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AVNU ("Autonomous Vehicle - Neighborhood Use") Launch Event (7/9)
Cybersecurity Basics for Managers (7/15-7/25)
Bots and Beverages: A Meetup for Educators (7/17)
The Startup Experience | 2 Day Workshop (7/19-7/20)
BRCC's Learning Can Be Fun Summer Youth Program (July 2019)
JMU's Science Explorers Camps (July 2019)
Explore More Discovery Museum STEM Activities (July - August 2019)
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum Summer Camps (July - August 2019)
Save the Date | Valley Business Summit (8/8)
Share Your Voice! Take the Virginia's Role in the Innovation Economy Survey
Welcome Back Level III Member: Serco Inc.
Welcome Back Level I Member: Cottonwood Commercial
AVNU ("Autonomous Vehicle - Neighborhood Use") 
Launch Event
Join us for the launch of  AVNU (autonomous vehicle - neighborhood use) - the driverless microtransit service that will serve the Crozet area over the next several months. This service is a partnership of Albemarle County, JAUNT Inc., Perrone Robotics, Inc., and Smart Mobility, Inc. to pilot a new, autonomous transit shuttle.

Cybersecurity Basics for Managers (7/15-7/25)
Are you being asked to shape how your organization protects its customer data or email systems?  Are your customers relying on you to protect their payment information?  Do you need a place to start learning about fundamental cybersecurity concepts?

This two-week crash course is designed for leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs who have a limited technical background related to cybersecurity, data security, and information technology.  The JMU Cybersecurity Basics for Managers noncredit certificate program is discussion-oriented and formatted for the working professional.

Participants will gain knowledge that can inform their strategies to mitigate cybersecurity risks, secure data and information, build secure infrastructure, and hire qualified personnel and vendors.

Dates and Time: 
  • Monday, July 15 | In-Person, 9:00am-4:30pm (Downtown Harrisonburg)
  • Thursday, July 18 | Online, 9:00-11:00am
  • Monday, July 22  | In-Person, 9:00am-4:30pm (Downtown Harrisonburg)
  • Thursday, July 25 | Online, 9:00-11:00am
Instructor: David Cafaro of Capital One Bank
Program Fee: $750
Add More Team Members for $600 a seat!
Bots and Beverages: A Meetup for Educators (7/17)
Kick back, relax, and create some robots with teachers in your area at  Pale Fire Brewing Co.! Talk with peers about edtech, bring curriculum ideas & questions, or use the  Hummingbird Robotics Kit to make your own robot.

No programming/robotics experience required! Technology and craft materials will be provided. Brews and other beverages are available for purchase at the bar.
Email with questions.

The Startup Experience | 2 Day Workshop (7/19-7/20)
 9 am
The Startup Experience is a interactive 2-day workshop designed to teach you what it takes to get a business started. Startup teams (groups of 5 to 6 people) will work together learn about Startup team formation, problem definition, user analysis, idea creation, business model innovation, customer development, prototyping, web development, fundraising and professional pitching, and get hands-on experience with the tools they need to create a successful startup company!

You will start the first day off with an overview of what entrepreneurship is and then dig into the Startup Experience model, founded by Henrik Scheel out of the Silicon Valley. This model has been taught all over the globe and the SCCF is looking forward to bringing to the Shenandoah Valley again this July.  Space is limited.


For more information about group rates, contact Debbie Irwin at

BRCC's Learning Can Be Fun Summer Youth Program
(July 2019)
Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave

BRCC is offering several technology courses during their Learning Can Be Fun (LCBF) summer youth program this year! Take a look below at the following courses that are being offered during the months of June and July:

JMU's Science Explorers Camps (July 2019)
 James Madison University
Using JMU's unique facilities such as the John C. Wells Planetarium, Science on a Sphere, among others, camp-goers will get to explore different areas of science, including biology, earth science, chemistry, forensic science, physics and astronomy and more! Science Explorers Camp will touch on topics covered in the former Space Explorers Camp, while introducing new concepts, activities, and STEM challenges. 

JMU's Science Explorers Camp provides hands-on learning opportunities to 1st through 11th grade students. These camps seek to grow leaders and problems solvers of tomorrow, by building knowledge and curiosity today! 

All teachers and students working with the campers will go through a teacher training program so that they are ready to help your children actively engage in learning! 

