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                                                                                                 October 2018 Issue 1 


News from the Northern Virginia Chamber 

Northern Virginia Chamber Announces The Greater Washington i-LIST
The Greater Washington i-LIST, powered by the Northern Virginia Chamber, recognizes the most innovative companies that have demonstrated measurable impact in the Greater Washington region. The i-LIST is revealed over the course of a year, culminating in a countdown of the top 10 companies at the i-LIST Awards, a high octane celebration of this region's innovation and entrepreneurial community held each Spring. The i-LIST identifies those organizations that have created new methods, ideas, and products to improve our lives and challenge the status quo. We reveal the innovation and the positive impact it has made on our region, our nation and the world. To learn more about the i-LIST and see the first companies revealed, click here.

Join the Chamber Policy Committee for 2019 Legislative Agenda Development Sessions

Each Fall, the Northern Virginia Chamber Policy Committee hosts a number of policy development sessions where members have the opportunity to set the Chamber’s legislative priorities for the coming year. Led by Policy Chair Kathryn Falk of Cox Communications and Vice Chair Tom Rust of Pennoni, Chamber members are invited to participate in these meetings to craft the Chamber’s 2019 Legislative Agenda. Focused on a broad range of policy areas impacting Northern Virginia’s business climate, the Northern Virginia Chamber Legislative Agenda outlines the business community’s policy priorities that the Chamber’s Government Relations staff will advocate for at the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond and with local governments across the region.

The Northern Virginia Chamber 2019 policy development sessions are scheduled as follows:
• Thursday, October 11: Transportation and Interconnectivity
• Wednesday, October 24: Education and Workforce
• Tuesday, October 30: Economic Diversification and Business Climate
• Friday, November 9: Healthcare and Energy
• Tuesday, November 13: Wrap Up Session and Other Topics

All meetings will take place from 8:00-9:30 AM at the Northern Virginia Chamber offices, located at 7900 Westpark Drive, Suite A550 (Fifth Floor), Tysons, Virginia 22102. If you have questions, or to RSVP for any/all of the above sessions, please reach out directly to Mike Forehand ( or Kevin McNulty (

Learn About Opportunities to do Business with Metro on October 15th!
This year, the business community led the charge to secure the first dedicated capital funding for the region’s Metro system in its forty year existence. As a result, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will continue significant strategic investments in the region’s Metro system, providing opportunities for the region’s business community to contract with WMATA on these projects. On Monday, October 15 from 9 AM – Noon at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus, the Northern Virginia Chamber is partnering with other Chambers across the Northern Virginia region to present the “Doing Business With Metro” Procurement Forum. This half-day event will provide Northern Virginia businesses the opportunity meet with senior Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority procurement officials to learn more about how they can compete for contracting opportunities with Metro. Registration for this event is free – to register, please follow this link. For more information on the event, click here

Veterans & Military Business Council Networking Happy Hour on 10/24

Join the Veterans & Military Business Council (VMBC) and the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI) for our first co-hosted evening of networking. Engage and collaborate with fellow members of the veteran business community and learn more about opportunities for engagement with the VMBC and the VEI. Light refreshments will be provided. To learn more and register, click here.

It’s Time to ShowUp! & Level UP on 10/17

Join Annette Y. Harris, president and founder of ShowUp!, for a lively session where she will introduce you to her ShowUp! Success-Driven Framework. You’ll walk away with tangible tips and non-traditional tactics that will position you for the next level in the upcoming New Year! To learn more and register, click here. To see recent local news interviews featuring Annette Harris, click here and here


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Register for George Mason University’s Annual Business Celebration
Register today for George Mason University’s Annual Business Celebration, hosted by George Mason’s School of Business. The event will take place on Thursday, October 25 from 6:00-10:00PM at the Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center. The celebration brings together 350+ George Mason University community partners, alumni, faculty, and students. Join the party and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit, distinguished success, and generous engagement of George Mason’s School of Business community. Enjoy unlimited hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails, network with alumni and School of Business partners, and much more! Learn more about the event and register here.

Bite Me Cancer Celebrates Its 8-year Anniversary
Bite Me Cancer announced that it has raised more than $800,000 to support teenagers with all cancers and fund thyroid cancer research grants, and has personally reached out to more than 5,200 teens hospitalized with cancer providing them with much needed teen support bags during their stays. Now celebrating its eighth anniversary, the foundation was formed in September 2010 by Nikki Ferraro, just months after she was diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer. Ferraro, then 17, quickly realized there was a void when it came to the support offered to teens battling cancer. To read a full press release, click here.

