This Week’s Business News and Notes

March 8 – 14, 2007

The FC City Public Schools Business In Education Partnership has an exciting new opportunity for business leaders to get involved with the schools. On Thursday, March 15, 2007 Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School will host a “Drop Everything and Read” Celebration (DEAR). Business and community members are invited to volunteer as guest readers during this 45-minute reading session from 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Participants can read aloud to a group of 12-15 children, or read quietly as part of a group of children and adults. If you speak a language other than English, you are welcome to read a story in that language. Contact Marybeth Connelly for more information at


Curves of Falls Church is collecting non-perishable food items through March 10, 2007 and waiving the service fee for those who donate. Groceries will be donated to local food banks. Curves of Falls Church is located at 240 W. Broad Street. For more information about Curves, visit


Don Beyer and Mike Beyer of Don Beyer Volvo are co-chairing a fundraising event for Falls Church City’s Sister City Kokolopori, an indigenous Congolese community which manages a 1,200 square mile forest reserve in the heart of the Central African rainforest. The event is being held to raise $15,000 for a micro-credit loan fund to help the people of Kokolopori develop small businesses like sewing, woodworking and soap-making. The event will take place Thursday, April 19, 2007 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the International Monetary Fund located at 700 19th Street, NW in Washington, DC. For information or to reserve tickets to this event, visit or email


Businesses interested in participating in the Falls Church Memorial Day Parade and Festivities have until Friday, March 30, 2007 to submit parade entry forms and/or vendor applications. The Memorial Day activitites are among the most popular events in the Falls Church area. For information and copies of the entry forms and application contact the Falls Church City Recreation and Parks Division at (703) 248-5077 or at


The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Awards Gala and Silent Auction on Saturday, March 10, 2007 at the Clarendon Ballroom in Arlington. More than 160 business leaders, elected officials, and local decision makers will be in attendance as the Chamber announces the recipients of its James S. Elkin Award for Humanitarianism, its Chamber Appreciation Award, its Carroll V. Shreve Award, and its Pillar of the Community. Contact the Chamber, which has moved from Suite 207 to Suite 205 on the second floor of the SAID/Quick Copy Building (417 W. Broad Street) for more information – call 703-532-1050 or email


Ireland’s Four Provinces will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on Friday, March 16 as well as on Saturday, March 17 this year. Call 703-534-8999 for reservations or more information. Ireland’s Four Provinces is located at 105 W. Broad Street in Falls Church.


Sunrise Assisted Living is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day drawing for $1,000 gift card on Southwest or US Airways. Businesses and community members are invited to chase a “pot of gold by visiting all the Sunrise homes in the Arlington cluster between March 12 and March 17, 2007 to become eligible for the drawing. Stop by Sunrise of Falls Church (330 N. Washington Street) to pick up a card and get it signed by a Manager. Then visit the other 4 Sunrise facilities to get your card signed by a manager at each location. The drawing will take place March 17, 2007 at 3:30 pm. For more information call 703-534-2700.


The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy released Structural Factors Affecting the Health Insurance Coverage of Workers at Small Firms, a report by Econometrica, Inc. Among the report’s findings are that the two most important factors associated with low employer-sponsored insurance coverage rates are employee wages and firm size. The report also examined metropolitan and state structural factors such as the concentration of Medicaid recipients, the concentration of manufacturing employees, the supply of hospital beds, and the amount of specialty health care services.

For more information and a complete copy of the report, visit the Office of Advocacy website at


Weichert Realtors’ Arlington Office has announced its top associates for the month of January. David Lloyd, a member of the top-ranking Chairman of the Board Premiere Club, earned the honor of top producer leading the office in dollar volume, revenue units, listings and listings sold. President’s Club Laura Vickers earned the honor of top seller for the month. For more information call 1-800-USA-SOLD or visit