2019 Legislative Pre-Session Breakfast

Save the date for the Legislative Pre-Session Breakfast!

The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce together host the Annual Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast at the JMU Festival and Conference Center. This breakfast is a time when we listen to and engage with our area legislators about issues affecting business in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Additional details TBA.

Valley Business Summit | Save the Date

Join Valley Business Leaders and Managers for the Keynote address and the annual Business Resource Fair. For an accurate count, be sure to register in advance. (Those who are not members of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber – should choose “Not a member” on the registration page.) This event will not include lunch.

Register for August 8, 2019 Valley Business Summit

The Startup Experience

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The Startup Experience is a interactive 2-day workshop designed to teach you what it takes to get a business started. Startup teams (groups of 5 to 6 people) will work together learn about Startup team formation, problem definition, user analysis, idea creation, business model innovation, customer development, prototyping, web development, fundraising and professional pitching, and get hands-on experience with the tools they need to create a successful startup company!

You will start the first day off with an overview of what entrepreneurship is and then dig into the Startup Experience model, founded by Henrik Scheel out of the Silicon Valley. This model has been taught all over the globe and the SCCF is looking forward to bringing to the Shenandoah Valley again this July. Space is limited.



For more information about group rates, contact Debbie Irwin at debbie@stauntonfund.org

Segra & Pioneer Bank Celebration Event

LIMITED SPACE – only 24 seats on the vans! Connect in-depth with tech users and creators while taking a short ride to Page County. (Preference given to SVTC members but non-members are welcome to register as well until space runs out.)

Celebrate fiber and a full suite of telecom services in Page County -a venture by Segra and Pioneer Bank-,  get great odds to win a drone, be treated to refreshments and BBQ … AND  enjoy a comfy ride there and back while doing high-level networking with our board members.

Raffles will be held for various prizes – the grand-prize is a drone. Each SVTC-registered guest will receive 3 raffle entries instead of one. (This event *is* open to non-SVTC members. )

Transportation Schedule:

  • 4:30 pm – Meet at Harrisonburg Valley Mall (Books-A-Million entrance)
  • 4:45 pm – Depart Harrisonburg Valley Mall
  • 5:30 pm – Arrive at Stanley Fire Department
  • 7:30 pm – Leave Stanley Fire Department
  • 8:15 pm – Arrive back at Harrisonburg Valley Mall

Speakers and VIPs: 

  • Mark Reed, Pioneer Bank CEO; Loretta Lancaster, Pioneer Bank CIO; Bart May, Segra Sales Engineer; Jim Nester, Segra VP Marketing; Chris Shipman, Segra VP of Sales; Liz Lewis, Page County Economic Development; Mark Stroupe, Page County Supervisor

Food (by Little Cabin BBQ)

  • Meatballs; Smokie sausages; Chicken salad & pimento cheese finger sandwiches; Assorted veggies & dip; Assorted cheese & crackers; Spinach dip, hummus & chips; Assorted fruits.

Our hosts:

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Preference will be given to SVTC members and we will register them in order of submission. (*) Non-members are invited to register as well and we will notify them whether there is a seat for them 2 days prior to the event.  (* There are 24 spots. We will notify ALL who register whether they received a seat nlt 2 days prior. First come, first serve.)

We are no longer taking submissions. If you have any questions, please email us at admin@svtc-va.org, or call 540-568-5058.

Town Hall Series to Expand Economic Opportunity in the Commonwealth

Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade
Town Hall Series to Expand Economic Opportunity in the Commonwealth

Virginia’s Role in High-Growth (tech-centric) and Research-Driven Economic Development  

During the 2019 Legislative Session, two bills were considered that would have created a new authority or made several changes to an existing authority around funding and oversight of research commercialization, entrepreneurship, and innovation economic development initiatives in the Commonwealth. Although there was universal support for more efficient use of state resources, the legislature decided – due to concerns addressed by many affected stakeholders – to delay pending an effort led by the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to assess and recommend a plan – statewide-backed and driven by a diverse workgroup of subject matter experts – to consolidate, restructure, and transition programs from related agencies or entities to a structure that ensures more collaboration and coordination in the Commonwealth’s innovation sector. That process starts locally through these Town Halls. Join us for an interactive discussion on Virginia’s role in high-growth and research-driven economic development.

Please RSVP to the following Town Halls across Virginia. Feel free to come to any and all sessions that are applicable to your area of interest.

May 7, 3:30 – 5:00PM – Blacksburg – RSVP

May 8, 10:30 – Noon – Staunton – RSVP

May 15, Rural Economic Summit – Wise – RSVP

May 16, 10:30 – Noon – Danville – RSVP

May 22, 1:00 – 2:30PM – Fairfax – RSVP

June 17, 3:00 – 4:00PM – Gloucester – RSVP

June 18, 10:30 – Noon – Norfolk – RSVP

June 21, 10:30 – Noon – Richmond – RSVP

SVTC Annual Meeting & May Luncheon

Registration is now open! See form below.

