Spark Tank Business Accelerator Giveaway
(sign up ends by 11/22)
Applications are being accepted!
Voting begins November 22, 2017
As a way to give back to the community, the Spark Tank contest intends to help a local business transform and accelerate! The winner will receive a custom website, professionally written content, a professional photo shoot, a 30-second commercial, a premier car wrap, marketing strategy plan development, and an executive branding kit!
VOTING PERIOD: Wednesday, November 22nd - Wednesday, December 6th
The images and story you provided about your business will post to the
Valley Inbound Marketing
Facebook page. The public will vote for your business by "liking" your business post. Your goal is to get as many people to vote on your post as possible!
will be chosen based on who has the most likes on the post for their business.
2 Wildcard Finalists will be chosen based on the compelling nature of their story submitted during the application process.
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: Thursday, December 8th
All 8 finalists will be announced this day in a unique top-secret (for now) way! This is when you'll get the complete rules and guidelines for the January 13th Spark Tank presentations.
SPARK TANK LIVE SHOW: Saturday, January 13th, 9am-6pm
Be prepared to commit the entire day to this event. For the live portion of the show, you'll come prepared to show what you've got in a Shark Tank style presentation, complete with 5 judges and Q&A from the audience.
2018 SPARK TANK WINNER
will be selected by the judges and announced at the end of the competition!
For more information, visit
Explore More Maker Workshop: Holiday Lanterns (11/25)
November 25, 2017 | 10 am - 12 pm
Explore More Discovery Museum | Members: $8 / Visitors: $12
Create a holiday lantern using the laser cutter, LED lights and other Maker City materials! Experiment with principles of art and design while engineering a work of art.
Intended for youth ages 8 and up. Advance Registration and workshop materials fee required.
Members: $8 / Visitors: $12.
VA/DC FIRST LEGO League | State Championship Tournament (Harrisonburg,12/2 -12/3)
Dec. 2, 2017 at JMU Memorial Hall | 7:45 am - 6 pm
Dec. 3, 2017 at Harrisonburg High School | 7:30 am - 6 pm
** Open to the Public **
Volunteer for FLL!
Volunteers are currently sought after for both Dec. 2nd and 3rd! For the safety of participants, volunteers are required to become familiar with the
Youth Protection Program (YPP)
and complete background screening through the FLL Volunteer Registration.
If you are unable to volunteer, you can still come to the gargantuan and very busy FIRST LEGO League (FLL) state tournament. Exc
itement, robotics, and LEGOS! Most importantly, come support the students who have worked hard and see what they've accomplished!
What does all this FLL stuff look like? Watch this team from S. Korea in last year's challenge, at "World Fest", spring 2017, which is where many of the state-level winners go to compete.)
Bring your kids to the Dec 3 (Sunday) competition at Harrisonburg High School to see them compete in this year's challenge: Hydrodynamics
2017 Challenge: Hydrodynamics
Drink in the 2017/2018 HYDRO DYNAMICSSM season and learn all about water - how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it. In the 2017/18 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, students age 9 to 16 from 80 countries will make a splash with HYDRO DYNAMICS. What might become possible when we understand what happens to our water?
FIRST® LEGO® League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During the HYDRO DYNAMICSSM season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the FIRST LEGO League signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®
Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program
Business Symposium (12/5)
December 5, 2017
| 9 - 11 am
Peninsula Workforce Development Center
Register for Dec. 5, 2017 symposium
At the Business Symposium, you will hear about how the program links undergraduate science, technology, engineering & math (STEM) students to industry and employers.
Save the date for the Legislative Pre-Session! This breakfast is a time that we listen to and engage with our area legislators about issues affecting business in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.
The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce together host the Annual Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast at JMU Festival and Conference Center. This is a time that we listen to and engage with our area legislators about issues affecting business in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.
December 7, 2017 | 6 - 8 pm
Do you have a passion for a project that needs funding? Are you looking for a way to get more local dollars into the community? Are you interested in changing the way money flows into our neighborhoods?
Join us for an evening for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and new friendships as the Staunton Creative Community Fund (SCCF) brings together the faces of the Invest Local Project: makers, entrepreneurs, investors and supporters.
SCCF is building the networks for a thriving local economy and opening opportunities for local investing.
December 9, 2017 | 8:30 am- 2:30 pm | JMU ISAT/CS Building
Hosted by JMU Outreach and Engagement, come join us this year for this free one-day event. It will be offered for middle school AND high school-aged girls interested in technology. DIGITAL is designed to inspire girls to break limits and explore technology through hands-on activities led by female JMU students.
