Spark Tank Competition LIVE SHOW!

Watch 8 Central Virginia businesses battle it out Shark Tank style for a chance to win a $20,000 marketing package! Contestants will showcase their best creative pitch to a panel of 5 judges (including the first lady of James Madison University!) and a live audience. Who knows what could happen!

Come support local business with an afternoon of live entertainment that’s sure to be fun for all!

FREE admission and parking. Stay for all or part of the event! Concessions and lunch options available.

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SCCF 8-Week Business Planning Class

Join us for 8 weeks of training, support, and inspiration! Bring your business idea and energy – and SCCF will provide the rest! Special topics include Legal Structure, Market Research and Marketing Plan, Financials and Pricing, Cash Flow, and Taxes. By the end of the course you will have a solid business plan written, plus all the resources you need to get your business started! The next session start January 17, 2018!

There is a $200 fee.

Register for 8-week business planning class

Tech Tuesday

informal networking for techies


Join us at Tech Tuesday for some informal networking for techies in Harrisonburg!

The next meetup will be on:
June 4, 2019 | 4:30 pm @ Pale Fire

Dutch treat. No registration necessary. Technology agnostic.

NVTC Capital Data Summit & University Data Challenge

Join Northern VA’s leading big data and analytics companies and prominent thought leaders at the second annual Capital Data Summit on Feb. 28, 2018 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.

Featuring keynote speakers and panels offering unique insights on how big data and analytics are transforming industries and producing results for organizations and their customers, a technology showcase of the region’s leading big data and analytics companies, and unmatched networking opportunities, the Capital Data Summit will provide exceptional business development and educational value for NVTC members and the entire Greater Washington technology community.

Keynote Speakers
William Ruh, CEO, GE Digital, and Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, GE
Mark Ryland, Chief Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services Public Sector

NEW IN 2018!
The 2018 Capital Data Summit will include a new University Data Challenge, in which teams of students representing the region’s universities and community colleges will be challenged to analyze and respond to a topic/question using any combination of data sources and statistical, mathematical modeling, big data, and related techniques available to them.

Member: $395.00
Additional Member Attendee: $345.00
General Audience: $550.00
Student: $50.00
Government Employee: $25.0

Register for the Feb. 28, 2018 Capital Data Summit 

SVTC January luncheon | Cryptocurrency and Bitcoins: what is that? Should I care? | Pre-register to attend

Dr. Morgan Benton, Associate Professor, JMU CISE, ISAT Dept. 

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Morgan Benton/JMU

Bitcoin turned eight years old this month, but many people are only just now learning about the cryptocurrency. At our Jan. 25, 2018 luncheon Dr. Benton helps us break down bitcoin, cryptocurrency, blockchain and how we think about the global economy, currencies, and the underlying technologies. Key issues he will discuss are trust, control, consensus, and value

About Dr. Benton:
Morgan C. Benton is Co-Founder of the Burning Mind Project and an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT) at JMU. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. His research focuses on innovation in learning, higher education, and transformation. He blogs at Morphatic.

An excellent and very informative interview from NPR’s gives many insights as they examine bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and blockchain: Tales From The Crypto: Bitcoin, Blockchain And The Future Of Money

We look forward to hearing from these Level III SVTC members at the luncheon about their plans for 2018:

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Saturday Morning Physics

Occurring from Jan. 13 – Feb. 10, 2018, check out Saturday Morning Physics, a fun and informative way to start a weekend for high school students!

Come and explore the fascinating properties of waves as scientists use them in music, nanotechnology, astronomy, and nuclear physics. JMU Physics and Astronomy presents this educational event series designed for high school students and teachers! Juniors and seniors who participate are eligible for one JMU Physics credit. Held over the Saturdays on the JMU campus, we invite you to explore, learn, and have fun!

Note that only 50 seats are available, so register today!

For more information, contact Melissa Heatwole at or (540) 568-4226. Also see

Register for Saturday morning course from Jan. 13 – Feb. 10, 2018

College for Kids

Look into these thematic courses for elementary and middle school students!

College for Kids is an enrichment program for children in grades 1-8. Children will work with James Madison University faculty and graduate students, as well as experts from the community and surrounding area, to try new things, explore and discover talents they never knew they had! College for Kids is being held this year on Saturday, January 13 – February 17, 2018 from 9-12pm.

Registration fee of $135.00 covers all 6 Saturdays

For more information, please contact Melissa Heatwole at or (540) 568-4226.

More information and course options:

Register for College for Kids from Jan. 13 – Feb. 17, 2018

Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber | Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony 2018

Join us for the Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony hosted by the HR Chamber of Commerce as they recognize collective achievements in 2017, set the vision for 2018 and celebrate our business and community leaders.

This year will be a casual and productive meeting and awards celebration taking place between 5:30 – 7:30 p.m (doors open at 5:00 p.m.). The program will still highlight award winners, accomplishments and goals along with opportunities for networking throughout the evening. Dress is business attire and the event layout will include a mix of traditional tables for eight, lounge area and cocktail tables.

During the Reception, test your knowledge of your Chamber past, present, and future! Your correct answers will enter you into a grand prize drawing at the end of Chamber Trivia. Let’s just say with these prizes you’ll want to play. Stay tuned for more details (and trivia clues!) in the HR Chamber weekly e-newsletters, social media and upcoming Chamber events.

The HR Chamber uses this time to celebrate and acknowledge several members of our business community during the awards ceremony.