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                                                                                                 February 2019 Issue 1


News from the Northern Virginia Chamber 

Northern Virginia Chamber to co-host 2019 Shape of the Region Conference on 3/7
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, in partnership with the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the Northern Virginia Technology Council, announces the 2019 Shape of the Region Conference, The Business Case for Economic Mobility on Thursday, March 7 from 8:00-11:45AM. Our local economy continues to thrive. But our region, like the entire country, is experiencing a growing gulf between the have and the have nots, rising income inequality, and a lack of economic mobility that has developed in the past 50 years. It is a defining problem of our age, and everyone has a role to play in helping to solve it. Inspired by the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, the 2019 Shape of the Region Conference will discuss strategies that each sector of society can deploy to achieve a more expanded, more inclusive economy that benefits us all. Sponsorships now available, please contact Jennifer Williamson for more details. To learn more and register, click here.

The 2019 She-Suite® Summit on 3/14 
The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and Velvet Suite, Inc. are proud to announce The 2019 She-Suite ® Summit, the premiere experience for influential leaders to elevate a successful career and a significant life. The event will be held on Thursday, March 14 from 8:30AM-5:00PM at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. Join us to discover proven strategies and high caliber connections to activate your own personal brand of leadership as your greatest authentic advantage. Sponsorships now available, please contact Jennifer Williamson for more details. To learn more and register, click here.

41st Annual Valor Awards Honoring Public Safety Heroes on 3/22
Join the over 500 attendees expected to attend to celebrate our public safety professionals and support educational achievement on Friday, March 22! The Valor Awards, now in its 41st year, honor public safety heroes from the Fairfax County Police Department, FairfaxCounty Fire & Rescue Department, Fairfax County Office of the Sheriff, Herndon Police Department, and Vienna Police Department who have put their personal safety at risk to keep our community and businesses safe. This year's awards will be hosted by Leon Harris, Anchor, News4. To learn more and register, click here.


briefcase Member News

Shaping the Future Together: Fairfax County Strategic Plan
Fairfax County Government is beginning a strategic planning process with the community to shape the future together. Our goal is to hear all voices and reach all segments of our community. The business community is critical for our success and we need to hear from you! Here's how you can participate:

• Take a short 5-question survey about County goals.
• Join a community conversation in person between February 13 and March 6.
• Share the survey and conversation invitation with neighbors, co-workers and County family and friends.
• Learn more about the community conversations at

Register for the 2019 Hopecam 5K
Hopecam's Annual 5k - held every year on the first Sunday in May, is a fun way to support Hopecam. This year, they will again have corporate team competitions with awards for the fastest team and the team that raises the most money. If your company would like to start a corporate team please contact Lauren Priestas at at 571-325-2000.

AbleVets Appoints Paul Bradley as Vice President of Technology
AbleVets LLC, a leading provider of advanced IT solutions for government, announced that Paul Bradley has joined its executive staff as Vice President of Technology. Paul is a computer electronics engineer and technology executive with over 20 years’ experience in the fields of healthcare IT, data analytics, cybersecurity, electronic design automation, automated testing, data communications and embedded systems. He possesses specialized expertise in program and operations management as well as business development. To read a full press release, click here.

Volunteer Fairfax Opens New Headquarters 
Volunteer Fairfax CEO Steve Mutty and City of Fairfax Mayor David L. Meyer, cut the ceremonial ribbon at Volunteer Fairfax’s new headquarters in the Burkholder Center in Fairfax during an open house on Thursday, Jan. 31. City of Fairfax council member Janice B. Miller; Volunteer Fairfax board president Rick Garza and Volunteer Fairfax board members Cherylyn Harley LeBon, Ginger L. Bristow and Claire M. S. Meade attended the ribbon cutting as well. 

CST Group, CPAs PC and Anne L. Stone & Associates, LLC Announce Merger
The Reston-based accounting firm, CST Group, CPAs PC (“CST”), announced that it has merged with the long established and highly regarded firm of Anne L Stone & Associates, LLC (“Stone”) based in McLean, VA. The merger expands CST’s strategic plan to strengthen their presence in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and its reputation as one of the region’s premier accounting firms focused on providing forward thinking client-centric solutions and industry specific expertise from top-tier professionals. The merger is effective as of January 16, 2019. To read a full press release, click here.

