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November 11, 2016
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Caffeinate / Innovate (11/16)
CIT and Virginia Tech Release New Broadband Availability Map
Makerspace Open House and Maker Fare (11/15)
CONNECTIONS2016 (11/15)
Member Event: PB Mares | Cybersecurity: Minimizing a Big Threat for Small Businesses (11/16)
Save The Date: Legislative Breakfast (12/7)
Member News: Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC Ranked in 2017 "Best Law Firms"
FIRST LEGO League Regional Competition held at JMU (11/5)
Upcoming Webinar for CRCF FY2017 LOIs Registration Now Open
Highlighting Renewing Level II Member:
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Valley Automation, Inc.
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Vision Technology Group, LLC
Job Opening: Associate Instructor of Technical Studies
3 Job Openings: Sr. Software Developer/Engineer, Jr. Software Developer/Engineer | AxonAI
Feedback sought: GO VA regional boundaries map for public comment
Save the date for VIRTUES II (2/8-9/17)
Caffeinate | Innovate (Nov)
Wed., Nov 16, 2016; 7:30 - 9:00 am
The Hub Coworking

A coffee-fueled gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators and idea-generators at any stage.  Held the third Wednesday of every month, the format includes:
  • 7:30-8:00 Networking + Free Coffee/Espresso catered by Nomad Mobile Coffee
  • 8:00-8:15 Early-stage company pitch with time for input from the attendees
  • 8:15-8:45 Presentation from an expert entrepreneur--lessons learned, failures and successes, secrets and advice
  • 8:45-9:00 Q&A and continued networking

CIT and Virginia Tech Release New Broadband Availability Map

Interactive map shows broadband access and available service providers across the Commonwealth
The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today that the latest edition of the Virginia Broadband Availability Map has been released and includes several new dynamic features. The new map, a product of CIT and its partners, Virginia Tech's Center for Geospatial Information Technology (CGIT) and the Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN), is a result of the team's experience working hand-in-hand with local and state government officials to address broadband access deficiencies.

The Virginia Broadband Availability Map is an interactive map that allows users to search by address or locality to identify where broadband services may be available and which providers are providing service in the area. The data behind the map comes from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which receives data directly from the broadband providers.

The latest edition of the map is contained within Virginia's Integrated Broadband Planning and Analysis Toolbox (ITBX) and allows users to view RUOnlineVA data, population density, vertical assets, and other themes all in comparison to broadband availability. The new features were added to better assist state and local officials in the broadband assessment and planning process.
In addition to the map, the ITBX includes a map book portal and a broadband policy database. The map book portal allows users to create downloadable maps displaying various broadband planning themes and the policy database allows users to select a location and view all of the broadband-related policies that pertain to that location. 

The Virginia Broadband Availability Map is part of CIT's ongoing effort to provide technical assistance to local governments and state agencies to expand broadband capacity and access and improve utilization. The new map can be found at

About the Center for Innovative Technology, 
Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been Virginia's primary driver of innovation and entrepreneurship. CIT accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies through commercialization, capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology start-up companies and advanced technology consumers. CIT's CAGE Code is 1UP71. To learn more, please visit  Follow CIT on Twitter   @CITorg and add the Center for Innovative Technology on LinkedIn and   Facebook.

For the web version of this release, visit:

Makerspace Open House & Maker Fare
222 Washington St.,  Staunton VA

The  Staunton Makerspace  is pleased to present our Open House and Maker Fare. Tour the Makerspace, meet our makers, see works in progress, learn about upcoming winter
 workshops, plus explore 3D printing, laser cutting, etching, woodworking, electronics & more.

6:00pm -- Food, Brews & Tools. Doors open, come mingle!

7:00pm -- Meet Our Makers, with a show-and-tell of works in progress and the equipment they're using to make them.

Everyone is welcome, from the newly curious to long-time friends. If you've been wondering just want goes on in the Staunton Makerspace, come on down and let us share.

For more information and to RSVP please visit:


This year's Connections2016 is scheduled the week after Election Day, so the information is both timely and important.  Dr. Chmura spoke at Connections five years ago to one of the largest crowds we have seen and we expect a good turnout as well this year.  It will be the biggest Business-After-Hours of the year and a great marketing opportunity for a few lucky sponsors!

