This Week’s Business News and Notes

November 23 – 29

Angela Fox has been named the Crystal City Business Improvement District’s first Executive Director. Fox joined the Crystal City BID on November 7, 2006 and most recently has been known for her work at Cultural Tourism DC, where she served as the organization’s Executive Director. Prior to this, Fox has been involved with the launch of many highly successful business initiatives for companies such as Bell Atlantic and Simplexity. The Crystal City BID is a Virginia chartered corporation tasked with the mission to make Crystal City a vibrant, 18 hour, urban destination. The BID is a collaborative effort on behalf of all business entities located within its boundaries including restaurants, retail stores, hotels, small businesses, commercial property owners, tenants, and residential apartment buildings. For more information visit

The Center for Multicultural Human Services is hosting the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s November Networking Mixer. The event will take place from 5:30 – 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 701 W. Broad Street. The Center for Multicultural Human Service is a nonprofit organization dedicated to help people from ethnically diverse backgrounds succeed by providing comprehensive, culturally sensitive mental health and related services and by conducting research and training to make such services more widely available. For more information on CMHS visit

Clay Café Studios is hosting its 6th Annual Fundraiser for the Falls Church Winter Emergency Shelter from 7:00 – 9:00 pm on Wednesday December 6, 2006. The event, co-sponsored by Kendall’s Cakes and the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, includes refreshments, door prizes, and the opportunity to paint a an ornament, mug, plate or bowl. Tickets are available in advance for $25 or at the door for $30. Space is limited – call 703-534-7600 for reservations. Clay Café is located at 101 N. Maple Avenue in Falls Church.

Dr. Ralph Perrino, director of Northern Virginia Tutoring Service in Falls Church, was featured as a guest columnist in Edelman Financial Services’ “Inside Personal Finance”. Perrino was also recently a guest lecturer at James Madison University where he addressed students and faculty in the Institute for Technical and Scientific Communications Program on the topic “Starting Your Own Business”. Information on Dr. Perrino, Northern Virginia Tutoring Service or to access a copy of the Edelman featured article “How to Hire a Tutor” visit

Dr. Gordon Theisz of Family Medicine in Falls Church is serving as Committee Chair for Boy Scout Troop 895, sponsored by Falls Church Presbyterian Church. The troop is holding its annual fundraiser selling a wide variety of holiday greenery, maple syrup, fruit, and ornaments. Funds raised will provide funding for camping trips and other important projects. This holiday season, look for the familiar sea container and cold Scouts in the parking lot at Falls Church Presbyterian Church, 225 East Broad Street. Sales dates are November 24-26, December 2-3, December 9-10 and December 16-17, until supplies run out. For more information call Dr. Theisz at 703-533-7555 or visit the trailer on sales dates.

The Greater Merrifield Business Association Holiday Auction to benefit PRS (formerly Psychiatric Rehabilitative Services) will be held on Wednesday, December 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Dunn Loring Marriott, 2722 Gallows Road, Vienna. Tickets for GMBA members are $25; for nonmembers, tickets are $30. Reservations can be made via email to The event includes lunch along with both silent and live auctions. For more information on PRS, visit

McDonald Bradley, Inc. has acquired the Federal Business Unit of Falls Church-based Software Performance Systems, Inc. (SPS). Inquiries related to SPS’s federal practice should be directed to Gail Rissler, Executive Vice President of McDonald Bradley. McDonald Bradley, Inc. is a rapidly-growing information technology solutions provider to the government marketplace. For more information about McDonald Bradley, headquartered in Herndon, please refer to their website: or call (703) 326-1000.

Solano Spine and Sport Chiropractic is sponsoring a two day basketball tournament that kicks off the Marshall High School Basketball Season. The Annual Solano Spine and Sport Tip Off will take place December 1 and 2, 2006. For a schedule of events or more information visit