Seeking Applications for the Danville Regional Foundation Fellowship

Danville Regional Foundation logoAbout DRF

Danville Regional Foundation is a catalyst for innovation and an agent for transformation. Understanding that significant community change takes time, DRF invests for the long term in efforts that promise sustained positive impact for the Dan River Region. DRF is committed to activities, programs, and organizations that address the health, education, and well-being of residents of Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Caswell County.

Fellowship Program

Created in 2012, DRF’s fellowship program cultivates the next generation of philanthropic and non-profit leaders in the Dan River Region. The program offers the unique opportunity to learn about philanthropy and the non-profit sector while providing personal and professional development in an area of mutual interest to both the Fellow and the Foundation. The fellowship may last up to 2 years.

DRF will provide a dynamic experience for energetic young person with a background and/or interests in one of our focus areas of economic development, education, health and wellness, urban planning, community engagement, and marketing/communications.

Fellows will:

  • Research Best practices on issues that relate to DRF’s areas of interest.
  • Undertake and lead one major project to further one of DRF’s initiatives.
  • Receive hands-on experience working in the fields of philanthropy and community engagement alongside community partners.
  • Participate in discussions and meetings with local elected and community leaders.
  • Review and write-up grant requests with Program Staff.

Previous fellows have focused on service-learning and engaging young people in the improvement of our community, regional asset-mapping and marketing, and uniting history to tell our collective story. For the next round of fellows, projects will most likely include:

  • The Arts – arts and culture is important to the success of many communities. How can the region help the arts community to be more connected, cohesive and robust?
  • Freelancers, or temporary, unaffiliated workers, are becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s economy.  These project-based, independent workers are changing attitudes about the traditional organization-affiliated workforce. How can this region support these new independent workers?

Requirements:

DRF is seeking to hire bright, talented and energetic individuals. Background and experience in DRF’s project interest is not required. While we are currently interested in the Arts and Freelancers, these topic may change based on the environment or the talents and skills of fellows hired.

Candidates must hold a degree from a bachelor, or master’s level program at an accredited academic institution.  Candidates must possess strong written and verbal communication skills. Candidates must show interest in the non-profit sector and has demonstrated leadership potential in the professional life.

Deadline to Apply is May 31, 2016.  Fellowships will begin late summer or early fall.

Please send a cover letter and resume to wgeverson@drfonline.org.  Please direct any questions to Wendi Goods Everson, Senior Program Officer.

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VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles, access to timely, relevant information, and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics GroupAutomation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc.National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., PowerSchool Assessment & AnalyticsRackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SMBWSunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

Follow My Vote and WebRoots Democracy Release Secure Voting Report

WebRoots Democracy, in partnership with Follow My Vote and other industry leading experts, has released a report entitled “Secure Voting: A guide to secure #onlinevoting in elections.” The purpose of the report, which was written by global experts and authoritative academics, is to explore and document the possible security models for online voting software. “We think the use of blockchain technology could be the security breakthrough that makes online voting viable.” states Nathan Hourt, Co-Founder and CTO at Follow My Vote.

With the information provided in the report, governments around the world can now make informed decisions on how to move forward with modernizing their election processes. The Secure Voting report was preceded by the WebRoots Democracy report, Viral Voting. The following companies and people contributed to the WebRoots Democracy Secure Voting report: Follow My Vote, Verizon, Dr. Kevin Curran, Professor Robert Krimmer, Scytl, Smartmatic, Everyone Counts, Electoral Reform Services, and Mi-Voice.

“We are humbled by the opportunity to demonstrate our expertise in designing secure, opensource, end-to-end verifiable online voting software on a global level,” states Adam Kaleb Ernest, Co-Founder and CEO at Follow My Vote.

See the official Follow My Vote website for more information on the Secure Voting report: https://followmyvote.com.

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VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles, access to timely, relevant information, and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc.National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., PowerSchoolRackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SMBWSunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

Stateson Homes, Snyder & Associates Break Ground on Kipp’s Farm Community

Wednesday, November 18th, marked the culmination of years of planning as home builder Stateson Homes and real estate developer Snyder & Associates broke ground on the property that will be known as Kipp’s Farm. Snyder & Associates has had a vision for this property for several years, and the new partnership with Stateson Homes will make it a reality.

Kipp's Farm

Kipp’s Farm, located in Blacksburg, Virginia, will feature 60 estate home sites with gorgeous mountain views. This unique new community is conveniently located adjacent to Blacksburg High and Blacksburg Middle Schools, and connected via paved walking trails.  Just minutes from Virginia Tech, Lewis Gale Hospital, and the Corporate Research Center, Kipp’s Farm offers public utilities, walking trails, and community open space.

