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March 18, 2016
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Tech Nite 16: Nominations will close on March 18 -- don't wait!
Innovate Live in Staunton (March and April Workshops)
LaunchPad Classes (April 5 - May 24)
SVTC's April Bits & Grits (3/15)
Grow Waynesboro Announces 2016 Business Competition...$20,000 in Grants for Waynesboro Entrepreneurs.
3rd Annual Maker Faire (March 26)
Tech Nite 16: Nominations are closing TODAY | Don't Wait! 

Tech Nite is the Shenandoah Valley's largest technology celebration of the year! On May 4th we will again highlight the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region and the entrepreneurs, innovators, leaders and educators behind those successes. At the moment, we're ready for YOUR nominations for the Shenandoah Valley's best and brightest, in these categories:
  • JMU Center for Entrepreneurship and JMU College of Business High Tech Entrepreneur Award 
  • Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver High Tech Company Award
  • Shentel Dr. Noftsinger Leadership Award
  • Cadence Innovation in Higher Education Award
  • Virginia Robotics Innovation in K - 12 Education Award
  • CIT Innovative Technology Application Award
  • JMU College of Integrated Science and Engineering Green Award

Nominations accepted online Feb. 14 - March 18, 2016 
(a word about self-nominations: we like them a lot! Why? Simple, we don't share or publish who made a nomination; and these types of nominations usually are the most complete and accurate, esp. if they are not "marketing materials".
(Pls DO ANSWER the questions posed in the guidelines) 
We also greatly value close coordination between nominator and nominee,
please don't surprise someone with a nomination!) 


Innovate Live is back! | Check out these upcoming workshops

LaunchPad Classes | Enrollment Open to *Anyone*
April 5 - May 24, StemX Lab at JMU Lakeview Hall, Harrisonburg

SVTC's Bits and Grits
April 19, 8-9am;  Mrs. Rowes, Staunton, VA

Come get together for great breakfast and to talk some tech. Dutch treat. No reservations required. 


This is where our technology users and creators get together to connect about various topics (while eating some good food!). This occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Look for Kurt Plowman.  


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Grow Waynesboro Announces 2016 Business Competition
$20,000 in Grants for Waynesboro Entrepreneurs

WAYNESBORO, VA- The City of Waynesboro Economic Development Department is announcing a new flagship program designed to support small business development, called Grow Waynesboro. Focused this year on finding and funding new and robust local businesses, it will award more than $20,000 to select entrepreneurs in the form of grants and training opportunities.

Grow Waynesboro is launching with a two-part community engagement strategy. In its initial phase, the initiative is focused on engaging students, residents and business leaders in a community-wide conversation on the types of locally owned businesses that have the potential to most impact Waynesboro's long-term economic health. With the help of the Waynesboro High School's Advanced Marketing Class, both economic development staff and local students are interviewing area residents about the entrepreneurship projects they would most like to see launch in Waynesboro. Videos of these conversations will be posted online throughout the coming weeks at

"We're excited to have an entrepreneurship program that touches not only the small businesses it seeks to assist, but also the broader community," says Courtney Cranor, Assistant Director of Economic Development for the City of Waynesboro.  "By engaging the broader community, we hope to build a stronger culture of entrepreneurship, encouraging not only direct grants and incentives for entrepreneurs, but also broad-based excitement and awareness of new businesses opening in Waynesboro."

Buoyed by the enthusiasm of local residents, Grow Waynesboro will also seek to identify and cultivate entrepreneurs who have or are seeking to open new 2016 locally owned and located small businesses. These entrepreneurs are invited to submit their business concepts on the site, where local judges will compare their viability and benefits for the City. Later this spring, on April 21st, approved projects will have the opportunity to present their plans to a live audience, where final grant winners will be announced.
"We look forward to seeing what proposals surface in the coming weeks," says Greg Hitchin, Economic Development Director for the City of Waynesboro. "We know there are many more entrepreneurial projects started every year in Waynesboro than are generally recognized, and we're pleased to work this year to help better identify them, invest in them, and celebrate them with the broader community."

Waynesboro High School is also excited to be a local partner. "We want our students to know that there are opportunities for them in the local economy," says Waynesboro High School marketing teacher Dave Hennel. "Not only are they developing skills in interviewing, video editing, and marketing, but they are also meeting business leaders in the local community and building important relationships between the school and the local economy."

Entrepreneurs interested in the initiative are encouraged to begin applying online now, with a final deadline for all written applications on April 4th. (


It's time to make some noise, bring out the maker and crafter projects, battle some 'bots, and have some raucous family fun.  We are opening our Call To Makers!  From robotics to fashion, rocketry to craft, 3D printing to woodworking, sculpture to architecture, engineering to design, drones to ham radio and who knows what else!
ATTENTION ALL CREATIVES, it's time to sign up to exhibit and participate in Central Virginia's "Mother of All Show 'n Tells" . This will be our 3rd Maker Faire and it will be 6 hours of CREATIVE COLLISIONS and a smorgasbord of all you can eat BRAIN FOOD!
Please visit our website, to learn more and click on the link to watch the PBS segment on the last Cville Maker Faire.
Thanks to Albemarle County Schools for their generous support! Monticello High School  is located on Independence  Lane, just off Mill Creek Drive and Route 20 south of Charlottesville, Virginia.

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