Director, BizLaunch, Arlington Economic Development (Arlington, VA)
Tara R. Palacios is the Director of BizLaunch, Arlington’s Small Business and Entrepreneurial Assistance Network in Arlington County, Virginia. Ms. Palacios initiated 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 over 20 years of experience in Marketing and Business Development at a variety of firms: a health maintenance organization, an IT software developer, a financial institution, and a uranium enricher before joining Arlington County in 2001.