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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.

Washington DC—“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~Winston Churchill

Fairfax Station, VA—On Sunday October 2, 2011, over 400 participants gathered at Burke Lake Park for the 5th Annual Run Around the Lake to raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). Although the morning resulted in unseasonably cold and wet weather, participants and volunteers alike made this year’s event a great success. Racers took no time completing the 4.7 miles course, with volunteers and spectators cheering as they crossed the finish line.

Washington, DC—Committed to a culture of service, Halfaker continues to defy a slowing economy as a strong and rapidly growing small business. Halfaker, a service-disabled veteran-owned, woman-owned, 8(a), small business, charts an impressive 153.32% compounded annual growth rate since inception in 2006. A recognized leader in providing professional services and information technology solutions, Halfaker’s impressive growth recently garnered the number 11 spot on Washington Technology’s 50 fastest growing small businesses in the government market rankings.

Potomac, MD—Looking to position themselves for greater success in the fast-growing marketplace of government contracting, Veteran entrepreneurs recently gathered at the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) three-day educational training program to develop best business practices. The intensive program, funded entirely by Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation and VIP sponsors, is offered at no cost to Veteran-owned business executives from across the country at the Bolger Hotel and Conference Center in Potomac, Maryland.

Washington, DC—Eyeing small business growth as one of the keys to strengthening the American economy, the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is working hard to get more people on the path to starting their own business. The program is designed to remind aspiring entrepreneurs of the fundamental concepts of an entrepreneurial mindset and the opportunities it can provide. Dawn Halfaker, CEO of Halfaker and Associates, was recently showcased as an Ice House Entrepreneur, a combat veteran and entrepreneur who triumphed over adversity by embracing her power of choice.

Fairfax Station, VA—Pay it forward for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) by joining Halfaker and Associates and J.M. Waller Associates, Inc. at the starting line of the Fifth Annual Run Around the Lake for Wounded Warriors. Last year, approximately 320 supporters collectively contributed $21,660 to the WWP; with your help, we hope to surpass last year’s donation to mark our continued appreciation and support of our Nation’s injured service men and women.

Reno, NV—The National Veteran Small Business Coalition believes that cryptology is hard, but government contracting doesn’t have to be. Emerging Veteran entrepreneurs hoping to break the code of government contracting recently gathered at this years’ Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS11) in Reno, NV. At the symposium, they had the invaluable opportunity to connect with thriving Veteran business owners to discuss the information needed to acquire government contracts and teaming opportunities.

Earlier this month, thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs, government representatives and seasoned business professionals gathered 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). In the midst of it all, a fantastic opportunity for exposure came from CNN.

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.