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2015

Council approves agreement to lease building for tech ‘accelerator’

Virginia Western Community College’s private foundation will manage a new technology company “accelerator” in downtown Roanoke.

Device is designed to halt texting while driving

Interactive Achievement earns a spot on the Inc. 5000 list

08/13/2015
Inc. magazine ranked Interactive Achievement on its 34th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

Virginia business, government, education leaders tackle job creation

07/28/2015
Virginia leaders are continuing their push to create more state-financed incentives to promote job and overall economic growth.

Business Rx: Greeting card company wishes you were here (at its kiosk)

07/28/2015
Adam Donato teamed up with classmates David Henry and Stephan Sabo in the “start-up class” at Virginia Tech. The goal of the class was to launch a company.

Tech projects have big effect on local economy

07/28/2015
Whether it is drone testing, neuroscience research, a futuristic kitchen or football, Virginia Tech draws an international eye to the New River-Roanoke Valley region.

Blacksburg company involved in self-driving vehicles cruises into new home

07/25/2015
Whether it’s reducing the dangers of Marines getting hit by roadside bombs or simply improving traffic flow in the congested roadways of Northern Virginia, TORC Robotics expects its groundbreaking work on self-driving vehicles to get even smoother from now on.

Alliance Board Appoints NRV Native Executive Director

07/22/2015
David L. Bennett, Chairman of the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance, has announced the appointment of Charlie Jewell as the new Executive Director effective August 1. The Alliance conducted a national search to fill the Executive Director position and interviewed candidates from across the country.

Roanoke health IT firm forms alliance with national ADHD nonprofit

07/22/2015

A national nonprofit that seeks to improve the lives of people with attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder announced Wednesday it has formed an alliance with a Roanoke health IT firm. Attention Point founder and CEO Sam English said the partnership will give his firm direct access to the 12,000 members of Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

Whitt: Working together towards economic development

07/19/2015
The Roanoke-Blacksburg region is home to numerous communities, organizations and individuals that play important roles in the economic growth of our region. While I define economic development as policies, programs and initiatives aimed at influencing growth and reshaping the local economy to enhance economic well-being, the truth is there is no single definition or single organization that can take on a region’s development alone.

Blacksburg’s Modea rebrands, to spin off new company

07/14/2015
One of the town’s companies that once had high ambitions about making it in the digital marketing arena announced Tuesday that is going in a different direction.

Marketing firm lured to Corporate Research Center to improve delivery to clients

07/03/2015
A Wytheville-based firm involved in both traditional and modern marketing looks forward to significantly speeding up its work now that its New River Valley office is based at one of the largest holders of fiber broadband in the region.

