CHARLOTTESVILLE (January 26, 2021)—Bill Lanzana and Bryce Fletcher, two of Charlottesville’s leaders in accounting services, have combined their talents to form a new entity, Forward Financial Intelligence. Bill Lanzana has spent more than 25 years providing advice and solutions based on financial intelligence to clients in the Charlottesville area. Bryce Fletcher’s accounting practice has focused on tax preparation and planning for a variety of clients. Together, they’ve assembled a team to empower small- to medium-sized businesses in the region.

 

Forward cofounder Lanzana said, “We saw an opportunity to have a greater impact on the regional economy by strengthening the growing financial operations of businesses and nonprofits. We help local businesses manage their operations more effectively so that more local jobs are created and organizations in Charlottesville will be financially healthier and more sustainable.”

 

Bryce and Lanzana met through Charlottesville Business Innovation Council. Fletcher said, “We quickly realized that by combining our breadth of services, we could provide a single source for strategic financial advice, information based on sound financial data, and efficient accounting services all under one virtual roof.”

 

Forward has offices in downtown Charlottesville at 922 9½ Street NE and can be reached at (434) 214-0772 or via www.fwdfi.com.

Bob Creeden announced as the interim executive director of the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group

Since joining LVG in 2016 as its first Managing Director of the UVA LVG Seed Fund & New Ventures, Bob has worked closely with our team of licensing, legal, and business professionals to steward research commercialization via new venture creation and seed-stage investing. He will oversee the organization beginning July 14.

PALO ALTO, Calif.--()--LiveAction, the leader in network performance management, today announced it has acquired CounterFlow AI, a leading network detection and response (NDR) provider. This acquisition will enable LiveAction’s current and future end customers and channel partners with a unified network performance monitoring and diagnostics (NPMD) platform that incorporates encrypted traffic analysis for security incident detection and response. The combined platform will streamline previously siloed network operations (NetOps) and security operations (SecOps) workflows, using common data, platform integration and improved visualization to increase the speed and efficiency with which organizations manage network and security events.

San Diego, April 2, 2021 - General Atomics (GA) and Commonwealth Computer Research, Inc. (CCRi) announced today the acquisition of CCRi by GA. CCRi is a leader in software engineering and data analytics for delivering real-time, global situational awareness to government and commercial customers.

Early-stage innovators to receive actionable feedback from investors and business strategy from the Virginia Small Business Development Center

(Charlottesville, VA) March 25, 2021- The Virginia Small Business Development Center (VSBDC), in collaboration with the Charlottesville Angel Network (CAN), has developed a new program, Pitch Preview, to assist early-stage entrepreneurs in fine tuning their funding pitch before giving formal pitches to angel investors. The plan is to offer this ongoing resource three times per year to help high growth potential, innovative businesses reach commercial success and, ultimately, boost
our local economy and job market.

Hoos Internship Accelerator is a summer internship program that aims to connect 500 rising third- and fourth-year students with paid, virtual, 4–8 week (20-25 hours per week) internship experiences with start-ups and alumni-powered businesses.

While we encourage employers to provide paid internships, we understand that with many start-ups this is not always possible. If you a need and have a role that would serve a student well this summer, please complete this form to be considered for special funding supporting student interns in local Start-ups.  

This cross-Grounds initiative is supported by the UVA Career Center, Student Affairs, and Alumni Association, and especially targets first-generation and low-socioeconomic students who may need additional support. Students range across a wide-variety academic backgrounds. 

Summer internship postings dropped to historic lows in 2020, and this year’s opportunities are similarly scarce. Without internships, our students lack access to the work experience, skill development, and professional mentoring necessary to launch successful careers. The classes of 2022 and 2023 have already weathered one summer lost to the pandemic—we must do all we can to forestall a second.  The time is now to turn the tide for our fellow Hoos.

Key Takeaways 

  • 3TWENTY3, a new 120,000 square foot office building, delivered in December with notable tenants set to occupy including Manchester Capital, McGuire Woods, and CoConstruct. The building features ground floor retail, four stories of parking, with five additional floors of office space stacked on top
  • ChamberofCommerce.org released its 2020 "Best Small Cities for Business" with Charlottesville ranking 9th on the list. Methodology for the ranking consists of college education, employment, GDP per capita, and job creation rate, among several other metrics.

Read the full report here.

The Tech Tribune has compiled the very best tech startups in Charlottesville, Virginia. Click here to see if your startup is on the list!

The Virginia Technology Councils’ 2021 Policy Agenda is a collaborative summary statement created by the tech councils in Virginia in December 2020

Education & Workforce Development
In order for Virginia’s businesses to grow and thrive, they need well-trained and highly skilled employees. In the technology industry, Virginia continues to experience a shortage of trained workers.  Virginia’s Tech Councils support the following efforts to increase our workforce:

News Release
January 15, 2021

CBIC Awarded $76,500 GO Virginia Grant to Build Digital Connection Platform for Charlottesville/Region 9 Business Community

Project underway and expected to launch in stages in the first quarter of 2021

(Charlottesville, VA) ... The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the need for virtual and remote connections for everyone in the business communities of Charlottesville/Albemarle and the greater Region 9 counties. While virtual connections were a growing option for many prior to the pandemic, they became a lifeline and a necessity for many this past year.

The CBIC Annual Meeting will take place on October 13th at 5 pm. Members of CBIC are asked and encouraged to cast their online vote prior to the meeting via this online proxy form, regardless of whether or not they are attending the virtual meeting.

I, Adrian Felts, Chairman of the CBIC, call for the Annual Meeting of the organization to be held on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 via a virtual online event. The Tech on Tap networking event will begin at 5:00 pm, with a short break for the Annual Meeting at 5:30. Tech on Tap will resume at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting. All members of the Council are encouraged to attend. 

Thank you to our event sponsor Residence Inn by Marriott Charlottesville Downtown and Ting Charlottesville

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The Focused Ultrasound Foundation has announced  that former BlackRock executive Patrick Edelmann has joined the team as Managing Director. His responsibilities include: spearheading the Foundation’s initiatives with Emily White, MD, to facilitate commercialization of the technology; launching our Institutional Giving program with Ann Taylor to include family offices, corporate foundations, and community foundations; and leveraging our Veterinary Program on a path to widespread utilization for the treatment of companion animals.

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