This Week’s Business News and Notes

 March 29 – April 4, 2007

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed April 9 – 14 as Architecture Week. Arlington County and the City of Fairfax passed similar proclamations and several other local jurisdictions plan to do so as well including the City of Falls Church. Paul Barkley, FAIA, was instrumental in assisting the AIA Northern Virginia Chapter with the Falls Church City Proclamation and will receive it from the Council with effort organizer Robert E. Beach, AIA and several other Architects on the April 9. For additional information visit the AIA Northern Virginia Chapter web site at or contact the chapter at or 703-549-9747.


Cairo Corp. has selected Falls Church-based Focused Image as its marketing and public relations agency of record. Focused Image is working with Cairo to create and deploy a strategic marketing and public relations program that will help increase awareness of the company’s outstanding work as a leading provider of enterprise architecture, program management and application development services for DoD, federal civilian, state and local government organizations. Cairo is a fast-growing, woman-owned 8(a) business headquartered in Chantilly, Va., with offices in Alexandria, Va., and Washington, D.C. More information about the company is available at Focused Image Inc. is an award-winning marketing, advertising and public relations agency with clients including AOL, The Century Council, S.O.M.E. and WorldSpace Satellite Radio. More information about the company is available at


The Falls Church Economic Development Authority is hosting a meeting on affordable housing to provide insights and alternatives for considering this important issue. The panel of experts scheduled to speak include: Melissa Bondi, Housing Director for the DC Coalition for Smarter Growth and former Chair of the Arlington Housing Commission; Mark Silverwood, President of Silverwood Associates, the developer of the Westlee Project on North Washington Street and experienced with housing tax credit; and Walter Webdale, President and CEO of AHC Inc., a private, nonprofit developer of low- and moderate-income housing in the mid-Atlantic region. The meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., April 3, 2007 in the City Hall Training Room, Ground Floor (enter through Police Center on east wing of City Hall). The public is encouraged to attend.


Hughes Financial Solutions is hosting a Free College Funding Workshop on Saturday March 31st, 2007 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and Thursday April 5th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Falls Church Community Center located at 223 Little Falls St. All parents with High School children are urged to attend. Some of the topics to be covered are how the financial aid process works, how to qualify for more aid, how to pay for college the most tax efficient way, how to pick schools ahead of time that will give you the most free money, how to pay thousands less than the “Sticker Price” of a school, how you may be able to send your child to an expensive private school for less than an in-state University and much much more. To make your reservations to attend this Free College Funding Workshop, call 877-778-5481. Reservations are free but seating is very limited.


Mediastudio, a branding agency known for its creative campaigns for corporations and nonprofit organizations, has hired Ellen Galant as director of business development. In this newly created position, Galant will be responsible for forming relationships at both the local and state level with mission-based nonprofits and growing businesses. Prior to joining Mediastudio, Galant was chief programs consultant for the International Women’s Forum in Washington, D.C., where she was responsible for all aspects of worldwide conference planning. Prior to that, she served as president and CEO of the Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce where she worked to sustain and grow local business initiatives. For more information go to


The Original Pancake House is hosting a Dine Out Day for the Falls Church Education Foundation on Thursday, March 29, 2007. OPH, which is open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., will donate 15% of the day’s sales to the Foundation. For more information visit


PowaByke has a new temporary storefront location in Falls Church. For the next two to three months you can stop by 804 W.Broad Street from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. and from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. and check out a wide variety of electric bikes. These bikes are perfect for commuters and great for the environment. For more information contact Elaine Kennett at, 703-533-1065 or visit


Qorvis Communications, a leading strategic communications firm with integrated advertising, public relations and interactive capabilities, has been chosen to be the agency of record for the Virginia Lottery. A number of partners are involved with this effort including MVPGROU, Spurrier Media Group, eBrains, Elevacion, Divercity Advertising and, as previously reported, Falls Church-based +SmithGifford. The account, worth nearly $20 million in total billings annually, represents one of the largest and most coveted advertising accounts in the region. The Virginia Lottery is an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of the top-performing lotteries in the United States. The three-year contract begins in April 2007 and runs through March 2010. The mission of the organization is to raise funds for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Since fiscal year 2001, the Lottery has surpassed the $1 billion mark in sales with profits to schools ranging from $329 million to $454 million annually.


Sunrise Senior Living is hosting a book signing and presentation “Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s” by Joanne Koenig Coste from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2007 at the Tysons Marriott located at 8028 Leesburg Pike in Vienna. RSVP to this free event by calling 703-734-1600.


The US Small Business Administration’s Washington Metropolitan Aea District Office and Creative Learning, Inc. are hosting “Small Business: The American Dream”, a small business awards breakfast. The breakfast will take place from 8:00 – 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 8, 2007 in The Atrium Ballroom at the Ronald Reagan Building (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC). Tickets are $40. For more information go to


The Virginia Downtown Development Association is hosting a Hot Topic Luncheon on The Role of Downtown in Smart Growth from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Hazel River Restaurant in Culpepper, Virginia. Tripp Muldrow from Arnett Muldrow & Associates will address how Greenville, SC created plans for expanding its downtown by promoting new infill development that follows smart growth principles and introduced new amenities to downtown without eroding the character of the community. Tickets for the event, which will include lunch and a 30 minute walking tour of downtown’s most recent redevelopment efforts, are $20 for VDDA members and $25 for nonmembers. RSVPs are required by April 11. For more information email