This Week’s Business News and Notes

February 22 – 28 2007

The Falls Church City Schools Business in Education Partnerships and Robeks Juice and Healthy Eats are co-hosting the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s February Networking Mixer. The event will take place Tuesday, February 27, 2007 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Library located at 601 S. Oak Street, Falls Church. The event is free and open to the general public.


The new Falls Church City Business Watch program was presented by Officer Derrika (Dee) Wilson to members of the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce at its monthly luncheon on February 20, 2007. The new program, which partners law enforcement with the business community, is aimed at business crime prevention. Its purpose is to encourage businesses to become more involved in reducing the opportunity for crimes to occur at their establishment. This is accomplished by raising awareness and knowledge through written policies and training, implementing recommended security applications, and by increased communication and cooperation between businesses and the Police Department. Officer Wilson, who attended the event accompanied by Captain Sergent and Chief of Police Reitze, encouraged Falls Church City businesses to contact the police office to arrange for free security screenings as part of this effort. For more information contact the crime prevention unit at 703-248-5056 or go to

Don Beyer and Mike Beyer (Don Beyer Volvo) are serving as honorary co-chairs of a Congolese celebration at the International Monetary Fund to raise funds for a $15,000 micro-credit loan fund for Kokolopori entrepreneurs. The event will include Congolese music and food, illustrious speakers, door prizes, African crafts and a video of Kokolopori. Falls Church City’s sister city Kokolopori is an indigenous Congolese community which manages a 1,200 square mile forest reserve in the heart of the Central African rainforest. The partnership is a program of the 501(c)3 nonprofit Bonobo Conservation Initiative. Funds raised will seed the development of small businesses like sewing, woodworking, and soap-making. Sponsorship opportunitites,which range from $150 to $1,000, are available through February 28, 2007. Informaiton about the event and the opportunitites available can be found at

The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce has moved its office located at 417 W. Broad Street in Falls Church (above the Quick Copy/SAID Building) from Suite 207 to Suite 205. All other contact information remains the same – website is, email is, phone is 703-532-1050 and fax is 703-237-7904.