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The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce December events are as follows:

Dec. 4 — Chamber Holiday Tree Lighting. Open to the public, no fee. 4:30 p.m., at the "island" at Chain Bridge Road and Old Chain Bridge Road.

Dec. 6 — Seventh Annual Reindog Parade. Dogs can parade in holiday attire for contest prizes and have a photo opportunity with Santa. Two cans of dog food per canine entrant are required admission; food will be donated to Fairfax County Animal Shelter. Registration is at 8 a.m. Moorenko's Ice Cream Cafe will provide canine ice cream for the dogs and Three Pigs will donate beverages for owners and observers. At the Langley Shopping Center, 1362-1398 Chain Bridge Road. For more information, call 703-356-5424.

Dec. 17 — Business mixer. 5:30-7:30 p.m., at McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Open to members and their guests.

The Vienna-Tysons Chamber of Commerce The Vienna-Tysons Chamber of Commerce calendar of upcoming events is as follows:

Every Tuesday and Thursday — Lunch and Lead tip group, 12:15-1:30 p.m. at Shula’s Steakhouse, 8028 Leesburg Pike in the Tysons Corner Marriott. R.S.V.P. to Harry Silverman, 703-319-8806. Dutch.

Dec. 11 — Holiday luncheon. Events will include a performance by the James Madison High School Madrigals and a holiday raffle, featuring a jewelry item donated by Boone & Sons Jewelers, with tickets costing $1 for one ticket, $2 for three tickets and $5 for 10 tickets. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Tysons Corner Marriott, 8028 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Sponsored by Goodman & Co. Members with reservations, $25; nonmembers and walk-ins, $30. Reservations not canceled 48 hours prior to the event and no-shows will be billed at the nonmember rate.

Acumen Solutions Inc., a management and technology consulting firm, has been named to The Washingtonian’s list of 50 Great Places to Work in the Washington area. Acumen Solutions was recognized for its strong core values, tight-knit culture and innovative programs that illustrate the importance of its employees while reinforcing the company’s focus on social responsibility.

Hair stylist Tim Ngo, formerly of Great Falls Hair Cuttery, recently opened Magic Scissors, a full-service family hair salon and spa located at Leigh Corner in Great Falls. Ngo was named "Best Hair Stylist or Barber" by readers of The Connection Newspapers in 1991, and since 1998, Hair Cuttery has annually reported that he is the most requested stylist in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Born in Vietnam, Ngo immigrated to the United States in the 1970s after earning a UN letter for his work as a Boy Scout leader at a Malaysian refugee camp. In his spare time, Ngo enjoys playing the guitar and harmonica, fishing, dancing, photography and gardening. Magic Scissors is located at 1146 Walker Road #F, Great Falls.

The nonprofit operating arm of the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board, the SkillSource Group Inc., is partnering with Sallie Mae, the nation's leading provider of education funding, to create the Northern Virginia Career Skills Loan Program for adults seeking training in the information technology or health care professions in the region. Through the partnership, the Career Skills Loan Program will provide $500,000 in low-cost private loans to eligible students, helping them cover the costs of their training programs and related expenses. Sallie Mae established a similar program with the Northern Virginia Regional Partnership in 1998, which supported 455 adults as they took on new information technology training.

The Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board (NVWIB) was scheduled to present the 2003 Northern Virginia Workforce Leadership Awards at the 2003 Annual Community Forum on Nov. 13 at the Reston Hyatt Regency. Awards include the following: Outstanding Business Advocates for Northern Virginia Workforce Development — United Parcel Service, Fairfax County; Outstanding Private Sector Advocate for Northern Virginia Workforce Development — Dr. Gerald Gordon, president, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority; NVWIB Youth Workforce Leadership Award — Northern Virginia Technology Council Foundation; NVWIB Special Recognition Award — The Training Futures Program, administered by Northern Virginia Family Service.

Roberto Del Cid Funes, packaging and distribution specialist of The UPS Store located at 1350 Beverly Road, in the Ashby Building, recently received recognition by earning the Logistics Award for Packaging & Distribution from The Greater Washington Area Chapter of SOLE - The International Society of Logistics. The award was presented at the organization's October luncheon. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Charles Mahan presented the award. As The UPS Store of McLean customer service associate, Funes specializes in packaging and distribution.

Seth C. Carter has been appointed senior vice president and manager for Cardinal’s Government Contract Lending Group of Tysons Corner. Carter joins Cardinal from Branch Banking and Trust Co. (BB&T), where he served as vice president, corporate banking officer specializing in companies that derive most of their revenues from government contracts.

Cardinal’s Government Contract Lending Group focuses on the special financial needs of government contractors. The right financial solutions allow the government contractor to concentrate on proposals, business and personnel resources, and company growth.

Carter began his banking career in 1978 with Bank of America in California. He moved to this area in 1995 to work for Signet Bank, where he hired and trained a staff to expand that bank’s portfolio of companies in the government contracting industry. Just prior to joining Cardinal Bank, Carter spent five years with BB&T.