This Week’s Business News and Notes

April 26 – May 2, 2007

The Anime Pavilion is hosting the Anime Festival May 19, 2007 starting at 6:00 pm. at their Falls Church store located at 115 Hillwood Avenue, Suite 10. The Anime Pavilion sells DVDs, graphic novels, games, playing cards and all things related to Anime and Magna. For more information visit or call (703) 534-1544.

Falls Church City’s Business Watch Program has been developed to encourage businesses to become more involved in reducing the opportunity for crimes to occur at their establishment. Through this program, Falls Church City law enforcement provides risk reduction and security assessments, crime prevention training and technical assistance, crime alerts, quarterly informative crime prevention, and tools to reduce risk and help create a safer community – all free to the business community. For more information on this program or similar programs in neighboring jurisdictions, contact the Falls Church City Crime Prevention Unit at 703-248-5056 or visit


David Lloyd was recognized by Weichert, Realtors with three regional awards for the month of March. Lloyd, who is with the Arlington Office, toped associates from 30 offices located throughout Virginia to earn regional honors in resale dollar volume and resale marketed listings. He also tied Kathleen Quintarelli from the Burke/Fairfax Station Office to lead the region in resale revenue units. Lloyd is a member of the prestigious Chairman of the Board Premiere Club. For more information visit


Newport Group, LLC has moved to 417 W. Broad Street in Falls Church.

The Newport Group, LLC provides consulting, training, coaching, and follow up to improve management and leadership in complex organizations. They consult with managers to identify opportunities, problems, and resolutions and then develop simple solutions from a systems approach. They facilitate groups of all sizes and with issues of all types. They customize training workshops and seminars for organizations’ specific needs and issues. Owned and operated by Pamela Kurstedt, who retired from Virginia Tech as Director, Collect of Engineering, Northern Virginia Center and Assistant Dean, International Programs, and Harold Kurstedt, who retired as the Hal G. Prillaman Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. Newport Group, LLC includes 15 consultants and instructors who are all proven educators and managers. The consultants have served in academia, business, and government organizations and are like-minded in a systems approach to problem analysis and fundamental solution development. For more information about the Newport Group, LLC, visit


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.

Seth Ballard of Ballard+Mensua Architecture, a member of the parents association of St. Joseph’s pre-school located at 203 N. Spring Street in Falls Church, has designed a future expansion of the school to the former Convent on the 2nd floor.  The pre-school and daycare was created and run by nuns from Spain since the 1950’s. Seth helped a group of parents, who are committed to maintaining the school’s catholic roots while being open to everyone, purchase the school last year.  Enrollment applications are now being accepted for infants through kindergarten. Contact Rodney Torp at 703-533-8441 for more information.


The Small Business Administration is hosting a Web chat Monday, April 30, 2007 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm on small business entrepreneurship.  The “Ask the SBA” chat, featuring SBA Administrator Steven C. Preston, will provide the opportunity to learn more about the SBA’s programs and services, and how business owners can start, run, and grow their businesses. He will also answer questions on the SBA’s financial, technical, and management assistance. Chat participants can join the live Web chat by going online to, and clicking the “Online Business Chat” icon. Participants may post questions for Administrator Preston before April 30th by visiting, and posting their questions online. To review archives of past Web chats, visit online at