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November 2016

innovation salon

The second Innovation Discourse will be on December 7 at Mason's Art and Design Building focuses on technologies like self-driving cars, synthetic biology, 3D printing, and artifical Intelligence (AI). Entrepreneurs, scholars, and public officials will discuss how these will affect our economy, our communities, and our families.  All are invited to register and attend.


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OP3 is part of the Innovation Coalition that grew out of the Fairfax County Economic Success Plan.We are collaborating on opportunities for the community to learn about and discuss ideas and trends that are changing the world – including here in Fairfax County. The first salon (or dialogue) was held on October 21 at the premiere of the documentary The University at the 5th Washington West Film Festival in Reston.  After the film, the audience of 350+ heard a discussion about disruptive ideas.

Fairfax County, Fairfax Economic Development Authority and other public and private partners are supporting the first ever Startup Census with Fosterly to collect and report information on the experiences of businesses that have launched in our region in the past five years. The survey link is open until Dec 2.  The survey results (available January 17) will inform the general public and lawmakers about the status and needs of innovative companies within the region’s competitive entrepreneurship environment.





Medical Care for Children

The Medical Care for Children Partnership (MCCP) Foundation funds health care for the children in low-income, uninsured, working families in Fairfax County. The model is a unique public private partnership which includes Fairfax County government, Kaiser Permanent,a network of pediatricians and dentists,and many corporate, foundation, and individual supporters. MCCP has been keeping children healthy for over 30 years now through the generosity of our community!

There are many working families in Fairfax County that are struggling to make ends meet. Often these families have no medical and dental care benefits, which means these children are seen in medical crisis in an emergency room at a larger cost to the community and to the family. Kaiser Permanente recently increased the number of medical slots available to serve eligible children in Fairfax County.

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Give & Get Involved

Companies that Care

Training & Resources

Holiday Heroes from Volunteer Fairfax
Looking to give back this holiday season? Check out the Handbook for Holiday Heroes from Volunteer Fairfax or Fairfax County's Volunteer Management System. It a place where nonprofits are highlighting their needs and wishes. Opportunities like Fill a Holiday Table, help with Fall Yard Upkeep or Support the Library Used Book Sale are just a few of the ways to give and get involved.

Giving Circle of Hope Celebrates the $1M milestone    
Celebrate the success of the Circle by being a part of the “Big Give” on November 17 at 6:30p. It’s alive opportunity to participate in the power of collective giving. Three nonprofits will benefit from that nights gifts…

NOVA Leadership Awards December 1
Come celebrate the community leaders in Fairfax who are making a difference. Join Leadership Fairfax at the Waterford in Fair Oaks to event honors organizations and individuals who have shown leadership in the Northern Virginia community.




In the early 1990’s the Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), through its CARE committee, started the CARE Awards with four primary goals: to recognize NOVA companies who are leaders in providing family-friendly benefits and policies; to encourage companies to start programs by exposing them to ideas and discussions; to strengthen families by promoting family friendly policies among businesses; and to build awareness and support among the business community for NVFS programs.

Because of the CARE program, many business leaders have begun to think seriously about ways family-friendly policies can impact the day-to-day operation of their businesses. This year NVFS will honor these companies:

Business Benefits Group
Cassaday & Company, Inc.
Consumer Technology Assn
Dimension Data
Evans Incorporated
FMP Consulting
Knight Point Systems, LLC
Merritt Group
Monument Wealth Mgmt
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
NetImpact Strategies, Inc.
Towne Park, LLC
USTA Mid-Atlantic Section
Ventera Corporation



November 15
Digital Marketing Trends
Sponsored by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
8:00 -10:00a
Houlihans, Springfield

December 1
Enrich Your Career: Volunteering on Non-Profit Boards 
8:00 -10:00a
NOVA Chamber of Commerce

December 8
Winding Down/Gearing Up: 10 Legal tips to get 2017 Ready

December 15
Titans Event featuring Marion Blakey

Northern Virginia Technology Council





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