Serving on a CBIC committee is one of the best ways to quickly make the most of your membership and expand your professional network as you showcase your professional talents while advancing our region's tech and entrepreneurial community. Here are a few volunteer opportunities within CBIC to consider:
JOIN CBIC’S MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
Contact: Mills Horton, Chairman
This vital group maintains CBIC's membership records, recommends our organization's fee structure, recruits new members, greets members at CBIC events, establishes retention plans for members, hosts new-member orientation events and develops other methods to educate members of opportunities to be involved and get the most from their membership. This group meets when needed and operates year round.
JOIN CBIC’S MARCOM (Marketing Communications) COMMITTEE
CBIC’s Marcom Committee is an award-winning committee with award-winning members. Its core mission is to develop and manage CBIC’s brand to support the vision and mission of the organization. This is accomplished by strategically and proactively managing all communications about the organization and by providing CBIC and its members visibility in the media, primarily through media relations, distribution of press releases and other strategic communiqués. Core activities of the Committee are messaging, materials development, outreach efforts such as advocacy and media relations, e-news communiqués, event promotion, social media campaigns, website updates and maintenance and general communications functions. This team supports many of CBIC's core committees including its Programs & Events, Awards Gala, Advocacy and Tech Tour. This group meets monthly and operates year round.
JOIN CBIC’S PROGAMS & EVENTS COMMITTEE
This team plans and produces monthly, quarterly and annual CBIC educational and networking events including CBIC's Tech Night Takeover (TNT) events, CvilleTechOnTap and Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espressos (C-e2), annual meetings, annual holiday parties, and more. The team is in charge of everything event related including selecting educational topics, panelists and/or keynote speakers, securing venues, caterers, and sponsors, creating partnerships and collaborating on events with like-minded organizations, managing event budgets and ensuring a positive net gain. This group meets quarterly and operates year round.
JOIN CBIC’S AWARDS GALA PLANNING COMMITTEE
CBIC’s annual awards gala, held each spring, honors 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. The CBIC Awards recognize the vitality of the technology and entrepreneurial community in Central Virginia. CBIC is proud to host these awards that highlight outstanding innovations and leadership, including work in the private and public sectors and in our K-12 schools. This event is also a fundraiser for the organization, which enables CBIC to continue to develop and offer innovative services and benefits to its members and the business and high-tech community of our region. This team assembles and works from approximately early December – June, with the actual gala typically held in late May.
JOIN CBIC AWARDS RESEARCH AND JUDGING TEAM
This group is responsible for the overall development of CBIC's annual award categories and selection criteria, promotion of the awards nominations, and research and selection of award finalists and honorees. Researchers provide an invaluable service by interviewing each award finalist in several award categories, submitting their research documentation to a team of judges, and presenting their findings to the panel of select judges. The award judges assess the research and select the award recipients. Judging is by invitation only.
JOIN CBIC’S TECH TOUR COMMITTEE
The CBIC Tech Tour is a day-long event to introduce area high school students to our region’s technology companies. The tour is designed to expose students to the diverse career possibilities offered by our regional technology community and to help them envision themselves as technology innovators. Chaperoned groups of 12-15 students accompanied by a CBIC volunteer tour guide spend the day traveling to selected showcase technology companies for a hands-on visit to meet employees and experience the use of technology in unique and specialized operations. The Tech Tour Committee is comprised of a dedicated group of individual’s committed to making this event happen each year. The committee handles all aspects of the event including fundraising, logistics, school relations and communications. The group typically meets bi-monthly for 3-5 months leading up to the October event. In addition, a large number of volunteer tour guides are needed on the day of the event.
JOIN CBIC'S ADVOCACY AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Established in the fall of 2015, CBIC's newest Committee, A-GAC, acts as an advocate for the technology and innovation-based ecosystem of the Charlottesville region and serves as a resource of information about legislative/governmental activity pertinent to the ecosystem. We advocate and intervene on behalf of and for the furtherance of the ecosystem to the region's elected/appointed officials. Key policy areas include: workforce development, economic development, tax incentives for technology and innovation-based businesses, land-use Issues that affect the tech ecosystem and innovation-based business climate, education, funding/grants, and infrastructure. This committee meets once a month and operates year round.