There are three camps available for different age ranges. See details below: 

Explore More Discovery Museum STEM Activities
(July - August 2019)

Explore More Discovery Museum in Harrisonburg will have several STEM opportunities this summer, from weekly programs to summer camps. Take a look below at the following STEM-related courses that are being offered during the months of June through August. Additional activities can be found on their website


Additional Summer Explorer Camps 

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum Summer Camps 
(July - August 2019)
Join us at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum for a summer of adventure, education, and fun!  There are camp experiences for everyone, from preschool to high school! All programs are led by qualified professionals, with curriculum enhanced by the SVDM education team. The Discovery Museum is running a full summer of enriching fun from June to August.

Technology camps available: 

Save the Date | Valley Business Summit (8/8)
August 8, 2019 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Plecker Center, BRCC, Weyers Cave

Join Valley Business Leaders and Managers for the Keynote address and the annual Business Resource Fair. For an accurate count, be sure to register in advance. This event will not include lunch.

Register for this event at

Share Your Voice!
Virginia's Role in the Innovation Economy 
 - Survey -

You are invited to take the following 10-minute survey  regarding ideas and opinion's on what the state's role should be in the innovation economy. This survey will remain in effect through the end of July. ALL Virginians with an interest in this topic are encouraged to complete the survey and register their voice.

During the 2019 Legislative Session, two bills were considered that would have created a new authority or made several changes to an existing authority around funding and oversight of research commercialization, entrepreneurship, and innovation economic development initiatives in the Commonwealth.  Although there was universal support for more efficient use of state resources, the legislature decided - due to concerns addressed by many affected stakeholders - to delay pending an effort led by the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to assess and recommend a legislative plan - statewide-backed and driven by a diverse workgroup of subject matter experts - to consolidate, restructure, and transition programs. This legislative proposal WILL be data driven. This survey will help catalog ideas from Virginian's who can and cannot attend the regional Town Hall series this spring/summer. 

Take the 10-minute survey | Virginia's Role in the Innovation Economy

Welcome Back Level III Member!
Serco Inc.

Serco Inc. is the North American division of Serco Group, plc, one of the world's leading service companies. Serco serves Federal, state and local governments, along with the Canadian government and commercial customers. We help our customers deliver vital services more efficiently, while increasing the satisfaction of their clients. Serco brings deep domain expertise and proven processes informed by over 50 years' experience, with over 40,000 people in 35 countries across the world, and 8,000 in the Americas. Serco professionals advise our customers, as well as design, integrate and deliver solutions that transform how clients achieve their mission and transform government efficiency. We help tackle the big, complex problems of our interconnected world in the areas of defense, citizen services and transportation. Serco's clients come to us with confidence that we have the expertise to take service delivery to the next level of performance. We know how to make services run smoother, smarter and more efficiently. We help transform the experience of the end customers in a positive and sustainable way. Our presence in the Shenandoah Valley includes the USPTO Classification Services contracts as well as support and management services for numerous additional Serco programs.

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Cottonwood Commercial

Cottonwood | Commercial stands alone as western Virginia's largest and most comprehensive commercial real estate resource. We have grown to be the market leader, because we have remained exclusively focused on client-centered commercial and investment real estate services. Our clients success has always been our top priority, and we continue to build value for our customers by approaching our work at Cottonwood with integrity, knowledge and insight. Our areas of assistance include Brokerage Services, Property Leasing & Sales, Commercial Acquisition Analysis, Disposition Advice, Property Management, Site Locator Assistance, Landlord / Tenant Representation, Triple Net Leases, 1031 Exchange Investments, Multi-Family Brokering, Shopping Center Leasing, Farm Sales & Purchase, Convenience Store Sales & Purchase, Gas Station Sales & Purchase, Warehouse Leasing & Sales, Industrial Facility Leasing & Sales, Commercial Valuation Analysis and Development Feasibility Studies. We at Cottonwood Commercial Realty welcome your interest and inquiries as you consider buying, selling, or leasing commercial property in central Virginia or along Virginia's growing I-81 corridor.

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  • Chiedo Labs, Harrisonburg (two full-time Javascript Developer openings, Back-End Developer, React Developer, Web Development Intern)
  • Budget Referee, Harrisonburg (Full Stack Developer with front end web development focus)
  • Ryzing Technologies, Staunton (Mechanical Engineer)
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