For more information:
For sponsorship registration:  Sponsorships |  Vender booth registration:  connections-2016-vendor-registration

Cybersecurity: Minimizing a Big Threat for Small Businesses
Join PBMares for a FREE Webinar
Wed., November 16, 2016,  10:00am - 11:00am ET 

With more than 75% of all security breaches occurring at businesses with less than 200 employees, Cybersecurity is becoming a major risk initiative for owners of small businesses.  As the nature and sophistication of cyber-attacks evolve daily, small businesses are often struggling to find the resources and expertise to properly protect their organization from cyber breaches.

PBMares will discuss current trends in Cybersecurity, common vulnerabilities at small businesses, and how small businesses are deploying the limited resources they have to protect their organization.

  • What are the current trends in Cybersecurity
  • Which industries are being targeted and why
  • What hackers are looking for
  • What types of cyber-attacks have what impact
  • Why Cybersecurity is a major problem for small businesses
  • What small businesses can do to help prevent a Cybersecurity breach
  • What to do when a breach happens

Harvey Johnson, CPA, Partner
PBMares, LLP

Registration Now Open: Legislative Pre-Session Breakfast
Dec. 07, 2016; 7:30 am - 9:30 am $12per person

This French Toast Buffet breakfast is a time that we listen to and engage with our area legislators about issues affecting business in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Announcement of invited representatives to follow. 

Sponsored by the Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
 and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council

Member News: 
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC 
Ranked  in 2017 "Best Law  Firms"

Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC has been ranked in the 2017 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list regionally in 15 practice areas.

Firms included in the 2017 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

The 2017 Edition of "Best Law Firms" includes rankings in 74 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan-based practice areas. One "Law Firm of the Year" is named in each of the 74 nationally ranked practice areas.

Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC is a full-service law firm with offices in Harrisonburg and Staunton. The firm serves individuals and businesses in the Shenandoah Valley and the Mid-Atlantic states in the areas of: bankruptcy, commercial and civil litigation, corporate finance, employment law, health care law, intellectual property matters, medical malpractice, real estate and land use, tax planning, wills, estate planning, and administration.

Learn more at:

FIRST LEGO League Regional Competition held at JMU 11/5/16

Each year SVTC sponsors (new) FIRST Lego League teams, and are thrilled to see them compete every time! On Sat, JMU hosted the SV competition & we're tickled that Mia & her team competed again!
The state competition, which hosts the winning teams from the regional tournaments, will take place in Harrisonburg the 1st weekend of Dec. If you want to attend it and see science, technology, and engineering come to life in a sports-like setting, let us know and we'll give you a tour!) 

FIRST = For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology

More info for FLL happenings in the Shen. Valley FLL in the Valley and VA DC FLL website

Upcoming Webinar for CRCF FY2017 LOIs
Registration Open for November 1 Session

Do you need funding to advance your early-stage technology? Will a $50,000 or $100,000 grant help commercialize your product or service? 
If so, keep reading!  
The Commonwealth of Virginia's multi-million dollar CRCF grant program may be exactly what you need. CRCF supports companies, higher education, and nonprofit research institutes. Target technologies include life sciences, cyber security, advanced manufacturing, energy, environment, unmanned systems, and IT. The FY2017 Request for Proposals is open and resources are available.
Are you ready to learn more about the CRCF programs and the Letter of Intent (LOI) process? You're in luck. CIT will host a webinar on Tuesday, November 1 at 1:00 p.m. The presentation will cover an overview of CRCF, the FY2017 round, and submitting an LOI; there will be an opportunity for Q&A. Not able to join us live? The session will be recorded and available, along with the mid-October session on the same topic via
Webinars specific to the application and budget processes will be hosted in December and January. View dates and times by clicking on the CIT URL above.
Still have questions? Check out our FAQs or contact the CRCF team at
Don't forget to mark your calendars -- LOIs are due by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 10.

Highlighting Renewing Level II Member:

Rural Broadband Network Services LLC t/a highspeedLINK is an IP-based communications provider with headquarters located in Harrisonburg, VA. We provide products and services to customers in Rockingham, Page, Augusta and Shenandoah Counties, including local and long distance telephone services, IP video services, data services for Internet access and wide-area networking. Our focus is on providing communications to under served areas in rural communities. We also offer alternatives to wire-line telecommunications with our advanced microwave technologies. Our micro-data center can hold thousands of terabytes of data and is connected to a major fiber backbone and is located in close proximity to our customers for on-site access.

Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Valley Automation, Inc.

