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Just an amazing effort by Pale Fire Brewing Company. Thank you!Pale Fire Helps UPDATE: FOOD DELIVERY TODAY!

Already been to our food bank? That’s totally okay! Come by for another visit. We’re not just a one visit shop and are here to satisfy your needs throughout the whole pandemic.

Haven’t been to visit our food bank for restaurant and bar workers yet? Stop in to see what groceries we have to offer. We get regular shipments from @syscovirginia and donations from the community, so the stock is always rotating. While you’re here, we will make sure you have your six feet of distance, hand sanitizer, gloves, and anything else you need to feel comfortable. #palefirehelps
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BUSINESS OWNERS: Our entrepreneurial development partner, CO.STARTERS, is hosting a 2 hour virtual workshop for you for free. The workshop will help you find the focus and clarity you need to shift your mindset and find a new way forward. If you feel stuck, join us to identify your best next steps together.

In this workshop you will:
- Determine immediate next steps needed to stabilize
- Re-examine your venture using the CO.STARTERS Canvas
- Strategize how to better solve your customers’ changing needs
- Learn how to adapt or refine your business model

The workshop is April 2 at 3:00. But reoccurs every Wednesday at that time. To register visit:
costarters.co/opportunity/refocus-workshop/all/?utm_campaign=Member%20Updates&utm_source=hs_email...
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A great, new initiative to bring you fresh, local food. The Magpie & Friends Local Foods Drive-Thru Market is LIVE!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Timeline PhotosStaying in means Zoom happy hours and take out from local restaurants. Staying in means eating from our freezers and pantries. Staying in also means we miss fresh foods. ​

While we’re waiting for the right time to open our much-anticipated ​Magpie Diner & Bakery, we’re pivoting to help food-industry friends, talented chefs, and local farmers who are impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our ​Magpie & Friends Market ​is a partnership with local producers who typically supply to restaurants, as well as fresh-baked bread, locally-roasted coffee from @chestnutridgecoffee, and great products like pasta from @chefbeaufloyd and sambal hot sauce from @bobokoindonesiancafe in a no-touch, drive-thru format.

Let’s help nourish and sustain our families and community through this unprecedented time...and maybe, ​just maybe...​ we’ll start a real food revolution in the process.

Launching next week! Details to come, stay tuned!

#bettertogether #entrepreneurs #pivot #magpiediner #goodfood #goodneighbors
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City and JMU CIS&BSAN Executive Advisory Board Partner to Discuss Growing the Cybersecurity Sector

HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA (April 10, 2017) — Last Friday, the city of Harrisonburg’s Department of Economic Development (HED) hosted a cybersecurity forum in partnership with James Madison University’s Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics (CIS&BSAN).  HED was seeking industry input on the cybersecurity eco-system and assets necessary to grow the sector in the city.  The forum, dubbed Cybersecurity Cafe, was facilitated by Chris Stammer of Voluminant.

The day-long, robust discussion provided feedback to HED on how best to position the city to attract and grow cybersecurity companies.  The discussion included the infrastructure needs, workforce credential needs and student education needs of industry, as well as potential economic development incentives and best marketing practices to build a successful cybersecurity eco-system.

The forum provided action steps and agreements for continued partnerships for the future.  The action steps compiled during the day will form the critical components of the city’s strategic plan to grow the cybersecurity sector in Harrisonburg.

To see pictures and an overview video of the day, please visit our Cybersecurity Forum page.