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Sept 15th, 2017
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Startup/Early Stage Funding & Cyber Workforce Development Forum
SVTC Luncheon
SVTC Tech Mixer -- Registration Open
PowerAmerica and NextFlex Informational Webinar
Entrepreneurial Spark Speaker Series
Tech Tuesday: Demystifying the Cloud
Solar Open House at BrydgeWorks Glass
Second Annual Virginia Solar Congress
HDR Partners with Immerge
Job Opening: IT Help Desk Administrator
Rocktown Tech Slack Channel Link
Startup/Early Stage Funding & Cyber Workforce Development Forum 
(9/20)

In collaboration with Old Dominion University, Hampton Roads  Procurement Assistance Cen ter, HRCyber, Virginia Beach Economic Development, Tidewater Community College, and the Hampton Roads region, this special session will highlight programs available to startup and early stage tech companies in Virginia and provide some insights into how the state's Cyber Security workforce challenges are being met.  

Topics covered include
Funding Resources & Formation Panel:  
SBIR Intro, State Support for SBIR, Resources available from the ODU Center for Enterprise Innovation, Updates on the next Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Grant program, CIT's GAP Fund and the MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Program.
 
Cyber Workforce Development Initiatives Panel:
HR Cyber, Tidewater Community College, ODU Cyber 
   
Special presentations from: 
  • GENEDGE Alliance - Presenting Cyber Security Risk Management Tips for small tech firms;
  • Entrepreneur Spotlight - FOUR18Intelligence founder Mark Jaster will discuss hisexperiences growing his company, his participation in the MACH37 Cyber Accelerator, and how his product is helping to address cyber security workforce challenges. 
  • A special networking session will follow! 

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SVTC Luncheon (9/21)



September 21 2017, 11:45 am - 1:15 pm |  Wood Grill Buffet

Anthony Smith, President and CEO of Secure Futures, will be discussing the topic of Resilient Technology Solar Solutions. 

About Tony Smith
Dr. Anthony Smith is the CEO of Secure Futures Solar ( http://securefutures.solar), a Staunton Virginia based solar development company that serves as a Virginia market and policy leader in building, owning and managing  affordable  Resilient Solar Solutions® for public purpose entities. Tony brings over 30 years' experience in energy efficiency, solar energy, and community economic development in Vermont, Pennsylvania and Virginia. He serves as a board member of the Virginia Alternative & Renewable Energy Association (VA-AREA), and had previously co-directed EMU's MBA program. He earned his Master's degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD from the Wharton School of Management, University of Pennsylvania.

This event is sponsored by  Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC
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SVTC Fall Tech Mixer | Registration Now Open
(9/28, Beyond Restaurant, Harrisonburg, 5:30 pm)



Join us on Thursday, September 28th for our annual Fall Tech Mixer. Hosted by the SVTC's Board of Directors, this is a premier networking event. Come out and join current members and potential members as they mingle and network.
 
It's our treat - appetizers are 'on us' ... the food is fabulous and coconut shrimp will definitely be on the menu again! :-) Drinks are dutch treat.
 
Come and find out what we're doing as an organization and what our members are doing individually. Let us know you're coming so that we'll have plenty of appetizers. Feel free to bring a buddy, a customer, a co-worker, or your spouse (please register each).


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PowerAmerica and NextFlex Informational Webinar (9/28)



On Thursday, September 28th, GENEDGE invites you to an upcoming informational webinar which will introduce PowerAmerica and NextFlex, both Manufacturing USA initiatives.  If you, or a company that you know, is interested in learning more about wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductors or flexible hybrid electronics (FHE), this webinar is for you!  Companies interested in WBG solutions using silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) or FHE  technology are also encouraged to participate.

About PowerAmerica and Wide Bandgap Semiconductors
PowerAmerica is a public-private partnership between industry, the U.S. Department of Energy, national labs, and academia. It seeks to save energy and create U.S. manufacturing jobs by accelerating the development and large-scale adoption of wide bandgap semiconductor technology.  Wide bandgap semiconductors operate at much higher voltages, frequencies and temperatures than conventional semiconductors. They are smaller and more energy efficient than the power electronics widely available today.

About NextFlex and and Flexible Hybrid Electronics
NextFlex was formed in 2015 through a cooperative agreement between the US Department of Defense (DoD) and FlexTech Alliance. NextFlex is a consortium of companies, academic institutions, non-profits and state, local and federal governments with a shared goal of advancing U.S. Manufacturing of FHE. By adding electronics to new and unique materials that are part of our everyday lives in conjunction with the power of silicon ICs to create con formable and stretchable smart products, FHE is ushering in an era of "electronics on everything" and advancing the efficiency of our world.

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Entrepreneurial Spark Speaker Series (9/28, 4:30 pm)



On Thursday, September 28th (4:30 pm) come hear how Aaron built the burger and Sticky Nugs empire, which now encompasses 11 restaurants - stretching from across Virginia and into Tennessee and Alabama!

Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint is the childhood dream of two best friends, Aaron Ludwig and Mike Sabin. While spending their youthful days skateboarding and collecting old beer cans, they often talked about opening their own bar. Flash forward to adulthood, and Aaron had spent 15 years in the business world operating a ski & snowboard shop in Harrisonburg. After one crappy day at work in 2008, Aaron called Mike to propose a "what if" scenario and the rest, as the saying goes, is history.

Oh, and win prizes! There will be a raffle of two $25 gift certificates to Billy Jack's or Jack Brown's.

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GARCC Tech Tuesdays
Demystifying the Cloud 
(10/3)

Get some help "Demystifying the Cloud" from Ian MacRae with  E-N Computers . Lunch will be provided by Chick-Fil-A!

With a history of great service and quality results, E-N Computers has a story unlike any other. Ian MacRae founded E-N COMPUTERS, INC. in 1997 out of a passion for helping people with technology. Our Remote Service Desk started as Ian's cell phone and is now staffed with a team of 22 experts helping clients remotely, internally, and onsite throughout Virginia and Washington DC.

The Tech Tuesdays series is sponsored by Chiedo Labs.

This is a Chamber member only event. Registration is required.
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Solar Open House at BrydgeWorks Glass (10/6)



Are you ready to take control of your electric bill?
Come to BrydgeWorks Glass in Harrisonburg, VA for this educational Solar Open House.

What you'll learn:
- How Solar Energy Works
- How you Could Start Saving with Solar

Drop in anytime between 10am -1pm.
RSVP to let them know you are coming! Free food will be available.
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Second Annual Virginia Solar Congress (10/14)



On October 14th, join VA SUN and solar supporters from across the state for our 2nd Annual Virginia Solar Congress!

The Virginia Solar Congress is a free public conference that brings together solar supporters from across the state to learn and discuss the current state and future for solar energy in Virginia. The day will include presentations about solar technology and policy topics as well as ways to get involved with growing solar in Virginia. We will also hold a participatory open forum discussion for all attendees to discuss the priorities that solar supporters in Virginia should focus on in the coming year.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend!

The second annual Virginia Solar Congress will be hosted by VA SUN in partnership with JMU Center for Wind Energy.

Stay tuned for a full agenda for the day, coming soon! Visit: www.vasun.org for more information.

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HDR Partners with Immerge 
Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (HDR) has partnered with Immerge, a Harrisonburg web design and development firm, to offer 360° online virtual tours to downtown businesses. Immerge is one of the few companies in the nation that is a Google trusted photographer and has access to its technology to offer this service.
 
What is 360° photography? Flat photographs are stitched together to create a 360° panoramic view of a space. Using a special 360° camera, Immerge will take photos of a business' interior, create a virtual tour, and then upload the images to Google StreetView so they are accessible through Google maps. So far, sixteen downtown businesses have signed up to participate in this initiative.
 
"360 photography is a great way to display your business online, and make customers feel as if they're physically at your location," says James Carter, Director of Quality Assurance of Immerge. "Research shows that 41% of customers who take a 360 "tour" of a business online follow up with an in-person visit. This is a great way to use a new form of media to attract new customers."
 
This cutting-edge technology enhances a visitor's online experience and allows them to take an online tour of a business before they arrive. They can virtually tour a shop, walk through a restaurant, or stroll a downtown street before making the decision to visit Harrisonburg. Mobile users can also enjoy the same immersive experience on their phone and tablets.
Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance developed a partnership with Immerge to increase web traffic to individual businesses and help sell downtown to new tourists, diners, and shoppers.
 
"There is strength in numbers," says Kim Kirk, Chief Marketing Officer of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance. "The more businesses that invest in this technology, the stronger our online presence can be for downtown Harrisonburg."
 
About Immerge
Immerge Technologies is the web development division of  McClung Companies . Founded in 2005, Immerge became a part of McClung in 2010.  They on work as a fluid DesignDevelopment, and Marketing firm to best serve their clients. More information on Immerge can be found at  www.immergetech.com.

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Job Opening: IT Help Desk Administrator
Jenzabar | Harrisonburg

Do people always tell you how helpful you are? Do you enjoy wrestling with problems and resolving them with ease and a smile? Jenzabar is seeking an IT Help Desk Administrator in the Harrisonburg area with a service minded attitude, and maybe a t-shirt that says "I <3 our end users." The successful candidate will take up a position on the front lines of the never-ending struggle to keep our associates' technology running smoothly so they can maximize our client's success. Your reward? The satisfaction of fighting the good fight. Oh, and decent pay and benefits on a pretty excellent team of dudes, if we do say so ourselves. And we do.

 
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Currently there are 18 channels and over 250 members. Please join in! 
Sign-up link:  https://rocktowntech.herokuapp.com/

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