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October 28, 2016
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Feedback sought: GO VA regional boundaries map for public comment
First Tuesdays Tech Meetup (11/1)
SVTC Luncheon: Disaster Recovery Planning and Contingency Management Planning (11/10)
Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon (11/03)
Caffeinate / Innovate (11/16)
Do you need funding to advance your early-stage technology?
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)
Save The Date: Legislative Breakfast (12/7)
3 Job Openings: Sr. Software Developer/Engineer, Jr. Software Developer/Engineer | AxonAI
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.

First Tuesdays Tech Meetup
November 1, 2016, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Please join us at the Harri sonburg First Tuesday Tech meetup. Everyone is invited, although those with a particular interest in technology may have more fun. 
Please spread the word!! 

Nothing formal (yet), just beer, games, conversation with others involved in tech and a GREAT time! We're cooking up all sorts of ideas -- we've already got a Slack channel. If you'd like to join the conversation, sign up at

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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Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon
Tue., Nov. 3; Waynesboro
Founder of DieHappy & Snagajob to Keynote

As a prelude to Shop Small Business Saturday on November 26, the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Shawn Boyer will be the Keynote Speaker at their Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon

Boyer is the Founder and CEO of DieHappy, an intentionality app that helps you do things for and with your most important people.  Prior to DieHappy, he founded and was CEO of Snagajob, the nation's largest marketplace for hourly workers and employers, from 2000-2013, and then Chairman of the Board through 2015.  Boyer directed Snagajob's rapid growth from an idea to a marketplace that now has over 70 million members and over 50,000 employers.  Snagajob has been named to Fortune Magazine's Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces list for eight straight years (including 5 top 10 finishes and a #1 ranking in 2011) and was a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 company for five consecutive years.  

In 2008, Shawn was named the National Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration and received public recognition from President George W. Bush. Boyer is a frequent speaker regarding building great workplace cultures and rapidly scaling businesses and has appeared in places such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Good Morning America, CNN and in daily newspapers throughout the nation.  He is also the author of Help Wanted & Help Found: The insiders' guide to recruiting & hiring hourly workers. Boyer is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and the Washington & Lee School of Law, and he received his LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.  He has sat and continues to sit on a number of different non-profit boards.  
The awards luncheon offers well-deserved recognition to small businesses for their achievements and contributions to the economy in the Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro communities.  These awards will celebrate the fact that small business owners make up more than 92%of all employers in the USA - and also more than 80% of the Chamber's membership.  Awards presented will include: Small Business, Entrepreneur, Non Profit and Community Hero of the Year. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the organization that is awarded the Community Hero award.

Salute to Small Business
Awards Luncheon
Tuesday November 3, 2016
BEST WESTERN PLUS Waynesboro Inn & Suites Conference Center
109 Apple Tree Lane/Waynesboro
11:30 am-1:30 pm

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

Do you need funding to advance your early-stage technology?
Will a $50k or $100k 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 FY17 Request for Proposals is open, and you have until November 10 to submit a Letter of Intent. Learn about CRCF programs, next steps for applicants, and get contact information if you have questions via the above link.

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 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

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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