2014
Roanoke Recognized as one of America’s Best Small Cities on the Rise
7/21/2014
Roanoke was recently recognized as one of America’s Best Small Cities on the Rise.
Virginia Science Festival Comes to Roanoke – Blacksburg
7/16/2014
The first ever Virginia Science Festival will come to Roanoke – Blacksburg in October 2014. The festival combines the worlds of science, technology, engineering art and mathematics.
Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council’s 15th Annual TechNite Awards Banquet
5/9/2014
More than 700 leaders and innovators gathered for the Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council’s 15th annual TechNite Awards Banquet Friday, May 9 at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center.   The TechNite Awards Banquet featured a networking reception, a keynote speech entitled “Innovation and the Role of Higher Education” from Dr. Charles Steger, an awards ceremony recognizing the region’s leaders and an After Party at the Science Museum of Western Virginia. This year’s banquet drew the highest attendance yet.   Katie Love,…
Roanoke ranked #7 on list of cities with the most content workers
4/5/2014
Roanoke was ranked #7 on USA Today’s list of “Cities with the most content workers.”
The RBTC is recognized for cultivating an entrepreneurial culture in the region
2/19/2014
“Montgomery County has a supportive entrepreneurial culture that is cultivated by the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council and is home to several successful corporate parks, including the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center and Falling Branch Corporate Park in Christiansburg.”
NuSpark Hosts Successful Launch & Pitch Competition
2/3/2014
Over 200 people attended the launch of a new space called NuSpark February 3rd in Blacksburg, VA. The atmosphere was electric as students from area universities and community members competed for $1500 in prize money for their start-up in NuSpark’s inaugural pitch competition.
Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program Connects Students With Internships in STEM Industries
1/13/2014
Will your company be hiring college students for paid internships for this spring and/or summer?  If so, CSIIP, a partner of the Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council, can help.
2013
Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council Attends Preview of “The Space”
12/11/2013
The RBTC attended the preview of the new “Space” opening soon in Blacksburg, along with around 200 other innovators and big thinkers in the region.
Senator Kaine Roundtable Hosted By Aeroprobe
12/4/2013
We held a roundtable with Senator Kaine at Aeroprobe’s new facility.
U.S. Chamber Recognizes Virginia in Top States for Innovation
5/3/2013
Virginia was recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as being among the top three states in the country for innovation and entrepreneurship.
Lack of skilled workers for tech jobs affects local companies
4/16/2013
Finding skilled technology workers with enough experience is becoming more difficult. Promoting high tech jobs in the region may be part of the solution to this problem. The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council has had 341 unique jobs posted by 63 companies in the last year and more than 1,500 people posting their resumes.
Governor McDonnell Announces Creation of MACH37™, America’s Premier Market-Centric Cyber Security Accelerator
4/11/2013
Governor McDonnell announced the creation of MACH37™, a market-centric cyber security accelerator to be located at the Center for Innovative Technology. The accelerator was designed with a focus on cyber security startup companies.
Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council gives big boost to local businesses
3/29/2013
The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council’s TechNite Awards help highlight businesses in the area and raise their credibility.
VT Corporate Research Center recognizes the value of RBTC membership
3/12/2013
The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center discusses the value of membership in the RBTC.
Virginia Tech among three universities to receive grant to launch National Innovation Network Regional Node
3/11/2013
Three top universities in the Mid-Atlantic region, the University of Maryland, George Washington University, and Virginia Tech, are teaming to tackle an enduring challenge: how to translate $60 billion in research funding into new products and companies that benefit society.
VA General Assembly Approves Increased Funding for Angel Investor Tax Credit
3/7/2013
Angel Investor Tax Credits promote investment in new businesses with innovative technologies by providing the angel investor with immediate return on their money in the form of a tax credit.
Local teens running successful business
2/22/2013
The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council showed the documentary, ‘The Startup Kids,’ to inspire young people in the area. The documentary focuses on young, successful entrepreneurs.
Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council Announces Support for Gov. McDonnell’s Transportation Plan
2/12/2013
The Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC) announced today its support of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation funding plan. In backing the plan, RBTC Executive Director, Derick Maggard, released a statement on behalf of RBTC and its board of directors.
Stronger Broadband Connection needed to keep Roanoke Valley Region competitive
2/8/2013
Local leaders are working together to establish a stronger and faster Internet connection for our community.
Regional broadband task force announces recommendations for high-speed network
2/7/2013
Greater access to an affordable high-speed broadband network in the Roanoke Valley took a step forward today with the adoption of recommendations that include forming a regional Broadband Authority to increase affordable access to broadband technologies.
Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council Updates its Brand
2/5/2013
Release Date For Immediate Release Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council Updates its Brand RBTC launches new logo and web site (Blacksburg VA, February 5, 2013)- The Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council has a new look with a new logo and web site that are edgy and fresh. The logo, developed by a young entrepreneur named Nick Giaganas, is simple yet modern in contrasting colors of black and bright green.  The design offers flexibility and aligns well with the website redesigned by Interactive, Design and Development (IDD) of Blacksburg. “The black square in the…
Virginia’s First Screening Of “The Startup Kids”
2/1/2013
Release Date February 1, 2013 VIRGINIA’s FIRST SCREENING OF “THE STARTUP KIDS” A documentary by and about young entrepreneurs; lessons applicable to all businesses (Blacksburg, VA, Feb. 1, 2013)- The Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC) is hosting a screening of The Startup Kids. This unique documentary, by and about young entrepreneurs, explores the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur in today’s world. This film is recommended for any and all startup companies, entrepreneurs, students, and business professionals looking to be inspired.
2012
10 entrepreneurs in Roanoke – Blacksburg region honored with state award
12/20/2012
BLACKSBURG, Va. (December 20, 2012) – Ten entrepreneurs from the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council’s territory were among 50 across Virginia receiving the Gap 50 Entrepreneur Award. The Center for Innovative Technologies (CIT) announced the winners as part of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s “Year of the Entrepreneur” initiative to identify and celebrate Virginia’s next generation of entrepreneurs who are creating high-growth companies.   “Once again, entrepreneurs in our region have been recognized for outstanding and in some cases…
STEM Industry Internship Program
10/1/2012
Governor McDonnell Announces Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program – New program will connect Virginia students with high quality internships in the STEM industry – RICHMOND – College and University students majoring in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) related fields have a free new resource for summer 2013 internships, as do companies who wish to hire them.
TechNite Award Nominees Announced!
4/23/2012
The TechNite 2012 Nominations have been announced! Congratulations to all the outstanding nominees. Winners will be announced at TechNite on May 10th. Award categories include: Educator, Innovation, Entrepreneur, Rising Star, and Regional Leadership. TechNite is May 10th–register now! Register by April 27th
Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council Names New Executive Director
4/23/2012
The RBTC has named Derick Maggard as its new Executive Director. Derick will be responsible for the management of RBTC and the implementation of its initiatives, concentrating on serving, promoting, and growing the technology industry in the region.  Derick will be welcomed by the RBTC membership and officially take the helm as the Executive Director at the TechNite Awards banquet on May 10th at the Hotel Roanoke. Read the Roanoke Times Article.
Hokie Health Code-a-thon Held in Blacksburg
4/23/2012
The Hokie Health Code-a-thon, an event hoping to produce innovative technology solutions to health care problems, was held on April 13-14th at TechPad in downtown Blacksburg. The two-day coding challenge produced eleven teams, thousands of lines of code, and six winning teams:     $2500 Grand Prize Winner: HeyRecall      $500 Winner: GeoMedicine     $500 Winner: Hygeia     $500 Winner: MedicalBox     $500 Winner: LivingOrgans     $500 Winner: Private…
April 2012 Member News and Events
4/23/2012
Please help us welcome our new members Closergeist: Closergeist works exclusively with software-building organizations nationwide that are involved in any aspect of real estate transactions. We help those responsible for building the software that drives real estate transactions to stay informed on the technical, legislative, and competitive issues that affect the industry. We solve software development challenges through our knowledge of both the real-estate settlement industry and technology best-practices.   Sans Seriph Designs: Sans Seriph Design, LLC is an…
RBTC Members Make 2012 CRN Tech Elite 250
3/7/2012
RBTC members Advanced Logic Industries and Sycom were named to the 2012 CRN Tech Elite 250, a list recognizing the top 250 IT integrators in the country.  As CRN states, “These VARs are best-of-breed integrators who have invested in technical knowhow and top-level certifications in the areas of data centers and infrastructure to differentiate themselves.” Read more.
February 2012 Member News and Events
3/2/2012
Please help us welcome our new members Lore Systems, Inc.  Founded in 1995, Lore Systems is an SBA-certified HUBZone company. Lore provides a comprehensive suite of technology design, implementation & infrastructure related IT professional services including IT managed services, network assessment, enterprise architecture & systems engineering, & IT support; managed datacenter hosting & cloud computing (IaaS), & other core competencies. We specialize in providing advanced technology solutions for clients, enabling better, more efficient, & more secure…
TechNite Award Nominations Due March 30th
3/2/2012
TechNite 2012 Nominations are being accepted and encouraged! The deadline for TechNite Award nominations is close-of-business Friday, March 30th! Don’t wait, help us recognize the innovative leaders in our technology community by making a nomination or two right now. Award categories include: Educator, Innovation, Entrepreneur, Rising Star, and Regional Leadership. TechNite is May 10th this year, so register now!
Virginia Governor Declares 2012 “The Year of the Entrepreneur”
3/2/2012
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell declared 2012 “The Year of the Entrepreneur.” He stated, “We have a community of entrepreneurial individuals who, in spite of the very real risk of failure, put their energy and sweat and savings into creating opportunities for themselves and others. I am declaring 2012 ‘The Year of the Entrepreneur’ in Virginia to recognize these individuals, to study why they’re successful in Virginia and to inspire others in Virginia and around the world to turn big ideas into reality here in the Commonwealth.” Read more.
Regional SBIR Awards Top $34.7 Million in 2010
3/2/2012
