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                                                                                                 January 2018 Issue 1


News from the Northern Virginia Chamber 

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Don't Miss the First Major Event of 2018!
The 26th Annual Economic Conference One Region, One Future: Accelerating Economic Growth, TOGETHER, hosted with United Bank, George Mason University and the Washington Business Journal will be held Thursday January 18, 7:30 – 11:30 am at the Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park. Roger Krone, Chairman & CEO of Leidos will present the Keynote, followed by a moderated discussion with Knox Singleton, CEO of Inova Health System and a panel of regional economic leaders and experts from Fairfax County, Arlington County, Montgomery County and Washington D.C. The event will cover major wins for the region in 2017 and the positive outlook on the horizon for 2018. Click to register today. This is the first major event of 2018 and one not to miss!

Northern Virginia Chamber Partners on MetroNow Coalition

The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce it is partnering with other leading business and civic organizations to launch the MetroNow Coalition, a group that will concurrently advocate in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC for sustainable funding, governance, and operations reforms of Metro in 2018. Over the past year, the Northern Virginia Chamber has been working with key stakeholders both publicly and privately on the issue of addressing the long-term sustainability of our region’s Metro system.

“Taking these concrete actions—immediately—will enable operational efficiencies we can only dream about today,” said Harry Klaff, managing director, JLL, and chairman of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. “Imagine a Metro system that doesn’t just run safely and on time, but is equipped to take advantage of innovative solutions and evolve with new technologies. We believe that vision is possible, but not without dramatic governance and funding reforms enacted in 2018 to preserve the region’s economic security, quality of life and global competitiveness.”

There is momentum to address this challenge in 2018 because leaders in each of these jurisdictions understand the importance of Metro to Northern Virginia and Greater Washington’s economic future. To learn more, please visit the MetroNow website here.

Applications Open for the Greater Washington Innovation Awards™

Applications are now open for the Greater Washington Innovation Awards,™ the premiere event celebrating thought leadership, innovation and creativity amongst individuals and organizations in select industries in the Greater Washington metro area. Join us in recognizing those for their outstanding achievements in tech, cybersecurity, financial services, community impact, professional service, and health & life sciences. Nominate your own company or others well-deserving by applying NOW until Feb. 2, 2018. To read more information about the application process, click here. To apply click here.



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Washington Business Journal’s 2018 Book of Lists Celebration
The Washington Business Journal is holding their annual Book of Lists Celebration on Thursday, Jan. 25 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. The event will bring together the most influential, connected and informed people in Washington and recognize hundreds of power players from the companies featured in the Book of Lists. The industries represented vary from health care and technology to accounting and real estate. To learn more about this networking event and register, click here.

Cozen O’Connor’s State AG Practice Opens Virginia Office to Expand State Government and Legislative Services
Cozen O’Connor has opened an office in Richmond, Virginia, where the firm’s State Attorneys General (AG) Practice will offer executive and legislative branch strategies and services for companies operating in Virginia. The Virginia team will be headed by Jerry W. Kilgore, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s State AG practice and former Virginia State Attorney General. Cozen O’Connor’s State AG group’s government and legislative services team in Richmond is expected to grow quickly in response to existing client demand. Cozen O’Connor’s State AG group is one of the largest and oldest state AG practices in the nation, with a focus on AG-facing investigations, litigation, outreach, and policy. To learn more, click here.

Metro Invites Employers to Learn How to Save Money through SmartBenefits
Metro is inviting employers from DC, Virginia and Maryland to learn how to they can save money on payroll taxes while offering a valuable benefit to their employees through the SmartBenefits® program. SmartBenefits is Metro's IRS-compliant commuter benefits program that offers employers and employees an opportunity to save thousands of dollars in taxes using pre-tax transit benefit payroll deduction; a direct employer-paid transit benefit; or a combination of the two. On Tuesday, January 30, 9:30 - 11:00 AM, Metro will host a free SmartBenefits seminar where employers can learn more about the program and get started. Click to learn more and RSVP today.

