From my perspective – bring on 2021!  I am sure we are all ready to close out 2020.  As we wind down 2020, we are focusing on RBTC plans for next year.  Yes, we will return to in-person events in 2021…eventually!  As I reflect on 2020, I am thankful for our sponsors and annual partners that remained with us during this unique period.

Turning our attention to next year, we are now opening our 2021 sponsorships!  Now and in the coming months, we will continue meeting in a virtual environment, but will work to bring new events to members!  Click here to find the 2021 sponsorship guide.

2021 will mark the return of the monthly Tech Talk, featuring a selected technology company presenting its unique technology and business to the RBTC membership.  We plan to meet virtually at first, but we look forward to eventually meeting both in person, at the tech company’s business location, and simultaneously, broadcasting the event.

The CEO Forum will feature a series of programming laser-focused on the RBTC CEOs.  The CEO Forum brings in notable speakers and provides opportunities for RBTC CEOs to network, share ideas, and expand their knowledge in the leadership arena.

The RBTC Job Fair will return mid-year, either in-person or virtually, using the latest job fair software available.

Finally, we are planning TechNite 2021 to be held in person.  While the date is yet to be determined, we are expecting an in-person event beginning with our first Innovation Showcase, featuring regional technology organizations, presenting technology awards during the banquet, and celebrating our return to in-person events, with an exciting After-Party celebration.

2021 is fast approaching, with only 3 weeks before closing the door on this year!  Please take a moment to review the 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities, and find an event or program you’d like to sponsor. Let’s keep the spirit and camaraderie of this organization going as we finish strong in 2020. As always, please reach out to me with any questions or your intent to sponsor an event in 2021.

John S. Phillips, President
Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council
johnphillips@rbtc.tech
https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnphillips2800/

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