This Week’s Business News and Notes

February 15 – 21, 2007

The 2007 Career and Entrepreneurship ExpoBuilding A Market for Career and Business Growth” will be held Saturday, March 17, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at the Fairfax Government Center. This event is for individuals seeking employment or a career change and entrepreneurs and business owners who want to do business with state agencies. More than 50 employers from a variety of industries will be accepting applications or interviewing on-site. Resources and the opportunity to meet with purchasing staff from Northern Virginia Community College and state agencies for small, women and minority owned businesses will be available. Employers wishing to participate in the job fair should contact For general information contact Lauryn Han at The event, sponsored by SkillSource, Fairfax County, Business Development Assistance Group, and the Center for Business Planning and Development, is free and open to the general public.


Akridge Real Estate Services’ Joe Svatos was the featured speaker at the February 6, 2007 meeting of the Falls Church Economic Development Authority. The presentation provided the EDA and attendees with Akridge’s perspective on development in the City of Falls Church. A copy is available the City’s website in the EDA section under “About the EDA”. The City’s website, which also has a link on its home page to the Transportation Plan recently presented to the Falls Church City Council and Planning Commission, can be accessed at


The Washington D.C. Area Angelman Syndrome Foundation (ASF) Annual Walk-A-Thon is looking for business sponsors for its signature fundraising event to be held May 19, 2007 at the Westfields Business Park in Chantilly, VA. Thousands of participants will walk in 17 metropolitan areas to raise funds and awareness about Angelman Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder characterized by severe developmental disabilities, absent speech, seizures, and a lifelong need for constant care. This is the sixth year of the DC area ASF Walk-A-Thon. Last year more than 400 walkers helped raise nearly $100,000 which, combined with funds raised by more than 2,700 walkers at 11 other sites across the country, raised more than $600,000 to increase diagnosis, support research, and assist individuals with Angelman Syndrome and their families. If you re interested in learning about the benefits of sponsoring this event, contact Hal Lippman at or 703-237-9089.


Fairfax County is hosting “Keeping Your Business Healthy…In More Ways Than One”, a Pandemic Flu Summit, from 7:30 am – 2:00 pm on March 15, 2007. Wren Griffith, Director Program Compliance & Risk Management for Northern Virginia Training Center, Dr. Gloria Dr. Addo-Ayensu, Director Fairfax County Health Department and Cathy Muse, Purchasing Agent for Fairfax County will lead practical discussions on planning for pandemic flu and provide information on managing your business during a pandemic influenza epidemic. The Summit, to be held at the Fairfax County Government Center (12000 Government Center Parkway), is also offering an opportunity for local businesses to participate in a Business Expo on site. Visit to register. Call the Fairfax County Office of Vendor Relations at (703) 324-3201 for more information.


A number of local businesses are participating in Falls Church Arts’ Gallery Without Walls program through May 2007. First Horizon Bank (133 S. Washington Street), Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust (225 W. Broad Street), Falls Church Housing Corporation (330B South Virginia Avenue) and Capital Area Pediatrics (Suite 100 at 407 N. Washington Street) are showing photographic images by M. Layne Kalbfleisch, outdoor photography by Gary Mester, “Schoechle’s Studio: Students & Friends” with art from sixteen artists, and artwork from Thomas Jefferson Elementary School students respectively. Visit for more information about this and other art events in Falls Church.


Falls Church business leaders, employees, customers and potential customers are being asked for suggestions to help resolve commercial parking issues in the City of Falls Church. Please email suggestions – particularly those offering short term remedies – to  Input will be provided to the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce and Falls Church City officials for review and potential action.


The Falls Church Business In Education Partnership program has a number of opportunities for the business community to support the schools in non-financial ways.  Some of the things the BIE is looking for include elementary school reading buddy volunteers; environment scientists, watershed specialists and marine biologists for a stream monitoring project on Tripps Run; flag team sponsors; and speakers for the speakers bureau. For more information about these and other opportunities contact Marybeth Connelly, Community Outreach Coordinator with the Falls Church City Public Schools, at 703-248-5691 or


The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce is hosting luncheon featuring a presentation by Captain Matthew Sergent on “Business Watch”, a Neighborhood Watch-like program being implemented in Falls Church. The Networking Luncheon will take place from 11:30 – 1:00 pm, Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at the Italian Café (7161 Lee Highway). Tickets are $25 for Chamber members and $30 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Space is limited and walk-ins will be charged an additional $5 per ticket. Call 703-532-1050 to reserve your seat today.


Westlee Tailor and Drycleaners, specializing in custom clothing and alterations including bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses, is operating in the new Westlee building located at the corner of Lee Highway and Westmoreland (2200 N Westmoreland Street, Arlington). Bear Rock Café ( and a salon will be moving into the condominium building, which is walking distance from the East Falls Church Metro, in the spring. For information about the remaining 1,400 SF of commercial space, contact Tim Reese at Buck Commercial 703-528-2288.