Tara R. Palacios is the Director of BizLaunch, Arlington’s Small Business and Entrepreneurial Assistance Network in Arlington County, Virginia. Ms. Palacios founded the BizLaunch program in 2002 to help entrepreneurs successfully grow and expand their businesses in the County. Since its inception the program has outreached to over 50,000 business owners through sponsored workshops, seminars, and one-on-one counseling sessions. Ms. Palacios has won numerous awards and honors for her work with small businesses from the US Small Business Administration (3), the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the Arlington SBDC and many more. Ms. Palacios holds a Bachelor’s of Art Degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Political Science and Journalism. She also holds a Master’s of Science in Marketing Communications from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Leadership Arlington. Ms. Palacios received her Certification in Public Management from the Council of Government’s Institute for Regional Excellence.