This Week’s Business News and Notes

March 22-28, 2007

The American Institute of Architects has developed a year-long program titled Celebrating the Past, Designing the Future to help celebrate its 150th anniversary this year. The program honors architects for their dedication and commitment to excellence in design and livability in our nation’s buildings and communities. The AIA Northern Virginia Chapter is hosting a series of special events and exhibitions to commemorate the occasion. The first such event is Canstruction® Exhibit to be held from March 30 – April 14 at Ballston Common Mall, 4238 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. The competition and exhibit will feature teams of architects building structures entirely of canned food, which ultimately will be donated to a local food bank. The public is invited to watch teams build their structures on March 30, beginning at 5:00 pm and visit the exhibit through April 14. For additional information and registration, visit the AIA NOVA Chapter web site at or contact the chapter at or 703.549.9747. For more information on national AIA150 news and events visit


Brenda Schrier Personal Photography has made photographs from the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s recent Awards Gala and monthly luncheons available on her website. The photos are available at The Chamber photographs are listed as FCCC followed by the event name and date. Schrier donates a percentage of the proceeds from photos purchased to the Chamber.


CrossLink International is hosting the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s March Networking Mixer from 5:30 to 7:00 pm Tuesday, March 27, 2007. CrossLink is a faith-based nondenominational charitable organization that supplies medical mission teams, humanitarian aid organizations, free clinics and hospitals with medicines and supplies to reduce suffering among the world’s most needy. Join CrossLink and the Chamber for refreshments and the opportunity to see CrossLink in action as volunteers fill a container with supplies being shipped to Haiti. Attendance is free. CrossLink is located at 427 N. Maple Avenue in Falls Church. For more information about the organization and their important relief work visit


DynCorp International has secured the services Qorvis Communications to assist with its public relations efforts. DynCorp recruits police trainers online and by word of mouth from its Falls Church headquarters. DynCorp has been undergoing increasing scrutiny for its training of police officers in Iraq as part of a $1.75 billion contract with the U.S. State Department. For more information on DynCorp visit


The Fairfax Small Business Development Center is hosting a seminar on How to Write Effective Direct Mail Friday, March 23, 2007 from 9:30am-11:30 am. The seminar will be presented by Bev Barker from Insight Marketing and Pauline Elmore from Pr Works. The event will take place at the Mason Enterprise Center located at 4031 University Drive Suite 200 in Fairfax, VA. Tickets are $20. For more information call 703-277-7700, email or visit


Falls Church Arts has named Marty Meserve president, Marty Behr treasurer, and Susan Gillerman Boggs secretary. Tom Gittins and Joe Wetzel were elected to the board of directors. The mission of this community arts organization is to promote the visual and performing arts, and artists, in the greater Falls Church area. Falls Church Arts is a 501(c)3 organization. Visit for more information.


Pat O’Neill, of O’Neill Financial Group and New York Life, has earned the professional designation LUTCF (Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow), jointly sponsored by The American College (TAC) and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). The designation marks an agent’s long-term commitment to professionalism on behalf of clients, establishes the agent’s competence and business experience, marks a commitment to TAC’s and NAIFA’s Code of Ethics, and fosters additional professional development. In addition to the successful completion of five courses within a 10-course curriculum, LUTCF candidates must also complete an ethics course and be a member in good standing of NAIFA. You may reach Pat at 703- 534-3255.


The Commonwealth of Virginia was named America’s most business friendly state by Top Ten Pro-Business States: America’s Economy in the 21st Century a report released by Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc. The study evaluated states based on taxes, human resources, labor climate, energy costs, infrastructure spending, workers compensation legislation and jobs lost or gained. South Carolina, Florida, North Carolina and Utah were included in the top five. Pollina Corporate Real Estate is a full-service brokerage and consulting firm based in Chicago. A summary of the Pollina Report may be found at or ordered by phone at (847) 685-9000.


The Virginia Department of Business Assistance is hosting Selling to the Commonwealth from 7:30 to 9:30 am on April 18, 2007 in at 1100 N. Glebe Road, Suite 1500 in Arlington. Hosted by the Arlington Economic Development and Virginia Department of Business Assistance the seminar will help businesses learn what it takes to do business with Virginia’s state agencies. Registration is free but required. For information or to register, visit