Help the Homeless Walk 2018
Register for the 19th Annual Help the Homeless Walk! The event benefits those affected by homelessness and mental illness. Provide a day’s worth of residency for those in need just by registering. The Walk begins at 9:00 AM on Saturday, October 20. To learn more about the event, click here.

Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States’ Health Plans Rated Among Top 1 Percent in Nation 
Out of more than 1,000 health plans evaluated this year, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States’ Private and Medicare plans in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, all received the highest possible rating (5 out of 5) from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The organization’s Medicaid plans in Maryland and Virginia received the highest rating as well. According to the NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2018-19 national report, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States’ offerings are among the top 1 percent of plans in the nation as evaluated by NCQA’s rigorous review process. To read a full press release, click here.

Scale Your Tech Business with Tandem Product Academy
Starting a tech business is hard. Growing it can be harder. With seed money from regional partners including Fairfax County and AARP, Tandem Product Academy's team of venture capitalists, business school professors and tech entrepreneurs aims to show founders and leaders of emerging tech businesses the ropes. For more information and an application to the free, four-month program which begins in November, click here.

Let’s Talk Tax – Tax Planning for Flow-through Entities After Tax Reform
Please join BDO on Thursday, October 18 for a discussion on the latest updates related to tax reform legislation and its significant impact on flow-through entities and their owners. To learn more, click here.

BDO Announces Staff Promotions
At BDO’s annual all hands meeting, the firm’s leadership recognized the promotions of more than 110 professionals in the Greater Washington D.C. office, including one promotion to Partner, eight promotions to Director, and eight promotions to Senior Manager. BDO’s core purpose is helping people thrive, every day. It is, fundamentally, why they exist as a firm, and it applies as much to their clients as it does to their employees. To learn more about BDO click here.

Dewberry Announces President of Dewberry Engineers, Inc.
Dewberry announced that Darren Conner, PE, has been promoted to president of Dewberry Engineers Inc., the firm’s nationwide engineering practice. Conner will oversee operations within more than 50 offices from coast to coast, with services that include environmental, site/civil, structural, mechanical/electrical, energy, and transportation engineering. To learn more, click here.

State of Education Luncheon to be held on November 27 at the Fairview Park Marriott
Join the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools on Tuesday, November 27 at the State of Education Luncheon from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM at the Fairview Park Marriott. Business and community leaders will hear from keynote speaker, J. Stephen Jones, MD, the new CEO of Inova about the intersection of education and workforce development, and his plans for the future of Inova. FCPS will recognize the Business, Community, and Workforce Development Partners of the Year, and celebrate the great work being done in public schools to prepare students for an exciting and innovative future. To purchase a table sponsorship or single tickets, or for more information about the Foundation, please visit the Foundation’s website.


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Upcoming Regional Member Events

A Practical Guide to Government Contract Law
Centre Law and Consulting
October 2-3, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Transform 2018
October 4, 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

2018 Raise the Region Gala - Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Community Foundation for Northern Virginia 
October 5, 6:30 - 10:00 PM

The Case for Doing Business in Belgium
Washington Network Group & Embassy of Belgium
October 10, 3:00 - 6:30 PM

2018 Reaching Forward, Giving Back Gala
The Women's Center 
October 13, 6:30 - 11:00 PM

Let's Talk Tax - tax planning for flow-through entities after tax reform
October 18, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Give Hope, Get Connected! Gala
October 19, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

19th Annual Help the Homeless Walk
Pathway Homes, Inc.
October 20, 9:00 AM

Boot Camp for GSA Schedules
Centre Law and Consulting
October 24-25, 8:30 AM - 3:30PM

George Mason University School of Business Annual Business Celebration
George Mason Univeristy
October 25, 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Leadership Fairfax 30th Anniversary Celebration
Leadership Fairfax
October 25, 6:00 - 9:30 PM

Mid-Atlantic Chapter - 2018 Fall Conference (Chantilly)
The ESOP Association
October 25-26

Bourbon and Bubbles
Wolf Trap 
November 2, 7:00 PM

Service Contract Act Training
Professional Services Council (PSC)
November 6-7

Data Community DC 
November 7

Board Diversity: The Leadership Foundry Research Launch
The Leadership Foundry 
November 7, 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

26th Annual CARE Awards Breakfast

Northern Virginia Family Service
November 8, 7:30AM

An Evening with Mark Rozell, A Post-election Analysis of the Midterm Election
George Mason University
November 14, 7:00PM

State of Education Luncheon
The Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools
November 27, 11:30AM - 1:30PM


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