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Virginia’s Fastest Growing Companies

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For Immediate Release April 27, 2017

 

Contact: Paul Logan

804-237-1454

P.logan@vachamber.com

 

Virginia Chamber Unveils 22nd Annual List of Virginia’s Fastest Growing Companies – the Fantastic 50

Chantilly – The Virginia Chamber of Commerce celebrated fifty of the fastest growing Virginia companies at the twenty second annual “Virginia’s Fantastic 50 Awards Banquet” on April 27 at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly. More than 400 attendees participated in the banquet to recognize the companies for their success.

 

“We know that companies will grow and expand where they have the skilled workforce to support their mission,” said Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. “We are glad to toast the entrepreneurial spirit of these Virginia business leaders and the dedicated employees who have brought these companies continued success.”

 

At the conclusion of the awards banquet, the Chamber announced four Virginia Vanguard winners, recognized for the highest growth in the categories of service, technology, manufacturing, and recognizing the company with the highest overall growth in Virginia. The 2017 Virginia Vanguard Winners are:

 

Highest Overall Growth: Darkblade Systems, Stafford County

 

Technology: GuidePoint Security LLC, Herndon Service: Axis Global Enterprises, Virginia Beach Manufacturing: O’Connor Brewing Company, Norfolk

A full list of the Fantastic 50 award winners is available below.

 

About the Awards—Virginia’s FANTASTIC 50 award program is a signature event of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Now in its 22nd year, the FANTASTIC 50 program is the only annual statewide award recognizing Virginia’s fastest growing business.

 

Nominations for the 2017 FANTASTIC 50 were sought last fall from local chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, and through the sponsors’ networks; companies may also nominate themselves.

 

To be eligible, a company must be privately held with headquarters in Virginia, show revenues between $200,000 and $200 million, and demonstrate positive revenue growth and positive net income in its most recent fiscal year over the previous year. Companies are judged on four-year revenue history. The professional service firm Dixon Hughes Goodman verifies all award entries.

 

The Fantastic 50 award program is sponsored by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Cox Communications, Inc., Hunton and Williams, Virginia Business Magazine, Dixon Hughes Goodman, SunTrust Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, and the Westfields Marriott.

 

Virginia Chamber of Commerce 2017 Virginia Fantastic 50 Winners

 

  1. Darkblade Systems, Stafford (Virginia Vanguard – Highest Overall Growth)
  2. GuidePoint Security LLC, Herndon (Virginia Vanguard – Technology)
  3. Axis Global Enterprises, Virginia Beach (Virginia Vanguard – Service)
  4. SSi, Virginia Beach
  5. Davis Defense Group, Inc., Stafford
  6. The Hilb Group, Richmond
  7. V1 Analytical Solutions, LLC, Arlington
  8. Cynet Systems Inc., Ashburn
  9. Concept Plus, LLC, Fairfax
  10. E3 Federal Solutions, McLean
  11. RM Advisory Services LLC, Alexandria
  12. Creative Systems and Consulting, McLean
  13. Ingenicomm, Inc., Chantilly
  14. Tribal Tech LLC, Alexandria
  15. PotomacWave Consulting, Alexandria
  16. American Cyber, Inc., Clifton
  17. Cape Henry Associates, Virginia Beach
  18. Convoke, Arlington
  19. Impact Makers, Richmond
  20. O’Connor Brewing Company, Norfolk (Virginia Vanguard – Manufacturing)
  21. Eagle Hill Consulting, Arlington
  22. Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Lexington
  23. Veris Group LLC, Vienna
  24. Morooka America, Ashland

 

  1. Insignia Technology Services LLC, Newport News
  2. DIGITALSPEC, Fairfax
  3. Highlight Technologies, Fairfax
  4. SOLitude Lake Management, Virginia Beach
  5. Brandito, Henrico
  6. MindPoint Group LLC, Springfield
  7. Divurgent, Virginia Beach
  8. Patriot Group International, Inc., Warrenton
  9. Marathon TS, Kilmarnock
  10. Sevatec Inc., Fairfax
  11. Epitome Networks, Richmond
  12. The Bowen Group, Stafford
  13. ValidaTek Inc., Arlington
  14. Pretek Corporation, Chantilly
  15. Datatility, Inc., Ashburn
  16. Amatea, LLC, Leesburg
  17. NuAxis Innovations, Vienna
  18. ODUrent, Norfolk
  19. The Frontier Project, Richmond
  20. AEM Corporation, Herndon
  21. Technatomy Corporation, Fairfax
  22. Chmura Economics & Analytics, Richmond
  23. Higher Logic. Arlington
  24. Dominion Consulting Inc., Reston
  25. Markon Solutions, Falls Church
  26. Zantech IT Services Inc., Tysons Corner

