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Few people have experienced the bond that forms between people who emerged from a shared near death experience with a renewed will to live. Captain Dawn Halfaker and Staff Sergeant Norberto “Norbie” Lara started their unexpected journey together on June 19, 2004 in Baqubah, Iraq when their combat patrol was hit by a barrage of small-arms fires and RPGs. After a grenade pierced and penetrated the front of their vehicle, sliced off Norbie’s arm, and exploded next to Dawn, their collective struggle began in earnest as they both fought for their lives.

Washington, DC —Dawn Halfaker’s success is turning heads in the business world. Worth Magazine, an American wealth management magazine circulated to over 110,000 high net-worth individuals, recently listed Dawn on their list of 20 Entrepreneurs to Watch.

Washington, DC--Did you know that thousands of people from all over the world are working together to develop free open source technologies that power millions of websites and applications? Since 2008, Halfaker has taken advantage of this collective think tank and leveraged several open source technologies to offer its clients rapidly deployed solutions with low initial and ongoing costs.

New Orleans, LA—In less than one month, thousands will gather at the National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo to help generate business opportunities for Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs/SDVOSBs). Are you going to join in the excitement of empowering veteran-owned small businesses through fostering lasting business relationships and providing the information and resources needed to navigate the federal acquisition process?

Las Vegas, NV—Veterans embody the military values such as loyalty, honor and dedication to duty and bring a wealth of leadership experience to an organization. However, many organizations struggle to recruit and retain Veterans because it often requires additional planning and effort.

Washington, DC—Many of us don’t think about the unexpected consequences of losing a limb in combat, like Dawn Halfaker’s dreaded inability to do her hair. A prominent business leader in Washington DC, Dawn Halfaker, CEO of Halfaker and Associates, was profiled in the Washington Business Journal’s Executive Profile Series on June 17, 2011. Originally, Halfaker hails from San Diego, CA where she went from high school basketball plays to Army formations at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in just a few short years.

Washington, DC—Entrepreneurs hoping to get their small business up and running gathered together at the Small Business and Training Symposium on May 12, 2011, in Delano Hall at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC to seek support from other small business owners and mentors. The event, hosted by Transition Employment Assistance Management Service (TEAMS), aimed to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the information needed to jump-start a business.

Odenton, MD–Translating military training into civilian certification and career opportunities just got easier for Soldiers in the Maryland Army National Guard. Halfaker, a contracted supporter of the Guard Apprenticeship Program Initiative (GAPI), recently worked with the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Chesapeake in a collaborative effort to implement the pilot program. The program provides career and training opportunities in the electrical field for service members enrolled in the Maryland Army National Guard.

Arlington, VA - According to the American Red Cross, someone in the US needs blood every two seconds—that blood can only come from a volunteer donor. Please make the choice to donate by giving blood, the gift of life, at the Red Cross Blood drive hosted by Halfaker and ANSER on June 1st from 9am-3pm.

Washington, DC—Dawn Halfaker, CEO of Halfaker and Associates, was recently announced as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Greater Washington Award finalist. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. A panel of independent judges selected Dawn as a finalist from more than 100 nominations.