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CBIC to Focus on "Making it Local" During June 26 Tech Night Takeover
6/19/2014

Local Manufacturing in the Spotlight for Area Innovation Council

Manufacturing in Charlottesville and Albemarle County will be front and center at the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC)’s June Tech Night Takeover when local company reps will talk about the challenges and opportunities of “making it local.”  The panel discussion will be held on Thursday, June 26, beginning at 4:15 pm at Relay Foods’ new headquarters at 1317 Carlton Avenue – registration is available online, and early bird rates end June 24.

From idea to prototype to production to sales, the product development life cycle is one of the biggest considerations for young companies thinking about their commercial path to market.  What does the product development life cycle look like for companies in our community, what resources are available to help, and what companies are actually producing cool products right here?  Meeting attendees will hear about these topics and more from an experienced panel of local business leaders:

  • Chris Jessee, President at Cardboard Safari - blends art and technology in the fabrication of beautiful sculptural forms
  • Hillary Lewis, Founder and President at Lumi Juice -  producing cold-pressed high pressured processed juices locally
  • Mike Appleby, President and CEO at Mikro Systems -  a research and development company known internationally for it breakthrough manufacturing technologies

Moderated by Lee Catlin with Albemarle County, this Tech Night Takeover event will provide an insiders’ view of the region’s manufacturing capabilities and opportunities to network with others who are tackling the many issues surrounding product development and production.  Immediately following the panel discussion, attendees are invited to stay for CBIC’s brief annual meeting and networking social from  5:15 – 7:30 pm featuring light snacks and beverages.

About CBIC:

Mission: To educate, celebrate and advocate for Charlottesville’s technology community and to accelerate technology innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.

Vision: CBIC will be the conduit and driver of productive collaboration amongst the various segments of the Charlottesville region's technology community, to promote a supportive infrastructure, and will advocate for and celebrate a robust, sustainable technology-based economy.


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