“Teaming up with Snyder & Associates has been a wonderful experience. Both of our companies take great pride in what we do,” said Stateson president Todd Robertson. “Kipp’s Farm will be the premier community in Blacksburg. There is no other community in the area that compares to it when you consider the convenience, the views, and the design of the neighborhood.”

Stateson Homes at Kipp’s Farms will include a variety of luxury floor plans, as well as the usual outstanding quality, distinctive designs and meticulous attention to detail associated with a Stateson home.

For more information about Kipp’s Farm, visit www.statesonhomes.com or email Todd Robertson at trobertson@statesonhomes.com.

About Stateson Homes

Started in 2011, Stateson Homes is a locally owned and operated home building company in Blacksburg, Va.  Along with communities in Blacksburg, Radford and Christiansburg, they offer a variety of homes to accommodate various lifestyle needs. Stateson Homes also understands the importance of value & customer service, striving to delivering a home that has superior value today and for years to come.

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VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles, access to timely, relevant information, and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Automation Creations, Inc.BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc.MeridiumNational Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SMBWSunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

The Launch Place’s Investment Company: Roobrik is Seeking Additional Testers

The Launch Place has invested $75,000 through its Pre-Seed Investment Fund into Roobrik, which builds online tools designed to help older adults and their families with some of the hardest decisions they will ever face: Is it Still Safe to Drive? Is it Time to Get Help? Is this Dementia?Roobrik_TimeToGetHelp_Laptop.081828

Roobrik’s newest tool, Is it Time to Get Help?, is designed for families who are noticing changes and trying to get a better understanding of their care needs and options. It takes about 4 minutes and provides personalized answers to these difficult questions.

This tool was just launched in October and Roobrik is seeking additional testers to help them refine their algorithms and user experience. If you are interested, and want to help one of The Launch Place’s investment portfolio companies here’s how you can help:

1. Using your desktop if possible, visit this link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2470591/Launch-Place
2. Answer one survey question, then click the link in the survey to launch the Roobrik tool.
3. Use the Roobrik tool (it takes about 5 minutes)
4. Return to the survey to answer 6 questions about your experiences using the tool.

Any information you share will be kept private and will not be used for any purposes other than improving the experience for families facing these decisions.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Eva Doss and The Launch Place team
Nate O’Keefe and the Roobrik team

Roobrik website: http://roobrik.comRoobrik-Logo

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VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

GolfAR™ Releases PuttAR™: A Golf Simulator for Smartphones and Tablets

GolfAR™ has just released PuttAR™, the world’s first golf simulator for smartphones and tablets. PuttAR™ is a new Android mobile app for golfers that makes putting practice into a fun and challenging game. “PuttAR is designed to improve golfer performance and enjoyment through understanding the architecture of the green” says Michael O’Brien, CEO.

Scene from the PuttAR™ app. Elevation gradient and shaded relief.Scene from the PuttAR™ app. Elevation gradient and shaded relief.

Enhanced 3-D modeling and realistic physical simulation enables new ways of seeing a green, learning its breaks, and becoming a better putter. Based on LiDAR laser scanned site surveys of real golf courses, PuttAR’s 3-D dataset delivers the highest accuracy in greens’ modeling.

The PuttPilot™ user interface introduces terrain analysis and precision to golf simulation. Multi-view cameras and architectural graphics reveal the complex design of the green. Realistic physics and precise controls enable the player to develop real world green reading and putting skills. Unlike previous putting simulations, PuttAR players predict their own putts, making it an active learning tool.

PuttAR™ is designed to provide a focused putting experience with no advertising or in-app purchase pop ups to distract the player. User-friendly, players can select from easy to extreme difficulty, and can play in short blocks of time. Kid-friendly, there is no user data collection or mature content.

PuttAR™ for Android mobile devices can be found on Google Play at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.golfar.puttarone

Apple iOS mobile and PC desktop versions of PuttAR™ will be released in late November.

High-definition 3-D model, putt simulation and slope analysis running on a handheld device.High-definition 3-D model, putt simulation and slope analysis running on a handheld device.

About the Company

PuttAR™ is a product of GolfAR™, a company applying reality technologies to increase golfer performance and enjoyment. GolfAR is a division of rGolf, Inc., headquartered at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia. A member of VTKnowledgeWorks, rGolf was founded by Michael O’Brien in March 2013.