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards have skyrocketed in the Roanoke-Blacksburg region. From 2006 to 2010, the region’s annual SBIR awards have grown 34 percent from $25.9 million to $34.7 million – an increase of $8.8 million. The Roanoke-Blacksburg region’s 2010 total ranked it 13th nationally when compared to other combined statistical areas – one spot ahead of Austin-Round Rock-Marble Falls, TX. Read the full article.
January 2012 Member News and Events
2/10/2012
Please help us welcome our new members Barnes & Associates: The financial advisors from Barnes & Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., have served members of the greater Roanoke-Blacksburg region for years. They are backed by a team of professional who specialize in everything from retirement and tax planning strategies to insurance and asset management. They help their clients to define dreams, develop plans and track their progress. Silverback Innovations: Silverback Innovations is a non-traditional product and…
Growth Returning to Most Industries in the Roanoke Region
2/10/2012
The recovery has picked up considerable steam in the Roanoke Region over the course of 2011. After years of significant declines, information technology and telecommunications grew by approximately 1,700 jobs over the past year in the extended labor market area. Transportation and logistics, education and related services, and business services also experienced higher levels of growth each adding between 500 and 600 jobs. Read more.
Startups: Apply by March 9th to Showcase Your Business at Entrepreneur Spotlight!
2/10/2012
The Entrepreneur Center at the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) is seeking startups to showcase their business concepts in front of an audience of accredited investors at its next Entrepreneur Spotlight program, May 3rd. The companies selected to participate in the program are truly in the startup phase and may only be looking for small amounts of funding.
2011
November 2011 Member News and Events
12/1/2011
Please help us welcome our new members Blue Ridge Interactive: Blue Ridge Interactive, a dynamic, client focused web organization that specializes in building affordable, effective and efficient, custom business applications. PowerHub Systems: PowerHub Systems develops distributed energy storage systems for utility smart grid applications. Our patent pending bidirectional power flow control and communications system enables reliable, secure, and decentralized energy storage to be deployed at the distribution circuit level of the power grid.   Member Events  …
Could Roanoke be the next Silicon Valley?
12/1/2011
While most people associate the phrase “start-up” with Silicon Valley, the fact is that there are millions of budding entrepreneurs outside of America’s existing technology centers. BusinessInsider.com has identified Roanoke County on its list of 20 “micropolitan” areas that meet certain demographic requirements for a budding technology economy. Read the full article.
Attention CEOs! Are You Burning Bright or Burning Out?
12/1/2011
Research shows that in an average work week, most CEOs experience just one dozen emotions across work and home life. Those twelve emotions are mostly negative: Being overwhelmed, frustrated, angry, disappointed, and fearful. About half confided they find the job intensely lonely and don’t know who to turn to for advice. This CNN article recommends 5 actions to address the challenges of beings a CEO. But if you find yourself struggling with these challenges, the RBTC can be a support system for you, helping connect you to a fellowship of other CEO’s that have experienced similar challenges….
Blacksburg Named Best Place in the U.S. to Raise Kids by BusinessWeek.com
12/1/2011
Businessweek.com evaluated 4,169 places with populations between 1,000 and 50,000 people on a variety of factors with school performance, expenditures, and income being given the most weight. Read the article.
RBTC Highlighted in Virginia Tech Magazine
12/1/2011
In the most recent issue of Virginia Tech magazine, in the “Message from the President”, Dr. Steger highlights the innovative and entrepreneurial growth that’s taken place in the Roanoke – Blacksburg region and references the RBTC. For a while now, it has been our goal to raise the profile of the RBTC within the VT alumni community. Regardless of where they currently live, most VT alumni have a strong affinity for the University and Blacksburg. Making connections between the RBTC community and the vast VT alumni network seems natural and could help in the recruitment of talent to…
October 2011 Member News and Events
11/1/2011
Please help us welcome our new members City of Radford: Our small city is situated in the heart of Virginia’s New River Valley, in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Nestled in a large bend in the New River, Radford covers approximatly 9.5 square miles and is a diverse city full of commercial and recreational opportunity.   Emishield: Manufactures ceramic coatings for high-temperature, industrial applications. NASA developed the core technology that our clients now use to reduce energy costs, increase productivity and reduce harmful emissions.   Engagn:…
RBTC Kicks-off Innovation Blueprint Initiative
9/23/2011
The Roanoke-Blacksburg Innovation Blueprint initiative aims to help create a stronger and more effective innovation ecosystem in our region. Over the next few months, a handful of working groups will be looking at key challenges we face with a particular focus on four key topics:  Energizing Entrepreneurship: Making it easier for local residents to start businesses and to grow them into world-class ventures. Developing Talent: Identify new ways to help existing residents gain new skills and competencies, and to attract more talented people to visit and re-locate to our region….
Advertise Your Jobs on VTalumni.com for FREE via the RBTC Job Board
9/21/2011
The RBTC job board provides our members with a free way to recruit the best talent from not only this area but also around the world and we are now pushing jobs to VTAlumni.com, an exclusive site for Virginia Tech graduates and students. Whenever you post a job to our (FREE) job board and enable sharing with other job boards, your job will now appear on VTalumni.com in addition to all the other jobs boards we already push to! If you would like to know more about the new RBTC job board please contact us.
August 2011 Member News and Events
8/31/2011
Please help us welcome our new members DaPro Systems, Inc.: Provides software and professional services for the Public Sector. Our clients include Sheriff’s Offices, Police Departments, Emergency Communications Centers and Colleges & Universities.   JSW Financial: Provides business consulting and financial planning services.   Juniper Networks: Offers a high-performance network infrastructure built on simplicity, security, openness, and scale.   MoGo Mobile:Develops mobile, context-aware Augmented Reality technology, which enable…
July 2011 Member News and Events
7/21/2011
Please help us welcome our new members Dixon Hughes and Goodman LLP: We combine deep industry experience, comprehensive tax, accounting and advisory services and a strong commitment to personal service. We have more than 1,700 professionals located in 30 offices in eleven states and D.C. and 240 Partners and Principals who direct these resources to your best advantage.   Member Events  August 7-11th: Virginia Tech: 8th Annual “International Workshop on Piezoelectric Materials and Applications (IWPMA) 2011: Join Virginia Tech and a large audience from…
August 11th – Leadership Workshop: “Alignment Leads to Engagement”
7/21/2011
Growing businesses often struggle with many seemingly unrelated problems. These challenges consume a lot of time and resources and ultimately hinder profitability. Join us for a half-day workshop on August 11th when we discuss employee engagement and leadership alignment, and how those dynamics affect the efficiency and profitability of your business. Learn more and register.
Registration Now Open for the RBTC Fall Gala on September 29th!
7/21/2011
The RBTC Fall Membership Gala will be held Thursday, September 29th at The Inn at Virginia Tech. The speaker this year will be Rackspace Chairman, Graham Weston. Weston leads Rackspace’s corporate strategy, business development and M&A activity efforts. Register now.
Save the Date – RBTC Access to Capital Seminar: “Small Bucks, Big Bang” is September 30th!
7/21/2011
Save the date for a ½ day conference on capital access in RBTC region. This event, held at the Inn of VT, is being developed by the RBTC Access to Capital committee. Note: Sept 29 is RBTC Fall Gala and Oct 1 is Clemson @ VT.   “Small Bucks, Big Bang!”: bootstrapping and raising minimal amounts of capital to get big results.   The agenda is being built around Ian Sobieski who is the director of Band of Angels (Silicon Valley).  Band of Angels is a successful angel group: 124 members, 228 investments, 9 IPO, $2B+ in returns.   Ian is a proponent of…
Upcoming Contests and Competitions
7/21/2011
 2011 Annual Workforce Awards Event Nominations The Western Virginia Workforce Development Board is seeking nominations to recognize individuals, professionals and businesses who have made outstanding contributions to the local workforce system in meeting the needs of local employers and individuals. Award categories include: Business of the Year, an organization who supports professional development within its own workforce and supports workforce development issues and strategies; and Training Provider of the Year, an organization demonstrating an innovative approach to career…
June 2011 Member News and Events
6/27/2011
Please help us welcome our new members VT Applied Research Corporation: Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation, a non-profit corporation, draws upon the rich multi-disciplinary fundamental research found within Virginia Tech to form cross-disciplinary teams that are able to identify and apply innovative solutions to complex real-world problems.   Member Events  June 28th: Optical Cable Corporation Inside Sales Representatives Job Fair: Join Optical Cable Corporation for their Inside Sales Representatives Job Fair. Visit www.occfiber.com for more…
RBTC Job Board Upgrade: New Features, Easier to Use, and Still FREE
6/27/2011
Our goal with the RBTC job board is to promote available opportunities in our region’s tech sector and to help our members recruit the best talent from throughout the world. Not only is it FREE to post your openings to our job board, but we help advertise your jobs by pushing them to a host of other websites including LinkedIn, SimplyHired, Jobster, and more. This “push” function means we get your jobs out where the talent is already looking and has resulted in RBTC member hires from as far away as Germany! With the recent upgrade to our job board, we can now push your jobs to even…
Save the Date – the RBTC Fall Gala is September 29th!
6/27/2011
The RBTC Fall Membership Gala will be held Thursday, September 29th at The Inn at Virginia Tech. The speaker this year will be Rackspace Chairman, Graham Weston. Weston leads Rackspace’s corporate strategy, business development and M&A activity efforts. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
August 11th – Leadership Workshop: “Alignment Leads to Engagement”
6/27/2011
Growing businesses often struggle with many seemingly unrelated problems. These challenges consume a lot of time and resources and ultimately hinder profitability. Join us for a half-day workshop on August 11th when we discuss employee engagement and leadership alignment, and how those dynamics affect the efficiency and profitability of your business. Learn more about this Lessons in Leadership Workshop.
Roanoke-Blacksburg Region Identified as “Emerging Epicenter of High Tech Industry”
6/27/2011
Wired Magazine asked the Cluster Mapping Project at Harvard Business School to provide the top 20 job-creating areas for the following fields: Plastics, Chemicals, Automotive, Aerospace vehicles, Information technology, Biopharma, Metal manufacturing, Communication technology, Medical technology, Analytical instruments, and Electrical equipment. Roanoke-Blacksburg Region was identified by Wired Magazine and NPR as an “Emerging Epicenter of High Tech Industry”. Click here to view the map.
Will Your Company Be One of the “12 to Watch” in 2011?
6/27/2011
“12 to Watch” is an initiative of the US Senate Productivity and Quality Award Program for Virginia (VA SPQA) to promote the participation of 12 selected small businesses in the VA SPQA Discovery Program and provide related performance excellence technical assistance at no cost. Small businesses selected to be one of the 12 are considered to be those poised for positive and sustainable job growth in the Commonwealth.Offered in partnership with the VA Department of Business Assistance, the US SBA, the National Federation of Independent Business, and the Office of the Virginia…