 

About the Virginia Chamber of Commerce

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is the largest business advocacy organization in the Commonwealth, with more than 26,000 members. The Chamber is the leading non-partisan business advocacy organization that works in the legislative, regulatory, civic and judicial arenas at the state and federal level to be a force for long-term economic growth in the Commonwealth. Learn more at www.vachamber.com

 

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UNITED STATES NEEDS TO SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE ACCESS TO LANGUAGE LEARNING TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE

UNITED STATES NEEDS TO SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE ACCESS TO LANGUAGE LEARNING TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE

First national study of language learning in 30 years was requested from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences by a bipartisan group of members of U.S. Senate & House of Representatives

CAMBRIDGE, MA | FEBRUARY 28, 2017 – The American Academy of Arts and Sciences today released the final report and recommendations of the Commission on Language Learning, a national effort established to examine the current state of U.S. language education, to project what the nation’s education needs will be in the future, and to offer recommendations for ways to meet those needs.

“This report arrives at an important moment in our history,” American Academy President Jonathan Fanton said. “While English continues to be the most commonly used language for world trade and diplomacy, there is an emerging consensus among leaders in business and government, teachers, and scientists that proficiency in English is not sufficient to meet the nation’s needs in a shrinking world. And parents are beginning to understand that there are real benefits to teaching their children a second or third language in addition to English: cognitive benefits, important habits of mind, and new and valuable perspectives on the world.

While more than 65 million U.S. residents speak a language other than English at home, that number represents only 20.7 percent of the total population, and only a fraction of this cohort is considered proficient in reading, writing, and speaking a second language.

The vast majority of American citizens remain monolingual.

“Our greatest challenge, as our final report highlights in detail, is one of teaching capacity,” said Chairman of the Commission Paul LeClerc, the Director of the Columbia University Global Center in Paris, who served as chair of the Commission, past president and CEO of the New York Public Library, and Hunter College President emeritus. “The Commission recommends ways to organize existing resources so that we can teach more Americans to speak more languages at an earlier age. We also want to make sure that language education is available to people of every cultural and socio-economic background,” he said.

The Commission recommends a national strategy to improve access to as many languages as possible for people of every region, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background, with a goal of valuing language education as a persistent national need similar to education in math or English, and to ensure reaching proficiency is within every student’s reach.

The Commission’s five recommendations are:

  • Increase the number of language teachers in P-12 education so that every child in every state has the opportunity to learn a language in addition to English.

 

  • Encourage the coordination of state credentialing systems so that qualified teachers can find work in regions where there are significant shortages.
  • Attract talented and enthusiastic language teachers through federal loan forgiveness programs.
  • Develop and distribute online and digital technologies, as well as blended learning models, particularly in communities with a short supply of language teachers.
  • Provide new opportunities for advanced study in languages in higher education—for future language teachers as well scholars in other fields—through a recommitment to language instruction, blended learning programs, and the development of new regional consortia allowing colleges and universities to pool resources.
  • Supplement language instruction across the education system through public-private partnerships among schools, governments, philanthropies, businesses, and local community members.

 

  • Draw on local and regional resources by working with heritage language communities and other local experts to create in-school and after-school instructional programs.
  • Maintain support for state humanities councils and other organizations that create vital language and cultural resources for local communities.
  • Support heritage languages already spoken in the United States, and help these languages persist from generation to the next.

 

  • Encourage heritage language speakers to pursue further instruction in their home languages.
  • Provide more language learning opportunities for heritage speakers in classroom or school settings.
  • Expand efforts to create college and university curricula designed specifically for heritage speakers and to offer course credit for proficiency in heritage language.
  • Provide targeted attention to Native American languages as defined in NALA.

