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SVTC Luncheon & Annual Meeting Best Practices for Effective Remote Work: From the Sudden to the Sustainable (6/10)
Shenandoah Valley Guide to Re-Opening Business
Webinar: Future Proofing Your Business (6/4)
ICAP Lean Startup Introductory Course - Virtual Cohort (applications due 6/21)
COVID-19 Resources Provided by the Shenandoah Valley Partnership
COVID-19 Business Resources, Local Open/Closed Businesses, & Other Information
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)


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Shenandoah Valley Guide to Re-Opening Business

To ensure the safety of our community and to help you navigate the new normal, the Shenandoah Valley Partnership, local chambers, and the Business Resilience Task Force   created a re-opening business guide. They have included many of the recommendations developed by the Back to Work Virginia Task Force along with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with many other federal, state, and local resources.

The Work Hard. Work Smart. Work Safe. Guide  will act as a living document that will updated during this dynamic and changing time, so please give your local Chamber of Commerce immediate feedback.






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June 4, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Online Webinar

Join us to learn more about Disaster Recovery and how Segra is helping customers large and small with their Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution.

You'll walk away with:
  • An overview of different Disaster Recovery tactics for business
  • An overview of the risk and rewards of outsourcing your disaster recovery
  • How having a scalable DRaaS plan can be a cost-effective solution
  • Security Risks to be aware of when looking to outsource your Disaster Recovery
  • An understanding of how DRaaS can help mitigate Ransomware


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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 CollegeFactual.com, 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: icap@virginiasbdc.org   


(submit applications by June 21, 2020)

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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  https://theshenandoahvalley.com/covid-19-resources/ 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
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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


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: disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information. 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.
  • 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 vcwvalley.com.

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  • 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)
GOT ADDITIONAL JOBS THAT SHOULD BE PUBLICIZED ? SEND US A NOTE AND WE'LL PUBLICIZE THEM.
 
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