This Week’s Business News and Notes

April 5 – 11, 2007

The American Cancer Society has a unique team building opportunity available to local businesses in the Falls Church area. The 1st Annual Relay for Life in Falls Church will take place June 16 -17, 2007 at George Mason High School. Businesses can support the effort by sponsoring it or forming Relay Teams of 8 – 10 people to raise funds and join in on overnight fun. Each year more than 2.25 million people in 4,200 communities take part in this team-building over-night celebration of cancer survivorship and community spirit. For more information visit or contact local event chair Gwenn Hofman at 703-241-9494 or


Argia’s is hosting two fundraising events to benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. From 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday April 9, and again on Monday April 23, they will host happy hour with Team HotPinks. The events will include specials and a gift certificate raffle. To learn more about the Avon Walk go to For information about Argia’s go to


Canary Orchid Retreat, a new day spa in Falls Church, is hosting a grand opening on Thursday, April 12 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and a tour of the spa and complimentary chair massages will be available. Canary Orchid is located at 200 Little Falls Street, Suite 301 in Falls Church. For more information visit


The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Richmond Report luncheon featuring State Senator Mary Margaret Whipple, Delegate Bob Hull, and Delegate Jim Scott on Tuesday, April 17. Attendees will be updated on Virginia’s 2007 Legislative Session during the lunch which will take place from 11:30 to 1:15 at the Italian Café in Falls Church. Reservations are required. Tickets are $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers. RSVP to or 703-532-1050.


Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has named Cheryl L. Janey president of the Civil Programs business unit within the company’s Government Communications Systems Division. She joins Harris from Northrop Grumman, where she served as vice president of Business Development and Strategy for the Commercial, State and Local group of the company’s Information Technology Sector. Janey will be based at the new headquarters of Harris Civil Programs in Falls Church. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at


Hughes Financial Solutions is hosting a Free College Funding Workshop on Thursday April 5 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 more. To make your reservations to attend this Free College Funding Workshop, call 877-778-5481. Reservations are free but seating is very limited.


Falls Church-based L.F. Jennings, Inc., was ranked number 12 among General Contractors based on DC metro-area revenue by the Washington Business Journal in its March 30-April 5 edition, a rise from 15th place the previous year. Founded in 1953, the family-run business was also ranked 46th among the 100 top private companies in the area according the Journal. L.T. Jennings, CEO, is the firm’s senior executive.


Spence Hill Associates and Next Realty LLC announced the acquisition and financing of the Club Soda Building in Washington, DC. Spence Hill Associates, based in Falls Church, arranged a $3.1 million non-recourse, acquisition and permanent loan which funded the purchase of the property by Next Connecticut Avenue, LLC, an affiliate of Chicago-based Next Realty, LLC. The Club Soda Building is an 8,137 square-foot retail property located at 3433-35 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. with tenants including Dino, the Original Tax Center, SunTrust Bank and Uptown Tavern. Spence Hill Associates is a real estate investment banking firm that arranges the financing and sale of commercial real estate, and provides financial advisory services to real estate owners, developers and institutions throughout the U.S. Next Realty, LLC, which has an office in McLean, acquires and develops shopping centers, retail land and parking structures. Next Realty principals own and manage a portfolio valued in excess of $375 million throughout 12 states and the District of Columbia. For more information about Spence Hill email For more information about Next Realty email

Vienna’s Tequila Grande Mexican Café and the band "Stardust" are hosting an early Cinco de Mayo celebration to benefit Food for Others from 5:00 p.m. to midnight on Monday, April 16, 2007. Stardust is donating its time and talent and Tequila Grande is donating 10% of receipts for the night to Food for Others. Food for Others is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) foodbank and the largest distributor of free food directly to families in need in Northern Virginia. For information visit

WildBlue is now offering high-speed Internet via satellite service in Falls Church through its new satellite, WildBlue-1. WildBlue provides high-speed Internet access via satellite to homes and small businesses in Falls Church not currently served, or underserved, by other high speed providers. WildBlue launched commercial service via the Anik F2 satellite in June of 2005, and currently has over 130,000 customers nationwide. WildBlue offers fast, reliable Internet service in three service packages to consumers and small businesses across the contiguous U.S. for as little as $49.95 per month. To celebrate this service expansion, new WildBlue customers will receive one month of any service package free of charge during April. For more information on WildBlue call 1-866-WILDBLUE (1-866-945-3258) or visit