Beyond the many accolades that are heaped on Charlottesville as a great place to live (happiest town in America, best place to live in the country, the most beautiful college campus in the US, one of the hippest mid-size towns … and the list goes on …), Charlottesville is emerging as a mini-tech powerhouse. From student entrepreneurs to startups to some of the fastest growing tech companies in America, Charlottesville’s tech scene is thriving.

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Not all napkin sketches turn into good ideas. But all good ideas started with the napkin sketch, or some simple means that allowed us to snatch the spark of innovation out of the ether and quickly pin it to the corporeal realm.

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Picturing a typical entrepreneur, many people conjure images of young, tech-savvy and ambitious college graduates, juggling at least three devices in an office with at least one Ping-Pong table.

Jeff Williams, however, zeroes in on the 50-plus age group.

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Why spend time volunteering? Most of the time, it means working behind-the-scenes for the greater good, to be part of something that is bigger than you that’s changing the world or at least your part of it. You don’t do it for the recognition, but because you are passionate about the work. So being recognized as the 2016 Volunteer of the Year was an honor and icing on the cake of my volunteer experience with CBIC.

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Today, a significant amount of traffic to your site comes from people using mobile devices. In fact, 94% of people with smartphones in the United States search for local information on their phones.

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ArcheMedX was honored to be a tech innovator finalist at the recent 18th Annual Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) Awards Gala. ArcheMedX joins a long list of notable past CBIC Gala Awards Finalists and Recipients such as Psikick, WillowTree, Maternity Neighborhood, Hotelicopter, Silverchair, MusicToday, and VividCortex to name just a few.

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What can you do if your organization is too laid back? If the people lack urgency? If you’re missing targets?

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The National Venture Capital Association recently named Charlottesville the fastest growing venture ecosystem in the United States.

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When is the last time you were able tell senior management in your organization the expected financial return on investment (ROI, because there’s always an acronym) for time spent volunteering?

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2016 marks the 18th year that the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) has celebrated entrepreneurship and innovation through its Annual CBIC Awards Gala. Last year’s gala resulted in a 50 percent growth in attendance over the prior sold-out year making it the largest CBIC Awards Gala in history with 360 attendees!

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“There are all these cool things happening here in Charlottesville that are building the innovation-based ecosystem. Our job at CBIC is to be the collaborator and break down those silos and make sure everybody knows what's happening in that community.”

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