Short takes on the week's announcements and deals.


The March of Dimes and the Northern Virginia chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association have announced winners of the 12th annual Heroines in Technology Awards: Rising Heroine — Sarah Chu of the District-based Society for Women’s Health Research; Individual Heroine — Lynette Spano of McLean-based SCI Consulting; International Government Heroine — Sandy Peavy of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center; Corporate Heroine — Dawn Halfaker of Arlington-based Halfaker & Associates; and Lifetime Achievement Heroines — Anne Altman of IBM and Lynda Mann of Ashburn-based AOC Solutions.

Washington Women in Public Relations has named Stephanie Fu, principal at District-based SLF Strategies, 2012 Washington PR Woman of the Year.

Call for entries

The Chesapeake Regional Tech Council has opened nominations for its eighth annual TechAwards. Nomination deadline is Jan. 7. More information: www.chesapeaketech.


Vienna-based parcel carrier LaserShip said it has opened facilities in Chantilly; East Rutherford, N.J.; and Queens.

McLean-based hotel chain Hilton Worldwide said it has opened a 250-room DoubleTree hotel in Phuket, Thailand.

Little Rock-based network communications company Windstream Hosted Solutions said it has opened a 65,000-square-foot data center in McLean.


The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development said it will invest $560,000 in Rockville-based Maxtena, which develops and produces miniature antennas for mobile devices.

Nonprofits & associations

District-based industry group Business Software Alliance said Santa Clara, Calif.-based software giant Oracle has joined the organization.


Barbecue restaurant Q Company has opened in Leesburg at 17 Catoctin Cir. SE, Leesburg, VA 20175; 703-777-8767.

— Compiled by Shawn Selby