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Charlotte Small Business Queen Associates Named Finalist for
National Award Recognizing Veteran-Friendly Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring
Our Heroes program and Spike TV’s Hire A Vet campaign today named Charlotte IT
staffing company Queen Associates, Inc. one of eight finalists in the Small
Business Tournament of Veteran Champions. The public now has the chance to vote to help identify the most
veteran-friendly small business in America. The winning business will receive a
custom spot produced by and aired on Spike TV. In addition, they will receive
two tickets, airfare, and hotel accommodations to attend the Spike TV Guys’
Choice Awards where the winner will be announced and recognized. The Awards are
scheduled to air on June 12, 2013.

“We had extraordinary entries from
coast-to-coast, but Queen Associates’ commitment to our nation’s veterans set
itself apart,” said Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Schmiegel (ret.), executive
director of Hiring Our Heroes. “These eight finalists have established
themselves as national leaders for other small businesses to follow. Queen
Associates deserves to be recognized for its innovative strategies to recruit
and support the men and women who have served our country.”

“We are proud to shine a light on these
small businesses that have recognized the incredibly talented and motivated
veterans of our armed services,” said Kevin Kay, Spike TV President.

A combination of public voting and a panel of
judges will narrow it down to four semifinalists and the same format will be
used to select a winner. Voting for the Final Four continues through May 16,
2013, and for the champion through May 30, 2013. Judging for the tournament is
based on criteria such as innovative recruiting and retention strategies for
veterans, veteran community engagement and leadership as well as an ongoing
commitment to hire veterans.

The public can cast their votes at Other quarterfinalists
Alpha Pest Control – Vancouver, WA
Central Research, Inc. – Lowell, AR
Gozump, Inc. – Miami, FL
Legion Logistics LLC – Florence, KY
Praescient Analytics – Alexandria, VA
Troop ID – McLean, VA
VR Habilis LLC – Knoxville, TN

Hiring Our Heroes launched in March 2011 as a
nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful
employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state
and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private, and
non-profit sectors, the goal is to create a movement across America in hundreds
of communities where veterans and military families return every day. To date,
Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 510 hiring fairs in all 50 states, Puerto
Rico, and the District of Columbia. More than 18,400 veterans and military
spouses have obtained jobs. Hire A Vet helps veterans prepare for and find
jobs. It encourages companies large and small to hire veterans and gives them
access to the resources necessary to do so. Spike TV is available in 98.7
million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of
Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading
creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike
TV’s Internet address is and for up-to-the-minute and
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3)
nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening
America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our
nation, our economy, and the global business environment. @HireOurHeroes



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