This Week’s Business News and Notes

May 17 – 23, 2007

Acacia Federal Savings Bank and Akridge Real Estate Services have both signed on as Silver Sponsors of the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. They join a number of renowned and highly respected businesses in the Falls Church area including: Partners Atlantic Realty Companies, the Falls Church News-Press, and The Young Group; Gold Sponsors Point of View Eyewear and Venable LLP, Silver Sponsors Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust, Clay Café Studios, Diener & Associates, Falls Church Animal Hospital, and Original Pancake House, and Bronze Sponsors Falls Church Housing Corporation, Oshinsky Family Limited Partnership, and Mark Werblood of Tesler & Werblood. For information about Chamber sponsorship and membership opportunities, call 703-532-1050.


Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. has announced that they will be partnering with Falls Church-based Homestretch. Case Design will provide carpentry work, painting, drywall and plumbing repairs to Homestretch units in Fairfax County. For more information about Homestretch or Case Design visit or


Chesterbrook Residences is hosting its May “Chesterbrook Chat” on planning for retirement for senior citizens and their families on Sunday, May 20 at 2:30 pm. Tom West of Thomas West Financial Services will be the featured speaker. West is a Chartered Financial Consultant and a Chartered Life Underwriter who focuses on retirement planning. Admission is free and open to the public. The event will take place at Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland Street in Falls Church. For more information regarding the May “Chesterbrook Chat” and residential opportunities in Chesterbrook Residences, contact Marketing and Admissions Director Chuck Thornton at 703-356-0655.


The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s May Networking Mixer is the annual Rowell Court Block Party hosted by Mark Werblood of the law firm Tesler & Werblood. Friends of the business community are invited to this free event, complete with appetizers, refreshments, and door prizes scheduled for Tuesday, May 22 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Rowell Court is the commercial townhouse development on the 900 block of W. Broad Street in Falls Church. For more information contact the Chamber at 703-532-1050.


Natalia’s Elegant Creations Pastry Shop and Cafe will be opening at 230 W. Broad Street in Falls Church in mid to late June. The new European style pastry shop will offer freshly baked bagels, croissants and muffins in the mornings, and a wide variety of European style cakes, pastries, cookies, cupcakes, coffees and other beverages available for either dine in or take out. Visit their website for details about their offerings and catering services –


Anoop Prakash has been named associate administrator for the Small Business Administration’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development (OED). Prakash brings a wealth of expertise in business development, having served most recently as vice president of Strategy and Business Development for LexisNexis Special Services, Inc. in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for strategy, marketing, and alliances for the company. OED oversees SBA’s resource partners who provide technical and special assistance to small business owners throughout the country. Programs and services within OED’s network include Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, SCORE, Business Initiatives and the Small Business Training Network. For more information visit


Sunrise Assisted Living of Falls Church is hosting a Spring Fling from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. Members of the business community and residents are invited to stop by for refreshments, entertainment, games and a chance to meet and visit with residents. Sunrise is located at 330 N. Washington Street. For information, call 703-534-2700.


Falls Church-based USIS, a provider of security, staffing and training solutions for the government and the private sector, is being acquired by Providence Equity Partners for $1.5 billion. USIS was owned by Washington, DC-based Carlyle Group and New York-based Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.  USIS’s Falls Church headquarters will remain open and no layoffs are expected. USIS has approximately 7,000 employees, including 2,000 in the Washington, DC area. Providence Equity Partners Inc. is a private investment firm specializing in equity investments in communications and media companies around the world. For more information go to

The Falls Church-based Village Preservation and Improvement Society is focusing its spring meeting on a question of great importance to the local business community – “Town Centers, what are they and why do we need them?” The meeting will take place Sunday, May 20 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Art and Frame of Falls Church. Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth will be the featured speaker. Falls Church City Manager Wyatt Shields will discuss City process for review and approval of Falls Church development projects and Cay Wiant will spin a tale for attendees. Refreshments will be served. Art and Frame of Falls Church is located at 111 Park Avenue in Falls Church. Visit for more information.