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Business

GetEducated: GetEducated.com (Approved Colleges, LLC) is an online education resource based in Harrisonburg, VA that was created to help busy, working adults find, research, and compare online degrees, certificates, courses and training. The site offers an unbiased listing of all institutions that have online programs available in the United States, and some globally.

Cottonwood Commercial: Cottonwood Commercial is a commercial real estate firm based out of Harrisonburg, Va.

Interchange Group: InterChange is a full service warehousing and logistics company serving the East Coast. With a wide array of warehousing, logistics, and land development services available, InterChange offers complete storage and transport options for your business. 

Secure FuturesSecure Futures, LLC, a solar development company headquartered in Staunton, VA, combines state-of–the-art solar technology with an innovative business model to make commercial scale solar readily affordable in Virginia, helping customers to realize the economic benefits, environmental benefits, and community benefits of solar energy.


Non-Profits

Friendship Industries, Inc.Friendship Industries, founded in 1964, was the first organization in the community to provide real work and training opportunities for persons with disabilities. Without realizing it, Friendship Industries was one of the first social enterprises in the Valley. Over the years, Friendship has grown exponentially. They have grown into a successful social enterprise – serving their mission well by being a business with a mission – a social mission that involves work opportunities for all.

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce: The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit community organization. The Chamber exists to connect area businesses into a powerful network through leadership and advocacy. Since 1917, it has been influencing public policy on behalf of the business community and helping the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area become a thriving and dynamic marketplace of opportunities.

SCORESCORE, "Counselors to America's Small Business", is the premier source for experience based small business
counseling and mentoring in the country. SCORE was established more than forty years ago, is headquartered in Herndon, VA and has
350 local chapters nationwide. More than 13,000 volunteers provide individual counseling - in person and online - and business workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Both working and retired executives, senior managers, industry
experts, and business owners share their expertise, lessons learned, and wisdom.

Shenandoah Valley Partnership: The Shenandoah Valley Partnership (SVP) is a public/private partnership providing marketing and business assistance for the Shenandoah Valley region. Through regional cooperation the SVP brings together business, government, and education leaders to promote new investment, strengthen existing business, and guide labor force development to ensure a healthy economic future for the region.

Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center: SV SBDC was established in 1989 at James Madison University.  It offers no-fee, confidential consulting services, assists with feasibility studies and business planning, sponsors seminars and training events, and provides information and other services to new and established small and medium-sized businesses.

Shenandoah Valley Technology Council: The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council (SVTC) is a non-profit membership organization serving the greater Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Its members are creators and users of technology who gather together for education, networking, and business development. By helping technology businesses in the area succeed and grow, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is an integral component of the region, helping to bring high-paying technology jobs to the valley. 

SRI International: SRI International is a nonprofit, independent research and innovation center serving government and industry. It provides basic and applied research, laboratory and advisory services, technology development and licenses, deployable systems, products, and venture opportunities. 


Education

Blue Ridge Community College: Founded in 1967, Blue Ridge Community College has served the residents of the central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia for more than 45 years. Its comprehensive program of instruction includes associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in occupational/technical and college/university transfer programs. The College also provides non-credit workforce training and special interest classes for individuals, business, and industry.

Bridgewater College: Bridgewater College educates the whole person by providing a challenging and supportive learning community that fosters the growth of its students and empowers and motivates them to live educated, intelligent, healthy, purposeful and ethical lives in a global society. The College embraces the core values of integrity, equality, service and community, which have been inspired by its history with the Church of the Brethren. The College is a welcoming, diverse and vibrant community, committed to understanding and respecting individual differences and actively engaging all of its members.

Eastern Mennonite University: EMU helps students discover their purpose in life and prepares them to make a difference for the common good at home and around the world. EMU’s rigorous academics emphasize one-on-one relationships with professors, cross-cultural awareness, care for creation, and service to others. 

James Madison University: JMU is a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.

  • Department of Integrated Science and TechnologyThe Integrated Science and Technology Department empowers students to analyze and solve real-world, human problems by integrating scientific, technological, business, and social aspects of these problems, and to communicate innovative solutions to a diverse audience. 
  • JMU Center for Entrepreneurship: The Center for Entrepreneurship creates and promotes academic, scholarly and experiential activities related to entrepreneurship, innovation and venture creation.  It engages students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community through cutting-edge teaching practices, relevant scholarly research, and creative collaboration.
  • JMU Office of Research & ScholarshipBy utilizing the combination of outstanding students and faculty with focused strategic alliances, the Office of Research and Scholarship (ORS) builds collaborative relationships that enhance the scholarly pursuits of our campus community and expands connectivity with external audiences.
  • JMU Technology Innovation: JMU Technology Innovation serves the faculty, staff, and students of JMU by helping to identify and promote innovations developed at the university. Their services to innovators include: education on the intellectual property protection process and prior art search, patent applications, competition analysis, and connections to business planning functions such as market analysis, business plan development, and negotiation of licensing agreements. 
  • Madison Center for Community Development: The Madison Center for Community Development is a resource for local governments and community organizations in the Shenandoah Valley and throughout Virginia. The center draws on the expertise of JMU faculty and students to provide assistance with strategic planning, economic development, needs assessment, grants management, training and monitoring, program development and evaluation, and more.
  • 4-VA at JMU: 4-VA is a collaborative partnership between four Virginia universities. Its mission is to promote inter-university collaborations that leverage the strengths of each partner university in order to accomplish much more than any individual university could achieve alone

Mary Baldwin College: Mary Baldwin College is a women-centered university emphasizing global leadership and citizenship, where tomorrow’s  change makers are empowered with the confidence to lead, the compassion to serve, and the courage to change the world.

Rockingham County Schools: Living in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Rockingham County students attend 15 elementary, 4 middle, 4 high schools, a governor's school, a technical center, and an alternative education center. The student enrollment of over 11,000 students is supported by nearly 2,000 full-time employees. Dr. Carol Fenn is Superintendent.

Shenandoah University: Shenandoah University, established in 1875,  is a private, nationally recognized applied liberal arts university, which is a close-knit community rich in creative energy and intellectual challenge. Through innovative partnerships and programs, at both the local and global level, there are exceptional opportunities for students to learn in and out of the classroom. 


Government

Harrisonburg City Council: The City Council is the elected governing body of the City of Harrisonburg and is made up of five members elected at-large. 

Harrisonburg Economic Development: Harrisonburg’s Department of Economic Development serves as an active partner for businesses in the city, providing incentives and resources for start-ups, small businesses, and large corporations alike. 

Staunton Economic Development: The economic development team in Staunton helps to bridge public and private sector development in an effort to create jobs, increase revenue, and enhance the community’s quality of life for the long term.