Valley Automation, Inc. is a Systems Integration firm with offices in Luray and Harrisonburg, Virginia. We are a women-owned small business in the State of Virginia, holding numerous technical certifications and business relationships to include but not limited to Rockwell Automation, Mitsubishi, GE Intelligent Platforms, Corning, Leviton, APC, Hoffman and Eaton. Valley Automation, Inc. serves a wide client base, not only in Virginia, but nationwide, travelling onsite for startup services as well as offering remote connectivity for immediate support. We offer clients some of the most experienced engineers in our area and works with several others on a contract basis. Our team at Valley Automation, Inc. is staffed to assist all clients in the following ways: 
·Project Management 
·Controls / Electrical / Systems Integration 
·Data Collection Services 
·Control Panel Design and Fabrication Services 
·Technical Writing / Documentation / CAD Drawings 
·Instrumentation / Calibration 
·Software Engineering 
·Installation and Startup Services

Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Vision Technology Group, LLC

Vision Technology Group (VTG) provides consulting services to the Shenandoah Valley focused on improving business communications through effective design, integration, management, and life-cycle support of networked communication systems.


Job Openings: 
Associate Instructor of Technical Studies
From: Lord Fairfax Community College

This position will provide leadership for the applied trades and manufacturing certificates and programs in the Division of Business, Education, and Technology. Specific duties include coordinating various existing trades programs such as Electrical, HVAC, and Welding.  The position, in collaboration with engineering faculty, will also lead the development of new courses and programs relevant to a multi-craft/manufacturing technician program.   This instructor will coordinate high school "Trades Academy" programs and will lead the development of a trades academy for the Luray-Page County center location. This position may teach at off-site locations within the LFCC service region.  Fostering relationships with business and industry leaders, secondary partners, and the offices of Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education (WSCE) is important for the position.  

link to the job posting and application process is:

3 Job Openings: Sr. Software Developer/Engineer (2 positions) and Jr. Software Developer/Engineer
From: AxonAI, Inc.

AxonAI, Inc. has three new positions open: two senior software developer/engineers and one junior level software developer/engineer. All positions will focus on back-end development. These are great opportunities for motivated individuals with the right balance of technical and communication skills.  These positions require the ability to provide innovative and well-thought-out use of technology to plan, develop, and implement software solutions.

For all the details please visit the AxonAI Careers page,  Interested applicants should complete the initial application form online along with their resume.  

Questions? Email

Feedback sought: GO VA regional boundaries map for public comment 

VIRGINIA GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY FUND will help to grow and diversify Virginia's economy and create jobs through state financial incentives for regional projects that encourage collaboration between private sector companies, workforce, education and government in each region.

The Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board will be accepting public comment on the regional map. The map was preliminarily approved at the full meeting of the board on October 12, 2016 in accordance with Section 2.2-2486 of the Code of Virginia. The board anticipates taking a final vote on the map at the next Board meeting on December 5, 2016.

The map was discussed, reviewed and recommended to the board by the GO Virginia Stakeholder Advisory Work Group formed in accordance with Enactment Clause 3 of Chapter 779 of the 2016 Acts of Assembly.

This map --once approved--  will provide the geographic boundaries for the formation of regional  councils, which --once certified-- will be the entity that applies for funding from the GO VA Board.

Feedback is being sought, please share this map and links. 

The map is on the DHCD GO VA webpage ( ) and all comments regarding the map can be submitted to  by Friday, November 18, 2016.

Save the date for: VIRTUES II (VIrginia RoboTics and Unmanned Systems Education Summit) 
February 9 & 10, 2017 at James Madison University 

The first VIRTUES (VIrginia RoboTics and Unmanned Systems Education Summit) was held at JMU on Aug. 17 th and brought Virginia's unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) community together to produce actionable objectives toward Governor McAuliffe and Senator Warner's vision for The New Virginia Economy. The conference was organized into four working groups-Research, Curriculum, Industry, and Policy and Ethics-who met with facilitators during the day to discuss the success stories in each area, to map what was happening regarding UMS in each of the areas, and to identify gaps and opportunities for collaborative action that would move each of these areas forward and make each more responsive to rapidly changing and growing needs. All of the information was gathered and reviewed and resulted in a list of actionable items for the coming year that will help support UMS growth through research, jobs creation, and policy that supports innovation.

A video about the conference, the report mentioned above, and a general reap are available on the VIRTUES website:  
Interested attendees for VIRTUES II: save the date in your calendar (Feb 9 & 10, 2017)

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