 

  • Increase support for the use of Native American languages as the primary medium of education as well as the development of P-12 curricula and education materials for such programs.
  • Provide opportunities for Native Americans and others to study Native American languages in English medium schools with appropriate P-12 curricula and materials.
  • Promote opportunities for students to learn languages in other countries, by experiencing other cultures and immersing themselves in multilingual environments.

 

  • Encourage high schools and universities to facilitate learning abroad opportunities for students.
  • Increase the number of international internships sponsored by businesses and NGOs.
  • Restructure federal financial aid to help low-income undergraduates experience study abroad during the summer as well as the academic year.

The full report, entitled America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education in the 21st Century, is available at http://www.amacad.org/language.

“The Commission’s work was thoughtful, extensive, and critical to the future of our nation,” said Martha G. Abbott, Executive Director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. “In the weeks and months ahead, ACTFL will work tirelessly along with the entire language profession through a national public awareness campaign, Lead with Languages, to encourage action by local, state, and federal leaders, as well as university, corporate and nonprofit partners, to gain a national commitment to language learning,” she said.

The Commission was formed in response to a bipartisan Congressional request from:

  • Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Mark Kirk (R-Illinois), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii); and
  • Representatives Leonard Lance (R-New Jersey), David Price (D-North Carolina), Don Young (R-Alaska), and former Representative Rush Holt (D-New Jersey).

In their request, the members of Congress asked the American Academy to undertake the new study to examine the following questions: “What actions should the nation take to ensure excellence in all languages as well as international education and research, including how we may more effectively use current resources to advance language attainment?” and “How does language learning influence economic growth, cultural diplomacy, the productivity of future generations, and the fulfillment of all Americans?”

In calling for the Academy’s study, the members of Congress emphasized that American society is increasingly multilingual, Americans are more engaged around the globe than ever before, and most of the major challenges and opportunities—from public health issues to the development of new technologies—require international understanding and cooperation.

Initial support for the Commission was provided by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, and by the Academy’s New Initiatives Fund.

The current situation is putting the United States at a competitive disadvantage in a global society:

  • Almost 30 percent of business executives report having missed opportunities due to a lack of on-staff language skills, and 40 percent reported that they failed to reach their international potential due to language barriers;
  • An estimated 300-400 million Chinese students are now studying English, compared to about 200,000 U.S. students currently studying Chinese;
  • Approximately 66 percent of all European adults report having knowledge of more than one language, compared with 20 percent of U.S. residents;
  • Only 15 percent of the nation’s public elementary schools offer a program for languages other than English, compared with more than 50 percent of private elementary schools;
  • Across the nation, there has been a significant decline in the number of middle schools offering world languages: from 75 percent in 1997 to 58 percent in 2008;
  • At least 44 states report a shortage of qualified K-12 language or bilingual teachers for the 2016-2017 school year; more states report a teacher shortage in languages than in any other subject;

In December 2016, the Commission released a companion report that provided additional supporting data, The State of Languages in the U.S.: A Statistical Portrait.

The Commission studied all the ways in which Americans receive language education, from classes in traditional academic settings to government programs to workplace enrichment, to identify best practices and opportunities for improvement. The last major, national report on language learning was Strength Through Wisdom: A Critique of U.S. Capability, published in 1979 by the President’s Commission on Foreign Languages and International Studies.

The Commission worked with scholarly and professional organizations around the country to gather available research about the benefits of language instruction at every educational level, from pre-school through lifelong learning to initiate a nationwide conversation about languages and international education.

