science, automotive, and industrial companies worldwide. Cadence develops solutions-oriented relationships with customers and provides highly technical solutions that enable improved product performance in clearly measurable ways.  Cadence employs more than 475 people worldwide with headquarters in Staunton, VA and other locations in Cranston, RI, Pittsburgh, PA, and Sturgeon Bay, WI.  More information on Cadence can be found at


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: 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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