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Innovation Council and Chamber of Commerce establish affiliation

Posted by lbanner on October 9, 2008

And then there was one.

One year ago the former Virginia Piedmont Technology Council (VPTC) combined with the former Charlottesville Venture Group (CVG) to form the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC), their mission to be “the preeminent private-sector advocate and catalyst for entrepreneurship and technology-based economic development in our region.” I believe the year has seen a number of event successes for the CBIC, not the least of which, their annual Innovation Awards Dinner. But the “slowing economy” has had its affect on area business associations, and as of today, what I had dared to suggest last year, has come to pass, The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) and the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce (CRCC) today announced that their respective organizations have signed an agreement to jointly support the entrepreneurial and high-tech business community in an innovative affiliation.

A news release from the Chamber explains that, “CBIC will retain its independent, separate organizational status with independent governance in affiliated membership with, and under operational management by, the Chamber.” Essentially, the CBIC will remain as an organization, but operate solely as a volunteer-led and run group, receiving operational, administrative, and management support, on a fee-for-service basis, from the Chamber of Commerce. The two organizations will also share event comunication and management.

From the release, Gary F. Henry, CBIC Acting Chairman who serves on the Board of Directors for both organizations, says, “The Chamber’s offer to assist CBIC by assuming these functions on a fee-for-service basis was both timely and very well received. I feel strongly that this affiliation brings greater value to both organizations and to individual CBIC and Chamber members.”


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William McDonough to speak at CBIC Innovation Awards Dinner May 22

Posted by lbanner on April 30, 2008

Charlottesville-based architectural visionary, Time magazine’s “Hero of the Environment,” “the face of sustainable design,” Mr. William A. McDonough, will be the featured speaker at The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) Innovation Awards 2008 Dinner on May 22 at Farmington Country Club.

The 10th Annual Innovation Awards honor individuals and organizations that have made noteworthy contributions to the marketplace and community in the past year through entrepreneurship and the creation, commercialization, or application of technology. McDonough’s address is entitled “Cradle to Cradle: Design for the Next Century.”

For more information about the Charlottesville Innovation Awards or to reserve a sport, visit CvilleBIC.org or call 434-817-6300.

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NASA at the CBIC luncheon February 21

Posted by lbanner on February 12, 2008

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) representatives will speak at an Innovation Luncheon hosted by the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) on Thursday, February 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Omni Hotel on the Downtown Mall. The deadline for registration is Feb. 15.

NASA Astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria and NASA Assistant Administrator for External Relations Michael O’Brien will deliver a compelling presentation on the issues and topics currently facing the space industry and related fields in science and technology. They will discuss how lessons and techniques developed by NASA might be applied to businesses in our community.

“This is a great opportunity to learn about NASA’s work with 14 other countries on the International Space Station and their upcoming plans,” said Tom Thompson, Executive Director of CBIC. “Anyone considering international alliance partners will find this presentation particularly informative. Of course, the technology is just plain fascinating all by itself!”

Topics of discussion will include the completion of the build-out of the International Space Station (ISS), the replacement of the Shuttle with the yet-to-be-built Orion vehicle, the prospects of going back to the Moon and to Mars, and challenges of the future. There will be opportunities for questions, autographs and photographs after the presentation.

The event is sponsored by the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science. The price of admission is $35 for CBIC members and $45 for non-members and includes lunch, beverages, and parking at the Omni Hotel.  Tickets are expected to sell out quickly so CBIC suggests people sign up as soon as they can by visiting www.cvillebic.org or calling 434-817-6300.

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CBIC Workshop Jan. 15: “Culture Is King”

Posted by lbanner on January 10, 2008

On Tuesday, January 15, the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) welcomes Steve Delgado, President and Group Publisher for Portico Publications, Ltd., in Charlottesville, VA. Mr. Delgado’s workshop-presentation is entitled, Culture Is King: How A Small Media Company Uses Culture to Outmaneuver and Outperform the Big Guys.

Portico publishes weekly newspapers in the southeast, including the C-VILLE Weekly in Charlottesville, Free Times in Columbia, SC and Metro Spirit in Augusta, GA, along with other special publications.

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 am
Location: UVa Darden School, Room 50
100 Darden Boulevard
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Sponsored by Robbins Staffing Solutions
Fee: CBIC Members, free; Non-members, $25.

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