This Week’s Business News and Notes

April 19 – 25, 2007

Acacia Federal Savings Bank is hosting its 3rd Annual Nice Guys Awards through which businesses, nonprofits, and individuals will be recognized for helping others, delivering outstanding customer service and strengthening our community. Acacia created the awards in 2005 as part of their commitment to celebrate those who make a difference – from inspired volunteers to nonprofit groups, from one person businesses to multimillion dollar firms. Nominations are being accepted now. Winners will be announced September 20, 2007. For details or to place your nomination(s) visit


Ameritech Construction Corp. of Falls Church is one of approximately 70 companies exhibiting at the Log Home & Timber Frame Expo taking place Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15, 2007 at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center. The Expo will feature a number of different log and timber frame styles using both milled and handcrafted wood. Seminars and a wide variety of exhibits including handcrafted furniture, financing, alternative energy and more will take place each of the three days. The show will take place 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Friday, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturday, and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday. For information about this event visit or call 888-LOG-EXPO (888-564-3976).


Blue Tulip, a northeastern chain of one-of-a-kind unique gift shop offering cards, handmade paper, invitations, and unique gifts from around the world, will soon be opening a store in Falls Church’s Idylwood Plaza. The company operates 18 stores in six states. By the time the new Falls Church location opens in Mid-May, the company will have 20 stores. Visit for more information.


The City of Falls Church Economic Development Office is reaching out to technology companies that may qualify for the City’s Technology Zone Tax Abatement program. The program is available to any technology company that is registered and operating in the City. A technology company, as defined in the City Code, derives 50 percent or more of its income from “research, development, manufacture or rendering of advanced technological products or services.” (Ordinance 1594, Section 33-101). A company can be eligible for total exemption from their Business, Professional and Occupational License (BPOL) taxes for up to three consecutive years. For more information on this program contact the Economic Development Office at 703-248-5491 or . is hosting a Boost Your Business contest for entreprenuers featuring a grand prize of $100,000 or one of 4 HP Prize Packages. To enter, complete the contest entry form on and be sure to include: (1) The name or title of your business (2) A 500-word description of your business and how you would use $100,000 to boost it to new heights. The deadline for entries is May 31, 2007. Visit for details, helpful information and the official rules. Earn the chance to get business experts from the editorial staff to help you fine-tune and improve your plan. Entries will be judged by small business experts, editors and readers. Visit to enter!

A home remodeled by Falls Church City-based Hemphill & Associates Architects/Builders will be featured in the Seventh Annual Tuckahoe Home and Garden Tour. The home, which is located in the Broadmont area of Falls Church City, was transformed from a one-level rambler into an expanded cape. The tour benefiting Tuckahoe Elementary School PTA and Tuckahoe’s Discovery Schoolyard will take place Saturday, May 5 from noon to 5:00 pm. For more information go to

Needham Mitnick & Pollack, PLC is hosting the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming Networking Mixer from 5:30 to 7:00 pm on April 24, 2007. Local business leaders are invited to join the Chamber and the highly regarded law firm as they celebrate the firm’s 10th Anniversary and enjoy refreshments including a chocolate truffle cake by Kendall’s Cakes. For more information about this free event call 703-532-1050. For more information about Needham Mitnick & Pollack call 703-536-1929.


The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors has named Margaret Ireland as Realtor of the Year and Laura Maschler as Rookie of the Year. Ireland is the manager of Weichert, Realtors’ Manassas Office while Maschler is a sales associate with Weichert, Realtors’ McLean office. For more information about the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors visit or for more information about Weichert, Realtors’ go to


Local resident Penny Tucker, CFP®, CPA, a financial professional with AXA Advisors, LLC in Falls Church, has earned a Certificate in Retirement Planning from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for completing the AXA Equitable At Retirement(sm) education program at Wharton. She has also been awarded AXA Advisors’ new Retirement Planning Specialist title for completing this program, and is one of only 350 financial professionals nationwide to do so. Tucker is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table, an international association of leading financial professionals, recognized as the standard of excellence in the life insurance-based financial services industry. AXA Advisors, LLC is a leading provider of financial services for consumers and businesses.


Dr. Ralph Perrino of Northern Virginia Tutoring Service has authored “Understanding the Differences: SAT vs. ACT” which is being featured in Family Magazine’s April issue. The magazine should be on the shelves later this week. For more information visit


Tax Analysts, the Falls Church-based publisher of Tax Notes magazine and other premier tax publications, is again making presidential and vice presidential returns available as a public service. Tax Analysts is a nonprofit publisher that provides the latest and most in-depth tax information worldwide. By working for the transparency of tax rules, fostering increased dialogue between taxing authorities and taxpayers, and providing forums for education and debate, Tax Analysts encourages the creation of tax systems that are fairer, simpler, and more economically efficient. To see what President Bush and Vice President Cheney paid in taxes in 2006, visit Tax Analysts website