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Birmingham Chefs Test Appetite For New Flavors With Supper Clubs
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 3:52pm

Pop-up dining experiences are cropping up across the country. While diners savor an exclusive meal, chefs get to try out recipes and gauge the local market for their food before opening a restaurant.

How 401(k) Withdrawals Can Complicate Health Plan Subsidies
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 11:32am

When someone taps into pretax retirement savings, the IRS considers it income. An unexpected withdrawal can change a person's subsidy for health premiums.

5 Things To Know About President Obama's Budget
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 11:25am

This is Obama's last chance to give Congress his full policy wish list in budget form.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Now hear this: Register to attend "Business Diversity: Driving Economic Growth and Entrepreneurism," a February 24 event where the FCEDA and partners will present new U.S. Census Bureau data on the growth of minority-, woman- and veteran-owned businesses around the nation, region and Fairfax County. Click here for details

Hot off the presses: Merrifield-based Inova Health System will offer a genetic test in its standard checks of all newborns at its new Women and Children's Hospital (on the Inova Fairfax Hospital campus) at the cost of the health system, officials said Monday. The test is part of the system's initiatives on personalized medicine. Tina Reed got up close and personal in this Washington Business Journal story.

Do Tel: GTT Communications, which is based in Tysons Corner and provides cloud networking services to multinational clients, said it will buy Telnes Broadband, an Internet and managed services provider based in Washington state. Time to G(e)TT this release picked up by citybizlist.

Net Neu: Declaration Networks, which is based in Tysons Corner and provides broadband access to rural areas, said it has begun using publicly funded fiber networks to deliver high-speed Internet services to the two counties that comprise Virginia's Eastern Shore. The company is providing the service under the brand name NeuBeam. Beam in this release picked up by the Potomac Tech Wire

Celebrity treatment: CustomInk, the Merrifield-based custom t-shirt company that lets customers design apparel online, said it will acquire Los Angeles-based Represent, which created a platform that lets users -- including many actors, athletes and musicians -- create and sell custom merchandise with no upfront costs. The Washington Post teed up this story by Thomas Heath.

Mike and son for Michael & Son: Michael & Son Services, a plumbing and electrical service contractor based in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County, rung up some buzz for its regional Super Bowl ad that featured former pro boxer Mike Tyson and his son Amir. Springfield-based ESB Advertising produced the ad for the company. Aaron Gregg knocked out this story for the Washington Post and Dan Steinberg of the Post punched in with this blog post of an outtake from the shoot.

Super duper: Speaking of the Super Bowl ads, Tysons Corner-based USA Today hosted the annual "ad meter" to let folks rate the ads. Hyundai took first place with its "First Date" ad. Audi, which runs its American operations from none other than Herndon, took eighth place with its "Commander" ad featuring David Bowie music. Ad the ad meter to your list of stuff to check today.