Northern Virginia Chamber Executive Committee Member Eileen Ellsworth Presents at TedX Tysons Event
Why do people give? We often tell ourselves it is because we want to help – to meet the need of others. But in this Talk that was given at a TedX Tysons event on November 30, 2018 at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Eileen Ellsworth, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and a member of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, shares a collection of eye-opening stories that reveal a new insight — that perhaps our desire to give comes from a primal need to connect, to belong, and to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Since becoming the President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia in 2005, Eileen has helped reinvent and reimagine the Community Foundation’s work and purpose. Today, it is an influential social and civic voice that helps grow local philanthropy and lead and convene the community. Eileen currently serves on the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Board, the Northern Virginia Regional Board for GO Virginia, and the Advisory Board for George Mason University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

495 and 95 Express Lanes Offer Employer Travel Pilot Program
The 495 and 95 Express Lanes team wants to partner with companies to test pilot travel programs on their Lanes. By helping employees spend less time in traffic, employers can increase efficiency, improve talent retention and promote workplace wellbeing. Learn more and connect with them to see how a program can benefit your team.

JPMorgan Chase Expands the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund to the Greater Washington Region
JPMorgan Chase announced Advancing Black Pathways (ABP) to build on the firm’s existing efforts helping black Americans achieve economic success. As part of this, the firm is expanding its Entrepreneurs of Color Fund model to Greater Washington, D.C., providing capital and business training to underserved minority entrepreneurs in the region. To read a full press release, click here.

Area Leaders Convene for Leadership Summit
On Friday, February 8, 2019, more than 200 leaders from the DC Metro Area and beyond attended the fourth annual Leadership Summit at the Falls Church Marriott, Fairview Park. Leadership Summit is hosted by Leadership Center for Excellence in partnership with Leadership Arlington, Leadership Greater Washington, Leadership Fairfax, Leadership Loudoun and Leadership Prince William. Click here to read a full press release.

Greater Washington 2019 Hearts of Gold Heart Ball on 2/23
The Heart Ball is a premier society event and a celebration of the life-saving work of the American Heart Association. The evening includes a performance from Seth Meyers, live and silent auctions, dinner, dancing and a survivor’s story. Also, the official after-party, Heart After Dark returns to keep the festivities going until 1a.m. The event will be held on Saturday, February 23 from 6:30PM-1:00AM at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC. Click here for more details on sponsor, purchase a table or tickets today!

BDO Selected as the 2018 Deltek Global Consulting Partner of the Year
BDO is incredibly honored to have been selected as the 2018 Deltek Global Consulting Partner of the Year. We look forward to another successful year in 2019, and a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to this remarkable achievement! 



Upcoming Regional Member Events

Lunch and Learn: What’s Your Exit Strategy? Introduction to Business Succession Planning - Protecting the Value of Your Business (Complimentary)
Protorae Law PLLC
February 13, 12:00 – 1:30PM

Greater Washington 2019 Hearts of Gold Heart Ball
American Heart Association
February 23, 6:30PM-1:00AM

Wine at Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap
March 2, 6:30PM

Columbia Lunch & Learn
March 5, 11:00AM-1:30PM

Ashburn Lunch & Learn
March 6, 11:00AM-1:30PM

Tysons Lunch & Learn
March 7, 11:00AM-1:30PM

Langley High School Class of 2019 Ethics Day
Langley High School
March 26, 8:15AM-2:30PM

Bite Me Cancer's 6th Annual Wine Dinner
Bite Me Cancer
April 6, 5:30 - 10:00 PM

Management Essentials for Developing Leaders
University of Virginia Darden Executive Education
May 5-10

19th Annual Hopecam 5K Run/Walk
May 5, 7:30 AM

The Executive Program: Strategic Leadership at the Top
University of Virginia Darden Executive Education
June 2-28

Wolf Trap Ball
Wolf Trap
September 14, 7:00PM

Bourbon and Bubbles
Wolf Trap
November 2, 6:00PM


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