Michael O’Brien, CEO
michael@golfar.us
http://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelobrien3780

GolfAR – Golf courses on the brain!™
2000 Kraft Drive, Suite 1500
Blacksburg, VA 24060
(540) 443-9296
www.golfar.us
https://www.facebook.com/GolfARTech
https://twitter.com/GolfARTech

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VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

THC Technologies Increases VoiceVantage™ Enrollment by Forty-six Percent

Voice Vantage Biometric Voice Verification TechnologiesTHC Technologies Corp, a private corporation engaged in the global biometric solutions market, today announced it has experienced a further validation of its VoiceVantage voice verification software within the international financial services market.

THC CEO Frances Lynch said, “THC’s premier international financial services client has increased its VoiceVantage™ enrollment by forty-six percent. THC provides the core proprietary voice verification solutions Partners deploy to secure software applications, often at military grade, for multiple security markets including the international financial services sector. THC and its Partners market voice activated solutions that advance client’s cyber security capabilities, increase client satisfaction and enhance organizational resilience.”

Tomas T. Wilkerson, THC’s VP of Marketing concurred saying, “THC is the obvious choice for our Partners and clients as they address today’s secure communication challenges. Our advanced security products in combination with our Partner’s expertise offer innovative solutions positioning us to capitalize on the substantial financial security market opportunity worldwide.

Organizations in public education, financial services, healthcare, government and many other industries maximize performance and provide investment protection because THC and our partners deliver complete best-of-breed voice authentication solutions. We focus on designing, developing and deploying voice solutions with our partners sharing the common goal to create best-of-breed hardware and software configurations on which to deploy their industry specific solutions.”

Safe Harbor Statement

As provided by the “Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Security Litigation Reform Act of 1995,” THC Technologies Corporation (THC) cautions the reader that this release includes certain information that may constitute forward-looking statements. Actual events or results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

For more information contact:

Frances Lynch, CEO
THC Technologies Corporation
540-443-9290
flynch@thctechnologies.com
www.voicevantage.com

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VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Mar-Bal Partners with University EcoCAR 3 Teams

Mar-Bal Partners with University EcoCAR 3 TeamsVirginia Tech (VT) students “invent the future” every day through research and creativity.  The Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team of Virginia Tech (HEVT) is doing just that as they take on a four-year hybrid vehicle competition.

HEVT has been working on advancing vehicle technology since 1994.  The team is currently comprised of around 50 undergraduate students who are competing in EcoCAR 3, a collegiate competition sponsored by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Sixteen colleges are participating in the competition, with the goal to reengineer a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro to be more fuel-efficient, all while maintaining aspects such as safety and performance.

EcoCAR 3 is split into four one-year phases, with a competition at the end of each phase.  Currently, HEVT is in year two of the competition, the design phase.  HEVT placed second at year one competition.

“The Year Two Competition is focused on the continuation of the engineering design process and the beginning of the vehicle build,” said William Dvorkin, HEVT EcoCar 3 project manager.  “For us to score well this year, all components must be installed in our vehicle, and it needs to be able to safely operate with basic functionality.”

The competition gives VT students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to a meaningful experience.  Technical challenges and barriers due to limited experience are two of the obstacles HEVT has encountered.

“Being a leader on this team puts you at the heart of a fast-paced environment with tons of smart and hard-working students who are constantly trying to better themselves and this team, and you can’t stop it from rubbing off onto you,” Dvorkin said.  “I can’t give enough credit to our undergraduate engineering students who balance their HEVT responsibilities with the rest of their schoolwork and lives outside of the classroom and lab.”

West Virginia University (WVU) is also participating in EcoCAR 3.  HEVT is serving as a mentor to WVU, assisting with the technical standpoint of the project.  However, each team has mutually assisted each other along the way.

“Virginia Tech is a veteran of the EcoCAR competitions and their team has a lot of valuable experience,” said Chelsea Betts, WVU EcoCAR 3 communication manager.  “As our mentor, they are always offering to help in any way that they can and they have a lot of great advice to give.  It has been a wonderful experience working with them and learning from a team that wants us to succeed as well.”

Dr. Andrew Nix, a Virginia Tech alumnus, is WVU’s EcoCAR 3 academic advisor.  Nix won the advisor of the year award in April 2015 for all EcoCAR 3 teams.

“Sometimes team members joke around with Dr. Nix and tell him that he has to choose a side and that it better be WVU,” said Garret Carden, WVU EcoCAR 3 development officer.  “But all joking aside, that connection is what makes our teams so close.  We don’t think of Virginia Tech as a rival in this competition because we are all in this together.”

