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September 30, 2016
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First Tuesdays Tech Meetup (10/4)
Manufacturing Impacts Through Energy & Commerce Boot Camp: Virginia (10/6)
Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund Information Session (10/12)
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)
CONNECTIONS2016 (11/15)
Highlighting Renewing Level III Member: Serco Inc.
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Premier Technical Services Corporation
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Harrisonburg City Public Schools
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Shenandoah University
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Friendship Industries, Inc.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: CyberSecurity Awareness for Businesses (10/27)
Entrepreneurial Spark Speaker Series (10/27)
First Tuesdays Tech Meetup
October 4, 2016, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Ruby's Arcade

Please join folks 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

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:

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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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

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Highlighting Renewing Level III Member:
Serco Inc.
Serco Inc. is the Americas division of Serco Group, plc, one of the world's leading and most admired service companies. We improve services by managing people, processes, technology and assets more effectively. Our broad array of real-time cost-effective service solutions ensure confidence and protection for our military, government and commercial customers. We work with our customers to understand exactly what they need and help to see their projects through the complete lifecycle. Whether the assignment is helping secure our borders, enhancing intelligence capabilities, helping federal agencies share critical data, or supporting personnel functions, Serco is there. We advise, design, integrate and deliver innovative service solutions to all branches of the U.S. military, federal civilian agencies and the intelligence community. Serco offers clients a trusted provider to deliver solutions that achieve meaningful outcomes. We have the industry know-how to understand the demanding challenges our customers face and we have the domain expertise to solve them-with a passion for excellence. Our presence in the Shenandoah Valley includes the USPTO Classification Services contracts as well as support and management services for numerous additional Serco Inc. programs.


Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Premier Technical Services Corporation

WHAT WE DO Premier provides a full spectrum of information processing and information technology products and professionals. Services include full-life-cycle programming, as well as network design and systems engineering. OUR MISSION Premier Technical Services Corporation is dedicated to the delivery of Information Processing and Information Technology solutions. We are committed to Customer Satisfaction by providing Timely, Accurate and Within-Budget Results.


Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission

For over 45 years, the CSPDC has been providing assistance to the 21 jurisdictions in the Central Shenandoah Valley and their citizens with issues, including land use planning and regulations, transportation, solid waste management, water and wastewater utilities, housing, community and economic development, water resource management, disaster mitigation and education, and environmental services. Cooperative, cost-saving solutions to problems are addressed at the CSPDC through regional efforts and partnerships with its local jurisdictions and other stakeholders. For the past decade, the CSPDC has helped bring in nearly $60 million in new investments to the Region. For every dollar the CSPDC receives in local dues, it has leveraged $36 on average, in local, state, federal, and private funds. To find out more about the CSPDC, including program areas and projects, demographic and economic data, publications, links to the localities in the Region and other helpful resources, visit


Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Harrisonburg City Public Schools

Harrisonburg City Public Schools is a school system of excellence educating over 5000 students in grades PK-12. Our strength comes from our diverse student population where over 50 languages are spoken by our students. Our school system takes pride in providing a rigorous curriculum that includes many advanced placement, dual enrollment and honors level courses, a regional Governor's school for science, STEM Academies at middle school and high school, and outstanding foreign language, arts, music, journalism, and sports programs. HCPS has outstanding vocational, business and technical education programs including advanced computer labs, and a wide range of computer application opportunities for all students. We are also proud of our fine arts departments from bands to theater productions and everything in between. We are fortunate to have a supportive local community that values the importance of educating children and providing them the experiences and resources needed to be successful learners.


Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Shenandoah University 

Shenandoah University is a comprehensive, private university with an enrollment of nearly 4,000 students in seven schools: College of Arts & Sciences, Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business, Shenandoah Conservatory, Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing, School of Education & Human Development, School of Health Professions (Athletic Training, Respiratory Care, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies and Physical Therapy) and Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy, The university offers nearly 100 programs of study at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.


Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Friendship Industries, Inc.  

Friendship Industries is a contract packaging and secure document destruction business with a social mission. We are the only locally-owned NAID certified document destruction company serving our community for over 10 years. With 50 years contract packaging experience and a flexible workforce, Friendship Industries assembles and re-packs products for local, national, and international companies. Friendship Industries works with large volume demands to small start-up projects with all our services. 

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.

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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