This Week’s Business News and Notes

January 11 – 17, 2007

Falls Church physician Dr. Barry Byer was the recipient of the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation’s 2006 International Humanitarian of the Year Award. Byer was honored for founding and working with CrossLink International and his leadership with the Virginia Hospital Center’s Medical Brigade which recently completed its 7th annual trip to Honduras to provide health care to thousands of patients who otherwise would not have access to treatment or supplies. Byer’s efforts have also been recognized by the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce which honored him with the inaugural James S. Elkin Award for Humanitarianism in 2005. For more information about CrossLink International visit or about the Virginia Hospital Center’s Medical Brigade go to


Cindy Elkin has retired from Point of View to pursue a career in organizational management. She has joined the firm of Diener and Associates, CPA’s as practice manager. As such, she will be analyzing, organizing and overseeing operations, policies and procedures and marketing efforts for the firm. Elkin will continue her involvement on the Boards of the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce and the Falls Church City Schools Business in Education Partnership in her new position.


The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce is hosting its monthly luncheon at the Italian Café from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm on Tuesday, January 16, 2007. A brief revue of the Chamber’s plans for the coming year will be provided by new Chamber Chair Gary LaPorta and the Chamber’s 2007 Officers. Tickets are $25 for Chamber members and $30 for non-members with reservations and $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers who have not made a reservation by 5:00 pm the day prior. Call 703-532-1050 or email to RSVP. The Italian Café is located at 7161 Lee Highway in Falls Church.


The Greater Merrifield Business Association is hosting its monthly luncheon at Grevey’s Restaurant at 11:30 am on Tuesday, January 16, 2007. Representatives from the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce will provide an overview of Fairfax Tomorrow, an initiative that the Chamber undertook in the past year as they polled Fairfax County residents to determine what the public envisions for the future of the county. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Call (703) 849-1200 or email for reservations. Grevey’s is located at 8130 Arlington Boulevard in Falls Church.


Kaiser Permanente and its Northern Virginia community partners are offering free medical check ups and health screenings for the uninsured on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 15, 2007. The services being offered include a free 30-day supply of any prescribed medications through their pharmacy and a variety of free screenings and check ups for patients. Call 703-822-2713 for an appointment. For more information about Kaiser Permanente visit  

LeapFrog Solutions Inc. (LFS), a full-service marketing communications and public relations agency, won a 2006 American Graphic Design Award for the collateral suite it created for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Junior Forest Ranger (JFR) Program. Now in its 44th year, the American Graphic Design Award competition honors outstanding new work of all kinds in disciplines that include print, packaging, point-of-purchase, Internet, interactive and motion graphics. It is among the most prestigious, democratic and selective awards of its kind; only 10% of the thousands of entries submitted were honored. LFS’ award-winning collateral packet is part of a re-branding campaign it conducted for the JFR, a program designed to promote environmental conservation and to motivate kids ages 7 to 13 to explore the wonders of the natural and cultural world. As part of the campaign, LFS developed a communications plan for JFR; worked with the organization to build a strategic partnership program so it could obtain program funding; created a pocket folder and various insert materials that had an "earth-friendly" appeal; and designed and developed a new Web site, which is expected to launch in early 2007. For more information, visit or call 703-273-7900.

The National Massage Therapy Institute is hosting an open house at its Falls Church location on Saturday, January 13, 2007. Starting at 10:30 am, the community can enjoy food and beverages, facility tours, information sessions on massage therapy and massage careers, and complimentary chair massages. Admissions staff will be on hand to answer all questions and to assist interested visitors with the admissions process. For more information please visit

PRS, Inc. has named Ida Lee Park Recreation Center in Leesburg its 2006 PRS Reston Employer of the Year. PRS, which has a location in Falls Church, is a community-based nonprofit organization that provides training and support to men and women with psychiatric disabilities so that they may live independently in the community. PRS Employment Services focus on assisting clients in their employment efforts using the “Choose-Get-Keep” model of supported employment, ensuring that each client receives services tailored to his/her particular needs, abilities and career goals. Last year PRS placed over 60% of its Employment Services clients in competitive jobs. The national employment rate for persons with mental illness is 10%. Additional information about PRS can be found at More information about the Ida Lee Recreation Center can be found at


Vitalia MedSpa will open at Tysons Station located at 7506 Leesburg Pike on February 5, 2007. The new day spa will offer a variety of FDA-approved treatments such as FotoFacial procedures, laser hair reduction, injectibles and fillers such as Botox® and Restylane®, VelaSmooth treatments to reduce cellulite, VibraDermabrasion, facials, peels, a complete line of private label physician formulated skin care products, and more. Vitalia combines the latest in anti-aging techniques to offer signature treatments like, “Time Suspension” a combination of Alpha & Beta Hydroxyacid peels, or the “Extreme Skin Rejuvenation” with VibraDermabrasion, acid peels, and laser treatment with Levulan®. For more information call (703) 356 –SKIN (7546) or visit