In addition to Dr. Paul LeClerc, members of the Commission on Language Learning were:

  • Martha G. Abbott, Executive Director, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages;
  • Mark Aronoff, Distinguished Professor of Linguistics, Stony Brook University;
  • Jessie “little doe” Baird, Cofounder and Linguistic Director, Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project;
  • David Chu, President, Institute for Defense Analysis;
  • Dan E. Davidson, President, American Councils for International Education;
  • Nicholas B. Dirks, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley;
  • Brian T. Edwards, Crown Professor, Middle East Studies, Professor of English, Comparative Literary Studies, and American Studies, Northwestern University;
  • Karl Eikenberry, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General, and Director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University;
  • Rosemary G. Feal, Executive Director, Modern Language Association;
  • Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of History, Columbia University;
  • Nancy McEldowney, Director, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State;
  • Philip Rubin, Senior Advisor to the President, Haskins Laboratories, and former Principal Assistant Director for Science, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy;
  • Rubén G. Rumbaut, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine;
  • Marta Tienda, Maurice P. During ’22 Professor of Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University;
  • Kenneth L. Wallach, Executive Chairman and former CEO, Central National Gottesman, Inc.;
  • Diane P. Wood, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; and
  • Pauline Yu, President, American Council of Learned Societies.

About the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is among the nation’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world. In its work, the Academy focuses on higher education, the humanities, and the arts; science and technology policy; global security and international affairs; and American institutions and the public good. Academy research has resulted in reports such as The Heart of the Matter, Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream, Public Research Universities–Recommitting to Lincoln’s Vision: An Educational Compact for the 21st Century, and A Primer on the College Student Journey. The Academy’s work is advanced by its approximately 4,800 elected members and 600 foreign honorary members, who are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs from around the world.

The Commission on Language Learning, responds to a request from a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Members of Congress. It is composed of national leaders in education, scientific and humanistic research, business, and government. Its final report will recommend a range of options for improving—and making more widely available—a set of educational approaches, services, and technological innovations to strengthen language learning in the U.S. Support for the Commission is provided by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a grant from the Luce Foundation, and resources from the Academy’s New Initiatives Fund.

The Humanities Indicators, a research initiative of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, offer policy-neutral descriptive statistics that chart trends in the field over time for policymakers, journalists, and the general public. The Indicators are supported through funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Contact:

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American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Interim Chief Communications Officer

617-576-6186 (office)

781-521-0909 (cell)

atiedemann@amacad.org

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Honoring Our Past – Defining Our Future

During the month of November, it is a time to honor our Veterans and a time of giving thanks, as well as celebrate Native American Heritage Month. All have great significance throughout Indian Country, however, as we not only honor our past, we must look to define our future. Nothing is more important than Election Day – less than a week away!

Like most small business owners, I wake up every day thinking about ways to further my clients’ missions, continuously develop innovative solutions, and meeting payroll. These are critical components of running a small business. However, I founded Tribal Tech with the hope and expectation to do so much more.

After dedicating my years of public service, serving five U.S. Presidents, working throughout Indian Country, I am proud to say my passion and commitment to our issues began with my father, who served as Tribal Chairman of the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians. He taught me the values and traditions that continue to guide me today.

Now, more than ever, we must go to the polls and vote for the candidate that understands American Indian and Alaska Native issues, has a proven record of working throughout Indian Country, advances economic opportunity, and demonstrates a clear commitment to serving the best interests of children and families. I want the next President of the United States to reflect the values that I was raised with and have passed on to my daughter, as she is defining her future. These values include integrity, accountability, hard work, as well as compassion, respect, and love for community and family.

I want to see a President who has the same spirit of collaboration and cooperation that helped me create Tribal Tech’s guiding principles of “people, performance and partnership”, which embody an environment where our employees can flourish and our clients benefit from our capabilities, championing efforts to combat bullying, youth suicide, substance abuse and many other behavioral health concerns. I want to see a President who will listen and hear our Native youth as they continue to amaze us through the Generation Indigenous initiative – ensuring all young Native people can reach their full potential. Someone to help us get this work done, by reaching across the aisle, for the future of our children.

We must listen to our elders and honor the past, but we must listen to our youth to define our future – supporting Indian Country, supporting candidates who have spent their lives advocating for children, advocating for equality, advocating for interests outside of their own. On November 8th, we owe it to our most precious resource, our youth, to get out and vote – “Every Native Vote Counts”!

Victoria Vasques is President/CEO, Tribal Tech, LLC, an American Indian woman-owned small business, providing training, technical assistance, grants administration and IT services to tribal, federal, state, local and private sector entities. She served in the Carter, Reagan, Bush41, Clinton and Bush43 Administrations