Upcoming Contests and Competitions
6/27/2011
One of the best ways to highlight our region’s “budding technology community” is when one of our RBTC members wins a contest/competition. So, we’d like to encourage you to enter some of these contests and competitions. If you win, we’ll help you brag about it! Here are a few with approaching deadlines (and all offer cash).   Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards Competition The Tayloe Murphy Center at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business is asking your help in promoting the second annual Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards Competition. The competition spotlights businesses…
May 2011 Member News and Events
6/9/2011
Please help us welcome our new members Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation: Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation, a non-profit corporation, draws upon the rich multi-disciplinary fundamental research found within Virginia Tech to form cross-disciplinary teams that are able to identify and apply innovative solutions to complex real-world problems.   Member Events June 2nd: Varrow Lunch and Learn: “Desktop Virtualization’: Join Varrow for lunch and experience the powerful benefits of the advanced feature set available in Citrix XenDesktop virtual…
The NCTC is now the RBTC! What do you think?
6/9/2011
At our annual TechNite Awards banquet on May 12th, we announced that the NewVa Corridor Technology Council (often referred to as the NCTC) changed its name to the Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC). As an organization that serves the Roanoke and New River Valleys, our board felt that this new name would better identify us as a representative of and ambassador to our region. Read more about the name change. Let us know your thoughts on the new name on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter!
2011 TechNite Award Winners Announced!
6/9/2011
Award finalists and winners were announced at TechNite on May 12th at the Hotel Roanoke in front of 430+ RBTC guests. TechNite is an annual celebration of the Roanoke – Blacksburg region’s technology community. The evening was highlighted with an awards ceremony, where leaders were recognized in five categories. Click here to view the 2011 TechNite Winners.
Save the Date- the RBTC Fall Gala is September 29th!
6/9/2011
The RBTC Fall Membership Gala will be held Thursday, September 29th at The Inn at Virginia Tech. The speaker this year will be Rackspace Chairman, Graham Weston. Weston leads Rackspace’s corporate strategy, business development and M&A activity efforts. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
Stake a Claim on the Startups Across America Map- Add Your Startup!
6/9/2011
StartupsAcrossAmerica.com is the first entrepreneurial map of the United States, where startups can stand up and be counted. While spotlighting the innovation, imagination and self determination that abounds among this country’s entrepreneurs, the Startups Across America map and its listings intend to give investors, community leaders, and other finance-related decision makers a keener understanding of the real dollars needed, state-by-state, for these new enterprises to succeed. The interactive map is being launched in response to lean times for start-up capital. Although start-ups contribute…
Upcoming Contests and Competitions
6/9/2011
Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards Competition The Tayloe Murphy Center at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business is asking your help in promoting the second annual Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards Competition. The competition spotlights businesses in Virginia that have succeeded in spite of difficult local economic conditions and have given back by helping their community face economic challenges head-on. Five Resilience Award winners receive recognition and resources to help their company and community grow and succeed through ongoing media coverage, opportunities to engage key…
April 2011 Member News and Events
4/27/2011
Please help us welcome our new members Apex Systems, Inc.: Apex is a leading provider of technical and professional IT staffing solutions and the 8th largest IT staffing firm in the country. Our core competencies include information technology, business applications, and telecommunications. Apex provides IT staffing services on a contract, contract-to-hire, project based (Bulk Buy or SOW), and/or direct hire basis.   Member Events May 3rd : CIT GAP Funds: Join NCTC and CIT GAP Funds for a discussion on funding opportunities for seed and early-stage companies in…
TechNite Registration Closes Thursday! Register Now!
4/27/2011
Registration for TechNite 2011 closes Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 5 pm! TechNite is an annual celebration of the NewVa region’s technology community. It’s an opportunity to network with more than 300 leaders in business and innovation. Join us and register now!
TechNite Nominees Announced
4/27/2011
TechNite 2011 Nominees have been announced! View them here. Award categories include: Educator, Innovation, Entrepreneur, Rising Star, and NewVa Leadership. TechNite is May 12th this year, register now!
CIT Looking to Invest in Energy Related Companies with New Funding Dedicated to Technology Based Economic Development
4/27/2011
Lawmakers recently approved several proposals aimed at growing Virginia’s technology and life sciences industries by dedicating funding to support R&D, commercialization, SBIR matching grants, and funding for early stage equity investments. Lawmakers passed the Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011, providing enrollment-based funding to increase access to higher education and enhancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields of study. Lawmakers also approved $10 million for an Economic Development Incentive payment, which includes $6 million for the…
Stake a Claim on the Startups Across America map – Add Your Startup!!
4/27/2011
StartupsAcrossAmerica.com is the first entrepreneurial map of the United States, where startups can stand up and be counted. While spotlighting the innovation, imagination and self determination that abounds among this country’s entrepreneurs, the Startups Across America map and its listings intend to give investors, community leaders, and other finance-related decision makers a keener understanding of the real dollars needed, state-by-state, for these new enterprises to succeed. The interactive map is being launched in response to lean times for start-up capital. Although start-ups contribute…
Upcoming Contests and Competitions
4/27/2011
Inc.500|5000 Applications open: Take Your Place at the Top  The Inc. 500 list is a distinguished editorial award, a celebration of innovation, a network of entrepreneurial leaders, and an effective public relations showcase. The top 500 are featured in the September issue of Inc. magazine, and also ranks the fastest-growing companies by industry, metro area, revenue, and number of employees. Women- and minority- run companies are also highlighted. Apply now.
March 2011 Member News and Events
3/24/2011
Please help us welcome our new members IES Commercial: IES is an established, publicly traded, low-voltage communications contractor serving the NewVa Region and beyond with a full service operation located in Roanoke, Va.   New River Valley IP Law: New River Valley IP Law provides legal services relating to the procurement of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights, for clients seeking to protect their innovations, minimize risk associated with using those innovations, and maximize revenue generated from commercial embodiments of their…
LAST CALL for TechNite Nominations! Due March 31st!
3/24/2011
TechNite 2011 Nominations are still being accepted and encouraged! The deadline for TechNite Award nominations is close-of-business March 31st! Don’t wait, help us recognize the innovative leaders in our technology community by making a nomination or two right now. Award categories include: Educator, Innovation, Entrepreneur, Rising Star, and NewVa Leadership. TechNite is May 12th this year, so mark your calendars!
Stake a Claim on the Startups Across America map – Add Your Startup!!
3/24/2011
StartupsAcrossAmerica.com is the first entrepreneurial map of the United States, where startups can stand up and be counted. While spotlighting the innovation, imagination and self determination that abounds among this country’s entrepreneurs, the Startups Across America map and its listings intend to give investors, community leaders, and other finance-related decision makers a keener understanding of the real dollars needed, state-by-state, for these new enterprises to succeed. The interactive map is being launched in response to lean times for start-up capital.
Advise the White House on Innovation
3/24/2011
The White House has launched an information crowd sourcing initiative called “Advise the Advisor”–focused presently on the needs of small businesses but expanding to other relevant topics in the coming weeks. Discussion topics right now include everything from “access to capital” to “workforce development.” Senior officials have legions of economists and political experts for the big ideas, but they’re blind to the nuanced ways in which law stymies productivity. Help the White House see the problems that effect you every day: click here.
Upcoming Contests and Competitions
3/24/2011
Inc.500|5000 Applications open: Take Your Place at the Top The Inc. 500 list is a distinguished editorial award, a celebration of innovation, a network of entrepreneurial leaders, and an effective public relations showcase. The top 500 are featured in the September issue of Inc. magazine, and also ranks the fastest-growing companies by industry, metro area, revenue, and number of employees. Women- and minority- run companies are also higlighted. Apply now.
February 2011 Member News and Events
3/1/2011
Please help us welcome our new members Avaya: Avaya is a global leader in business communications systems. The company provides unified communications, contact centers, data solutions and related services directly and through its channel partners to leading businesses and organizations around the world. Enterprises of all sizes depend on Avaya for state-of-the-art communications that improve efficiency, collaboration, customer service and competitiveness.  Member Events March 19th: Broadband 2015 Community Forum: Join Blacksburg Electronic Village, Inc. and the Town of…
Trends in Raising Capital Workshop: March 17th
3/1/2011
Whether you’re looking to raise capital or invest in early stage companies, this workshop will give you the knowledge to establish productive relationships and facilitate quality deals. The Workshop Agenda includes: Current Environment for Raising Capital; Analytic Methods & Tools; Term Sheet Mechanics; Meeting Investor Expectations; and Company Valuation. Learn more and register.
TechNite is May 12th! Nominations Now Open!
3/1/2011
TechNite 2011 Nominations are now being accepted and encouraged! The quality of nominations made the categories very competitive last year. So, help us recognize the innovative leaders in our technology community by making a nomination or two right now. Award categories include: Educator, Innovation, Entrepreneur, Rising Star, and NewVa Leadership. TechNite is May 12th this year, so mark your calendars!
Advise the White House on Innovation
3/1/2011
The White House has launched an information crowdsourcing initiative called “Advise the Advisor”–focused presently on the needs of small businesses but expanding to other relevant topics in the coming weeks. Discussion topics right now include everything from “access to capital” to “workforce developement.” Senior officials have legions of economists and political experts for the big ideas, but they’re blind to the nuanced ways in which law stymies productivity. Help the White House see the problems that effect you every day: click here.
2011 Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems (DoDIIS) Worldwide Conference
3/1/2011
The annual conference provides a unique opportunity for defense intelligence community members and industry peers to come together for knowledge sharing, training and discussion of current and future information technology challenges and requirements. The 2011 theme, Secure and Collaborative Intelligence in Defense of the Nation, highlights the DIA CIO’s commitment to developing and maintaining secure and reliable networks for DoD personnel, services and information technology customers. Learn more and register.
