In Memoriam - Scarlett Lucas

Scarlett Beard Lucas, who was BABA’s Administrator from 1997 – 2010, passed away on October 8, 2021.

During her years at BABA, Scarett worked on membership initiatives and on the planning and execution of a variety of networking and other events for members. Many will remember Scarlett by her big smile and warm welcome at the registration desk.  She always remembered members’ names and information about their families and never failed to ask them how they were doing. Everyone she met became a friend.

Scarlett loved life and she loved people. She was a friend to many and would do anything for anyone, even a stranger. Even when dealing with the health issues she faced at the end of her life, her focus and concern was on the well-being of others. She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her family and many friends.

Scarlett is survived by her husband, Bob, her sons Brent (Karin) and Brad (Michelle), her brother George Glenn Beard, and her grandchildren Bryce, Brock, Lauren and Aubrey.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Samaritan’s Purse, the Fisher House Foundation or your favorite charity.

Updates on US and UK Travel Restrictions October 2021

The U.S. Government has announced that from early November 2021, passengers travelling from the United Kingdom and European Union who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be permitted entry to the country.

" Today's news, which will see our two nations reunited after more than 18 months apart, marks an historic moment and one which will provide a huge boost to Global Britain as it emerges from this pandemic. We are immensely grateful to the Prime Minister and his Government for all the hard work that's gone into securing this deal with the US, and which builds upon last Friday's announcement on the lifting of many travel restrictions. Our customers should now feel that the world is re-opening to them and they can book their trips with confidence."

Sean Doyle,
CEO British Airways


  • As a reminder fully vaccinated US travellers are no longer required to quarantine upon entering the UK
  • From 04 October the UK Government will be replacing the existing traffic light system with a simpler, 2 tiered categorisation 
  • Fully vaccinated adults under an approved vaccination programme in the UK, Europe, or US as well as unvaccinated children under 18 who are arriving from non-red countries will not be required to take a pre-departure test. 
  • In the short-term, a ‘day 2’ PCR test will still be required for all arrivals however by the end of October, this will be replaced by a cheaper lateral flow test. A date will be advised in due course. 

UK-Virginia Trade and Investment Highlights

The US and UK have a strong trade relationship worth more than $260 billion a year, and a total of $1 trillion invested in each other’s economies. This relationship plays a pivotal role in Virginia’s economy and supports thousands of jobs in the state.

For further research and analysis Click Here.

UK-Maryland Trade and Investment Highlights

Information about jobs in Maryland supported by UK companies, and Marylander exports to the UK.

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Connect with NoVA Companies Hiring Now

Connect with NoVa Companies Hiring Now

Have you furloughed or laid off workers, or lost a job yourself, because of COVID-19 restrictions? Check out companies hiring now on The website, launched by BABA Sponsoring Member, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, also includes the industries growing in Northern Virginia and resources to help upskill employees.

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority’s (FCEDA) Talent Initiative has a program offering retention, upskill and recruiting support members in this area. Some of the benefits provided by the program are:

  • Talent Site promoting the benefits of building or extending your career in Northern Virginia (FCEDA investing $100K+ annually to advertise the site generating 30,000 visits per month and growing)
  • Jobs section consolidating all open jobs across Northern Virginia by industry
  • Outreach to military transition offices to reach veterans for career opportunities
    Partnering with 100+ colleges and universities across the region an Country to retain and recruit talent
  • No cost virtual career fairs