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"90 Minutes to Fill Your Pipeline." Learn to get more qualified prospects from the chamber and local business publications in less time. Network with area business association members. Wednesday, April 27 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Fairfax County EDA, 8300 Boone Blvd., Suite 450. RSVP at 703-281-1333.

"What’s It Really Worth?" This seminar discusses the sell-side approach to business valuation and mergers and acquisitions, including the types of buyers and how to find them. May 5 from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at the Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Drive, 17th floor, Tysons Corner. Cost is $50. Registration required. Contact Anne Hagen at 703-827-0200, ext. 111 or ahagen@mcleanllc.com. For more information visit www.mcleanllc.com/events_schedule.html.

"Selling Technology in the Federal Government," presented by The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), is an educational program for information technology resellers, distributors and equipment and service vendors. Tuesday, May 10 at 8:30 a.m. at the immixGroup Training Center, 8444 Westpark Drive, Suite 200, McLean. The cost is $715 for CompTIA members and $795 for nonmembers. Visit www.comptia.org/events/seminars.aspx.

Northern Virginia companies can now apply for the 2005 CARE (Companies As Responsive Employers) Awards administered by Northern Virginia Family Service. Applications are available online and must be submitted by June 10.

The CARE Awards recognize businesses located, but not necessarily headquartered, in Northern Virginia that are leaders in promoting a positive work-life balance for employees through company policies and benefits. The program was developed by Northern Virginia Family Service and area business leaders, not only to give recognition to family-friendly companies, but also to encourage and challenge other companies to examine their policies and programs. Since 1992, the CARE Awards have identified the best places to work in Northern Virginia.

The application can be downloaded from www.nvfs.org/applyforcare.pdf. Applicants are evaluated against other businesses of like size and resources. Award winners are recognized at a breakfast to be held Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Hilton McLean in Tysons Corner.

The IDI Group Companies of Arlington have announced the promotion of five IDI staff members to vice presidents. Virginia residents Carlos Cecchi of Alexandria, Enrico Cecchi of McLean, Patrick J. Rhodes Jr. of Middleburg and Bruce Rieder of Arlington, as well as Jolene Zangardi of Olney, Md., have all been named vice presidents.

Enrico C. Cecchi of McLean joined IDI in 1998 as assistant vice president and counsel. He collaborates with the chief financial officer in matters related to project financing, oversees contractual and in-house legal matters, serves as liaison with outside counsel and is responsible for various administrative corporate functions. Prior to joining IDI, he was an associate at the law firm of Hazel & Thomas, P.C., specializing in real estate and corporate law.

The Sixth Annual Women in Technology (WIT) Leadership Awards Banquet takes place on May 19 at the McLean Hilton, McLean. The WIT Annual Leadership Awards Banquet recognizes individuals for their outstanding accomplishments in the areas of mentoring, entrepreneurship and technology.

The WIT Leadership Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of women who are both members and non-members of WIT. Awards will be issued in six individual categories including Corporate Leadership, Entrepreneur Leadership, Government Leadership, Women in Technology Champion, Rising Star and Lifetime Achievement. For more information on the Awards, sponsorship or to nominate a deserving individual, visit www.womenintechnology.org.

For more information, visit WIT's Web site, www.womenintechnology.org.

ActiveMedia, a global full-service online marketing firm with offices in McLean and elsewhere, partnered with the Northern Virginia Technology Council and Italian web marketing and online advertising agency, Ad Maiora, to present Washington, D.C.-area businesses with the latest advances in search engine technology. The half-day seminar on Feb. 24 introduced local companies to new techniques for effectively capitalizing on the power of search engine optimization to enhance corporate business development strategies.