July 2012

Helping Small Businesses Spring from Big Dreams: Halfaker supports VA’s National Veteran Small Business Conference

Detroit, MI—Detroit was buzzing from June 26-29, 2012 as over 8,000 Veterans attended the three-day National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo, VA for Vets Hiring Fair, and the Veteran Open House at the Detroit Cobo Center. The event, hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), was designed to have something for every Veteran. The largest of its kind, this year’s conference offered Veterans a tremendous amount of information needed to negotiate the small business sector, to negotiate the job market, and to negotiate the VA system.

Creating Opportunities for Military Families: Halfaker supports ThanksUSA scholarship program

Washington, DC—It’s not often that members of the Democratic and Republican parties can get together and have a great time supporting an important organization. However, supporting military families is a subject on which all can agree, and on July 11th, Senators Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Joe Leiberman joined ThanksUSA at their 2012 Treasure our Troops Gala at the Newseum. The night was a joyous occasion, and keynote speaker Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen.

The Uncertain Return: Halfaker joins discussion on the 21st Century Veteran at Aspen Ideas Festival

Less than one percent of the US population has served in the military, but the impact of Veterans returning home from war has a far greater ripple effect on our society. “As a nation, we’re really just waking up to the impact a decade of war has on our Veterans.” stated Dawn Halfaker, an Aspen Scholar, during the Aspen Ideas Festival held June 27th- July 3rd, 2012 in Aspen, Colorado.

Lessons from the Trenches: Halfaker inspires entrepreneurs at Inc. Leadership Forum

Miami, FL— “As business leaders, you go to work facing tight deadlines, cash flow crisis, and a feeling of competitors breathing down the back of your neck.  Pressure.  None of those are life and death.  There’s pressure…and then there’s ‘I’m in a foreign land fighting for my country and the bad guys are trying to kill me’ pressure,” stated Krissi Barr, founder and chief executive officer, Barr Corporate Success and co-author of Plugged, as she introduced Dawn Halfaker during the Inc. Leadership Forum in Miami, FL.

Recognized for Giving Back: Halfaker receives Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Award

Tysons Corner, VA—Halfaker’s company motto is simple: Continuing to Serve. And simply put, they are doing just that. The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce recently recognized the company’s efforts for business leadership and above-and-beyond corporate social responsibility by presenting Halfaker the 2012 Women-owned Business of the Year Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Award in front of nearly 700 members of the business community, elected officials and other community leaders on June 20, 2012.

Dawn Halfaker named Greater Washington 2012 Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year

Washington, DC—A recognized emerging entrepreneur, Dawn Halfaker received the Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year Award for Greater Washington on June 21, 2012 at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. The Awards program, which is in its 26th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.