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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.

Washington, DC—A new public service campaign was recently launched to help military families realize that they are not alone, and that confidential help is available. To kick off the new campaign, Halfaker joined with senior military officials, leaders in government and business, and members of the entertainment community to support Blue Star Families on April 28, 2011 at the American Red Cross Great Hall of Service in Washington, DC for the launch of the new suicide prevention PSA campaign aimed at military families and veterans.

Arlington, VA—Separating from the military can often be a difficult time for transitioning service members. Many service members struggle to redefine their sense of identity and regain a sense of purpose.

Washington DC — On March 23rd, 2011, a special evening at the circus brought smiles to thousands of faces and helped raise funds for the Easter Seals to provide year round assistance, hope and answers for over 15,000 people with disabilities, including military, veterans, and wounded warriors and their families in the National Capital Region. The evening was made possible by the generosity of sponsors, like Halfaker — a service-disabled veteran-owned small business, who are committed to helping individuals with disabilities live better lives.

Atlanta, GA--CivilianJobs.com, where America's military connects with civilian careers, announced March 18, 2011 that Halfaker and Associates was named as a finalist for the 2011 Most Valuable Employers for Military today. The Most Valuable Employers will be recognized in the month of May to help honor Armed Forces Day, May 21, 2011.

Fredericksburg, VA—After sacrificing greatly for our Nation and asking nothing in return, the Recendez family is graciously awaiting the freedom of independent living. Halfaker and Associates is coordinating a wonderful volunteer opportunity this spring to support the Homes for Our Troops organization on April 15-17, 2011 to help give the joy of independent living through an adaptive home for one of its families, Kris and Jude Recendez, in Fredericksburg, VA.

Miami, FL—The worst financial storm since the Great Depression has created unique challenges, insights and opportunities for investors worldwide. Equity Traders attending the 2011, Credit Suisse Equity Trading Forum that took place March 9-11, 2011 at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, FL had the valuable opportunity to discuss how traders can exploit the unique opportunities available to investors today.

Virginia Beach, VA—How do you build a business from an idea? Hard work and perseverance? Sure, but millions of entrepreneurs throughout the ages have had great ideas and struggled and failed while others have succeeded. What makes those who succeed different?