Upcoming Contests and Competitions
3/1/2011
One of the best ways to highlight our region’s “budding technology community” is when one of our NCTC members wins a contest/competition. So, we’d like to encourage you to enter some of these contests and competitions. If you win, we’ll help you brag about it! Here are a few with approaching deadlines (and all offer cash). Inc.500|5000 Applications open: Take Your Place at the Top The Inc. 500 list is a distinguished editorial award, a celebration of innovation, a network of entrepreneurial leaders, and an effective public relations showcase. The top 500 are featured in the September…
TechNite is May 12th! Nominations Now Open!
2/1/2011
TechNite 2011 Nominations are now being accepted and encouraged! The quality of nominations made the categories very competitive last year. So, help us recognize the innovative leaders in our technology community by making a nomination or two right now. Award categories include: Educator, Innovation, Entrepreneur, Rising Star, and NewVa Leadership. TechNite is May 12th this year, so mark your calendars!
January 2011 Member News and Events
1/31/2011
Please help us welcome our new members Heyo, Inc.: Heyo is a social calendar. Use Heyo for iPhone and Android to create and share plans with friends, and collaborate with your friends to decide where to hang out!   Record Tree: A key provider of personal information management software for individuals and families. We design and deliver products that preserve essential personal information through easy to use, informative, and secure processes.   Synthonics Inc.: Synthonics is a specialty pharmaceutical company that utilizes its proprietary metal coordination chemistry…
Roanoke Bus-Rail Link Could Come Soon
1/31/2011
Roanoke City officials hope to make a case for it with a new bus service that could link up rail fans with Amtrak service by as early as July. City Manager, Chris Morrill, has said that he hopes to land a state grant that would allow for daily bus service between Roanoke and an Amtrak station in Lynchburg, along with a weekend extension to Blacksburg. The service — to be tentatively called the Bus To Rail Smart Way Inter-City Connector — would cost riders $4 for a one-way trip and would drop them off in time to catch a northbound Amtrak train to Washington. Read more.
Statewide Leadership Program Seeks Participants for Class of 2011
1/4/2011
LEAD VIRGINIA, a statewide leadership forum for proven leaders, is accepting applications for its upcoming Class of 2011. LEAD VIRGINIA is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that provides an annual, seven-session educational forum intended to create a network of informed and active leaders with a shared vision for Virginia’s future.
2010
Local Start-up Program Highlighted
12/21/2010
DayOne Ventures was created as a way to launch and grow more companies more quickly in the NewVa region. The incubator program was highlighted in the most recent issue of the Blue Ridge Business Journal along with its initial participant, Heyo, Inc. At the March Tech & Toast, representatives from both organizations will discuss their experience with the DayOne Ventures program and their plans moving forward. So, put March 17th on your calendar and join us to learn more about DayOne Ventures and Heyo, Inc.
VT KnowledgeWorks 2011 Entrepreneurship Summit Scheduled Announced
12/21/2010
Mark your calendar for the Third Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit, April 13-14, 2011. Student teams compete for two $5,000 grand prizes and the opportunity to compete on a world stage next August for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Award.  Outstanding speakers will provide new perspectives on early-stage funding, global economics, and regional growth. And the Open Angel Forum, presented by the NCTC Access to Capital Committee, features a live pitch session, providing a unique opportunity to see how raising capital is done, with real companies and investors. See…
City of Roanoke – Holiday Career & Lifestyle Fair
12/21/2010
In light of the continuing economic environment and the success of previous job fairs, the City of Roanoke will host a Holiday Career & Lifestyle Fair on Tuesday, Dec. 28, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Roanoke Civic Center Exhibit Hall. Exhibitors include companies offering jobs, entrepreneurial organizations showcasing resources to assist with business startups, and lifestyle organizations offering a diverse mix of social and cultural amenities. The Holiday Career & Lifestyle Fair offers job seekers face-to-face meetings with employers to learn what opportunities are available for them and…
Upcoming Contests and Competitions
12/20/2010
Intuit’s New Collaboration Initiative Intuit launched the Intuit Collaboratory, a website that gives businesses, individuals, and academics the chance to collaborate with the financial software company on new ideas and products. Participants might develop a product that could be bundled with Intuit products, for example, or their ideas might be integrated into an Intuit offering. Some partners might even be asked to become part of Intuit. Participants can make their own suggestions or respond to specific  “challenges” posted by Intuit for a chance to win up to $10,000. After creating an…
NCTC Named a Finalist for Torchbearer Award
12/20/2010
The NCTC was nominated and named a finalist in the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Torchbearer Award for the 9th Congressional District. The prestigious Virginia Torchbearer Awards honor those individuals and organizations whose innovative ideas, products or services have propelled Virginia’s progress and prosperity in the 21st century. Torchbearer Award recipients include some of Virginia’s most respected business leaders and world class corporate citizens. In 2010, the Torchbearer Awards recognized Virginia’s leading economic development organizations and highlighted their crucial…
NCTC Publishes Report About Region’s Tech Economy
11/29/2010
Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) invited technology councils throughout the Commonwealth to participate in an initiative to scope of the state’s technology economy. Known as the Innovation Index, it was a catalyst to develop the first quantitative and qualitative data on the number and type of technology-based businesses in the NCTC region. The process included extensive statistical research, a NCTC member survey, and industry cluster focus groups. An Executive Summary was produced that helps define and position the Roanoke/Blacksburg region as a catalyst for innovation and…
Do You Support Extending the R&D Tax Credit?
10/21/2010
As you may know, the R & D credit expired at the end of last year. The National Association of Manufacturers’ R & D Credit Coalition is organizing a letter to Congress advocating passage of legislation extending previously expired tax provisions, which includes the R & D credit. If you would like for your organization’s name to appear as a signatory to the letter, visit this website and fill out the online sign-up form.
Upcoming Contests and Competitions for Entrepreneurs
10/20/2010
One of the best ways to highlight our region’s “budding technology community” is when one of our NCTC members wins a contest/competition. So, we’d like to encourage you to enter some of these contests and competitions. If you win, we’ll help you brag about it! Here are a few with approaching deadlines (and all offer cash). The Cleantech Open Ideas Competition – Enter by October 2010 Cleantech Open runs the world’s largest clean technology business competition and is looking for the best clean technology ideas from around the world. Just for sharing your…
Virginia’s Fantastic 50 Awards – Call for Nominations!
10/20/2010
Is your organization a fast-growing Virginia company that is creating jobs and making steady profits? Success deserves recognition, and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce would like to honor 50 such companies with one of its annual Fantastic 50 Awards. Nominations are due by Dec. 5th. Learn more and apply.
NCTC Member News and Events – October 2010
10/19/2010
Please help us welcome our new members JTKWeb: Offering custom web site development, search engine optimization, search engine submission, and social media consulting.   Techulon, Inc: Techulon is an early stage biotechnology firm that develops, makes and sells transfection reagents for cell research and cellular-based therapeutics.
“A Moving Film”: A Tool for Recruiting Talent. USE IT!
9/13/2010
A new film was premiered at the NCTC Fall Gala that positions the region as a place where young professionals might want to consider living. A focus in making the film was to include assets from the greater Roanoke/Blacksburg region and make them part of the same conversation. This film tells the story about what it’s like to live and work here! Now that the film is complete, it is a public asset for those trying to recruit talent from outside the region and we encourage you to use it. Embed it on your website or link to the YouTube video or the NCTC landing page! If we’re going to tell the…
Compensation Survey for Mid-Atlantic Technology Companies
9/10/2010
October 1st is the deadline for the KnowledgeBank 2010-2011 Total Compensation Survey of Mid-Atlantic Technology Companies. Those who complete the surveys will receive a free copy of the results. Learn more about the Compensation Survey.
Press Release: Regional Video Debuted at NCTC Fall Gala
9/2/2010
A new film about life in the Roanoke and New River valleys debuted Wednesday night at the NCTC Fall Gala as part of an ongoing effort to promote the region to young professionals.
“81 Reasons to Connect” Video to Premier at NCTC Fall Gala
7/29/2010
At this year’s Fall Gala, in addition to a great speaker and a nostalgic display of technology from days past, we’ll also be premiering the “81 Reasons to Connect” video, aimed at positioning our region as a place where creative and innovative minds might want to live. Get a first look and network with more than 300 business and technology leaders from the Roanoke/Blacksburg region at the 2010 NCTC Fall Gala. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
Awards Upcoming Business & Industry Award Deadlines
7/29/2010
One of the best ways to highlight our region’s “budding technology community” is when one of our NCTC members wins an award. So, we’d like to encourage you to apply for business and industry awards. If you win, we’ll help you brag about it! Here are a few with approaching deadlines (and some offer cash). Lemelson-MIT Program Award The Lemelson-MIT Program recognizes outstanding inventors and aims to encourage sustainable new solutions to real-world problems. The awards recognize the profound impact that inventors can have on economic and social well-being and offer $500,000 and $100,000…
New Legislation and Tax Credits that Benefit Virginia’s Technology Community
7/28/2010
Virginia’s Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey recently announced new technology friendly laws (as outlined below) that took effect on July 1st. These laws are part of Governor McDonnell’s “Jobs and Opportunity” legislative agenda, which consisted of measures designed to spur job creation and promote economic development in Virginia. Technology Specific Tax Credits/Exemptions: Grants income tax exemption on capital gains related to investments in science based or bio-tech start-ups – A technology start-up based in Virginia with less than $3 million in annual revenues qualifies…
Statewide Tech Expo & Legislative Reception
7/28/2010
The NCTC and the Virginia Technology Alliance are proud to announce the first statewide Technology Conference and Expo, titled “Connecting Ideas”. Its purpose is to make connections between tech council members throughout Virginia to stimulate partnerships and collaborations. It was designed with affordability in mind and all ten Technology Councils in Virginia are participating. Reasons for you to attend: Meet like-minded professionals from other parts of VA Promote Virginia’s growing technology clusters Quality Presenters Support STEM education…
Investments $4.7M Investment In SW VA Health IT Job Training
7/27/2010
The U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner announced that a network of community colleges, workforce investment boards and health care providers in 29 western Virginia localities will share a $4.7 million federal grant to provide job training in health care information technology. Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon is leading this regional effort, called the Western Virginia Health Information Technology Education (HITE) Initiative. The program will create and or expand regional training programs to provide Virginians with skills and the required credentials to be able…
