Writers of technical documents and proposals need to make every word count.

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 ‘Follow your dreams. Do what you love.’

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There is a short list of things I miss about working for a big corporation, and having back office resources like IT, HR and marketing is at the top.  Now that I run a small, independent professional services firm, we have to solve our own problems.  We fix printers, manage our own schedules, take out the trash...and somewhere in between we find the time to do our real jobs. 

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Innovation is today where quality management was 25 or 50 years ago. It may be confined to a small group of people in the organization, and their great ideas and useful knowledge may not be well publicized across the organization. Innovation – like quality – needs to engage everyone and be easily accessible for its full benefits to be realized.

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Big acquisition news shook up Charlottesville this week with the announcement that SNL Financial will be acquired by McGraw Hill Financial, bringing together each company’s strengths in the domestic and international financial information markets.

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The numbers have been in for some time now, and they reveal a sobering truth: the so-called STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) remain exceptionally male-dominated. The metrics on women in tech are actually getting worse.

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I recently came across an Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) news story announcing that Vince Scheivert had received the 2015 Frank Withrow Award from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a national organization for school system technology leaders. It’s noteworthy not just because the award recognizes the country’s most exceptional Chief Information Officer (CIO), a position that Vince holds with ACPS, but because Vince is also a CBIC board member.

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Take a random cross-section of the technologies around us. Smartphones, tablets, coffee machines that connect to the internet, thermostats that can be controlled from halfway around the world, cars that can parallel park themselves.

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PowerSole is a shoe that creates electricity when you walk by converting the kinetic energy produced from movement into electrical energy, which can be used to power electronic devices, such as cell phones and iPods.

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For over 17 years, CBIC and the local tech community has bestowed honors on Charlottesville’s most interesting tech companies and entrepreneurs.  We thought it was time to check in with some of these award-winning ventures to find out what they’re doing today.

Our first story features the very successful PocketSonics, a company that won the CBIC Breakthrough Award in 2006.

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People love logos. Companies love logos. The world loves logos. They also hate logos. Remember Gap? How about Yahoo? Add a comment