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November 4, 2016
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SVTC Luncheon: Disaster Recovery Planning and Contingency Management Planning (11/10)
Caffeinate / Innovate (11/16)
Upcoming Webinar for CRCF FY2017 LOIs Registration Now Open
Keep Ransomware at Bay (Presidio, Cisco) (11/10)
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)
Highlighting Renewing Level II Member: Shentel
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: People Places, Inc.
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
SVTC Luncheon:
Dale Hulvey, CIO & AVP, IT @ JMU
Disaster Recovery Planning and Contingency Management Planning 


November 10, 2016, 11:45am - 1:00pm 
Wood Grill Buffet | Harrisonburg, VA

These days we rely more and more on technology to do everything from order lunch, share the latest photo and run our businesses.  What do we do or what happens when these technology systems are not available for some reason?  You might call in your lunch order and you can wait to send that photo or email but what about your business?  Do you have plans and procedures to follow if your computer systems are not available?  What would you do if your place of business caught on fire or you weren't able to occupy the building for some reason?

Networking begins at 11:45 am. Dutch treat. | Membership not required.
By registering you enable us to bring you a pre-printed nametag.

Thank you SVTC luncheon sponsors, aka Level III & Level II members!

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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

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.

Presidio: Keep Ransomware at Bay with Presidio & Cisco - Mid Atlantic
November 10, 2016 | 12:00pm-1:30pm | Lakeveiw Hall Room 1179
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

Highlighting Renewing Level II Member:
Shentel (Shenandoah Telecommunications Company)

Shentel (Shenandoah Telecommunications Company) (NASDAQ: SHEN) is a diversified telecommunications company providing both regulated and unregulated telecommunications services through its wholly owned subsidiaries. These subsidiaries provide local exchange telephone services and wireless personal communications services (as a Sprint PCS affiliate of Sprint Nextel), as well as cable television, video, Internet and data services, fiber optics facilities and leased tower facilities. Chris Kyle, previously served on the SVTC Board of Directors.  


Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
People Places, Inc.

People Places is a non-profit agency that is dedicated to providing therapeutic services within the community and nurturing safe and lasting relationships for children and families. Our services support foster care, adoption, special education, and families in and around Staunton, Charlottesville and Harrisonburg.
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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