This Week’s Business News and Notes

December 14 – 20, 2006

The American Association of Daily Money Managers elected John Bowen of Bookkeeping and Money Management in Falls Church to be the association’s President during 2007. The association is dedicated to meeting the public need for daily money management services in an ethical manner by developing a network of dedicated professionals and by providing information and education to members about practical, technical and ethical issues involved in the conduct of bill-paying and bookkeeping services for individuals. For more information about the Association visit For more information about John Bowen and Bookkeeping and Money Management call 703-472-2235.


The Falls Church News-Press is hosting its annual holiday party December 18, 2006 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment located at 222 N. Washington Street. Join News-Press’ owner and editor-in-chief Nick Benton and the News-Press team to celebrate the season at this always festive event. Catering is being provided by Ledo Pizza Restaurant. Musical entertainment is being provided by George Mason High School musicians. For more information call (703) 532-3267.


F.A. McGonegal Kitchen, located at 212 N. West Street in Falls Church, is offering the chance to get your free photo with Santa Claus on Saturday, December 16 between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. McGonegal is also an official Toys for Tots donation center. Unwrapped toys will be welcome but are not necessary to secure photo time with Santa. Refreshments and good cheer will also be provided free of charge. For more information, contact Jim Lynch at 703-532-4443.


First Horizon in Falls Church is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day on Friday, December 15th from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.  Join Jorge Ramirez, First Horizon’s Falls Church Financial Center Manager and the branch employees for holiday food and fun! First Horizon is located at133 S. Washington Street in Falls Church. For more information call 703-536-2644.


General Dynamics elected Michael J. Mulligan, 43, a vice president of the corporation. Mulligan was appointed as president of the company’s General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products subsidiary in November, reporting to Charles M. Hall, executive vice president and group executive for General Dynamics’ Combat Systems business group. Mulligan has more than 20 years experience in the defense industry. He previously served as vice president of operations for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products and worked at the corporation’s Electric Boat business unit in a variety of capacities. General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, employs approximately 81,100 people worldwide and expects 2006 revenue of approximately $24 billion. More information about the company is available online at


George Mason High School in Falls Church has two exciting marketing opportunities available for local businesses. The Student Council is looking for a variety of items to give as “swag” to competitors and judges of the Mr. & Ms. Mason competition benefiting Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on February 2, 2007. Contact Marybeth Connelly at or 703-248-5691 by January 15, 2007 for details. Additionally, the Mustang Yearbook staff is offering advertising to businesses this year in addition to the family ads. Contact Melanie Besio at or 703-248-3091 for information by February 15, 2007.

The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce will be holding its Annual Members Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, December 19, 2006. 2005-2006 President, and owner of Clay Café Studios, Helene Safford will announce the 2007 Board Officers and new Board Members in addition to providing a review of the Chamber’s activities over the past year. The Luncheon will take place from 11:30 – 1:00 at the Italian Café located at 7161 Lee Highway in Falls Church. Tickets are $25 for Members and $30 for non-members. The general public is invited – reservations are required – call 703-532-1050. Copies of the Chamber’s Holiday Shopping Guide will be available at the Luncheon. Copies are also available by calling 703-532-1050 or online at

Impulsive is offering a free gift wrapping class on Tuesday, December 12th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Wrap, ribbon and refreshments will be provided. Attendees may bring a gift to be wrapped. Impulsive is located at 502 W. Broad Street in Falls Church.

The Small Business Administration is offering a Web Chat on “Year-End Tax Planning for Small Business Owners” on Thursday, December 14, 2006 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.  The Web chat, featuring Thomas P. Ochsenschlager, vice president of Taxation for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, will review the importance of year-end planning and steps small business owners can take to reduce their 2006 tax bills and answer questions on year-end tax savings. For more information or to join the live Web chat go online to, and click “Online Business Chat.” Web chat participants may post questions for Ochsenschlager before the December 14th chat by visiting and posting their questions online.