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How Arlington Brought the DC Brgr Bash to Rosslyn
The DC Brgr Bash, which brings 16 area chefs together for a kitchen war of best burger creation amidst beer tastings and live music, will have its third annual regional showdown Saturday, July 18.

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BizLaunch Featured Company: Makondo Pets
BizLaunch Featured Company: Makondo Pets
Three years ago, Federico Arcinegas opened Makondo Pets, realizing a dream of starting his own company that he brought with him when he came to the United States.

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Brush up on Business Skills this Summer
Brush up on Business Skills this Summer
We know as an entrepreneur you are working 24/7, and don’t have time to listen to the birds sing. Simply for that reason alone we've designed a Small Business Check-Up Series.

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BizLaunch Featured Business: Integrated Project Controls
BizLaunch Featured Business: Integrated Project Controls
Integrated Project Controls, LLC founder Maurice Touzard says owning his own business was something he knew he’d do at an early age. “This passion for business started when I was about 14 years old,” he says. “For me as an entrepreneur every day is a journey, I am a risk taker and fearless, nothing is going to stop until I succeed.” Three years ago, he founded the construction cost consulting company in Arlington, where he works with architects, engineers, general contractors and developers at estimating construction costs.

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AED Staff Bid Final Farewell to Beloved Team Member, Torrey E. Hairston
AED Staff Bid Final Farewell to Beloved Team Member, Torrey E. Hairston
It is with great sadness that AED says goodbye to staff member Torrey Hairston, who passed away on April 28, 2015. His generous spirit lives on through his many colleagues at Arlington County Government, his loyal friends (of which there are many!), the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, his exceedingly lovely parents and his beautiful children, Zoe, Caleb and Jona.

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New Website for Arlington Economic Development and BizLaunch
New Website for Arlington Economic Development and BizLaunch
Coming this Friday, Arlington Economic Development's website (and the BizLaunch pages) will have a new look and feel, updated technology that makes the site responsive (works equally well on your desktop, tablet or cell phone) and stronger social media integration. It was built based on industry best-practices and the feedback we received from users like you.

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The One Key to a Successful Business Strategy
The One Key to a Successful Business Strategy
This blog post by guest author Tim Young, owner of Young Marketing Consulting, introduces the importance of focusing on your target audience.

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Arlington Hosts Intelligent Community Forum
Arlington Hosts Intelligent Community Forum
Earlier this month, Arlington Economic Development hosted Intelligent Communitiy Forum co-founder Robert Bell for a 3-day visit showcasing Arlington’s technology, broadband initiatives, business strategies and other efforts. The visit was part of the evaluation process for Arlington’s status as one of the world’s Top 7 Intelligent Communities for 2015.

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Arlington's Foray into China
Arlington's Foray into China
AED, along with Washington DC, VEDP and the Greater Washington China Investment Center, recently welcomed a Chinese delegation attending the SelectUSA 2015 Summit to see just what the two destinations can do for their businesses.

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AED at SXSW: Regionalism is the Key to Successful Business Attraction
AED at SXSW: Regionalism is the Key to Successful Business Attraction
Our area is booming with opportunity for startups who have technologies with application in the government, especially the defense arena. With agencies like DARPA, NSF, ONR and DHS in our backyard, this is certainly an area left untapped for businesses in the high-growth industries of cybersecurity, big data, drones and related fields.

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BizLaunch Featured Business: Law Office of Ryan F. Alvarez
BizLaunch Featured Business: Law Office of Ryan F. Alvarez
Attorney Ryan Alvarez says he made the decision to start his own business two and a half years ago because he knew he had a service he could offer that helped meet the needs of small business owners. Learn more about his experience here.

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BizLaunch Tweetups
BizLaunch Tweetups
Have you ever wondered what a BizLaunch Tweetup is? Well, in this month’s BizLaunch Blog, our fabulous intern Amy Rodriguez from Wakefield High explains what a tweetup is and how you (the entrepreneur) can participate via Twitter.

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Government Contracting 1.0
Government Contracting 1.0
Get excellent government contracting tips from guest blogger Adam Williamson of Road Map Consulting.

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Eastern Foundry Contracting Boot Camp Helps Contractors Navigate the Federal Process
Eastern Foundry Contracting Boot Camp Helps Contractors Navigate the Federal Process
Eastern Foundry is piloting a first-of-its-kind program for those looking to earn a Government Contracting Professional Certificate.

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Using the Public Library as a Key Small Business Resource
Using the Public Library as a Key Small Business Resource
Today’s public library is much more than just books. Arlington Public Library has become a vital resource for local entrepreneurs and small business owners.

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BizLaunch Featured Business: Tortas y Tacos la Chiquita
BizLaunch Featured Business: Tortas y Tacos la Chiquita
Tortas y Tacos food truck co-owner Benedicto Yanez says “Arlington is an excellent place to launch a business because it has a lot of support for entrepreneurs.” 

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Company Spotlight: Applied Predictive Technologies Gains National Recognition
Arlington-based Applied Predictive Technologies (APT) is garnering significant national attention in the new year. 

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To Be an Entrepreneur in 2015
To Be an Entrepreneur in 2015
This blog by BizLaunch Director Tara Palacios outlines five simple tips for keeping your resolution to starting a business in 2015.

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Thoughts on PBS and Innovation
Thoughts on PBS and Innovation
Arlington Economic Development's Executive Lunch series welcomed Paula Kerger, CEO of PBS.

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BizLaunch Featured Business: Golden Gleam Cleaning
BizLaunch Featured Business: Golden Gleam Cleaning
Golden Gleam Cleaning owner Julio Serrano says BizLaunch helped him “grow up” as an entrepreneur.

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