This Week’s Business News and Notes

May 24 – 30, 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. This is a terrific way to secure some great PR for your business! For details or to place your nomination(s) visit

Would your business benefit from hiring interns and helping high school students prepare for the real world? The Falls Church Business in Education Partnership and George Mason High School are seeking businesses interested in participating in the 2007 Student Internship Program. Students can be available days, evenings and/or weekends in the spring, summer and fall and should be paid at least minimum wage. To learn about how you can employ a student intern, contact BIE Partnership Coordinator Marybeth Connelly at 703-248-5691 or

Businesses interested in securing commercial space in the City of Falls Church can check out available properties online. Visit, click on Economic Development and then on Programs & Services. The listings include critical information and photographs. For more information about this or additional services offered by the City to the business community, contact its Economic Development department at 703-248-5491 or


Diener & Associates, CPAs and the Falls Church News-Press are co-sponsoring their annual Food drive to benefit Food for Others, a local food bank located in Merrifield. Canned goods can be dropped off at either of the co-sponsors or at Anthony’s, Art and Frame of Falls Church, Point of View, the Unity Club or the FC Community Center any time between Memorial Day and July 4. Contact Diener & Associates’ Cindy Elkin at 703-241-8807 for more information. 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. Entries will be judged by small business experts, editors and readers. Visit to enter.

The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Mini-Golf Family Fun Night on Tuesday, June 19 at Upton Hill Regional Park. The event, which serves as a terrific team builder for both small and large businesses, includes dinner, unlimited mini-golf, access to batting cages, and a chance to network with other local business leaders and area decision makers. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for youth 13 – 18, $12 for kids 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. A 10% discount is available for purchases of 10 or more tickets. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 703-532-1050 or email


The National Building Museum is hosting “Sustainable Design: New Directions for Affordable Housing from 8:45 to 4:45 pm on Wednesday, May 30. New York and Colorado developer Jonathan Rose, will explore three main themes — green design process and technologies; costs and benefits of green design; and realistic strategies for financing. In this day-long symposium on green affordable housing, leading experts from across the country and the participatory workshops will examine three case studies — a new multi-family structure, a single-homes project, and a renovation of existing units. The program will conclude with a panel discussion exploring how federal, state, and local governments can encourage green design in our nation’s affordable housing stock. This symposium complements the exhibition, The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture and Design. Visit for more information.


The Small Business Administration is hosting a live web chat highlighting disaster readiness for small business owners. Madelyn H. Flannagan, VP of Education and Research for the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, Inc., and Rick Jenkins of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance will host “Disaster Readiness for Small Business Owners” on Thursday, May 24 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Participants can join the live Web chat by going online to, and clicking the “Online Business Chat” icon. To review archives of past Web chats, visit online at For more information about the SBA’s disaster assistance program and links to disaster preparedness tips, visit the web site at


The new Vantage Fitness facility on the 2nd floor of the Read Building, which is under construction at 402 W. Broad Street, is set for a May 31 Grand Opening. Vantage Fitness offers monthly and yearly memberships for singles, couples (residing in the same households) and families. They also offer special programs for youth and 60+. For information about Vantage Fitness and their “Smarter Workout”, visit