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The Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce offers the following upcoming events:

* Lunch and Lead Tip Group. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12:15-1:30 p.m., at Shula’s Steakhouse, 8028 Leesburg Pike in the Tysons Corner Marriott. RSVP to Harvey Silverman at 703-319-8806. Dutch.

* Executive Lunch Club. Every Friday from 12:15-1:30 p.m., at Shula’s Steakhouse, 8028 Leesburg Pike in the Tysons Corner Marriott. RSVP to Harvey Silverman at 703-319-8806. Dutch.

On Oct. 13 the Northrop Grumman Corporation of McLean was awarded a basic ordering agreement by the Transportation Security Administration. The agreement enables the company to compete for airport task orders for security screening services at airports nationwide.

The Northrop Grumman Corporation of McLean has named Linda A. Mills as vice president of operations and processes.

Cardinal Financial Corporation, based in Tysons Corner, recently delivered $32,000 to the American Red Cross National Capital. This initial check represents the first week of employee contributions and the Cardinal corporate matching funds in support of the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Cardinal is matching employee contributions, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000. In addition, Cardinal's 20 banking offices began accepting monetary donations from the public on Sept. 6.

Virginia Smiles, a Fairfax-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children born with a cleft lip and cleft palate, hosts a golf tournament to raise funds for its scholarship program on Thursday, Oct. 20, at noon, at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Clifton. Lunch will be provided before the tournament begins and prizes will be awarded during desserts afterward. The cost is $85 per golfer, or $340 per foursome, and includes green fees, golf cart, practice balls, prizes and desserts. Register online at www.Virginia-Smiles.org.

"The Virginia's Linked Workforce Showcase - Homeland Security" on Sept. 14 brought eight southwestern Virginia companies and 15 Northern Virginia companies together in Tysons Corner to facilitate the development of business partnerships that benefit both regions. A Showcase for the Region 2000 Economic Development Council is scheduled for Jan. 18; another showcase will be in March. Contact Carl Mitchell at 540-831-6398.

The Faifax County Economic Development Association provides business counseling services through

an arrangement with the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), a U.S. Small Business Administration initiative. A SCORE counselor is

available by appointment on the first, second and third Friday of every month at FCEDA, 8300 Boone Blvd., Suite 450, Vienna. Visit www.score.org. For an appointment, call 703-790-0600 or e-mail info@fceda.org.

Leadership Fairfax (LFI) named Ric Edelman, chairman of Edelman Financial Services LLC, as the honorary chair for its largest fundraiser, the 2005 Northern Virginia Leadership Awards (NVLA) Gala. Edelman will speak about corporate responsibility and the importance of giving back to the local community even in times of national and international disasters. Established by Leadership Fairfax, the Northern Virginia Leadership Awards recognizes individuals and groups who have made a difference in the Northern Virginia community through their vision, innovation, courage, commitment and inspiration. More information about the organization and the Northern Virginia Leadership Awards Gala, are available at www.leadershipfairfax.org <http://www.leadershipfairfax.org/> or by calling (703) 752-7555.

Virginia Economic Bridge Inc., hosted its fifth Virginia's Linked Workforce Showcase in Tysons Corner on Sept. 14. brought eight south-western Virginia companies and 15 Northern Virginia companies together in Tysons Corner to facilitate the development of business partnerships that benefit both regions. The companies came together to meet, network, demonstrate their strengths and form valuable alliances that have the potential to create jobs in both regions while keeping lucrative contracts in the Commonwealth.

The focus for this Showcase was IT applications for Homeland Security. Showcase participants enjoyed an early morning breakfast presentation by former Under Secretary of Homeland Security, Asa Hutchison, hosted by the Northern Virginia Technology Council's B2G Committee. Following that timely presentation, the Homeland Security Showcase event began by bringing the 23 companies together for one-on-one, roundtable discussions. Senator Jeannemarie Devolites Davis, 34th District, addressed the Showcase members acknowledging the importance of the different regions of the state collaborating in economic development, for the benefit of the Commonwealth as a whole.

Northern Virginia companies that participated in the Homeland Security Showcase included: Alion Science & Technology; BTi; Booz Allen Hamilton; CGI-AMS; CSC; IPIX Corporation; Lockheed Martin MS2 Undersea Systems; Lorenz Research Associates, Inc.; Mitretek; NYTOR, Inc.; OMNITEC Solutions, Inc.; Oracle; Premier Data Services, Inc.; SRA International, Inc; and VIACK Corporation.

Southwestern Virginia companies that participated in the Homeland Security Showcase included: American Research Corporation of Virginia; Automation Creations, Inc.; Comprehensive Computer Solutions, Inc. (CCS); Datalink Systems, Inc.; G3 Systems; Identification International, Inc. (I3); nanoCom; and Virtual High Tech.

Northern Virginia companies found additional incentives to do business with SWVA companies because, in addition to expertise and innovation, many of the SWVA companies were certified as Small Business 8(a), HUBZone, Woman, Minority and Veteran-owned companies that help the larger primes meet Federal contracting requirements.

Find out more about future Virginia's Linked Workforce Showcases by visiting the Web site at www.linkedworkforce.org or by contacting Virginia Economic Bridge, Inc., at 540-831-6398 or by e-mail at cmitchel@radford.edu.