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To have business briefs listed in The Arlington Connection, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to arlington@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is 2 p.m. the Thursday before publication. This free community listing is reserved for events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost. Call Elizabeth Orr at 703-917-6449 with any questions.

This year's Super Certified Public Accountants contest in "Virginia Business Magazine" identified two Arlington accountants as the "best of the best" in the CPA profession. Edward Myerson was recognized in the categories of Business Valuation and Individual Tax. Priscilla Myerson was recognized in the category of Individual Tax. "Virginia Business" sent an official ballot to more than 5,000 Virginia CPAs asking them to nominate peers they considered to be the best at their craft. Two hundred, eighty winners were selected in 10 categories and are highlighted in a Super CPAs report in the Nov. 2004 issue.

First Edition Toastmasters meets every Friday, at 12 p.m., at 1700 N. Moore St., Suite 1275, Arlington. The diverse membership of this Toastmasters chapter includes small business owners and employees with a variety of government agencies and associations. Come visit to find out how Toastmasters can help you improve your skills in all areas of public speaking and communicate more effectively in everything you do. For more information on First Edition Toastmasters, contact Barbara Hicks at 703-558-2266 or visit the Web site www.firsteditiontm.org.

The Arlington Chapter of Business Networking International (BNI) meets for breakfast every Tuesday, from 7:30-9 a.m., at the Silver Diner, 3200 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. BNI leverages the power of word-of-mouth marketing by and offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and referrals as they grow their business. Only one person per professional classification or specialty may join a chapter.  For more information, contact Greg Brewer at 703-237-2705.

The Northern Virginia Business Referrals group meets every Tuesday at 7 a.m. for breakfast at the Metro 29 Diner, 4711 Lee Highway, Arlington. The group facilitates networking by limiting membership to one member per profession, and has been in existence since 1996. For more information on Northern Virginia Business Referrals, call 703-312-7117 or visit the NVBR Web site, www.nvbr.org.

The Arlington County Temporary Shelter (TACTS) has recently received $127,500 in grant funding from the following corporate and family foundations: Freddie Mac Foundation, Mary Kay Ash Foundation, John Edward Fowler Foundation and the Integic Charitable Foundation.

TACTS was awarded $100,000 for its Transitional Housing Program (THP) from the Freddie Mac Foundation. THP provides a new beginning for TACTS clients ready to live independently with the help of rental subsidies and continued case management. TACTS received $2,500 in first-time grant monies for the THP from the Northern Virginia-based Integic Charitable Foundation.

TACTS also received a first-time grant of $15,000 from the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation to support its Safehouse Domestic Violence Shelter and ongoing efforts to help women and children affected by domestic violence. TACTS is one of 100 shelters throughout the country receiving a grant from the Mary Kay Ash Foundation.

TACTS received $10,000 from the John Edward Fowler Foundation to be used for operation of its Emergency Homeless Shelter, which serves homeless families in Arlington and beyond.

For more information, visit http://www.tacts.org