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Expert Reveals Secret Steps to Winning Federal Proposals

This was sent to us by Cher Murphy of Cher Murphy PR:

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – (October 4, 2010) – While many companies during this economic period would like to secure federal contracts, they often don’t know how to go about doing so in an effective way. What it really comes down to, according to experts, is knowing how to put together a successful proposal package.

“There is more that goes into the proposal package than one may think and if you don’t have an effective proposal you will not be successful in obtaining government contracts,” explains Dick Griffin, an expert business-to-government consultant and owner of Arlington, VA-based The Griffin Method (www.thegriffinmethod.com), a firm whose experts help businesses secure federal contracts. “It is imperative that you approach the proposal from the right angle and include all the right pieces.”

Capital One credit card charge-offs increase

Local credit giant Capital One (based in McLean, VA) has stated that its rate of uncollectible credit card balances increased in the third quarter. Initially, it seemed that consumers were showing progress in paying credit card bills, but with the rate of unemployment continuing to climb, consumers are concentrating on major bill payments such as mortgage and automobile payments.

Charge offs for Capital One have increased from $366.8 million to 368 million continuing to show that consumers are still under stress and enduring financial hardships. It has been noted that while consumers are attempting to make payments on their credit card debt, they are still delinquent in their payments.

It has been found that consumers are using credit cards for basic needs such as groceries, gas and prescription drug purchases. In addition, most consumers are carrying at least $10,000 in credit card debt and have at least 5 credit cards.

The Arlington Community Tries to Save the Westover Beer Garden

A year ago, the Westover Market opened a small beer garden that has been embraced by the community. On weekend nights, it is the best place to meet your neighbors; a family friendly place where kids dance to live music and neighbors share drinks and stories. It is one of the places that make the town of Westover such a unique and tight-knit community. Unfortunately, after receiving a noise complaint, the county zoning commission forced the Beer Garden to go silent.
 

Clarendon Day 2010

On Saturday, September 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. come celebrate the 13th Annual Clarendon Day! Clarendon is Arlington’s original downtown and this year there will be a full day of music, art, kids’ activities, health screenings, fitness classes and more! The event will take place rain or shine and this year it is sponsored by the Clarendon Alliance and Virginia Hospital Center Foundation. Find out what tunes, eats, shopping and fitness activities the day has to offer. 

Fannie and Freddie losses hit $226 billion

The government backed mortgage finance companies have burnt through $226bn in capital since the middle of 2007. The majority of those losses, or about $166bn, came from guaranteeing loans on single family homes, according to the first in what will be a series of quarterly reports from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates Fannie Mae (which is headquartered in Washington, DC ) and Freddie Mac (which is headquartered in Tysons Corner, VA).

Ballooning losses at Fannie and Freddie, which have taken $148bn in government aid to stay afloat have become a subject of intense debate in Washington. Most of the decision makers agree that the government needs to continue to provide some kind of guarantee to backstop home loans as well as stem the rising tide of foreclosures, but what form that should take is still up for debate.

Arlington County Observes Labor Day

This year Labor Day falls on Monday, September 6. All of Arlington County courts, schools, public libraries, administrative offices and nature centers will be closed on this day in observance of the holiday.

For more details about the closures you can visit: http://www.arlingtonva.us/Portals/Topics/HolidaySchedule.aspx

 

Vintage Crystal Will Serve Up Tapas and Tequila Yet Again

The Crystal City Business Improvement District is bringing the 4th annual Vintage Crystal on Sunday, September 19th from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at 220 20th Street South in Arlington, VA. Part of Crystal City BID’s goal is to promote the vibrant Crystal City restaurants, so going off of last year’s Latin theme, there will be more than 30 different wines from Spain and South America, as well as tequila, and tasty tapas.

Some of the 25 local restaurants participating include CC Bistro, Cabot Creamery, Restaurant Mez, Salsa La Glorias, Lebanese Taverna, and Zpizza. There will be over 30 different wine selections from Spain, Argentina, and Chile. Jazz music will fill the streets and local Latin American dance groups will light up the stage. But the dancing is not limited to these performers! Attendees can join in on the Salsa, Samba, Rumba, Cha-Cha-Cha with lessons provided by the Salsa Room.