NIST TIP Grant Opportunity – “Manufacturing and Biomanufacturing: Materials Advances and Critical Processes”
5/24/2010
The Technology Innovation Program (TIP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it is seeking proposals for high-risk, high-reward research projects in the area of Critical National Need: Manufacturing. Based on FY 2010 funds, TIP expects to award a total of approximately $25 million in first-year funding for R&D projects that address “Manufacturing and Biomanufacturing: Materials Advances and Critical Processes.”
American Security Challenge
5/24/2010
Does your company have innovative technology relevant to our nation’s security? The American Security Challenge’s mission is to rapidly deploy the latest national security technology to secure our nation’s citizens, assets and economy. The Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and Intelligence Community are seeking innovative technologies to meet critical demands in the areas of Cybersecurity, C4ISR, Physical Security, and Energy. This year’s American Security Challenge presents significant prize opportunities, including 40+ pilot programs, investment capital for new…
Roanoke and Blacksburg Rank on Forbes.com “The Best Places For Business And Careers” Lists
5/21/2010
Each year Forbes.com ranks metropolitan areas with the most economic opportunity. The areas are ranked in several sectors including costs (business and living), job growth (past and projected), income growth, educational attainment and projected economic growth. Also factored are quality-of-life issues like crime, cultural and recreational opportunities as well as net migration patters. Percentage of subprime mortgages handed out over a three-year stretch and the number of highly ranked four-year colleges in the area. The Roanoke metro area competed in the over 300,000 population category and…
Roanoke Regional Chamber Entrepreneurship Summit and Survey
5/21/2010
The Roanoke Regional Chamber’s Annual Economic Summit, the gathering of community leaders, business people, and opinion makers to examine current economic trends and look for ways to strengthen entrepreneurship in the region, will be held on Tuesday, June 8th, at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. Please complete this year’s Three-Minute Survey on Entrepreneurship. The results of the survey will be revealed at the summit. For more information, contact Tori Williams at 540-983-0700×229, e-mail twilliams [at] roanokechamber [dot] org or register online.
Regional Internship Workshop for Employers
4/24/2010
Would you like to have student interns? Do you know how to get an intern? How do you make the internship a valuable experience for you and the intern? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered at this year’s Regional Internship Workshop for Employers. Student internships are valuable and productive opportunities for your company, the regional economy, and tomorrow’s workforce.  But too often, employers don’t know enough about the nurturing and developing of student interns to make the experience worthwhile. Join us May 25, 2010 between 8:30AM and 11:30AM in the Roanoke…
Census 2010 – We Can’t Move Forward Until You Give Your Answers Back
4/23/2010
Census information affects the numbers of seats your state occupies in the U.S. House of Representatives. An accurate count of residents in your community can bring better infrastructure and more services. In fact, the information the census collects helps to determine how more than $400 billion dollars of federal funding each year is spent on infrastructure and services like hospitals, schools, bridges/tunnels/public works projects and emergency services. Participation isn’t just important-it’s mandatory, and we should have more people responding. Salem leads the area at an 80% response rate,…
New Bill for Immigrant Entrepreneur Visas
4/22/2010
A new bill has been introduced in Congress seeking to increase global competitiveness by making it easier for international entrepreneurs to secure visas to the United States. The bill would establish an employment-based immigrant visa for alien entrepreneurs who have received significant capital from investors to establish a business in the United States. Click here for a summary of S.3029.
New Reality Show Profiles America’s Best Start-ups
4/12/2010
Because startup companies become job creators and sources of innovation, Robert X. Cringely (author of the technology blog “I, Cringely” has launched a plan to restart America called “Cringely’s (NOT in Silicon Valley) Startup Tour.” People are invited to nominate startup companies in six different categories, discuss them, and vote for favorites on a special website created just for the tour. After reviewing candidates, Cringely will visit the top 24 companies and learn about the businesses and the entrepreneurs who started them. The stories will become a reality TV series. The Kauffman…
Day One Ventures Launches to Help Fund, Mentor, and Launch Start-ups in Blacksburg
4/12/2010
Day One Ventures is an invitation-only seed stage investment and mentoring program for technology-based startups, funded and operated by experienced entrepreneurs who are also angel investors. Beginning this year, Day One will accept up to 3 ideas/companies into it’s program. Day One will provide a stipend and mentoring to develop the concept and business model and also provide office space in Blacksburg, VA. Day One Ventures is currently seeking passionate aspiring entrepreneurs to submit their ideas for consideration. Learn more and apply.
Get Funding Advice from One of the Experts
3/31/2010
The NCTC Access to Capital Committee in collaboration with VTKnowledgeworks has put together a day of instructional sessions that can help you get the capital needed to fuel your business. On April 8th, John May, former chairman of the Angel Capital Association will present “Valuation of Early Stage Ventures” and 5 local high-tech companies will pitch angel investors. These two sessions use real world companies and practical examples to allow you to easily apply the knowledge gained to your venture today.
Chair-Emeritus of Angel Capital Association will be Master of Ceremonies at TechNite
3/8/2010
John May has been involved with early stage investing for 20 years. He has advised and managed funds, written books, taught classes, and is currently the Managing Partner of New Vantage Group. We hope you’ll join us at TechNite to show John the innovation and entrepreneurship that is alive in our budding technology community.
New Bill to Impose Sales Tax for Virginia-based Websites Receiving Click-thru Commissions
3/5/2010
SB 660 imposes a sales tax collection RQMT if a company advertises on a Virginia based-website and pays the website owner referral fees/commission based on click-through sales. The bill establishes a sales tax collection requirement for Amazon and others large online retailers who utilize Virginia-based affiliates on a click though basis. Click here for a summary of SB 660.
Are You One of the World’s Most Promising Start-ups?
3/1/2010
Innovate!2010 is a global competition to identify and accelerate the world’s 100 top technology, media, and telecommunications startups. Startups, especially early-stage startups, need all of the help they can get, like media coverage; awareness among potential customers, partners, and investors; independent validation by unbiased experts who know their market sector; and  introductions to the right partners and investors. The Innovate!2010 program is designed to meet those needs by discovering and promoting the world’s most promising startups! Learn more and apply at www.Innovate100.com.
Business Opportunities with the Naval Surface Warfare Center
2/23/2010
We are in the early planning stages of an event to facilitate one-on-one interactions with decision makers at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division.
Submit Your TechNite Nominations Before March 1st
1/14/2010
Well, after a very busy 2009, we’re off and running again planning TechNite 2010. Nominations are now being accepted…scratch that…..encouraged. The quality of nominations made the categories very competitive last year. So, help us recognize the innovative leaders in our technology community by making a nomination or two right now.  Award categories include Educator, Innovation, Entrepreneur, Rising Star, and NewVa Leadership and criteria for each award can be found here. TechNite is April 7th this year, so mark your calendars!
NewVa region makes CNNMoney’s “10 Best Places for Jobs” list
1/13/2010
Our region is regularly recognized as “a great place to” raise a family, get outdoors, retire, launch a tech company, etc. Most recently, the region made CNNMoney’s “10 Best Places for Jobs” list, which is going to have people from all over the country (and the world) taking a closer look at our region. Help us raise the profile of our technology community by posting the NCTC Member Badge to your website and if you have open positions, make sure they are posted to the NCTC job board. As members of the NCTC, we all need to work together to position our region as a place where technology…
You’re invited to the VTA Legislative Reception on Feb. 11th
1/12/2010
This annual reception is your opportunity to mix and mingle with members of the General Assembly and technology leaders from across the Commonwealth. This year’s reception will be held on February 11th. The NCTC member price is $50. Learn more and register here.
VTKW Entreprenurship Summit, April 7-8
1/12/2010
The NCTC has partnered with VT KnowledgeWorks to plan two days of education and networking for technology entrepreneurs. The Entrepreneurship Summit is a two-day comprehensive workshop custom designed for prospective company founders, entrepreneurs launching or re-vamping a business, growing companies seeking expansion capital, and individuals interested in investing in early-stage companies. On the eve of the first day, we invite you to join us at TechNite to celebrate the local technology community and network with more than 300 of its leaders of innovation! Learn more about…
Roanoke/Blacksburg climb 2009 Best-Performing Cities Index
1/11/2010
This annual study by the Milken Institute ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth and includes job, wage and salary and technology growth. Both the Roanoke and New River Valleys climbed significantly. Of the 200 largest metro areas, Roanoke moved up 42 spaces to #126 while Blacksburg advanced 43 places to #49 on the list of smallest metros.
2009
LEAD VIRGINIA Now Accepting Applications for 2010 Class
11/30/2009
Each year LEAD VIRGINIA selects a group of 40 senior executives representing business, government, nonprofit and education sectors from throughout the Commonwealth. Participants gain a 360-degree perspective of the Commonwealth, its issues and challenges, and learn through a study of trends and analysis how Virginia can best position itself for future economic vitality and educational and workforce performance at regional and statewide levels. Class members are exposed to challenges facing seven diverse regions and gain an understanding of the resources, assets and mutual interdependence of…
Roanoke to Host Governor’s Conference for STEM Education: Nov. 15th & 16th
11/5/2009
The 2007 landmark report Rising Above the Gathering Storm brought Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to the forefront of the nation’s educational transformation agenda. Representatives from Virginia’s higher education system, K-12 education system, Governor’s office, informal education network, industries and businesses have come together to develop and implement this conference. The Governor’s Conference on STEM Education will engage state-wide stakeholders in the creation of a blueprint for Virginia’s future success in STEM fields. More info about the STEM conference.
NCTC Member News & Events
11/5/2009
Please help us welcome our newest NCTC members: TM GE Automation Systems: TMEIC GE is a global integrator of motors, drives and advanced automation systems, specializing in serving the Metals, Paper, Material Handling, Oil & Gas, Cement, Mining, and Utilities markets. We focus on delivering total solutions to our customers through a combination of process knowledge, product design and application expertise in addition to research and development investment in the latest drive and automation technologies. North American headquarters are located in Roanoke, VA.   IKON Office…
