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September 23, 2016
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SVTC Fall Tech Mixer (9/29)
First Tuesdays Tech Meetup (10/4)
SVTC Sept. 15 Luncheon Recap
Manufacturing Impacts Through Energy & Commerce Boot Camp: Virginia (10/6)
Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund Information Session (10/12)
Governor's Competition for Talent Solutions
3 Job Openings: Sr. Software Developer/Engineer, Jr. Software Developer/Engineer | AxonAI
Rocktown RockIT Launch Pad Class: What's your PROTO Type? (prototyping facilities & know-how available)
Highlighting Renewing Level III Member: Cadence, Inc.
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: SV SBDC
SAVE THE DATE: CyberSecurity Awareness for Businesses (10/27)
SVTC Fall Tech Mixer
September 29, 2016 at Beyond Restaurant from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us next Thursday, Sept. 29 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 are 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).

First Tuesdays Tech Meetup
October 4, 2016, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Ruby's Arcade

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 Se pt. 15, 2016 Luncheon Recap 
The Evolution of "Big Data" 
Andrew Fast,  Ph.D.  Chief Scientist 
Elder Research, Inc.

Whether you attended our Sept. 15 luncheon or not, you might be interested in Dr. Fast's presentation on Big Data. He's agreed to let us post it!  Direct link to: Sept 15 SVTC LUNCHEON PRESENTATION on The Evolution of "Big Data"  (pdf)

Manufacturing Impacts Through Energy & Commerce Boot Camp:
Connect. Innovate. Succeed.  
October 6, 2016 9am - 4pm, JMU - Festival Conference & Student Center 

The US Departments of Energy (DOE) and Commerce are committed to supporting US manufacturing through connecting businesses with the resources they need to succeed. Home to some of the world's most powerful lasers, fastest super computers, and talented researchers, the DOE's national labs offer a wealth of technical resources to help industry develop new products and services.

The MITEC (Manufacturing Impacts Through Energy and Commerce) Boot Camp is designed to help small- to medium-sized enterprises access national lab capabilities and assets.

Learn how you can engage with three DOE National Labs --National Re-newable Energy Lab (NREL), Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), and Jefferson Lab-- to scale a material, utilize a set of mixed equipment for testing with expert advice from a scientist and/or engineer, and more. Leading experts will provide information on several federal funding opportunities to work with the labs.

You will also have a chance to learn how to work with Genedge to integrate new ideas and technologies into your manufacturing.

Keynote by Karen Jackson, Virginia's Secretary of Technology

Agenda:  Panels will discuss the capabilities and resources of NREL, Oak Ridge, and Jefferson national laboratories, how to access these resources (including federal funding opportunities), and how to access assets from the Small Business Development Centers and the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships to help your business thrive. Ample time will be provided for networking and visiting exhibits 
More info and registration for the Oct 6 Virginia Boot Camp at JMU

Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund Information Session 
October 12, 2016; 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | JMU  Ice House, rm117

Registration form:

Governor's Competition for Talent Solutions
Talent Solutions Competition: Grant applications now available on the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) website
Virginia must shift the paradigm through which the state has delivered workforce development solutions to meet the human capital needs of the private sector.  The Governor's Competition for Talent Solutions puts primary ownership for regional workforce solutions in the hands of the private sector. For the first time in Virginia's Workforce System, private businesses that employ cutting-edge, innovative solutions to address the skills shortfall many workers bring to the workplace will now have the opportunity to receive state funds to leverage private investment in workforce development.   

Businesses may choose to target grant funded workforce development activities using their choice of training methods: classroom, online, cooperative education, internships, on the job training, registered apprenticeships, any combination of these, or any other talent development strategies.

View the RFP:  HTML |  PDF 

Before you submit your proposal online, please  review the form and make sure you have all the required information available and ready.

Applications are due on or before September 30, 2016. Funding awards will be announced by October 28, 2016. Awarded funds will be available November 21, 2016 to December 31, 2018.

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


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Highlighting Renewing Level III Member:
Cadence, Inc. 

Cadence ( is all about improving product performance. We help develop new products that others cannot, build processes that others will not, and deliver outcomes that simply make the world work better. Together with our customers, employees, and shareholders, we provide advanced products using science and sound engineering to make an impact that matters. Cadence employs nearly 500 people worldwide with headquarters in Staunton, VA and other locations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and the Dominican Republic.


Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center

The SV SBDC is where business comes to talk business in the Shenandoah Valley. We offer no-fee, confidential consultation and mentoring for aspiring entrepreneurs and established businesses. We can discuss your concerns about business planning, financing options, marketing strategies, financial analysis, strategic planning, operations, human resources, and more. We offer an active calendar of workshops and events for the business owner and manager, and we provide connections to the many local, state, and federal resources for small and medium-sized businesses. The SV SBDC is a grant-funded, not-for-profit agency hosted by James Madison University and serving the Cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, Lexington, and Buena Vista, and the Counties of Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Rockbridge, Bath, and Highland. We are a Resource Partner to the U.S. Small Business Administration and a member of the Virginia SBDC Network and the National Association of SBDCs.



The SVTC's FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team Sponsorship application has been posted 
SVTC will cover HALF the start-up cost for a NEW SHENANDOAH VALLEY TEAM!

As you probably know, we care about STEM activities and projects that lead to STEM-field careers -- and for that reason we will again support three new Shen. Valley FIRST  Lego League (FLL) teams with a sponsorship that reimburses approx. half of their start-up cost. Last year, one of them fared so well at the regional, and then the state competition, that they went on to compete at the world festival in St. Louis in April. We are very proud of these guys and their coaches and mentors. 


FIRST Lego League (FLL) was created through a partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the LEGO company, and inspires future scientists and engineers.
FLL  Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
Elementary and middle-school students get to:
  •   Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS├é┬« technology
  •   Apply real-world math and science concepts
  •   Research challenges facing today's scientists
  •   Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills 
  •   Participate in tournaments and celebrations
Considering starting a team?  Technical or technology experience or background  NOT REQUIRED! (And team members can come from any setting, not just school-based.)

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