Registration is free, and will be updated and open soon! Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Register for Dec. 9, 2017 workshop
Virginia ICAP's Lean Launchpad Short Course
Shenandoah Valley Cohort (apps. due by 12/15)
Business Model Development for Technology Start-Ups
ICAP is a statewide technology-commercialization program offered by the Virginia Network of Small Business Development Centers, George Mason University, and local sponsors.
Based on the National Science Foundation's I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP 2.0 helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.
During this FREE 3-week program, you will work with ICAP instructors and your teammates to learn techniques that will help you identify potential customers, learn their needs and how you can build a successful business model from that knowledge.
The Short Course is the beginning of an ICAP process that guides companies through the Five Steps to Startup Success:
- Validate your business model
- Build the right team of three or more members
- Develop a minimum viable product (MVP)
- Create early sales traction
- Establish distribution channels and key partnerships
Who is Eligible?
All Virginia early-stage technology innovators and entrepreneurs (faculty, students, or the community at large) who are seeking to explore the commercial prospects for their innovations are encouraged to participate in this regional cohort.
December 15, 2017
- Applications due by midnight
December 22, 2017
- Acceptance notifications and communication from Bob Smith, a seasoned advisor, with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.
January 26, 2018, 9:00am-3:00pm
- Kick-off Classroom Introductory Session. We meet in JMU's Lakeview Hall, Harrisonburg. (
Location | Google Maps
February 2, 2018
- Each team participates in a pre-scheduled telephone review of the team's Customer Discovery Progress over the first week
February 9, 2018, 9:00am-Noon
- Final Team Presentations at JMU's Lakeview Hall
- During this 3-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the two 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 trainers and SBDC Business Advisors to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success.
The 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 full National Seven-week I-Corps Program in which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIRs and CRCF grants from Virginia's Center for Innovative Technologies.
For more information email: Bob@masonsbdc.org
Check out Saturday Morning Physics, a fun and informative way to start your weekend!
Come and explore the fascinating properties of waves as scientists use them in music, nanotechnology, astronomy, and nuclear physics. JMU Physics and Astronomy presents this educational event series designed for high school students and teachers! Juniors and seniors who participate are eligible for one JMU Physics credit. Held over the Saturdays on the JMU campus, we invite you to explore, learn, and have fun!
Note that only 50 seats are available!
For more information, contact Melissa Heatwole at
or (540) 568-4226.
| Grades 1st - 8th (1/13 - 2/17)
January 13 - February 17, 2018 | 9 am - 12 pm
$135.00 covers all 6 Saturdays
College for Kids is an enrichment program for children in grades 1-8. Children will work with James Madison University faculty and graduate students, as well as experts from the community and surrounding area, to try new things, explore and discover talents they never knew they had! College for Kids is being held this year on Saturday, January 13 - February 17, 2018 from 9-12pm.
Registration fee of $135.00 covers all 6 Saturdays
For more information, please contact Melissa Heatwole at email@example.com or (540) 568-4226
Job Opening: Software Engineer
Job Opening: Web Developer
James Madison University IT| Harrisonburg
More information at JMU Joblink
James Madison University (
) is currently recruiting for a creative, self-motivated Web Developer to help support JMU's current web infrastructure. This position will support end user publishing to university web servers using the
Content Management System (Cascade Server) and also some development of miscellaneous web applications that support the main university website.
Job Opening: Assistant or Associate Professor of Data Science
llege of Integrated Science and Engineering| Harrisonburg
The Department of Integrated Science and Technology (
) at James Madison University (
) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor beginning August, 2018. The Department of Integrated Science and Technology (soon to become the School of Integrated Sciences) is a dynamic, highly interdisciplinary academic unit of 50 faculty with terminal degrees in 39 different fields. Our graduates are innovative problem solvers with strong analytical and teaming skills that enable them to work on complex socio-technical problems facing organizations, communities, and society. Additional information on the department and its individual programs can be found at http://www.isat.jmu.edu.
Director of Information Technology
Lexington City Schools
The Director of Information Technology is responsible for the design, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of all server, network, and computing technology for Lexington City Schools and the City of Lexington. This position also assists with networking and server support at the Rockbridge ECC. The position reports to the Superintendent of Lexington City Schools and the City Manager. Given oversight
of the city's varied technology infrastructure, the Director of Information Technology must be self
- driven, organized, and possess a keen attention to detail. As primary support for faculty, staff, and students, the Director of Information Technology must also be collaborative and committed to customer service.
Remote (Anywhere in the US)
More information at teamtreehouse.com
The Systems team at Treehouse helps plan, build, document, and maintain the services and underlying technical infrastructure of the Treehouse website. We run on OpenStack and codify our infrastructure with Ruby and Chef. We run applications on all major operating systems.
In addition to performing the duties of a Systems Developer, the Senior Systems Developer provides the team with technical support and leadership.
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