Techstars Startup Weekend, Winchester

Learn how to think, work and build like a startup in 54 thrilling hours. Techstars Startup Weekend is an exciting and immersive foray into the world of startups. Over an action-packed three days, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders and sponsors to show you how to get more done faster — and, maybe even start that business. View the full weekend schedule!

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Women in Technology D.I.G.I.T.A.L. Camp

 

Join us for this year’s DIGITAL event to step into the life of a computer scientist! Our range of workshops offer hands-on experience with tech tools and concepts, such as drone racing, app creation, and programming a balancing robot.

This event is open to 9-12 grade girls. [Limited seats available] 

All participants will get a light breakfast, lunch, and a tech giveaway!

Proof of Vaccination is required to attend.

Please email to youthprograms@jmu.edu or bring documentation to the day of at check-in.

Contact Melissa Heatwole with questions: heatwoml@jmu.edu.

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ICAP Information Session 2 Entrepreneurs and Innovators

America's SBDC Virginia

This 10:30 am session is for entrepreneurs and innovators who would directly benefit from ICAP services.

ICAP serves technology and innovation-based startups and entrepreneurs on the path from validating their business model and seeking funding, to securing customers and scaling. All ICAP programming is offered at no cost to the participant by the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network (VSBDC) and a team of experienced ICAP mentors that assist entrepreneurs throughout the startup journey (and beyond) with expert advice, connections, and resources.

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A technology conversation with Glenn Youngkin

Presented by the Richmond Technology Council (rvatech/), the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC), the Hampton Roads Innovation Collaborative, the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC), and the Shenandoah Valley Tech Council (SVTC).

Featuring Code VA, a non-profit that partners with schools, parents, and communities to bring equitable computer science education to all of Virginia’s students.

Streamed live for registered technology council members only via Zoom.

Glenn Youngkin is a homegrown Virginian who grew up in Richmond and Virginia Beach. As his father changed jobs, Glenn learned that moving aroundGlenn_Youngkin_Headshot didn’t equal moving up – nothing was handed to him. From his first job washing dishes and frying eggs at a diner in Virginia Beach, Glenn embraced hard work and responsibility to help his family when his father lost his job. His determination to succeed earned him multiple high school basketball honors in Virginia and an athletic scholarship to college.

After earning an engineering degree at Rice University, and his MBA at Harvard Business School, Glenn and his wife Suzanne moved to Northern Virginia. Glenn landed a job at The Carlyle Group, where he spent the next 25 years. Working his way to the top of the company, Glenn played a key role in building Carlyle into one of the leading investment firms in the world. His efforts have helped fund the retirements of teachers, police officers, firefighters, and other frontline public servants and supported hundreds of thousands of American jobs.

Married for 26 years to his amazing wife Suzanne, Glenn is a dedicated father of four wonderful children. Their family journey has been and continues to be guided by their faith.

From his life experiences, Glenn has developed the skills and character to lead Virginia with humility and courage. He has the know-how to get Virginia moving again and rebuild it into the best place to live, work and raise a family in America.

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Make Better Business Decisions with Analytics

Make Better Business Decisions with Analytics

Join us as we discuss and analyze trends about how customers engage with your business online, then turn these insights into well-informed, actionable decisions. We will discuss using Google Analytics to help you collect and interpret real-time information, review some of the reports and terms used so you can learn more about your target audience and how to achieve your business goals.

During this session we will:

  • Identifying business goals (and how you plan to use your online presence to achieve them)
  • Incorporating data into your plan
  • A focus on introducing Google Analytics and how to use this tool to make better business decisions

Partners: Central Virginia SBDC | Lord Fairfax SBDC | Shenandoah Valley SBDC | Blue Ridge Community College | Shenandoah Community Capital Fund

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Learn the Basics of Google Ads

Let’s talk about Google Ads and how to get started!

In this workshop, you will learn how to reach more customers and grow your business with Google Ads.

In this session we’ll talk about:

  • How to create an account and set up an ad campaign
  • How to write great ads, refine keywords, and include ad extensions
  • How to measure success

Partners: Central Virginia SBDC | Lord Fairfax SBDC | Shenandoah Valley SBDC | Blue Ridge Community College | Shenandoah Community Capital Fund

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Use YouTube to Grow Your Business

Let’s talk about YouTube! Are you thinking of creating a YouTube Channel? Are you currently using YouTube for your business?

Not sure how to get started or how to build your channel? This is the webinar for you. Get best practices for creating a YouTube Channel and compelling video content that promotes your products and services and drives engagement with your brand.

In this workshop we’ll discuss best practices for:

  • Why you should have a YouTube channel
  • How to set up a YouTube channel
  • What’s important to fill out when uploading a video
  • Making good creative, and how to target and measure the results

Partners: Central Virginia SBDC | Lord Fairfax SBDC | Shenandoah Valley SBDC | Blue Ridge Community College | Shenandoah Community Capital Fund

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Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps

Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps

Want your business to be found online? Need to figure out how to manage your business on Google Search and Maps? This is the workshop for you.

Join us to learn how to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps.  We will highlight the importance of verifying and how to use your Google Business Profile effectively.

In this session we’ll show you how to:

  • Create or claim your Business Profile on Google
  • Manage your business info across Google Search and Maps
  • Use your Business Profile to connect with potential customers
  • Tips, tricks, and what’s new!
  • Hands-on demo of features discussed during the webinar

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7870636700941055500

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Partners: Central Virginia SBDC | Lord Fairfax SBDC | Shenandoah Valley SBDC | Blue Ridge Community College | Shenandoah Community Capital Fund

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Reach Customers Online with Google

Reach Customers Online with Google
Learn how Google works. Learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your business using Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Smart Campaigns in Google Ads.

During this webinar we will discuss:

  • Improving your website’s visibility in Google’s organic search results, on all devices
  • Introduction to free tools to help your business appear online
  • Google Business Profile and being found on Google Search and Maps
  • Advertising your business on Google

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6828009406372337677

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Partners:

Central Virginia SBDC | Lord Fairfax SBDC | Shenandoah Valley SBDC | Blue Ridge Community College | Shenandoah Community Capital Fund

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Fall Tech Mixer 2021

SVTC Fall Tech Mixer 2021 Logo

Registration open! See form below.

Originally scheduled for 9/22/21, the mixer was moved to Wed, Oct 6.

Join the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council on Wed, Oct. 6, 2021 for its annual Fall Tech Mixer. Hosted by the SVTC’s Board of Directors, this is our fall networking event. We are hosting OUTDOORS at Restless Moons Brewing in Harrisonburg.

Come and find out what the SVTC is doing as an organization, and what our members are doing individually. How are things going? Are you working synchronous or asynchronous?

This is where the growing technology community goes in the fall to catch up. SVTC members are corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, coders, programmers, and more. Membership is not required to participate in the Fall Tech Mixer. Feel free to invite a co-worker, customer, friend, or spouse (please register each).

Come out and join current and potential members as they mingle and network. Appetizers are on us! Drinks are Dutch treat.

Parking: on W Wolf Street. More about Restless Moons Brewing: restlessmoons.com

Make the most of your networking and prep by bringing business cards, or better yet go digital and use this app, recently developed in our area, called BeCardless. More details at BeCardlessapp


SVTC Fall Tech Mixer | September 22, 2021

Please pre-register so that we can plan the set-up of the location, and bring a pre-printed nametag for you.
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