Roanoke Atop Kiplinger’s 2009 Best Cities Poll
11/4/2009
Our region is regularly recognized as a top place to live for many reasons and this recognition draws the attention of those looking for a change of place, including those with the technical skills many NCTC members are looking for. Take a minute to vote in Kiplinger’s Best Cities Poll. Right now, Roanoke is at or near the top of the list, but it changes daily.
Stevie Award Nominations Now Being Accepted
11/3/2009
A The mission of the Stevie Awards is to raise the profile of exemplary companies and individuals among the press, the business community, and the general public. Nominations are now being accepted in numerous categories. For more information about the Stevie Awards, submission criteria, and deadlines, visit http://www.stevieawards.com/.
Congressman Boucher to Host Conference: Southwest Virginia’s Energy Economy
10/2/2009
Emerging energy related developments present a range of opportunities for Southwestern Virginia, a region rich in energy resources. To highlight these opportunities, Congressman Boucher is hosting these event to maximize existing energy resources and encourage the growth of new technologies. The event will be held at the Southwest VA Higher Ed Center in Abingdon on Monday October 26th, 8:30-12:30. For more info and to register, call (276)628-1145 or email ninthnet@mail.house.gov.
Member News & Events
10/2/2009
Cobham Defense Electronics announced it will be consolidating its local presence by relocating 90 employees to the 50,000 square foot Technology Manufacturing Building in  Blacksburg, which will also provide room for future growth. Prime Photonics has been awawarded a Phase II SBIR award from the US Navy for the development of a suite of sensors for use on Navy electromagnetic launchers (railguns). Prime Photonics will be developing a fiber optic‐based sensor system capable of measuring magnetic and electric field strength and direction,…
New Attacks Spark Concern for Businesses Using Twitter
10/1/2009
If you’re using Twitter for your business, you should be aware that it has security risks like most other forms of electronic communication. Recent worms have harvested email addresses from users’ computers and allowed attackers to take over Twitter accounts.  Read “New Twitter Worm Strikes”.
Get Yourself Some Press: Upcoming Business and Industry Award Deadlines
10/1/2009
A good way to get some PR for your company is to win an award. Awards are a great opportunity to talk about your company and your technology and it can also be used to help position our region. Did you know that four companies in the NewVa region have won R&D 100 awards in the past three years? Here are some awards with upcoming application deadlines: 2009 Young Innovators Under 35 Award and the Blue Ridge Business Journal’s Best Place to Work. More info about business and industry awards.
Compensation Survey for Mid-Atlantic Technology Companies
10/1/2009
October 2nd is the deadline for the KnowledgeBank 2009 Total Compensation Survey of Mid-Atlantic Technology Companies. Those who complete the surveys will receive a free copy of the results. Learn more about the Compensation Survey.
Toyota’s $550,000 Science Grant Competition
9/30/2009
The Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers program, one of the largest science teacher grant programs in the United States, is now accepting entries for the 2009-2010 competition. The program offers grants of up to $10,000 each to K-12 teachers for innovative science projects that enhance science education in their school. Learn more about the Toyota Science Grant Competition. There’s also a conference in Danville on Nov. 3rd for K-12 teachers curious about emerging nanotechnologies hosted by the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. More info about the NanoTeach…
Member News and New Members for August
9/25/2009
Please help us welcome our newest members. 88Owls.com Town of Pulaski Economic Development SiteVision, Inc. Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine Member News SoftSolutions Wins InterTech Award: Printing Industries of America has selected SoftSolutions’ Flex-Production Control System (PCS) software as one of this year’s most innovative technologies in the graphic arts industry.
Synchrony wins R&D 100 Award
9/24/2009
For 47 years, the prestigious R&D 100 Awards have identified revolutionary technologies newly introduced to the market. The winning of an R&D 100 Award provides a mark of excellence known to industry, government, and academia as proof that the product is one of the most innovative ideas of the year. Synchrony was a winner in the Mechanical Devices category for it’s Fusion Magnetic Bearing.
Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist Award: Nominations are Being Accepted
9/23/2009
For the past 25 years, the Science Museum of Virginia has honored Virginia’s scientists who, through their research and commitment to science, have made a recent contribution to basic scientific research that extends the boundaries of any field of science. This contribution should be easily recognizable as a definite advancement of knowledge or a significant technological development. Please consider nominating someone from your staff for this prestigious award. More information and award guidelines.
NASA Announces Design Challenge for 5th-8th Grade Students
9/18/2009
The Education Department at the Kennedy Space Center has announced its new educational design challenge for 5th – 8th grade students that kicks off this fall. It’s the Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge and requires teams to create a sustainable water recycling system for the moon. Entries due February 1, 2010. First place team wins a trip to the Kennedy Space Center! More info at http://wlmr.nasa.gov/.
Co-Founder of RF Micro Devices to Keynote NCTC Fall Membership Gala
8/17/2009
Jerry Neal is the Co-Founder of RF Micro Devices and author of Fire In The Belly: Building A World-leading High-tech Company From Scratch In Tumultuous Times. Please join us on October 15th at the NCTC Fall Membership Gala to hear Mr. Neal discuss his experiences starting and growing a successful technology company from nothing to a multi-billion dollar corporation. Learn more about the NCTC Fall Membership Gala.
The Great Retweet #NCTCDemoDay Promotion
8/13/2009
Help spread the word about Demo Day & Tech Expo and help shine the spotlight on the NewVa technology community. You can win tickets to Virginia Tech vs. Nebraska, a FREE booth at Demo Day, a FREE weekend stay at the Hotel Roanoke, or $100 cash! Learn more at http://thetechnologycouncil.com/expopromo
Dean of Carilion VT Medical School to address NCTC at Demo Day & Tech Expo
8/5/2009
Cynda Johnson, M.D., M.B.A., Founding Dean of the Carilion Virginia Tech School of Medicine will help us kick off this year’s event. She’ll provide an update and virtual tour and discuss collaborative opportunities between the school and the NCTC membership. More info about Demo Day & Tech Expo.
NewVa Region spotlighted in TechCrunch “Geek Weekend” Column
7/24/2009
Thanks to Anne Clelland of Handshake20.com and Stuart Mease with the City of Roanoke, the Roanoke/Blacksburg region appeared today as the feature location of “Geek Weekend”, an ongoing travel series aimed at techies. Read the article at http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/07/24/geek-weekend-roanoke-va/
Senator Warner to Host Broadband Summit in Charlottesville
7/23/2009
On July 27, Senator Mark Warner will host a broadband summit to discuss how Virginia’s local governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations can maximize opportunities available through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand the reach of broadband throughout the Commonwealth. Guest speakers will include: Senator Mark R. Warner Congressman Tom Perriello NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling USDA RUS Assistant Administrator David Villano Virginia Deputy Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson Following the summit, a grants consultant sponsored by CIT and…
NCTC Website Now Features Member Profiles
7/21/2009
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where your customer has a specific need, but you don’t have that skill set in-house? Or you’re working on a contract bid and looking for someone to partner with on the overall solution? Well, the NCTC member directory now includes a searchable member profile for each NCTC member company. When you complete your “member profile”, other members can more easily find you and you’ll be helping to define the collective capabilities of the NCTC community. On July 6th, an email was sent to the primary point of contact at your company with the login info to…
Do non-local VC investments outperform local investments?
7/21/2009
A new study by the Harvard Business School suggests that non-local investments by Venture Capital firms may outperform their “local” investments. Therefore, it might behoove policy makers in regions without local venture capitalists to mitigate venture capital costs. Read the full report at http://www.hbs.edu/research/pdf/09-143.pdf.
More Than Half of Fortune 500 Companies Were Founded in Recession or Bear Market
7/20/2009
According to a new study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, challenging economic times often serve as the rebirth of entrepreneurial capitalism, leading to the creation of much-needed new jobs. The study analyzed data from the U.S. Census, the Fortune 500, and the Inc. list of America’s fastest-growing companies and presented following three main findings: Recessions and bear markets, while they bring pain and often lead to short-term declines in business formation, do not appear to have a significantly negative impact on the formation and survival of new businesses. Well-over…
Amazon offers $100,000 “Start-up” prize
7/20/2009
Amazon Web Services is now accepting applications for its third annual “Start-up Challenge”. AWS is looking for the most promising start-ups that can grow into significant, meaningful, and lasting companies that leverage AWS to build its infrastructure and business. The application deadline is August  26th. Learn more at http://aws.amazon.com/startupchallenge/.
Senator Warner to Host Energy Summit About Opportunities Through ARRA
7/1/2009
On July 10, Senator Warner will host an energy summit that will focus on how Virginians can maximize opportunities available through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.The summit will feature remarks from Senator Warner and Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Poneman. Details Date: July 10, 2009 Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Location: Hampton University’s Student Center Ballroom, Hampton, VA 23668 R.S.V.P. by July 2, please email rsvp@warner.senate.gov. The event will also be streamed live on Senator Warner’s website.
Governor Kaine in Roanoke on July 2nd to make an announcement
6/30/2009
Governor Kaine will join the Roanoke “Clean & Green” Business Coalition to make an announcement regarding his Renew Virginia Initiative and to recognize the efforts of the “Clean & Green” Business Coalition. Please join us. When: Thursday, July 2nd at 2:30pm Where: The State & City Building (102 West Campbell Ave., Roanoke, VA) on the 1st Street side of the building
SBA Announces Loan Program to Aid Stressed Businesses
6/23/2009
If your business is stressed meeting expenses during these economic times, the U.S. Small Business Administration has a new loan program designed just for you. SBA’s America’s Recovery Capital Loan Program can provide up to $35,000 in short-term relief for viable small businesses facing immediate financial hardship to help ride out the current uncertain economic times and return to profitability. Each small business is limited to one ARC loan. ARC loans will be offered by some SBA lenders for as long as funding is available or until September 30, 2010, whichever comes first. Learn more about…
Technology Evangelist Robert Scoble Visits with NCTC Members in Blacksburg
6/22/2009
Notorious blogger, technology evangelist, and author, Rob Scoble, visited with NCTC members in Blacksburg on Friday, June 5. Scoble discussed his newest project, Building 43 and answered questions about his past experiences with online marketing resources like Twitter. “The Scobleizer” is best known for his tech blogs and is currently employed at Rackspace, which has an office in Blacksburg. Read more about Scoble’s visit.
Save the Date: September 18th is Tech Expo!
6/22/2009
