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October 21, 2016
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REGISTER NOW: CyberSecurity Awareness for Businesses 2.0 (10/27)
Entrepreneurial Spark Speaker Series (10/27)
Congratulations to our member Axon AI
FIRST LEGO League Regional Competition at JMU ISAT Bldg (11/5)
Keep Ransomware at Bay (Presidio, Cisco) (11/10)
CONNECTIONS2016 (11/15)
Member Event: PB Mares | Cybersecurity: Minimizing a Big Threat for Small Businesses (11/16)
SVTC Legislative Breakfast (12/7)
3 Job Openings: Sr. Software Developer/Engineer, Jr. Software Developer/Engineer | AxonAI

Guest experts bring cyber-security awareness for businesses
Cost is $35 (includes breakfast) | Register by Mon., Oct 24, 2016 (noon)

Attendees will take away techniques and practical tips for assessing and enhancing the internal and external security for their data systems.


  • 7:30am,  Light breakfast and networking
  • 8:00am, Cybersecurity for Small Businesses: Creating a Risk-Appropriate ResponseCelia Paulsen, Cybersecurity and Privacy Applications Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • 10:00am  Anatomy of an Attack: Cyber Threats Facing Businesses and How to Defend Against ThemChris Sullivan, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer; Serco, Inc.
  • 11:00am  The Internet of Things & Their Security Risks: Are you prepared? Roy Luebke, Innovation & Growth Consultant; GenEdge
  • Noon:  Events ends
Pre-registration required
 Membership NOT required | Cost: $35 (includes breakfast)

_Registration via SBDC by Oct. 24!_
Entrepreneurial Spark Speaker Series
October 27, 2016 4:30pm-6:30pm Ruby's Lounge
From the Shenandoah Valley to Silicon Valley

They started out as roommates at James Madison University and went on to be a part of the Silicon Valley technology scene. Paul Holland leads a major venture capital firm, Foundation Capital, helping businesses grow from startups to $100 million revenue producers. Jonathan Lamb joins us from Apple, where he heads the finance team for Apple's service and support business.  Come hear about their journey and be inspired to continue yours!
**Space is limited, please RSVP early.** ( Link to registration page)

After the program, continue the discussion upstairs as we gather for dinner (Dutch treat) at Clementine. Please RSVP separately for the event and for the dinner.
This event is the launch of a speaker series that will showcase the stories and lessons from the business and non-profit worlds that can only come from the people who have lived them.

Congratulations to Axon AI Level III Member:
For making the Cybersecurity 500 List for 2016

Congratulations to AxonAI for making the Cybersecurity 500, the "definitive list of the world's hottest and most innovative companies the cybersecurity industry."

To view full list of the top Cybersecurity Companies to watch in 2016:

FI RST® LEGO®  League (FLL) Harrisonburg regional competition
Sat. Nov. 5, 2016; JMU ISAT Bldg,  8:00am - 3:00pm. 
FREE. Everyone welcome to watch the tournament
V A-DC FIRST Lego League (FLL) competition at JMU's ISAT bldg --  free and all are welcome to see what it's all about. Prepare for noise and excitement! And ROBOTICS!! And Legos! 
Imagine a program  so engaging that  students across the globe can't wait to learn. Imagine kids solving problems that have a real, meaningful impact on the world today. Imagine students having fun, working together and practicing relevant science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills in a whole new way.
FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) brings these visions to life through an exciting alliance between two world-class organizations:  For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) and  The LEGO Group.
2016 Challenge: ANIMAL ALLIES
 In the 2016 FIRST ® LEGO ® League Challenge, more than 28,000 teams of students ages 9-16 will look into the eyes of our ANIMAL ALLIES. In the past, people often thought about how animals could help us. Today, it's time to think about how we can help each other. What might become possible when we work together with our ANIMAL ALLIES?
Animal Allies Challege
Animal Allies Challege
You don't have to be on a registered team, or any team, to watch and meet the competing teams. Open to the public! Location details:|james-madison-university-isat-tournament|779

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

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 Us for A FREE Webinar
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Presentation:  10:00am - 11:00am ET Followed by a Q&A session

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.
Join us for the webinar Cybersecurity: Minimizing a Big Threat for Small Businesses as we 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

Enter the name, organization and email address of the individual(s) who will be attending.  Participants will receive a confirmation email upon successful registration, and a reminder email with the log-in/dial-in credentials.

Hold the date:
Legislative Pre-Session Breakfast
Dec. 07, 2016; 7:30 am - 9:30 am

This 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. Registration will open in November. 

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

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.  

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