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SVTC Luncheon & Annual Meeting Best Practices for Effective Remote Work: From the Sudden to the Sustainable (6/10)
SVTC 2020 Class II Board Election | Candidates Announced
Staunton Innovation Hub Community Needs Survey
ICAP Lean Startup Introductory Course - Virtual Cohort (applications due 6/21)
Virginia Cybersecurity Education Conference | Free to VA State & Federal Employees (7/27 - 7/28)
COVID-19 Resources Provided by the Shenandoah Valley Partnership
COVID-19 Business Resources, Local Open/Closed Businesses, & Other Information
Welcome Back Level III Member: Serco Inc.
Welcome Back Level II Member: JMU College of Integrated Science and Engineering
Shenandoah Valley Open Tech Jobs

June 10, 2020 | 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm | Zoom

Thanks to COVID-19, millions of people were thrown into remote work with little to no preparation, and signs indicate that more businesses will be offering more remote work options in the future. Despite this situation not being ideal, organizations can still prepare their teams to succeed in short-term and long-term remote work. This webcast will explain the fundamental differences between sudden and sustainable remote work, and the essential skills and practices needed to succeed in both situations. 

Tammy Bjelland is the Founder and CEO of Workplaceless, a training company that teaches remote workers, leaders, and companies how to work, lead, grow, and thrive in distributed environments. With her background in higher education, publishing, edtech, eLearning, and corporate training, she is committed to driving and supporting the future of learning and the future of work. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Virginia and is a Certified Master Trainer by the Association for Talent Development, and lives in Winchester, VA.


After registering, you will immediately receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link. Please save it. 
(It is unique to you.)  (If on June 10,  you can't find it, let us know and we can resend it.)

This is also our Annual Meeting, and we will finish up our annual election for class 2 of directors. (Details)

Thank you luncheon sponsors!




SVTC 2020 Class II Board Election | Candidates Announced
The SVTC's Board of Directors is divided into two groups, called classes, for governance purposes. Each year, the term of one of the classes expires. To prepare, the council holds elections in the spring of each year so that a new class of directors is elected and can be appointed by the board of directors before the end of the term on June 30th. Today we are excited to announce our candidates for the 2020 Board of Directors class II election:

  • Kim Blosser, Lord Fairfax Community College 
  • Karen Bowman, Rockingham Insurance
  • Sarah Cheverton, JMU University Programs
  • Kai Degner (*), JMU Professional and Continuing Education
  • Kathleen Gass (*), Blue Ridge Community College
  • Jason Monroe (*) | VIRTEX
  • Mike Goertzen, Serco Inc.
  • Kurt Plowman, City of Staunton
  • Alex Skinner (*), InnoVault
  • Bob Stolle, Center for Innovative Technology
  • Brent Wilson (*), Sproutly
  • Ed Yoder, PBMares, LLP 
(*) Candidate new to the board

This class represents a diverse group, not only which industries they represent but they also hail from all over the Valley. Mid-Valley; as well as the sourthern and more northern part of the Shen. Valley: Waynesboro, Winchester, Middletown, and New Market.  

Read  all about these technology users and creators:


Staunton Innovation Hub Community-Needs Survey
Staunton Innovation Hub 
Many people are shifting to co-working environments and remote working and because of that the Staunton Innovation Hub would like to determine the needs/wants and challenges facing the businesses shifting to this model.

This survey was crafted to help guide the Staunton Innovation Hub in designing events and programming for entrepreneurs, business owners, community members, and Hub members.


ICAP Cohort Sponsors: Virginia Small Business Development Center, George Mason University,
NSF Innovation Corps, and Center for Innovative Technology

Based on the National Science Foundation's I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

ICAP includes FREE introductory training programs and counseling services offered through ICAP instructors and local SBDC counselors. ICAP helps startups identify potential customers and develop successful business models based on that knowledge. It is an ideal program for early-stage companies trying to prepare for eventual venture investment.

Preferred Sectors
The cohort will give preference to startups focused on the following sectors/solutions:
  • CybersecuritySoftware | Telecommunications | | Information & Communication Technologies | E-Commerce | Networking & Equipment | Electronics/Instrumentation | Sensors | Materials | Drones | IoT
  • Pandemic ResponseBiotechnology | Biopharmaceuticals | Medical Devices | Laboratory Instrumentation | Diagnostics | Healthcare IT | Nutraceuticals | Agricultural | Software | Telecommunications | Information & Communication Technologies | Sensors | Manufacturing
Important Dates
  • June 21, 2020 - Applications are due by midnight
  • June 24, 2020 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Introductory Webinar
  • July 1, 2020 - Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps
  • July 8, 2020 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm - Customer Segments and Initial Team Presentations
  • July 9, 2020 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm - Value Proposition
  • July 10, 2020 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm - Customer Discovery
  • July 17, 2020 - Each team participates in a pre-scheduled group video call review of the team's Customer Discovery Progress over the first week
  • July 24, 2020 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm - Final Team Presentations
During this introductory program, there is extensive work done outside the virtual classroom. In addition to the virtual class meetings, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments. At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP adjunct to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success over the following 6 to 24 months.

The introductory program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement. Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF's Seven-week National I-Corps Program, which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIR and CRCF grants from Virginia's Center for Innovative Technologies.

Your ICAP Instructor
Bob Smith is currently the Director of  I-Corps at George Washington University where he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He is also an instructor with the NSF's DC I-Corp Node.

Bob has 30+ years' experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the Chairman of, a leading college rankings website. He's held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in sales, marketing, and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor, and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, content publishing, geospatial analytics, data science, and local media go from launch through to favorable exits.  Bob received a BA from USC and his MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.

For more information email:   

(submit applications by June 21, 2020)


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

COVID-19 Resources
Provided by the Shenandoah Valley Partnership
The Shenandoah Valley Partnership has provided an incredible list of helpful resources for our region. We have included a few of these links from their website, but we encourage you to take a look on their page, as they will be updating it routinely with additional resources. Please visit to view the entire list. 

Business Resources
Emergency Loan Programs

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Local Resources
Questions regarding finances? Reach out to your financial institution. Payment deferral programs exist at many banks for businesses and consumers.

State Resources
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

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:

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: For assistance from the SVSBDC to apply see here:
  • 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.
  • Virginia Rapid Response COVID-19 Business Support Initiative: The Shen Valley Workforce Development Board has received funding to assist employers eligible to remain open during emergency. Funds are reserved for small businesses. More information and application process at

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.

Welcome Back Level II Member!
JMU College of Integrated Science and Engineering

The College of Integrated Science and Engineering provides students the opportunity to learn and apply science, math, technology and engineering concepts, along with a consideration of socio-technical issues, to solve challenging human problems. Our Computer Science, Engineering, Departments and School of Integrated Sciences bring faculty with a wide-range of background and experience (incl. business and industrial experience) together to teach and to research cutting-edge applications. While the College was formed in 2012, our departments have decades of experience in interacting with partners in the Valley and beyond. More information is available at

  • James Madison University IT Dept, Harrisonburg (Linux System Administrator )
  • Generate Impact, Harrisonburg (Tech Lead)
  • Segra, Waynesboro (IT Operations Technician)
  • Harrisonburg High School (Computer Science Teacher)
  • Augusta County Service Authority, Verona (Systems Analyst/Developer)
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