George Mason University's School of Business Administration of Fairfax introduced an executive MBA program -- the first in the Washington area, the schools says -- to begin next fall.

Through the program, students with at least 10 years of work experience, some of which must have been executive or managerial, can earn a masters degree in business administration in about two years by attending classes held once a week.

Thirty students will be admitted into the first class, said Coleman Raphael, dean of the university's business school. The class members also will attend a one-week intensive seminar and take a two-week trip to Europe to study European business practices, he said.

About 100 executive MBA programs are offered nationwide, Raphael said. Those closest to Washington are at Loyola College in Baltimore, the University of Richmond and the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, he said.

George Mason's Program will cost about $14,000 a year for tuition and books.

Tongue Brooks & Co. Inc. of Baltimore, an employee benefits and insurance brokerage firm, acquired Health Plan Administrators Inc. of Danbury, Conn., for an undisclosed amount.

First Washington Associates of Arlington was awarded a contract for an undisclosed amount by the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to conduct a feasibility study on a national export credit agency for Saudi Arabia.

Child Care Connection Inc. of Rockville was awarded a contract by Life Technologies Inc. of Gaithersburg to provide employee services.

Lynmar Corp. of Alexandria was awarded a contract by Intelsat of Washington to build a technical facility in Montgomery County.

Cimac Ltd. of Frederick was awarded a contract by the Virginia Department of Commerce to provide technical services to review and evaluate the training courses submitted to the Virginia Asbestos Licensing Program.

Roberts & Vardell Inc. of McLean was awarded a contract by Molson Breweries USA Inc. to design its U.S.headquarters in Reston.

Daft, McCune, Walker Inc. of Towson was awarded a contract by the Maryland Office of Planning to compile a series of maps and a digital database describing land use and land cover for Maryland counties and the city of Baltimore.

In Other Words of Springfield was awarded a public relations contract by Glasser Medical Psychiatric Services of Gaithersburg to promote a continuing recovery program.

Phillips Publishing Inc. of Potomac acquired Home Video Publisher from Knowledge Industry Publications of White Plains, N.Y.

Rad Elec Inc. of Frederick was awarded a contract to provide its E-Perm radiation monitors to the International Atomic Energy Agency to measure fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident in the Soviet Union.

Wearhouse Inc. of Beltsville was awarded a license to imprint T-shirts and other sportswear with anti-crime and anti-drug messages from McGruff the Crime Dog, the licensed property of the National Crime Prevention Council.

Schmertz Co. of Washington was awarded contracts by Toshiba International Foundation of Tokyo and New Vision Communications of Boise, Idaho, to create education programs.

National Technology Section of the Public Relations Society of America of New York formed a Technology Section in Fairfax.

Interstate Steel Supply Co. of Philadelphia opened an office in Baltimore.

Oracle Investment Corp. opened in Falls Church.

Edward Segal Communications opened in Washington.

Schinnerer Group Inc. of Chevy Chase formed Schinnerer Management Services Inc.

Pro-Solve Technologies Inc. of Bladesnsboro, N.C., opened an office in Reston. The company produces computer information systems to help government contractors and procurement officials find disadvantaged and minority-owned firms in high-technology areas.

Dominion Electric Supply Co. of Arlington opened its fourth office in Laurel.

Chesapeake Underwriters Ltd. of Alexandria opened a Midwest regional office in Denver.

Loudoun Hospital Center of Leesburg opened an educational facility in Sterling.

Pilot Production of Columbia formed a foreign language video division.

Chesapeake Flyer, a high-speed catamaran providing ferry service from Baltimore Harbor to Rock Hall, Md., began operation.

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