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Douglass School

Douglass school is the center for Alternative Education Programs (AEP) for middle and high school students of Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS). Seven different programs, each targeting a different population, are offered through the Douglass School. This includes one outreach program coordinated by Douglass but offered at each LCPS high school. During the current school year over 600 students will attend one of the Douglass alternative programs. The AEP offers middle and high school students an alternative format (block schedule), smaller sized classes (maximum 15 students per class), and varied instructional approaches as an alternative way to school success.  This voluntary program currently serves 155 students who come from all areas of Loudoun County.  Each year about half of the graduates enter competitive employment while the other half of the school’s graduates continue their education, predominantly at the community college level.  The AEP serves about 180 students per year. Learn more at

Echelon Strategies

Echelon Strategies was created to continue a tradition of service to our Nation. Many of our colleagues have dedicated much of their lives to the military or in other positions across the federal government. Now that we have hung up the active duty boots, we have a strong desire to continue to serve those who continue to sacrifice so we can pursue our own individual dreams. As a result of our service, we know what is needed to address the many capability gaps and we seek to provide our warfighters the leverage they need to overcome an ever-changing enemy. Learn more at

Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce offers business development opportunities to organizations interested in growth through knowledge, access and influence in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia and the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The Chamber leads the business community by engaging thought leadership, strengthening industry knowledge and supporting key community partnerships. Learn more at

Ikebana International Washington, D.C. Chapter 1 Inc.

The Washington, D.C. Chapter of Ikebana International was founded by Ellen Gordon Allen. It was the first chapter to be created outside of Tokyo, Japan. It is a vibrant, stimulating organization composed of many talented teachers of ikebana and dedicated members. Ikebana International is a non-profit, cultural organization dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. The late Ellen Gordon Allen founded the organization in 1956 to promote friendship among the peoples of the world through their mutual love of nature and enjoyment of ikebana. Today, there are chapters of Ikebana International in over 50 countries with a membership of approximately 10,000 persons. Learn more at


At Imagex, we design, implement and support intelligent and flexible content management systems that will dramatically change the way you do business. Our tailored solutions integrate document imaging, data content, workflow and the latest software tools to help you increase productivity, reduce costs and inefficiencies, and optimize your business processes. We have more than 20 years of experience developing innovative solutions for a variety of organizations, including banking and finance, state and local government, higher education, associations, and healthcare. Unlike companies that provide only a few pieces of the puzzle, we deliver innovative, end-to-end solutions that combine hardware, software and services. Learn more at


InnoEngineer is the first online service tailored for this purpose, offering practical and satisfactory solutions for companies that need expertise; companies post their projects and wait for engineers to bid. Engineers and companies that use InnoEngineer come from industries and backgrounds that are as varied as their expertise, providing a diverse pool of talents that can meet the needs of specialized. InnoEngineer is a US based company and located in Tysons Corner Virginia in metropolitan Washington D.C. area. InnoEngineer’s mission is simple: to provide a service that allows companies to find real-time solutions to their complex engineering projects effectively and efficiently. Learn more at serves as the leading nexus between internships and students, higher education and employers. At we develop world class tools and services to enable every student, employer and educator to better understand and optimize the work opportunities of the future. Learn more at

Market Torque

Market Torque is committed to helping small and emerging businesses increase their market presence in the Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland. Core industries we support include technology and professional services. Services include proposals, branding, brand representation and marketing strategy. Market Torque offers insight into your marketing and business development based on large corporate marketing experience and client experience. Ultimately, Market Torque’s mission is to help your business grow. Learn more at

Steve Gladis Leadership

Steve Gladis serves as president and CEO of Steve Gladis Leadership, a leadership development firm focused on helping leaders achieve both success and significance through executive coaching, training and development, and motivational speaking. Learn more at

TalaTek LLC

TalaTek, LLC, is a woman-owned business providing specialized services in risk management, security and compliance. Baan Alsinawi’s total IT experience was the driver behind her establishing TalaTek as a state-of-the-art security and compliance firm to fill the gaps left by standard solutions providers. TalaTek’s staff are members of ISC2 and are both CISSP and ITIL-certified. Each member of the firm is a senior IT professional; some have more than two decades of experience in various aspects of information technology, having managed networks, implemented software solutions and directed security operations. TalaTek LLC. provides unparalleled IT Security & Risk Management based on NIST, ITIL and ISO27001. Our exceptional team is also experienced in compliance solutions implementing NIST standards to meet FISMA, HIPAA, privacy standards and other regulations for our customers. Learn more at

Taylor Consulting

With over 30 years of front-line experience strategically developing corporate identity, web, marketing and sales collateral programs, we offer a unique approach to creating programs and offering support that makes a difference and gets you results.  Combined with world-class partnerships, Taylor offers a solution that is unique, cost-effective and results proven. Learn more at

The Lit Pub

Founded by Molly Gaudry in 2011, The Lit Pub is an independent publishing company specializing in literary hybridity. We’re most interested in the genre-blurring that occurs when authors experiment with traditional and established forms of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. We also maintain a blog for book lovers by recommending at least one book a day. Check us out at home, and on Facebook and Twitter too.

The Washington Center

The Washington Center is the largest independent, nonprofit academic internship program in the country. It brings together exceptional and dedicated college students and civic, governmental and business leaders, hundreds of colleges and universities, scores of public and private host organizations (or internship sites), and over 40,000 alumni. Founded 35 years ago, TWC is a unique educational center based on a fully integrated mix of professional experience, academic coursework and real-life challenges. Learn more at

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