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Reston Hospital is seeking recognition through the National Magnet Program. The recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is a national recognition available for "excellent nursing and professional nursing practice." To reach Magnet status, hospitals must apply to ANCC and go through an evaluation.

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Reston, 1800 Presidents St. A candidate forum will include Virginia Senate, House of Delegates and Fairfax County Board of Supervisor candidates.

A Chamber networking event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Sallie Mae, 11600 Sallie Mae Drive, Reston. Chairman Joe Watson of StategicHire and Barbara LaRock, coach and trainer, will discuss the importance of "meet and greet" techniques. Cost is $25 for members; $30 for non-members.

"The 3 M's of Non-profit Success" is the topic at a Chamber event scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 a.m. Keynote speaker will be Dean Klein of Freddie Mac. Workshop sessions will include topics such as grant money, marketing with technology and management issues. Display tables are $150. Host for the event is Northrop Grumman, 12011 Sunset Hills Road, Reston. Cost is $35 for members; $45 for non-members.

The Fall 2003 Membership Drive Network Night will be held Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Microsoft, Innovation and Technology Center, 2 Discovery Square, 12012 Sunset Hills, Reston. Cost is $15 for members; $25 for non-members.

Register online for chamber events at www.restonchamber.org. Call 703-707-9045.

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce Incubator Program has announced the start of GrowthSpurt 3, a competition designed to motivate aspiring entrepreneurs with marketable business plans to submit to the Incubator. Applicants have a chance at more than $10,000 in benefits, showcases and small business development.

Entrepreneurs entering GrowthSpurt 3 should submit original business concepts and their formal business plan to the Greater Reston Chamber by 5 p.m. by Oct. 17, 2003.

The following panel of Judges will declare the winner at the Chamber’s Luncheon on Nov. 11, 2003: Mike Clarke (Access National Bank), Karen Hallows (George Mason University), Joey Musmar (Miller Musmar), Kyp Sirinakis (WomenAngels.net, LLC), Scott Townsend (Hale and Dorr LLP), Mark Trice (PricewaterhouseCoopers), Jonathan Perl (Boulder Ventures), Michael Helmicki (Edison Venture Fund), Joe Walsh (Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology) and Denise Zack (Cooley Godward LLP).

For more information on the Incubator Program, e-mail restonbiz@restonchamber.org or call 703-707-9045.

The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery at 1825 Samuel Morse Drive in Reston will hold an open house on Friday, Oct. 17, from 2-7 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the operating rooms, get a look at the behind-the-scenes operations and enjoy a catered event. Doctors and consultants will also be available to answer questions and conduct complimentary computer imaging. RSVP to Ronna at 703-893-6168.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is one of four companies awarded a 5-year, $498 million contract to provide advanced systems for protecting U.S. Air Force bases worldwide.

The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity Integrated Base Defense Security System (IBDSS) contract was awarded by the Air Force Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. The contract is available to any federal agency seeking to enhance its security.

Under the IBDSS contract, the Northrop Grumman Mission Systems team in Reston will link numerous technologies and other force protection elements to enable integrated protection of critical assets.

Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector in Reston is the prime integrator under the $70 million, 8-year contract awarded in 1997.

Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector, based in Herndon, provided most of the key software applications that comprise the public safety data

system.