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Detroit, MI—“Veterans are crucial to our economy, and we need to find them jobs,” declared President Obama during his recent State of the Union Address.

Committed to helping Veterans become successful entrepreneurs and finding fulfillment in self-employment in both the public and private sectors, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is set to host over 6,000 participants from June 26-29, 2012 at the National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI. Are you going to join in the excitement of supporting the Veteran business community?

Virginia Beach, VA—Looking for an edge over the competition? The federal government has clicked into the social media scene and it’s reported that over 90% of federal government reps and contractors in the government contracting industry are using social media. Besides being a natural way to promote your business and find new partners and customers, social media and the Gov 2.0 movement present new business opportunities to sell social media services to the government.

Washington, D.C. – Did you know that companies less than five years old created 44 million jobs over the past three decades? Accounting for virtually all of the net growth in our country from 1980 to 2005, startups are undoubtedly the center of job creation in every part of our country. With so much focus on increasing job opportunities, the White House has made it a priority to help improve the small business environment through the Startup America Legislation Agenda.

Atlanta, Georgia– A proud supporter of veterans, Halfaker and Associates continues to be publically recognized for its role in providing meaningful work for transitioning service men and women. CivilianJobs.com, where America’s military connects with civilian careers, announced on February 27, 2012 that Halfaker and Associate, LLC was named a finalist for the 2012 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military®. The Most Valuable Employers will be recognized in the month of May to help honor Armed Forces Day.

Arlington, VA—A wind down of expeditionary efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, coupled with imminent Pentagon budget cuts is expected to send a massive influx of professional military veterans into the private sector workforce.  On February 15th, Dawn Halfaker, CEO of Halfaker and Associates, provided insight into the challenges surrounding transitioning service members and led the audience through her inspiring story of her transition from the Battlefield to the Boardroom during the February installment of the Analytic Services Distinguished Speaker Series.

National Harbor, MD— Tremendous strides made in military medicine during the last decade of war have helped increase the survival rate of wounded warriors to unprecedented levels. However, there is still plenty of room for improvement in the Military Health System and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to providing first class support to returning wounded warriors, their families and transitioning veterans.

Washington, DC—Making another small step forward in opening more jobs to women in the military, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced on February 9th that more than 14,000 new job opportunities are expected to open this spring to women. This policy will allow women to perform six jobs that take place near combat units, such as tank mechanic and field artillery radar operator. Additionally, the policy lifts a ban restricting women from serving in combat units below the brigade level.

Washington, DC—Selected from over 130 applicants, Halfaker and Associates’ CEO, Dawn Halfaker, was recently honored as one of ten 2011 Fortune Most Powerful Entrepreneurs. Dawn was recognized amongst extraordinary women whose startups generated $1 million to $25 million in annual revenue last year—and appear poised to become large and global business leaders. Looking to expand on her company’s nationally recognized success, Dawn plans to leverage her company’s strong culture of service to earn $50 million in revenue by 2016.

Washington, DC—In these prolonged times of economic gloom, many wander in the fog of the current fiscal malaise, few have navigated the path to success, and even fewer shine as beacons of prosperity bright enough to illuminate the path for others to follow. Dawn Halfaker recently came together with the participants of the INC 500/5000 Joining Forces Military Mentoring Fair and rallied the military veterans there with the inspiring tale of her rise to success even while she bears the wounds of traumatic injuries suffered in combat.

Washington, DC—Helping to raise the bar for the government contracting industry, Halfaker and Associates’ CEO, Dawn Halfaker, was recently named an Executive of the Year Finalist for the 2011 Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards. Presented by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Professional Services Council (PSC) and Washington Technology, it is one of the region’s premier honors in the government contracting industry.