C2 Technologies Names Manik Rath as Next CEO
C2 Technologies Inc.’s Board of Directors announced that it has appointed Manik Rath at its Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2018. Mr. Rath served previously as Chief Operating Officer since October 1, 2017. Dolly Oberoi, former CEO, will continue to be very involved in customer success, re-positioning herself as Co-founder and Chief Learning Officer. In this role, she will lead innovation and thought leadership, serving as an advisor and resource to the many C2 customers who have turned to her for thoughtful insight since company inception. Co-founder and President, Mr. Curtis Cox, will continue to serve as a member of the Board of Directors and as President. To read a full press release, click here.

Strategy and Management Services, Inc. (SAMS) Awarded National Guard Contract
Strategy and Management Services, Inc. (SAMS) announced today that it has been awarded a one-year contract with three option years for the Rhode Island Army National Guard (RIARNG) Construction and Facilities Management Office (CFMO). SAMS will deliver comprehensive project management and civil engineering support services while working in tandem with other team members in the Facilities Management Office. The team will plan for current and future needs of the Rhode Island National Guard, in regard to facilities and training sites. SAMS’ team will also manage the preparation of project documentation, project design technical support, and provide bid period assistance and construction observation. To read a full press release, click here.

OGSystems’ CEO To Transition to Chairman of the Board
OGSystems, a leader in technology innovation for the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC), announced that co-founder Omar Balkissoon will transition from Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to Chairman of the Board. Garrett Pagon, President and co-founder, will step into the role of CEO. Balkissoon will focus on further building the technology and organization of OGSystems’ recent tech start-up spinout, GeoSpark Analytics, serving as the new company’s CEO. OGSystems also announced the recent promotion of Steve Martin as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Dan Ehrmantraut to Chief Financial Officer (CFO). To read a full press release, click here.

Menlo Technologies Acquires SSi Consulting
Menlo Technologies, a global services technology firm, headquartered in Santa Clara, CA has acquired SSi Consulting, a leading ERP implementation firm headquartered in Vienna, VA. Menlo Technologies will benefit from the acquisition by having a strong business application partner and SSi will benefit from the development, mobile application and global services delivery platform from Menlo. SSi will continue to offer ERP sales and implementations and continue to provide full support to their hundreds of current customers. SSi has provided ERP software selection, implementation, training, design, and support for leading accounting software products from Microsoft, Sage Intacct, and Unanet. For more information, click here

Centre Law and Consulting Discount to Chamber Members
Centre Law offers the latest courses in federal acquisition and contracting to keep you on top of your field. Northern Virginia Chamber Members will receive 10% off with promo code: NOVACHAM Click here to view the course calendar and to register. Additionaly, the Certified Schedules Contracts Manager (CSCM) certification is the only program to certify experts in managing, negotiating, and complying with GSA and VA Schedule contracts. Click here to learn more. Use the code CSCMAPP2017 to waive the $150 application fee.



Upcoming Regional Member Events

Fitness Together Ribbon Cutting
Fitness Together Tysons
January 12, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Intellectual Property Issues in Government Contracts and Grants Webinar

Centre Law & Consulting
January 17, 1:00 - 2:30 PM

V3 Employer Training Day Tysons
Virginia Values Veterans
January 24, 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

VERTICAL INDUSTRIAL: Building for an Urban Landscape

George Mason Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship & AIA DC
February 8, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Get it Right Conversations for Entrepreneurs
Mason Enterprise Center Fairfax
February 21, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Wine at Wolf Trap
The Barns at Wolf Trap
March 3, 6:00 PM

Annual Review 2018: Hot Issues in Federal Contracting

Centre Law & Consulting
March 6, 7:00 AM. – 5:30 PM

Fifth Annual Bite Me Cancer Wine Dinner
Bite Me Cancer
April 21, 5:30 - 10:00 PM


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