Director of BizLaunch
Phone: (703) 228-0853
Email: [email protected]
Tara R. Palacios is the Director of BizLaunch, Arlington’s Small Business and Entrepreneurial
Assistance Network in Arlington County, Virginia. Ms. Palacios initiated the BizLaunch program in 2002 to help entrepreneurs successfully grow and expand their businesses in the County. Since its inception the program has outreached to over 50,000 business owners through sponsored workshops, seminars, and one-on-one counseling sessions.
Ms. Palacios has over 20 years of experience in Marketing and Business Development at a variety of firms: a health maintenance organization, an IT software developer, a financial institution, and a uranium enricher before joining Arlington County in 2001.
In 2004 she received Arlington’s Best Business Award (ABBIES) for her steadfast contribution to the small business community. She also received the 2005 Small Business Advocate Award by the Arlington Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Ms. Palacios was awarded the 2010 District Director Award and the 2006 Minority Small Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. She was also honored as a Person of Vision by Arlington County’s Commission on the Status of Women in 2009. Ms. Palacios was awarded the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce 2013 Outstanding Public Partner Award, and the 2013 Entrepreneurship Partner Award by the Business Development Assistance Group (BDAG). In 2017, Ms. Palacios was inducted as an honorary SCORE member, and in 2018 received the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Partnership Award for her work with state and fostering entrepreneurship.
Ms. Palacios holds a Bachelor’s of Art Degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Political Science and Journalism. She also holds a Master’s of Science in Marketing Communications from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Leadership Arlington. Ms. Palacios recently received her Certification in Public Management from the Council of Government’s Institute for Regional Excellence.