Mar-Bal has sponsored both VT and WVU EcoCAR 3 teams, and has spoken to the WVU team to raise awareness about composites.  Mar-Bal plans to speak to HEVT on November 9.

“The EcoCar 3 project represents one of our university outreach programs and we are very excited to be working with Virginia Tech and West Virginia University on this revolutionary development,” stated Ron Poff, Director of Global Marketing and Brands for Mar-Bal, Inc.  “We started 2015 with a strategic marketing plan to engage with the university community – both students and faculty – to share the benefits and advantages of composites while also developing relationships with the next generation of engineers.  We feel that these relationships will help to drive potential commercialization of academic research, increase the awareness of composites and ultimately grow the specification of composites in the future.  It has been a pleasure to get to know the Engineering students at both Virginia Tech and West Virginia University over the past few months.  Their eagerness to expand their knowledge base about composites and also get to know more about manufacturing has been very energizing.”

For more information about HEVT, visit http://ecocar3.org/vthevt/about-us/ and https://www.facebook.com/vtHEVT.

For more information about EcoCAR 3 at WVU, visit http://ecocar3.org/wvu/about-us/ and https://www.facebook.com/wvuecocar3.

For more information about Mar-Bal, Inc., visit www.mar-bal.com or call 440-539-6595.

Press Release drafted by Ashlyn Davidson, PR Intern for Mar-Bal, Inc. and a Senior Public Relations Major at Virginia Tech.

About Mar-Bal, Inc.

Mar-Bal, Inc., headquartered in Chagrin Falls, OH, is a compounder and molder of Thermoset composite products.  Since 1970, Mar-Bal has engineered and manufactured quality, customized materials and parts while delivering unmatched client cost-effectiveness through superior customer service and commitment to the total value.  Mar-Bal serves the appliance, electrical and industrial marketplaces from their four facilities in North America and Asia Sales Office located in Shanghai, China.  Mar-Bal, an ISO 9001:2008 Registered Company, continues to develop innovative products and has a portfolio of brands and proprietary products.

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VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

VTKW Executive Director Jim Flowers Wins Small Business Advocate Award

Roanoke Regional Chamber 29th Annual Small Business Awards

Congratulations to Roanoke County garden retailer Greenbrier Nurseries for receiving the 2015 Small Business of the Year award on Thursday night, given by the Roanoke Regional Chamber!

The chamber and Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center honored the Starkey Road business at the 29th Annual Small Business Awards dinner at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. The event is one of the chamber’s largest. This year about 80 businesses were nominated for various awards. The Small Business of the Year is typically the most coveted.

“The Small Business Awards selection committee was impressed Greenbrier Nurseries’ story of adapting from being a leading independent garden retailer to setting up an on-site farmers market allowing local agricultural businesses a place to offer their produce and goods directly to the public,” said chamber President Joyce Waugh.
The Roanoke Times.

VT KnowledgeWorks Executive Director Jim Flowers was given the Small Business Advocate award for all of his hard work promoting and guiding entrepreneurship in the region.

Jim is a veteran of over four decades of service as a senior executive and consultant to technology-based companies, most recently as architect and Executive Director of the VT KnowledgeWorks entrepreneurship support program at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Under Jim’s leadership, VT KnowledgeWorks has established itself as the Commonwealth’s institutional leader in programs to support creative entrepreneurship as a driver of economic development, and is well known for innovative outreach programs.  The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week attracts students and faculty from all over the world each August.  And the emerging VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Alliance will unite business growth programs all over Virginia in a mutually supportive, best practices cooperative.

Jim currently serves on the boards of the Virginia Community Economic Network and the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council, and previously served on the Board of the Virginia Business Incubation Association, including three years as its President.  He received his BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and his MBA from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.

Congratulations to all of the Small Business Award Winners!

  • Small business advocate: Jim Flowers, VT KnowledgeWorks
  • Small business veteran of the year: Bill Hume, Interactive Design Group
  • Construction/real estate: Valley Boiler & Mechanical
  • Micro-business (five or fewer employees): Viva la Cupcake
  • Technology: TORC Robotics
  • Business-to-business services: Farmer Auctions
  • Business-to-consumer services: HomeTown Bank
  • Manufacturing: Tecton Products
  • Wholesale/retail: Greenbrier Nurseries
  • Legacy Award (in business for more than 50 years): Mechanical Development Co.
  • Best new small business (in business for one to three years, not eligible for overall award): Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers
  • Not-for-profit arts and culture: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia
  • Not-for-profit health and human services: HopeTree Family Services

For more information, read more of the article about the event in The Roanoke Times, and check in with the Roaonoke Regional Chamber Facebook page.