NCTC President Mary Miller said “Think of it as a science fair for regional innovation and cooperation. Being knowledgeable about who is here, what they do, and how we can help each other makes us all stronger, both individually and as a community. We can work smarter together and the NCTC is the backbone that ties us together to make all of our businesses stronger.” At last year’s Tech Expo, NCTC members had the opportunity to learn about and share information with other member organizations. This “show and tell” format helps connect NCTC members to create new business relationships and…
Virginia’s Technology Councils endorse FIRST Lego League
6/14/2009
The Virginia Technology Alliance has officially endorsed FIRST Lego League as a S.T.E.M. Workforce initiative.
Introducing the People’s Choice Award at TechNite
5/6/2009
The People’s Choice Award is a new wrinkle to this year’s TechNite Awards. It allows you, as a TechNite attendee, the chance to learn more about a few up and coming companies in the NewVa region and contribute to the awards process. The highest vote-getter at the event will receive the 2009 People’s Choice Award and a handsome award worth its weight in acrylic. Now, this isn’t a popularity contest, but you determine the criteria: whether it’s who has the most innovative technology, the best idea, or the most commercial potential. It’s up to you. The People’s Choice “nominees” will…
NCTC Members Now Get Discounted Membership to the Science Museum
5/6/2009
For just $33/year (normally $55/year), your family can enjoy free museum admission, free planetarium shows, discounted MegaDome films, discounts on birthday parties and summer camp and free reciprocal admission to over 270 ASTC science museums worldwide. This benefit is being offered to employees of NCTC member organizations. For more information, visit the Science Museum in person, email Rebekah Hollins, or sign-up online.
Aneesh Chopra Appointed as Nation’s First CTO
4/20/2009
Virginia’s Secretary of Technology Aneesh Chopra has been appointed by President Obama to serve as the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer. Read the White House press release.
U.S. Senator Mark Warner Announces TechNite Award Nominees
4/15/2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   U.S. Senator Mark Warner Announces 2009 TechNite Award Nominees Winners will be recognized during the TechNite Awards Banquet on May 21st   Roanoke, Va., April 15, 2009 – Signaling the growing stature of the NewVa Region’s technology community, U.S. Senator Mark Warner joined local industry leaders here this morning to announce the nominees for this year’s NewVa Corridor Technology Council (NCTC) TechNite Awards.   Winners in five categories – Rising Star, Entrepreneur, NewVa Leadership, Innovation, and Educator – will be recognized at the TechNite Awards Banquet on…
Collegiate Times: Blacksburg job growth up, against statewide trend
4/5/2009
The Collegiate Times reported on Friday that the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford area added 500 jobs in 2008 and was one of only three regions in the state to see a net increase. Read the article.
Press Release: NCTC Welcomes 200th Member
3/23/2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   NewVa Corridor Technology Council Welcomes 200th Member Executive Director says region’s tech companies are still hiring   Blacksburg VA, March 23, 2009 – The NewVa Corridor Technology Council (NCTC) has announced that its membership has surpassed 200 member organizations. The NCTC is a non-profit membership association that serves and promotes the growing technology industry in the NewVa Region, which encompasses Roanoke and Blacksburg, VA and surrounding counties.   Cory Donovan, Executive Director, considers the 29% increase over last year especially…
VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit
3/4/2009
On Thursday, April 2nd, VT KnowledgeWorks will host a comprehensive workshop custom designed for prospective company founders, entrepreneurs launching or re-vamping a business, and growing companies seeking expansion capital. Ken Ray, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for AT&T Advertising Solutions will give the keynote address about Optimizing Customer Acquisition in a World of Media Fragmentation. The afternoon will feature CVG’s signature LiveFire! ™, which brings companies in need of funding together with angel investors in real-life screening sessions. Learn More.  …
Advanced SBIR / STTR Workshops with Program Manager Networking
3/3/2009
Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology will be in Blacksburg on April 7th and 8th conducting two workshops. The first day’s agenda is designed for those who have won an SBIR/STTR and are currently planning their Phase II and Phase III. On April 8th, the full-day session will include in depth analysis of SBIR policy and strategy as well as the application process, reviewer habits, special checklist review, and more.
2008
Go, Go Mr. Roboto
9/29/2008
At last year’s Fall Gala, Sycom Technologies issued a grant to the NCTC in lieu of a table gift and will do so again this year. With those grants and the assistance of a team led by Henry Bass of Automation Creations, the NCTC has provided FIRST robotics kits and funds to create 7 new teams from the NewVa region. 2 Tech Challenge teams (high school ages) and 5 Lego League teams (ages 9-14) will compete this the Fall season. This effort has already been recognized at the state level and we hope to make an even bigger impact next by getting more NCTC members involved!
Technology Compensation Survey
9/28/2008
Recognizing the dearth of benchmark compensation, benefits, and human capital practices data for small, emerging technology companies, the NCTC is working with KnowledgeBank and other regional tech councils in the Mid-Atlantic region to produce the 2008 Total Compensation Survey. Participating companies will receive a copy of the results. The submission deadline is October 3rd.
NCTC and Sycom Partner to Offer FIRST Lego League Grant
9/14/2008
The NewVa Corridor Technology Council, with a generous grant from Sycom Technologies, wants to encourage the formation of new FIRST Lego League teams in Southwest Virginia. A total of (4) awards will be made in the NCTC region, which includes Symyth, Wythe, Bland, Giles, Pulaski, Radford, Montgomery, Floyd, Roanoke/Salem, Craig, Alleghany and Botetourt counties of Virginia.
“Thinking About Green” Resounding Success
9/8/2008
Last month’s Technology & Toast event was one of the best attended in NCTC’s history. Requests for copies of Sean McGinnis’ presentation have been pouring in. Click here to access the PowerPoint or watch video of the presentation.
Award Winning Autonomous Vehicle to be Displayed at Expo
9/3/2008
NewVa Tech Expo Update TORC Technologies and Virginia Tech took 3rd place in the Darpa Urban Challenge last October. That partnership and success now leads the effort to commercialize their autonomous navigation technology and here’s your chance to check it out. ODIN, the modified Ford Excape Hybrid, will be on display at NewVa Tech Expo on Friday, September 5th at the Roanoke Civic Center.   Ever wish you had a chance to learn more about the other tech companies in the region? Wish you knew what they do and how it might overlap with your business? Tech Expo is your chance!
Pre-Introductions for Your Company at NewVa Tech Expo
8/29/2008
NewVa Tech Expo Update: Handshake 2.0 is offering you an opportunity to expand your Tech Expo experience free of charge. From Handshake 2.0’s Anne Clelland:   If you want to “introduce yourself” before Tech Expo, you’re welcome to a free blog post on Handshake 2.0. Top-read and top-rated blog posts are stories. For example, we used a “warm handshake” format (view examples via the link below) to share stories about Automation Creations, Inc. and Polymer Solutions, Inc.
Op-Ed Article Published in the Blue Ridge Business Journal
8/28/2008
Read the Op-Ed article written by NCTC Executive Director Cory Donovan that appears in the August 25th issue of the Blue Ridge Business Journal.
Portaqua to Display New Water Purification System at Tech Expo
8/27/2008
Ever wish you had a chance to learn more about the other tech companies in the region? Wish you knew what they do and how it might overlap with your business? Tech Expo is your chance!   When: Friday, September 5th Where: Roanoke Civic Center   Learn more and Register NewVa Tech Expo Update If Hurricane Katrina were to occur today, Portaqua water purification systems and Bagua  emergency water containers could be onsite within hours and provide tens of thousands of gallons of EPA quality water each day to those most in need.
Roanoke Times Article about NewVa Tech Expo
8/24/2008
On Sunday, August 24th, the Roanoke Times published an article about NewVa Tech Expo entitled “Expo planners hope to shine light on tech firms.”
August 2008 Tech & Toast: “Thinking About Green”
8/22/2008
Download the presentation by Dr. Sean McGinnis, who presented to a large Tech & Toast audience about the bottom line value of green engineering.
Learn more about CIT GAP Funds at NewVa Tech Expo on Sept. 5th
8/21/2008
NewVa Tech Expo Update: Tom Weithman with the Center for Innovative Technology will be at NewVa Tech Expo to talk about the CIT GAP Fund, investments CIT has already made locally, and future investment potential in the NewVa region.      Ever wish you had a chance to learn more about the other tech companies in the region? Wish you knew what they do and how it might overlap with your business? Tech Expo is your chance!
High Energy and High Profile Networking at the NCTC Fall Gala
8/8/2008
Any event that involves Dr. Chris Neck permeates positive energy and “can-do” attitude. A few hundred of Southwest Virginia’s finest business and technology leaders will attend the NCTC Fall Membership Gala, which will be held at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Join us on October 1st and expand your critical contact network. Learn more and register for the NCTC Fall Membership Gala.
Forget the Weekend, it’s Alumni Homecoming Forever!
8/8/2008
Someone once said “College is the home you choose.” At any NCTC event, ask around and you’ll find a number of people that moved here for college and decided to stay after graduation. Some moved away, but made plans to come back and there are many more alumni that would like to do the same.
Seeking Innovative Proposals
6/23/2008
The Virginia Health Exchange Network (VHEN) announced the release of a Request for Information (“RFI”) calling for proposals to create and maintain a technology solution to simplify patient insurance eligibility verification. VHEN is committed to build on existing electronic transactions as providers and health plans move to a paperless administrative environment in the coming years.
NANOTECHNOLOGY: THE POWER OF SMALL
5/1/2008
NANOTECHNOLOGY: THE POWER OF SMALL is a three-part series of Fred Friendly Socratic Dialogues exploring the societal, personal, ethical and practical implications of advances in nanotechnology. Hosted by John Hockenberry, public radio news anchor and former NBC News Correspondent, the programs ask policymakers, scientists, journalists and community leaders to wrestle with difficult but essential issues that will have an impact on our privacy and security, our health and our environment.
Tech Nite 9.0 Nominees Announced
4/22/2008
Please join us in congratulating the 2008 NCTC Tech Nite Award nominees. We have a lot to celebrate on May 15th and we hope to see you there. RSVP by May 1st to reserve your seat.   Rising Star Award This award recognizes a local technology company which “star is rising”. It may not be a household name yet, but it could soon be another local success story in the NewVA region.
Safer Food from a Software Company?
4/5/2008
Qualtrax, a subsidiary of Christiansburg-based CCS-Inc., recently acquired the rights to Mobilitee compliance and traceability software to enhance its offering to the food and beverage industry. Read more.
Blacksburg Recognized as a Top Place to Live and Work
4/4/2008
Blacksburg was recognized by CNN Money and Forbes as a top place to live and grow a business. Read more on the VT Knowledgeworks Blog written by Anne Giles Clelland.
Luna Discovers Nanomedicine Prototype Affects Hair Growth
4/3/2008
Discovery opens new pathway to understanding the process of hair follicle regeneration. Read More.
Section 508 Compliance
4/2/2008
Is your organization required to develop technologies that are accessible by people with disabilities? Must your applications comply with guidelines such as Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act or the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Standards? If so, we want to hear from you.

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