On May 23, we will host  our Annual Meeting AND our May luncheon. Prior to the Annual Meeting, we will conduct our spring 2019 election for class 1 of directors and introduce the slate of candidates on our election page.

All SVTC members will receive their electronic ballots via email, and anyone who has not participated in the electronic voting will have the opportunity to vote for the class I of candidates with a paper ballot at the Annual Meeting.

A panel of seven of our TechNite19 winners will be joining us at the luncheon:

Exploring Rockingham’s Past
“Exploring Rockingham’s
Past” is an ongoing public history collaboration between JMU’s History department, JMU Libraries, and the Rockingham County Circuit Court Clerk’s office designed to preserve and make select historical court records publicly available.

Workplaceless creates digital courses and learning programs that help professionals and teams learn the skills needed to thrive in a distributed work environment.

Computer Science Program, Lord Fairfax Community College
Dr. Melissa Stange, director of the Computer Science Program, facilitated a cross-curricular group of nineteen students who participated in the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge. This LFCC team placed second in the challenge.

Blue Ridge Community College’s Technology Camps
BRCC’s technology camps serve as an initial introduction to a variety of STEM fields and are the beginning of a pathway of STEM studies from education to employment. To date, ninety-eight students have participated in these summer technology camps.

BarTrack, Inc.
BarTrack’s revolutionary commercial applications are designed for bar owners, managers, and bartenders to standardize draft beer quality by maximizing the bar’s efficiency, realizing lost revenue, and improving quality of service.

Nick Swayne, JMU X-Labs, 4-Virginia
Nick Swayne serves in several different yet related roles locally, regionally, and at the state level. He serves as Executive Director of 4-Virginia, Founder and Director of JMU X-Labs, and Executive Director of the Virginia-DC First Lego League.

Toni Sheets, Harrisonburg City Public Schools
Toni Sheets serves as the Executive Director of Technology in Harrisonburg City Public Schools. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of technical, data and information technology; supervision of twenty staff members; evaluating, deciding and purchasing all network equipment; and managing the technology department budget.


Thank you to our luncheon sponsors!

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Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition (SVIC) Meeting

SVIC Meeting Agenda:

3:30 – 3:35 – Welcome (show of hands to identify sectors – business, education, non-profit/gov’t)

3:35 – 3:40 – Valley Innovation Roadmap for feedback – Strategic Doing Team

3:40 – 3:45 – Central Shenandoah Valley Cohort – Debbie Irwin

3:45 – 3:50 – SVIC Resources page for entrepreneurial assets in Valley – Mary Lou Bourne


3:50 – 3:55 – Search engine of Virginia resources  for high growth startups – Chiedo


3:55 – 4:00 – Valley Rocket – Cheido

4:00 – 4:05 – Staunton Innovation Hub update – Peter Denbigh (?)

4:05 – 4:10 – SVAI update – Keith May

4:10 – 4:20 – SVAI funded company – Hunter Markle & Brett Danielson, BarTrack founders

4:20 – 4:25 – SVTC Gala April 29 – Nicky Swayne

4:25 – 4:30 – Valley TechCon.19 September 25 – Peirce Macgill

4:30 – 5:00 – Q&A and Feedback

5:00– Adjourn to Pale Fire Brewery to continue conversations!

About SVIC / SVIC Goals:

  1. Create a shared understanding of and commitment to innovation for the purpose of healthy social and economic growth.
  2. Improve access to capital for entrepreneurs.
  3. Create a variety of collaborative spaces, resources & events, both physical and virtual.
  4. Build a vibrant, diverse mentoring network.
  5. Develop the capacity to attract, seed and grow new and existing talent and business.

Parking information TBA

Shenandoah Valley Innovation Roadmap: An Interactive Workshop

The next great idea is out there waiting for someone to discover it. Have you found it and are not sure how to make it happen? Join us to learn more about the evolution of the Shenandoah Valley Innovation Roadmap and available resources to bring a product or service to the market.

Lunch will be provided!

Register for the April 11, 2019 Shenandoah Valley Innovation Roadmap workshop


Save the date for ValleyTechCon19. More details soon to come!

Cybersecurity Awareness Education

Join us to find out why CyberSecurity is the CFOs new priority. Learn from, and network with, key players in cybersecurity during this exclusive conference created for CFOs.

Learn how to keep your business safe

Event Schedule
Noon-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:30 “Securing Open Ends”, John Whitehead, Ricoh
1:30-2:00 “Local CyberSecurity Activity” Sargent J. Grave, Augusta County Sherriff’s Department
2:00-2:30 First Bank and Trust
2:30-3:00 OPEN Speaker Slot
3:15-4:00 Dan O’Brien, former US Department of Justice, Cyber Security – Current GO Virginia Cyber Security Program Manager and Instructor
4:00-4:15 “Sophisticated Phishing” Thomas Kinsinger, IT Solutions Architect, E-N Computers
4:15-4:30 “Top 20 Controls for managing Digital Risk” Ian MacRae, CEO, E-N Computers

-Networking and Refreshments-

Sponsorships and vendor tables are available (see details).

Register for April 4, 2019 cybersecurity conference at bit.ly/2T052vs