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                                                                                                 June 2018 Issue 1


News from the Northern Virginia Chamber 

Applications EXTENDED for the Greater Washington Government Contracting Awards
Applications for the Greater Washington Government Contracting Awards have been EXTENDED through this Friday, June 15! The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce is proud to invite YOU to apply for the 16th Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards™. The GovCon awards celebrate high achieving individuals and companies for their performance and contribution to the Government Contracting industry. Click here to learn more and apply.

Join us for Growing Global in the Time of Trump on 6/19
Join us for the 10th Entrepreneurship Export Exchange on Tuesday, June 19 starting at 10:30AM at the Northern Virginia Chamber. You’ll have the chance to meet officials from dozens of countries and hear from world-class experts. Check out the agenda and register here.

Moving Northern Virginia: Transportation in the Commonwealth 6/21
Register today for Moving Northern Virginia: Transportation in the Commonwealth on Thursday, June 21 from 3:00-5:00 PM at the Northern Virginia Chamber! Join Virginia Secretary of Transportation, Shannon Valentine and a panel of transportation professionals and key policy makers – including WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld – for a wide-ranging discussion on how to move our region and the Commonwealth in the years to come. To learn more about the event and register, click here.

Register today for the 2018 Distinguished Service Awards 
The Distinguished Service Awards honor individuals, companies, and non-profit organizations for their service to veterans in the Greater Washington business community. The Awards are presented in recognition of community stewardship and business leadership. The Distinguished Service Awards will be held this year on Wednesday, July 18 from 11:30AM - 1:30PM at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. Learn more about the awards and register for the event here


briefcase Member News

ACT I Selected as 10th Annual SECAF Finalist for Prestigious Government Project of the Year
Advanced Concepts and Technologies International, LLC (ACT I), announced that it was selected as a finalist for the 10th Annual Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) Awards. Winners will be announced at the SECAF Awards Gala on Tuesday, May 10th at the Hilton McLean in Tysons Corner. The event honors small and emerging government contractors and the players in the industry that rely on small business. ACT I is a finalist in the SECAF Government Project of the Year category. SECAF enables small and emerging government contractors to achieve maximum growth rates in a highly competitive marketplace. SECAF also serves the medium to large government contractors, providing invaluable introductions to specialized small businesses that enable the overall contracting community to work successfully in tandem. To read a full press release, click here.

Easterseals Launches New Staffing Network for the Disability Community in the State of Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia
Easterseals DC MD VA has launched the Easterseals Disability Staffing Network (EDSN, pronounced “Edison”), a new social venture employment agency that will match people with disabilities with a wide range of companies and organizations. Currently within the State of Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia, there are more than 530,000 working age people with disabilities living in the community. However, only 38 percent are employed. Research shows that people with disabilities are twice as likely to live in poverty due to the lack of opportunities offered to them. Easterseals has launched EDSN, which aims to address the barriers by helping companies meet their hiring needs that could be filled by employees with disabilities. For more information on Easterseals Disability Staffing Network (EDSN), please click here.

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.

PenFed Credit Union President and CEO James Schenck Named Large Business Philanthropist of the Year by Volunteer Alexandria
PenFed President and CEO James Schenck received Volunteer Alexandria's 2018 Large Business Philanthropist of the Year at Volunteer Alexandria's 20th Business Philanthropy Summit. The annual event recognizes businesses supporting charitable organizations, outreach and events throughout the region. Schenck shares the award with PenFed Credit Union and the PenFed Foundation in recognition of their combined support and volunteer efforts in the Greater Washington DC area. To read a full press release, click here.

PSC’s Service Contract Act Training June 19-20
The Service Contract Act (SCA) and the regulations implementing SCA are some of the most challenging requirements for contractors and for contracting agencies involved in federal contracts for services. If you are competing for the award of a service contract, or performing a service contract and administering your responsibilities under SCA, this two-day course is critical to understanding SCA and ensuring fair competition and full compliance throughout performance of the awarded contract. To learn more about the training, click here.

Thompson Greenspon Launches Newly Redesigned Website
Award-winning accounting firm Thompson Greenspon announced its new website The newly designed website captures Thompson Greenspon’s ongoing efforts and commitment to serve the growing needs of its clients by enhancing the quality and availability of information for business professionals in the Washington DC metro area and throughout the Northeast. To see the new website, click here.

TSI Releases Leap App
Transformation Systems, Inc. (TSI) announced the release of LEAP, the company’s first mobile app. LEAP, or Leadership Effectiveness and Potential, is a framework for boosting current strengths and seizing growth opportunities. LEAP is based on an extensive body of knowledge developed by TSI to help leaders expand their results, leverage relationships, integrate their environment, and inspire great performance. To read a full press release, click here.