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VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

THC’s International Financial Services client Increases its VoiceVantage™ Enrollment by Thirty Percent

THC Technologies Corporation

Biometrics is, literally, “measurements of life”. They consist of “automated methods of identifying or verifying the identity of a person based on one, or more, physiological or behavioral characteristic(s).”

Voice Vantage Biometric Voice Verification Technologies

The World’s Premier International Financial Services Institution Increases its VoiceVantage™ Enrollment by Thirty Percent

THC Technologies Corp a private corporation engaged in the global biometric solutions market, today announced it has experienced a further validation of its VoiceVantage™ voice verification software within the international financial services market.

THC CEO Frances Lynch said, “THC’s premier international financial services client has increased its VoiceVantage™ enrollment by thirty percent to 70,000 licenses. THC provides the core proprietary voice verification solutions Partners deploy to secure software applications, often at military grade, for multiple security markets including the international financial services sector. THC and its Partners market voice activated solutions that advance client’s cyber security capabilities, increase client satisfaction and enhance organizational resilience.”

Tomas T. Wilkerson, THC’s VP of Marketing concurred saying, “THC is the obvious choice for our Partners and clients as they address today’s secure communication challenges. Our advanced security products in combination with our Partner’s expertise offer innovative solutions positioning us to capitalize on the substantial financial security market opportunity worldwide.

Organizations in public education, financial services, healthcare, government and many other industries maximize performance and provide investment protection because THC and our partners deliver complete best-of-breed voice authentication solutions. We focus on designing, developing and deploying voice solutions with our partners sharing the common goal to create best-of-breed hardware and software configurations on which to deploy their industry specific solutions.”

Safe Harbor Statement
As provided by the “Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Security Litigation Reform Act of 1995,” THC Technologies Corporation (THC) cautions the reader that this release includes certain information that may constitute forward-looking statements. Actual events or results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

For more information contact:
Frances Lynch, CEO
THC Technologies Corporation
540-443-9290
flynch@thctechnologies.com
www.voicevantage.com

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VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Granny Pod Generation 2 Mission to Keep Seniors Out of Nursing Homes

Concerning the 78 million baby boomers, Dupin, a baby boomer himself, has stated regarding nursing homes, “we are not going, not now, not ever!” N2Care, known for the MEDCottage, is one more company jumping on the crowd fund raising stage.  They just launched a project with ROCKETHUB. Many families are forced to choose between letting aging parents live alone or moving them into a nursing home.  Now there’s another option that brings families closer. N2Care, who brought to market the MEDCottage in 2010, has designed MEDCottage G2 which claims to overcome many of the barriers the MEDCottage has faced. With the changing family structure and lifestyles over the past century, end-of-life care is emerging as the most pertinent concern for the 78 million baby boomers. Boomers have a particular fear of being isolated from family and institutionalized in the final stage of life. Consequently, there is a need in the market for an innovative alternative to care for the aging population unlike any current option for end-of-life care. N2Care CEO Ken Dupin stated, “Adult children need to be confronted with their obligation to their parents.”

The MEDCottage has been embraced by over 60 countries and has been featured by numerous national media. The placement of the MEDCottage has been encumbered by zoning and permitting regulations. The new design, MEDCottage Generation 2 is loaded with all the technology the public affirmed yet provides reasonable solutions to address the regulatory barriers. G2 also supports family-managed healthcare which includes the unit being temporarily placed on a caregiver’s property for rehabilitation and extended care. Simply stated, it’s a state-of-the-art rehab and recovery room with remote monitoring available so caregivers and family members have peace of mind knowing they are providing the best possible care.

MEDCottage G2 leasing will finally open the door for insurance reimbursement, new zoning solutions and a broader customer base. Currently, the MEDCottage has been available for purchase only. When a family is making a critical decision time is of the essence. The nature of this need requires the flexibility of leasing. The MEDCottage G2 will be transported to the caregiver’s home or picked up within days of the need. This rapid response time will permit insurance companies the option for per diem billing which was never before offered. Regarding zoning, this design is a hybrid of modular construction and RV connectivity. The MEDCottage G2 will simply plug-in, much like an RV and be equipped with gray water tanks which will be serviced. Lastly, the cost of leasing the G2 will be less than 1/2 of the costs associated with a nursing home or assisted living with no large upfront buy-in, permitting wealth preservation.

For more information, contact N2Care President Susan K. Conn:
susan@n2care.net
540.797.5153

Or visit the N2Care website:
www.medcottage.com

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