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Executive Breakfast. “The Trade Agreements Act (TAA) Prohibitions and the Government Channel” immixGroup Event Center, 8444 Westpark Drive, Suite 200 McLean, April 18 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ITAA and immixGroup are jointly sponsoring this executive breakfast with panelists representing the distributor, legal, manufacturer and reseller perspectives discussing the effects of Trade Agreements Act compliance in the federal IT community.

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Business Seminar. “Strategies for Winning and Managing Performance-Based Government Business.” Held at the immixGroup Event Center, 8444 Westpark Drive, Suite 200 McLean, May 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join senior level government and industry executives at the heart of performance based acquisition (PBA) for an in-depth, interactive discussion that addresses the nuances of PBA. Learn to develop your own strategy and messaging to benefit from performance based objectives when selling products and services to the government.

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MBC Precision Imaging, which has offices in Tyson’s Corner announced its IT Services Division, specializing in providing IT support services to Architectural, Construction and Engineering Firms. MBC utilizes a suite of software assessment tools, staff interviews, workflow observation and AEC industry knowledge to evaluate current needs and propose solutions that both leverage existing systems and add hardware or services that balance customers’ current and future needs with their budgetary constraints.

Parature, provider of award-winning, on demand customer support software, announced that the company is being honored as one of the 50 “Best Places to Work in Greater Washington, D.C.” by the Washington Business Journal for the second consecutive year. Being acknowledged in the medium size company category, Parature will be honored as one of the top “2006 Best Place to Work” at a breakfast reception on Friday, May 12, at the Ritz Carlton hotel Tyson’s Corner, being hosted by the Washington Business Journal, Monster.com, Reznick Group and Quantum Market Research.

Acacia Federal Savings Bank kicked off its second annual Nice Guys Award at its 21st anniversary open house at 7600 Leesburg Pike, East Building Suite 200. The awards honor individuals, groups and businesses who go "above and beyond" in areas of hard work, high standards and helping others. Nomiations are being accepted through June 6 and winners will be announced Aug. 8. Winners receive $300 for their favorite charity. Call 703 967-8842.

The Center for Excellence in Education, located in Tysons Corner, is the first U.S. non-governmental organization, to be chosen by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to host China's top government officials. The center will host a dinner event on April 20 and three breakfast symposia April 21 at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in D.C. The event will benefit the Center for Excellence in Education's inaugural education program, the Research Science Institute, in partnership with Fudan University and the Shanghai Educational Press Group for Shanghai's top science and technology students at Fudan University in Summer 2006. Attending the event will be Minister of Information Liu Ping Yuan, Vice Minister of Science and Technology Whang Lian Zheng, Vice Minister of Public Health Peng Yi and Vice Minister of Agriculture Zhang Chong Ming. Symposia guests will include corporate sponsors of the educational project in China. U.S. business and Chinese leaders will discuss doing business in China, proprietary interests, partnerships and equity positions. For information and to purchase tables and tickets, contact Neela Khin at 703-448-9062, ext. 224, or nkhin@cee.org, or Maggie Parker at 703-476-9377 or Maggie@myerspr.com.

LTC Financial Partners is running a contest to change the perceptions that people over 65 are over the hill. Contestants may fill out the question I am over 65 and .... in 25 words or less and submit it via internet at http://www.eranova.com/LTCFP/over65contest.htm or contact Penny Gilbert at 703 281-0914 for more information.

McLean-based American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT)'s 2006 National Board of Directors were officially installed on Friday, March 10. Chickie Bucco, president of Katz Direct Marketing of Katz Media Group in New York city will serve as president. Vice president is Mary Bennett of EVP/National Marketing, Radio Advertising Bureau in Detroit and New York city. Treasurer is Sylvia Strobel, president and GM of Pennsylvania Public Television in Hershey, Pa., and treasurer-elect is Valerie Blackburn, director of business operations, at Susquehanna Radio Corp. in San Francisco.

The following individuals will serve as directors: Erinn Carter, Account Executive of NBC5 in Chicago; Lynne Conlan, director of programming and promotion at WMOR-TV in Tampa, Fla.; Catherine Corry, executive director of AOL Television Ventures in New York city; Andrea Cummis, media consultant in Roseland, N.Y.; Christa Dahlander, senior vice president of communications at the Radio Advertising Bureau in Dallas; Elizabeth Hammond, attorney at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Washington, D.C.; Dick Kernen, vice president of industry relations at Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts in Southfield, Mich.; Dr. Judith Marlane, president of Marlane Media Consultants in Marina del Rey, Calif.; Nia Mathis, attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP in Washington, D.C.; Amanda Mountain, sales and marketing director at UCCS Theatreworks in Colorado Springs; Kathleen T. Ross, EVP and chief administrative officer at Arbitron in Columbia, Md.; Janice Sharp, vice president of human resources, Capitol Broadcasting Company Inc. in Raleigh, N.C.; Vivian Unger, president of Broadcast Resources in Dallas; Celeste Villarreal, attorney at the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in Austin; and Melodie Virtue, owner of Garvey Schubert Barer in Washington, D.C.