Land Use & Zoning Attorney Sara Mariska Joins Womble Bond Dickinson’s Northern Virginia Office
Experienced Northern Virginia land use & zoning attorney Sara Mariska has joined Womble Bond Dickinson’s Tyson’s office. Mariska has more than a decade of experience in all phases of the land use and development process in Northern Virginia, including rezoning, special permit, and special exception and variance applications. Mariska represents land owners, developers, businesses and community non-profits in land use and zoning matters in the counties of Fairfax and Arlington, as well as the City of Fairfax, the Town of Vienna and the Town of Herndon. Her projects include mixed-use, office, retail and multi-family residential developments, hotels, assisted living facilities and service stations. To read a full press release, click here.

Join Bite Me Cancer in a Corporate Suite at Washington Nationals Park
Through the generous donations of one of Bite Me Cancer’s corporate partners, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Bite Me Cancer has access to their corporate suite for three Washington Nationals games this 2018 season. The games are on July 6, August 31, and September 21. Each game starts at 7:00PM. Bite Me Cancer will provide light snacks, soft drinks and water in the suite. The suite is on the Club Level and guests will have access to the full bar and many of the great food vendors at the stadium. To learn more and purchase tickets, click here.

Call for Nominations: The Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools Partner of the Year
Is your school or program working with a tremendous business or community partner? Do you know of a business that is working with FCPS students to develop workforce readiness skills? Nominate them for a 2018 FCPS Partner of the Year Award! Information about the award criteria and a link to the nomination form can be found here.

Register for the Serious Games Conference July 10-12
Learn how to create, use, integrate and analyze game-based training in your corporation, healthcare organization, non-profit, university or school. Register for the Serious Play Conference, July 10-12 at George Mason University’s Science & Technology Campus in Manassas, VA. The conference will offer more than 80 sessions on the fast growing #seriousgames industry. For more information about the event, click here

Womble Bond Dickinson Grows Northern Virginia Corporate and M&A Practice
Two experienced transactional lawyers have joined Womble Bond Dickinson’s Northern Virginia office. Siaw Ching Lee joined Womble Bond Dickinson as a senior associate from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York. At her previous firm, Lee primarily guided banks and other financial institutions in mergers and acquisitions, stock and asset purchases and other complex commercial transactions. Also joining the Womble Bond Dickinson Northern Virginia office is Joshua Hess. Hess is currently a senior associate based in the firm’s Atlanta office. He advises public and private companies and private equity funds at all stages of the deal process. To read a full press release, click here.

PenFed Attracts Record Number of Summer Interns
A record 3,300-plus students applied for the opportunity to intern at PenFed, the nation’s second largest federal credit union. Attracting talent from top schools all over the country, 32 undergraduate and three graduate school students were selected to intern at PenFed’s Tysons headquarters and other PenFed locations in the Greater Washington, DC area. Several of the students are returning interns. The interns surprised PenFed leaders attending their kick-off event with an unexpected donation of a portion of their first paychecks to the PenFed Foundation, demonstrating their inspiration from and shared beliefs in PenFed’s commitment to support charitable organizations and the communities in which it serves. To read a full press release, click here.

Take Advantage of Lord & Taylor’s Friends & Family Event
Did you know Northern Virginia Chamber member, Lord & Taylor Tysons, is having a Friends & Family event? Chamber members can take advantage of the awesome Friends & Family discounts during this time period. Members can get 30% off almost all brands and 15% off almost all beauty products. Learn more about Chamber member discounts here.

George Mason Professor Awarded Inaugural United Bank Presidential Medal for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion
United Bank is proud to announce the establishment of the United Bank Presidential Medal for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion at George Mason University. The $10,000 award recognizes extraordinary contributions in research, teaching, and/or service that directly advance diversity and inclusion within and outside of the George Mason community. It will be funded through 2022 and presented to a faculty member annually at George Mason’s commencement ceremonies. On May 18, 2018, George Mason President Ángel Cabrera presented the inaugural award to Angela Hattery, professor and director of the Women and Gender Studies Program.

PAE’s Commitment to Stability Operations Recognized by Industry Association
PAE won the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA) Vanguard Award in the Tier 1, large company category at the ISOA 2018 Achievement Award Ceremony held on June 7. ISOA Vanguard Awards recognize small, medium, and large companies in the stability operations industry that consistently demonstrate commitment to accountability, transparency and ethics in the stability operations field. An independent panel selected PAE for the Vanguard Award based on its work in stability operations, proven performance in capacity building and humanitarian operations, and history of transparency, ethical conduct and respect for human rights. To read a full press release, click here.




Upcoming Regional Member Events

Aligning Incentives for Better Health
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
June 14, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Service Contracting Act Training
PSC Professional Services Council
June 19-20

Smart City Works Spring 2018 Demo Day
Smart City Works
June 21, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair
Corporate Gray
June 22, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

VSGI Cyber Ready Conference
June 26, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Growing the STEM for a Stronger Tomorrow
June 28, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Serious Games Conference
July 10-12

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

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

George Mason University School of Business Annual Business Celebration
George Mason Univeristy
October 25, 6:00 - 10:00 PM


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