The McLean-based immixGroup Inc. was selected by CA, one of the world's largest IT management software companies, to provide contract management and compliance monitoring services for its General Services Administration multiple award schedule contract, as well as related blanket purchase agreements with organizations such as the U.S. Army.

WildBlue Communications Inc.'s high-speed Internet via satellite service is now available throughout McLean. WildBlue provides high-speed Internet access via satellite to homes and small businesses in communities not currently served, or underserved, by other high-speed providers. Service is available simply by calling 1-866-WildBlue (945-3258) or by visiting www.wildblue.com.

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.

Vienna-based Backfence Inc. has launched its latest community site in Arlington, providing “hyperlocal” coverage of the county. Backfence.com/Arlington gives Arlingtonians a place online to can find local information, share stories, pictures and events, comment on local issues, review local businesses and advertise goods and services. As with Backfence’s previous sites in McLean and Reston and in Bethesda, Md., all of the content on the site is supplied by members of the community.

Chalk Inc. has been named exclusive eLearning solution provider for Digital Media Broadcast Corporation (DMBC). Chalk Inc. announced a three year strategic alliance with DMBC, a Virginia-based provider of niche digital broadcasts over a dedicated "Virtual Private Network". Whereby Chalk will become the exclusive provider of eLearning software, services and content to DMBC's clients.

Merrifield-based independent public broadcaster MHz Networks has launched Worldview, an internationally diverse, 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week program stream for public television stations. The new stream aims to attract globally aware viewers with a range of international programming blocks — world news, foreign affairs, international mysteries, world music, sports and foreign films — all in English or subtitled. The evening world news block features newscasts from Taiwan, India, Japan, France and Germany, with Bolivian and Russian news being added in March and pan-African news arriving by June. The World Music block features "Strictly Global," with videos from all over the world. The Emmy Award-winning "MHz Presents" features artists from all genres of music. Both "Strictly Global" and "MHz Presents" are MHz original productions. The international mystery block features iconic detectives from all over the world.

McLean-based Communiqué Conferencing Inc., audio and Web conferencing service provider, was named "Best Webinar Solution" by Elearning! Magazine. Elearning! readers and industry professionals nominated and cast ballots for the best e-learning solution providers across nine product categories.

Michael Briglia has been named vice president of commercial banking at First Horizon Bank's Northern Virginia-based commercial banking team. Briglia will operate from the mid-Atlantic regional headquarters in Tyson's Corner. He brings 15 years of experience in business development to the team. His responsibilities will include providing commercial lending products and services including commercial deposit and treasury management services.

Talbots Kids, located at Tysons Corner, honored manager Jessica Smith at a recent awards dinner naming her store the 2005 Kids Store of the Year. The award, which recognizes outstanding performance, was one of the highest honors presented at the banquet. Smith and her staff are noted for achieving strong sales performance and the highest standards of customer service.

JP Brehony Homes/Commonwealth Housing Corporation of Vienna has been chosen as the Custom Builder of the Year by the Custom Builders Council of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association. JP Brehony has been in business since 1991 and primarily builds upper-end, single-family custom homes in and around the town of Vienna.

Archisha Mehan has joined Cardinal Bank as assistant vice president in the Small Business Division. She will be responsible for business development in the Fairfax County market. Mehan is a graduate of the University of Bombay with a bachelors of arts in financial accounting and a masters from the University of Stirling, U.K.

HBL of Tysons, a luxury and sports car dealer, has hired the Bomstein Agency to provide advertising services for its dealership group. The agency's account services, creative and media departments will work to manage all aspects of HBL's advertising in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

Vienna-based Billy Casper Golf recently completed a remodeling of the clubhouse at its Reston National Golf Course and will now begin expanding the course's practice facilities. The practice facilities are projected to be complete by mid-April.

Billy Casper Golf (BCG), based in Vienna, recently honored a dozen superintendents at an annual meeting in Atlanta for their efforts maintaining course conditions at golf facilities located across the United States managed by the firm.

Greg Dubois, who oversees the agronomic operations at the award-winning Wintonbury Hills in Connecticut, won the Superintendent of the Year award.

Other winners of BCG's Superintendent Awards are:

Newcomer of the Year: Dennis Bowsher of Virginia Oaks, Va., and Jim Woodworth of Bent Creek, Fla.; Most Improved Golf Course of the Year: Lee McBurnett of Stonebridge Meadows, Ariz., and Mark Pelkey of Lyman Orchards, Conn.; Communicator of the Year: Rick Guillon of Avon Fields, Ohio; Utility Man of the Year: Jesse Seguin of Chick Evans, Ill., and Roger McDuffa of Highland Woods, Ill.; Bang for the Buck Award: Mark Seman of Sumner Meadows, Wash.; Outstanding Shop Award: John Kennedy of Stoneleigh, Va.; Team Player of the Year: Chris Fronczek of Eisenhower, Md.; Assistant Superintendent of the Year: Jason Wolfe of Highland Woods, Ill.

Charm City Concierge, co-owned by Nancy Green of Vienna, was recently featured on Good Morning America. The story was about national trends for corporate concierge services and how companies like Charm City Concierge continue to grow and be successful.